La Cantina at Pavones
In the south pacific coast of Costa Rica â€śLa Cantinaâ€ť spot at Playa Pavones is our favorite wave in the country. The waves at â€śLa Cantinaâ€ť 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 isnâ€™t a good idea if you want to sustain a complete session. The surfing conditions at Playa Pavones arenâ€™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 â€śLa Cantinaâ€ť and walk back to enjoy our favorite spot in the country.
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 â€śThe Cornerâ€ť 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 â€śThe Cornerâ€ť 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 â€śThe Cornerâ€ť are at low to mid tide with a west/southwest swell.
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 â€śLa Lora Amarillaâ€ť. The spot name comes from the beach front bar widely known by locals called â€śLa Lora Amarillaâ€ť where youâ€™ll be able to park your car and have a break watching other surfers showing off their skills. Itâ€™s a hollow â€śAâ€ť 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!
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 â€śEl Esteroâ€ť (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 â€śhazelnutâ€ť 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.
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 â€śGuiones Northâ€ť 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.