The surf camps are located on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, where the climate is tropical to subtropical. In principle, Costa Rica can be visited all year round, as water and air temperatures are always high. A good time to surf in Costa Rica is from April to August, when the waves are usually bigger than in winter.
However, these months are also the rainy season in Costa Rica, which is responsible for a lot of water from above and muddy roads. The most popular travel time for Costa Rica is from December to March (dry season), when it gets cold here, as the Pacific surf spots offer constant waves at this time, you will find nice weather and good roads.
The average air temperature on the Pacific coast can reach 40 degrees and the Pacific can warm up to around 23 to 30 degrees.
Due to this constant warm water temperature, you do not need to wear a wetsuit to surf in Costa Rica, but it is recommended to wear a lycra shirts, rashguards or a shorty to protect yourself from sunburn or abrasions. You should also not forget to wear surf booties when surfing in Costa Rica as there are numerous reef breaks with corals, sea urchins, reef edges, etc.
Costa Rica offers almost everything a surfer's heart desires. In addition to beginner-friendly beach breaks on the west coast, these also offer larger and steeper waves for advanced surfers at different tides. Conversely, many reef breaks also offer great conditions for intermediate surfers at high tide. Almost every stretch of coast in Costa Rica offers fantastic surfing conditions on a good day. The following are some surf spots that you absolutely must not miss:
This spot is just north of Tamarindo. It is a beach break where you can surf right and left waves. This beach break is known for its fast and steep waves that break consistently all year round. Due to the proximity to Tamarindo, the line-up can get crowded at times.
Next to Santa Teresa, Tamarindo is one of the most famous surf spots on the Nicoya Peninsula. Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced surfer, everyone gets their money's worth here. The waves here partly run over a shallow reef and over sandbars around the river mouth.
Playa Avellana is a good alternative to the beginner's spot Tamarindo, but the approach is a bit more difficult. There are not only right and left waves here, A-frames are also not uncommon. The subsoil consists of sand and small and larger stones, there is also an estuary here.
This spot is considered one of the best right point breaks in Costa Rica. The wave runs over a stone reef that is only covered with little water at low tide. The wave tends to be very high and fast, making it more recommended for experienced surfers.
Playa Coyote is north of Punto Coyote in Costa Rica and should only be visited by advanced surfers. This beach break creates left and right waves at mid and high tide. Very fast and powerful waves with a length of 150 m to 300 m can then arise.
Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are located in the south of the Peninsula de Nicoya peninsula in northwestern Costa Rica. The two beaches are connected by a long coastline and offer you the three surf beaches Playa Hermosa, Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen. The most famous wave here is Playa Santa Teresa. This surf spot creates perfect left and right waves and you can visit and surf this surf spot in Costa Rica at any tide. With a big swell, this spot is particularly suitable for advanced surfers. Playa Carmen has a slightly less crowded and also much gentler wave. The best surf spot is right in front of the Banana Beachcafé, which is also highly recommended.
Jacó is a very lively coastal town with many restaurants, bars and numerous opportunities for shopping, which is particularly popular with Americans. Jacó Beach is a relatively large bay, which with its beach breaks is ideal for beginners, especially in the dry season. In the rainy season, the waves can sometimes become more demanding due to a stronger south swell. However, it can get very crowded, especially on weekends. Then it is advisable to switch to more southern beaches.
Located just south of Jacó, this beach is known for a fast, powerful shorebreak. The further south you go, the wave keeps breaking in the sea. As the name of the beach suggests, this is a beautiful place to relax and unwind. The accommodation and bars are located directly on the black volcanic beach and thus offer a direct view of the line-up.
An offshore stone reef often forms long, not very steep waves here, which are particularly popular with longboarders. However, you should be careful at low tide, because then the reef is partially exposed or there is hardly any water on it. If you go a little further south, you come to the Esterillos Este beach section with good beach breaks that are very suitable for intermediate surfers to have a lot of fun.
Dominical is known to many from the movie "Endless Summer" and is the most famous beach break in Costa Rica. This surf spot runs at all times of the day and year and should be visited by advanced surfers. Northwest, West and Southwest swell create super left and right waves for surfing.
This spot can only be reached by boat and needs a north swell to run well. The waves break over sand at estuaries here. Guaranteed not crowded.
It is said that Pavones is the second longest left wave in the world. In any case, this wave runs incredibly long with a big south swell and makes every surfer's heart beat faster. The only downside to this spot is that it only breaks in perfect conditions. You can reach this spot via Golfito by bus or boat.
Limón is the largest port city on Costa Rica's east coast, and it's a tough place to be. The beach in front of Limón has the surf spot "La Isla Uvita", a sharp, shallow reef. However, this spot is more for surfing pros. The coast south of Limón offers many small surf spots, such as Playa Bonita and Cocaine Point, most of which have sharp reefs as a bottom and are rarely if ever surfed.
