As I mentioned, the week we were there, we lucked with a advisory-sized ground swell, but most importantly was that the winds stayed light and southerly, which made the north coast easy. On the biggest day, when the wind was a little more east, it was messy on the north side, even in Playa Flamenco, which on the chart would seem protected enough. So that's when we went around to the west and found really fun surf at Point Tamarindo. Again, as I mentioned in the article, on the south side of Tamarindo are a whole bunch of moorings that are fully protected from the swell; it's wild, you paddle in 50 feet, walk a short foot path and come out the other side to surf. Really quick left and only a few big coral heads. Next door at Cayo de Luis Pena, on the north side, are three small coves, and honestly, we surfed what we thought was the best, but the other two definitely looked very, very good. Tide was a huge factor, even though it was minimal. As soon as it dropped, the surf tended to get smaller.