Costa Rica is a well known and well developed surfing destination. The country is safe, beautiful, friendly and blessed with great surfing on both coasts. It is, however one of the more expensive countries in the central and south Americas, with the positive aspect that hotels are good quality and car rental relatively easy and safe.
The surfing can be broken into four main areas: The North Pacific (Guanacaste-Nicoya), the Central Pacific (Puntarenas), South Pacific and the Caribbean. Surf towns are developing in places such as Jaco, Tamarindo and Puerto Viejo.
Tamarindo is a surfing hot-spot which anchors the surf community of the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
The beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa host some of the best surf spots in Costa Rica.
Avellanas and Playa Negra are some of Costa Rica's best surf spots drawing surfers from all over the world.
Most surfers visiting Nosara, which is, hands down, one of the most consistent surf breaks in Costa Rica.
Explore the top Surf Breaks of Puntarenas Costa Rica. Puerto Caldera, Boca Barranca, Playa Tivives and Playa Valor.
Jaco Beach is a popular point for surfers traveling to Costa Rica, it is only a two hour (approx) drive from San Jose.
Because the surf in Playa Hermosa is more challenging than nearby Jaco, this area attracts a more experienced surfer.
Manuel Antonio caters more to the beginner and moderate surfer, however with a nice swell these local break can be fun for all surfers.
Dominical is a good option for those looking for similar conditions to Playa Hermosa in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Matapalo combines dense jungles, breathtaking beaches, world class surfing in a peaceful, remote setting.
Pavones is one of Costa Rica's most famous surf breaks offering one of the world's longest lefts, which on a good day, can connect for 2 – 3 minute rides.
This is most powerful left in Costa Rica with three sections and facing a coral reef.
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