A roundabout route (30-minutes by car) brings you to the postcard-worthy shores of Avellanas, a popular beach just 9 miles (about 14 km.) south of Tamarindo. Laid-back and luxurious, Avellanas is favored by surfers for its consistent waves and its prevailing reef break, dubbed "Little Hawaii" - a challenge even for the expert wave riders out there. Avellanas is known as a peaceful, less-developed alternative to Tamarindo and although its main claim to fame is surfing, the scenic sands and warm waters make this beach the perfect escape for anyone to take a day trip. Rip currents can be strong so be sure to stick to shallow waters when swimming.