Tamarindo Family Surf Lessons

Tamarindo Family Surf Lessons

Welcome to a new family surf adventure! Ready for your Tamarindo family surf lesson? Here we go! Hop aboard Enrique’s boat for a short water-taxi ride to another world. You are officially on your way to your Frijoles Locos Family Surf Lesson. Glide up the Tamarindo Estuary keeping an eye out for birds, monkeys, and crocodiles. Peek carefully into the mangroves, and keep your eyes scanning the riverbanks. You never know what you will see as you are transported away from the hustle and bustle of Tamarindo, to the small, quiet community of Playa Grande. Are you an explorer? Created with adventurous Tamarindo family visitors in mind, our Playa Grande surf lesson package is right for you if you are the kind of family who likes to do things a little different! How does it work? Once you have made your reservation, and have a confirmation, simply walk down the beach of Tamarindo, until you reach the ‘pangas’. Pangas are the name locals give to small boats. You will see the collection of boats that are on standby to take willing beach-walkers across the river. Here, Enrique (the boat captain) will meet you and take you 5-10 minutes up the river to Hotel Bula Bula, where your surf instructor and guide from Frijoles Locos Surf School will await you. From Hotel Bula Bula, you will jump in the Frijoles Locos surf-mobile and be driven to the most suitable part of the beach for learning to surf. Enjoy your 90-minute surf lesson away from the crowds and a far-cry from the hoards of other surf schools. Focus on learning, safety and fun....
5 reasons why Costa Rica rocks for family vacations:

5 reasons why Costa Rica rocks for family vacations:

Why does Costa Rica rock for family vacations? 1/ Easy to get to: With more flights than ever before, LIR (Liberia International Airport) is super accessible. With direct flights from Baltimore, LAX, Houston, Dallas, Miami, JFK and Atlanta, there is sure to be a hub close by. Added bonus, once the wheel touch the tarmac, the North Pacific hotspots such as Tamarindo and Playa Grande, are less than an hour’s drive away. 2/ Family-friendly: This becomes obvious the moment you line up for customs. Keep your eyes open for the family-friendly line to the far right of the customs/ immigration area at LIR. Families with small kids are welcome to glide right over to that special line, beating the boredom blues and cruising on through, fuss-free. Once outside the airport, you will get the feeling that family is everything. Many local families live 3 generations in one home- sometimes out of necessity, but get this: most wouldn’t dream of putting Grammy or Grampy in a nursing home or retirement village- it just isn’t done here! A positive side-effect of all this family-philia is that your rowdy, raucous kids won’t upset the apple-cart at any locally run restaurants. What does this mean for you? Less stress, more fun, happy family! 3/ Peaceful: Costa Rica has no army. Peace runs through Costa Rica like blood runs through your veins. People are generally very happy, friendly and non-confrontational. Police in Costa Rica are likely to smile and wave in response to your smile and wave- they aren’t scary! People are human in Costa Rica- courteous, and polite. Old-fashioned good manners are appreciated, and...

Frijoles Locos Online Store!

Frijoles Locos Online Store- New in 2017! November 3rd, 2017 is our 10th-year-anniversary. To celebrate, we have created the Frijoles Locos Online Store and are launching a fun giveaway for our loyal customers. First up and lots of fun, our popular t-shirts, towels, and hats are now available direct to you in the US, Canada and worldwide. Share with your friends and earn extra entries into the draw to win big. Choose from a brand new surfboard by Hayden Shapes OR a 7-night special vacation package for 4 people at Frijoles Locos Apartments. Keep an eye on new releases through social media posts. Tag us wherever you are, wearing your Frijoles Locos gear. Share with us to Facebook @frijoleslocos and Instagram #frijoleslocos. We look forward to seeing your photos! Buy gifts for your friends and family, and earn a chance to win prizes!   Remember Pura Vida land and day-dream big. See you soon. What isn’t new? Our physical location- if you are in Costa Rica on vacation, we would love to see you in our Playa Grande brick and mortar store too. We are still located at: Frijoles Locos Surf Shop 25 metros oeste de la escuela, Playa Grande, Cabo Velas, Guanacaste 50308...

The Choice: Tamarindo vs Playa Grande?

