There are dozens of beaches to surf in Costa Rica. Some are best left to the experts, but there are plenty of great locations for beginner and intermediate surfers. Some spots are in the middle of a town, while others are much more remote. Needless to say, whatever you skill level or preference, you can find a surf spot that will suit you in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is land of beauty, excitement, and adventure. This vacation, don't just go to the beach, hang ten on a surf getaway!
Surf getaway destinations
Get started by reading our surfing guide — written by and for surfers, it profiles some of the nations's best so you can understand which Costa Rica beach most suits your overall needs and skill level.
The best time to visit Costa Rica depends on your needs; you could come during the dry season (mid-November to March), which is also tourist high season. Since you're already going to be wet, consider coming during the rainier 'green season' (May to mid-November) and enjoy a bargain and less crowded beaches.
Prepping for your surf getaway
You can reach Costa Rica by land or sea, but odds are you'll get to Costa Rica by flying into one of the country's major airports. If you're coming from the United States, Canada, or Europe, you'll need little more than a valid passport and proof of $100 USD to enter the country; however, for the most up-to-date information, we recommend reviewing Costa Rica's entry requirements.
So you have all of your paperwork ready; you've booked your accommodations and transportation, and read through the surfing guide several times. All that's left to do is put your ticket in your passport holder and grab your bag. But wait! If you've packed nothing but wet suits and beach shoes, there are some additional items you'll want to add to your bag...
Just because you're going on a surf holiday doesn't mean you should pack for the beach alone; odds are, you'll want to enjoy some of Costa Rica's other exciting activities, and perhaps even enjoy a nice night out on the town. Here's what you should pack for your Costa Rica adventure vacation. Cheers to your wet and wild getaway!
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