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So many, Beaches to choose from

Costa Rica Beaches are found on two beautiful coastlines. The Caribbean and the Pacific. Also, these two coasts are separated by majestic green mountains and imposing volcanoes. The Pacific and the Caribbean shores of Costa Rica are immensely distinct from each other. So many of them provide an extraordinary advantage for travelers looking to fulfill their vacation desires in accordance to their tastes. Each region has its unique cultural flair. For example weather patterns, geographical location, ambiance, resident wildlife and exotic beauty. By all means, Come and check out the many beaches we have. 

Observant visitors will also encounter white face capuchin and howler monkeys in display up in the trees. Wild turkeys, long-nosed coati, agouti deer are also part of the mix. Above all, the reward at the end is a gorgeous sandy beach and stunning colored ocean water. The water is so salty you can effortlessly float with the pelicans. It’s, of course, called the Rich Coast for a reason (Costa Rica). 


The Best Places to Go Surfing in Costa Rica

An incredible 1100 miles of coastline. With open oceans, protected bays, and sands of all colors. Also including the benefit of surfing in Costa Rica lies on the variety of waves that come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and intensities for beginners and experts. The common denominator for Costa Rica surf, the waves here are not cold; neither is the rain. The Pacific side has a much longer and irregular coastline sustaining longer seasons of swells compared to the open ocean coastlines of the Caribbean, with some exceptions. The endless supply of waves has made Costa Rica surf a recognized destination for the sport.

Best Costa Rica Surfing Spots!

Costa Rica Surfing Spots are the best; some say they are the best in the world. Although the Pacific coast is better known for its surfing, it can be done on the beautiful Caribbean side of the country as well. Surfing in Costa Rica can range from an expert and isolated for experienced surfers only, to beaches that are perfect for newbies.

Some of the best beaches in Costa Rica have been coined great surfing spots.  With over 1100 miles of coastline on two coasts, there’s bound to be some high waves. In fact, Costa Rica has over 50 famous surf breaks, some of which are legendary. The pristine and often untouched beaches have beautiful white sand and warm waters that sports enthusiast’s love.  Listed below are some of the best places to go surfing in Costa Rica.

Some tips for Surfers

  • Try not to take domestic flights within the country as they won’t always allow you to take your board on the plane.  Look into renting a car, especially a 4×4 due to some of the locations of the beaches.
  • Learn the lingo!  There’s no “early,” “cowabunga,” or “tubular” down here.  Try the more laid back “Tuanis,” which means “cold,” or “Solo Bueno,” which means “all right,” or the ever-popular “Pura Vida,” literally meaning “Pure Life.”
  • Wear a wetsuit!  It prevents chafing and protects you from the lurking ocean creatures such as jellyfish.
  • The best time to plan a surfing trip is from December to April, although this is high season.  The weather is very hot, but the chance of rain is slim.
  • If you’d rather not worry about the planning, take advantage of My Costa Rica’s “Surfer Safari Tour.” The tour includes a week long 4×4 rental, and two days in Jaco and Playa Hermosa.  Then it’s to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.  You’ll experience a good amount of the best surf areas on this tour!


8 of The Best Beaches in Costa Rica for Surfing


1) Playa Hermosa near Jaco BeachPlaya Hermosa Beach

Not to be confused with Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, this beach is one of the Best Beaches for Surfing in Costa Rica in Costa Rica and draws surfers worldwide. It also hosts many Surf Tournaments throughout the year including the International Quicksilver Surf Championships in August. This stretch of beach has some of the most consistent conditions on the Pacific Coast and a variety of sandbars have formed that creates the beach break.  Some of the great breaks here include the Almendro (Almond Tree), and Tulin (in front of Soda Tulin).

2) Playa PavonesPavones Costa Rica beach

Firstly Pavones is the most popular surfing beach, and surfers also claim to get a 3-minute ride, or a .75 mile ride, on what is the longest break of the country! The great part about this location is that the water is 185 meters deep and humpback whales are frequently seen as they are on their annual migrating voyage.



Turtles come by yearly to lay there eggs on Naranjo3) Playa Naranjo (often called Witch’s Rock)

Naranjo located down a long dirt road within Santa Rosa National Park, these waves aren’t for the faint of heart, reaching heights that rival Hawaii. Off the coast, a bit is the Witch’s Rock, which can only be reached by boat.  Here, the waves are less dangerous, but with only a 0.2 mile stretch of beach and a hollow sand bottom.


