Essential Surf

Surf Paradise
World Class
and World Famous!!!

Access to thousands of point breaks and beach breaks, not to mention warm water, perfect lefts and rights; you can find great surf camps, friendly people, and affordable prices.

  • World Class Breaks and Beaches
  • Everything for beginners to World Pro's Costa Rica has Surf for everyone!

For anyone who is interested in surfing, Costa Rica is considered surfer’s paradise with over 700 miles of coastline in both Pacific and Caribbean oceans where you will encounter world class waves apt for Surfers with any level of experience. If you’re traveling with a group of friends and looking for a remote surf excusion, a surfing family stretching your dollar, a surfer couple trying to find something romantic and surfable, or surfing solo, you are garanteed a number of surf breaks to suit you.

Rivers galore offer tons of rivermouth breaks, especially on the Pacific. On the Caribbean side, you get great reef breaks. For those who want to take on some of the more challenging waves found on the planet, the major swells of legendary monster waves can be found on the Costa Rican coast between the months of April and October, but it is from December to April that the surf is at its cleanest. just check the tide chart while you plan your surf dream. What you do see year round are consistent good-size kilometer breaks.

Some breaks like Pavones have the longest rides in the world and is definitely worth the long trek to get there. While the top five surf destinations are at Playa Hermosa, Playa Grande, Pavones, and Salsa Brava, some other popular surf points in Costa Rica are Dominical, Matapalo, Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Playa Negra, Playa Junquillal and Playa Avellana. The surf at Witches Rock is also very good with many surf scenes from the movie Endless Summer II filmed here.

Costa Rica is so small that you can switch to another break rather easily if one isn’t working for you. Same thing for crowds although the idea of a ‘crowd’ remains relative, with over 50 leading surfer hotspots, this small country is much less crowded than places like Sydney, Hawaii or Southern California; there are waves for all. More adventurous and experienced surfers may want to travel the coast of Costa Rica looking for the more remote beaches with amazing surfs and superb breaks. If you are short on time, however, Jaco and Hermosa are a mere 45 minutes away from the main city, San Jose; if or if you land in Liberia, you can be in the water in a little more than an hour if you head to Tamarindo or Playa Grande, along with many other beaches in the North Pacific region.

Costa Rica surf is so incredble that some of the best international surfing competitions are hosted in these mostly pristine waters, and in general, has become a destination which is bound to be on the must see list of any true surfer, and for the surfer’s soul, it’s like coming home.

With plenty of stunning wildlife, and tropical scenery to behold, not to mention, active volcanoes, white water rafting, monkeys, canopy tours, snorkeling, mountain biking, windsurfing, sailing, eco-minded culture, great food, great nightlife and so much more; Costa Rica has the right combination of travel perks to make your vacation a one of a kind unforgettable experience.

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