Surf spot guide for Costa Rica


No more restrictions for surfers in Costa Rica, beaches are open all day long again!

New surfing rules, since October 15th, for Costa Rica during the COVID‑19 pandemic: It is posible to surf all day long again! The beaches are open from 5:00am till 10:00pm from Monday to Friday and 5:00am till 8:00pm on the weekends.

Is a surf trip to Costa Rica during the pandemic possible?

On August 1st the airport in San Jose opened again for commercial flights from certain countries. Flights from the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada are allowed to land in Costa Rica. On November 1st Costa Rica will allow all U.S. citizens and residents to enter Costa Rica. The land borders will remain closed for tourists.
Surfers and all other visitors must complete an online survey. A negative PCR test must be presented; the negative result must have been received within the 48 hours before boarding the flight to Costa Rica.
Visitors must travel with travel insurance that would cover medical care and an extended hotel stay.
Tourists must follow health protocols, right now that means using a mask or a face shield.

On the positive side, there is not much traffic. To travel by car is very quick and easy. Rates for car rentals are lower than usual, he same for airbnbs and hotels. Some hotels are completely closed till December. Check on time if the place where you plan to stay is open.


Find the best waves on both coasts of Costa Rica. There are so many surf spots in Costa Rica that you will need month to surf them all.

Costa Rica is a perfect place for surfing for a number of reasons. These include waves year around, warm water and relatively uncrowded breaks, when compared to France, Spain, California and Australia.

Bruce Irons, from Hawaii, surfing in Costa Rica.

Bruce Irons, from Hawaii, surfing in Costa Rica.

Surfers in Costa Rica can choose between 2 coast lines, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

When is the best time to go on a surf trip to Costa Rica? Basically there are always waves here you just have to know where to go.

You can almost always find great surf in Costa Rica, no matter what weather conditions and at what time of the year. There is always something for you to ride in Costa Rica!

You could say that there are 4 basic surfing regions in Costa Rica: North Pacific, Central Pacific, South Pacific and the Caribbean.

Dropping in at Playa Grande, Guanacaste.

Dropping in at Playa Grande, Guanacaste.

Costa Rica has some of the very best waves in the world, and the locations are spectacular and exotic.

Some of the famous breaks, like Pavones and Playa Escondido, are now busy, but there are still hundreds of kilometers of coastline where unsurfed breaks are waiting to be discovered.

To learn more about surfing in Costa Rica, browse the list of surf spots of Costa Rica!

 

Tamarindo is a surfer town. Many good waves are close by: Playa Grande, Playa Negra, Playa Avellanas...

Tamarindo is a surfer town. Many good waves are close by: Playa Grande, Playa Negra, Playa Avellanas...

Surfer in the waves of Playa Jaco. Located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in relatively close proximity to the airport and San Jose..

Surfer in the waves of Playa Jaco. Located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in relatively close proximity to the airport and San Jose.