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Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« on: February 19 2011 10:02:00 »
Where's the best base for a January 2012 surf tour -- Hermosa or Tamarindo?
RE: Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« Reply #1 on: July 23 2011 05:07:00 »
I just came back for a surf camp week in Tamarindo at costa rica surf club, they toke me surf daily with a guide to all best spots, around 15 waves all within 40 min. drive from Tamarinndo, outer reefs, beach breaks, rivermouths, point reefs, barrels, all kinds of waves, i recomend this base for surf trips, plus you can walk to at least 3 different waves in Tamarindo.
RE: Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« Reply #2 on: July 23 2011 11:07:00 »
Neither, just came back from CR and visited both. CR must be the most over rated surf country in the world. Crowded, mediocre waves, not that cheap and theft from the crack heads is a major problem
RE: Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« Reply #3 on: August 22 2011 15:08:00 »
Don't bother with either... head straight for Santa Teresa. The best thing ever about CR... Enjoy.
RE: Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« Reply #4 on: August 23 2011 07:08:00 »
Santa Teresa? You mean the dirt road town with 3 restaurants, 1 decent place to stay and a hell of a shitty close opt wave in front?
That place is soo overrated. In fact I agre with a previous poster that the whole of CR as a suirf trip is overrated, maybe 25 years ago it was a nice place.
RE: Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« Reply #5 on: August 24 2011 20:08:00 »
Hey guys, I'm native Tico, if you experienced bad surf here in CR, well tough luck. We have waves for all tastes, it is a surf paradise when there is swell, and it is a known retreat for amateurs and pro surfers.
It really depends on the swell, Tamarindo is a great choice since there are like 10 beaches with good surf around; but Tamarindo itself is too crowded and there is almost never good surf.
You should also consider Osa Peninsula (South Pacific), like Pavones (one of the largest waves in the world) or even Puerto Viejo (Atlantic Ocean), but that is for more experienced surfers.
If I were to come from another country I wouldn't really plan ahead, I would come to San Jose, and then check were there is going to be swell, and follow the waves!!
RE: Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« Reply #6 on: November 01 2011 08:11:00 »
I am out in CR at the moment on a month long surf trip because my sister is working out here. I have now switched from the Pacific to the Caribbean and back to the Pacific without any decent waves. Santa Teresa is the worst place I have ever travelled to and I have travelled and surfed all over the world. Puerto Viejo (Caribbean is OK but dangerous for crime if you don`t keep your wits about you). Jaco isn`t as bad as people make out just arrived in Manuel Antonio after visiting Panama and Bocas del Toro which has been my favourite place and really does have some good waves. Cannot stress enough to avoid Santa Teresa and Mal Pais but in general I would plan a trip in another country. CR is frequently poor value in my opinion.
RE: Surf Camp Base - Tamarindo or Hermosa?« Reply #7 on: November 16 2011 12:11:00 »
Costa Rica is awesome -- great waves and great people. When you travel, you have to keep your eyes peeled no matter where you are. Playa Hermosa in the Central Pacific zone is awesome place to base from and allows easy access to other breaks; and it is easy to find people to surf with no matter what your level because there is a break for everyone. Plus, there are lots of options to stay -ranging from hostel budget to nicer. Hermosa is super mellow -- I took my chic there and it worked out perfect. We were able to travel thru out the zone and even over to the Nicoya peninsula super easy and down South to the Osa Peninsula. Road conditions were good for traveling. Check out www.rovercam.com, www.crsurfcam.com for pics to that show the surf is good.