Costa Rica Surfing
If you haven't experienced Costa Rica surfing, you don't know what you are missing. Don't wait another minute. So you're thinking of Costa Rica as your next Costa Rica surf vacation package right away and discover why this is where they filmed Endless Summer. You've probably heard about the consistent warm water waves, the year round surfing, very friendly Ticos, easy access to a great variety of breaks and over 700 miles of coastline: Maybe you're visiting with your family and the lure of a tour with multiple options for lodging and eating out, the safety and low rate of violence you can find Costa Rica along with the ability to stay at beaches that not only provide great waves but also a variety of activities for the non surfers in your group have made you decide that this is where you'll get the most out of your Costa Rica vacation. Whether you're traveling solo, with a group, with dedicated surfers or with folks who have never ridden a wave, in Costa Rica you'll be able to surf on two different Oceans, assist a surfing camp or school to learn or improve your technique and combine it with other adventures, national parks day tours, active volcanoes and more. Vacation City and Costa Rica will make your surfing package exceed expectations.
Paradise!, is probably what visitors from California, Australia and Europe thought in the early 70's as they saw the empty beaches with incredible and varied breaks: it was too good to let it go. So putting away their wetsuits and enjoying the warm weather, they explored different beaches with point breaks, reef breaks, beach breaks and river mouths, and collected a palette of sand in their hair: from cream, tan, yellow and gold to pink, brown, gray and even black. They decided to make this vacation destinations their permanent home. After a while they were teaching the locals through informal surf schools and camps how to surf and make boards, and surfing began to grow. National and regional surf circuits and professional surfing contests organized by major surf companies have placed Costa Rica in the world's eye. Surfing here is a year round activity on either coast, so how to pick a beach? Surf areas are defined both by location and seasons: identifying which of those factors is more important to you is the first step. If there's a specific Costa Rican beach on your 'Top 10 Surf Spots in the World' that is begging for check to be placed beside it, pick a season when the waves will rock in that area. If work, family or other factors limit your travel time to a couple of months out of the year, check out which beaches would be at their peak during that time and plan around that. Ask our knowledgeable travel agents about surfing seasons or events and they can help you plan a tour package ideal for the surfer: with the best beaches, camps, schools, lodges and resorts, you'll choose where and when to go and they'll do the necessary reservations and give you the pertinent travel information.
The Costa Rican official dry season starts mid November and ends halfway through April. The high temperatures and the practically nonexistent chance of rain at this time of the year result in crowded beaches and higher prices. Beaches to visit at this time are located in the Northern Guanacaste Province (North Pacific) or the Central and South Caribbean (usually less crowded). The rainy season lasts the rest of the year, from May to November (which explains why Rain Forests thrive here). Up to August you can usually enjoy high temperatures with sunny skies and late afternoon or early morning rain showers, but the last three months generally come with pouring rain. Nevertheless, there's a dry spell in the Caribbean at this time, so if you're in the country pay attention to the Atlantic side forecasts to catch some sun. Rainy season brings lower prices and less visitors, making it a good option for those on a budget or who don't care for crowds. The Central and South Pacific is where the surf's up, although there are some beaches that are good for year round surfing like Playa Hermosa. The best way to experience surf in Costa Rica is to choose a couple of hotels you like to use as home bases, rent a 4x4 so you can go to several beaches close by and sample different breaks. Then, set your alarm for 4:30am to catch the tides and avoid the crowds, get your board shorts and rash guard, grab your board and go!