The 10 Best Surfing Destinations of 2018

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Costa Rica

One of the best beginner surfing destinations in the world, Costa Rica has world-class waves, a delicious cuisine and balmy water temperatures that tend to stay around 86 °F (30 °C) all year. Both of its coastlines are home to exceptional surf spots and plenty of surf schools and are less crowded than other popular surfing destinations.

Surfing in Costa Rica can be broken down into four major regions:

  • The Caribbean Coast has some of the biggest and most powerful waves on the island; prime surfing season is between December and March.
  • The North Pacific Coast is Costa Rica’s most visited region. While it does receive constant swell all year round, the best conditions can be found between May and November, during the rainy season. Legendary breaks like the ones at Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande and Nosara can be found on this coast.
  • The Central Pacific Coast is the most accessible surfing destination in Costa Rica. The best waves hit the coast between May and November, when Playa Hermosa and Jaco fire up.
  • The South Pacific Coast and its lush tropical forests is a surfing paradise. The best waves can be found between May and November.
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