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Best Costa Rica Surfing Spots


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Costa Rica is one of the safest social environments in Central America. As a result, tourism boosted, and the country’s economy thrived. Although you’ll find a few crowded surf breaks, in a way similar to what you get in Southern California, Australia, and Western Europe, it is safe to say that Costa Rica offers a balanced menu of quality waves and riding opportunities.

The surf in Costa Rica is surprisingly consistent, but the prime months are definitely from May to September. Do not expect a cheap country – eating out and staying in luxury hotels can be expensive. The number of foreign surfers that visit Costa Rica every year exceeds the number of inhabitants in the Central American country, generating over $350 million in revenues. Costa Rica has a relatively steady climate with temperatures ranging between 78 °F and 80 °F (26 °C-27 °C). The three main surfing provinces in Costa Rica are Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and Limón. Let’s take a look at the best surf breaks the country has to offer.

Playa Naranjo/Witch’s Rock

A large brick building with grass and trees

Located in a natural sanctuary, Witch’s Rock is one of the most well-known surf spots in Costa Rica, but it rarely gets crowded. It breaks in front of Roca Bruja, a giant volcano rock cursed by a witch, and offers intense surfing experiences. This world-class wave is not for the faint of heart.

  • Location: Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste
  • Coordinates: 10.793383, -85.676521
  • Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Type of Break: Beach Break
  • Ocean Floor: Sand
  • Swell Direction: W
  • Wind Direction: NE
  • Tide: Mid-to-High
  • Months: April/October

Playa Grande

A large waterfall over some water

Located north of Tamarindo, this is a surf break for all experience levels and sea turtles, too. It can get crowded and is profoundly influenced by sudden tide changes. Watch out for occasional crocodile attacks.

  • Location: Tamarindo, Guanacaste
  • Coordinates: 10.323635, -85.841880
  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Type of Break: Beach Break
  • Ocean Floor: Sand
  • Swell Direction: SW/NW
  • Wind Direction: NE
  • Tide: Mid-to-High
  • Months: March-November

Playa Tamarindo

A popular, laid-back surf spot located in a wide bay with a river mouth. Tamarindo delivers consistent waves all year-round and a long stretch of white sand. It is considered one of the best waves in Costa Rica.

  • Location: Tamarindo, Guanacaste
  • Coordinates: 10.304308, -85.839798
  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Type of Break: Beach Break
  • Ocean Floor: Sand
  • Swell Direction: SW/NW
  • Wind Direction: E
  • Tide: Mid-to-High
  • Months: March-November

Playa Avellanas

A beautiful surf spot located ten kilometers south of Tamarindo that handles XXL swells extremely well. With its five wave peaks – Little Hawaii, River Mouth, Palo Seco, Lola’s, and La Purruja – it offers perfect conditions for all levels of surfing.

  • Location: Tamarindo, Guanacaste
  • Coordinates: 10.227528, -85.837565
  • Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Type of Break: Reef Break
  • Ocean Floor: Reef and Sand
  • Swell Direction: W
  • Wind Direction: E
  • Tide: Mid-to-High
  • Months: May-November

Playa Negra

A typical right-hand reef break with a channel featured in “The Endless Summer II” movie. A consistent and fast barreling wave for surfers who seek pure adrenaline moments in warm waters.

  • Location: Los Pargos, Guanacaste
  • Coordinates: 10.194993, -85.830497
  • Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Type of Break: Reef Break
  • Ocean Floor: Reef and Sand
  • Swell Direction: W
  • Wind Direction: NE
  • Tide: Mid
  • Months: April/October

These five are some of the best spots for surfing in Costa Rica. 

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