Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Tamarindo Beach is where the cult surfing movies Endless Summer I and II begin, so surfers of all ages and abilities love to come here to ride the waves. Tamarindo anchors the surf community, and more advanced surfer can ford the estuaries on either side to surf either Grande or Langosta. Many sections of the bay, though, have almost no waves, so are calm and good for swimming. Since Tamarindo is bordered by two estuaries, you will see lots of wildlife here, including Howler monkeys and tropical birds.

Witches Rock to the north of Tamarindo is a two-mile uninterrupted, hollow-sand-bottomed beach that promotes steep take-offs and both long lefts and rights. Waves are typically open and thus relatively easy to surf. Ollie’s Point, also to the north of town, breaks over a rocky bottom that promotes fast, hollow, rolling waves. You can only reach either location by boat.

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