|Surfeando en Costa Rica|
|Costa Rica es un paraiso para los surfeadores, tiene mas de 755 millas de costa.
Muchas playas tiene buenas olas con giros y tubos que las hacen excelentes para correrlas y surfearlas.
Existen posibilidades en ambos oceanos y la temperatura del agua es confortable en todas las epocas.
La gente es amigable, los escenarios son muy bellos y pueden verse corales.
Se pueden encontrar buenos restaurantes y hoteles a precios economicos.|
Costa Pacifico Norte
|Best Surf Season: November through March|
|How to get there by bus:
Tamarindo and Santa Cruz> Buses Alfaro: 200 meters north of Hospital San Juan de Dios. Phone:(506) 222-2750 Location|
Liberia> Buses Pulmitan: 14th street, 1st and 3rd avenue. Phone: (506)222-1650
|Potrero Grande||Located 270 kms from San Jose near "El Coco" beach, but with no road access. Access only by boat from playas del coco or playa Ocotal. No facilities. Take with you, all your supplies for camping.||A right point break, with very fast and hollow waves. Nice big tubular wave, if the swell is on.|
Located in the national park of Santa Rosa, you must pay the entrance fee (about $10).
A good four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, but
from April to October the road is closed because the rainy season
leaves the road impassable, but you can leave your car at the entrance and go walking or
take a boat from El Coco or Ocotal.
There are no facilities and you must go totally prepared for camping.
Accessible also by boat.|
The best surf point is located by beach called "Roca Bruja" which means Witch's Rock.
|Very long break with strong offshore winds from december to march. Long tube ride with one of the greatest beach breaks in the country.|
|Playa Grande||Accessible by road only at 20 minutes north of Tamarindo.||Very consistent beach break.|
|Playa Tamarindo||Accessible by road and good base for surfing nearby beaches. Best spots near 'Pico Pequeño' a rocky point in front of the hotel Tamarindo,||Good beach break. An excellent river mouth break near 'El Estero'.|
|Langosta||Located I km south of Tamarindo Beach.||A right and left river mouth break|
|Avellanas||Located 10 km south of Tamarindo and 4wd recommended on winter. You can surf all along the beach. The southern part has a left point break. Good left breaks and somes pipes in the middle of the beach; and can surf the river mouth with nice rights and lefts in this northern part. Nice white sand beach but with few places to stay or camp.||Very good beach break with rights and lefts and great tubulars in near the rocky points.|
|Playa Negra||Is one of the best breaks in the country. Located 5 km south of playa Avellanas. Located between Avellanas and Santa Cruz. A nice rocky point right, large and tubular waves. In recent times the beach has been invaded by surfers from all over the world, making it a crowded point from time to time.||A very nice right point break with large, tubular and fast waves further to the south.|
|Nosara Beach||Nosara is a little town with airport and accommodations about 350 kms from San Jose. You go from San Jose to Nicoya and from there to Nosara. It takes approx. 5 hours to get there. Following the road there is a lot of good breaks with no names.||Good beach break, with lefts and rights.|
|Playa Coyote, Manzanillo||A 4 wd vehicle is recommended. Now you can find a lot of places to stay.||Beach breaks, with very consistent lefts and rights and several points.|
|Mal Pais||Nice rights and lefts. You can find three excellent points at this beach, as well as accommodations and restaurants in a wonderful place to stay. Also it's near a great National Park called Cabo Blanco that has some points of its own.||Beach breaks, with very consistent lefts and rights and several points.|
|Cabo Blanco National Park||If you go walking by the beach in the park, you'll find nice rocky points, but it can be dangerous because it's not a well-known area. Always surf with someone else for safety.|
|Puntarenas - Central Pacific Coast|
|Best Surf Season:||April thru November|
|How to get there by bus:||
Boca Barranca & Puntarenas:
From the Red Cross central, 100 meters west, 250
Jacó: Transporte Jacó 223-1109 16th street, 1st avenue
||One of the best waves the second longest ride of the country.
Located in the south of Puntarenas, about 100 kms of San Jose
with excellent access, paved road and many places to stay.
When it's good, it's a great wave, but it's not good all the time.
Boca Barranca and any other nearby beachs are no contaminated.
but the dark water during rainy season sometimes scares off many.
Many places to stay, and when its good you'll ride about 1km, then walk by the beach to the point.
||A river mouth with an excellent and very long left.
||Located 3 km south of Boca Barranca, Puntarenas.
