The Tamarindo area has always been a surfing paradise, and its credibility was upped several notches when Bruce Brown’s seminal surfing docudrama Endless Summer II was partly filmed here. Most surfers ride the waves at Tamarindo, Playa Grande and adjacent Playa Langosta, an excellent surf beach a couple of kilometres south. The friendly and professional Iguana Surf (t2653-0148, wwww.iguanasurf.net), 500m southwest along the road to Playa Langosta, will almost certainly have you standing on a board by the end of your first class, while other popular schools include Tamarindo Adventures (t2653-0108, wwww.tamarindoaventuras.com) and Witch’s Rock Surf Camp (t2653-1705, wwww.witchsrocksurfcamp.com), named after one of the best breaks in the area.

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