Costa Rica is widely known as a surfing mecca. Blessed by two different seasonal tides, Costa Rica is the ultimate surfer’s paradise, offering gorgeous waves, golden sunshine, all located in one of the most biodiverse and beautiful countries on the planet.
Here are a few commonly asked questions about surfing in Costa Rica:
Why Should I Visit a Costa Rica Surf Camp?
A surf camp and school is much more than just a place to work on improving your surf skills. Surf camps are run by experienced local surfers who want to share their love of the sport as their culture with surfers from around the world. It’s also a great way to meet fellow surfers and enjoy your time in beautiful Costa Rica.
What Is Playa Dominical Like?
Playa Dominical is a quiet little beach town on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Far from the maddening crowds of other surf beaches in the region, Dominical is still small enough that you can walk anywhere. And thanks to strong conservation laws, Dominical is an unspoiled paradise, a great way to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
How Do I Get There?
There is an airport in Quepos (code: XQP) with domestic connections to San Jose, the capital (airport code: SJO). Dominical is about a 30-minute drive from Quepos.
Alternatively, you can head overland from San Jose to Dominical. The drive takes approximately three hours.
What Else Can I Do Besides Surf in Dominical?
Plenty! You can relax on the beach, practice your Spanish with the locals, or enjoy holistic activities like yoga and professional massages. Or you can enjoy other exciting adventures in the region, including horseback riding through the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, mangrove or kayaking, white water rafting, rappelling down a waterfall, natural hot spring tours, Waterfall tours, bird watching, visit an animal sanctuary, or head further out to sea to enjoy deepwater fishing.
What Is the Food Like in Costa Rica?
Delicious! Costa Rica is abundant with fresh, organic fruit like oranges, bananas, mangos, pineapples, and watermelon. And their coffee is considered some of the finest in the world. Typical fare is rice and beans, usually spiced up with the national sauce (called Lizano salsa). Fish and seafood is also plentiful and delicious in Costa Rica.
What Is the Best Time of Year for Waves?
Costa Rica may be one of the only places on the planet with 365 surf days a year. That being said, swells are slightly smaller from January to April, perfect for beginning surfers, but you can always find bigger waves in select spots.
Do I Need a Wetsuit?