Better at low tide and with large swell.
No accommodations nearby.
If you ask the people there you can pass to
other rocky points like "Tepezcoelollo", but sometimes they won't let you in.
The water could be polluted because of ships.
||Very good and powerful left at the port.
||The entrance is at the coastal highway, south of Caldera.
The beach break gets rights and lefts with
a lot of current, and at the river mouth you can find the
perfect left (sometimes tubular). There are no
accommodations, but you can camp, and there are a couple of
restaurants for supplies.
||Good beach breaks with rights and lefts and river-mouth left
This Rocky point located south of Tivives
gets very good and very big. You'll have to cross the river
paddling, then walk on trails and you're there.
Accessible by land I you are a member of the beach club there
(fresh water shower on the beach for member and guests), or by taxi boat to the cove to the south.
You can rent a boat from playa Jaco or playa Herradura.
The road is
private, so you'll either need a pass or have to get a boat
from Playa Herradura (5 dollars p. p), Lately this beach has
been really crowded, but you still can catch a wave or two
if the swell is on. This is a tubular ride, if you don't
make it you can get cut with the reef, so its not a
||Very powerful reef break.Excellent point break that peaks up forming a very good left and a surfable right.
Playa Jaco is growing tourism center, approximately 2 hours from San Jose (140 km), and the waves are not always dependable, but
there is a lot of hotels, camp grounds and restaurants.
Fun beach break, you can surf along the
beach. This town is full of surfers, and you'll find all the
accommodations and entertainment you want. It's a nice place
to stay because its near a lot of good points, and you can
buy or repair boards. You'll also find all the information
you need about points and current swells.
||Good beach break.
Tends to close out when it gets over 5 feet.
||Located 1.5 km south of playa Jaco. To get the point, you will have to climb a small hill.
Right break. Located on the way to Playa
Hermosa about 1. 5KM south of Jaco. When you see it you have
to descend a hill. It's not a safe place (about 5 years ago
a surfer died there). Surrounded by rocks.
||A rocky point with rights that break over submerged rocks.
||Playa Hermosa and Others
||Located at the south of Jaco (about 10 min).
This long stretch of break peaks working any given day, but the preferred sand bar is located in front of a large tree known as the Almendro.
The waves conditions are generally best when the tide is rising.
Don½t forget the tip the kids who open the gate for your car.
Long beach full of points. This is one of
the most crowded beaches (some weekends you can count 100+
surfers along the beach) because it's near Jaco and San
Jose. This beach is very constant and it throws tubes and
perfect waves when the conditions are right.
||Very strong and consistent beach break.
||Esterillos Este, Esterillos Oeste.
||the points located very close to playa Hermosa, making easy access and many nearby accommodations.
The wave conditions are very similar to those of playa Hermosa.
Beach breaks with few accommodations &
restaurant nearby, nice place to camp. The points are
located south of Hermosa Beach along the coastal
||Beach breaks, good wave forms.
Good beach break, located south of Esterillo
Este. Few accommodations nearby.
||Located north of Quepos, good rights and
lefts in a river mouth. Ask the locals if you can't find it.
You can walk in from Quepos.
South Pacific Coast
|Best Surf Season: April thru November
||How to get there by bus:
Quepos: Transporte Morales Located at Central avenue, 16th & 18th streets. Phone: 223-5587|
Golfito: Tracopa 223-7685 1st street, 18th avenue
San Isidro del General: 223-3577 16th street, 1st & 3rd avenue
||This small left `point is found at the river mouth in the city of Quepos, easy access with many restaurants and accommodations.
Needs a large swell to work well. Lots of
restaurants and hotels. This town is popular, so you'll find
good night life too.
||Left break located front of the town of Quepos.
||Playita - Manuel Antonio
||This area needs larger swell for the surf to show.
Lefts and rights beach break, located north
of Manuel Antonio. This break needs a large swell or it's
too small for good surfing.
|| Beach break, lefts and rights with good shape.
||Playa El Rey
||Best access to get there is taking the road to playa Dominical, 25 minutes from Quepos, in Roncador go right 11 kms and you will be there.
No accommodations but a good place for
camping and surfing; you'll have to ask the locals from
Quepos how to get there, because the entrance is in a palm plantation.
Beach break with right and left, a lot like Playa Hermosa.
||Beautiful landscapes and very tropical. Hotels and restaurants near spots.
