If you've ever wanted to learn how to ride the waves, or if you simply want to advance your surfing skills, Costa Rica is the place to go. It's also a great location for a family adventure, with natural attractions and activities for all ages and types of travelers, including those who'll never be seen on a surfboard.
There are 3 compelling reasons to choose Costa Rica for your surfing destination.
1) Champion surfers know how to teach you how to hang ten.
For nine years in a row, Costa Rica has won the Central American Surfing Games. With a record like that, Costa Rica has proven its standing in the surfing world. When you take lessons or attend a surf training workshop, you have the potential of being taught by the best instructors in Central America.
Your camp coaches and workshop leaders will take you away from the crazy tourist spots to private beach areas that only they know. You'll be able to practice your techniques in uncrowded waters without huge audiences.
You'll also be taught ocean safety along with your surfing lessons, learning some practical skills you can take with you to any beach.
2) The weather and the waves are nearly perfect.
With its 1100 miles of coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica boasts many famous surfing beaches. You can find areas with slow, steady waves where you can practice your long ride. Or you can surf faster waves and improve your moves on a busier stretch of tide. There's a beach for surfers of all levels in Costa Rica.
The average temperature in Costa Rica is between 71°F and 81°F no matter what time of year you visit. Unless you're easily chilled, you won't require a wetsuit when surfing or diving. You may want to wear a lighter scratch suit, though, if you plan to surf in rockier areas.
There is a dry season from December to April, with a shorter dry season in mid-summer. If you plan on visiting during these busier months, you'll want to plan your itinerary far in advance of your trip.
3) Costa Rica offers adventure for everyone.
Travelers to Costa Rica go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, snorkeling and bicycling. Swimming and sunbathing are also popular activities. There are also several hot springs in Costa Rica. A dip in the Baldi or Tabacon hot springs may be just what you need to soothe sore muscles after a day spent surfing or hiking.
For nature lovers, there are volcanoes and rainforests to explore. Manuel Antonio Park even lets you go on night tours of the rainforest, where you can hear all of the bird songs and monkey calls of the dark tropical jungle. Those who adore wildlife will cherish a trip to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, where they can take a guided tour and get up close and personal with some of the rescue organization's many native creatures.
Whether you're traveling alone, as a couple or as a family, you'll create the best memories of your life on the sunny beaches of Costa Rica. You'll learn how to surf, and you'll have a great time in one of the most beautiful places on earth.