4) Playa Grandeplaya grande pink sunset

Just north of the tourist destination of Tamarindo, Playa Grande is where surfers of all skills can enjoy the waves, due to its geographical nature. The down-side is that this beach can often get crowded.



5) Salsa Bravacolorful waves

Also, close to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side of the country, this surfer’s paradise has thick waves like they have in Hawaii that build up in deeper water and break over shallow reef.



6) Santa Teresa and Mal Pais Playa-Santa-Teresa-Surfer

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, located very close to each other on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific side of the country, it has become surfer’s paradise.  In fact, the entire region has been nicknamed the Hawaii of Costa Rica due to the beach break and consistent waves. Forbes Magazine even voted the area as one of the beautiful beaches of the world.


7) Playa DominicalPlaya-Dominical-Sunset

Dominical beach is set on the southern Pacific coast and has a 4 km long beach and is rated as one of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica. The northern end of the beach offers bigger swells, while the southern end is better for intermediate surfers. No newbies here!



8) Playa Avellanas and Playa NegraPlaya Avellanas Surf

Playa Avellanas and Playa Negra, located about 10 miles from Tamarindo, these beaches are famous for surfing due to their waves, which can reach 18 feet high. The northern boasts an outside reef break called “Little Hawaii.”

Top Ten Beaches

1) Manuel AntonioHorseback Riding Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Sunset

Playa Manuel Antonio, located in the Central Pacific. This area of Beaches is gorgeous among all of the Costa Rica Beaches. Also not far from the Manuel Antonio National Park. By all means, come here for a day trip or even stay the whole week you are sure to find enjoyment in Costa Rica’s number one Beach area.



Tamarindo costa rica surf

2) Tamarindo

Sun, Sea, and Surf is the motto here, and you will get plenty of it. No matter if you are a world class surfer or just a family looking fo their next getaway Tamarindo is the place to be. Surfers of all the levels can enjoy the wave and get some good weave time. The clear weather  and perfect waters give many opportunities to have fun in the sun.


Westin Playa Conchal Beach3) Playa Conchal

Just lie the brochure only if you come here you will get the true experience of Playa Conchal. This beach hosts all kinds of different activities. For example, try your hand a round of golf or give it your all in searching for deep sea marine life on a scuba diving adventure. Experience the blissful attitude this beach gives out you will enjoy your time in Play Conchal.


Puerto Viejo4) Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo is located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. You will find lots of Coral and cool rock formations in the sand. The small beach town gives off a very Jamaican sort of vibe make the whole place seem a little slower paced and relaxed. You will also find some great surfing spots and even see the odd surfer competition.


Santa Teresa Costa Rica Beach5) Santa Teresa

The tiny beach village of Santa Teresa id something else among the Costa Rica beaches. Situated no far from the town of Malpais. Explore some of the local scenery in Cabo Blanco reserve and stay in the best cozy hotels of the area.



Playa Samara Costa Rica6) Samara

In 2013 Playa Samara was labeled as the two most beautiful Beach in all of Central America. Located at the tip of the Nicoya Penisula Playa Samara holds much for you to enjoy. Water sports are a great past time in the area, Including, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and dolphin watching!



Playa Hermosa7) Hermosa Guanacaste

Playa Hermosa in Spanish meaning beautiful beach. Quite a literal meaning but very true you won’t find a more beautiful beach in Costa Rica. Also, very close by some cool national parks, Palo Verde National Park, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and Santa Rosa National Park.



Tambor Costa Rica view8) Tambor

Playa Tambor located in the Nicoya Peninsula A perfect spot for your next beach trip. These waters host a whole underwater world of marine life. Your stay here will generate a desire for relaxing and experiencing the Pura Vida spirit of this Pacific coast.



Nosara Costa Rica view9) Nosara

Nosara is another unique beach located on the Nicoya Peninsula. It has a variety of different expect from all over the world including Europe and the Americas. That makes this beach area a great place for retirees or even just those who love to wake up to this gorgeous beach every morning.



Playa-Jaco-Surfing10) Jaco

Jaco situated in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. You will not find a better spot for nightlife in Costa Rica. This beach is ideally located being very close to the capital providing easy access to everyone. You’re sure to enjoy your stay here because of the nightlife the shopping and the great surfing locations. Also, experience the vast diversity of wildlife, including Crocodile’s in the Tarcoles River and Scarlet Macaws fly the airways.

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