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10 Best Surf Spots in Costa Rica

Harshada Kekare
The chance to surf in high and low tide, average water temperature of 83°F, only experienced surfers are recommended.
#1. Playa Guiones, Nosara
#2. Playa Hermosa, Jaco
Located just south of the busy tourist town of Jaco lays, this beach is not recommended for swimming.
#3. Little Hawaii, Playa Avellanas
Located on a reef, Little Hawaii is best surfed at low tide.
#4. Salsa Brava, Puerto Viejo
A steep wave that drops you straight into the barrel; this wave requires you to be quick on your feet.
#5. Pavones, Costa Rica
Known for having the second longest left-hand surf break on the planet, this is a spot you don’t want to miss out on.
#6. Playa Naranjo
Despite the saltwater crocodiles and sharks, this spot remains hugely popular with surfers from around the globe.
#7. Playa Tamarindo, Tamarindo
From simple beginnings as a quiet fishing village, this beach offers a range of accommodations, and a number of restaurants.
#8. Mal Pais
Made up of Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, this destination offers up waves for every type of surfer.
#9. Playa Dominical
Powerful and hollow waves here are formed by a beach break of surf that runs the entire length of the beach.
#10. Playa Negra
Playa Negra offers up some of the best surfing in Costa Rica.