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Golfo De Nicoya Surfing

Central America South > Costa Rica
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In the ?70?s, Central America began to attract U.S surfers, looking for exotic waves close to home. Costa Rica was a major draw, where it was possible to be surfing an endless, peeling pointbreak, within an hour's drive of the airport and a choice of two very different coastlines. Political stability, high degree of education and an absence of civil war, so popular in neighbouring countries, has earned it the reputation of being a ?Latin Switzerland?. Compared to its population, Costa Rica has an incredible number of surfing expats and travellers, representing 10% of all tourists, which translates to 100,000 surfers. Areas such as Guanacaste, became a victim of its own success, so new waves were sought around the Nicoya Gulf, opening up places like Mal Pais. Despite the shocking access roads requiring 4WD in the wet season, this wild area became a surf-school heaven, trading on idyllic tropical scenery, incredible national park wildlife and mellow beachbreaks.
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23 - 35°C
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23 - 35°C
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23 - 33°C
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23 - 32°C
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23 - 32°C
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22 - 32°C
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+ Great left pointbreaks
+ Consistent powerful beaches
+ Both south and north swells
+ Exotic warm and friendly
- Best swells in rainy season
- Beaches close-out easily
- Crowded breaks, busy resorts
- Some bad roads and petty crime
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Carmen Star Star Grey Star 4.5ft 12secs 182° 6mph Overcast No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Uneven Reef and Sand 6
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S - NW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Roca Loca Star Star 4.5ft 12secs 182° 3mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef and Sand 10
3
S - NW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Santa Teresa Star Grey Star 4.5ft 12secs 181° 6mph Overcast No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
1
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Hermosa Star Star 4ft 12secs 185° 3mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 10
1
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Cedros Star Star Star 5ft 12secs 188° 6mph Overcast No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Boca Tusubres Star Star Star 4ft 12secs 185° 3mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. No Data Available Sand 8
1
SE - NW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Esterillos Oeste Star Star Star 4.5ft 12secs 182° 3mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. No Data Available Sand 8
1
SE - NW Northerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Caletas Star Star Star 4.5ft 12secs 181° 6mph Overcast No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef and Sand 8
1
S - NW North Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Coyote Star Star Star 4.5ft 12secs 181° 6mph Overcast No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
1
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Escondida Star Star 4ft 12secs 185° 3mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
2
S - SW Easterly Mid Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Jaco Star Star Star 4ft 12secs 185° 3mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
1
S - SW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Manzanillo Star Star Star 4.5ft 12secs 181° 6mph Overcast No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 6
2
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Punta Barigona Star Star Star 4.5ft 12secs 182° 6mph Overcast No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Uneven Reef and Sand 8
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S - NW North Easterly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Tivives Star Star Star 4ft 12secs 185° 5mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. No Data Available Uneven Reef and Sand 6
2
S - SW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Puerto Caldera Star Star Star 4ft 12secs 185° 5mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. Pier, Groyne or Jetty Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
2
S - SW Easterly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Boca Barranca Star Star Star 4ft 12secs 185° 5mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. No Data Available Uneven Reef and Sand 10
3
S - SW Easterly Low to Mid Tide