A recent article on The Inertia quotes a Sydney University study detailing surfing’s annual $50 billion impact on the global economy. Costa Rica is among the world-class surf destinations that contribute to this billion dollar industry, its Pacific coast alone boasting nearly 800 miles of shoreline. Tamarindo is one of a number of coveted destinations for wave seekers. Just ask famed surfer and shaper Robert August, the star of Bruce Brown’s classic surf flick Endless Summer, who made Tamarindo his home and brought notoriety in the Endless Summer sequel. Thanks to a wide selection of surf breaks from beach bottoms to the more challenging wave at Playa Langosta, Tamarindo offers a mecca of warm and consistent waves for beginner to advanced surfers. And guests of Sirena Serena are eligible for discounted private and group lessons with our friends over at Kelly’s Surf Shop. A trip to Tamarindo really would note be complete without experiencing the surf first-hand.
While Playa Tamarindo offers an easily accessible beach break, there are other spots worth checking out. Playa Grande sits just to the north of Tamarindo and is a less-crowded alternative to the main beaches of Tamarindo. The beach can be accessed by crossing the river mouth and walking or by taking a 15 minute or so ride by car. Just be sure to take one of the boats when crossing the river mouth as the cocodrilos prefer to keep their lineup in the estuary surfer free.
Kelly’s Surf Shop, located right on the Main Street in Tamarindo, offers day trips to Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point for those looking to put their surf lessons to the test. Witch’s Rock offers long left and right hand breaks over a sandy bottom, so it’s a little more forgiving than the hollow wave over at neighboring Ollie’s Point. However, under the guidance of one of Kelly’s experienced guides and instructors, you are sure to catch the wave of a lifetime.