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Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« on: July 13 2005 20:07:00 »
I'm thinking about heading down to CR for two weeks around end-July / early-August. I'm 25 and have never surfed before. Basically I'm looking to learn how to surf, chill out a lot on the beach or in a hammock in a beautiful surrounding, and perhaps meet some peeps (preferably some pretty girls!). My search has led me to either the Witch's Rock camp in Tamarindo or the Azul Surf Camp in Mal Pais. Wondering if anyone could provide me with some further info/suggestions. Oh yeah, and I'm also curious about the timing since it will be during the green season.
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #1 on: July 14 2005 22:07:00 »
If you've never surfed before and you want to meet "peeps" I would recommend Tamarindo. Mal Pais is a remote place (it's an adventure getting there) with not much to do other than surf, It's a beautifull beach though. Summer/green season has bigger surf but also has onshore winds later in the day. Drop me an email if you want more info on either place.
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #2 on: August 03 2005 02:08:00 »
Just got a plane ticket to liberia (near tamarindo) from aug 10-29 I am a body boarder but am also trying to learn how to surf while Im there. If you decide to go while im there I will chill wit you so your not the only beginner out there (my spanish my come in handy too). Drop me a line.
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #3 on: August 06 2005 12:08:00 »
i'm having the same dilemma... solo trip to CR in mid August and I'm pretty beginnerish; I wanna go someplace with good surf for learning but Tamarindo sounds a bit too North Americanized for my tastes. I'm planning on Mal Pais and then possibly down to Dominical... does this sound like a good idea for beginnerish waves??
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #4 on: August 08 2005 12:08:00 »
Both places have incredible waves, beginners cant eaven get out there pass the white water so be carefull. for beginners jaco south part, playa ventana south of dominical and the tamarindo region. tamarindo has a skatin bowl so bring your skate when tere are no waves...
See you in costa rica
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #5 on: August 08 2005 23:08:00 »
No brainer. Go Tamarindo. Much more gentle surf. Long boarding off of a forgiving point right in town . Lots of surf buisnesses-girls and dancing.. Houses and hotels to rent.
Mal pais- much more rugged terrain and surf. Basically one decent place to eat on the one road town. Remote place to get in--and out.
I prefer Mal Pais- less drunks,more nature better memories. You could like run into your neighbor in Tamarindo. O yeah remember to fly into La Libertad- close to both places. Old US Contra staging and evac - less tourist more jungle
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #6 on: August 12 2005 16:08:00 »
Dominical and Mal Pais can get pretty serious my mom almost drowned out there when the tide started to change swell got a lot bigger. Look out for the clean up sets...
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #7 on: August 24 2005 15:08:00 »
myself and 6 others are going to tamarindo from sept 3 till the 10th ...if anyone else is going e mail us/me and we can all party and surf together...
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #8 on: November 18 2008 05:11:00 »
Im a intermediate surfer with some experience down in CR heading down Nov 19th until mid Dec. Going to Jaco first couple days then undecided if anyone is down or planning to be down there drop me a line and we could check some new spots.
RE: Solo surfing trip - Tamarindo or Mal Pais?« Reply #9 on: December 03 2008 13:12:00 »
Hi all, female, looking to head down 2/6/09-2/20/09, landing in Liberia. New to the entire region. Want to take a week of surf lessons then browse around (backpacking) for a week. Any recommendations on cheap stay/lessons/eats...fun would be greatly appreciated. Love, T