This year, International Living magazine rated Costa Rica as the best destination for surfing in the world. A combination of great weather year-round, fabulously verdant landscapes and big swells make surfing a magical experience in Costa Rica.
According to International Living magazine, Costa Rica gained the top spot because it offers everything that surfers look for, including unpolluted coastlines, friendly locals, and lots of activities to enjoy after a day out on the waves, including horseback riding, hiking through biodiverse national parks and animal sanctuaries, bird watching, and splashing around in jungle waterfalls.
But if there was one best destination for surfing in Costa Rica, it would have to be the small village of Dominical on the Pacific Coast. Just a short distance from the Manuel Antonio National Park and the city of Quepos (which has its own airport), Dominical is a quintessential surf town with friendly locals and a loose-knit community of surfing enthusiasts from around the world. Dominical has both left and right breaking waves, a steady supply of big swells all year-round, and lots of great nature in the vicinity to enjoy.
Despite being a world-renowned surfing mecca, Dominical has managed to escape the 24-hour party atmosphere of other surf beaches. And surfers in Dominical can swim out and catch the big waves without having to fight through crowds of other surfers. Dominical is also close to a few uninhabited islands that have their own great surf spots, making it equally a great place for experienced surfers to take their game to the next level as well as first-time surfers a place to learn the basics. Dominical also enjoys some of the longest surfable waves in Costa Rica.
For surfing pros, Dominical is also interesting because some of the offshore spots are where “tunnel” style waves regularly form, huge curls of picturesque blue water that will challenge even the most skillful surfers. And Dominical also has beautiful soft sand that’ll help cushion any wipeouts as well as serving as a great place to work on your tan or enjoy some holistic activities like yoga or professional massages.
If you want to enjoy some surfing in this amazing country, be sure to book your travels with the Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp (MASS). MASS is an experience Costa Rica Surf School and Camp based in Dominical that specializes in helping surfers of all experience and ability levels.