Costa Rica’s Best Spots for Surfing

ask for our ratesYou might think that Costa Rica’s beaches are beautiful to hang out and swim . But when it comes to Surfing, there are spots that will literally take your breath away!
The swell is good all year round. And with an average water temperature of 30° C you will want to spend plenty of time in the water.




Beaches like Roca Bruja, Playa Hermosa and Pavones belong to the international top class of surfing. A 4x4 car is often needed to access the beaches – on request we organise a car with roof racks to transport your boards. Note that some airline companies do not transport surfboards. However, it is no problem to buy or rent boards in bigger destinations (as Jaco or Tamarindo).
The swell is constantly good on the Pacific, and best on the Caribbean from October until December. Remember to check tide schedules.

Caribbean Coast Surfing

Surf Spots:

  • Puerto Viejo: Playa Negra Laughing is an ok surfing spot (beach break, rights/lefts), Salsa Brava LaughingLaughingLaughing is dangerous for its reef, and mostly surfed by locals. It’s considered having among the best waves of the Caribbean but clearly nothing for beginners (coral reef, rights/lefts).
  • Playa Cocles: Laughing is a good spot with constant waves. From Nov-Dec there are nice tubes too (beach and reef break, rights/lefts).
  • Playa Manzanillo: Laughing (in the national reserve of the same name), (beach break rights/lefts).


Southern Pacific Coast and the Osa Peninsula

Surf Spots:

  • Playa Pavones LaughingLaughingLaughing on the Burica Peninsula is one of Costa Rica’s best surf spots (left point) as it features the world’s second longest continuous left (over 1 km).

The best surf spots on the Osa Peninsula are:

  • Cabo Matapalo LaughingLaughing (a world class right reef break with good, continuous waves)
  • Bahia Drake Laughing (coral reef rights/lefts) and Carate (beach break rights/lefts) – which lies in the Corcovado National Park and is therefore a little complicated to get to.
  • Playa Dominical LaughingLaughingLaughing is also a famous spot, known for the variety of its waves on high and low tide (rights/lefts) and beginners can also dare a come here.

Central Pacific

Surf Spots:

  • Manuel Antonio Laughing (good right and left peaks), Punta Quepos Laughing (left point) and Parrita Laughing (beach break, rights/lefts).
  • Playa Hermosa LaughingLaughingLaughinghas nice, continuous waves on a 7 km beach, and hosts a famous annual surfing contest in August. Not suited for beginners (right point break).
  • Jaco Laughing is average, with river mouth surfing (beach break, rights/lefts).


Surfing Jaco


The Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste

Surfing at Playa NegraSurf Spots:

  • Malpaís LaughingLaughingLaughing has some good, constant waves.
  • Playa Santa Teresa LaughingLaughingLaughing (beach break, rights/lefts) with its powerful waves is only accessible by 4X4.
  • Playa Negra LaughingLaughingLaughing features one of Costa Rica’s best rights and can be surfed with any tide (rights/lefts) and Playa Avellana LaughingLaughingLaughing (rights), are both appreciated by surf aficionados.
Playa Negra
  • Playa Tamarindo Laughing (beach break, rights/lefts) is probably the best spot for beginners and surf lessons are easily available (surf camps).
  • Playa Grande LaughingLaughingLaughing (beach break, rights/lefts) is one of the country’s most famous spots with offshore winds and nice tubes.
Santa Teresa
Close to Playa Naranjo, lies legendary Witch's Rock LaughingLaughingLaughing featuring fast waves with perfect tubes (beach break, rights with good offshore winds) and Ollie's Point LaughingLaughingLaughing, an exclusive location as it is difficult to access, i.e. only by boat (perfect rights). Both these locations are known from the surf movie “Endless Summer 2”.



Note: On request we will gladly inform you about surf lessons or stays at one of Costa Rica’s various surf camps (e.g. in Tamarindo or Malpaís/Santa Teresa).