This small coastal town offers pure Caribbean flair. South from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo there are many picturesque bays where you can also find beach breaks. There is a good reef break in Cocles. However, contact with a reef on the Caribbean coast should be avoided. The reefs here are particularly sharp and very lively.
Manzanillo should only be visited by advanced surfers. This reef break creates beautiful right waves that are very powerful. The atmosphere at this surf spot in Costa Rica is simply magical, it's best to see for yourself.
Costa Rica is served by different airlines - so get on the plane and go surfing in Costa Rica. You and your surfboard can travel to Costa Rica with the airline LUFTHANSA without much effort, but your boardbag must not be longer than 2 m and not heavier than 32 kg, then the cost is 100 euros. With the airline IBERIA you can take your surfboard, with a maximum length of 2.5 m and a maximum weight of 23 kg, for 150 euros per route. Air Berlin will take your surfboard with a maximum weight of 23 kg for 100 euros per route, if your surfboard baggage is heavier than 23 kg, then you have to pay 200 euros per route. If that is too expensive for you, you can also borrow the surfboard from us.
As a German, Austrian or Swiss citizen you only need your passport. If you are not staying longer than 90 days, you do not need a visa, but you do need to present your return ticket. If you are coming from Nicaragua or Panama, please make sure that your passport has the Costa Rican entry stamp and the Panamanian or Nicaraguan exit stamp. This also applies to the return journey. When leaving the country, you should bring US$29 and US$6 for the airport tax and security fee so as not to be surprised at the counter. However, both fees can also be paid in Colones, Costa Rican currency. If your flight goes via the USA, please note the entry requirements for the USA. In Costa Rica you can only withdraw up to an amount of approx. 200,000 colones / day (approx. 300 €) with the EC card at the Banco Nacional and Banco General. It is advisable to carry US dollars or a credit card with you to be on the safe side. It can happen that the credit card does not work when paying or withdrawing, so it is good to always have some cash, local currency (colón), with you - because only cash is real.
If you come directly from Germany, Austria or Switzerland then you do not need proof that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. When entering from a yellow fever area, however, you must present proof of a valid vaccination. It is recommended that you also get vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, possibly also against pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), influenza and pneumococci. What about malaria in Costa Rica? In the region around our surf camps and in the Northern Province there is a minimal risk of contagion all year round. The cities and many parts of the country are not affected by mosquitoes, which can transmit malaria. However, it is always good to carry a backup medication with chloroquine to be on the safe side if you deviate from malaria-free areas. In addition, it is advisable to wear long clothing, to protect the skin-free areas with Autan and to sleep under an impregnated mosquito net. You can protect yourself not only against malaria, but also against dengue fever and leishmaniasis, which are also transmitted by mosquitoes. So that you don't get diarrhea, it is important to ensure that you always drink water from a safe source, i.e. never tap water, not even for brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. You should also keep flies away from your food.
In Costa Rica, dealing in and possessing drugs is a punishable offense, so keep your hands off! Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take home any shells, plants or animals from Costa Rica, but there are plenty of unforgettable moments and stories.
So that you can fully enjoy your Costa Rica surf trip with Puresurfcamps, here are the most important do's and don'ts:
Costa Rica is also called the Switzerland of Central America, not only because of the mountainous landscape, but also because of the relatively high level of prosperity and the neutrality to which the government is committed. Every year, Costa Rica attracts 1.5 million visitors with its relaxed atmosphere, good security and stunning natural beauty.
As the name "rich coast" already suggests, hardly any other country in our worldwide surf camps offers such a wide range of picture book flora and fauna: From howler monkeys to toucan, everything frolics in Costa Rica's forests and can be observed anytime and anywhere! The waves are insane, the beauty is stunning and the laid-back lifestyle is enticing. A peaceful oasis in the middle of one of the wildest regions on earth!
Surfing on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica is characterized by the many perfect point and beach breaks, which offer the best conditions for all levels. Costa Rica's geography ensures offshore winds during the dry season, from December to April, which create particularly beautiful waves.
In the rainy season, April to August, it is advisable to go surfing in the morning and afternoon. Surfing conditions are the least constant in September and October. The Nicoya Peninsula is known and loved for its many surf spots.
Surfing in Santa Teresa / Mal País, for example, is ideal for every surfing level! Whether beginner or advanced, every surfer gets their own perfect wave on these fantastic beach breaks. Costa Rica is definitely one of the top destinations for a surf vacation in Central America.
Crystal clear water with perfect waves for surfing, colorful wildlife, mystical jungle landscapes, ancient cultures, mighty volcanoes - all this awaits you on your Costa Rica trip at the Surf Camp Costa Rica.
