Whether it was the Pacific island natives of Tahiti, the intrepid coastal residents of ancient Peru, or the citizens of the Polynesian kingdom of Hawaii, no one is quite sure where surfing was first invented. In fact, etymologists aren’t even quite sure where the word “surfing” even comes from. But one thing is for sure – surfing is one of the most exciting and healthy outdoor activities anyone can enjoy.
And one of the best places to enjoy surfing is on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Blessed with two different seasonal tides that ensure a steady supply of big, surfable waves, Costa Rica has become known as one of the most beautiful and exciting places to enjoy surfing. In fact, the tiny country has hundreds of surf spots. That’s why many surfers are surprised to learn that the sport only arrived in Costa Rica at the end of the 1970s.
Some of the finest places to surf in Costa Rica are in and around the town of Dominical and the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. Just a short drive from Quepos, the nearest town with an airport, this area of Costa Rica has everything a surfer needs – wide open beaches with plenty of space, big swells with both right and left breaks, and spectacularly beautiful views.
If you’re interested in a surf vacation in Costa Rica, be sure to book your stay with the Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp (MASS). MASS is the premier surf school in the country and has a staff of expert local coaches who specialize in water safety. Each surfer gets a daily tide, weather, and surf report, and MASS uses the very latest video capture and wave motion technology to give personalized lessons tailored to each surfer’s need.
Besides the thrill of meeting fellow surfers from around the world and relaxing in an idyllic, uncrowded location on Costa Rica’s magnificent Pacific Coast, MASS is also a great place to enjoy complimentary activities such as yoga on the beach, professional massages, relaxing in a natural hot springs, and visits to a nearby jungle waterfall for some swimming and playing.
MASS also organizes nature tours of the surrounding area, including visiting the hidden beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park, stand-up paddling, horseback riding, and kayaking along the estuaries and hidden waterways on the coast.
If you’ve ever dreamt about catching some tasty waves in Costa Rica, book your surfing tours with the Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp.
All-Inclusive surfing vacations are also available upon request.