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Surfing in Costa Rica

Costa Rica by Indah Susanti

A Surfer in Costa Rica by Indah Susanti

It comes to my surprise that Costa Rica is also a surfing destination. Surfing locations in Costa Rica are mostly in the Pacific Coast area. Tamarindo Beach and some areas like in Quepos and Jacó have excellent waves to surf. But these places are often busy with beach-goers as well. Thus, the surfers have to watch their moves. We also visited the beach of Hacienda Baru in Dominical; the beach was empty with excellent waves, I am not sure why no one were on the beach. Surfing season in Costa Rica is from February to July but, in general, it is possible to surf all year round. The waves were not as high as I have seen in Bali (Indonesia), but for sure, that makes it a perfect place to learn how to surfing!

Costa Rica by Indah Susanti

Photography details

Camera: Olympus Micro Four Thirds (MFT) E-PL5
Camera Mode(s): Manual – F1/8, S 1/200, ISO 200
Digital Processing: Nik Software Silver Efex Pro
Lens: Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II ED

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  1. There is not any surfing in my area in Central Canada, but I 1st witnessed it when I was in Maui 12 years ago. Befriended a man at the hostel who was a surfer, and I just hung out at at the beach a couple of days watching the surfers. Such an amazing thing to watch.

    Great action photo of this surfer! 🙂


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