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The Top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Are you a surfing enthusiast? So you are planning your next surfing trip and you want to find awesome destinations to be able to jump into the sea and enjoy the waves? In this article we bring to you the top 7 best surf spots in Costa Rica, their pros and cons.

Read on because we are going to give you the push you need in the right direction.

Best surfing spots in Costa Rica
Top 7 best surfing spots in Costa Rica

Whether you are a professional or even if you are taking your first steps in surfing, we give you this tourist and practical information, so that you can enjoy your surfing moments to the fullest.

Surfing in Costa Rica is an experience you will never regreat.

This is the top 7 list of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica and everything you need to know if you are a surfer.

1 – Naranjo beach- top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Naranjo Beach is located in the Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste. The beach is a protected area, so no type of construction is allowed on it.

This means that there you can enjoy the maximum tranquility, like nowhere else.

It is important not to confuse Naranjo Beach with a small town in Costa Rica that bears the same name.

On Naranjo beach you will find «Roca Bruja», one of the most famous surf spots in Costa Rica.
The waves that you can find in Playa Naranjo are only compared with the waves of the most famous surf spots in the world.

Naranjo beach Costa Rica

The Witch’s Rock or Roca Bruja

The Witch’s Rock is one of the most emblematic surf destinations in Costa Rica, and it is located on Naranjo beach.

To get to the Witch’s Rock , it takes about 45 minutes by boat from Cocoa beach.

A recommended time to go is in February, in the middle of the dry season in Costa Rica.

At this time you can particularly appreciate blue sky days, very often with no clouds.

On the way from Cocoa beach, there are many possibilities to see wildlife. Many times it is possible to see humpback whales with their young near the Witch’s Rock.

In the surroundings of the Witch’s Rock it is also possible to see a large number of stingrays, dolphins, huge schools of fish, and turtles.

One of the reasons why Witch’s Rock is such a legendary area in Costa Rica is because it is located in the prestigious Santa Rosa National Park that protects more than 800 km² of land and water.

Why is it called Witch’s Rock?

It is called Witch’s Rock because long ago this rock formation had a piece of stone which, with the whip of the winds, generated a dark his that could be heard miles away from the place.

For that reason, the locals began to call it, Witch’s Rock.

Who can surf in Naranjo beach?

Playa Naranjo is recommended, according to the type of waves it shows, for advanced and intermediate surfers.

For information on the forecast of waves in Playa Naranjo you can click on this link

surfer in front of witch rock
Surf in Costa Rica- Witch’s Rock

Technical Information for Surfers

Location Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste- Costa Rica
Coordinates10.793383, -85.676521
Level Intermediate / Advanced
Spot type Beach Break
Bottomsand
Waves direction W
Wins directionNE
Tide High-average

2- Playa Grande beach- top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Playa Grande has the best waves in the world. It is famous for the quality of its waves, and especially recommended for surfers who are just learning to surf.

Basically it is one of the best destinations in the world for surfers, because of the weather, the wind conditions, and everything that makes for good surfing.

The waves are good for all levels of surfers.

Who can surf in Playa Grande?

Playa Grande is recommended for beginner and intermediate surfers.

To read more about surfing lessons please click here: Surf Classes in Costa Rica

surfing in Playa Grande Costa Rica
Surfing in Playa Grande Costa Rica

Technical Information for Surfers

LocationTamarindo, Guanacaste.
Coordinates10.323635, -85.841880
Level Beginner, Intermediate
Spot type Beach Break
Bottom Sand
Waves direction SW / NW
Wins direction NE
Tide High – Average
Months March-November
Surf competition Playa Grande Costa
Surf competition Playa Grande Costa Rica

3. Avellana and Tamarindo Beach – top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Tamarindo Beach

It is not by chance one of the busiest beaches in the North of Costa Rica.

Tamarindo beach is the perfect place to start surfing, because it offers magnificent waves throughout the year.

It is the perfect place for surfers of all levels. Excellent waves but without being too demanding for new surfers.

The Tamarindo beach is quite long and with numerous spots for surfing. Both local and foreign surfers go there.

It is a place full of life, and with a lot of activity both day and night. Tamarindo is easily accessible, since it is located one hour from the airport.

It is probably the most famous surf spot on the Pacific coast.

