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Surfing in Gulf of Papagayo

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Surfing in Gulf of Papagayo

Hi Everyone

Does anyone know if you can surf in Gulf of Papagayo? I am staying at the Allegro Papagayo and am very interesting in surfing while in Costa Rica

I read somewhere that Tamarindo may be the closest place to surf, does anyone know how far that is and how much of a cab/bus ride it would be?


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1. Re: Surfing in Gulf of Papagayo

There are no surfing beaches near the Allegro Papagayo. You can however take a boat out of Playas del Coco to Witches Rock and Ollies Point for what is said to be great surfing.

Playa Grande and Tamarindo are within an hour+- by car. Not sure how long the bus ride would be. It would cost around $75 or so for a cab or transfer each way, so it may be worth renting a small car. Both are great spots for beaching and surfing.

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2. Re: Surfing in Gulf of Papagayo

You will need to go to Tamarindo or Playa Grande for surf, approx an hour and 15 minutes drive.

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Witch's Rock and Ollie's point are the closest to Allegro, and they are world famous surf breaks. You can get there by boat, or to Witch's Rock by 4x4.

Playa Grande and Tamarindo are another option to get to by car to the south.

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4. Re: Surfing in Gulf of Papagayo

Hey Gita,

Witch's Rock is a great suggestion for surfing, but you really need to be an intermediate to advanced surfer in order to enjoy it. Tamarindo is an easy wave for beginner and intermediate surfers, whereas Playa Grande is a little bit faster and more of an intermediate break.

Just a head's up about the public bus system in Costa Rica... Although they are a really economical way to get yourself around the country and also provide a little bit of local flavor to your travels, they are also quite difficult to navigate and generally take twice the amount of time travelling between destinations, because they stop basically wherever and whenever a passenger needs to get on/off.

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We went surfing in Tamarindo. I am not sure of your skill level but Tamarindo is good for begginers/amatuers and there a few shops to rent boards from or get lessons at really good rates. I "heard" that the witches rock was more for experienced surfers based on what our instructer said.

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