Rental Surfboards Playa Grande- Summer 2018

Rental Surfboards Playa Grande- Summer 2018

Playa Grande Premium Surfboard Rentals- Summer 2018

Select Your Sled!
Surfboard Size and Model
5’10 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto BRAND NEW
5’10 Flyer Epoxy Channel Islands
5’8 Al Merrick Weirdo Ripper- Channel Islands
5.10ft Grande
5’10 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
5’10 POD MOD Al Merrick Channel Islands
5.11ft Grande
5’11 Pyzel (The Flash)
5’1 Vanguard TOMO
5’3 Firewire EVO
5’3 Joe Channel Islands
5’4 Firewire Potatonator
5’4 Pyzel (rat skull)
5’5 JOE Channel Islands
5’6 Arakawa (Mango)
5’6 Dumpster Diver Channel Islands
5’6ft Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
5’6 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
5’6 Surftech Orange Soft Top
5’6 Unit (Super Brand)
5’7 Hawaiian Islands -Arakawa (Pulse)
5’7 Vampirate
5’8 Arakawa (Bandit)
5’8 Arakawa (Hobbit)
5’8 Firewire Greedy Beaver
5’8 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
5’8 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
5’8 Tormenter Flying Fish
5’8 Whip Al Merrick Channel Islands
5’9 Gravy Al Merrick Channel Islands
6’0 Al Merrick Dumpster Diver Channel Islands
6’0 Al Merrick (Fred Rubble) Channel Islands
6’0 Hayden Shapes Psychedelic Germ
6’0 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
6’0 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
6’0 Orange SurfTech Soft Top
6’0 Quiet Flight Atlas
6’0 Super Brand (Head Shifter)
6’0 Surfer Factory
6’0 Vapor model SuperBrand
6’0 Tormenter Flying Fish
6’0 Toy SuperBrand
6’10 Surfer Factory
6’1 Lost Mayhem
6’1 Southpoint
6’2 Firewire Dominator
6’2 Hayden Shapes Psychedelic Germs
6’2 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
6’2 The new Flyer Channel Islands (Surftech technology)
6’3 Byrne
6’4 Epic
6’4 Frijoles Locos CR
6’4 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
6’4 JS Combat
6’5 Firewire
6’6 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
6’6 NSP Fish Epoxy
6’6 Torq
6’8 Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto
6’8 Surfer Factory
7’0 Green kids Softop
7’0 Surftech Green kids Soft Top
7’0 Walden Mini Magic Green
7’2 Waterhog Channel Islands
8’0 Blue Sunset Softop
8’0 Pink and Black Softops
8’2 Elements NSP
8’4 What I Ride by Robert August
8’6 Beige Soft Top
9’0 Blue Softop
9’0 Donald Takayama In The Pink
9’0 Tormenter
9’0 Walden Magic Model
9’0 Walden MegaMagic SLX
9’0 “What I Ride” Robert August
9’1 McTavish Fireball Evo 2
9’3 Donald Takayama “In The Pink”
9’6 Che Boards
9’6 Meyer Hoffer (modern)
9’6 Walden Mega Magic
Full Rental Quiver found here
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.

Book now! We look forward to treating you to a phenomenal surf lesson, and the full Playa Grande experience.

Details and necessary information:

We offer clients who stay in Tamarindo a special package where you catch a small boat taxi across the estuary from Tamarindo to Playa Grande (to a hotel called Hotel Bula Bula).

Private lessons (from Tamarindo, by boat) Ideal for families!

  • 1- 4 people with one instructor
  • 90 minutes instruction time. Please allow at least 2- 3 hours out of your day for this option, in case you wish to visit our surf shop and take a shower/ see more of Playa Grande.
  • Board and rash-guard included for lesson duration.
  • Personalized instruction with one instructor just for your group.
  • 1 instructor can teach up to 4 students. Flexible attendance…same price for 1 up to 4, in case people drop out or want to join on a whim.
  • transportation from Hotel Bula Bula (meeting you from the boat), and within Playa Grande included.
  • Best for people who appreciate a custom experience, tailored to your level of surfing.

Cost for this package is $145.

The boat trip will take 5 minutes- then only a couple minutes to the surf spot.


You can choose to drive from Tamarindo in your rental car, and park at our surf shop, however, it will take 25-30 minutes to drive, each way. The cost if you drive yourselves to Frijoles Locos Surf Shop is $120.

How Do I book?

In order to reserve, we request from you the following info. Please email to [email protected] or fill out the contact form down below.

Desired dates: (please give 2-3 choices)

Desired Time: lessons are scheduled according to tides however, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Activity:  Surf Lessons with Frijoles Locos at Playa Grande by boat from Tamarindo.

Name/s of Client/s: 

Number of participants:

Contact info for participants:   

Accommodation- hotel/ house name: 

AGES of kids, if any: 

Price:  $145 for up to 4 people.

Remarks/ notes:

– Surf instruction, surfboard and lycra rashguard provided for lesson duration (90 minutes)

– Payment in advance will be requested (credit card or Paypal)

– Boat transfer from Tamarindo to Hotel Bula Bula in Playa Grande and return included.

– Transport from Hotel Bula Bula by vehicle to the beach for surfing included.

– Transport within Playa Grande if desired, included.

– Please help us keep Costa Rica beautiful and bring your own refillable water bottle. We do not supply water in single-use plastic bottles.

– Leave all unnecessary valuables at your hotel, bring only what you will be using in the water, plus a towel and drink bottle.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations within 48 hours of scheduled activity will incur a full penalty fee.


Why Does Costa Rica rock for family vacations?

Why Does Costa Rica rock for family vacations?

Costa Rica outdoor lifeWhy 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 contagious. You will notice the difference and be changed because of it.

4/ Outdoor paradise:

Costa Rica has room to run, play, and simply immerse oneself in the outdoors. Kids love the wildlife, the freedom, the warm ocean and the sunny days. With an enormous selection of activities, enjoying the outdoors is easy and stress-free. Just remember, pack your sunscreen, sun-hats and UV shirts- it gets HOT here.

Book your Costa Rica vacation now!

Frijoles Locos Online Store!

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



In- house Chef and Catering in Playa Grande.

chef or cook playa grande

Chef prepared meals in-house, Playa Grande,         Costa Rica

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 your next trip to Playa Grande or nearby.

Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

kid surfing playa grande costa rica

Although our 6 year old charges these waves, doesn’t mean they are just for beginners! Something for everyone in 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.

Playa Grande surf trip Costa Rica

Head high to a 6 ft surfer. Double overhead to a 6 year old.

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 levels of surfer), Playa Frijolar (Marbella), Junquillal and Playa Negra (truly advanced surfers only).

Check out our Driving Directions blog to access information on how to get to some of those other surf breaks mentioned.

Rent your surfboards from Frijoles Locos and ensure that you have something great to ride, that the airlines haven’t damaged en-route or charged you a fortune to carry!