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Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« on: February 14 2009 09:02:00 »
We are a group of 3 girls, 2 of which have never surfed before. We are trying to decide where to stay/surf while in CR. Heard Jaco is really dirty(beach)and dangerous(the city) Is it really that bad? Matapalo looks great but is it too advanced for a 1st timers? How consistent/big is the surf in Tamarindo? We will be there May 17th-24th.
RE: Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« Reply #1 on: February 14 2009 10:02:00 »
jaco is like traveling all the way to Costa Rica to experience huntington beach. Very sketch. Tamarindo is much more geared to safe tourism. Pavonnes is hard to get to but it has a good, women-friendly surf school and when the waves hit it's perfect.
RE: Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« Reply #2 on: February 14 2009 12:02:00 »
Thanks Mike, Tamarindo does sound great but from what I have read the surf is only waist high in May. I am no expert surfer but would prefer bigger waves. When you say "if it hits its good", what is the likelihood of that in Mid May?
RE: Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« Reply #3 on: February 15 2009 09:02:00 »
^Hi there. Also dont where to stay as I will be visiting for the 1st time. Definitely to go surf. Hope for good waves in March. Can anyone give me hint which area / village is best?
RE: Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« Reply #4 on: February 15 2009 10:02:00 »
hey - have a look at my neutral site www.patrick.tc for information on swell height and consistency.
May can be a lot of fun and waves can be only 4 feet in Tamarindo, but be 10 feet ten minutes away in Langosta.
Matapalo will be too big for you the first time...
Also, 4 feet is plenty if you have never surfed...sounds small, but it isn't. ie: a wave that is 4 feet is measured from the surface of the ocean, not the dip, so you are looking at a 6 foot drop.
Jaco is gross.
RE: Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« Reply #5 on: February 15 2009 14:02:00 »
Tamarindo is your best bet. Lots of good spots within walking/driving distance -- Playa Langosta, Avellanas, Grande, Marbella, etc.
RE: Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« Reply #7 on: March 04 2009 16:03:00 »
My girlfriend and I spent one week in matapalo in July 2008.
We loved the place and the uncrowded waves.
My girlfriend is an intermediate surfer (surfed a 6'3, can take
speed, and is practicing her cutback) and had a lot of fun.
She surfs waves up to head high+ and usually felt comfortable.
A couple of young and friendly locals also give surf lessons
(for cheap I guess).
Matapalo is usually best at high tide +/-2hrs.
Hope that helps.
RE: Jaco, Matapalo, Tamarindo?« Reply #9 on: March 18 2009 20:03:00 »
I was just in Tamarindo during the month of January and i have never surfed before either and it was perfect for me. Yes 4 feet does sound small but when your learning you don't want to go any bigger. Also there are many other spots along the beach within walking distance that have bigger breaks.
I enjoyed it so much i talked my brother into having his bachelor party down there so i am going to be back down there May22-30th. If you want to meet up i can show you around and the best places to eat/drink. Chao. Pura Vida!