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Best Costa Rica Surf Spots – Where To Surf In Costa Rica

   March 5th, 2018   Posted In: Articles   Tags:

Costa Rica Surf Spots: The Best Surf Spots in Costa Rica

Many of my wetsuit clients love to sing Costa Rica’s praises. It’s an appealing, exotic site with plenty of rain forests and gorgeous beaches but is close enough to the United States that it isn’t too expensive. Based on my conversations with clients, here’s a little Costa Rica surf guide featuring the best Costa Rica surf spots.

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Shot of Tamarindo Beach.

Playa Pavones

Playa Pavones, or Beach of the Peacocks, is far and away one of the best Costa Rica surf spots. This jungle beach is far out of the way of tourists, so only the most dedicated surfers come here (along with a few visitors who fish for sport). The waves here aren’t necessarily consistent, but they’re spectacular: Playa Pavones has the longest left in the world, and you can surf a single wave for over two minutes!

The best time to visit is during the rainy season, which runs from April to November. The water at the start of the season hovers around 85 degrees Fahrenheit before dipping down to about 82 by November’s end. Just watch out for this beach’s rocky bottom.

Playa Guiones

Playa Guiones tops many Costa Rica surf guides, thanks to over 300 surfable days a year. This sandy-bottomed beach has something for everything: There are small, predictable waves for novices and bigger waves challenge experts. This is by far one of the cleanest beaches in the country and — interestingly enough — is home to some of the healthiest people in the world. I’d like to think the beautiful beach has something to do with it.

Like most of Costa Rica’s beaches, the water temperature hovers around 83 degrees all year. Drop by whenever you’d like — the surfing here is very consistent.

Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo is one of the biggest epicenters of Costa Rican surfing culture and is one of the hottest surf spots in the Pacific. That means plenty of attractions, including nightclubs and fine dining, along with surf shops and instructors. Offshore winds, underwater reefs and sandy beaches all make this a consistent, delightful surfing spot.

Temperatures here are a little lower than elsewhere on the coast, dipping down to 77 in early February and peaking around 86 in mid-May. If you’re still yearning for adventure once you’re done surfing, check out nearby Playa Langosta and Playa Grande for their famously fast-moving waves, or enjoy one of the area’s nearby eco-tours.

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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  • Al says:

    Hi LoLo / Team,
    I am 59 and overweight. I always snorkel on top of the water and never had a wetsuit. I will be going to the Big Island this Feb and according to what I can find water temp is between 73-78 F and thinking I may need one for this trip – not sure of thickness and suit size. What do you recommend? Is a two piece better for my size?
    Height 66″
    Weight 245 #
    Chest 51″
    Waist 51″
    Hips 47″
    Neck 16″
    Inseam 28.5″


  • Laura Lister says:

    Can you advise me? I am 78 years old and find my pool a bit too cold. I would like to purchase a wet suit jacket that is very flexible and easy to swim and do aerobics in. Since swimming helps arthritis, movement is very important. I do not do straight laps, but various exercises worked into a lap. Also – I am overweight so I do not want anything “sexy”.

    What do you think?

    • Crysta Goff says:

      I’m going to send you a private email, Laura. (:

    • John Gross says:

      Hi make sure it has a full zipper they can be hard to get off at your age,you dont want a full suit or a pull over that you may need helping getting on and off,i just checked ebay theres a xxxl camo jacket full zipper,25$bid 15 shipping.looks new.
      And you can use as out of water jacket if its super cold.they really hold heat in shockingly so.
      Because of how hard they are to remove you might want to start with hood gloves and feet.try searchs like neoprine gloves socks hood.jacket check ebay cheap.also thift stores often have wetsuits for like 20$

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