Nicaragua vs Costa Rica for a Surf/Yoga Trip

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by ElBrooklyn, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. ElBrooklyn

    ElBrooklyn Active Member

    Oct 17, 2014
    NYC-EH-MTK and LBC
    Anybody have any thoughts or recommendations for trying to find a spot where I can surf and my girlfriend can stretch? Or for which location might be better for waves?

    Right now we're debating between spots in Playa Maderas, Nic, and Tamarindo, CR.

    Any insight appreciated.
  2. japsom

    japsom Active Member

    Jan 8, 2016
    USA California
    deleted. wrong thread. maybe i need to browse with one tab at a time.
  3. Lycokayaker

    Lycokayaker Active Member

    Sep 21, 2017
    never surfed either to be honest..... However was looking at going to Mark and Daves place in Nicaragua in a few weeks last minute get away and they offer surf and yoga... Best of both worlds?
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  4. takedown

    takedown Active Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    Eugene, OR
    You might consider Nosara Costa Rica. It's a yoga hotspot and the surf is more consistent than Tamarindo.

    Tamarindo is great as well with several breaks nearby (one right out front), one across the river (grande) and avellanas 30 minutes up the road. There are places in town for yoga as well.

    Getting around Tamarindo is easy and doesn't require a car. Nosara, you'll need a car. There is more to do in Tamarindo, but still plenty of options in Nosara. There is a dead season in Nosara when many things close in Sept and Oct and I wouldn't recommend going at that time.

    If you decide on Tamarindo and are interested in guided surf tours, the witch's rock surf camp is a lot of fun and good value.

    Have fun!
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  5. glider_boy

    glider_boy Active Member

    Apr 14, 2011
    Haven't spent time in Tamarindo, but have spent time in Nosara and agree it's definitely a huge yoga hot-spot.

    Playa Guiones (main beach in town) is a long stretch of beachbreak. You can get by without a car there (assuming you get a driver to and from airport) if you stay in town and confine your surfing to that beach. It's super-reliable and a fun break, but not Pavones or anything like that quality-wise. If you want other surf options, agree you'll need a car.

    It's been several years since I have been to Nosara, so not sure what crowds are like these days. It's been buzzy for quite a while tho.
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  6. 306Bing

    306Bing Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2015
    I went to Solid Surf Adventure, in Nicaragua last November after Thanksgiving. Not the best time for waves, but we surfed every day and had a blast. I'm 54 and fairly active and went with some local NJ guys and some late 20-year-olds from NYC that one of us works with. Both age groups had fun surfing and spearfishing. Food was good, drinks included. Yoga was included, but since none of us cared about it we did not set it up. We did not leave the resort for other breaks. Not because of fear, but waves were good enough right out front. They pick up and drop off at airport which is good for avoiding local police looking for a handout. The best part of the place is locals are cool and waves for everyone. Not crowded at all.

    Here's link to the place:
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  7. Fishy

    Fishy Active Member

    Aug 22, 2014
    I’ve been to CR to surf a couple of times. First time I travelled around including tamarindo and down to Santa Teresa. Surf at Ollie’s Point was epic but tamarindo is a total dump of a town. Like a mini TJ. Santa Teresa was a lot nicer and on my second trip I went back there. Neither place is cheap though.
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  8. NJ Longboarder

    NJ Longboarder Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Playa Guiones is a good spot. Pure beach break so no the longest of waves, but I've been twice and we had great surf both times. We walked around mostly but rented a car to get to further restaurants. If heading solo, the Harbor Reef Hotel is a decent spot.

    Be sure to lock up your stuff. Someone got into our house the last trip and cleaned us out. We weren't careful at all so it was our fault as well. Get lulled into the laid back vibe sometimes. Lesson learned.
  9. ElBrooklyn

    ElBrooklyn Active Member

    Oct 17, 2014
    NYC-EH-MTK and LBC
    Thanks for all the tips, Jam-dudes. We decided on Tamarindo as we know somebody who lives local and will hook us up with rides and surf guides. Staying at the Vista Villas, which is apparently a short walk to the beach and to the cross-estuary ferry to Playa Grande.

    Now just gotta make sure JetBlue delivers my board in one piece....
  10. xyzzy

    xyzzy Active Member

    Sep 2, 2014
    Encinitas, CA
    +1 for witchs rock surf camp. This year will be our 6th year doing a big group trip there (15-25 people), and we continue to go every year for a reason. Nothing like Ollie's on a head high day!

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