Costa Rica Guanacaste - End of Jan - Best Spot??

Discussion in 'Central America' started by moconn408, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. moconn408

    moconn408 Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Looking to fly into Liberia late January and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for best last minute spots. I've been down to Santa Theresa and up along the west coast of Guanacaste but we only have 4 nights this time so I'm trying to keep it closer to the airport. We're timing it to get some mid->high tides in the early morning when the wind is down.

    Also, the swell hasn't been too strong so any recommendations for spots that work well with weaker swells would be greatly appreciated!
  2. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    This might be old-skool SI Fourume asspect, butt looking for an intro tread. I realize that we can't demand gf / wifey pics in the PC Lite version these daze, so you have it EZ.

    Esp since you want Swellies to fork over the 411 for nada.

  3. Agabinet

    Agabinet Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Avellanas, Grande, boat to Witches, Ollie's if it's breaking
  4. imperial

    imperial Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Playa Grande...close enough to the airport for a short trip!
  5. red dog

    red dog Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    whoooo are you? who,who, who,who! I really want to know!
  6. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    We're also looking into CR but around November for a buddy's 40th. After some hefty research, listen to Imperial and the furthest down i'd suggest from Liberia for that time frame is Playa Negra as a solid base
  7. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    And when you guys all go to CR, don't forget to surf as far into the river mouths as you possibly can. Then grab on to all the logs floating by!! That is where the fun begins!!!!!
  8. goofy footer

    goofy footer Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    You're a Bad Man ........... that's Sad a American surfer lost his leg paddling across the river mouth last fall
  9. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    while this tread's up, i'd like to heed some quick 'vice from ya guys. Looking like say at the end of the year to head down there. My buddy who's trying to plan this trip has a neighbor who has a house in Pavones but he's favoring Nicoya peninsula because there are not a lotta breaks by Pavones in case it's not going off. The guy like to go left too, and know it's great just for that but he's looking out for the team i guess. Just seeing if you guys think the same in regards to Pavones. The other thing i considered too was San Jose airport sux (traffic including) rather than Liberia. I think the closest breaks to Pavones i saw were Dominical & Punta Banco
  10. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
  11. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    it won't allow for a capital A?
  12. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    No, in the last year there have been at least 5 attacks on surfers. You just are not being told that by your liberal media, therefore my sarcastic post....
    The CR government does not want you to know; the media supports that because tourism dollars are needed there...
  13. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
  14. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    That "A" should be tattooed on her azz like a Tramp Stamp.
  15. salt

    salt Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    whoops, I paddled across that river before.
  16. moconn408

    moconn408 Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Thanks dudez. I've been looking into Playa Negra, Avellenas, and Grande. The last drive (wet season last year) down to Santa Theresa was nuts and took much longer than expected after hitting a few roads that just were under water.. that was the main reason I was wondering if the Playa Negra drive would be worth it. Anyone have strong opinions on Negra vs. Avellanas and Grande?
  17. moconn408

    moconn408 Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    p.s. I didn't think anyone answered the thread (didnt get any emails) so didnt check back til today.
  18. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    I like the ease of Grande from Airport...and if you can time the tides for early morning mid to high for four days, that would be optimal. Not a fan of Avellanas (I have caught it pretty good). Can't remember the name of the wave a bit north of Avellanas (probably a mile or so walking) but there is a slabby left and a right that breaks good too. I don't know, to me with the short time frame, I would just go straight to Grande and surf the tide and maybe slip down to Negra for a day if it works out.
  19. moconn408

    moconn408 Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    @UnfurleD I've never been down to Pavones (looks sick) but have been to Esterillos Oeste which was ~2hrs from San Jose. It had big, mushy waves when I was there. A little north there was a beach with some more advanced waves. It's 1/2 hr from Jaco which is a dirty, fun city but Esterillos Oeste itself was a super quiet town with a single bar.

    Nosara (Guanacaste) was probably one of my favorite spots. It's a small town (more americanized aka expensive) but there were a variety of waves. When I was there we had a big swell and there were some fun ones right at the Nosara beaches. At certain tides Playa Garza (20 mins away) had huge barreling waves on the outside and some fun ones breaking right on the beach. To get to the outside you were either paddling a long ass way or you got a boat. I am too much of a noob so i stayed inside. There were a lot of parties in the town and there's a cool little skatepark.

    On that trip to Nosara we started out driving all the way south to Santa Theresa from Liberia. Be careful if you're going in the rainy season because we had to take some long ass detours. It took us a good 6/7 hrs to get to Santa Theresa. Then it took a while to drive to Nosara. If it's the rainy season you CANT drive up the west coast. We were gonna go to tamarindo on the last 3 nights but just stayed in Nosara. If you're into yoga and stuff there was a bunch of that there too.