Where to surf
Tamarindo has over a half-dozen surfing peaks to enjoy, which does a decent job of spreading out the crowds. Starting on the north end of the beach, on the other side of the river mouth, you will find a spot called Casitas. Though it is technically at the far south end of Playa Grande, it’s considered a Tamarindo spot because of its proximity to town. This wave goes both left and right, and is mainly a beach break but there are rocks around as well. The river mouth can be one of the most epic waves in all of Tamarindo depending on the time of year, swell direction and composition of sandbars. It’s an always changing wave and can be a long, draining, barreling right, or a long, fast, shreddable left and anything in between. It can be non-existent for a few months at a time and then come back to life after a big storm.
The beach break in front of Witch’s Rock Surf Camp is considered surf lesson central, so ultimate care should be used around beginner surfers. For an advanced surfer, this wave can be fun but is normally not worth the crowds and risks involved with flying longboards everywhere.
Next up is Pico Grande and Pico Pequeño. Pico Grande is a rock pile that throws a sucky right and a normally fat and flat left. Pico Pequeño is the inside reform wave of Pico Grande, which can be super wedgie, fun, and most likely crowded.
Further south you will come to Henry’s, another area of beach break waves. Then at the very south end of the beach you will find Capitan Suizo. This is normally a beginner’s surf beach break paradise, with soft, fun and peaky waves. However, on huge swells at the right angle, Capitan Suizo can get head-high and incredibly fun for all levels of surfers.