Costa Rica Surfing Vacations

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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You've got 785 miles of pristine coastline to choose from in selecting Costa Rica surfing vacations. The country has earned its growing reputation as a surfing mecca for good reason, with its tropical climate and long season. Don't forget, though, that you'll want to factor in time for the many other activities that this tiny slip of a country in the middle of Central America offers.

Planning Costa Rica Surfing Vacations

The surf of both is warm all year, so you probably won't need to worry about a wetsuit. The first thing to consider might be the differences between the Caribbean and Pacific seasons. The Caribbean is influenced by storms off Mexico, and the Pacific by weather patterns in New Zealand. Peak swells run from about April to September on both coasts. The season is the Caribbean lasts about that long. The season lasts all year on the Pacific coast, however,

Much of the story about Costa Rica surfing vacations can be gleaned by the number of "best" surf spots. These include Boco Barranca just south on Puntarenas on the Caribbean. Tivives, Jaco, Hermosa, and Pavones are just a few of that coast's offerings.

The Pacific, however, is how Costa Rica has developed its reputation. The Pacific coast is about five times longer than the Caribbean, so there are clearly more areas for surfing. There are also more surfing schools, for those uninitiated who are really hankering to give point breaks and reef breaks a try. Among the places you will consider for Costa Rica surfing vacations are Nosora, Playa Grande, Playa Negra, and Play Naranjo. Remember, you can base yourself at one resort, and surf at as many nearby as you like. Tamarindo, on the Guanacaste province coast, has a good beach break and is an excellent base for surfing in the northwest.

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