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Surf in Nosara Costa Rica

February 9, 2013 by

Nosara

If you love to surf or have always wanted to learn, a vacation to sunny Nosara Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula offers the perfect destination.

The majority of Costa Rica’s most popular vacation spots are found here where estuaries and rocky bluffs divide the sun-soaked beaches along the northern coastline of the peninsula. 

Tamarindo Beaches

Tamarindo is considered the surf capital and is a popular tourist destination at the center of Nicoya Peninsula’s shores. Surfing is the predominant activity all around this busy beach town which offers a variety quality hotels and dining options. 

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Playa Grande: To the north of Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Costa Rica, attracts surfers from around the world and is thought to be one of the better places to learn how to surf. The breaks are moderate but constant. Many of Tamarindo’s international surf competitions are held here. 

Langosta Beach: Langosta beach, Costa Rica, is a peaceful but rocky beach known for its surfing. Some sandy stretches are also perfect for swimming. The southern tip of Langosta Beach is situated at the mouth of an estuary and offers an ideal surf break. 

Avellanas Beach: Avellanas Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in the Tamarindo area with some rocky stretches featuring tide pools, and other parts featuring the powdery white sands found on post cards. It’s a pristine ribbon of beach lined by mangroves, old trees, and pasture land.

It is located south of Langosta and north of Playa Negra. This is a more secluded beach where surfers love to hang out year round, but most breaks are for experienced surfers. 

Playa Negra, Costa Rica

Playa Negra, Costa Rica

Playa Negra: Playa Negra, Costa Rica, is popular for its right-hand barrel waves that rush across a shallow, rocky bottom. This beach was featured in the surf movie, Endless Summer II, so it’s quite popular with surfers. However, the take off zone for those wanting to ride the waves is small. When it is too crowded, surfing can become dangerous. 

Other Things to Do

While surfing in this region is the stand out activity, it is also known for its sport fishing, snorkeling, diving, and sun bathing. It’s a tropical paradise type setting where you can relax and have fun. 

Photo credits: Saratica, Wha’ppen, eric.surfdude

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