Surf in Costa Rica

Make the most of your vacation in Costa Rica by surfing and windsurfing the most striking waves

Surf in Costa Rica
Surf in Costa Rica
© Efrain Gonzalez Buitrago

Water sports are a powerful tourist attraction in Costa Rica. However, the most played sports are undoubtedly surf and windsurf, due to the fact that its coasts provide with the most spectacular waves in the world.

There are two places that stand out on the coast of the Caribbean Sea: Cahuita, with its long black sand beaches and its incredible waves exclusively for the most adventurous surfers; and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, renowned for its Salsa Brava wave, a typical Hawaiian wave of a great volume of water that delights the most passionate people. Four beaches bath Puerto Viejo, where you have the chance to surf this spectacular wave. In addition, you will enjoy the bustling surf atmosphere of the city and its clubs accompanied with reggae music.

Guanacaste is one of the best areas for surfing in Costa Rica. It is possible to practice surf or windsurf in almost all its beaches thanks to its perfect waves and currents. Some of the most interesting places are Santa Cruz, La Cruz and some of their beaches, such as Negra beach and Nosara beach. Nevertheless, the most outstanding are Bahía Salinas, known for its strong winds, ideal for practicing windsurf, and Tamarindo beaches, Playa Langosta beach and Playa Grande beach.

In the Central Pacific area, the most popular places for practicing surf and windsurf are Mal país beaches, with their great waves and beautiful landscapes; Playa Santa Teresa beach, known for its superior currents, only for the most experienced surfers; and Garabito canton, where Playa Jacó beach stands out. In the latter, the World Surfing Games took place in 2009. Other relevant beaches are Playa Herradura beach, ideal for beginner and medium-level surfers; and Playa Hermosa beach, an exclusive beach for the most courageous with waves that can reach up to 13 metres and where the Quicksilver World Surfing Championship took place. Moreover, Playa Bejuco, Playa Palma and Playa Palo Seco beaches are also perfect to practice windsurf.

Finally, in the South Pacific coast, the best places for practicing these water sports are Ciudad Cortés and the beaches of Bahía Ballena district, renowned for their enormous waves, especially those in Playa Ballena, Playa Uvita and Playa Piñuela beaches.

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