Surfing in Costa Rica is recognized to be among the best of the Caribbean. Costa Rica has grown to be the world’s revelation country recently. Not only it has been given major recognitions such as being the “Happiest Country in Latin America“, but it has also just been acknowledged by the prestigious journal International Living as the “Best Destination to Surf”.

According to the publication report, the editors at explored the best surf sites, both in the Caribbean and in the Pacific that stand out for their jumps and wave breaks, ending in Costa Rica has the five best surfing spots in the South Pacific of the country.

This has allowed the Costa Rican territory to become the popular destination for lovers of sea and surf, and for thousands of people from around the world take advantage of the variety and consistency of the waves, as well as a biodiversity and natural landscapes to enjoy an outstanding vacation.

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The study also highlighted that “the waters of Costa Rica are warm, and they are maintained that same way throughout the year, so a neoprene suit against the cold is not required”. Also factors like the costs of living and real estate, all give good value for your money. In addition, you can find beaches for practitioners and experienced alike.

So if you are a lover of this water sport, then we present the 3 best surf spots in the country according to International Living. Take notes!

Jacó (Puntarenas)

It is the main beach destination closest to the capital.

The waves are very good throughout the year and it is considered a great place for surfing beginners and as a family destination. Those interested can find many surf schools.

Tamarindo (Guanacaste)

This is one of the beaches with more friendly waves for beginners to the south, and more powerful waves are near the mouth of the river.

In the city, you have boutiques, spas, restaurants, and many surf schools.

Surfing in Costa Rica

Surfing in Costa Rica

The south Pacific coast of Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful regions and Dominical is part of it. This beach is known for its powerful tunnel producing waves, better for experienced surfers.

Surfs up so go and enjoy!


STAFF, T. (2018). Costa Rica Recognized As the Best Destination for Surfing | The Costa Rica NewsThe Costa Rica News. Retrieved 13 June 2018, from