With two different coasts and year-round balmy weather, in many respects, the Costa Rica surf season is a never-ending paradise of clear waters, abundant waves, and beautiful natural settings unparalleled anywhere else on Earth.
Many people come to Costa Rica just to test their mettle on the wide variety of both left and right breaking waves found in the country. Whether you’re in the mood for fast-moving breaks that parallel the shore or larger, offshore swells that offer a magnificent ride into shore, the Costa Rica surf season draws in experts and amateurs alike from around the world.
Here are 5 additional reasons to come to Costa Rica to surf:
Home of Champions
Currently, the number one ranking surfer in the world is Noe Mar McGonagle. Born and raised in Costa Rica, Noe learned his craft on the beaches of his home country, including the world-famous surf spots along the Pacific Coast.
The longest left-hand point in the world is found on the beach of Pavones on the western coast of Costa Rica. Difficult to get to, the tiny town of Pavones is seven hours overland from San Jose, but it’s the only place surfers can ride a left-hand break for up to three continuous minutes.
Whereas other surf spots depend on seasonal tides and distant storms to provide reliably large swells, the Costa Rica surf season is blessed with two different currents that provide a steady supply of surfable waves. From November to March, tides originating far to the north bring large waves while the rest of the year sees big swells coming from the south.
Costa Rica is much more than just the waves, it’s also home to professional and full-time amateur surfers. Many Ticos (Costa Ricans) move to the coast to surf at the top spots. And with surf camps like the Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp offering personalized coaching, surfers of all ability levels will feel right at home in Costa Rica.
And All the Rest
After a long day out on the water, surfers will find plenty to enjoy on the mainland as well. Whether it’s active volcanoes, gorgeous natural parks, pristine rivers ideal for white water rafting, or holistic activities like yoga, there’s no end to the exciting opportunities you can enjoy on the rest of your Costa Rica vacation.
Surfing enthusiasts wanting to enjoy a holistic surfing and Costa Rica experience should book their vacations with the Manuel Antonio Surf School, the premier surfing school in Dominical, Costa Rica.