Punta Banco

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Punta Banco, Costa Rica

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Eric Eric
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Consistent, but tricky tides Jul 21, 2007
Punta Banco picks up more swell than neighboring Pavones, so if the longest left in the world isn't breaking it might be worth it to head south a bit, along the dirt road, until you come to the town of Punta Banco. There is a rocky reef break approximately straight out from the grocery store that breaks best on larger swells. Seemed like it would have to be at least overhead for it to break, but it definitely seemed like the cleanest break in the area. If there is any swell at all you'll know where I'm talking about.

If the swell isn't that great, then you'll have your pick of a lot of smaller peaks all around the area. The wind also changes pretty rapidly here.

This place is VERY dependent on tides. I forget the exact best tides to go to, but definitely check this place often, as it can easily go from flat to pumping on tide shifts.
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martiana says:
Apparently, 'tis best on a low rising tide :)
If you keep heading south on the beach, (past the end of the road), at low tide you can hike to a place the locals call 'The Estretchura'. It will take about two hours to walk there. You'll know you've arrived because there are a pile of massive boulders and also the entrance to a small trail leading to a big waterfall, (handy if not everyone is surfing!). The waves here get a little bigger and less hollow than further north. You might want to take a local with you, as the area is rocky under the waves. Make sure to watch the tides, as the beach is cliff backed in places so no escape if you get caught out!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2008
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