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Costa Rica has coasts both on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and you can make it in less than one day from one side to the other. This is a great advantage since when one ocean is flat you usually can find some action in the other. Surfers from around the world visit the breaks all year round.

Many surfing spots are easily accesible and are near restautants, hotels and surf shops. The waters are relatively warm, no wet suit required.

Popular surf spots by region

North Pacific

Since it is five times longer than the Caribbean coast, the Pacific has considerably more surfing spots. Many of the country's best breaks are found in the northwest province of Guanacaste.

  • Potrero Grande: Right point break in Santa Rosa National Park, only accessible by boat; no camping.
  • Playa Naranjo: Great beach break by Roca Bruja, in Santa Rosa National Park, accessible with four-wheel-drive vehicle or boat; camping permitted.
  • Playa Grande: Very consistent beach break north of Tamarindo.
  • Tamarindo: Good beach break, excellent base for surfing nearby beaches.
  • Playa Langosta: River mouth break south of Tamarindo.
  • Avellanas: Very good beach break further to the south.
  • Playa Negra: Right point break further to the south.
  • Nosara: Several beach breaks near selection of accommodations.

    Central Pacific

  • Boca Barranca: Long river mouth left just south of Puntarenas.
  • Tivives: Beach breaks and river-mouth left, south of Puntarenas.
  • Jaco: Popular beach break with abundance of hotels and restaurants and active nightlife.
  • Hermosa: Several very consistent beach breaks just south of Jaco.
  • Manuel Antonio: Farther south, beatiful secenery and plentiful accommodations.

    South Pacific

  • Dominical: Great beach breaks near hotels and restaurants.
  • Matapalo: Right point break at tip of Osa Peninsula.
  • Pavones: Very long left at mouth of Golfo Dulce.

    Caribbean

    The few breaks that are available in the Caribbean province of Limon are certainly nothing to complain about.

  • Playa Bonita: Left over reef off popular beach just north of Limon City.
  • Cahuita: Farther south, near Puerto Viejo; beach break on Playa Negra, near hotels and restaurants.
  • Puerto Viejo: Fast right over coral reef, plenty of hotels and restaurants with very active night life and caribbean ambience.
  • Cocles: Beach break just south of Puerto Viejo.
  • Manzanillo: Beach break, only when big, some accommodations nearby, but you can hitch a ride or rent a bike from Puerto Viejo.
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    DCR-SP8Riding the Waves in the Caribean, Jaco Beach and Guanacaste!9 nights / 10 daysCaribbean, Jaco Beach area, Guanacaste Beach at Sunset ReefView Itinerary

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    DCR-SP8GRiding the waves in Tamarindo!6 nights / 7 daysLiberia, Tamarindo Beach (Guanacaste)View Itinerary

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