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Puerto Viejo - An area with plenty of surf, but most well-known for biggest and most powerful wave in Costa Rica, "Salsa Brava" or "Mean Salsa". This thick, voluminous, Hawaiian-style wave builds in deep water and breaks on a shallow reef. The right will usually be steep and tubular and its left will also provide a short, but sweet ride. Puerto Viejo is approximately a 3-1/2 hour drive from San José. Plenty of restaurants and hotel accommodations are available in area.
Black Beach, Cahuita - An excellent beach break, not well known and therefore not heavily visited. Nevertheless, there are waves all year around. To reach Black Beach, take road to Puerto Viejo. Take a left about 2 km before Cahuita National Park entrance. After about a ten minute drive from there, you will find point - a well kept secret with a few surfers living in area. The area hosts a variety of food and lodging accommodations.
Westfalia - A stretch of beach breaks extending south from Limón to Cahuita, offering lefts and rights that tend to close out when swell gets too big. Food and lodging accommodations are recommended in Limón or Cahuita.
Uvita Island - An island off coast of Limón where a perfect but dangerous left breaks on a reef. Isla Uvita is about a 20-minute boat ride from Limón with passage available only at certain times of year.
Bonita Beach - A point/reef break known for its very thick, powerful and dangerous left. Access is a short and easy drive up coast from Limón.
The North Caribbean Coast - This endless stench of beach breaks is located along coast of Tortuguero National Park where some of Costa Rica's largest rivers meet Caribbean Sea. Extreme conditions and presence of sharks at these river mouths can deter any hardcore surfer. Most tourists visit area to sportfish at these river mouths or boat through Tortuguero canals and access its rich biodiversity. From July to November visitors come to witness nesting of Green Turtles. Overnight lodging is available. The most practical way to get there is to fly or rent a boat from about 2 km north of Playa Bonita or from a small port 7 km north of Limón.
Potrero Grande - A very remote right point break with very fast and hollow waves, located about 270 kms north of San José with no road access. You can rent a boat out of Playas del Coco or Playa Ocotal. There are no facilities there, but camping is a possibility.
Naranjo Beach (also called Witch's Rock) - One of best beach breaks in country, with very strong offshore winds from December to March. This remote spot is located in Santa Rosa National Park, about 28 km north of Liberia. A good 4WD is a must. For long stays, campgrounds are set up but no facilities are available. It is also possible to boat over from el Coco or Ocotal. Don't forget your mosquito net.
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