One of the top spots in the country highlighted by The Inertia as being perfect for first-time surfers is the area in and around Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast. Manuel Antonio is the name of a nearby national park, a town, and a series of soft, volcanic sand beaches that are a mecca for surfers.
Manuel Antonio is perfect for beginning surfers because of a series of offshore islands that help tamp down the size of the swells. Although surfing is prohibited inside the park boundaries, the adjacent beaches with their soft breaks offer a steady stream of consistent waves that are ideal for surfers still working on mastering the sport. And the soft, sandy bottom serves as the perfect cushion for learning surfers who tumble off their boards.
Another top spot recommended by The Inertia for beginning surfers is the beach of Domincalito just outside of the town of Dominical. Located a short drive from the city of Quepos, Dominical is a quiet village, little untouched by the modern world.
Dominical is a great spot for first-time surfers as the swells coming in from the South Pacific are broken up by a large bay. Despite the shelter offered by the bay, Dominical still enjoys waves powerful enough to get a beginning surfer up and away. Due to a few rocky formations, surfing in Dominical is best at high tide, especially for beginners still working on mastering the sport.
But perhaps the greatest attraction to Dominical is simply the locale itself. Surfers waiting in line to catch the next wave are surrounding by a glittering, green backdrop that includes pristine rainforests and gorgeous mountains off in the distance.
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Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp (MASS) offers classes at all of the top surfing spots in Costa Rica, including Manuel Antonio and Dominical. With a staff of experienced, local surf pros, the coaches at MASS know about secret surfing spots. MASS also offers a host of complementary activities to make sure that every surfer has a fabulous time on their Costa Rica vacation.