Over these last two decades, Costa Rica has become a top surf destination, attracting avid surfers and beginners alike. It has a choice of two coasts which include the Pacific and the Caribbean. Each ocean has its legendary breaks on both sides. The Pacific side enjoys great waves all year around with beach destinations such as Manuel Antonio, Playa Hermosa, Playa Negra, Nosara, Malpais, Santa Teresa, Witches Rock, Pavones and Dominical that have become world renown. On the Caribbean side Puerto Viejo will be your main destination of choice for its famous Salsa Brava wave!
Costa Rica is a safe and stable country that also offers a tropical and unique flora and fauna. Today, over one million people fly to Costa Rica for surfing. Some fell in love with this little Central American exotic paradise and stayed!
Costa Rica enjoys a warm pleasant climate all year round with refreshing water temperatures. It’s known for many relaxing and exotic things that make this democratic peaceful country a very popular tourist destination. Some of these attractions include its cleanliness and safety, its pristine gorgeous beaches, rain forests, raging volcanoes, cloud forests and has a bio-diversity unmatched anywhere else. Eco-tourism is booming in Costa Rica with plenty of surf and yoga packages that are continually on the rise.
With over 50 surf breaks along its coasts, Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise. It has got awesome beach breaks, point breaks and great lefts and rights. It really has become a number one destination for surfers around the globe who like to come to confront some of the most challenging waves. Some breaks now have a worldwide reputation, such as Pavones. This surf spot has one of the longest rides in the world. Some beaches are sometimes hard to reach due to their isolated location and the only way to get there is by a 4×4. However they are well worth the effort and the trip is always a beautiful adventure by itself.
Most beaches however are easily available by bus, plane or car if you wish to rent a vehicle. If you decide to fly, make sure to check with the airline that they can take your surf board. It is highly recommended to try and travel with just one board. It can be a real challenge as domestic planes are not so large and may not be able to accept your boards if they are full. For this reason, you might want to opt for a rental car. This gives you more flexibility and freedom to explore as well!
Generally speaking, the beaches are never crowded, with accommodations that vary in price to suit everyone’s tastes and budget. You will find surf board rental shops everywhere, and there are surf schools in most beaches. Many hotels offer surf packages and surf tours.
The Pacific coast offers good waves all year long as the Caribbean or Atlantic side season is more limited. These waves are a result of tropical storms off the coast of Mexico. The waves along the Pacific coast are mostly produced by the low-pressure depressions coming from New Zealand. While they are pretty consistent the best surf is between December and April.
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