Costa Rica is home to a variety of surf-camps, incredible waves and surfer-friendly guides with accommodations for different experience levels.
A bucket-list destination for surfers around the globe not only for the spectacular beach views, but also for the option to surf in two different oceans: The Pacific & the Carribean.
Best surfing seasons
The climate in Costa Rica allows surfing all year long. There are two seasons in Costa Rica, the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season is from May-November and the dry season is from December-April. The rainy season lasts slightly longer on the Caribbean. Contrarily, it tends to be much shorter and dryer in the Guanacaste Province, along the Pacific Coast. Thanks to Costa Rica’s tropical climate, you can find great surf breaks all year long—you just have to know where to go.
On the Caribbean side:
Currents tend to be less consistent due to tropical storms
Your best chance at catching a great swell on the Caribbean coast is from October-April.
The best surf spots along the Caribbean Coasts are Salsa Brave and Cahuita.
Southern Costa Rica
You will find the best surfing in Costa Rica, but you it’s quite a commitment to get there. Playa Pavones has one of the longest left-hand breaks in the world. It’s also 10 hours from San Jose and requires 4-wheel drive and an expert driver. The waves aren’t always consistent.
Also check out these prime surfing destinations:
Santa Teresa and Malpais in Nicoya
Playa Dominical, Playa Negra