Hey I am planning a trip to Tamarindo or somehwre in costa rica just trying to get some info on surf spots, local vibe, and best overall places to stay. If anyone has any info that would be great. Im an OCMD surfer starving for some good waves.
I spent a little over a month in Playa Grande this past winter. So much better than tamarindo. Check out Playa Grande Inn. The guys there are super cool and its realy close to the beach. Check that or Las Tortugas. Grande is an awesome place, I would definitely go back.
i stayed in town in tamarindo a couple of years ago and the surf right in town wasn't nearly as good as grande, but i hiked down to grande almost every day and scored huge. and the nightlife in tamarindo is pretty awesome so it was a bonus to be in town, but if youre going for a straight up surf trip id stay away from the town
Stayed at Barcelo Langosta right outside of tamarido. Very nice hotel with a pretty good break right on the beach.(Rivermouth-long rights and shorter lefts). I Recomend to take taxi or rental car down to playa negra
I was at Playa Grande last Spring. Great place. I definitely recommend it over Tamarindo. You are around more real surfers, and not as many tourists and beginners. Plus, let's be honest, Tamarindo is an epic sh**hole. It's fine for nightlife I suppose, but otherwise I think it hardly a vacation. Go to Grande where the is nothing around but a couple of sodas and quiet hotels. I stayed at Tortugas which is smack dab on the main break at Playa Grande. Super cheap, great staff, and great vibe. The restaurant is a bit pricey, so hit up the sodas in Matapalo or Kike's. Check out the other breaks along Playa Grande as well. The break by the Hotel Las Buelas I think it is, down near the rivermouth is a nice longer and smoother break than the Grande one. Plus make the trip up to Witch's.
I have been every where in Costa Rica. I have gone 8 times and i believe that all and all tamarindo is the place to go, if not playa Jaco. It sucks to go stay at grande and have nothing to do at night or no where to eat out. Grande gets so hyped, i dont really even like it and all the american surfers that go visit think they are k slate. If you want to get away from the tourists then stay in langosta (my personal favorite wave in costa). Its real close to tamarindo and has a great beach break right out front you cant beat it. And plenty of young ladies staying at the hotel that over looks the break who are eager to ditch their parents for a night on the town. Jaco is really fun too but the surf is not as plentiful.
I've been to CR four times, spent some time in Tamarindo each trip. Don't stay in Tamarindo unless you plan on making the paddle and hike to Grande every day. Tamarindo has not been a good surf spot in 6 years. Stay near Grande, Negra, or Hermosa. I'm going down to CR in December, but I can't tell you where I am going....