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Guanacaste Surf Break Survey – Part 3: The South
By Alex Espir

South from Samara to Mal Pais
The expanse of coast that exists between these parts of Guanacaste remains mostly unchartered. So with a boat or a good 4x4 and some time there are bound to be some good uncrowded waves between these locations. The Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is famous for the surfing region around Mal Pais.

Playa Carmen
(Beginner to Intermediate)
2km south lays Playa Carmen, a much softer mellower version of Santa Teresa. The waves are fatter (less steep) and slower in comparison to most other beaches, but it is Surfable through all the tides. So it is pretty consistent and a sure bet for the region.

Mar Azul - Mal Pais
Beginner to Advanced (depending on swell size and crowd factor)
Fun but inconsistent! Left point break located in front of the Mar Azul hotel. Needs a large to huge SW swell to work well. It is often the only place to surf in the region when the surf gets massive. Such as it can get very crowded under these conditions.

Santa Teresa
Beginner to advance (depending on size)
Before you arrive at Mal Pais, you need to pass through Santa Teresa. Often regarded as one of the best beach breaks along this coastline. Depending on swell direction longer rights and long lefts breaking over san bottom can often get hollow. The beach is best on a big SW swell. Santa Teresa can hold some size, it gets big. Best on mid to low tide.

This page brought to you by Innocent Surf School.



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