Central - South Costa Rica Surfing

Costa Rica is a world class surf destination. The rugged, rainforest covered Central American country has coasts on the Pacific and the Caribbean. The Caribbean side, including Salsa Brava, has a shorter surfing season but can handle huge swells from tropical storms off of the coast of Mexico. The Pacific Coast, including Ollie’s Point and Pavones, has more consistent, but generally smaller surf from swells from New Zealand. Much of the land is protected jungles filled with incredible wildlife and two coasts brimming with excellent surf.

Airports in San Jose and Tamarindo bringing surfers from around the world. Spanish is the local language, but Costa Rica attracts expats and tourist from all over the world. Travel is fairly easy by car and lots of easily accessible spots on some to the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Developments are encroaching on the pristine coastlines but there is still lots of unspoiled beach to explore. Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise, with every type of surf break imaginable, pointbreaks galore, and where Pura Vida (“pure life” in Spanish) is a way of life.

Central - South Costa Rica Surf Reports & Forecasts

Playa Coyote Playa Coyote 5-7 ft
Playa El Rey Playa El Rey 5-7 ft
Playitas Playitas 5-7 ft
Punta Barrigona Punta Barrigona 4-5+ ft
Playa Ballena Playa Ballena 5-7 ft
Playa Hermosa Playa Hermosa 5-7 ft
Playa Esterillos Playa Esterillos 4-6+ ft
Bejuco Bejuco 5-7 ft
Drake Bay Drake Bay 4-5 ft
Herradura Herradura -1+ ft
Playa Jaco Playa Jaco 5-7 ft
Esterillos Oeste Esterillos Oeste 5-7 ft
Boca Damas Boca Damas 5-7 ft
Boca Tusubres Boca Tusubres 5-7 ft
Cedros Cedros 3-5 ft
Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio 5-7 ft
Dominical Dominical 5-7 ft
Roca Loca Roca Loca 4-6+ ft
Tivives Tivives 5-7 ft
Punta Uvita Punta Uvita 5-7 ft
Quepos Bombie Quepos Bombie 4-6 ft
Rio Claro Rivermouth Rio Claro Rivermouth 4-6 ft
Rio Sierpe Rivermouth Rio Sierpe Rivermouth 4-6 ft
Boca Barranca Boca Barranca 5-7 ft
Caldera Jetty Caldera Jetty 4-6 ft
Playa Escondida Playa Escondida 4-5 ft
Playa Carmen Playa Carmen 5-7 ft
Matapalo Matapalo 4-7 ft
Zancudo Zancudo 5-8 ft
Pavones Pavones -1+ ft
Punta Banco Punta Banco 5-8 ft
Backwash/ Golfo Duce Backwash/ Golfo Duce 4-6 ft
Carate Carate 5-8 ft
Hog Hole Hog Hole 5-7 ft
Pan Dulce Pan Dulce 4-6 ft
Eclipse Eclipse 5-7+ ft
Punta Burica Punta Burica 5-7 ft