Local Surf Reports & Spots
PUERTO VIEJO Is certainly best known for being home to what has been called the heaviest wave in Costa Rica: Salsa Brava. Salsa, although fickle, has definitely earned this reputation offering a thick “sauce” breaking over a shallow reef. The wave is very competitive and certainly, for experts only. More intermediate surfers can check out the beach break just south at Playa Cocles.
SALSA BRAVA A thick Hawaiian style wave that builds in deep water and breaks over a shallow reef. Offers both lefts and rights, however the right is generally faster, with a steep entry. This is most powerful wave in Costa Rica and the best conditions with an easterly swell which can produce up to triple overhead surf.
PLAYA COCLES This beach break offers a more consistent break with lefts and rights breaking close to the beach. This wave tends to jack up with a big swell due to the steep beach entry …beware of currents. Best conditions in the early morning before the winds blow it out. However, you can surf here all day as the wind often improves the lack of form.
BLACK BEACH Offers a great beach break with waves year round. Best conditions in the early morning with swell from the south or east at almost any tide (L&S).
We also recommend Swellwatch for wave forecasts. Click on the image below to visit the Swellwatch site with up to date swell imagery:
A good mix of some rain and lots of sunshine with some great surf is the right mix for a perfect Caribbean day!