Some of Costa Rica's primo surfing spots are close to Jaco vacation rentals. Situated in Costa Rica's largest province of Puntarenas, Playa Jaco and Playa Hermosa areas unequivocally provide the best and most consistent surfing year-round. With more than 3.5 miles of beach the swells hit from nearly every direction. Granted its one of the most popular surf sites in Costa Rica, but if you take time to scout the area out from your vacation rental you'll come across numerous isolated spots along the beach offering head high peaks away from crowds.
Best surfing areas
With a long expanse of clean pristine beaches, Playa Jaco is laid back and tranquil, but the surf offers big waves and great breaks for beginners to intermediate to expert surfers. Waves break with lefts and rights, but are less intense so if you get axed and wipeout you can recover without looking lame.
Just a 10-minute drive south from Jaco you'll find world class waves at Playa Hermosa. Be cautioned as this is a place for expert surfers. With waves that have been known to reach 13 feet, the surf breaks are to be taken seriously. The best surfing season runs from May through November.
Best Breaks for Beginner to Intermediate
- Boca Baranca offers very long left point breaks off a river mouth and is perfect for longboarding because it doesn't get hollow. You can experience rides of more than 500 yards on a great day. Baranca is best surfed on south or southwest swells and excellent for dawn patrol when you can catch it glassy
- You'll find a sheltered reef break at Caldera off a river mouth. At low incoming tides it offers left breaking over a sand bar requiring a south or south western swell to make it a good ride
- Playa Escondida is a tubing reef break shaped like a horseshoe with a strong hollow left and a milder right. At low tide rocks are exposed so it's best surfed during mid to high tide. The beach access is located at a private club, but you can reach this break by boat from Herradura Bay for a minimal charge
Challenging Breaks for Skilled Surfers
- Roca Loca breaks off an exposed substantially sized rock often referred to as 'Crazy Rock'. It has a vigorous rocky right-hand reef break that is approached by paddling a slender 8-inch wide channel. Be prepared to climb down a steep cliff for access and its advisable to go with someone who's been there and done that.
- Playa Tivives and Valor offer awesome surfing for experienced surfers; wannabes should not try catching waves here. Tavives is known to have right and left breaks with powerful currents, but the river mouth makes for near perfect tubular lefts. Be on the lookout for crocs in the muddy water. Valor tosses up barreling waves suited for skilled surfers and is at its best with south swells at incoming high tide.
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