The Choice: Tamarindo vs Playa Grande?

People ask us often, to explain the difference between Tamarindo vs Playa Grande? Why should they choose one over the other? The choice and final decision is ultimately yours, and 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. Tamarindo has a lot of restaurants. I am told, however, by some who frequent there, that it is hard to find a great one. Always a good idea to ask locals. At the moment, Nordico, Seasons by Shlomy and Pangas are topping the charts, along with Pura Vegan, Noguis and La Bodega. Activities are more readily accessible in Tamarindo. Like Playa Grande, it also has good surfing. Down-side is that the learning to surf area is small and crowded with surf schools. Playa Grande:  Playa Grande is more peaceful. Uncrowded is the key word for Playa Grande- there aresurf  a couple commercial stores (our surf shop and another), a collection of small boutique hotels, and a lovely, uncrowded 4km stretch of beach which is separated from Tamarindo by an estuary… the only place you will find a crowd is at main peak surf break, when the waves are good!! Playa Grande doesn’t have a real ‘town center’… in fact, it doesn’t have a church, soccer field, bakery, bank or any other key installations one would think was crucial in a ‘town’! Small boutique hotels, not resorts, are the rule in...
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...
Concierge, Tour and Activity Planning for Costa Rica

Concierge, Tour and Activity Planning for Costa Rica

One of the best ways to maximize your vacation and minimize stress while on vacation is to plan before you arrive. At Frijoles Locos Surf Shop we are so much more than your simple retail store. Utilize our experience and years of providing quality concierge assistance, tour planning and activities guidance- contact us well ahead of your Costa Rica vacation and you won’t be disappointed. Visiting Costa Rica for your vacation will be one of the most memorable vacations of your lifetime. Whether you are a surf enthusiast, adrenalin junkie, family with kids or couple planning a romantic vacation, Costa Rica has something for everyone. Starting with surf lessons in Costa Rica- you have many options for places to visit. We are most experienced and knowledgable on Playa Grande for surf lessons. Surf lessons in Playa Grande mean little to no crowds, plenty of space to find a patch of sandy beach to practice catching waves without the danger of running into someone else who is learning. Our Playa Grande surf lessons are conducted on the south end of Playa Grande where there is less people and smaller waves. Sunset sailing and snorkeling on a catamaran or private sailboat is probably one of the most relaxing ways to experience a Costa Rican sunset. Years of working with different providers and listening to comments of our valued customers on what works and what doesn’t, means that we are confident in the providers we recommend. We trust them to do the very best by our customer. Whether you are staying in Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playa Danta, Potrero, or Reserva Conchal we have...