Surfing at Playa Hermosa, one of the classics of Costa Rica

Surfing at Playa Hermosa, one of the classics of Costa Rica

Located on the Pacific Coast, Playa Hermosa is a classic surfing destination for local and foreign surfers. It has a wide beach break and waves for more than 250 days out of the year. Even when it’s flat, there are still some waves to have fun and if it is big, massive walls of water come crushing intensely forming hungry barrels.
It’s not a beach to learn the basics, but it can be a good spot for beginners when the swell is low. The waves breaks pretty close to shore and there is enough space to be able to surf safely. The current is usually strong, particularly in the insides and during the rainy seasons there is lots of debris, pay attention to large trunks that become missiles in those waves.
The best time to surf at Playa Hermosa is anything above mid tide. I have surfed low tide plenty of times, so feel free to go if you don’t have a favorable tide.
Playa Hermosa is a long beach and there are a few spots you can choose from. The Tree or “Árbol”, as it is called in Spanish, is one of the classics. It is super easy to find because is the only spot on the beach with a massive tree. This is where most people gather for big swells but it depends greatly on the direction of the swell and also on where people are staying.
If this spot is crowded, you can continue a few kilometers the tree and around a few bends before reaching Corners. You will know you will get there when you reach an intersection: a parking lot on the right, the road to the left and the ocean is right in front of you. Beyond, there’s a spot called Tulin, but they have seen some small caimans around. It’s rare, but it is possible.
We offer a great vacations packages tailored for surfers that includes Playa Hermosa as well as another great beach break on the Caribbean side. We can help you plan the hotels and coordinate the logistics so that you can spend more time on the waves. Take a look at our packages and call us to learn about the latest travel deals that are available.
Rainy season is coming, but it is also one of the best times to be in the water.

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