Costa Rica Facts

From northwest to southwest, Costa Rica measures only 285 miles (460 km) and at its narrowest, it is only 74 miles (120 km) wide. It is smaller than Lake Michigan. In 1539, officials in Panama used the name Costa Rica (Rich Coast) for the first time to distinguish the territory between Panama and Nicaragua. On […]

Costa Rica Surfing Spots – Safety tips

Always swim or surf at places patrolled by surf lifesavers or lifeguards. Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the safest area to swim. Always swim under supervision or with a friend. Read and obey the signs. Don’t swim directly after a meal. Don’t swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If […]

Spot #85 – FERTICA – LIMON

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: […]

Spot #92 – PLAYA CIENEGUITA

92) PLAYA CIENEGUITA (CIENEGUITA BEACH BREAK – EL BARCO – AEROPUERTO – ROMPE OLAS – EL BARCO HUNDIDO): This is a consistent Beach Break, with lefts and rights. With good tubes at low tide. Access: By land. Tide: High and low. Swells: East and southeast. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 5. Season: October to February. […]

Spot #96 – PLAYA GRANDE CAHUITA

96) PLAYA GRANDE CAHUITA: This is a deserted beach, with dark red colour sand, not too visited. When there is a good swell it is strong and consistent during its season. Access: By land. Tide: High or Low. Swells: Southeast. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 6. Season: October to February. Stars: 3.

Spot #104 – COCLES ISLAND

104) COCLES ISLAND: The Island is located in Playa Cocles and is a very inconsistent left that breaks at the right side of the island. When there is a strong swell from the Southeast, this wave gets connected to the Cocles Beach Break, forming 250 meters ride. This is an easy wave and is not […]

Spot #105 – LONG SHOAL – COCLES

105) LONG SHOAL – COCLES: Located two miles outer reef, Long Shoal is a Reef Break, with big and very good crests. It is not very consistent. This place is only for experimented surfers and you should use long boards. Access: By boat. Tide: High or low. Swells: Southeast. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 8 to 15. […]

Spot #107 – PLAYA COCLES (COKOMO)

107) PLAYA COCLES (COKOMO): This is a flat reef bottom. When the wave breaks on top of it, a good pipe wave is formed, fast, short and very juicy. It is not consistent. Right and left. Its right is more consistent. Access: By land. Tide: Low or high. Swells: South, Southeast. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 2 […]

Spot #42 – BOCA BARRANCA

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. […]

Spot #44 PLAYA CALDERA

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.

Spot #47 – PLAYA GUACALILLO

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: […]

Spot #48 – PLAYA AGUJAS

48) PLAYA AGUJAS: This is a very fun little left. But it is very hard to see it break, is not consistent. Access: By land. Tide: Low. Swells: South and Northwest. Bottom: Rocks and Sand. Feet: 3 to 4. Season: All year. Stars: 2. ACTIVITIES & TOURS Kayak Jaco Ph + 506-2643-1233  E-mail: kayakjaco@gmail.com  www.kayakjaco.com […]

Spot #53 – PLAYA ESCONDIDA

53) PLAYA ESCONDIDA: It is a well-known wave for being a completely perfect peak. It is a right and left point, tubular at the beginning and then continues with a very good run. Access: By boat. Tide: Medium and up coming. Swells: Any direction. Bottom: Rocks. Feet: 2 to10. Season: All year. Stars: 4.  

Spot #54 – HERRADURA ISLAND

54) HERRADURA ISLAND: This is a very good left point. It works better with big Northwest swells, when even 5 sections are formed. Even though it is not very consistent. Access: By land or boat. Tide: Works better in low tide. Swells: South and Northwest. Bottom: Rocks. Feet: 3 to 12. Season: All year. Stars: […]

Spot #56 – ROCA LOCA

56) ROCA LOCA: This is a very good right in the Guapinol Bay, known as Roca Loca, which is a powerful wave. Its entrance is by natural rock channel. It is not very consistent. It is only recommended for experienced surfers. Access: By land. Tide: Low up coming. Swells: North / Northwest. Bottom: Rock. Feet: […]

Spot #57 – EL GATO

57) EL GATO: This was discovered by Carlos Villalobos ‘Kile’, who was one of the first most renowned surfers. This is a very good left that breaks to the South of Guapinol Bay. It is also very strong. This point is must surfed by local surfers. Not consistent. Access: By land. Tide: Low up coming. […]

