The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica - Central Pacific
Costa Rica's Central Pacific

The Central Pacific is typically defined as the beaches between Puntarenas in the north to Punta Uvita in the

The beaches of the central Pacific coast are generally more accessible than the other regions of Costa Rica.
One reason is they are closer to San José and the main airport, so much of the area is better developed.
Another is the terrain—it’s not as rugged, so the main highway runs closer to the beach.

This region stays greener than the Northwest during the dry season (winter) because it is rainier and more
humid. But it is still not as wet as in the South and the Caribbean.

The best-known breaks in this area include Boca Barranca and Playa Hermosa—both great waves, both
easily accessible, both crowded. But there are plenty of other great breaks with less exposure and more

The best surf season is when the south swells prevail, April through November, but there’s always surf in
Costa Rica’s Central Pacific. Always.
Central Pacific Surf Spots

- Boca Barranca
- Puerta Caldera
- Tivives
- Playa Valor
- Playa Escondida
- Playa Jacó
Playa Hermosa
- Tulin's / Boca Tusubres
- Esterillos Oeste
- Esterillos Este
- Bejuco
- Palo Seco
- Bocas Damas / Damas Rivermouth
- Quepos
- Manuel Antonio
- Playa El Rey
- Playa Matapalo
- Dominical
- Punta Dominical
- Playa Hermosa
Punta Uvita
- Boca Coronado
- Rio Sierpe

Excerpted from The Surfer's Guide to Costa
Rica & SW Nicaragua, available at
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