Surf Spot: Playa Guiones
Break Type: Beach break
Difficulty Level: All surfers
Best Swell Direction: Northwest, West, Southwest
Ride Direction: Right and left
Tides: All tides – Rising and falling tides
Playa Guiones is a splendid white sand beach in Nosara stretching over a span of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles).
Nosara has many amazing surf destinations, but most surf enthusiasts who visit the town for surfing go straight for Playa Guiones where the weather is superb, the shores are clean and the waves are strong and smooth.
The surf spot is known to have one of the most consistent waves in Costa Rica as it features a beach break that peels to the right and left over a sandy bottom. The beach break has multiple peaks all along the shoreline. During the low tides, the waves are more steep and fast; thus, perfect for short boarders while during the mid to high tides, the waves are smooth, so the long boarders will have a fine time.
On good days, the waves ride to a long distance reaching up to 300 meters. The waves are gentle and smooth which makes them perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers. The southern end of the beach is best for beginners.
You will not be disappointed if you’re a seasoned surfer; the surf spot is quite fun to ride and on good days when big swells are picked up, the waves can even provide a nice challenge.
Playa Guiones is commonly referred to as a ‘swell magnet’. It gathers swells from both northern and southern hemispheres.
The size of swells starts working at 1.0 meters to 1.5 meters and holds up to 10 feet.
The wind blows from the East. During the dry season (from November to April), offshore wind blows in the morning creating the best platform for surfing. The months of December and January bring offshore winds that blow throughout the day.
During the rainy season, the waves get bigger in size, but less consistent and quite sloppy.
Playa Guiones is hardly ever crowded so surfers can ride the waves in peace.
The beach is surf-able almost 365 days a year, with about 250-300 days of shoulder to overhead size waves.
The best times to rip here are either in the early morning, or just before sunset which is arguably the best times to ride anyways.