Spot #60- CENTRAL ESTERILLOS BEACH

60) CENTRAL ESTERILLOS BEACH: There are really good waves here, hollow waves at medium tide and long rides at high tide. The best waves are in front of Felicidad Hotel. Access: By land. Tide: Low up coming. Swells: It attracts all waves from different directions. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: All year. Stars: […]

Spot #61 – WEST PLAYA ESTERILLOS

61) WEST PLAYA ESTERILLOS: It has moderately good waves, which are generally, which are generally fast. Access: By land. Tide: Works with up coming tide. Swells: Attracts all swells coming from different directions. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: All year. Stars: 3. GPS Latitude 9.520954, Longitude -84.445517 West Esterillos, Central Esterillos and East […]

Spot #62 – PLAYA BEJUCO

62) PLAYA BEJUCO: When everywhere else is flat, this place is head high, is really consistent here. Good peaks up and down the beach ones. It is recommended to be careful with the currents. Access: by land. Tide: Low up coming. Swells: North, Northwest and South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 12. Season: All year […]

Spot #63 – PALO SECO – PARRITA

63) PALO SECO – PARRITA: This is a beach break where its waves close out, but it can occasionally be good. Access: By land. Tide: Medium and up coming. Swells: North, Northwest and South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 10. Season: All year. Stars: 3. GPS Latitude 9.475178, Longitude -84.264959 Palo Seco Beach This beautiful […]

Spot #70 – MATAPALO BEACH

70) MATAPALO BEACH: This is a very large beach approximately 20 kilometers long; however, there are good right and left peaks. You will surf by your self here, because this is a very secluded area, away from facilities. Access: By land. Tide: Medium and high. Swells: South and Northwest. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to10. Season: […]

Spot #75 PUNTA UVITA

75) PUNTA UVITA: Is located next to Marino Ballena National Park It is not very good, due to the fact that it is inside a small bay. Is recommended for beginners. Access: By land. Tide: Medium and up coming. Swells: South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 0 to 3. Season: All year. Stars: 1.

Surf Spots – Stars categorization

Category according to the number of Stars *           There are barely even waves. When there is swell the waves are closing out.  From 0 to 3 feet. **         Short ride waves, semi-consistent. From 1 to 5 feet. ***        Moderately consistent with a good ride and occasional tubes.  From 2 to 8 feet. ****      Very consistent, […]

Surfing Glossary / Terminology

Surfing Terminology                              Terminoligia Surf   English                                                       Español Swell                                                            Oleaje   Wave                                                           Ola   Paddle                                                         Remar   Set                                                               Serie de olas   Maneuver                                                     maniobra   Tube                                                            Tubo   Wall                                                              Pared de ola   Duck dive                                                     Pato   Peak                                                             Pico   Point                                                             Punto o Punta   Sting ray                                                        Manta raya   I got it! / You take […]

Spot #76 – BAHIA DRAKE

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. […]

Spot #79 – BACKWASH

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.

Spot #80 – PAN DULCE

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.

Spot #81 – PLAYA ZANCUDO

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.

Spot #82 – PLAYA PAVONES

82) PLAYA PAVONES: This is a left point. This wave is known for being one of the best in the world. It is the second longest left in the world with a ride of more than one kilometer with big swells from the South, hollow and tubular waves in low tide and spectacularly long and […]

Spot #83 PUNTA BANCO

83) PUNTA BANCO: This is a series of beaches with reef points with rights and lefts along the 4 kilometers approximately. All of these breaks are very consistent and have waves with very good size. Access: Difficult access, by land 4 x 4. Tide: Low up coming. Swells: South. Bottom: Rocks and sand. Feet: 2 […]

Spot #84 PUNTA BURICA

84) PUNTA BURICA: This zone is unexplored, even though it is known that there are very good left and right points, a series of beaches and very good waves with reef points. These are very consistent and it can hold any size. Access: Difficult, by land 4 x 4. Tide: Low up coming. Swells: South. […]

The history of Coffee

The History of Coffee Its origin is based in the province of Kaffa, Etiopia, between  VI and IX DC centuries Its consumption grew and became popular in the neighbouring arab countries thanks to the prohibition of alcohol by Islam.  The “K’hawah”, or energizing, as it became known was prohibited by the ortodox imams and conservatives […]