If you're lucky enough you will surf along
with the dolphins in a wonderful experience, they'll jump
along right next to you. A good place to stay. Here you'll
surf rights and lefts; like a beach break but some rocks
below. Lots of restaurants and places to stay.
||Great and strong beach break with lefts and rights.
Remote Area Accessible only by boat.
Boca del Rio Sierpe, is another place with exciting potential for the same kind of waves . Corcovado national park is an adjacent kingdom of lush, tropical wilderness, approximately 1-1/2 hours by boat.
This point is located at Peninsula de Osa, and you'll have to take a boat and bring all your things, because there are no accommodations. This area is full of
points, but because of its difficult access it's not a well
||This remote break offers long, powerful waves when the swell is running.
||Located South of Matapalo, very nice right
rocky point, wonderful white sand beach. When Matapalo is
too big to surf, Backwash is the place to go; it has huge
swells. No accommodations at the beach, but you'll find some
places nearby, but they can be expensive, so be
Located South of Backwash, this would be the
longest left of this three points (Matapalo, Backwash, Pan
Dulce), but it's only surfable with big swells -- if you're
lucky you can have a great time, but if you're not, head for
Backwash or Matapalo.
|| Excellent left point, considered one of the longest in the world.
Good shape and very fast. It is located 400 kms from San Jose (8 hours by car).
Bring camping gear if you wish to hang there. Out on the peninsula across Pavones, a half-hour boat ride away, is reputedly a series pf right points the equivalent of Pavones½world class lefts.
This wave is considered one of the longest
in the world, about 1. 3 KM when the conditions are good.
Here you'll find plenty of surfer accommodations, restaurants, and places to stay or camp, but because this
beach is famous it's sometimes very crowded. About 400KM of
San Jose, you can get there from Golfito, or via the
southern border (Panama). If you go by Golfito, the ferry
closes at 5:30PM.
|| Very long left at mouth of Golfo Dulce.
miles south of Pavones by road. Good place to go when
Pavones is too small, or crowded. Accommodations
|| Reef breaks with rights and lefts.
||located in front of Pavones, at tip of Osa Peninsula.
You can get there by road from Pavones or by car from Golfito.
A rocky point and also a rocky way out; be careful going out
because the wave can push you into the shore rocks. You can
get there by boat (From Pavones, Puerto Jimenez) or by road
from Puerto Jimenez (20 minutes). Few accommodations nearby, and no restaurant. When it gets big you better have a big
board or go surfing Back Wash. In some cases the local
families can give you food -- you'll have to ask them if you
didn't bring your stuff.
||Excellent and powerfull right point break. Perfect waves.
||Punta Burica||Difficult access only by boat.
The last beach south on the Pacific coast, there's no road, so you'll have to take a boat and ride this
great break alone with your friends.
||Very remote reef breaks.
||The Caribbean Coast||Best Surf Season:||November thru March
||How to get there by bus:||
Limon: Coopelimon 223-7811 In front of the Atlantic station.
Puerto Viejo: MEPE S.A. 257-8129 250 meters north of Hotel Europa
|Puerto Viejo (Salsa Brava)
||A very thick and voluminous wave that comes from deep water onto a shallow reef, also called "salsa", for its juice power.
This place gets very big and tubular (legitimate big wave).
Salsa is approximately a 3-1/2 hour drive from San Jose and
there is a restaurant and accommodation close to the point.
Costa Rica's most powerful wave, tubular and
very dangerous because if you don't make it, you will visit
your friend "Salsa Reef". The break is called Salsa Brava
and is located front of the town of Puerto Viejo where you
can find hotels, camping, restaurants and night life
Caribbean-style. Great place to surf but when the swell
arrives there's a big crowd waiting for the tubes, and some
get stuck in the reef, so bring a big board and always stay
||Fast right over coral reef, plenty of hotels and restaurants.
|| The beach is located just south of Puerto Viejo
, and you can go walking by the beach in a trail with beautiful trees and birds along
the way, or go by car and stay in the accommodations in
front of the beach.
||Good right beach break.
||Here you find rustic lodging and typical food. Located close to an unpaved road, and easy to get to.
Located 20 KM south of Puerto Viejo, Limon. There are few accommodations nearby. The
break is in the Gandoca-Manznillo National Park.
||Very fast and good right point beach break only when big, .
||Cahuita: Black Beach
||Cahuita is a National Park, is North from
Puerto Viejo with an excellent beach break, not well known and therefore not heavily visited for surfing.
Nevertheless, there are waves all year round.
