What are the waves like in Costa Rica?

Written by on 4th January 2016
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What are the waves like in Costa Rica? Well, kind of like a warm water Fistral Beach in Newquay. Rarely too big, and rarely too small. Combine this with tropical temperatures and you are winning.

Errant Surf has been traveling through Costa Rica for years trying to find the perfect destination to send people on awesome surfing holidays and decided that Santa Teresa, in the area of Mal Pais, is the one. If you’ve booked onto one of our 2016 Organised Surf Trips to Costa Rica here are the waves you’ll be surfing:

Santa Teresa Beach Break

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Wave Quality – World Class (on its day)
Experience – All levels of Surfers
Type – Beach Break
Direction – Goes both right and left with sand/rock bottom

This is the main break you’ll be surfing with myself and the team of local surf instructors. The beach is about 2miles long with heaps of peaks to choose from. On a solid southerly swell it can offer punchy barrels with really fun walls running onto the inside. Being the early riser will pay off in this part of the world as its mostly dead calm with clean conditions in the mornings with trade onshore winds kicking in around the afternoon then dying off into the evening. The locals like a lie in so a dawny with the crew followed by banana pancakes and fresh coffee is the way to do it.

Suck Rock

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Wave Quality – World Class (on its day)
Experience – Intermediate/Advanced
Type – Reef
Direction – Right

It’s hard to get bored of the waves in Santa Teresa but if you’re feeling confident and fancy some sucky right hand barrel action, all you have to do is take a stroll up the north end of the main beach. Suck Rock is pretty unforgiving and not for the faint-hearted but can give you one of the waves of your life when the swells just right. It’s also right outside Rocamar – a bar which does a great BBQ on a Sunday the we will frequent. The beers here after a beating at Suck Rock are the best.

Playa Hermosa

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Wave Quality – Super fun
Experience – Beginner – Advanced
Type – Beach + reef
Direction – Right + left

Not to be confused with Hermosa down in Jaco, Playa Hermoso is a quiet little beach break just up the coast from Santa Teresa. On our trips we go there at least once a week as it can have some seriously fun waves, reeling rights and there are some pretty beautiful natural pools to lounge around in after a hard days surfing.

There are also plenty of secret spots littered around the area and if you treat the locals with respect, maybe they’ll take you surfing to a little unknown beauty.

Alan Stokes absolutely loves the place and spends his Winters there:

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