- Pico Grande & Pico Pequeño
We'll start with two of Tamarindo's big daddies: Pico Grande and Pico Pequeño. They're pretty easy to find; just head out to Playa Tamarindo, stand with your back to the Diria, and look right. You see those rocky outcroppings? Pico Grande is on the left (south) and Pico Pequeño is on the right (north), and they're two of the most advanced breaks on Playa Tamarindo. True to name, Pico Grande gets big on good days; catch the right swell, and you can ride right into Pico Pequeño (not so pequeño, with shoulder-high waves), via the frothing whitewater between the two breaks. Be very careful, as these twin Tamarindo advanced surfing spots are for advanced-surfers only during high-tide and a Do Not Ride at low tide.
- Isla Capitán (Captain Island)
- Playa Grande
- Playa Marbella
- Playa Langosta
Located about a kilometer south of downtown Tamarindo, rocky Playa Langosta pulls a few punches with fast currents, big waves, and left- and right-breaks at Langosta's southern end. On a good day, the waves level a serious challenge and, even on a not-so-good day, Langosta's surf offers thrills for skilled surfers who aren't afraid of rocky bottoms. Be careful at the river mouth.
- Playa Negra
- Witch's Rock