People ask us often, to explain the difference between Tamarindo vs Playa Grande? Everyone has a choice, so we should they choose one over the other? The final decision is ultimately yours, and is as individual as you are. Here is a little summary of Tamarindo and Playa Grande: Tamarindo: Tamarindo is much more touristy- busier, more shops, more people, more stuff… If you are looking for nightlife- clubs and bars are open late and there is a lot of choice in Tamarindo. Sharky’s is a top spot for sports-fans and a good time with great bar food. Tamarindo has a lot of restaurants but only a handful of outstanding ones. At the moment, Nordico, Seasons by Shlomy and Pangas are topping the charts. Pura Vegan, Noguis and Patagonia are great too. We also love Bamboo Sushi for their ambiance and delicious sushi of course! Activities are more readily accessible in Tamarindo and it is easier to join in on group activities as there are more people. Like Playa Grande, Tamarindo also has good surfing but the waves at Tamarindo’s best spots tend to be smaller in size than Playa Grande’s main peak. Down-side to Tamarindo is that the learning to surf area is small and crowded with surf schools. Playa Grande:  Playa Grande is more peaceful. Uncrowded is the keyword for Playa Grande. There are a couple commercial stores (our surf shop and another), a collection of small boutique hotels, and a lovely, uncrowded 4km stretch of beach. The beach of Playa Grande is separated from Tamarindo by an estuary. The only place you will find a crowd is...
Surf Etiquette and Safety

Surf Etiquette and Safety

Surf safety and surf etiquette are paramount to an enjoyable surf session for everyone involved. Surfing is fun, it’s adrenaline-pumping and life-changing. Surfing can also be dangerous to you, and those around you- like any sport, or activity, there are guidelines for best practices. Keep reading, to discover how you can minimize the chance of accidents, conflicts with other surfers and maintain good vibes and good karma! Select the most appropriate location for your skill level. If in doubt, ask your local surf shop. Surfer closest to where the wave broke has priority, or in some places, it’s the person first on their feet. Stay out of the way of other surfers- when paddling out, paddle towards the broken part of the wave so you avoid interfering with surfers on the green face. Don’t be a wave hog- take turns, encourage others. Be observant, pay attention at all times. Assist a fellow surfer in trouble or distress. Spend a little time speaking to locals before surfing- figure out the local vibe, how best to fit in. Your board is a missile and has the potential to harm another person. Never ditch your board when a surfer is behind you- hold onto it like a life depends on it. Remember a 9ft board with a 9ft leash has a reach of close to 20 feet…. and your fellow surfer on a similar board has the same… try and keep a good 40ft from other beginners. Relax, have fun, don’t be a jerk. Smile, share and lift the spirits of those around...
In- house Chef and Catering in Playa Grande.

In- house Chef and Catering in Playa Grande.

Over the years, many visitors have really appreciated the local knowledge and seamless service we offer in our role as Concierge Services Provider. As a result, we receive countless requests for assistance in securing activities, tours and also, services of an in-house chef, or catering, from prospective visitors to Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Frijoles Locos Concierge Service can recommend and reserve, on your behalf, someone to take the chore of cooking off your hands while on vacation, allowing you to simply relax, enjoy the sunsets, savor a cerveza and sit down to a culinary delight. From high-end, gourmet chef services, to middle of the road yet quality cuisine and down the budget scale to a simple delivery service of catered meals, we have what you need. Does a home-delivered meal of chicken lasagne or Spanish Seafood Paella sound appealing? How about fish crepes or beef tenderloin with creamy mushroom sauce. Food allergies, or particular dietary requests? No problem! Also available, an in- house cooking class where you can learn to cook typical Costa Rican food and extend the vacation mode when you repeat the experience back home. There are many wonderful restaurant options here in Playa Grande too- so make sure you leave time to explore some of our favorites such as the RipJack Inn, Hotel Bula Bula, Cafe del Pueblo, El Huerto Pizzeria or La Marejada. The Taco Star has delicious and great value tacos for lunch, and there are always new restaurants opening up each season. Email us for the most updated list. Contact our concierge team at [email protected] to find the best chef or cook options for...
What to take on your trip to Costa Rica?

What to take on your trip to Costa Rica?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive, is what to take on your trip to Costa Rica? While we aren’t experts in all areas of Costa Rica, we sure can suggest some must-haves for your trip to Playa Grande and other beachy towns. If you have ideas you think we should add to the list, feel free to email us, we would love to hear from you! Below is your packing list: Sunscreen- a water-resistant type- we stock SunBum and HeadHunter which are great! Beach pants (for sunset watching, mosquito-free) Long sleeved lightweight shirt (as above) Insect repellant (especially May through to end November) US dollars in smaller denominations of up to $50’s (don’t exchange your cash back home, the exchange rate will be awful!) Sarong which can double as a beach blanket Flip-flops A pair of Tevas/ Keens/ sneakers you can get wet or dirty (for the adventure day, horseback riding, white water tubing and other super fun adventurous activities!) If you plan on scuba-diving, bring your PADI card. Items you no longer need at home and wish to donate to a good cause- used sneakers, clothing, always are appreciated at CEPIA, a fantastic local charity. Also, any spare space you might have for Pack for a Purpose items would be greatly appreciated and can be left at Frijoles Locos to be taken to La Paz Community School. Toiletries (Toothpaste is more pricey here, razors for shaving too. Tampons aren’t all that easy to get here and variety is limited… plus the price is super high. Check out the Diva Cup for a very travel-friendly alternative...
4 Key Tips for Beginner Surfers

