Surfing expert Mark Kelly rates Playa Grande as "maybe the best overall spot in the country."
Magic Seaweed Surf Report
Renowned among surfers for its consistency and good mix of lefts and rights, Playa Grande is nestled within a beautiful crescent bay and known for its surf and sun. Our hotel is just a short walk to the main surf break. Playa Grande’s beach barrels hard and fast when the winds blow off shore. In addition to being steps from one of the most consistent surf spots in Central America, Rip Jack Inn is within driving distance to other surf breaks.
One of the most famous surf spots in Costa Rica is Playa Tamarindo, which is just across the estuary to the south. People can walk to the mouth of the estuary and paddle over or catch a water taxi. Surfers with a car can drive around the estuary to surf Tamarindo. The wave at Tamarindo is slightly easier than Playa Grande, and the line up is typically more crowded.
Playa Langosta is the next beach south of Tamarindo. The best waves can be found at the river mouth. Surfers staying in Playa Grande are encouraged to drive to Playa Langosta considering the distance.
Playa Avellanas is a 45 minute drive from Playa Grande, and given the right swell and wind conditions, this place can really go off. Surfers have three breaks to choose from: the beach access, the river mouth, and the rocky point break, Little Hawaii.
The waves at Playa Negra are reserved for more experienced surfers. This reef break is famous for its fast, hollow barrels. Surfers from all over the world come to Costa Rica to catch this rocky right.
Witch's Rock & Ollie's Point
Playa Grande is also a boat ride away from the world famous surf spots Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point. The staff at RipJack Inn is happy to book you a day or overnight charter so you and your buddies can catch epic surf.