Costa Rica Surfing
Costa Rica surfing is world-class, and is in itself one
of the country's major tourist draws accounting for around 10% of
all visitors annually. With point breaks, beach breaks, reef
breaks, river mouths, relatively big waves, and one of the world's
longest lefts at Pavones (try standing up for 2-3 minutes on a
kilometer long wave!), surfing Costa Rica is both diverse and
Rental board selection and lessons are available in some of the bigger and more popular beach towns like Tamarindo, Jaco, Quepos, and Puerto Viejo, though in my experience rental selections in Puerto Viejo are fairly poor. It's also possible to rent equipment from one of the surf shops in and around San Jose. I happened to learn at Tamarindo, which is a great wave for beginners, but can be quite crowded on weekends and in high season (generally around winter time for those of us living in the northern hemisphere).
If a Costa Rica surfing safari is what you're mainly interested in though, my recommendation is to rent a 4x4 with a roof rack and bring your own board. The majority of airlines will consider a properly bagged surfboard as one of your checked luggage pieces. And it's easy to throw some extra clothes and maybe a snorkel set into your board bag.
As for domestic flights, one of the companies doesn't accept
surfboards and the other will charge you extra. This makes having
your own SUV much more convenient, besides it allows you the
freedom to find your own secluded Costa Rica surf spots. Apart from
the main beach breaks at Tamarindo
you will find one of the nice things about surfing Costa Rica is
the lack of crowds. When your trip comes to a close it's quite easy
to sell your board.
I surfed Witch's once, and had the heart-racing pleasure of
discovering one of my fellow surfers was a 7ft long crocodile.
Costa Rica surfing is a non-stop adventure!
December through April is usually best for the Northwest Coast
of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste canton. Along the central and
southern Pacific coasts, the season producing the best waves is
from April to November. Large waves roll into the Caribbean coast
from December to the end of March, lighting up such legendary sites
as the reef break at Salsa Brava -- a notorious board breaker and
rewarding challenge for the skilled surfer.
Looking for another great Central American surf zone? Check out some El Salvador Surf spots. I've surfed El Sunzal and it's a sweet wave.
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