Few places in the world can offer travelers volcanoes towering up to 12,530 feet and a seemingly endless 700 miles 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:
Watch for Riptides
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.
Yes, There are Crocodiles
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.
Watch the Weather
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.
Mind the Surf Conditions!
Though consistent, the surf is not known to get abnormally big, and with a little research you can find an area that's right for you.
Wear a Leash
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.
But before you get that wet suit on always remember Surfing Etiquette:
For more infomation on staying safe whilst surfing visit Science of the surf.
Costa Rica could have almost earned its name (meaning rich coast) just for the surfing. For such a small country (a little smaller in size than Louisiana), Costa Rica packs a bigger tourism punch than countries more than twice its size! So sit back, suit up and enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer.
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