Surf in Costa Rica

Top 5 Beginner Surf Beaches in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has over 1,200km of coastline, and approximately 300 beaches so writing a piece about the best beginner surf beaches in Costa Rica is never going to be easy nor is everyone going to agree with it!Costa Rica also has both a Pacific and a Caribbean coastline, both of which receive year round swell. So it wins all the awards for being a surfers paradise and one of the best beginner places in the world to learn how to surf. The country has some of the most friendly people and is often voted the happiest place in the world. So if you haven’t been before its time to start planning a Costa Rica surf holiday.

1. Playa Tamarindo


Town: One of Costa Rica’s most popular & lively surf town
Where: Northern Pacific coastline
Beach: Long Beginner friendly gold sandy surf beach 
– Type: Perfect fast breaking right-hand waves for advanced beginners
Best Time: December/January is the best time for beginners
Weather: Shorts year round. Average Temp 30ºC
Dry Season: December – April. 
Rainy Season: May-November

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2. Playa Santa Teresa


Pic: Carlos Palacios

Town: Great smaller surf town, not over commercialised
Where: Northern Pacific coastline
Beach: One of the best beginner surf beaches in Costa Rica. Long, sandy & clear blue water
– Surrounds: beautiful scenery of green jungle meets beach
Best Time: Best for beginners during December/January
Weather: Shorts year round. Average Temp 30ºC
Dry Season: December – April.
Rainy Season: May-November

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3. Playitas


Pic: Manuel Antonio Surf School

– Town: Located in beautiful Manuel Antonio.
Where: Northern Pacific coastline
– Beach: Fairly empty lineup with friendly locals
– Surrounds: White sandy beaches & rainforest (National Park)
– Best Time: Best for beginners is March to October
– Weather: Shorts year round. Average Temp 30ºC
– Dry Season: December – April.
Rainy Season: May-November

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4. Playa Hermosa


Pic: School of the World

– Town: Chilled out surf town based around a 10km long stretch of grey sandy
Where: Central Pacific coastline – 3km from the Costa Rica’s biggest surf town Jaco 
– Beach: A long beach with plenty of different peaks to have to yourself
– Surrounds: Means ‘beautiful’ in Spanish and lives up to its name.
Best Time: Year round very reliable, there is always a wave to surf
– Weather: Shorts year round. Average Temp 30ºC
– Dry Season: December – April.
Rainy Season: May-November

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5. Playa Cocles


– Town: In Puerto Viejo, a lively surf & reggae Caribbean town
Where: Southern Carribean coastline
– Beach: 1.5km mellow white sandy beginners beach in Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast
– Surrounds:  Jungle, turquoise seas and banana plantations
Best Time: Year round but Jan to April best
– Weather: Shorts year round. Average Temp 30ºC
– Dry Season: Feb – April , Sept-Oct
Rainy Season: Nov-Jan, May-Aug

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