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Playa Cocles Surfing


Playa Cocles Surfing Adventure

View Surf Spots in Costa Rica in a larger mapSurf Spot: Playa Cocles
Break Type: Beach break
Difficulty Level: Experienced surfers
Best Swell Direction: East
Ride Direction: Right and left
Tides: High tides


Playa Cocles is a pretty beach located a few kilometers away from Puerto Viejo. The merry beach village is very small with a handful of Playa Cocles surfingfacilities. It does have a great night life, bars, boutiques, restaurants, surf shops and a nice range of hotels. One great way to explore the town is to rent a bike and ride it around the town. Besides surfing, Playa Cocles is known for its Cahuita National Park presenting a Costa Rica’s largest coral reef system, Talamanca Indian Reserve and Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge sheltering a huge number of wildlife and mangrove swamps. Travelers can also enjoy mountain biking, kayaking, sport fishing and wildlife tours. It is also one of the few beaches in Costa Rica which has lifeguard services. The atmosphere of Cocles is very cordial so tourists feel at ease.

Playa Cocles features a beach break that peels to right and left over a sandy bottom. The waves are very long riding up to 300 meter and real fun to ride when the tide is high. The break is not very consistent and tends to close out when big surfs get hollow. The waves break quite close to the beach. The beach has a steep entry and when good swells are picked, the waves increase in size. The beach break is great for intermediate and advanced surfers. Even though the wind blows all day long and improves surf condition, the best time to ride the waves is in the early morning. There are many rip currents and undertows in the water so be careful.

Surf Camps

Surf camps found nearby Puerto Viejo include Surf For Life, Nomad Surfers Surf Camp, Hostel Crocodile Surf Camp, Totem Surf School and Tours and Totem Hotel Beach Resort. In Playa Cocles, travelers can find all sorts of places to stay. Affordable and convenient hostels and camp sites for backpackers, self catering lodging options, cozy bed and breakfasts for families and vacation rentals for those of you who are looking for an intimate place to stay.

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Surf Adventures in Playa Cocles

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