Surf Guide Costa Rica
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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.
2) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARENAL VOLCANO ZONE ARENAL NATIONAL PARK; THE ENERGETIC HEART OF COSTA RICA 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. Diverse archeological studies carried out in the area, report evidence of the existence of indigenous occupations since 4.000 A.D. until the Spanish arrived. On the 29th of July 1968, after 400 years, the Arenal Volcano began a period of activity opening up three craters on the western flank. Crater A, located at 100 meters provoked an explosion of lava (boiling clouds), that devastated 12 Km2, removing the populations of Pueblo Nuevo and Tabacon and also caused the death of approximately 87 people. In the month of September, of the same year lava began to flow from Crater C, at a height of 1450 meters. This crater […]
THE CARIBBEAN COAST The Caribbean 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. There are also several Bribri and Cabecar indigenous that inhabit the south of the Province. The main road from San José to this area ends in the Province of Puerto Limón, to the south there is a parallel route that leads to the Panama border. If you are heading north you will need to take a boat trip and navigate the canals, through areas that are abundant in wildlife and some small ports for distant fishing boats, until you reach the Nicaragua border. Puerto Limón With an extension of 9.188 Km2 (18% of national the land), it is 166 km from San José along a road that passes through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. This route is spectacular, as it allows you to contemplate a large sector of the park and the Ríos Sucio and La Hondura. It is the capital of […]
To the south To visit the other beaches that are in the south you need to get back onto the main Peninsula road and pass by Nicoya, 23 km to the south of Santa Cruz. The dirt roads to the south lead to Nosara, Garza, Sámara and Carrillo Beach, it also leads to Ostional National Refuge for Wildlife. In Nosara, Sámara and Carrillo there are landing strips for regular flights. The paves roads to the east of Nicoya pass by the Barra Honda National Park and lead to the Punte de la Amistad, which takes you to the central region of Costa Rica. To the southeast, the roads to Naranjo Beach and the Puntarenas Ferry pass by the communities of Jicaral and Lepanto, the majority of the road is paved. If you also would like to go to Paquera to visit the Tambor, Montezuma, Cabo Blanco and Mal País beaches, take the detour that is at the gas station before you get to quay of Naranjo Beach (there are signposts) and take a detour on the right hand side on a paved road that is in good condition until you get to Paquera, here you can take the ferry to […]
San José Costa Rica – History In 1737, in San José, the Spanish authorities, under the control of Tomas Lopez de Corral, ordered the construction of a small group of houses with palm leafed roofs on the plains of Boca Del Monte. It would be the new village that would bring together all of the inhabitants of the area, which was named Villa Nueva de la Boca Del Monte Del Valle Abra. With time, that village became the city of San José and the capital of the country since 1823. It is first 39 years; San José was a village with clay streets and poor houses. In the plaza of San José there was only the Piedad Church, they began to establish other dependencies for the foreigners that began to arrive. At the end of the XVIII century, a building for education and the cathedral was built, in front of the Parque Central, where agricultural fairs of farmers and the indigenous were held. In the Casa de la Moneda money was looked after as well as weapons for the army. In the year 1821 Costa Rica obtained its independence from Spain and became a Republic. The population of San Jose […]
MONTEVERDE AND SANTA ELENA Monteverde is one of the most interesting areas and is the most visited by national and international tourists. Its name comes from the small community that was founded in 1951 by the American Quakers as well as the Cloud Forest Reserve situated opposite. The entrance is via Santa Elena village. How were Monteverde before the Quakers arrived in 1951 and what existed in the area? During the years 1888 at only 8km from Santa Elena the mining of gold had already begun in Turín, managed by a Canadian company using workers from Juntas de Abangares and neighbouring villages, like the Juntas and Guacimal mines the neighbouring villages were inhabited until 1919. During these times the money that was earned was used to support the famil. The gold that was mined was sold, in the most part, to Canada and Germany. What is now Monteverde was just pure rainforest in these times without any routes and it is said that this was used as a route for indigeouns colonies; known as Corobicies, Chorotegas, and Huétar. In the 1940 the Monteverde areas started to become colonizad by Costa Ricans, like Virgilio Rojas who was a landowner. The […]
THE CENTRAL PACIFIC COAST 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. Puntarenas It is been slowing forming little by little with sands and sediments from the northern rivers and sands that are brought by the winds and the currents from the mouth of the Río Barranca. The river mouth is 7 ½ Km long, 600 meters at its widest point and it has a maximum level of 3 meters above sea level. The history of the city is linked to the harbour, rail, commercial and fishing activity on an industrial level. Only 130 Km from San José, a two hour journey along a road that is in very good condition, this beautiful Pacific Port is known as the pearl of the Pacific. Here you will find one of the most extensive beaches of Costa Rica were 12% of the population is located. The main port of the country, Puerto Caldera, has become the most important port for exportation. There is a pier which receives cruise ships. Bank Banco Popular Ph […]