Costa Rica Surfing

With hundreds of beaches along the coast, surfers have long flocked to Costa Rica’s waves, staking out breaks before the destinations had paved roads or supermarkets. In fact, many of Costa Rica’s more popular beaches have been surfing destinations for decades. Some of Costa Rica's surfing beaches are great for learning to surf while others are primarily for experts.

Expert Surfer or Beginner, Santa Teresa Has a Wave for You — 365 Days a Year  Costa Rica
Expert Surfer or Beginner, Santa Teresa Has a Wave for You — 365 Days a Year

Nicoya Peninsula

First time out on the waves? Don't worry, there's no shortage of excellent instructors ready to help you learn to surf or help refine your technique. Need a break from the waves? Santa Teresa is situated along the Nicoya Peninsula, which is an excellent place to snorkel, fish or hike through Costa Rica first nature preserve, the Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve.

If this surf adventure includes children, you can walk along the rockier sections of beach to show them the creatures caught in tide pools. In between waves, you can take a nap on one of your hotel's hammocks, and close your eyes as dappled sunlight streams through palm trees. When the sun sets and it's time to come in from the last wave, you can reflect on your day over fresh ceviche and beers while reggae plays in the background.

Dominical The Growing Town Built on Steady Surf Costa Rica
Dominical The Growing Town Built on Steady Surf

South Pacific

Still finding your surfing groove? The nearby Playa Dominicalito is a good option for beginner surfers. This absolutely beautiful beach is also better for visitors who prefer to swim.

When you're ready to take a break from surfing, consider seeing more of nature on trips to see the Nauyaca Waterfalls, into Corcovado National Park or out to Isla de Cano

In town, you'll find authentic Costa Rican surf culture and laidback accommodations. There are lots of options for budget travelers as well as upscale retreats.

Nosara Beaches Are a Surfer's Paradise  Costa Rica
Nosara Beaches Are a Surfer's Paradise

Nicoya Peninsula