With beautiful weather every month, pristine natural backdrops, and seasonal tides that deliver consistently large swells, it’s no wonder that people come to Costa Rica to enjoy surfing all year round.
Costa Rica surfing is world famous thanks to two different coasts that stretch for more than 730 miles (1200 kilometers) with warm water that holds steady at a comfortable 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). The surfing on the Atlantic coast is more dependent on storm surges and seasonal patterns, but the good news is that the Pacific coast is just a six-hour drive away.
December to April isn’t winter in Costa Rica but the dry season. The best surfing (meaning larger waves and more swells) on the Pacific Coast is from May to November while Caribbean coast surfing is generally best from December to March thanks to offshore trade winds.
Nonetheless, you can always enjoy Costa Rica surfing vacations during any month of the year and can always find excellent waves.
All Skill Levels
Between the river mouths, offshore islands, and really good beach breaks, there are surfable waves for every skill level in Costa Rica. The Pacific coast, in particular, has a wide variety of wave types and sizes, especially in and around the Manuel Antonio area.
Experts have plenty to challenge them as well, including remote areas that have no road access. The most difficult place to surf in Costa Rica is known as Salsa Brava with waves reaching up to 16 feet (4.8 meters) in height.
Not everyone who wants to enjoy a Costa Rica surf trip is a young beach bum. Families and groups of friends love to surf in Costa Rica too, and eco-tourism lodges and resorts make for a great base of operation while enjoying other non-surfing activities.
The Beauty of Nature
Some of Costa Rica’s best surf spots are located in areas of indescribable beauty. Whether bordering national parks or in the travel lane for migrating whales, half of the attraction in surfing in Costa Rica is enjoying the pristine nature all around you.
Plenty of Room
It is true that some surf beaches in Costa Rica are highly popular with tourists, but the good news is that there are plenty of spots still left where you can get uncrowded access to fantastic waves.
The Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp is the go-to surf school in Costa Rica.