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Hit the surf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

[ 2 ] March 14, 2011 | Alison Adey

Looking for a good surf spot in Costa Rica? If you don’t mind high-rise hotels, throngs of wealthy Americans and eating at fast-food restaurants, then Tamarindo can be lots of fun.

With two pretty beaches, and great waves for surfing, this little town attracts backpackers and families alike. But with prices on the increases, it’s starting to lose its appeal, so get down here quick while you can still afford it.

Surfer at Playa Langosta, Tamarindo

Josh Allen hits the surf at Playa Langosta, Tamarindo

Where to surf

Nearby Playa Langosta caters to the more experienced surfers (head there at 7am to catch 5ft waves) while the local beach is more geared up for beginners. Most hostels offer surf board rental for $10 per day and you can get lessons pretty much anywhere.

Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to eat

Want to kick-start the day with a healthy breakfast? Head down to Pura Vida for delicious smoothies (1000 colones – £1.20) and if you fancy a quick snack try the empanadas at nearby Burger Beach. Be warned: they’re addictive.

Where to party

There is something different happening every night of the week from open mic events to ‘Single and Mingle’ nights. Aqua is a cool club on the beachfront with regular ladies’ nights and parties that keep backpackers flocking in their droves. If salsa and live music is more your thing head to the Crazy Monkey.

Want to see more pictures of Costa Rica? Check out our photo gallery of Tamarindo and see what else there is to do in Central America.

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Category: Central America, Costa Rica, Tamarindo

About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (;; and but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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  1. Thanks for these tips I’m going to tamarindo in December for summers vacations

  2. [...] Tamarindo stretches as far as the eye can see – making it great for those who like their own space. [...]

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