JD's Watersports in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has long been recognized for its World-class surfing all along the Pacific Coast. With a wide variety of surf and breaks, Costa Rica has something for everyone, from beginners to advanced surfers.

Tamarindo on the North Pacific Coast and Jaco on the Central Pacific Coast are the main centers for surfing. But excellent surfing can be found all up and down the Pacific Coast year-round.

Water temperatures are normally very comfortable, so you should not need a wetsuit. Some beaches are easy to access, others are not. Board rentals and instruction are available in Tamarindo, Jaco, and at some other selected hotels and areas.

Following is a brief description of various surfing beaches:

North Pacific Coast:

Tamarindo: Good beach break, excellent base for surfing nearby beaches.
Playa Grande: Very consistent beach break north of Tamarindo.
Playa Langosta: River mouth break south of Tamarindo.
Avellanas: Very good beach break further to the south.
Playa Negra: Right point break further to the south.
Potrero Grande: Right point break in Santa Rosa National Park, only accessible by boat; no camping.
Playa Naranjo: Great beach break by Witch's Rock, in Santa Rosa National Park, accessible with four-wheel-drive vehicle or boat; camping permitted.
Nosara: Several beach breaks near selection of accommodations.

Central Pacific Coast:

Jaco: Popular beach break with abundance of hotels and restaurants.
Hermosa: Several very consistent beach breaks south of Jaco.
Manuel Antonio: Beach breaks near plentiful accommodations.
Boca Barranca: Long river mouth left just south of Puntarenas.
Tivives: Beach breaks and river-mouth left, south of Puntarenas.

South Pacific Coast:

Dominical: Great beach breaks near hotels and restaurants.
Matapalo: Right point break at tip of Osa Peninsula.
Pavones: Very long left at mouth of Golfo Dulce.

Using the public bus system in Costa Rica is very time consuming. Surfboards are not allowed on the buses. It is far easier to rent a car or use transfer companies.
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