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Mal Pais beaches too rough to learn to surf?

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Mal Pais beaches too rough to learn to surf?

We (family of 4, kids 11 & 14) are traveling to Costa Rica during the 3rd & 4th week in August. Travel dates are limited by kids' camp and school schedules. We want to do many things, one of which is learn to surf. Just spoke with an Amex travel specialist who says Mal Pais beaches were too rough - waves too big and undertow too strong for learning to surf. Better to learn at Nosara or Tamarindo. Posts I've read on Trip Advisor seem to say that Mal Pais beaches are good for learning to surf. So was this "specialist" just there at a bad time? Feeling confused - please advise.

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11. Re: Mal Pais beaches too rough to learn to surf?

Wow, thanks everyone for all the information - surfers and Costa Rica experts alike. We have adapted our plans to stay in Tamarindo at Hotel Capitan Suizo for 3 days of surf lessons - to give us some time to get the hang of it. Your posts tell me we've picked a good place. Really appreciate all the feedback. Thanks.

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12. Re: Mal Pais beaches too rough to learn to surf?

I was there in Feb, this year ans I never surf before we were at low tide at playa carmen and it was PERFECT! better then Tamarindo where the wave were breaking by the beach. I would recommend to anybody to start in MP. and if you want a Great instructor I had Teal from the mal pais surf camp. Like I said it was the first time and on the 2nd wave I was up and riding it.

Of course I say wave, but as a biginner it was the white from the wave...

Really I would recommand Mal Pais. It is such a nice place.

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