3 World Class Waves You Have To Surf in Costa Rica

Written by Marco Morawec

Topics: Featured, Photos, Surfing, Travel Planning

If you know anything about me, then you probably know that I love to surf world class waves. Even though I grew up landlocked in Germany and did not start surfing until I was 20 years old, I still managed to surf more world class waves than your average surfer.

But don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means somebody who sets the standard of surfing. In fact, every time I see a picture of myself surfing I’m close to running away screaming because all those stylish moves in my mind are destroyed instantaneously. However, after surfing – and surviving – many winter seasons of radical waves on the North Shore of Hawai’i I was ready to surf the world class waves of Costa Rica.

Flawless Witches Rock in Costa Rica

Now, Costa Rica has epic waves all over the place, but there are three waves that will blow your mind and send you into surfing Nirvana. Make sure you don’t miss them on your next trip to Central America.


This wave is an absolute dream. It runs for 500 meters, has super hollow barrel sections on the outside and fast walls on the inside. Even if you’re not comfortable standing upright in the biggest barrel of your life just yet, you can still get a 300 meter long wave on the inside. Just never stall and always race ahead. This wave is fast.

Empty Pavones Middle Section at Sunrise

Getting to Pavones is a bit tricky. You need to catch several buses and jump on the back of a pick-up truck to make it there. But what the place lacks in public transportation options, it makes up with plenty of great places to stay. The best place to spend the night is with Gino and his family. Ask around to find his place. Hopefully one of his two simple and cheap rooms is free. If you stay with Gino make sure to paddle his tiny boat out to sea and help him catch fish for the market.

Witches Rock and Ollies Point

Witches Rock and Ollies Point are best surfed as a double combo on a single boat trip. When the tide is high, the Witches Rock beach break will be firing. Once the tide gets closer to low tide, the waves at Ollies Point will wake up.

Surfing Ollies Point in Costa Rica

My friends and I surfed barreling Witches Rock for three hours in the morning, had lunch on our boat, and then drove over to Ollies Point for another three hour long session of perfect point break waves. It was a day to remember and any surfer would have been stoked like never before – especially since we were the only people around for miles and miles.

The 100 Meter Tall Rock at Witches Rock in Costa Rica

Getting to the waves is a bit tricky and I highly recommend you jump on a boat and go for a day-trip. At $50 the price tag is pretty steep, but it includes lunch, drinks, pick-up and you are on the boat from sunrise till well after dark. So even a Shoestring Travel Expert like me has to admit that the price is fair. Especially when I’m stoked for weeks on end from a single surf trip.

Stoked Surf Crew on an Epic Surf Trip

If you’re interested in doing a surf trip to Witches Rock and Ollies Point have a look at the Boos Adventures website and check out their great video below. It will make you want to go right now. Be careful clicking that play button!

Now it’s your turn, leave a comment and tell me if you would come along on a surf trip like this?

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