With hundreds of beaches along the coast, surfers have long flocked to Costa Rica’s waves, staking out breaks before the destinations had paved roads or supermarkets. In fact, many of Costa Rica’s more popular beaches have been surfing destinations for decades. With so much good surf, it’s hard to mention every worthy break, but the destinations listed below are some of the most accessible and popular surfing spots in Costa Rica. Get a personal perspective about surfing in Costa Rica with our Costa Rica Surf Guide.


The sleepy beach hamlet of Malpais is billed as a surfer's paradise, and the surf is indeed exceptional. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors.

Surfing   Night Life/Bars & Rest   ATV Tours  

Once a quiet fishing hamlet, Tamarindo has evolved to be the area’s most developed and accessible tourist town. Rated 7.9/10 by visitors.

Shopping   Surfing   Night Life/Bars & Rest  

Referred to by locals as "little Hawaii," Playa Avellana packs extraordinary offshore waves that can reach up to eighteen feet, making it an ideal destination for experienced surfers from around the world. Rated 8.3/10 by visitors.

Surfing   Golf   Catamaran Tour  

Separated from Tamarindo by the Matapalo River is Grande Beach (Playa Grande) located within Marino Las Baulas National Park, Grande Beach is the site of the arribadas of the leatherback turtle. Rated 9.2/10 by visitors.

Turtle Nestling Tour   Surfing  

Playa Hermosa on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is situated about 3 miles (5km) south of Jaco and is one of the best surf destinations in the country. Rated 8.7/10 by visitors.

Surfing   Scuba Diving   Night Life/Bars & Rest  

About 27 mi (44 km) south of Quepos is the quaint and growing beach town of Dominical. Rated 8.5/10 by visitors.

Marine Mammal Observation   Surfing   Night Life/Bars & Rest  

Nosara's beach town of Guiones is a tucked-away delight with lucrative real estate, vibrant flora, and a world-class white sand beach. Rated 8.9/10 by visitors.

Surfing   Night Life/Bars & Rest  

Situated on the tip of the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, the small town of Cabo Matapalo provides visitors with backdoor access into some of the country's most beautiful and least visited places: Corcovado National Park, Golfo Dulce, and Isla del Cano. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Surfing  

Pavones Costa Rica is a small town located in the southern Pacific Zone about 1 1/2 hour drive from Golfito.


Playa Bejuco is only about 35km north of Manuel Antonio and about 30 km south from Jaco but the atmosphere could not be more distant from the more popular destinations.


Playa Negra is a beautiful dark-sand beach famous in the surfing community for its right-hand barrel waves. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors.


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