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Latitude: 11° 1.734' N
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Playa Copal located in the bay called Bahia Salinas is on the north pacific coast in the Guanacaste province. A long drive from San Jose, you can get internal flights to regional airports.
Distance to a city Week-end trip
Access time Instant access (< 5min)
Easy to find? Easy to find
Public access? Public access
Special access No access issues
Alternative name Bahia Salinas
Spot quality Great
Kite/wind? Good for KiteSurf, Good for WindSurf
Style Freestyle, Freeride, Bump & Jump, Long distance, Speed
Day timing Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Week crowd Few surfers
Week-end crowd Few surfers
Water quality Clean
Current Low ( < 1 knot)
Bottom Sandy with rock, Deep
Tide No tide dependency
Camping, Hotel, Rental, School
Type Venturi wind
Force Strong ( > 25 knots)
Main dir. NorthEast
Best dir. NorthEast
Best dir. relative Side-onshore
Period From November to May
The seasonal trade winds come with the dry season. At the beginning of the season (November) the wind starts blowing at around 8am in the morning and blows until early afternoon. By the end of December it can be blowing 24/7. They start from about 15 knots in November and build to 25-30 knots in December-January. It can blow over 40 knots here so bring a small kite!The direction is almost a perfect side-shore with a starboard tack (wind over your right shoulder) on the way out, port tack back to the beach.
This is the sunniest and driest side of Costa Rica. Around this bay there are very beautiful and little-unknown beaches. The bay is also home to an island with a white beach and turquoise water, famous because it is an important nesting spot for birds. In front of the kite beach you can also enjoy half mile of reef with complete flat water.
By Anonymous , 23-04-2007
Salinas - It's a fantastic spot, can get very gusty though. We took a 2 day trip from here to ride on Lake Nicaragua, interesting...
By ulf halbgebauer , 28-04-2006
kitesurfing bahia salinas - hi
playa copal is one of the various kitespots in bahia salinas. i am running the restautant in playa copal and also a webpage for local info www.bscr.info
cu soon down here
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