The 6 best surfing beaches in Costa Rica

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Travel Agent: Charlie Chaves

For International Surfing Day, I want to share with you my personal list of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica.

I have been been practicing this sport for 7 years now and it’s definitely what fills me with joy the most. Whenever I have the opportunity to travel to the beach and disconnect from the city life and feel the waves of the ocean, I’ll do it.

Surfing helps me release stress, this is one of the main reasons why I am so passionate about surfing. Especially at dawn where there is fewer people, wind and sun on the beaches. I enjoy not just the best waves, but feel an intense connection with nature.

Among the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica these are my top six favorite:


1. Playa Naranjo


Popularly known as “Witch’s Rock” because of the rocky island located right off the coast. During the month of December the famous trade winds arrive to Costa Rica and form perfect waves for surfing in this part of the country.

2. Avellanas

Photo credits: Waves Somewhere

Ideal for all surfing levels, beginners and/or advanced; this is a huge beach with a variety of point breaks all along the coast.

3. Guiones


An immense white sand beach located in Nosara, a unique surf and yoga townThe waves in this area range from white foam waves for beginners to constant big swells for more professional surfers.

4. Central Pacific

Photo credits: Costa Rica Surf

Jaco and Playa Hermosa in the Central Pacific Coast are ideal for anyone looking to surf close to the city of San Jose, just a 2 hours drive towards the coast you can enjoy ideal surfing waves, mainly in rainy season,the best time to visit Costa Rica (between May and November) you’ll see huge waves!

5. Salsa Brava


A famous spot in the Southern Caribbean Coast, Puerto Viejo. Where you can enjoy Costa Rica’s Caribbean biggest waves between the months of November and April. 

6. Pavones

Photo Credits: Viva Tropical Real Estate

Located at the tip of Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast iPavones, in the most pristine destination: Golfo Dulce. Pavones is known as the longest left in Costa Rica: The best wave in the world!

Are you a surfing lover or want to learn more about  Costa Rica surf?

Contact us through Asuaire Travel and enjoy the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica!


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