the (not so) secret of crocodiles in tamarindo

crocodile beware

It used to be that you would have to take a $15 or $20 estuary tour in Tamarindo to see crocodiles, however, that may no longer be the case. As of late the crocodiles are starting to become more active and venture out of the rivers and into the ocean.

We were recently enjoying a nice breakfast on the beach at Noguis, when we realized a young group of Travellers swimming in front us of quickly getting out of the water.

Curiosity got the best of us and we immediately jumped into action mid breakfast to see what the problem was.

We realized the swimmers were among a crocodile in the ocean.

It seemed like the Travellers and other beachgoers were amused at the fact that the crocodile was out in the ocean with them catching waves.

We were less than amused as we distinctly remember an attack that happened less than two years ago. That attack resulted in a Traveller losing a leg while he was surfing near Playa Grande.

The attack happened in July 2016 and by October 2016 the government and local officials were forced to take action.

They captured the suspected crocodile safely and relocated it to another location. The capture was controversial because it happened within Marino Las Baulas National Park which is one of more than 25 locations that are protected for wild life.

There are two estuaries in Tamarindo, one of them is well known and the other only exists part of the year.

1.) This is the most well known estuary in the area and is located close to Witches Rock Surf Camp. Most of the areas crocodile population is located in this estuary.

One of Tamarindo's most popular surf breaks is located at the mouth of the river which leads into this estuary. It's best not to surf in or near the river mouth.

2.) The lessor known estuary is located near the parking lot and boarding area for the catamaran tours in town. This estuary does dry up during the dry season in Tamarindo.


crocodiles in tamarindo