Costa Rica has become a surf mecca for travelers due to its splendid tropical environments, abundance of good surf, friendly locals (Ticos), and welcoming atmosphere. I first took my family to the Nosara area in 1996, and although this area has developed considerably, the allure of quality surf and good times with friends remains.
Waves range from gentle beach breaks to heavy rock reef slabs. As the roads continue to be upgraded, traveling by car becomes faster and more comfortable. In the Nosara area, a short drive can deliver you to the wave of your choice and ability.
Surf opportunities abound, providing skill development opportunities for beginners to advanced surfers. Costa Rica offers waves year round, as well as cultural and environmental activities that are fun for everyone. Rent a bicycle to check the surf, eat at a local restaurant, or shop at the markets. Local organic food vendors create delicious meals and treats.
I am impressed by the local crafts and clothing. Costa Rica imposes a 30 percent import tax on goods, so buying locally produced goods lowers the price considerably! In the Nosara area, shops display local clothing for surf, yoga, and casual wear, beautiful jewelry, handbags, and pottery.
Yoga classes galore! Also, fitness classes, pilates, a monkey rehabilitation facility, zip lining through the canopy…..

Jo’s tips:
What to bring
Sunscreen, a rash guard, a pair of cheap flip flops and a good pair, pants for horseback riding and quad adventures, a flashlight, yoga clothing, and light weight clothing. Of course, surfing attire.
Surfboard use
I arrange rental equipment for most of my students. I bring my own boards, and you can too. Please check with me to learn about airline surfboard baggage fees, and read the policies of your intended carrier.