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Surf Spots for long board waves near Jaco, Costa Rica

Dec 21

If you are a beginner and you are using a long board then Jaco and Playa Hermosa will offer you many waves depending on swell conditions. Even for those who choose long boards Playa Hermosa and Playa Jaco will satisfy you.

Another location which is becoming more popular these days is Boca Barranca where there is a very long left out by the river mouth. Reported that waves can be 3-10 feet when there is a southern swell. It is about an hour drive north from Jaco about 3 miles before Puntarenas when driving. If you plan on driving from Jaco be sure to ask for directions how to get there from Jaco because the route would be different if you are coming from San Jose or Guanacaste.

Also located a few kilometers south of Boca Barranca is Puerto Caldera, also said to have a very good, well shaped left. The surfing gets better when the tide is coming in.

If you choose to stay in this area instead of coming back to Jaco, there are plenty of option in Barranca to stay for the night. But you should be able to make it back since the best waves are around 5 AM, so maybe you would want to come the night before and check out the tide.

For a more complete report of Costa Rican Surf Spots for long boards, check back next week for my chat with Diego Naranjo who is the Costa Rican Long Board Champion and holder of many other titles.

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will be sure to answer.

Pura Vida

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5 Responses

  1. 1

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  2. 2

    Greetings Idodsense,

    I am not sure where this comment came from but I would agree with the sentiment.

  3. 3

    I will be staying at the Backyard hotel this coming March 2010 for a week. I am a longboarder riding a 9’4″ performance and 10′ old school.

    My question is, will the Backyard break and location be surfable with a longboard?

    Don’t mean to ask a stupid question but I can’t find much info about longboard surfing at the Backyard Hotel area.

    If you would respond I would be much appreciative. This is our first trip to Costa Rica and I am trying to make this a yearly event for our group.

    Thank you,

  4. 4

    Greetings Eddie,

    My first gut tells me No not on that beach in that spot. Barranca is the long board surf spot that people go to around here. Having said that I will inquire with some of my LB friends and get back to you on this.

    If anyone has not told you, the only stupid question is the one not asked :-)

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