Costa Rica Surfing 2008

Surf for everyone: Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known in the world for its coffee, for its national parks and for its peaceful contemporary history. Folks coming to Costa Rica seek first of all recreation. And adventures, of course. This Central American country is a very popular travel destination for independent travellers from the entire globe. Why? Well, one of the main reasons to visit Costa Rica is the distinct mixture of natural environment, unsophisticatedness, exotic and adventure, paired with relative security and cheap living costs. Besides dozens of national parks, jungle excursions and trips to volcanoes, the sea around Costa Rica is the main focus of attraction to all travellers. The ever growing surf community have discovered for her pleasure the country in between the Carribean Sea and the Pacific. The beaches and breaks receive rave reviews for the warm water, consistent surfing conditions and great spots perfect for beginners and pros alike. Surf fans will enjoy their stay in Costa Rica: surfing without limits, relaxing chill-outs in a hammock and a fantastic cup of coffee in their hands. In this brief eBook I would like to give you some helpful suggestions for your surf trip to Costa Rica. This guide is a first step in your planning and further investigation what to do in Costa Rica. Be aware that all information in this eBook is subject to change and may be invalid at the time you read this document. Therefore, always cross-check your information sources before heading to your journey. Mark Buzinkay, Zopilote Surf Camp

Surf spots in Costa Rica - an overview
You can surf in Costa Rica at the Pacific coast as well as at the Carribean Sea. There are so many spots that it is impossible to name and describe them all in this eBook. Well, first of all a simple overview for you. Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is one of the most consistent surf regions in the world: the Pacific will throw swell all year around to the beaches. That’s why we have so consistent surf spots here. In the north of the Nicoya peninsula and at the border to Nicaragua, you will find one of the well known breaks of Costa Rica: Portero Grande, a break at a river mouth. Further south, the surf spots of Tamarindo awaits with world-class waves as well as with sections, which are more suited for beginners. Following the coast south to Nosara, we will find the so named playa and a collection of smaller spots, most of them ‘undiscovered’. At the southern tip of the peninsula, more excellent surf spots lies around Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Montezuma. The central Pacific coast ist mostly known for its beaches around Jacó, a very popular spot with Ticos. And finally, don’t forget Pavones at the Golfo Dulce its long lefts are world-record. cember to March), but though it can be a challenge even for advanced surfers. The best spots are south of Puerto Viejo. The Carribean coast ist very season-dependent (De-

Your own waves in Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is one of the remaining insider tips among surfers in Costa Rica. It’s a peaceful place, with excellent surfing conditions in an exotic surrounding. A perfect place for pros, but even more for surf beginners. Santa Teresa is located at the southern end of the Nicoya peninsula an enjoys a growing popularity. It’s not only the flair of a ‘lost world’-village that makes Santa Teresa interesting. It’s the consistent weather and swell, the great surf conditions especially for beginners as well as the exotic environment. The swell is up to 9 feet, depending on season and daily conditions. There are different breaks to choose from as well as a soft underground with very few rocks, That’s why Santa Teresa is an interesting place for beginners as they can surf the entire year and all day long. All sort of accommodations can be found in Santa Teresa. During summer it can be dusty along the road - look for a room away from the road or ideally directly at the beach. Perhaps you may want to consider a little bit outside of Santa Teresa so you can totally enjoy some peacufl tranquillity to your surf vacation. Public transport is available to Cobano respectively to Puntarenas and San José, but is limited at the coast roads in Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa has everything you need for week-long vacations: an internet café, a supermarket, a surf shop, a bike and quads rental as well as a first aid station. While you can’t compare Santa Teresa and Tamarindo in terms of night life, you will have a lot of fun in local bars. Surf camps: Zopilote surf camp [http://www.zopilote-surfcamp.com]

Once in Mal Pais
The tiny village of Mal Pais, close to Santa Teresa, lives for and from a small surfer community. They may surf mostly in Santa Teresa, but love the laid-back life style in Mal Pais. Malpais is mostly known for two things: for the bordering Cabo Blanco national park and for its hippie community. Mal Pais is actually a pretty inconspicuous neighborhoud of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya peninsula, but offers a 2 mile beach with everything a surfer loves: swell, agreeabable water temperatures and no jam in the lineup. The surf conditions are very similar to those of Santa Teresa, although the sea ground may be more rocky. This maybe why so many Mal Pais guests come over to Santa Teresa. While Mal Pais may not have all that Santa Teresa can offer in terms of variety of hotels, restaurants and night life, you will find plenty of hotels and smaller pensions around the beach to choose from. Actually there are all classes of accommodations, but you don’t get the feeling that Mal Pais is a touristy place at all. Over the years, it remained a tiny village with a distinguished atmosphere. The best way to reach Mal Pais is to arrive via Cobano or Montezuma. Public transport is limited to the bus connecting these small towns, sometimes also via Santa Teresa. The national park Cabo Blanco is 6 miles away and a good place to watch sea birds.

Luxury in Nosara
Nosara is a very quiet section on the Pacific coast of Nicoya - and a very popular spot for surfers who like nature as well as pure surfing instead of party nights. Nosara is a typical Tico town which lies 6 km inbound. Some hotels and private houses are found right at the beach as well and mostly run by North Americans. In Nosara, most accommondation isn’t the simple hut but one of the higher standard. One of the distinguished marks of Nosara is the lushness of the jungle. Some parts of it are protected from logging, and in Nosara itself you feel like you are truly in the midst of a tropical forest. The way to the beach or to your hotel is sometimes hard to find! The beaches around Nosara (Playa Pelada, Playa Guiones) are quiet without beach crowds, and some of them are suitable for swimming. The break is one of the higher ones in Costa Rica and interesting for pro surfers. You can buy surf equipment in town as well as rent some. It is recommended to rent a car due to the fact that the distances are little bit longer than in Santa Teresa. The town itself offers a little more than its southern neighbours and has an own little airport with regular connections to and from San José. You can also find a variety of markets, internet cafés, banks (with ATMs) and some stores. In close proximity to the town, there is a natural reserve at the Rio Nosara where you can hike through the mangroves.

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