Water Adventures Abound Both Above & Below the Surface
Jump In and Enjoy The 84 Degree Water!
The Casa Baula is perfectly situated on one of the most consistent beach breaks in Costa Rica. You'll enjoy both left and right breaks, that have been known to hold up to almost double overhead. Although the best is right off the back patio, if variety is what you're after: Playa Tamarindo (10 minute walk down the beach), Playa Avellanas, Playa Langosta, and Playa Negra are also fun and just a short drive from Playa Grande. Also nearby is world famous Witch's Rock and Ollie's Point. Both are easily reached by boat when the swell is big. Board rentals, surf lessons, and trips to Ollie's and Witch's can be coordinated through our Concierge and Frijoles Locos Surf Shop. Check out the surf on Playa Grande LIVE, at this moment. Remember this is a minute by minute live cam. If the image is dark, please check back during daylight hours.
SNORKELING & SUNSET SAILING:
The perfect way to spend the day or to watch the sunset. It's not uncommon to see dolphins, turtles, jumping manta rays and maybe even humpback whales. Sailing adventures can be booked on large party boat style catamarans or on smaller more private, smaller boats. For small groups we love the panga boat experience on Life is Better at Sea. Our Concierge, can assist with boat recommendations and reservations.
The Pacific Ocean, off Playa Grande, is teeming with wild life, due to our proximity to the continental shelf. The volcanic rock formation known as the Catalina Islands (Las Catalinas), along with almost 30 other dive spots nearby, provide a home to a large variety of underwater species. The Catalinas are famous for sea life such as giant manta rays, bat rays, spotted eagle rays and sting rays, barracudas, sea turtles, moray eels, giant groupers, white tip and tiger sharks, red snapper, starfish, sea fans, live coral reefs and much, much more. Diving to a depth of 18 meters (59 feet) is recommended to encounter more species. The best visibility is between 5 meters (16 feet) and 35 meters (114 feet). There are six regularly dived sites at the Catalina Islands, which are a quick 8 miles off the coast of Flamingo or 19 nautical miles from Tamarindo. December through April are considered to be the best months for diving, given that during this time period it is almost certain you will see schools of giant Mantas swim by with wing spans of 12 ft to 20 feet.
If you prefer to enjoy the animals living above the water, an early morning estuary tour is the ideal adventure. The Tamarindo Estuary covers more than 1200 acres of purely salt water jungle, and is the heart of the Tamarindo Wildlife Sanctuary. A boat will take you on a magnificent wildlife expedition where you will see countless species of animals and birds, including howler monkeys, anteaters, iguanas and crocodiles. Water birds and raptors gather especially during the dry season. You will also enjoy spectacular foliage made up of red, white, and black buttonwood and the rare tea mangroves. Book a tour with Enrique, the best guide on the Estuary. Another option is to rent a kayak and explore the estuary on your own.
You'll never forget the thrill of catching a sailfish on the fly...releasing a giant marlin...reeling in a wahoo...or battling a hundred pound tuna. The waters in Costa Rica are famous for year 'round sport fishing. While each year may be slightly different, the catch rate for all game fish (sailfish, blue, black, and striped marlin, yellow fin tuna, dorado, wahoo, grouper, roosterfish, snapper) is fairly consistent all months of the year. Tamarindo's proximity to the continental shelf makes for a very short run time to prime fishing grounds. A variety of boat sizes and engines are available, from a small bare bones operation to a large luxury 300HP, twin engine boat. Contact our Concierge for assistance in selecting the boat and crew that's right for you.