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Too rough surf for kids?

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Too rough surf for kids?

Santa Teresa sounds like my family's vibe. Just concerned about the ocean being too rough for enjoyable swimming if its primarily a surfing area. Looks gorgeous and we love that its so close to cabo blanco nature preserve, not filled with tourist but lively enough. No casinos or large resorts make it all so tempting. (If I'm wrong about any of that, please inform). Just really want to make sure we can swim and enjoy. Kids are 7 and 10.

Thanks for any info....

San Jose, Costa Rica
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11. Re: Too rough surf for kids?

I like better Santa Teresa area and Malpais than Samara, for me Samara is more touristy and not a National Park like Cabo Blanco nearby, just beach, no forests to visit. Santa Teresa is a rough beach, yes, but there are many near by with calmer waters, the ferry ride is very interesting also, and the food options I like more Santa Teresa and Malpais. Think twice.

Costa Rica
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12. Re: Too rough surf for kids?

Completely agree - there are a ton of places kids can swim in the ST area. Some spots are better for surfing, so can be rougher, but there are some great spots for swimming and tide pool exploring too. The beach extends over 15+ kms from Mal Pais to Manzanillo, it's not all for surfers. There are a reason why there are a gazillion young families living here full-time, and we see young kids in the water all the time...just need to get out and explore the area!

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13. Re: Too rough surf for kids?

Just stumbled on to this topic. We are looking to visit CR for the first time over Christmas break 2013. We hope to visit three different areas during our two weeks and one of the areas we are thinking about is Mal Pais area since we have friends who raved about the area. I was looking at VRBO places in Santa Teresa. We have boys who will be 12 & 14 at that time. They are pretty strong swimmers and LOVE boogie boarding and getting beat up by the waves. They have been around some pretty rough waves in Hawaii and Puerto Rico during the winter months. They also surfed some in Hawaii (not huge waves though.) They would probably want to surf a couple of times but the main thing they would want to do is boogie board or body surf. Samara was mentioned for families and good swimming...does that mean it is calm? or are there still waves? Would the beaches around Santa Teresa be too rough or dangerous for what MY boys want to do? If we stayed at a VRBO place in Santa Teresa, would there be better beaches we could drive to? Thanks!

Chicago, Illinois
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14. Re: Too rough surf for kids?

LUVSML your issue is quite different from the original posters as your sons are older and surf. Better to start your own question on the forum to get more relevant info. Might also want to check out recent forum post: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g309247-i3245-k611… about Samara and surfing.

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15. Re: Too rough surf for kids?

Thanks crfan for the link to the recent post. I had just stumbled upon Samara while looking on the Santa Teresa forum but had not looked on Samara forum yet - definitely good info on the waves there. I think we would be looking for an area with more wave action. I will post my question as a new topic.

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