La Cantina at Pavones

In the south pacific coast of Costa Rica “La Cantina” spot at Playa Pavones is our favorite wave in the country. The waves at “La Cantina” are so long that we recommend walking back to the start over paddling considering that on a good day the ride can last up to three minutes! The wave starts at the mouth of Rio Claro and end after a kilometer, so paddling against the current isn’t a good idea if you want to sustain a complete session. The surfing conditions at Playa Pavones aren’t consistent and considering the long trip we highly recommend going only when you are sure that there will be good setting. After the 3 minutes ride have a drink at “La Cantina” and walk back to enjoy our favorite spot in the country.

La Cantina Surf Spot at Pavones

La Cantina Surf Spot @ Playa Pavones

The Corner at Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa (in English means Beautiful Beach) is already well know as one of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica apart from being one of the few beaches worldwide with lights to surf at night, it is home of several national and international surf contests every year. If you really want to show your surfing skills “The Corner” at playa Hermosa has been voted the second best surf spot in Costa Rica. The waves are consistent all year long making it the most reliable surfing spot in the country. The water at “The Corner” is deeper than in the rest of the beach creating taller and longer waves with more sand bottom rights and lefts. On a good day with the proper conditions the waves con reach 200m maintaining their size throughout the ride allowing some spectacular tubes. The best conditions to surf at “The Corner” are at low to mid tide with a west/southwest swell.

The Corner @ Playa Hermosa

The Corner Surf Spot @ Playa Hermosa

La Lora Amarilla at Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa apart from being one of our favorite beaches in Costa Rica for the nature, people and amazing sunsets is also home of our third favorite surf spot “La Lora Amarilla”. The spot name comes from the beach front bar widely known by locals called “La Lora Amarilla” where you’ll be able to park your car and have a break watching other surfers showing off their skills. It’s a hollow “A” shaped wave, breaking left and right in a low tide. During the high tide the wave is really strong creating a great wall of water 150m long. During the summer the nature and crystalline waters at Santa Teresa are spectacular and the nightlife is always active!

La Lora Amarilla Surf Spot @ Santa Teresa

La Lora Amarilla Surf Spot @ Santa Teresa

El Estero at Avellanas

Half an hour away from the famous Tamarindo beach, Playa Avellanas (Hazelnuts Beach) is home of our fourth favorite surf spot in Costa Rica called “El Estero” (The River Mouth). Here the wave is bigger, hollow and fast allowing some spectacular tubes. The waves break from left and right and are relatively short, around 50m, but for its “hazelnut” shaped tubes it allows even the non veteran surfers to ride a marvelous tube like a pro. The best surfing conditions are during the dry season and on a low/mid tide. Playa Avellanas is also highly recommend visiting for being one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, it`s gold sand with black rocks, palms and almond trees make for a picture perfect summer.

El Estero Surf Spot @ Playa Avellanas

El Estero Surf Spot @ Playa Avellanas

Guiones North

Close to Nosara the north side of Guiones is our fifth recommended surfing spot in Costa Rica. For its position the swell here is stronger than in the rest of the beach, creating stronger waves that can reach heights of 15 feet. A lot less crowded than the other nearby surf spots its best surfing conditions at “Guiones North” are during the mid to high tide and even if the waves are consistent throughout the year the most spectacular surfing is from November to April and during July, August and September.

Guiones North Surf Spot

Guiones North Surf Spot

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