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Guanacaste Surfing

Central America South > Costa Rica
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Costa Rica is one of those rare destinations that has a choice of two coastlines influenced by two different oceans. The Caribbean side produces big wild waves during two short seasons, while the Pacific side gets pounded by medium sized swells all year long. With nearly a180° swell window, the northern province of Guanacaste is very consistent with long distance Pacific swells arriving from the north and south. The area around Tamarindo is best during the dry season when clean, offshore conditions, sunshine and easy access make it a veritable tropical paradise. This is the nicest time to travel but you certainly won't be alone. May-Oct is the testing wet season, but this is a surf-rich time, when perfect, SW groundswell, provides bigger waves. Costa Rica itself is a well-grounded place with political stability achieved without an army. It has good hospitals (in case of need) and you can drink the tap water almost everywhere. All these things are rare in Central America.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       
23 - 35°C
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23 - 35°C
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22 - 33°C
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23 - 32°C
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23 - 32°C
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22 - 31°C
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+ Consistent year round
+ Fun sized waves
+ Perfect waves for all standards
+ Rich in wildlife
+ Politically stable
- Lack of size and lefts
- Oppressively hot weather
- Millions of insects
- Tourist price inflation
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Ollies Point (Potrero Grande) Star Grey Star Grey Star 1.5ft 16secs 221° 11mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Uneven Reef and Sand 12
5
SW - NW North Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Witches Rock (Playa Naranjo) Star Star Star 1.5ft 16secs 221° 4mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 10
4
SW - NW North Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Tamarindo Star Star Grey Star 2ft 16secs 217° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
2
SW - NW Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Nosara Grey Star 2ft 10secs 184° 6mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
2
SW - N North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Avellana Star Grey Star 1.5ft 16secs 219° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef and Sand 12
3
SW - NW Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Grande - Guanacaste Star Star Grey Star 1.5ft 16secs 219° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 10
2
SW - NW North Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Negra - Guanacaste Star Star Grey Star 1.5ft 16secs 219° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef and Sand 15
3
SW - NW North Easterly Mid Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Ostional Grey Star 2ft 10secs 184° 6mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
3
SW - N Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Playa Guiones Grey Star 2ft 10secs 184° 6mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
3
S - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Langosta Star Grey Star 1.5ft 16secs 219° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 10
3
SW - NW Easterly Mid to High Tide