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Costa Rica has developed into an internationally recognized surfing paradise thanks to its easy access to the sea as well as the different wave intensities and difficulty levels. Due to its extension, the Pacific coast offers more surfspots, most of which are located in Guanacaste. In the Caribbean, however, there are also large, perfectly shaped waves. Basically, four different zones are distinguished: Caribbean, North, Central and South Pacific.
In the North Pacific, there are three of the best beaches to wave. Potrero Grande, also known as Ollie's Point, Playa Negra and Roca Bruja in Santa Rosa National Park. Other beaches with good waves are Playa Naranjo, Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, Avellanas, Junquillal and Nosara.
The main meeting point for surfers in the Central Pacific is Jacó, but you can also find good waves in Playa Escondida and Boca Barranca, the latter of which is very popular due to its 950 m long wave. Another well-known beach with consistently good waves is Playa Hermosa, where the World Surf Championship took place in 2009.
In the South Pacific, Cabo Matapalo, Playa Pavones and Punta Banco have excellent waves. However, access is often difficult in this region because of the road situation. It is advisable to transport with a 4WD vehicle.
For surfing in the Caribbean, you must go to Puerto Viejo, where you can find Salsa Brava, a beach known for its large and strong waves and tubes. Furthermore, the beaches Cocles, Playa Bonita and Isla Uvita are popular among surfers.
If you like to combine your surf trip with a visit of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, check out the best beach destinations here.