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Bird's eye view of waves breaking on beige beach


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With 1,016 kilometers of coastline on the Pacific Ocean side, warm water and year-round waves, Costa Rica is one of the most popular surf destinations in the world. The country offers plenty of riding opportunities for every level - from newbies to expert surfers. If you not only want to immerse into the jungle of Costa Rica, but also dive into the breaking waves, we give you a general overview of the surf around Alegria River Hideaway & Retreats. 

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Playa Guiones

Playa Guiones in Nosara offers 4 miles of white sand beach with few rocks and therefore perfect for swimming and surfing. Guiones is one of the most consistent waves in the world. Almost every day of the year, there is a wave to surf. The beachbreak offers multiple peaks with rights and lefts. Playa Guiones is softer at high tide and therefore perfect for beginners and longboarders. If you have a shortboard, you will be happy to paddle out between high and mid tide as the waves have more power.

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Marbella is a less crowded beach in the area with good lefts and rights. The spot is known for its consistency, especially with offshore winds. It works best at mid to high tide, during low tide it gets very hollow. This beachbreak is for intermediate-plus and expert surfers. There are always locals out in the water - show them respect.

Surfer riding an head high wave. Sand Beach and palm trees in the background.

©Conor Cornell Photography

Playa Ostional

Playa Ostional is located north of Nosara and famous for being the nesting beach of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. The invasion of thousands of turtles laying their eggs is known as the ‘turtle arribada’. Besides this magical event, Playa Ostional can offer very good waves. It is a beach/reef break with lefts and rights and works best at mid to high tide. Be careful, the waves can carry serious power here.

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