Surfing
Central Pacific
Boca Barranca
The most traditional wave of Costa Rica is to be found at this beach: well-shaped left breaking wave, and some waves range from 3 to 10 feet, when good waves hit shore from the south. The best surfing time is 5:00 am. You will find many nice places where to spend the night in the area close to the point.
Puerto Caldera
Twenty-five minutes north from Jacó is Puerto Caldera, a very popular beach with a well-shaped left breaking wave. The surfing gets better when the tide is coming in.
Playa Tivives
Entrance to this beach is from the Costanera Highway, to the south of Caldera. This beach offers right and left breaking with strong currents. At the mouth of the river you can find an almost perfect, sometimes tubular, left wave. Not many options for lodging, but you can camp right on the beach, and there are a couple of good restaurants where you can eat. Despite its many attractions, the water in Tivives is quite polluted and the ocean is dangerous.
Playa Valor
South of Tivives, this rocky headland offers much action. You will have to paddle your way across the river, and then walk through the trails. Just like Tivives, this site has many great spots for surfing. Water is also polluted and the ocean is just as dangerous.
Playa Escondida
Access to this beach is private. It can only be reached by boat from Playa Herradura. It has constant left and right breaking waves. Best spot for surfers when weather conditions are stable. Beware of low tides!
Playa Jaco
This is the ideal town for surfers; it is located at a strategic site from where to reach other spots. Jacó has great beach breaks. It offers a great variety of lodging facilities, as well as restaurants and great party ambiance.
Roca Loca
This rock lies 5 minutes south of Jacó; to get there you must climb down a deep cliff and walk across a rocky strait. Waves are real good and heights range between 4 and 10 feet. There are just as many left waves as right waves. Be careful, this is a dangerous place!
Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa lies 10 minutes south of Jacó. There are great beach breaks at low and high tides. When weather conditions are nice, you may see some amazing tubular waves rolling in. Be aware of undertows!
Esterillos
This beach is 40 minutes south of Jacó. It has great local food restaurants, great beach break spots, and few surfers.
Boca Damas
It takes one hour and a half to drive from Jacó to Boca Damas. This beach sits next to the mouth of Damas river, near Quepos. It offers big waves. We recommend you go surfing with other people, specially someone who knows the area.
Quepos
Waves here break mostly towards the left. You will need strong waves for great performance. This beach faces the town of Quepos. There are many restaurants and hotels in the area. This is a very popular and busy place, so you will have a chance to enjoy an overwhelming nightlife.
Manuel Antonio
This beach has waves breaking towards the right and left. Wait for strong waves to roll in, otherwise the beach is too small for good surfing. We also recommend an expedition into the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Playa El Rey
This beach offers left and right breaking waves, similar to Playa Hermosa. There are no lodging places, but it is great for camping and surfing. You will have to ask among locals in Quepos how to get there, since the entrance to this beach is inside a palm tree plantation.
Dominical
If you are lucky, you will be able to do some surfing while watching near-by dolphins playing around, which proves to be an amazing experience to everyone. There are many restaurants and lodging spots. Here you can surf on left as well as right breaking waves; the bottom of the sea is covered by rocks.
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