In Costa Rica you will find some of the best and most popular surfing destinations in the world.

Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa se encuentra en la Península de Nicoya y es uno de los pueblos más populares para surfistas y amantes del yoga.

Las playas de Santa Teresa son unas de las más populares entre surfistas nacionales e internacionales para disfrutar o entrenar, incluso impresionantes competencias de todos los niveles se han llevado a cabo. Hoy, la playa de Santa Teresa se ha convertido en un referente para los surfistas más experimentados.

This beach is an exposed beach break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around low tide. When it’s working here, it can get crowded. Take care of the strong rips here. We would love to help you find your passion for surfing but arranging private lessons.

Sin duda, la playa Santa Teresa es una de las experiencias que no te puedes perder en tu escapada a Costa Rica.

Playa Carmen

Playa Carmen is known by everyone in Costa Rica for belonging to the incredible group of beaches that make up the so-called Playa Malpaís. This incredible group of beaches is found along the Central Pacific coast in the Gulf of Nicoya.

In Playa Carmen you can enjoy the warm Costa Rican sun and enjoy splendid conditions to relax and disconnect from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of everyday life. Along with its coast, you can practice a myriad of activities, including yoga and pilates, among many others.

Thanks to its privileged position you can take the opportunity to get to know the Santa Teresa beach and the well-known Playa Malpaís, which are known for their magnificent natural conditions.

Playa Carmen is one of the small paradises of the Central Pacific that you can not miss in your visit to Costa Rica.

Playa Malpais

Malpais beach is one of the best known beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula, thanks to its active waves and lively atmosphere. It creates a perfect combination of fun and natural beauty. The Malpais beach is loved by many as are the Santa Teresa and Carmen beaches, which are positioned one after the other.

Many different activities can be performed on this beach, include such as diving, snorkeling, and more. Although the king of sports here is surfing, as its great waves and its beautiful landscape make a perfect place.

Malpais beach is one of the experiences that you can not miss while visiting the south of the Nicoya peninsula.

The beaches of Malpais and Santa Teresa host some of the best surf spots in Costa Rica. There are a variety of world-class breaks with ideal surf conditions throughout the year.

The main surf beach, Playa El Carmen, is on the border between Malpais and Santa Teresa. It has a good set of sand bars that offer some nice lefts and slightly longer rights. The break of Playa Carmen is popular with long-boarders but you can always find a few hot short-boarders pulling tail slides, aerials and 360s. Rip tides and beach breaks at Playa Carmen are less powerful than in other spots on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, which makes it well suited for surf beginners.
The waves tend to get heavier, faster and steeper as you head north towards Playa Santa Teresa where you find various point breaks, such as the “Suck Rock”.

Surf Spots in Malpais and Santa Teresa

Surf Map of Malpais and Santa Teresa


El Carmen:
Una derecha larga y una izquierda más corta, surfeando sobre arena. Es un buen descanso para que los principiantes aprendan a surfear.

Los siguientes lugares para surfear en Malpaís son más desafiantes y no son adecuados para principiantes:

Punta Barrigona:
Una ruptura de arrecife con una mano izquierda larga que envuelve la punta convirtiéndose en una gran ola de perros calientes. Esta zona necesita mucho oleaje para funcionar correctamente. Cuidado con las rocas.

Sunset Reef:
Otra ruptura de arrecife a la izquierda con un despegue rápido seguido de una pared larga y viable. Se hueca con el tamaño y los vientos marinos y también necesita un buen oleaje para funcionar. Tenga cuidado, ya que surfear sobre arrecifes poco profundos puede ser peligroso.

Santa Teresa to Manzanillo:

Santa Teresa:
Usually bigger and more hollow than Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa presents a variety of beach breaks, point breaks and high swells for the more experienced surfers. The surf is better at low tide when waves tend to be faster.

Playa Hermosa:
A long sandy beach with easy-going beach breaks, both lefts, and rights, perfect for your first few private surf lessons.

El arrecife está en alta mar en el extremo norte de la playa. Una ola muy voluble que necesita mucho oleaje para funcionar.