Usually it gets good with big swells, so some
people escape crowded Salsa and catch some nice waves
nearby. You will find accommodations and beautiful trails
along the coast and entering the mountains.
||Extending south from limon along the road from Limon to
Cahuita National Park. It can be dangerous because of the
strong currents, so stay out if it's big.
||Lefts and rights Beach breaks that tend to close out where the swell gets too big.
||Located 5 km north of limon (downtown).
Left over reef off popular beach just north of Limon City. Cahuita: Beach break on Black Beach, near hotels and restaurants.
Used to be one of the best waves, but the
earthquake raised the land here, and now you'll get good
waves only few times a year. There are accommodations and
the beach is located north of Limon city (5KM).
||A point/reef break known for its very thick, powerful and dangerous left.
||A small bay located north of playa Bonita. With a right working off the southerly point. Since it is close to limon, you will find easy access.
||Right point break, located north of Playa
Bonita, accommodations nearby.
||An island off the coast of Limon.
Here you will find a good left.
Isla Uvita is about a 20 minutes boat ride from Limon with passage available at certain times of the year.
Christopher Columbus came to this little
island when he first visited Costa Rica in his fourth trip.
The Island is in front of Limon, and you have to take a boat
(five dollars p. p. ) at Limon, or at Piuta, a nearby town
to the north. On the island you will find no accommodations
or water, so bring all your stuff, because if you want you
can camp in the area.
Uvita has an impressive left, which can get big and dangerous, so ask the locals how to get out from the point to the island, because if you go straight you can have trouble with the reef. You'll have to do a half moon and stay out of the inside when you are going out or when you are caught by a big set.
|Good beach break waves
||The North Caribbean Coast
||accessible via Tortuguero channels or by private plane.
You can rent a boat to take you through the channels near Puerto Moin, 15 km north of playa Bonita.
There are beach breaks along the way to
Nicaragua, but there are no roads, so you have to go by boat
or private plane. There are few accommodations but if you
have the contact you can surf virgin beaches along with your
Good beach break, very good from December to
February. You can see turtles nesting at night. Hotels and
restaurants nearby, sometimes it gets very good with big
tubes. Normally you'll find good waves as long as the wind
is to the north.
A river mouth; right break at the Tamarindo
Bay entrance, very long ride but very crowded because the
accommodations are very good at Tamarindo. From the river
mouth you can go walking to Playa Grande or to the other
points nearby Tamarindo. When the swell is on there are
waves for everyone.
|| A rocky point with a right in front of Hotel
Tamarindo. It's very good when tere are big swells but
normally they are small.
||A river mouth right, located 1 mile south of
Tamarindo. There are some rocks underwater, so don't think
Langosta is a beach break. Beautiful white sand beaches
along the way.
||La Piedra del
||A right point break, located south from
Langosta, better be low tide to cross the river
||Located north of Avellanas. You can see it
breaking from the river mouth; you can go walking or by car
but be careful because a lot of people has their rented cars
taken by the river, so it's recommended to enter by walking
on the beach instead.
Located south of Playa Negra. Good right
point break very similar to Negra, and people like to go
there when Playa Negra is crowded.
||A point break, breaking at high tide.
Located south of Playa Negra. You can get there by walking on the beach.
||Big wave beach break. There are places to
stay but not in front of the beach; there are some tree
houses at the beach to help you stay out of the rain or sun, and you can camp there if you bring all your stuff. You can
buy in Nosara.
||Has a beach break with regular size and a wonderful white sand beach. Located south of Samara.
||Located south of Puerto Carrillo. Nice beach
break but surrounded by rocks; it gets very big and the set
comes in constantly. Nice place to camp, but there are no
accommodations at this beach.
||International Surf Sites
||SF Gate Sports: Surfing
||Surfing Girl Magazine
||TransWorld Surf Magazine
||Swell - with surf reports, articles, community news, big wave competitions, and more.
||Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) - official site, with event information, news, tours, and more.
||Bluetorch - surf contests, reports, and more.
||coldswell - with surf forecasts, beach guides, weather charts, and more.
||Maverickssurf - includes history of Mavericks, photographs, and video clips.
||Professional Surfing Tour of America (PSTA) - events, point standings, galleries, and more.
||Surflink - offers up to date ASP results, live surf cams and reports, interviews, and articles.
||SURFlinkz - portal for online surfers and bodyboarders.
||Surfrider Foundation - dedicated to protecting the oceans, waves, and beaches.
||The Glide - online community for surfers, with news articles, chat, and much more.