The Best Surfing in Costa Rica

Looking for the best surfing in Costa Rica? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Costa Rica. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top surfing spots in and near Costa Rica

  • Jacó, Costa Rica

    Catch Waves and a Sunset at Playa Jacó

    5.0
    There are hotels nearby, but if you are staying in San Jose this is a great day trip since it is only a couple of hours away by bus. Jaco is a big, wide open beach with room for everyone. Even on packed days, it doesn't feel very crowded. It's a pretty famous surf spot in Costa Rica, but even wit...
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  • Quepos, Costa Rica

    Explore Playa Espadilla Beach

    5.0
    The beach just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park is called Playa Espadilla and you can camp here for free if you have a tent or hammock. This is a safe place, accustomed to tourists, but be careful with valuables while camping on the beach - always a good idea, anyway.The alternative would ...
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  • Los Pargos, Costa Rica

    Surf Playa Negra

    5.0
    Compared to its more famous neighbor Tamarindo, Playa Negra feels worlds away from the tourist crowds and beach hawkers. Due to the lack of tourist infrastructure in the surrounding area, the beach is often deserted except for surfers and guests of Hotel Playa Negra. If you're looking for somet...
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  • 160, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Barrigona

    This was the very first beach I found off the radar about 15 years ago.  Every year I travel to Costa Rica, I make a point to return to Barrigona.  While there are a few people, mostly locals, that go to this beach, many times I have been the only person here.  On several occasions I've found tur...
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  • Playa Corozalito, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Corozalito

    I have been to many beaches in Costa Rica. I have never experienced a beach as beautiful (yet) as this one. The approach to the water is a gradual, barely noticeable ease into the ocean. From my first time here and all the subsequent visits, the beach and ocean floor were completely void of rocks...
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  • Manzanillo, Costa Rica

    Walk Manzanillo Beach to Punta Manzanillo

    5.0
    1.2 mi
    The walk to Punta Manzanillo from Manzanillo Beach is absolutely beautiful. This is the most southern beach accessible near Puerto Viejo.  You can park your car under the palm trees near the beach, just be aware of falling coconuts!! At Manzanillo Beach the jungle grows right to the waters edge a...
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  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

    Catch the Sunset at Playa Puerto Viejo

    5.0
    Playa Puerto Viejo is a beach in the heart of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It's a great place to come relax on the beach, swim or catch the sunset. Just off shore there is the remains of an old shipwreck which is fun to photograph. There's also many venders, shops and restaurants in the area that ca...
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  • Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Tamarindo

    5.0
    0 mi
    There are a ton of shuttles, taxis, etc. from the airport in San Jose or if you book through a hotel, they will pick you up. Driving to Tamarindo isn't too difficult, especially if you speak a bit of Spanish...luckily the pin on the map will give you directions too :)  There is so much to do in T...
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