In Costa Rica, the waves are always warm for surfing. The sun is often shining, and the surf (at least, in the primo surf spots) is consistent. Here, you can while away sunrise after sunrise, day after day, and sunset after sunset, waiting to catch the perfect wave (or ten). And while you wait, you can always drink in the spectacular scenery.

If you’re a serious surfer, you’ll probably want to try your skill on some of Costa Rica’s famous surf. Test your mettle at Salsa Brava, Puerto Viejo’s “angry sauce,” home to hollow rights and lefts; paddle out to Playa Naranjo’s Witch’s Rock, the famed filming location for Endless Summer II; near Tamarindo, Ollie’s Point promises an excellent right point break; while the waves of Jaco and Playa Hermosa are so consistent, they often host international surf competitions.

Of course, Costa Rica has plenty to offer for beginner surfers, too. Soft, foamy waves wane and ebb along both shores, offering ideal conditions for newbies and beginners alike. Board rentals are available everywhere (usually around $20-$30/day), and you can snag a lesson for as little as $40 an hour. Surf’s up!

This-Not-That: Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is gaining ground in Costa Rica, especially along the north Pacific and the shores of Lake Arenal.

Jaco Travel Guide

Our Jaco travel guide introduces you to one of the most vibrant, busy beach towns in Costa Rica. Jaco and its sister town of Playa Hermosa are home to world-class surf, cinnamon- and black-sand beaches, excellent restaurants, exhilarating activities, and epic nightlife. Overview Area: Central Pacific Average Temperature: 79-83º F (26.9-28.5º C) Closest Airport: Juan …

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