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The Caribbean
  1. Manzanillo: A very fast beach break located 20 km from Puerto Viejo, Limón. Here you find rustic lodging and typical food. Located close to an unpaved road, and easy to get to.

  2. Puerto Viejo: A very thick and voluminous wave that comes from deep water up to a shallow reef, also called "salsa", for its juice power. This place gets very big and tubular (legitimate big wave). Puerto Viejo is approximately a 3-1/2 hour drive from San José and there is a restaurant and accommodation close to the point.

  3. Playa Negra, Cahuita: An excellent beach break, not well known and therefore not heavily visited. Nevertheless, there are waves all year round.

  4. Westfalia: A stretch of beach breaks extending south from limon to Cahuita, offering lefts and rights that tend to close out where the swell gets too big.

  5. Playa Bonita: A point/reef break known for its very thick, powerful and dangerous left. Located 5 km north of Limón (downtown).

  6. Portete: A small bay located north of playa Bonita. With a right working off the southerly point. Since it is close to Limón, you will find easy access.

  7. Isla Uvita: An island off the coast of Limón. Here you will find a good left. Isla Uvita is about a 20 minutes boat ride from Limón with passage available at certain times of the year.

  8. The North Caribbean Coast: Good beach break waves accessible via Tortuguero channels or by private plane. You can rent a boat to take you through the channels near Puerto Moin, 15 km north of playa Bonita.

North Pacific Coast
  1. Potrero Grande: A right point break, with very fast and hollow waves. Located 270 kms from San José with no road access. You must go to playas del Coco or playa Ocotal and proceed from there by rented boat.

  2. Playa Naranjo (Roca Bruja): one of the best breaks in the country, with very strong off-shore winds from December to march. This wilderness point is located in the National Park of Santa Rosa. You must go totally prepared for camping since there are no facilities. A good 4wd is a must, and don't forget your mosquito net.

  3. Playa Grande Beach break:located about 20 minutes north of Tamarindo. Accessible by road.

  4. Playa Tamarindo: Here you will find two mains points : a- Pico Pequeño a rocky point in front of the hotel Tamarindo, and b-el estero, an excellent river mouth break.

  5. Langosta: A right and left point break that curls off the mouth of a small river, located 1 km south of Tamarindo.

  6. Avellanas Good beach break: *guanacasteco* featuring very hollow rights and lefts. Located 10 km south of Tamarindo.

  7. Playa Negra: A right point break with very fast waves, 350 kms from San José. Playa Negra is one of the best breaks in the country. Located 5 km south of playa Avellanas.

  8. Nosara Beach break: with lefts and rights. About 350 kms from San José. You go from San José to Nicoya and from there to Nosara. It takes approx. 5 hours to get there.

  9. - 18 - 19 - Playa Coyote, Manzanillo, and Mal Pais Beach breaks: with very consistent lefts and rights and several points. A 4 wd vehicle is recommended. Now you can find a lot of places to stay.

Central Pacific Coast
  1. Boca Barranca: A river mouth with a very long left, located 100 kms of San José with excellent access, paved road. Many places to stay. Dark water during rainy season scares off many. Boca Barranca and any other nearby beach are no contaminated. Boca Barranca offers some of the best waves of the country.

  2. Puerto Caldera: This spot has very good left located 3 km south of Boca Barranca, Puntarenas.

  3. Playa Tivives: and valor Featuring a variety of waves from beach breaks (Tivives) to a rocky point (valor). Good quality rights and lefts.

  4. Playa Escondida: Excellent point break that peaks up forming a very good left and a surfable right. Accessible by land If you are a member of the beach club there (fresh water shower on the beach for member and guests), or by taxi boat to the cove to the south. You can rent a boat from playa Jaco or playa Herradura.

  5. Playa Jacó: Can be good beach break when the surf is not too big. Tends to close out when it gets over 5 feet. Playa Jacó is approximately 2 hours from San José( 140 km), and the waves are not always dependable. One of its principal attraction has been surfing, this because of its location on the Central Pacific and it being so close to great quantity of places, specially playa Hermosa, playa Escondida, and Boca Barranca, Puntarenas. Jacó is a growing center of tourism enjoyment, with hotels, cabins and camp grounds.

  6. Roca Loca: Located 1.5 km south of playa Jacó. A rocky point with rights that break over submerged rocks. To get the point, you will have to climb a small hill.

  7. Playa Hermosa: and Others Very strong beach break. This long stretch of break peaks working any given day, but the preferred sand bar is located in front of a large tree known as the Almendro. The waves conditions are generally best when the tide is rising. Don't forget the tip the kids who open the gate for your car.

  8. -28-29-30-Esterillos Este, Esterillos Oeste, Bejuco, Boca Damas:Beach breaks, good wave forms, the points located very close to playa Hermosa, making easy access and many nearby accommodations. The wave conditions are very similar to those of playa Hermosa.

South Pacific Coast
  1. Quepos: This small left 'point is found at the river mouth in the city of Quepos, easy access with many restaurants and accommodations.

  2. Playita - Manuel Antonio Beach break:lefts and rights with good shape. This coastal area needs larger swell for the surf to show.

  3. Playa El Rey: Rights and lefts beach break peaks. Best access to get there is taking the road to playa Dominical, 25 minutes from Quepos, in Roncador go right 11 kms and you will be there.

  4. Playa Dominical: Good, strong beach break with lefts and rights. Beautiful landscapes and very tropical.

  5. Drake's Bay: area Accessible only by boat. This remote break offers long, powerful waves when the swell is running. Boca del Río Sierpe, is another place with exciting potential for the same kind of waves. Corcovado National Park is an adjacent kingdom of lush, tropical wilderness, approximately 1-1/2 hours by boat.

  6. Pavones: Excellent left point, considered one of the longest in the world. Good shape and very fast. It is located 400 kms from San José(8 hours by car). Bring camping gear if you wish to hang there. Out on the peninsula across Pavones, a half-hour boat ride away, is reputedly a series of right points the equivalent of Pavones world class lefts.

  7. Matapalo: Excellent right point located in front of Pavones, you can get there by road from Pavones or by car from Golfito. Perfect waves.

  8. Punta Burica: Very remote reef breaks. Accessible only by boat, No accommodations. Not much known. If you really want to get away


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