Located on Costa Rica's Nicoua Peninsula, Tamarindo Beach connects the Pacific to the Tamarindo River Delta, providing awesome conditions for beginners looking to learn how to surf on their vacation.
The beach can get crowded for this reason, so more experienced surfers can head just across the river mouth to El Estero, which provides longboarders with a solid break, or La Casita, with fast beach breaks.
Walking distance just north of both surf spots is Playa Grande, where waves are frequent and crowds are few.
Best time to surf: March through October
Best surf event to watch: There aren't any major events coming up, but this is a great spot to kick back and watch surfers in action any time during the season.