Surfing in Limón

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The province of Limon is another superb surfing destination in Costa Rica. Home to the biggest break in the country, this province is known for its stunning beaches, turtle conservation and amazing virgin coastal rainforests. Offering tourists a unique vacation, this part of Costa Rica is completely different from the rest of the country. With is own distinct culture, music and Afro-Caribbean customs, Limon is a wonderful place to explore.

Salsa Brava

To ride one of the largest breaks in the world, head out to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, just south of Puerto Limon. The premier destination for expert surfers, here you can find the famous Salsa Brava, considered by many to be one of the most dangerous waves on the planet. Do keep in mind that the reef here is very shallow, which means that you need to take care while surfing. Definitely not for beginners, the waves here are very fast, tubular and big.

Head to Cocles

For those who just want to have some fun surfing head out to Playa Cocles, where the waves are consistent and much safer to ride. Manzanillo also has a very fast break and is ideal for the skilled surfer. A beautiful place to come surfing, the wildlife here is incredible with the wonderful Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge nearby as well.

At Cahuita, Black Beach is an excellent place to go catch a wave. Not very popular this beach break is terrific with year-round swells. And since not many people know about Black Beach, it is a great spot to escape to.

Other Locations

Stretching from the south of Puerto Limon to Cahuita, Westfalia offers both left and right breaks to surf on, while if you head north of Puerto Limon, Playa Bonita has some terrific swells. Isla Uvita off the Limon coast is perfect for the serious surfer. A 20-minute boat ride from Limon, you can find a fantastic left break here to ride.

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