Where to surf in Tamarindo?
Tamarindo is the perfect destination for surfers, as it provides waves year-round, warm water, and natural beauty around the beach.
There are six surf breaks in Tamarindo, both beach breaks and point breaks, which offer a variety of conditions making it ideal for all levels of surfers.
Surf in Tamarindo is scheduled according to ocean tides, the ideal time to surf in most of the surf breaks is approximately two hours before and after full high tide; The tides change every day so make sure to check them before heading out to surf.
You can check the tides hours at the end of this page in the Tamarindo surf report or send a message to Tidal Wave’s surf instructors, and we will be happy to help you.
Capitán Suizo Spot
This surf spot is located on the south side of Tamarindo beach, behind the Capitan Suizo Hotel, a name given to the spot by the locals.
In this surf spot the bottom is sandy, the waves are smooth and small most of the time, and is usually less crowded than other surfing spots, making it an ideal spot for beginners.
Capitan Suizo spot is the main location for our beginner surf lessons. It is an ideal spot for beginners surfers to learn surfing and practice without worry.
Tamarindo River Mouth (Boca del Rio):
This is the most popular spot on Tamarindo Beach which offers a variety of breaks for surfers of all skill levels. and is known for its fun, playful waves. The beach break is the most popular spot for beginners and longboarders.
This is a point break located to the south of Tamarindo River Mouth that offers powerful, fast waves. It is a popular spot for experienced surfers.
This is a reef break located to the south of Tamarindo River Mouth. It is known for its long, hollow waves and is a popular spot for experienced surfers.
This is a point break located in front of the Diria hotel, and it is a popular spot for intermediate and advanced surfers. It's a great spot for Goofy footers. If you are lucky you can catch a small barrel at the beginning of the wave. Be aware that this right wave ends in rocks, so consult a local guide before entering.
A small island called Isla Capitán lies about 400 meters west of Capitán Suizo and about one-kilometer southwest of Tamarindo Beach break. Only experienced big wave riders should surf this deep water, offshore spot. Usually only surfed at low tide, this reef and rock-bottomed break offer excellent surfing opportunities. It is highly recommended that you take a jet ski or a boat to reach this break.