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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Barrigona

Costa Rica, Guanacaste

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 9° 52.904' N
Longitude: 85° 34.662' W

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 Access

There are three routes if you're coming from Sámara. The long Route, which you enter right after gas Station before Sámara. You'll need to take the long route most times during green season. You'll be driving to the small village Esterones and right before Esterones is a turn on the left side. This is the way to Barrigona. Sometimes you'll be able to take the middle route from Sámara. But be aware, you'll have to cross a river. Ask somebody at the Hotel if the Route is possible to drive. You'll be driving right through Esterones and the way to Barrigona is on the right after the village. During dry Season you'll be able to take the short route through the river (DRY SEASON ONLY!!), same way through Esterones like on the middle Route. Be aware, all three roads are dirt rouds, you'll need a 4W-drive all year long. Best to ask at the Samara-Carillo Infocenter in Sámara, they'll explain you how to get there.

English (Translate this text in English): There are three routes if you're coming from Sámara. The long Route, which you enter right after gas Station before Sámara. You'll need to take the long route most times during green season. You'll be driving to the small village Esterones and right before Esterones is a turn on the left side. This is the way to Barrigona. Sometimes you'll be able to take the middle route from Sámara. But be aware, you'll have to cross a river. Ask somebody at the Hotel if the Route is possible to drive. You'll be driving right through Esterones and the way to Barrigona is on the right after the village. During dry Season you'll be able to take the short route through the river (DRY SEASON ONLY!!), same way through Esterones like on the middle Route. Be aware, all three roads are dirt rouds, you'll need a 4W-drive all year long. Best to ask at the Samara-Carillo Infocenter in Sámara, they'll explain you how to get there.

English (Translate this text in English): There are three routes if you're coming from Sámara. The long Route, which you enter right after gas Station before Sámara. You'll need to take the long route most times during green season. You'll be driving to the small village Esterones and right before Esterones is a turn on the left side. This is the way to Barrigona. Sometimes you'll be able to take the middle route from Sámara. But be aware, you'll have to cross a river. Ask somebody at the Hotel if the Route is possible to drive. You'll be driving right through Esterones and the way to Barrigona is on the right after the village. During dry Season you'll be able to take the short route through the river (DRY SEASON ONLY!!), same way through Esterones like on the middle Route. Be aware, all three roads are dirt rouds, you'll need a 4W-drive all year long. Best to ask at the Samara-Carillo Infocenter in Sámara, they'll explain you how to get there.

English (Translate this text in English): There are three routes if you're coming from Sámara. The long Route, which you enter right after gas Station before Sámara. You'll need to take the long route most times during green season. You'll be driving to the small village Esterones and right before Esterones is a turn on the left side. This is the way to Barrigona. Sometimes you'll be able to take the middle route from Sámara. But be aware, you'll have to cross a river. Ask somebody at the Hotel if the Route is possible to drive. You'll be driving right through Esterones and the way to Barrigona is on the right after the village. During dry Season you'll be able to take the short route through the river (DRY SEASON ONLY!!), same way through Esterones like on the middle Route. Be aware, all three roads are dirt rouds, you'll need a 4W-drive all year long. Best to ask at the Samara-Carillo Infocenter in Sámara, they'll explain you how to get there.

DistanceTake a car

Walk

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name White Beach

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Don't know and holds up to Don't know

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

You can park right in front of the beach, next to the rivermouth but don't leave anything valuable in the car. Best would be to get there with a local car. Don't get me wrong, the beach is great and the people living in Esterones/Samara and in the area around a very friendly but sometimes rental cars get broken into.
There are strong currents at Barrigona.
You can get tubes on days with offshore wind and strong swell. Right by the River when you're entering the beach is a beach break spot. On the westend, next to the rocks, is a point break.
I've witnessed maximum 3 people in the water surfing during the weekend.

English (Translate this text in English): You can park right in front of the beach, next to the rivermouth but don't leave anything valuable in the car. Best would be to get there with a local car. Don't get me wrong, the beach is great and the people living in Esterones/Samara and in the area around a very friendly but sometimes rental cars get broken into.
There are strong currents at Barrigona.
You can get tubes on days with offshore wind and strong swell. Right by the River when you're entering the beach is a beach break spot. On the westend, next to the rocks, is a point break.
I've witnessed maximum 3 people in the water surfing during the weekend.

English (Translate this text in English): You can park right in front of the beach, next to the rivermouth but don't leave anything valuable in the car. Best would be to get there with a local car. Don't get me wrong, the beach is great and the people living in Esterones/Samara and in the area around a very friendly but sometimes rental cars get broken into.
There are strong currents at Barrigona.
You can get tubes on days with offshore wind and strong swell. Right by the River when you're entering the beach is a beach break spot. On the westend, next to the rocks, is a point break.
I've witnessed maximum 3 people in the water surfing during the weekend.

English (Translate this text in English): You can park right in front of the beach, next to the rivermouth but don't leave anything valuable in the car. Best would be to get there with a local car. Don't get me wrong, the beach is great and the people living in Esterones/Samara and in the area around a very friendly but sometimes rental cars get broken into.
There are strong currents at Barrigona.
You can get tubes on days with offshore wind and strong swell. Right by the River when you're entering the beach is a beach break spot. On the westend, next to the rocks, is a point break.
I've witnessed maximum 3 people in the water surfing during the weekend.

Atmosphere

The beach is absolutely beautiful and the water is bright blue and clear and you're right in the middle of nature/jungle. The next beach is Playa Buenavista with 3 or 4 nice Hotels close to the beach. You can walk to Barrigona from Buenavista over the rocks during low tide - it takes about an 45 min. This beach is never overcrowed and a real Costa Rican gem.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach is absolutely beautiful and the water is bright blue and clear and you're right in the middle of nature/jungle. The next beach is Playa Buenavista with 3 or 4 nice Hotels close to the beach. You can walk to Barrigona from Buenavista over the rocks during low tide - it takes about an 45 min. This beach is never overcrowed and a real Costa Rican gem.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach is absolutely beautiful and the water is bright blue and clear and you're right in the middle of nature/jungle. The next beach is Playa Buenavista with 3 or 4 nice Hotels close to the beach. You can walk to Barrigona from Buenavista over the rocks during low tide - it takes about an 45 min. This beach is never overcrowed and a real Costa Rican gem.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach is absolutely beautiful and the water is bright blue and clear and you're right in the middle of nature/jungle. The next beach is Playa Buenavista with 3 or 4 nice Hotels close to the beach. You can walk to Barrigona from Buenavista over the rocks during low tide - it takes about an 45 min. This beach is never overcrowed and a real Costa Rican gem.

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Beautiful

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful

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