7 Best Surf Spots of Avellanas Beach in Costa Rica

7 Best Surf Spots of Avellanas Beach in Costa Rica



Are you considering taking a surf trip to the best surf spots in Costa Rica? … “yes, I am”

Now that you are getting yourself ready to travel and surf Costa Rica let me ask you: do you know where should you plot your route on the map to get to them? … “I’ve no idea yet” 

All right… or do you know what time of the year is the best Costa Rica surfing season? … “I’ve sort of a clue but will like to know better”

Very nice! That’s an honest person right there! LOL

Let me give you a hands up of one of the best place and the best time to surf in it.

It is called Avellanas Beach and it is located in the North Pacific Coast of Guanacaste Providence. Just 20 minutes drive from the popular Tamarindo Beach, Avellanas is home of the famous Lola’s beachfront bar & restaurant where Avellanas Surf School Camp for beginners has its base.

It is also the same beach where stands the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa and Hacienda Pinilla Homes.

A local view of Avellanas Beach

Avellanas Beach Costa Rica

There are just a few beaches left in Costa Rica where you need to transit a dirt road to access them. They are the kind of roads that pass a few old Tico homes, surf camps, and mini-markets. These are roads that pass through the jungle. It used to be like this for most of the beaches in Guanacaste since the 50’ths. This how you get to Avellanas Beach.

Avellanas Surf School Camp is the only school in this area that has been guiding students and tourists alike to surf the seven different surf breaks at this beach for more than 20 years. You can read their story here

Avellanas Surfing Spots

Be sure Avellanas Beach is one of the best places to surf in Costa Rica for beginners as it is great for those intermediate and advanced surfers as well.

1. “The Purruja”

Surf Spots Costa Rica La Purruja

The first one is a reef break called “La Purruja”. 

It is named in honor of the original old small bar where Lola’s is currently located. The spot is in front of and to the left of the parking lot. It is a world class wave with the right swell direction. It is a challenge for most intermediate level surfers. It is also a must go for advanced level surfers.

2. “The Beach Break”


La Purruja also has a right wave called “beach break” where you will find most of the local’s surfing because it is insanely fun!

The “Beach Break” is an ‘A’ frame wave that also breaks in front of Lola’s

3. “Las Olas” (The Waves)


surfing avellanas beach costa rica

Continue walking (or surfing) South and right next to the “Beach break” it is the surf spot called “Las Olas”. Its name is because right in front of it is the entrance to Las Olas Villas where you can also enjoy a nice meal or get some drinks in it open restaurant. The nicest way to get there is walking the famous wooden bridge which extends through the mangrove of Avellanas. It is perfect for a picture!

4. “Palo Seco” (Dry Stick)

Avellanas Surf School Kid on board

If you take a few more steps to the right you will find the third spot called “Palo Seco’. It is an easy wave for those that are learning or at a basic level.

5. “The Estero” (River mouth)

If you continue walking north you will encounter “The Estero” which is a river mouth break and great for advanced surfers.

6. “Pequeño Hawaii” (Little Hawaii)

little hawaii avellanas costa rica

Lastly, once you pass The Estero you will encounter “Little Hawaii”. This wave is a dream come true for us. It is for advanced level surfers that love to rip hard.

7. “The Secret Spot” (We won’t tell the name here for obvious reasons 😉

secret surf spot avellanas beach costa rica

The previous are six of the spots here. The seventh is a secret spot. Locals keep this one relatively private for themselves, close friends, and their acquaintances. International visitors hardly ever get a chance at this wave. They have no idea that it is just a bit south of Avellanas and can be accessed by boat or a 20 minute paddle. When the conditions come together, this wave is world-class, one of the best surf spots in Costa Rica for sure! Contact us if you would like to take a surf trip to this premium wave and improve your surfing in Avellanas Beach Costa Rica. 









  1. Gary Tenk December 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Is January a good time of year for a solo intermediate level surfer from North East United States

    • Mauricio Ortega December 25, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Hello Gary,
      January is a great time to surf in Avellanas for and intermediate level as well. If you have instagram follow our surf report in the hashtag #avellanassurfreport prior your trip so you can see Avellanas Beach daily conditions.

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