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!

New in 2017! In anticipation of our upcoming 10th-year anniversary celebrations, we have created the Frijoles Locos Online Store. Our popular t-shirts, towels, and hats are now available direct to you in the US, Canada and worldwide. Keep an eye on new releases via Facebook @frijoleslocos and Instagram #frijoleslocos and tag us wherever you are, wearing our gear. We look forward to seeing more of you wearing our product, and hope it reminds you of good times in Pura Vida land plus spreads the love to others yet to visit. What hasn’t changed? Of course, if you are in Costa Rica on vacation, we would love to see you in our physical store too- still located at: Frijoles Locos Surf Shop 25 metros oeste de la escuela, Playa Grande, Cabo Velas, Guanacaste 50308...
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...
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...