Costa Rica is more than just one of the World’s most beautiful countries, it is a surfers paradise,there are thousands of kilometers of sandy white beaches, cool coastal towns and of course, some epic surf. I travelled with some friends a few years ago and we did a surfing tour around Costa Rica in a 4×4, camping along the way and surfing some of the coolest waves that this wonderful country has on offer. If you love to surf and you want a truly memorable experience then surfing your way around Costa Rica is the perfect way to do it and here are some of my favorite places to surf in the country.
Playa Guiones, Nosara
This is the perfect place if you are in a group of different abilities, the surf varies from small breaks to huge swells on varying parts of the coastline, not only that, this place has around 300 days of surf each year so regardless of when you arrive, you’re likely to see some good waves. This is a popular surf location for tourists, the water is warm and it is said to be the clearest in Costa Rica, make this your first stop.
Little Hawaii, Playa Avellanas
We were told about this place by a local surf instructor, we didn’t see too much about it online so I’m assuming that it was something of a secret surf location and it was a great place to visit. This tiny location offers experienced surfers some huge swells, up to 16 feet at times although it is strongly recommended by the locals that you surf at low tide. For me, this was a real little surf location, just a few huts and cabins to stay in, surf shacks selling local food and even some wild animals roaming around, if you can find it then you need to go.
Playa Hermosa, Jaco
This well known surf spot is where they have the annual Quicksilver International Surf competition, the coastline features a long stretch of black sand beaches and although the water isn’t great for swimming due to the swells and currents, it makes for the perfect location to surf. This place is ideal if you are traveling between April and September, outside of these months the surf is either too difficult or non-existent so traveling during the summer months is recommended.
Salsa Brava, Puerto Viejo
We hit this awesome surf spot at the end of our journey, which worked out well as by this time even the beginners amongst the group felt confident in taking on larger waves and barrels. Such is its position on the Caribbean Sea with its spontaneous and erratic swells, this place will really test your surfing abilities. Remember that if you don’t feel confident here, then don’t surf, these are challenging waves that break in a shallow reef and if your surfing isn’t up to scratch then you could get caught in a dangerous barrel and have the waves break on you, this can dent your confidence or worse still, cause injury. If you can master it however then this is the perfect place to complete your journey.
These are just a few of my favorite places, you could also look at places like Ollie’s Point and Pavones, 2 other greta places to surf, we ended up hitting about 12 destinations on our travel and there is nothing stopping you from doing the same.