The Best Costa Rica Surf Spots
With fabulous year-round balmy temperatures, acres of blue skies, and one of the most vibrantly green biomes on the planet, Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy surfing. Pristine waters and warm temperatures ensure that winter-grade wetsuits are never needed, and unique tidal currents and weather patterns deliver surfing conditions all year-round.
Although less hyped than surfing meccas in the States and Australia, Costa Rica offers surfers a number of excellent surfing environments. Both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica can be surfed, the Caribbean with a shorter season but bigger waves and the Pacific with a steady supply of dependable waves. And less hype means less crowds in the water.
The biggest ocean swells in Costa Rica are found between April to October largely as a result of far off storms. The “clean” surf season runs from December to April when a combination of offshore winds and global tidal patterns produce consistent waves.
Costa Rica Surfing – The Top Pros
- Consistent swells.
- Breaks for all surf levels
- Gorgeous surf spots with beautiful nature
- Outstanding point breaks
Where we surf in Costa Rica:
Dominical– This beautiful place is a premiere surfing beach in Costa Rica and one of our favorites in the country. If you are looking to build yourself as great surfer this is an excellent option. Dominical is one of the most consistent beach breaks that a surfer can find and as one of the best-kept secrets of Costa Rica, is still uncrowded. The various beach breaks of this town offer a full assortment of wave riding options from gentle, predictable and slow-rolling swells to large barrels as well as long both left and right waves. This makes Dominical the perfect destination for all surfers from beginners looking to learn this fun sport, intermediate surfers looking to build their skills and advanced surfers looking for some fun and guaranteed waves.
Secret “Jurassic” Beach- This spectacular and private beach break is a hidden gem between the African palm and rice plantations. This break may very well be the brother break to the main Dominical beach break and therefore also provides consistent waves at high tide with both left and right breaking waves.
Isla Damas – This is our exclusive surf spot. It is a completely secluded beach break and perhaps one of the most beautiful places to learn how to surf without anything else in sight, only the peace of nature. This too, is a very consistent year-round wave – if you cannot find a wave anywhere else, you can always find a wave here. Waves break left and right and you will often see beautiful barrels. All surf generations from the area have surfed here before. This is an unparalleled experience and the opportunity to experience true Costa Rica at its finest.
Quepos Rivermouth – This is our favorite point break. This is a long left wave and one of the most perfect waves on the Pacific coast, though it only hits when there is a swell. This point break is great to surf in low tide. This is great spot for all levels.
Manuel Antonio Beach – Beautiful bay with a nice view of some islands. This is a beach break that is perfect for beginners. This is a shorter wave that breaks both left and right. When big swells hit the coast we will see big waves here as well.