Costa Rica is one of the most famous surf destinations in the world, and for good reason. A combination of consistently big swells, pristine beaches, and one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the world make surfing in Costa Rica truly special.
If you’re considering a surf tour of Costa Rica, be sure to add these four to your bucket list:
This pristine beach about 30 miles from Quepos on the Pacific Coast has steadily consistent breaks yet is rarely crowded. With surfable waves all year round, surfers in Dominical can enjoy both left and right waves that are ideal for surfers of all ability levels.
Just 20 minutes from the town of Quepos is a small beach that looks like it belongs from an earlier era. With a gorgeous backdrop of African palms and rice plantations, surfers of “Jurassic” can enjoy both left and right breaking waves. The unique tidal patterns in this area ensure surfable swells and big barrels all year round. Best of all, the beach is only minutes from one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.
Isla Damas or the Island of Ladies is a tiny, uninhabited beach just offshore from where the Quepos River empties into the Pacific Island. Surfers granted access to this exclusive spot can enjoy both right and left-breaking waves with plenty of large barrels to surf. Because of the terrain of the beach, there are waves close to shore that are ideal for beginning surfers while more experienced surfers can ride bigger swells further out to sea.
Actually a series of several different beaches adjacent to one of the top national parks in the country, Manuel Antonio Beach is perhaps the most famous surf spot in Costa Rica. Surfers can enjoy consistent swells as they practice their techniques at this iconic surf spot. After a session on the waves, both Manuel Antonio the town and the Manuel Antonio National Park are just minutes away on foot.
The Manuel Antonio Surf School on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is the country’s premier surf camp and school. Whether you’re a first-time surfer or an experienced professional wanting to improve your technique, the Manuel Antonio Surf School can help. The Manuel Antonio Surf School can also book complimentary tours and activities to make the most of your Costa Rica vacation.