Surf Spot: Playa Lan­gosta

Howler Magazine - - Contents - by Howler Staff

Wel­come to Lob­ster Beach, aka Playa Lan­gosta! It's home to the Barceló Ho­tel, a beau­ti­ful white sand beach and a va­ri­ety of surfing waves spread along two kilo­me­ters of coast­line.

How to Get There

Just a short walk or drive from the center of Ta­marindo, Playa Lan­gosta is also very well known in the area for its lux­ury homes and a hor­ri­ble road that rarely gets fixed.

Where to Surf

This beach has at least five waves you can surf at any given time. The first wave you will come across, on the north side of the beach, is named Sapo (Toad). This is the place to surf on big swells. It's a reef that pro­vides both left and right­break­ing waves, best at low to mid tide on large south swells. Due to the rocks, this wave is not for begin­ners or surfers whose leash is in poor con­di­tion. Care should be used when go­ing over the falls. It can be shal­low, with many rocks scat­tered around the lineup dur­ing lower tides.

Race­tracks is a right-break­ing wave, di­rectly in front of the Barceló ho­tel and very close to an­other scat­ter­ing of rocks. This fast wave can be epic on the right days if you get lucky. Just like Sapo, be care­ful of the rocks, which are a lot closer to the take­off zone than you would like.

The river mouth is Lan­gosta's most com­monly surfed wave, nor­mally at mid to high tide, with a medium-sized south swell. This is a typ­i­cal river mouth A-frame wave, which breaks both left and right. Be­cause of the shift­ing river mouth sand­bars, the wave fre­quently changes and moves around. It's a very fun wave and can pro­vide any­thing from bar­rels to ver­ti­cal walls and carve sec­tions. It does get crowded, and there is a lo­cal crew that I would ad­vise re­spect­ing at all times.

Have a good at­ti­tude and you will have a great time!

Surf Times

The river­mouth and race­tracks work best at mid and high tide, while Sapo works best at low and mid tides.

Lo­cal Com­pa­nies

Many surf shops are in Ta­marindo in­clud­ing Witch's Rock and Kelly's, where you can get boards, wax and any­thing else you need for your surf. The best place to eat in Lan­gosta af­ter a surf ses­sion would have to be Matty's Deli or El Sapo Ristopizza, both serv­ing de­li­cious food right near the park­ing area for Lan­gosta.

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