HOW TO ARRIVE AND LEAVE COSTA RICA

HOW TO ARRIVE AND LEAVE COSTA RICA You can arrive at Costa Rica by air, land or sea; few use the latter as it is less practical. Airplane Airports and Airlines The majority of international flights to Costa Rica arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport, located in the Province of Alajuela, 17 Km’s from San […]

Surfing in Costa Rica

The pleasant water temperatures and the size and frequency of the waves attract thousands of surfers, from all over the world. There are approximately 116 Waves for Surfear in Costa Rica. Places such as Naranjo Beach, Potrero Grande, Grande Beach, Tamarindo beach, Langosta, Avellanas or Negra Beach, is a perfect place for visitors to the […]

Emergencies, Parties and Celebrations

Emergencies The national number for emergencies is 911, where you will be able to get in touch with doctors, ambulances, security services and the fire and rescue service.   Commercial Hours Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m to 3:45 p.m, and some are open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 […]

Private and State Banks

Private and State Banks in Costa Rica Banco Bct S.A Ph (506) 2212-8000. www.bct.fi.cr. E-mail: info@bct.fi.cr . Adress central street & 1st & 3rd avenue. Banco Cathay de Costa Rica S.A Ph (506) 2290-2233, fax (506) 2296-4323, www.bancocathay.com. Adress condominio Industrial of Pavas of Silvana 600 meters west. Banco Central de Costa Rica Ph (506) […]

Embassies and Consulates in Costa Rica

Embassies and Consulates in Costa Rica Countries have their embassies and consulates in the area of San José. Alemania Ph (506) 2232-5533, fax (506) 2231-6403. www.embajada-alemana.org. Edificio Torre La Sabana 8º piso, 300 metros Oeste del I.C.E. Bélgica Ph (506) 2280-4435/ 2224-1855/ 2225-6633/ 2223-0351. Apdo Postal 3725-1000 San José-Costa Rica. Los Yoses 4ta entrada, 25 […]

Costa Rica – The National Anthem

The National Anthem The music for the National Anthem of Costa Rica was created during the government of Juan Rafael Mora, in 1852. The President of the Republic asked Manuel Maria Gutierrez to compose the music within three days. A competition was held in 1903 to choose the lyrics. The prize was won by Jose […]

Spot #3 – PLAYA GRANDE:

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 […]

Spot #4 – PLAYA TAMARINDO

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. […]

Spot #5 – TAMARINDO ESTUARY

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 […]

Spot #7 – LANGOSTA RIVERMOUTH

7) LANGOSTA RIVERMOUTH: This is an A-frame wave that breaks over a flat rock bottom. Both waves are very good, however the left is a little longer and hollow. With big swells this wave could get up to 12 feet and breaks way outside. Access: By land. Tide: Medium and up coming. Swells: North and […]

Spot #11 – PLAYA NEGRA

11) PLAYA NEGRA:One of the best rights in Costa Rica. A world class right point break. Really good barrels. Works better with a moderate off- shore. Access: By land. Tide: You can surf any tide. Swells: Northwest-Southwest. Bottom: Rock. Feet: 1 to10. Season: December to March. Stars: 4. GPS Latitude 10.194416, Longitude -85.830367 NEGRA BEACH […]

Spot #14 – MARBELLA BEACH

14) MARBELLA BEACH:The best beach break in the north pacific, here you will find peaks, which are very good, lefts and rights, along the beach. This place works very well with small and medium swells; during the low tide and with off-shore wind some incredible tubes might appear. To the south of this beach, there […]

Spot #15 – PLAYA OSTIONAL

15) PLAYA OSTIONAL:This is a beach with good rights and lefts. It works well with small swells. Although it is not well known, there are good waves here. Access: By land. Tide: Low up coming tide. Swells: North – Northwest. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 3 to 5. Season: December to March. Stars: 3. GPS Latitude 9.9975209, […]

Spot #21 – PLAYA CARRILLO

21) PLAYA CARRILLO: This is a remote beach and very difficult to access. There are good right and left waves in this beach, but nothing special. Access: By land. Tide: Medium up coming. Swells: South -Southwest. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 6. Season: May to November. Stars: 3. GPS Longitude 9.8683972, Longitude -85.4961312 Located some […]

Spot #26 – CALETAS BEACH

26) CALETAS BEACH: There are several peaks of lefts and rights along the beach, with some points of reef, which break very well with medium tide. The waves break way out side. Access: By land 4 x 4. Tide: Works with medium up coming tide. Swells: North –Northwest. Bottom: Rocks and sand. Feet: 2 to […]