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Playa Guiones - A Mecca for surfers on Costa Rica holidays

  • 07-Dec-10 17:20
  • Costa Rica
  • San Francisco Chronicle

Surfers planning their Costa Rica holidays will find a little piece of paradise at Playa Guiones, a remote jungle hamlet with a beautiful pristine palm-infringed beach and crescent shaped cove which provides excellent surfing conditions.

Playa Guiones - A Mecca for surfers on Costa Rica holidays

Though Playa Guiones may not be as well known as the Gold Coast in Australia or the Northern shores of Hawaii, this picturesque beach offers excellent conditions for surfers enjoying their Costa Rica holidays.

The remote jungle hamlet is situated in the Nosara region on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Playa Guiones features a crescent shaped cove with a pristine palm-infringed beach and excellent surfing conditions for visitors who have stepped off the commercial track and are seeking idyllic surroundings and a laid-back atmosphere during their holidays in Costa Rica.

The non-stop rolling waves offer excellent conditions for surfers whether they are beginners, or more experienced surfers looking for an endless ride.

The six-mile stretch of soft sandy beach and consistent waves attracts tourists on Costa Rica holidays and avid surfers but visitors won't find commercial fast food groups or high end expensive restaurants on this beachfront.

Instead, the area is dotted with local friendly restaurants and surf schools, and the larger Costa Rica hotels, resorts and restaurants are tucked away from within the lush jungle of the Ostional Nature Reserve with its howler monkeys, pizotes, exotic birds, iguanas situated just 200 metres inland, leaving the pristine stretch of light sand beaches unspoilt.

Surfers and tourists usually congregate on the northern end of Playa Guiones beach where the lack of rocks, safe currents and rolling waves are a Mecca for enthusiastic surfers of all levels.

The chilled out idyllic surroundings offer a fantastic spot for relaxation in the sun and if travellers are feeling restless, they can head off for a hike in the protected Ostional Nature Reserve which is teeming with exotic creatures and brightly coloured flora and fauna.

There are plenty of fishing opportunities along this stretch of coast and many of the local restaurants will be happy to cook any successful catches for a minimal charge so travellers can enjoy their sea bass, tuna, snapper, langoustines or prawns amid authentic Costa Rican surroundings.

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