Our surf camp Costa Rica is only 100 m from the beach, in the middle of a tropical garden and overlooking the sea. In the surf camp Costa Rica you can spend your surf trip in comfortable wooden bungalows, double or triple rooms.
These accommodations with a view of the sea or the jungle ensure that you don't just sleep somewhere, but that your accommodation becomes part of your journey and your adventure, because the modern wooden bungalows and rooms offer something very special with their ambience.
In order to start your first surf session perfectly, our surf camp Costa Rica offers you delicious mueslis with regional fruits, vegetables, cheese, sausage and toast and delicious coffee or tea. In the evening, our chefs will spoil you with international dishes made from local ingredients. Our chefs at Surfcamp Costa Rica also prepare gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. So no one has to starve after a strenuous surf session. The surf spots near our surf camp Costa Rica are constantly supplied with perfect waves for surfing by constant swell. As already announced, there is a surf spot right in front of our surf camp Costa Rica, which you can easily reach on foot. In addition to spot guiding, which is already included in the price, you can choose the Premium Package, which is characterized by a more intensive surf course. It is also a good idea to take part in surf guiding, where you visit world-famous beach and reef breaks. Our highly trained surf guides are familiar with the area, drive you to the surf spots and draw your attention to special features or possible dangers of the surf spots. In addition to surfing, you can also participate in yoga. Yoga is particularly recommended for surfers as it trains strength, balance, coordination and endurance. In the in-house mini ramp you can try out your next surf tricks and maneuvers. If you are in our surf camp Costa Rica, then our tip is to take the opportunity and explore the jungle, which enchants with its wealth of flora and fauna. Here you can find all information about the surf camp Costa Rica.
It's every surfer's dream to ride an endless wave"... and that can happen to you on a good day surfing in Costa Rica. Endlessly perfect waves build up on the Pacific coast in Costa Rica and make every surfer's heart beat faster. You can experience this perfection at our Surf House Costa Rica hosted by Lapoint Travels AS.
The Surfhouse Costa Rica is right on the beach; you even have a sea view from the pool, and it can happen that you can already see whales from your room. You will be accommodated in comfortable double or multi-bed rooms, all of which have their own bathroom.
Of course, to start the perfect surfing day you need a hearty breakfast consisting of delicacies such as regional fruits, cheese, yoghurt and fresh coffee. After a strenuous first surf session, you will receive a small brunch as a refreshment for in between.
In the evening our chef cooks delicious international dishes or you can try traditional Gallo Pinto, a specialty in Costa Rica, in the nearby restaurants. At the Surfhouse Costa Rica you can choose between three surf courses that differ in terms of level. All courses have in common that they are led by highly trained surf guides who are always at your side with tips. Not only can you surf in Costa Rica, you also have the opportunity to explore the jungle where you can spot howler monkeys, hummingbirds, sloths, etc. You can relax with yoga in Costa Rica, which gets you fit for the next surf session. Here you can find all information about the Surfhouse Costa Rica!
The Surf Lodge Costa Rica is located directly on Playa Avellanas. On one side of the camp is the best beach break in the region and on the other side you will find the Costa Rican jungle.
Our Costa Rica surf lodge has just been renovated and consists of a large main building and various bungalows. In the main house there are a few common rooms, such as the large living room, where you can chill together.
Our dining area is outside on the covered terrace, here you will also find a bar and various seating areas. Pure jungle feeling awaits you in our garden, next to an infinity pool with a view over the area, you can stroll along different paths to the individual bungalows that are spread out in the garden. One of our room categories is hidden in each bungalow.
If you book with us, you will receive breakfast and dinner every day, so you can relax and concentrate on your leisure activities. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and free WiFi is available throughout the camp. If you need a surf spot or party shuttle to the more remote areas, then we camp have dedicated drivers for you so you can explore the country worry-free.
Surf perfect Pacific Ocean waves with favourable trade winds, explore untouched rainforests and experience amazing local culture before the crowds catch on to how amazing Nicaragua truly is.
Playa Maderas and San Juan del Sur
Playa Maderas, which is located along the Southwest coast of Nicaragua, is a small, relaxed beachside town that is quickly becoming the hub of the local surf scene. The town has small, chilled beachside bars, restaurants & cafés for you to enjoy. The town is only a 9km away from the booming small city of San Juan del Sur where you can meet other surfers, yogis & world explorers who make the pilgrimage to the small city to enjoy the amazing nightlife, food, scenery and beach. There are daily shuttles between the two towns, and San Juan del Sur is only 90 minutes away from Managua International Airport, making it a great spot to start or finish your holiday in Nicaragua.