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1) OLLIE’S POINT (BAHIA POTRERO GRANDE):It is one of the most well known places in the North Pacific; many surfers agree that this is the best right in Costa Rica. It is a completely perfect right point, with off-shore winds almost all year round. Access: Only by boat from Playas del Coco. Tide: Works very nicely with low tide and up coming tide. It also works with high tide, depending on the movement of the sand produced by the mouth of the river and the rain. Swells: North and Northwest. Bottom: Sand and rocks. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: December to March. Stars: 4. GPS Latitude 10.843508, Longitude -85.818109 Santa Rosa National Park Santa Rosa, is the oldest national park in Costa Rica, it was founded in 1970 to safe guard the vast extensions of tropical dry forest and the scene of the two most important battles of the country. The Murciélago section was added in 1979 thanks to the country acquiring land from the Nicaraguan Dictator Anastasio Somoza. The president Oscar Arias declared the land situated between Murciélago and the park property of the park at the end of the 80’s, so that Santa Rosa could occupy all […]
2) PEÑA BRUJA/ WITCH’S ROCK (PLAYA NARANJO):Located in Santa Rosa National Park. Named accordingly because of the sounds that can be heard inside the cracks of this huge rock, which sound similar to the screams of a witch. This rock is located in the north end of Playa Naranjo. To the side of the Naranjo River, there is a small section of river rocks. Crocodiles have been seen at the river mouth and out in the ocean. This beach is known for its perfect peaks and its off-shore winds. With north swells and an off-shore wind it becomes a magical place. Access: By road 4 x 4. Tide: works well with a rising tide. Swells: Works with waves from north to northwest. Bottom: Sandy. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: December to March. Stars: 4. GPS Latitude 10.792356, Longitude -85.683292 Santa Rosa National Park Santa Rosa, is the oldest national park in Costa Rica, it was founded in 1970 to safe guard the vast extensions of tropical dry forest and the scene of the two most important battles of the country. The Murciélago section was added in 1979 thanks to the country acquiring land from the Nicaraguan Dictator Anastasio Somoza. The […]
3) PLAYA GRANDE:Along the whole beach there are different points for surfer, between tamarind and Big Beach. This is also a popular beach with good lefts and rights; off-shore winds. N° 1 the best part for surfers is to the north in front of Las Tortugas Hotel. N° 2 in front of the Hotel Villa Baula the wave is but soft and himself the house. N° 3 calls it the Post 13 and the wave is but strong. Access: by land. Tide: Functions with any kind of tide. Swells: North and northwest, also from the South. Bottom: Sandy. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: December to March. Stars: 3. GPS Latitude 10.336266, Longitude -85.839139 MARINO LAS BAULAS NATIONAL PARK / GRANDE BEACH The Tamarindo National Refuge for Forest Wildlife, according to the 17566 MAG decree on the 23rd of June 1987, and is corroborated by law Nº 7149 on the 27th of June 1990 with an approximate extension of 500 hectares along the continent. Later on they would extend Marino Las Baulas National Park, with decree 20518 MIRENEM on the 9th of June 1991 and ratified by law Nº 7524 on the 16th of August 1995 with an extension of 112 […]
4) PLAYA TAMARINDO: This is a wave that breaks off the river mouth on the north end of Tamarindo; it is a fast moving wave on low tide, a little slower on high tide. Access: By land. Tide: Low and up coming. Swells: Northwest and North. Bottom: Sandy. Feet: 1 to 5. Season: December to March. Stars: 3. GPS Latitude 10.302270, Longitude -85.833754 TAMARINDO BEACH It is 280 kilometers south of San Jose, 30 Km. from Santa Cruz and 67 Km. from Liberia Airport. Instead of going north from Huacas to Brasilito and Flamingo, you turn south; you will be able to take a completely paved road that leads to Tamarindo. Economically, commercial fishing and tourism are both very important, even though you can see more surfers on the streets than local fishermen. Tamarindo is an active fishing town, with a wide beach of white sand and an estuary leading from the Marine National Park. It is located in Tamarindo Bay, framed by the San Francisco Point and Rio Matapalo Estuary. Because of its surge and the windy conditions, this beach is a favorite for surfers and windsurfers. The Capitan Island can be seen at approximately 700 meters from the beach. […]
5) TAMARINDO ESTUARY: This is a left that comes out of the Beach Break in Tamarindo, with occasional rights. This beach can become excellent with swells from the Northwest. The wave is moderately strong. Access: By land. Tide: Low and up coming. Swells: Northwest and North. Bottom: Sandy. Feet: 1 to 5. Season: December to March. Stars: 3.
