Costa Rica’s Top Surf Spots

Central America’s top destination for surfing lovers is—without a doubt—the beautiful country of Costa Rica. The country’s numerous beaches are ideal for catching waves thanks to the fantastic conditions for big surf.

So, which beaches should you think about visiting if you’re looking to plan a surf trip to Costa Rica? Here are some of the top options.

Playa Tamarindo

Located on the country’s northern Pacific Coast, Tamarindo has plenty of fame as a great surf spot. Numerous surf schools and expert surfers can be found here taking advantage of the strong Pacific currents and the normally-pleasant weather in the area.

Playa Jaco

This 2.5 mile stretch of sand, located just west of the country’s capital of San Jose on the Pacific Coast, is a beautiful place to catch waves. The surf here isn’t as extreme as it is in other surf spots in the country, making it a great choice for beginners and novices.

Playa Cocles

Arguably the best surfing destination on the country’s Caribbean Coast is Playa Cocles, near the country’s border with Panama. Cocles’s warm water and moderate breaks are the perfect combination for a laid-back surfing trip.