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Best Surfing in Costa Rica

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by in Adventure, Sports

Surfing The Best in Costa Rica

Surfing coastline best of costa rica

Costa Rica some of the most consistent surf

Surfers the world over share one dream: to ride the perfect wave. This is why ten of thousands of surfers worldwide travel and cover great distances in search for that elusive and almost mythical wave. Here’s a piece of good news for surf enthusiasts: the perfect wave is not mythical nor does it evade discovery. It is very much true and here in Costa Rica a surfer’s ultimate dream becomes reality. Strategically located just above the equator and flanked by two great bodies of water, (Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea) this country is dotted with beaches that will delight and challenge surfers of every level, whether beginner or advanced.

Surfing in Costa Rica is now becoming a popular surfer’s paradise not only because of its 700 miles of seemingly endless coastline (both from the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea) or the perfect warm water Costa Rica tropical weatherbut also due to its easy access to breaks, surfing camps, surfing tournaments, warm water and inexpensive accommodation.

Best surfing in costa rica

Endless surf breaks along the Pacific coast

Costa Rica The Hawaii of Latin America

These are just some of the many reasons why Costa Rica surfing spots have become a favorite destination. It has been called fondly by travelers as the “Hawaii of Latin American Surfing” or the “Mecca of Surfers”.

This country boasts of endless beach breaks; each one posing a different challenge from the last so surfers can go beach hopping from shore to shore and find something new to get amped up on in every visit. Another good thing about Costa Rica is that there typically are no monster waves or  here, so surfers can be guaranteed to return to their homes, tan, glowing and  – whole. And also because Costa Rican roads are accessible and transportation is easy to be had, travelling from one beach to the next will not pose any problem, leaving more time for enjoyment and surf hunting.

Pacific Ocean is The Best Surfing in Costa Rica

One other good reason for Costa Rica’s fame among surfer is the culture that not only supports enthusiasts of the sport – they are also eager surfers themselves. Surfing was said to have originated in Polynesia, a country that Costa Rica shares the Pacific Ocean with. This may account for a certain feeling of authenticity when riding the waves and feeling the salty spray of the water on your face.  Majority of the people here engage in surfing and rarely will you find a hoodad or someone who does not know where to buy or rent boards. Travelers will find it refreshing to meet people, Ticos (locals) and foreigners alike who share a common interest – riding the waves.

Coastlines of waves costa rica

Warm water surfing year round

The Costa Rica coastline offers a diverse number of surfing beaches. You can try the beaches of Tamarindo, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Pavones, Dominical and Playa Grande which offer different opportunities for every enthusiast. If you want to avoid the hassle, you can easily search online and decide based on a long list of possibilities and reviews. You may even call a local Costa Rican travel agency to find out what your options are and book your next trip to Paradise. Of course, if you are adventurous and want to travel without an itinerary, simply book flight and go – there are bound to be places to stay in, granted you are visiting during low season. There is no need to wait for a ‘surf season’- the weather and swells in Costa Rica are consistent all year round.




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