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Few places in the world can offer travelers volcanoes towering up to 12,530ft and a seemingly endless 700mi of coastline on the Pacific and Caribbean like Costa Rica can. Costa Rica's appeal is easy to understand:
Find out how to make the most of your surfing trip to Costa Rica with these tips.
There are three main areas to surf: The Pacific North (Guanacaste-Nicoya), the Pacific South (Punta Arenas) and the Caribbean. There are also cool surf towns popping up in Jaco, Tamarindo and Puerto Viejo. The best waves occur in the rainy season (Northern Hemisphere 'summer') on the pacific side, and in the hot dry season ('winter') on the Caribbean – so you'll always be able to find a good break.
Some of the beaches that are considered the safest:
These beaches that are known for riptides, so be careful or just avoid them altogether:
They are responsible for 80% of the drowning in Costa Rica! Take a minute and visit this site to learn how to spot a riptide and what to do if you get caught in one.
Some break points feed into river mouths where crocs tend to hang out so ask locals to find the safest, croc-free areas.
Most of the break points in Costa Rica have sand bottoms for your riding pleasure, though some areas still have pesky sea-floor rocks so wearing a wet suit isn't a bad idea.
It is bound to change in an instant and you don't want to be stuck way out when a big lightning storm comes through.
Not only is it a law at many beaches, but wearing a leash is an important way to keep your board close to you and to keep it from becoming a hazard to other surfers.
Before you get that wet suit on, always remember these surfing etiquette tips:
For more infomation on staying safe while surfing, visit Science of the Surf.
Costa Rica could have almost earned its name (which means "rich coast") just for the surfing.
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