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Pico Grande and Pico Pequeño (Tamarindo) Surf Spot Guide

Hotels in Tamarindo

Witch's Rock Surf Camp
Witch's Rock Surf Camp is located beach front in Tamarindo
La Botella de Leche
Hostel in Tamarindo with pool surrounded by a garden

This wave breaks in front of the well known Diria Hotel, which is equipped with one of the biggest pools of Central America. Not the small pool in front, I am writing about the one in the back.

Pico Grande is the outside reef and Pico Pequeño the wave further inside. Both spots can get crowded!

The wave, which is sucked over the reef, builts up to a hollow wave at both spots. This right breaking wave is best surfed at mid-tide. A reef like this can bring your vacations to an abrupt stop. To get back into shape a spot like river mouth is the less risky option.

Photos of Pico Grande and Pico Pequeño (Tamarindo)

There are several surf schools in Tamarindo, it is a good place to start surfing.

There are several surf schools in Tamarindo, it is a good place to start surfing.

Small, fun waves in Tamarindo.

Small, fun waves in Tamarindo.


The best time to surf Pico grande and Pico Pequeño is usually in the morning and in the evening. During the day it often is windy.

The best time to surf Pico grande and Pico Pequeño is usually in the morning and in the evening. During the day it often is windy.

Surfing a small wave during a morning session with an offshore breeze.

Surfing a small wave during a morning session with an offshore breeze.

The wave breaks over a reef infront of the Diria Hotel.

The wave breaks over a reef infront of the Diria Hotel.

A nice clean left wave during a morning session.

A nice clean left wave during a morning session.

 

Pico Grande and Pico Pequeño (Tamarindo) on the map