Central Pacific Surf
CENTRAL PACIFIC SURF
- Best surfing conditions:
From April through November
- Getting there by bus:
Boca Barranca and Puntarenas: From
the Main Red Cross, 100 m west, 250
- Transporte Jacó, ph. 223-1109 -
Street 16, Avenue 1st.
This is the ideal town for surfers;
it is located at a strategic site
from where to reach other spots. Jacó
has great beach breaks. It offers a
great variety of lodging facilities,
as well as restaurants and great
party ambiance. If your board needs
repair, call Pico - Fast Ding Repair
- Playa Escondida
- Access to this beach is private. It
can only be reached by boat from
Playa Herradura. It has constant left
and right breaking waves. Best spot
for surfers when weather conditions
are stable. Beware of low tides!
- Entrance to this beach is from the
Costanera Highway, to the south of
Caldera. This beach offers right and
left breaking with strong currents.
At the mouth of the river you can
find an almost perfect, sometimes
tubular, left wave. Not many options
for lodging, but you can camp right
on the beach, and there are a couple
of good restaurants where you can
Despite its many attractions, the
water in Tivives is quite polluted
and the ocean is dangerous.
- South of Tivives, this rocky headland
offers much action. You will have to
paddle your way across the river, and
then walk through the trails. Just
like Tivives, this site has many
great spots for surfing. Water is
also polluted and the ocean is just
- Puerto Caldera
- Twenty-five minutes north from Jacó
is Puerto Caldera, a very popular
beach with a well-shaped left
breaking wave. The surfing gets
better when the tide is coming in.
- Boca Barranca
- The most traditional wave of Costa
Rica is to be found at this beach:
well-shaped left breaking wave, and
some waves range from 3 to 10 feet,
when good waves hit shore from the
south. The best surfing time is 5:00
am. You will find many nice places
where to spend the night in the area
close to the point.
- Roca Loca
- This rock lies 5 minutes south of
Jacó; to get there you must climb
down a deep cliff and walk across a
rocky strait. Waves are real good and
heights range between 4 and 10 feet.
There are just as many left waves as
right waves. Be careful, this is a
- Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa lies 10 minutes south
of Jacó. There are great beach breaks
at low and high tides. When weather
conditions are nice, you may see some
amazing tubular waves rolling in. Be
aware of undertows!
- This beach is 40 minutes south of
Jacó. It has great local food
restaurants, great beach break spots,
and few surfers.
- Boca Damas
- It takes one hour and a half to drive
from Jacó to Boca Damas. This beach
sits next to the mouth of Damas
river, near Quepos. It offers big
waves. We recommend you go surfing
with other people, specially someone
who knows the area.
- This beach sits some three and a half
hours from San José (two and a half
hours from Jacó). It offers great
hotels and restaurants, and it holds
some of the best beach breaks of
Costa Rica. One of its waves ranges
from 3 to 8 feet high.
- Waves here break mostly towards the
left. You will need strong waves for
great performance. This beach faces
the town of Quepos. There are many
restaurants and hotels in the area.
This is a very popular and busy
place, so you will have a chance to
enjoy an overwhelming nightlife.
- Playita Manuel Antonio
- This beach has waves breaking towards
the right and left. Wait for strong
waves to roll in, otherwise the beach
is too small for good surfing. We
also recommend an expedition into the
Manuel Antonio National Park.
- Playa El Rey
- This beach offers left and right
breaking waves, similar to Playa
Hermosa. There are no lodging places,
but it is great for camping and
surfing. You will have to ask among
locals in Quepos how to get there,
since the entrance to this beach is
inside a palm tree plantation.
- Playa Dominical
- If you are lucky, you will be able to
do some surfing while watching
near-by dolphins playing around,
which proves to be an amazing
experience to everyone. There are
many restaurants and lodging spots.
Here you can surf on left as well as
right breaking waves; the bottom of
the sea is covered by rocks.