Costa Rica

Zopilote Surf Camp - Costa Rica

Zopilote Surf Camp - Costa Rica

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Mid-Range

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Visit the Costa Rican beaches with guaranteed constant surf, year-round warm water temperatures and the amazing beach of Playa Hermosa! The surf camp is located in front of the beach at Playa Hermosa de Cobano on the southern part of the Nicoya 
Pool at Arenas del Mar

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort - Costa Rica

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Surf Skill

Intermediate - Intermediate

Star Rating

Luxury Surf Trip

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Per person

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

The resort is situated on a cliff with direct access to two pristine sand beaches. Playitas Beach and Espadilla Beach, well–known as a venue for International Surfing Competitions and for its mid–sized break.The property overlooks the 
Hotel The Place - Costa Rica

Hotel The Place - Costa Rica

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Surf Skill

Beginner - Intermediate

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Mid-Range

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, November, December

Boutique hotel “The Place” is a unique, sophisticated and intimate space located in Mal País.  Just a stroll away lays the famous Playa Carmen, a beach well-known for its consistent breakers and rolling surf.
Meli Melo Hotel Santa Teresa - Costa Rica

Meli Melo Hotel Santa Teresa - Costa Rica

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Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

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Mid-Range

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Lose yourself in the comfort of the Hotel Meli Melo, a homely and unpretentious oasis just steps from Santa Teresa, one of the most beautiful and consistent surf beaches in Costa Rica. Just across the street from the ocean and near a range of quaint shops and restaurants, the Meli Melo offers a range of spacious bungalows and rooms perfect for families, couples or individuals.

      Surf Bikini Nosara

Surf Bikini Retreat - Nosara, Costa Rica

From US$ 1,850 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Beginner - Intermediate

Star Rating

Mid-Range

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Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Surf Bikini Retreat is an All-inclusive ”Boutique”Surf Camp exclusively for girls located in Nosara, Costa Rica. What is unique about a holiday at Surf Bikini Retreat is as you are having fun learning to surf at Playa Guiones, you will 
Florblanca Resort - Costa Rica

Florblanca Resort - Costa Rica

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Surf Skill

Beginner - Advanced

Star Rating

Mid-Range

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Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

This luxury Costa Rica surf resort is located in a beautiful beachfront location. Enjoy surf lessons and guiding, SUP lessons and tours, fresh organic cuisine, yoga, pilates, spa and lots of extra activities.
Tamarindo Diria Beach resort

Tamarindo Diria Beach resort

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Surf Skill

Beginner - Learning

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Mid-Range

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Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Beautiful white sand beaches, laps of waves, perfect conditions for surf and luxurious accommodation can all be found at the beautiful Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort.

The resorts location is right on the beach with views of the sea. This makes it the perfect place to escape and unwind.

Witch's Rock Surf Camp - Costa Rica

Witch's Rock Surf Camp - Costa Rica

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Surf Skill

Learning - All Levels

Star Rating

Mid-Range

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Season

January, March, April, June, July, August, November, December, May

Costa Rica is blessed with some of the best waves, most beautiful jungles and stunning beaches in the world, and no place is better equipped to help you explore its northern reaches than the long-running Witch’s Rock Surf Camp right on the shores of Tamarindo.

The family-run establishment has become a trusted name, with a stellar reputation for local knowledge, warm smiles and all-inclusive, tailored surf coaching programs to cater for all skill levels and ages.

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Overview

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is everything you have dreamt it might be, with great waves, warm water full of dolphins and sea life and beautiful sandy beaches edged by lush tropical jungle.  From one end of the country to the other, there are all sorts of waves to suit all level of surfing, the waves are not usually much bigger than head-high. The locals are friendly and you’ll find funky cafés and international restaurants in each little village along the coast.

The Costa Rica Favorite

A good central location to base yourself is the lively town of Tamarindo on the northern Pacific Coast.  From here you have access to all sorts of breaks for all abilities.  Go north to Witches Rock or south to Play Negra, for those looking to really chill out in a quieter location, head to Nosara or Playa Grande.