6) TAMARINDO-PICO PEQUENO REEF: This is a wave located in front of the Tamarindo Diria Hotel. It is a right that comes off a rock with a rock bottom. At the beginning it is tubular, followed by a nice short ride. Access: By land. Tide: Half tide. Swells: North and Northwest. Bottom: Rocks to sand. Feet: 1 to 5. Season: December to March. Stars: 3.
42) BOCA BARRANCA: This is the third longest left in the world. It is a left with a run of approximately 950 meters with big swells from the South. Access: By land. Tide: Is better to surf with low tide. Swells: Works much better with swells from the South. It also captures from the Northwest. Bottom: River rocks. Feet: 2 to 10. Season: All year. Stars: 4 GPS Latitude 9.959567, Longitude -84.73823 WHERE TO SLEEP & EAT? Hotel Las Brisas Ph (506) 2661-4040, fax (506) 2661-2120. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lasbrisashotelcr.com. One is in front of at the end of the stroll of the Tourists the beach, corner with street 31. Account with 26 rooms with conditioned air, TV, ventilator, some with refrigerator and microwaves, private bath with hot water, cost high season 91 US$ double and additional person 15 US$ and in low season until a minimum of 65 US$ double and to additional person 12 US$, all with breakfast included. There are 3 suites with balcony deprived with Vista to the sea, Television, conditioned air; private bathroom with hot water, ventilator and one has Jacuzzi with pretty sculptures, cost 175 US$ doubles until for 5 people. The restaurant with Mexican, Greek, red […]
43) PLAYA DOÑA ANA-EL SEGUNDO: This is a small left with short, good and juicy runs. Access: By land. Tide: Low. Swells: South and Northwest. Bottom: Sand and Rocks. Feet: 1 to 4. Season: All year. Stars: 2.
44) PLAYA CALDERA: This wave breaks off a river mouth. It is not very consistent. It is a left point with occasional rights. The wave is good but is a short run. Access: By land. Tide: Low. Swells: Northwest and South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 6. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
45) PLAYA VALOR: Is a left point with very good waves. You have to be careful at this place, because you surf near the rocks. There are sharks in this zone. Access: By land. Tide: Low. Swells: South and Northwest. Bottom: Rocks. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
46) PLAYA TIVIVES: This is a left point break that breaks on a river mouth, is a really good ride with South swells. Crocodiles have been seen on this river mouth. Access: By land. Tide: Up coming. Swells: South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 6. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
47) PLAYA GUACALILLO: This is left points that break into a little sand bay. This is a very good left, but there is always a current. It is a little bit polluted. Access: By land. Tide: Low and up coming. Swells: Works with swells from the South and the Northwest. Bottom: Sand and rocks. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
76) BAHIA DRAKE: This is a rock bottom left point break. It is not consistent because is a close bay, but has a short and juicy ride. Access: By boat or by 4 x 4 crossing the rivers during the low tide. Tide: Medium and up coming. Swells: South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 6. Season: All year. Stars: 2.
77) PLAYA CARATE: Fairly consistent beach break, located inside the Corcovado National Park. It is recommended for beginners. Access: By land. Tide: Low and up coming. Swells: South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 0 to 3. Season: All year. Stars: 1.
78) PLAYA CABO MATAPALO-MATAPALO (HOG HOLE): This beach is located inside Corcovado National Park. It is a world class wave that can hold any swell direction and any size. During low tide it has perfect tubes. “Quiebra Costillas” and high tide with very long runs and perfect wall 300 meters approximately. Access: By land. Tide: High or low. Swells: South – Southwest. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 4 to 15. Season: All year. Stars: 4.
79) BACKWASH: This is another right, very good and radical. It is perfect and long but not tubular, too ripe. It is smoother than Matapalo. Access: By land. Tide: Medium up coming. Swells: South – Southwest. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 2 to15. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
80) PAN DULCE: Another very good and radical right. It is perfect and long, but not tubular. It is perfect for ripping. Is similar to Back Wash. Access: By land. Tide: Medium up coming. Swells: South–Southwest. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 2 to15. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
81) PLAYA ZANCUDO: This is a beach break with strong rights and lefts, during low tide, it is generally a hollow and tubular wave, and in high tide, it has nice long rides. Access: by land. Tide: High and Low. Swells: South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to10. Season: All year. Stars: 3.
85) FERTICA – LIMON: Is a left and right point, with good rides. There are good tubes here when there is off-shore and the tide is low. Access: By land. Tide: Works better with high tide dropping however; it is possible to Surf with both tides. Swells: South-Southeast. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 3 to 6. Season: October to February. Stars: 2.
