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When is the best time to surf in Guanacaste

Best time to go

The best time to surf in Guanacaste is from April to October, when the offshore winds pick up and there’s a perfect SW groundswell giving you bigger waves from 1-3 meters (3-10 ft). Although this period receives more rain, the crowds have disappeared and waves have picked up.

In the dry and popular summer season from December to March, it’s the perfect time to surf for beginners, with consistent waves around 1 meter (3-4 ft) almost every day.

The best time to surf during the day in Guanacaste is during the morning, when there’s a offshore wind, compared to the afternoons with an onshore wind.

Because of its high water temperature year-round (26-28 C), there’s no need for a wetsuit and you can wear bikinis or boardshorts anytime!

Best time to go

The best time to surf in Guanacaste is from April to October, when the offshore winds pick up and there’s a perfect SW groundswell giving you bigger waves from 1-3 meters (3-10 ft). Although this period receives more rain, the crowds have disappeared and waves have picked up.

In the dry and popular summer season from December to March, it’s the perfect time to surf for beginners, with consistent waves around 1 meter (3-4 ft) almost every day.

The best time to surf during the day in Guanacaste is during the morning, when there’s a offshore wind, compared to the afternoons with an onshore wind.

Because of its high water temperature year-round (26-28 C), there’s no need for a wetsuit and you can wear bikinis or boardshorts anytime!

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What kind of food & nightlife is Guanacaste known for?

Going out in Guanacaste

Food

Guanacaste is a large area, located close to the airport. Because of its convenient location, you’ll find plenty of American food chains in the area. Obviously, you’ll still be able to find your local Casados (rice, beans, and fish dish) or tacos in the small lunch rooms around, but expect to be overwhelmed with North American classics.

Nightlife

In Guanacaste there are three main nightlife areas to visit. In Tamarindo, you’ll discover the surfer’s vibe in the large hostels around, throwing parties whenever they can. The northern beaches of Playa del Coco and Playa Hermosa never sleep, with American bars (e.g. the Hard Rock Cafe) open till early in the morning.

Guanacaste at a glance
Guanacaste has stunning nature parks, prime wave conditions, and party towns.
No Wetsuit Needed
Surf Guanacaste’s swells without a wetsuit, as you can wear bikinis and boardshorts all year long
Best Time
Surf in Guanacaste from April - October, when the offshore winds pick up and there’s a perfect SW groundswell
Airport Arrival
Look for connecting or domestic flights to Liberia, so you can surf within 1 hour after you land
Turtle Arribadas
From June-December hundreds of thousands come to ashore all at once to nest and lay their eggs, the spectacular phenomenon ‘arribadas’
Famous Surf
Guanacaste is home to the famous surf spots Witches Rock and Ollies Point and known for its consistent swell
National Parks
Connect with nature in Nosara and Santa Rosa national parks, home to the Howler Monkeys
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