Best Surfing & Beaches
in Santa Teresa
Welcome to Costa Rica’s Surfing Paradise. Glorious sunshine. White sands. Uncrowded beaches. The perfect backdrop to get up and riding in the Pacific ocean.
You’ll find waves for every experience level. We surf too, so ask us for our best advice! We love a good wave.
We can also organize surf lessons or board rentals for you. Just ask us!
Surf & Beaches For Every Experience Level
- Playa Hermosa: Beginners – Advanced
- Playa Carmen: Beginners – Intermediate
- Playa Santa Teresa: Intermediate – Advanced
Best Beach Destination For First-Time Surfers
5 Minutes From Latitude 10° by car, 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
Best Beach For Intermediate Surfers
10 Minutes From Latitude 10° By Car, 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 for 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. Expect some extreme surf shows!
Playa Santa Teresa
Best Beach For Intermediate & Advanced Surfers
The waves right here, all the way down Playa Santa Teresa can get big. Just 3 Minutes From Latitude 10° By Car, the waves at Playa Santa Teresa are 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. 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! Expect extreme surf shows and a great dose of people-watching.
Welcome To Our Surf Scene
World Famous Waves of Santa Teresa
TripAdvisor Top 10 Beaches in Central & South America
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