 

Where to Stay

Luxury Eco-Lodge: Stay at the Romantic Las Arenas del Mar Resort on the Central Pacific Coast, visit the Manuel Antonio National Park and surf the pristine beaches of Espadilla and Playitas

Boutique Hotel: The Place in Mal Pais is the spot if you fancy a stylish hotel close to the white, sandy beaches of Playa Carmen.

All Girls Surf Camp: The Surf Bikini Retreat in Nosara is perfect for girls who want to learn to surf, cook, dance, do yoga or have a massage surrounded by amazing, panoramic jungle views.

Guest House: A very affordable option in the centre of Santa Teresa, 2 minutes from the beach is the Meli Melo Hotel

Surf Camp: The Zopolite Surf Camp has rave reviews and is located on the Playa Hermosa de Cobano on the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula

 

Go Exploring

 

 The jungle canopy tours are definitely worth checking out and when you’re not surfing go white-water rafting, fishing or snorkelling at the Isla de Tortugas.

Surfing by the Season

The most popular time of year to visit Costa Rica is from Mid-December to April when it’s hot and dry.  There is less swell in the dry season but the offshores and the ideal swell direction turns on breaks like Witches Rock, Playa Negra and Playa Grande.  Christmas, New Year and Eastertime are the busies times of the year to travel so it’s wise to book early during these periods. The Central and Southern Pacific Coasts work best between May and November when the southerly swells push in.  The Caribbean Coast is at its best from November to March and the low season starts when the rains kick in from September until November.

 

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Probably the most famous surf beacah in Costa Rica is Playa Jaco. Costa Rica surfers also head to Playa Dominical and Playa Hermosa nearby. Farther north, Playa Grande near Tamarindo is another  popular Costa Rica surf spot.

  • Witches Rock - 2 mile stretch of beach with hollow sand bottom beach breaks creating long lefts and rights. Take off can be steep, but offshores generally keep the wave open and easy to surf.
  • Ollies Point - Right point at the rivermouth with fast, long, hollow and powerful waves that roll on the beach endlessly breaking over a rocky bottom. For the experienced surfer. Needs a strong swell from the southwest or northwest to break.
  • Playa Tamarindo - There are a variety of good surf spots in Tamarindo Bay. The Tamarindo Rivermouth is a solid right hand wave. Other quality local waves in the area are Pico Pequeno – mellow reef break; Old Man’s – good longboard wave; and Playa Langosta – fun outside reef and inside beach break.
  • Playa Grande - Exposed, powerful beach breaks just north of Tamarindo with steep hollow faces that tube in some sections. Very playful waves, good for high-performance surfing.
  • Rivermouth - Solid right beachbreak with hollow waves as they hit the inside reef
  • Playa Avellanes - A series of rights and lefts from a rivermouth offering a series of peaks including reefs and beach breaks. The northern end of the rivermouth boasts an outside reef break, "Little Hawaii," which works best on a west or northwest swell and is ideal for longboarders.
  • Playa Negra - 12 kilometers south of Tamarindo offering a reef right break that is fast & hollow at low tide and picks up swell from many directions.  Good for all ability levels.
  • Junquillal - A beach break and a left reef break that work better on higher tides. There are many peaks with hollow, fast rights and lefts. On a large enough swell, check out Playa Blanca directly in front of the Iguana Azul which can offer double overhead lefts.
  • Playa Marbella - Located between Junquillal and Ostional, this is one of the area's most consistent breaks offering excellent conditions.
  • Playa Nosara - Great beach break with peaks and shallow reef that barrels with a large south or southwest swell.
  • Playa Guiones - A beach break with a left point that works better at high tides. This area offers some of the most consistent year round surf ranging from head high to double overhead.
  • Playa Camaronal - Nice beach break, very consistent and generally gets surf year round.
  • Playa Santa Teresa - Good lefts and rights at this hollow beach break. Tends to pick up more swell than nearby breaks and holds shape better at low tide.
  • Playa Jaco - Long beach with left and right breaks. This area is smaller than Hermosa and a good option for beginners.
  • Roca Loca - a right which breaks in deep water over a reef. It is one of the heaviest spots on the coast offering long, clean rights.
  • Playa Hermosa - Long stretch of beach offering some of the most consistent conditions on the Pacific Coast. A variety of sandbars have formed creating a pounding and tubular beachbreak.
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