Costa Rica is known for some of the most amazing surf in the world, and surfers travel from all over the globe to experience the adrenaline of these premium waves. Tropical Costa Rica is famous for consistently great surfing year-round, but part of the year in many areas of the country – like Guanacaste, there are winds that make surfing in Costa Rica, even more awesome. Places like Tamarindo, Avellanas and Santa Teresa Costa Rica enjoy the action for months.
Most of these remarkable waves are due to the offshore winds present on some Costa Rican beaches. Offshore winds are winds that blow from land (shore) on the beautiful Coast Rica Pacific shoreline. Strong forces of air blowing on the waves help ‘hold them up’ for longer rides and gives the wave the beautiful smooth, blue face that is perfect for riding.
Right now on Costa Rica’s Pacific side, surfers are met with the North Pacific Swell that lasts from November to April. The North Pacific swell produces some of the largest wave-heights of the Pacific Ocean throughout the whole year. When this swell is met with the offshore winds, amazing waves are created and surfers all over the coast take advantage of the pristine conditions.
The South Pacific swells are accountable for most of Costa Rica’s consistent surf. These swells last from March to December, and both of these months are when they are best because offshore winds are blowing constantly. With March quickly approaching, get ready for amazing swells combined with offshore winds!
One beach that is extremely well known for stunning waves is Tamarindo Beach, in Guanacaste. Just a short drive from Hacienda Pinilla, Tamarindo is known for year-round great surf and especially perfect waves during North Pacific Swells. Because these swells are known to be capricious, make sure you get to Tamarindo or even your nearest beach to get some of the best waves of your life. As for the South Pacific Swells, the chances of catching astounding waves any day you go out, especially in March, are extremely high! Get your board and start paddling!