6 Surf Spots to Embark on Costa Rica Vacation

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Costa Rica is well-known for surf breaks. It’s a world-class surfing destination for both first-timers and avid surfers. Costa Rica surf destinations offer amazing surfing on both coasts, including point and beach breaks, lefts and rights, reefs and river mouths. Most surfers from around the world come to surf Costa Rica and enjoy the warm water and year-round waves.

Often what the waves lack in size, they make for in length. One of the longest left breaks around the world can be available here. Most of the remote beaches and breaks along both coasts are accessible. However, you can add surf hotspots in your travel packages to Costa Rica. The below-discussed world class surf destinations are the most popular that well worth a visit at least once a while:

1. Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach in Guanacaste Province hosts several national competitions year round. The booming development has led to the most exceptional restaurants and shops as well as fun-filled nightlife for surfing enthusiasts. Quickly Tamarindo is becoming a tourist hotspot, thanks to surfing and availability of eco-tours in an area that avoided attention for years to come.

2. Dominical Beach

Based on the South Pacific Coast, Playa Dominical is another surfing hotspot in Costa Rica. Dominical is a pristine and off-the-beaten-path, So there are not as many tourists as some of the more popular beaches in the north.

3. Playa Pavones and Cabo Matapalo

The Osa Peninsula has some of the best surf breaks. Cabo Matapalo located on Osa’s southern tip up-close to Puerto Jimenez has a few right surf breaks. The waves aren’t too high here; so it’s an amazing destination for first-time surfers. Playa Pavones on the other side of the Gulfo Dulce has one of the longest left-hand surf breaks. But you won’t find much more than surfing happening there.

4. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach situated in the south of Jaco attracts experienced surfing enthusiasts. It’s well-known for getting the most consistent waves around Costa Rica. This beach is truly beautiful. Due to strong surfs, it’s often left quiet and empty.

5. Jaco Beach

Jaco is small yet bustling beach town, geared towards travelers coming for the waves and staying for the party. The Jaco Beach is great for new surfers, and there is an excellent variety of rentals and surf lessons available throughout town.

6. Playa Cocles and Salsa Brava

On the south Caribbean coast, the main attraction of the popular beach town of Puerto Viejo is the Salsa Brava, the largest wave throughout Costa Rica. This famous yet dangerous surf break is ideal for the most experienced surfers. Located up close to Salsa Brava, Playa Cocles offers a beach break and slightly less intense.

Are you exciting enough to embark on surf breaks in Costa Rica? Please check out the available travel packages to Costa Rica at Tour Operators CR and make the right selection. Feel free to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram social networks!

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