Surf Breaks in Costa Rica

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.

Costa Rica North Pacific Surf Breaks


Tamarindo Surf Break

Tamarindo is a surfing hot-spot which anchors the surf community of the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Mal País - Santa Teresa

Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Surf Breaks Costa Rica

The beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa host some of the best surf spots in Costa Rica.

Playa Avellana - Playa Negra

Playa Avellana and Playa Negra Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Avellanas and Playa Negra are some of Costa Rica's best surf spots drawing surfers from all over the world.


Nosara Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Most surfers visiting Nosara, which is, hands down, one of the most consistent surf breaks in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Central Pacific Surf Breaks


Puntarenas Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Explore the top Surf Breaks of Puntarenas Costa Rica. Puerto Caldera, Boca Barranca, Playa Tivives and Playa Valor.

Jaco Beach

Jaco Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Jaco Beach is a popular point for surfers traveling to Costa Rica, it is only a two hour (approx) drive from San Jose.

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Because the surf in Playa Hermosa is more challenging than nearby Jaco, this area attracts a more experienced surfer.

Costa Rica South Pacific Surf Breaks

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio caters more to the beginner and moderate surfer, however with a nice swell these local break can be fun for all surfers.


Domninical Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Dominical is a good option for those looking for similar conditions to Playa Hermosa in a more relaxed atmosphere.


Matapalo Surf Breaks Costa Rica

Matapalo combines dense jungles, breathtaking beaches, world class surfing in a peaceful, remote setting.


Pavones Surf Breaks Costa Rica

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.

Costa Rica Caribbean Surf Breaks

Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo Surf Breaks Costa Rica

This is most powerful left in Costa Rica with three sections and facing a coral reef.

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