Surf, Costa Rica
With 755 miles of coastline across two oceans, Costa Rica has more breaks than you might imagine. The selection of places to surf in the country ranges from idyllic beaches to coral platforms where water jumps and tubes like a miniature pipe.
Having a coastline in two oceans is a great advantage because when an ocean is flat, there is usually something breaking on the other side of the country. There are often good waves on both coasts.
And the swell of the country is complemented by the pleasant temperatures of the water; you can leave this combination at the home, beautiful scenery, and the convenience of a variety of accommodation and restaurants close to most escape sites.
Since it is five times the length of the Caribbean coast, the Pacific has many more places to surf. Most of the country’s best breaks are in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, but there are some great spots in the Central Pacific and southern areas as well.
And the few breaks that are available in the Caribbean province of Limón are certainly no complaints. Here is a list of the best surf spots in the country:
Guanacaste Potrero Grande: stopping point on the right in Santa Rosa National Park, accessible only by boat; Camping is forbidden.
Naranjo Beach: Excellent getaway to Roca Bruja Beach, in Santa Rosa National Park, accessible by all-terrain vehicle or boat; Camping is allowed.
Playa Grande: Very consistent beach break north of Tamarindo.
Tamarindo: Good beach break, excellent base for surfing on the neighboring beaches.
Langosta Beach: Mouth of the river south of Tamarindo: Very good beach break further south.
Playa Negra: The good point breaks further south. Nosara: Several beaches stand out near the selection of accommodation.
Boca Barranca: Long mouth of the river on the left south of Puntarenas.
Tivives: Beach breaks and mouth to the left, south of Puntarenas.
Jaco: Popular beach getaway with many hotels and restaurants, book surf lessons in Jaco Here
Playa Hermosa Jaco: Several very consistent beaches south of Jaco.
Manuel Antonio: Beach breaks near many accommodations.
Dominical: Great beach getaways near hotels and restaurants.
Matapalo: Pointbreak on the right at the tip of the Osa Peninsula. Pavones: Very long left at the mouth of Golfo Dulce.
Playa Bonita: Reef left by the popular beach north of the town of Limón.
Cahuita: Beach break in Playa Negra, near hotels and restaurants. Puerto Viejo: fast on the coral reefs, many hotels, and restaurants.
Cocles: Beach breaks just south of Puerto Viejo. Manzanillo: Beach break, only when it’s big, some accommodation nearby.