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Surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica 2018-06-21T13:59:05+00:00

Surf’s always up in beachfront Santa Teresa. Glorious sunshine and palm-fringed white sands create the perfect backdrop to get up and riding in the Pacific. With a variety of uncrowded beaches and waves for every experience level, we’ve become Costa Rica’s favorite surf spot. Here, we embrace true surf culture – we get the most out of every wave and passionately protect the beaches that provide the experiences.

At Latitude 10°, we’ll organize surf lessons or board rentals for you, and share our top tips on finding the best waves – just ask us!

AROUND LATITUDE 10°

SURFING FOR EVERY EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Playa Hermosa: Beginners – Advanced
Playa Carmen: Beginners – Intermediate
Playa Santa Teresa: Intermediate – Advanced

SURF’S UP

OUR NEARBY SURFING BEACHES
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PLAYA HERMOSA

5 mins from Latitude 10° by car

DESCRIPTION

Just north of Latitude 10, Playa Hermosa – or ‘Beautiful Beach’ – is a well-kept local secret. With so few hotels in the area, it’s maintained its natural beauty. The beach’s long sand bottom and rolling waves make it a popular destination for first-timers. Long boarders will also enjoy the mid low to mid high tides for longer lefts and rights. Further out, intermediate and advanced surfers can catch a range of peaks with punchy sections.

GREAT FOR

  • Beginners (inshore)
  • Long Boarders
  • Intermediate & Advanced (further out)
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PLAYA CARMEN

10 mins from Latitude 10° by car

DESCRIPTION

Playa Carmen is a great surf beach between Malpais and Playa Santa Teresa. It’s a sand bottom beach break with a slower moving wave and less powerful rip tides, making it a top spot of beginners and intermediate surfers. Playa Carmen tends to have long rolling rights and shorter punchier lefts. The beach is popular with long boarders, but you can always see a few impressive short boarders pulling tail slides, aerials and 360s!

GREAT FOR

  • Beginners & Intermediate Surfers
  • Long Boarders
  • Extreme Surf Shows!
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PLAYA SANTA TERESA

3 mins from Latitude 10° by car

DESCRIPTION

The waves in our front yard all the way down Playa Santa Teresa can get big. They’re larger and hollower than other local surfing spots. Generally, we recommend the area only to upper intermediate and advanced surfers. Waves get faster and more consistent as you walk south of Latitude 10° to Playa Santa Teresa, where you’ll find classic beach breaks and point breaks. The surfing is best at low tide, and you’ll have no problem finding your own uncrowded peak!

GREAT FOR

  • Intermediate & Advanced Surfers
  • Extreme Surf Shows & People-watching

AT A GLANCE

THE SURF SCENE

SURF LESSONS

SURFBOARD RENTALS

SANTA TERESA RATED TRIP ADVISOR #1 ON TOP 10 BEACH & SUN DESTINATIONS IN CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

WORLD-FAMOUS WAVES

COSTA RICA’S SURFING PARADISE

“Most mornings we went surfing soon after the sun came up and then walked back along the expansive Santa Teresa beach to a breakfast of freshly picked tropical fruits. The Pacific is just a few yards away.”

– Peter, UK

QUESTIONS ABOUT SURFING IN SANTA TERESA?

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