4 Key Tips for Beginner Surfers

How Beginner Surfers can Stand Up on a Wave their First Time Surfing No doubt about it, learning to surf is hard! Here are 4 tips for beginner surfers, to ensure you stand up on a wave the first time you surf. 1/ Determine if you are goofy or regular foot. Goofy foot surfers have their right foot forward and regular foot surfers have their left foot forward. If you snowboard or skateboard, you should already know which of these you are. If not, have a friend push you from behind and whichever foot you step forward with first, becomes your front foot. 2/ Practice pop-ups on the beach. Draw a cross in the sand and lay down on it so your chest rests on the center of the cross. With hands in a wide push-up position, at chest level, draw your tummy in, to create space for your front leg to come through and plant your front foot at the center of the cross. Your back foot remains behind. Both your feet should be perpendicular to the vertical center line, not parallel as if you were skiing. Repeat, as many times as needed, until you nail the pop-up. 3/ Keep your hands flat. Think stable table. Hands flat on the surfboard will keep the surfboard steady. A common beginner surfer mistake is to grab the edges of the surfboard like reading a book- it will rock and roll and you will fall off. 4/ White-water first. Stay in the area of the beach where the waves have already broken. This area is referred to as the white-water. Allow the white-water waves to push you toward the beach, and stand...
Frijoles Locos Annual SALE Event Details

Frijoles Locos Annual SALE Event Details

Save the date and clear your calendar for the 10th annual Frijoles Locos sale event! TAMARINDO residents, read below for info regarding free transport etc. Date: Sept 16th and 17th, 2017 Time: 10am to 5pm Where: Frijoles Locos Surf Shop, PLAYA GRANDE 10% off GO PRO and accessories 20% off VonZipper sunglasses, Dot Dash sunglasses, Dakine backpacks. 30% off remaining Nixon watches 30% off all brand name CLOTHING including Volcom, Billabong, Hurley, Body Glove, RipCurl and more.. 30% off accessories such as leashes, fins, traction pads. 50% off all FRIJOLES LOCOS items including beach bags, footballs, frisbees, towels, hats, tees, tanks and more… 80% off all items on SALE rack PLUS random boxes of ultra-discounted items to clear out no matter what!! EVENTS and EXTRAS: M and M’s guessing competition with proceeds going to CEPIA FREE SILVER PATRON margarita with every purchase over $50 (until supply runs out, limit 2 per person) FREE beer to first 50 customers with PURCHASE (must show receipt) HOT DOG BBQ on Saturday with free hot dog with purchase (must show receipt) TAMARINDO residents/ visitors: Free transport BOAT-JEEP-BOAT from the Tamarindo Estuary, by the MINAE shack. Free transport only with a show of receipt of purchase, otherwise transport is at a nominal cost of $5 per person. Boat transport will be to Hotel Bula Bula on the Playa Grande side of the estuary, and from there, in an 8 seater vehicle directly to Frijoles Locos. For more information, call shop 2652 9235 See you there!! SALE ANUAL FRIJOLES LOCOS, PLAYA GRANDE Reserven la fecha en su calendario. Vecinos de TAMARINDO, abajo las indicaciones sobre el transporte...
Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

    PLAYA GRANDE: Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande’s best spots and nearby surf breaks…To surf Playa Grande, Costa Rica you will need to access the beach at one of a few options. The main public beach access is at the end of the road straight down from Frijoles Locos Surf Shop, where Hotel Las Tortugas is, and 200 meters north of here known as ‘the palm trees’. Palm trees are great for families, offering good shade. Both places have guarded parking for $2 per vehicle. Don’t leave anything in the car anywhere, ever! Palm Trees surf spot is closest to Casa Costa Palmera, Casa Sylmar, Casa Blanca, Villa Siempre, Villa Olivia and Casa Mirage. Nearby the rock there is a wedgy beach break but not good for beginners. Beginner surfers should stick to Palm Trees or between Casa Mirage and around 100m north of Hotel Las Tortugas. There is parking in front of RipJack Inn also, but not guarded. No matter what, never leave anything in your car. Ever. It takes a good 25-30 minutes to walk to or from the Tamarindo estuary to the main peak in front of Hotel Las Tortugas. Main peak has plenty of crowd, plenty of vibe, and should only be surfed by competent strong intermediates and up. Palm Beach Estates to the south end of Playa Grande has a long stretch of beach with breaks all along. Sandy bottom… tends to have more walled up waves but can be fun on the right day. Casitas is at the very south of the beach before the river-mouth. Other nearby breaks include Playa Avellanas (all...