bodysurfing break playa guiones nosara costa rica

Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

  • Tide: Best bodysurfing conditions are noramally going off on mid-tide
  • Wind: Blowing in from the East is most suitable
  • Swell: A pumping South West is ideal
  • Notes: The huge sandy beach here is a great place to learn to surf …

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Northern Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Nosara was recently named one of the top 20 surf towns in the world by National Geographic, but don’t worry, it’s not ruined yet. The roads are too bad for a lot of people!

Playa Guiones is an incredibly consistent beach break, pulling in swell all year-round. Usually they have 300+ days of pretty good surf, and 40-50 really good days a year.

Some swells will get really fast and hollow on a lower tide. High tide tends to get too fat for bodysurfing, unless there’s a big swell, and then it can pump on high tide. Morning off-shores are the best, and occasionally the off-shores will blow all day, but most days the on-shores come on between 10AM or 11AM, making it too crumbly.

Between 2.5 to 5 feet of deep water swell at periods ranging from 15-18 seconds are ideal, and can create long waves with heights up to 15 feet. Occasionally a big NW swell will make it all the way down here, and create long, barreling rights.

Information provided by: Ray Moss

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