Surf 101


Costa Ballena offers you the best surfing conditions: Sunshine almost every day, big waves and a laid-back atmosphere and lifestyle. Especially Dominical has developed to a real surfers' paradise - visit us and immerse yourself into Pura Vida!

For first time surfers, Punta Uvita/Playa Chaman has great waves to help you learn and get up on the board for the first time. For intermediate surfers, Playa Hermosa has great waves and for the more advanced surfer, Punta Achiote and Playa Dominical provide consistent waves and are locals’ favorite surf spots.

Dominical is the gateway and the first beach of Costa Ballena.  It has a relaxed atmosphere, and it is well known in the surfing world, a real surfer’s paradise.  If you are new to the sport, there are schools that give classes for enthusiasts.

Surf and fiesta like Salt and Pepper

By Robert Rodgers

SURF & FIESTA is the collective theme of this issue. For some of us, a memory already popped into our heads. Surf and fiesta is as natural to say as salt and pepper, hamburger and fries, spaghetti and meatballs, sushi and sake, y huevos y pinto (dag, I’m making myself hungry… no worries, plenty of wonderful restaurants to be found on the pages of this issue). Without the coordinating conjunction, surf and fiesta equals beach party, and who does not love a beach party? Annette and Frankie made a living on/off (of) them in the 60’s, and Gidget and Elvis both went to Hawaii’s beaches to party. If one hears the term Beach Party Era, one thinks of the 60’s; when the bikini really put its stamp on the world. Thank you, gracias, and danke!


Flash forward half a century and the parties and the bikinis on our beautiful Costa Ballena beaches are more popular than the sixties. Imagine, sitting on the beach no matter how hot, but really close to your significant other, having just watched the sun drop to the soothing waves, as the tiny bon fire flames and then embers, letting the moment do the talking, with your adult beverage of choice in hand. Two people parties are really the best, right?

Since these articles are intended to be the SAFETY & SECURITY features of the magazine, I get to be the party pooper; el agua fiesta. One needs to wait one hour after eating before swimming, one needs to wait 12 hours after drinking alcohol. Drinking and the ocean don´t mix well (the surf, swimming, or just playing around), it is almost as stupid as drinking and driving. Party hardy, but party smart. Pura vida!

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Surfers´ Paradise – the best beaches in Costa Ballena


By Leonie Ruhland

In addition to the opening of the annual national competition (Circuito National de Surf), clearly every surfer is eager to hit the greatest waves on Costa Rica’s beaches. With the 4th Tournament of the Circuit 2014, taking place on March 15th and 16th in Dominical, Costa Ballena, we would like to present the three best beaches for surfing enthusiasts.

The tournament at Playa Dominical is seen as a haven for Surfers, acknowledging the waves as probably the most enduring in Costa Rica. However, swimmers should be aware of strong currents and undertows, and especially are advised to keep aloof from the Barú River, which flows into the ocean at the North end of the beach and is habitat to crocodiles.


Playa Hermosa is considered an especially great place for beginner and intermediate Surfers, as the waves are not as powerful as in Dominical. Here again, visitors are requested to stay near the new life guard tower in Playa Hermosa, which makes this beach one of the safest in Costa Ballena, given the close watch of certified lifeguards.


For swimmers who like it calm, the beautiful Playa Colonia might be the place. Also, called Playa Chamán, the beach is located four km south of Uvita and offers great water for people who prefer rather moderate surf.

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