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Guanacaste has over 43 surf spots on offer!
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A great surf region offering left and right breaks.
When is the best time to visit Costa Rica

Best time to go

Costa Rica is blessed with consistent waves year round and many great surf spots. Because of its double-sided coastline - Pacific Coast and the Caribbean shore - the best time to go surfing in Costa Rica is all-year long. The Caribbean side has a short surfing season and produces large swells from tropical storms off of Mexico. The Pacific coast has smaller but more consistent surf generated by low pressure systems located off of New Zealand.

So when is the best time to go surfing in Costa Rica? During the wet or rainy season (from May to November) you’ll find the best waves in Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast in places like Santa Teresa, Tamarindo, and Jaco. Nevertheless, keep in mind that because of the high rainfall, the roads toward the beaches can become impassable.

During the dry season (from December to April) you'll find the best waves on the Caribbean shore, in places like Puerto Viejo. These months are also the most popular months for travelers and backpackers, who come to enjoy the hot and dry weather. The best months to visit Costa Rica are in the dry season from December to February, as March and April can get extremely hot and dry. It’s the perfect time to learn how to surf then, as the waves will be waist to head high, with small and fun breaks.

Best time to go

Costa Rica is blessed with consistent waves year round and many great surf spots. Because of its double-sided coastline - Pacific Coast and the Caribbean shore - the best time to go surfing in Costa Rica is all-year long. The Caribbean side has a short surfing season and produces large swells from tropical storms off of Mexico. The Pacific coast has smaller but more consistent surf generated by low pressure systems located off of New Zealand.

So when is the best time to go surfing in Costa Rica? During the wet or rainy season (from May to November) you’ll find the best waves in Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast in places like Santa Teresa, Tamarindo, and Jaco. Nevertheless, keep in mind that because of the high rainfall, the roads toward the beaches can become impassable.

During the dry season (from December to April) you'll find the best waves on the Caribbean shore, in places like Puerto Viejo. These months are also the most popular months for travelers and backpackers, who come to enjoy the hot and dry weather. The best months to visit Costa Rica are in the dry season from December to February, as March and April can get extremely hot and dry. It’s the perfect time to learn how to surf then, as the waves will be waist to head high, with small and fun breaks.

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Surfing in Costa Rica: What You Need to Know

Costa Rica is for you if:

  • You are looking for an affordable surf holiday
  • You wish to learn to surf in a welcoming and less crowded destination
  • You want to ride a wide diversity of surf breaks with year-round warm water
  • Why go surfing in Costa Rica?

    Because you are bound to find something to your liking in this tropical paradise. Both of its coasts, the Pacific and the Caribbean, are dotted with exceptional surf breaks and authentic surf villages, easily accessible waves as well as remote beaches you can have all to yourself.

    Is Costa Rica a good place to learn to surf?

    There are plenty of spots where you can steer clear of big waves, all the while being smack dab in the heart of the surfing destinations the country is most famous for. The Guanacaste-Nicoya region is home to dozens of gentle beach breaks with a sandy bottom where beginners will feel safe and comfortable.

    Where should you go if you are a beginner surfer?

    Tamarindo in Guanacaste is the most visited surfing destination in Costa Rica, home to several breaks that are great for beginners. Nosara, Playa Samara, Santa Teresa, and Malpais are the most popular beginner surf spots on the Nicoya Peninsula. In the Puntarenas Province, the beach break at Jaco is great for beginners at low tide.

    Where should you go if you are an intermediate surfer?

    In the Guanacaste region, head for the fast-breaking barreling waves near Tamarindo and Playa Avellanas. In the Puntarenas Province, ride the hollow waves at Playa Hermosa near Jaco, the fun break at Manuel Antonio, and two of the longest left-handers in the world at Boca Barranca and Playa Pavones.

    Where should you go if you are an advanced surfer?

    Some of the best and most powerful waves in Costa Rica can be found on the Caribbean coast between December and March, like the famous Salsa Brava reef break and Los Tumbos beach break. If you’re up for a real challenge, go for Pico Grande, Playa Negra, Whitch’s Rock, and Ollie’s Point near Tamarindo.

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    Costa Rica at a glance
    Costa Rica has stunning coastlines, prime wave conditions, and long summers
    Coastline
    There’s 1300 km (801 miles) of coastline in Costa Rica, with perfect surf coasts on both the Pacific and Caribbean shores
    Best Time
    The best time to travel and surf in Costa Rica is in the dry season from December to March
    Airport Arrivals
    Take a flight to San Jose (SJO), from where you have options for land shuttles and local flights to make it to Santa Teresa, or anywhere in Costa Rica
    Currency
    The Colón is the official currency in Costa Rica, where €1 is about 665 CRC. Nevertheless, many stores list their prices in US$
    Local Sodas
    In Costa Rica, a soda is a small, informal restaurant that serves Casado dishes (chicken, beans, rice, and salad) for US$2 or $3 a plate
    Price of a beer
    The average price of a domestic draft beer in Costa Rica is around €1,42 (947 CRC)
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