Surfing in Tamarindo beach Costa Rica
Surfing in Tamarindo beach Costa Rica

To read more about surfing lessons for begginers/intermediate/or advanced,clik here

Technical Information for Surfers

Location Tamarindo, Guanacaste.
Coordinates 10.304308, -85.839798
Level Beginner, Intermediate
Spot type Beach Break
Bottom sand
Waves directionSW / NW
Wins direction E
TideAverage – High
MonthsMarch –  November
Tamarindo beach Costa Rica
Tamarindo beach Costa Rica

Avellanas beach

In contrast to Tamarindo beach, at Avellanas beach the waves are more powerful.

Due to its bigger waves, it is a surf spot for more experienced surfers.

Playa Avellanas has waves that can only be compared to the best in the world.

It is one of the surf spots preferred by the locals.

There you can go horseback riding, or just relax and enjoy the sand. Because the waves are more powerful on this beach, it is more quite than the others in Guanacaste, although it also has an important nightlife.

Surfing at Avellana beach Costa Rica
Avellanas beach Cista Rica

Technical Information for Surfers

Location Tamarindo, Guanacaste.
Coordinates 10.227528, -85.837565
Level Beginner/ Intermediate / Advanced
Spot typeReef break
BottomReef and sand
Waves direction W
Wins direction E
Moths May-November
Tide Average-High
Surfer carrying his board in Playa Avellanas

4. Dominical beach- top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Another beach that cannot be missing from our list of the top 7 best surf spots in Costa Rica is Playa Dominical.

Where is Dominical located?

Dominical is a small surf town located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Dominical is three hours far from the international airport, which makes it highly accessible not only to locals, but also to foreigners.

It is surrounded by pure nature and the atmosphere there is very relaxed, which is to the liking of most surfers who visit it.

Dominical beach is around 2 kilometers long and is characterized by its strong waves.

In Dominical beach there are very good surf schools.

Some of the activities that you can do apart from surfing, in Dominical beach, are canopy, kayaking, rafting, rapelling, among others.

urf camp in Dominical Costa Rica
Surf camp in Dominical Costa Rica

What other beaches are near Dominical beach?

There are several other very good surfing beaches that can be enjoyed in the Dominical area.

Among them are Playa Dominicalito, Playa Piñuelas and Playa Ventanas, which are located on a bay.

Dominicalito beach is a highly conducive place to learn to surf, due to the type of waves that can be found there.

Apart from being conducive to surfing, these beaches are also good for swimming.

In the Dominical beach area there are also Playa Hermosa, Playa Linda and Playa Matapalo.

One of the things that attracts the most about Dominical beach, apart from its spectacular waves for surfing, is that it is not as crowded as surf beaches in the United States usually are.

Sunset on Dominical beach Costa Rica
Sunset on Dominical beach Costa Rica

5. Manzanillo beach- top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Playa Manzanillo is among the best beaches in the world, definitely among the best 7 surf beaches in Costa Rica.

Located in the province of Puntarenas, it is located in the Caribbean part of Costa Rica.

There they listen to regage music and locals speak with a particular Caribbean accent to English. A large part of its population is Afro-Caribbean.

Stress is a word that does not appear in the Playa Manzanilla dictionary. Playa Manzanillo is adorned by a coy white sand and sumptuous palm trees.

Manzanillo beach location map
Manzanillo beach location map

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Technical Information for Surfers-Manzanillo beach

Location Manzanillo, Puntarenas.
Coordinates 9.690249, -85.203041
Level Principiante / Intermedio / Avanzado
Spot type Beach Break
Bottom arena y arrecife
Waves directionS / NW
Wins direction NE
TideAll tides
MonthsMay-September
Manzanillo beach
Manzanillo beach Costa Rica

6. Guiones beach- top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Guiones Beach belongs to the Province of Guanacaste. It is located along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Guiones, with seven kilometers of beach, waves more than suitable for surfing, is a highly recommended surf destination in Costa Rica.

For its perfectly manicured virgin beaches and its beautiful sand, Guiones beach has received the award of the Blue flag.

Because it is not a very well known place, Guiones beach is the perfect place to go to relax and practice surfing.

Guiones beach
Guiones beach Costa Rica

7.Black beach- top 7 surf spots in Costa Rica

Black Beach is a surfer’s paradise for its world-class waves and its breaks.

The beach is an excellent surf spot for professionals, and it also has areas for new surfers to launch into adventure.

During high tide, Black Beach is a very popular place for professional surfers.

During low tide, it is recommended not to surf in these waters, even for professional surfers.

Playa Negra beach
Playa Negra beach