86) ISLA UVITA – LIMON: Is a perfect left, big or small. World Class Wave. Access: by boat. Tide: High and low. Swells: Any direction. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 3 to 13. Season: October to February. Stars: 4. GPS Latitude 9.993688, Longitude -83.011699 Uvita Island, or Isla Uvita, officially Isla Quiribrí, is a small 0.8-square-kilometre, island 885 metres offshore of the port at Limón on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The island is 420 metres long from north to south and 315 metres wide, northwest to southeast. It is currently uninhabited, but there is at least one structure on the island, and a small dock. It is possible to visit the island by renting a boat and a driver at one of the fishing docks on the Cieneguita River. Where To Sleep & Eat of Limon Center? Hotel Miami Ph + (506) 2758-1978/ Ph + (506) 2758-0490 / Ph + (506) WhatsApp: 8637-3664. E-mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/H.Miami/ Ave. 2, Calle 4 y 5, Puerto Limón, CR, 150 m oeste del Banco Nacional Limón. We have 35 rooms for your comfort, Private Parking, Private Bathroom, Air Conditioning, LCD screen in the rooms, Wireless Internet, Snacks. Book Now! (HotelMiami.com) Amigos les contamos que nos ubicamos en la […]
87) PLAYA BONITA – LIMON: Known as Tiger Land, there is a left with a critical drop, followed by a direct ladder to the back door tube. Access: by land. Tide: low or high. Swells: South-Southeast. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 3 to 6. Season: October to February. Stars: 3.
88) LOS TUMBOS – LIMON: This is a tubular right peak, fast, consistent and known for its tubes and its force. Access: By land. Tide: High or low. Swell: South-Southeast. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 3 to 8. Season: October to February. Stars: 3.
89) PAJARO LOCO – LIMON: This is a right reef break, not very consistent and needs good swells. Access: By land. Tide: High and Low. Swell: South. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 4 to 6. Season: October to February. Stars: 2.
90-91) PLAYA PIUTA-ROCA ALTA – LIMON: This is a right that breaks next to a reef point, very consistent, it is an easy wave. Access: By land. Tide: High and low. Swells: South, Southeast. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 3 to 5. Season: October to February. Stars: 2.
SAN JOSÉ DOWNTOWN A bustling city nestled inside a tropical paradise; San Jose sits in the center of the country in the Central Valley and is surrounded by gorgeous untouched cloud forests. Serving as a hub to the rest of the country, San Jose is the prefect place to use as a base camp to tour Costa Rica. With the Juan Santamaria International Airport just 20 minutes from downtown San Jose in the country Alajuela, there are plenty of tour bus companies based here that run buses throughout Costa Rica. Downtown San Jose is the busiest part of town. A maze of streets and avenues, here you can find most of the city’s museums as well as a number of hotels and plazas. Plenty of tour companies, restaurants and hotels can also be found here. Since the downtown area is fairly small and is one of the most frequented parts of the city, do keep in mind that you will come across heavy traffic here with lots of noise and congestion. The streets and avenues here are usually bustling with pedestrians and traffic, so the best way to explore this area is by foot.
To the northeast of the Central Cordillera, two mountain chains in particular stand out: The Tilarán and the Guanacaste Cordillera; both reach as far as the Nicaraguan border. The first is characterized by its undulating mountains, covered in dense forest.
Located to the northeast of the Tilarán Cordillera, which includes the northern area of Costa Rica, it owes its name to the colossal majestic peak of 1633 meters above sea level with a cone like formation that is almost perfect which stands out from the rest of the country. Its constant activity, a welcoming spectacle, which is internationally known as a first class attraction. Since the pre-Hispanic period, the Arenal area has been favored by settlers, because of its optimal ecological conditions.
The Carribean coast is protected by two National Parks and two Forest Wildlife Refuges. It forms part of the province of Limon that covers 18% of Costa Rica, a third of the inhabitants are black, from Jamaican descendants, the vast majority live on the coast, and speak English as well as their own dialect.
The main city of the Pacific Coast is Puntarenas, 130 Km to the west of San José along a paved highway. The average temperature of the coast throughout the year is between 22ºC to 32ºC.
The Nicoya Peninsular stands out more than 110 kilometers to the south of the extreme northeast of Costa Rica and it is the largest Peninsular in the country. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the coast, go swimming, sunbathe and go surfing. In this area you can also discover isolated beaches and small villages. There are some natural reserves, and a national park that you can visit. The main highway begins in Liberia and goes into the heart of the Peninsular, passing by villages such as Filadelfia and Santa Cruz, until you get to Nicoya, the largest village in the area.