Our Local Break

Punta Guiones is known world-wide as the most consistent surf break in Costa Rica. Our wide window of surf from incoming swells of all direction provides 365 days of year-round surf ranging from waist high to double over head with the average being head high days. Warm water averaging 83-86 degrees year-round and light, tropical offshore winds make Guiones an ideal surf destination. No wetsuits required! Heed the howler monkey wakeup call for a quiet, early morning session. The most popular time is sunset. No wonder. The waves get glassy late afternoon and the colors are mind expanding as the sun dips into the horizon.

Guiones is known to have 3 distinct peaks due to the patterns of sand bars below. Our hotel is located on the northern most peak which is typically the least crowded. The southernmost peak located just off the main beach road is a 10 minute beach walk from the hotel. During the high season when hardly a cloud can be seen in the sky (December-April), off-shore winds known as Guanacaste’s prevail most mornings and often last throughout the day into the evening sessions. This is also conveniently the time of year when the Northwest swells start pumping to symbiotically create machine-like perfection.

Mostly known as a beginner wave due to its sand bottom, Guiones is perfect for surf lessons, long-boards, fun shapes and fishes. Often however, Guiones magically lines up with the right conditions to produce perfect A-frame peaks with long lines and hidden barrels.

Nearby Surf Spots

A handful of world class breaks can be found directly to the north and south of us making for an easy day trip by car: Playa Pelada, a short walk to the north, is a right reef break that's best with a north swell at incoming high tide; Playa Nosara, a 10 minute drive north is a great beach break with peaks and shallow rock reef lefts that tends to barrel with a large south or southwest swell; Playa Ostional, 15 minute drive north, is a beach and reef break with rights and lefts that works on higher tides and south to southwest swells and acts a lot like Blacks Beach in Southern California as it sits just outside a deep water canyon so the sets sneak in and set up nicely. In addition to these breaks, you will find Marbella, a black sand beach 45 minutes to the north that works on low tide; Playa Avellanas, Little Hawaii, Negra and Playa Grande just 1.5 hours drive north and Camaronal, 1 hour to the south which is a powerful river mouth break.