The Perfect wave on a body board adventure on the Island of Costa Rica

Also known as Boogie boarding due to the invention of the boogie board by a guy called Tom Morey, body boarding is one of the easiest method of surfing. The surfer just lies on the crest of the board and waits for the wave's curl to take him/her to the shore.

Costa Rica, a country in Central America and bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south and Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean to the east and west respectively boasts a tropical weather and the ideal wave formations within its waters for use by surfing enthusiasts. Below are some of the most popular body boarding destinations in Costa Rica.

Playa Hermosa

Located in North Puntarenas, this surfing destination is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. It is located 5 kilometers south of Jaco and is a must visit for the serious surfer. You will gain experience by watching the professional international body surfers that grace this beach.

Playa Grande

This body boarding destination is located in Guanacaste, North Pacific Coast. It is a protected area since it is a breeding zone for the Leatherback Turtles. However, the high tides from the Pacific make it an ideal surfing destination.


This beach is located in South Puntarenas on the Costa Rican south Pacific Coast. The swells formed by the high waves here make it the best surfing destination in Costa Rica.

Witches Rock

This is located in the Santa Rosa National Park. This park happens to be the oldest and the largest national park in Costa Rica. If you want to enjoy Central American wildlife as you body board on the Pacific waters, this is the place to be.

Salsa Brava

As the name suggests, this is a lovers' paradise. Apart from the sea waves that are ideal for body boarding, it is also a beautiful beach where lovers can walk around as they watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. It is located in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in Limon.

Other popular bodysurfing spots in Costa Rica include; Dominical, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Playa Negra, Playa Junquillal, and Playa Avellana. If you love tropical weather and watersports, now you know where to go.


by Kennedy Runo on 12/09/2013 in Outdoor Activities