The idea of surfing in Costa Rica is overwhelmingly appealing. This is attributable to the fact that the country is the home to some of the best waves on the planet, in addition to clean and often blissfully empty beaches. There are over 1200 kilometers of coastline, with the shore containing warm water at a blissful 80-84 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, Costa Rica is strategically positioned between two oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic, making it the third largest surfing destination after Hawaii and Indonesia. However, to get the best surfing experience, it is essential that you visit the lesser known, thus uncrowded surfing spots.
For instance, Playa Espadilla outside of the National Park may not spring to mind for most surfers as a prime Costa Rican surf destination, yet there are a few beaches in the immediate area offering some excellent breaks. The waves are often more gentle here and ideal for beginners.
Playa El Rey is a beach south of Manuel Antonio National Park. The beach break is untouched with both rights and lefts and it doesn’t have large swells. It is recommended that surfers visit the beach in groups since it is usually deserted, and beware of the rocks that are located near the coastline. Playa El Rey is accessible through a palm plantation that is 15 minutes to the south of Quepos. The beach has both right and left wave breaks, which tend to close out whenever the swells get bigger. It is advisable to surf at this beach when the tides are medium or high.
There is also Playitas, a short beach break that is located at the northern end of the beach in Manuel Antonio. The beach break offers surfers medium to large swells from the south at mid to high tide.
Damas rivermouth, Boca Damas, is also an excellent break, offering extremely strong and hollow rights. It has consistent rights and lefts, owing to the exposed sandbar break. Its best swells are from the south. Surfers should be wary of the crocodiles and riptides that come out of this river mouth.
The south pacific is home to some of the largest stretches of Pacific Coastal rainforest. It has the most serene beaches, including Playa Dominical, which offers attractive lush landscapes and waves for all levels of skill. The beach break has both lefts and rights and is located approximately 45 minutes drive away from Manuel Antonio.
Whether you are interested in left or right breaks, Costa Rica’s perfect blend of geography and wind promises to satisfy your desire to experience some of the best surfing around. The country’s diversity and tremendous variety of surf spots allows surfers an opportunity to access excellent surf spots all year round.
Featuring some of the most impressive landscapes of the world, including several coves with many white sand beaches, Manuel Antonio attracts surfers, swimmers, birders, and ecotourists.