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Playa Manzanillo Surf Break


Playa Manzanillo Surf Break

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Surf Spot: Playa Manzanillo
Break Type: Reef break
Difficulty Level: All surfers
Best Swell Direction: Northwest, West
Ride Direction: Left and right
Tides: All tides


Playa Manzanillo is a sublime white sand beach located just north of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Unlike its playa manzanillo surfingnearby towns, Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, Manzanillo still remains a quiet and secluded place brimming with tranquility and tropical beauty. The family oriented beach is renowned for its sport opportunities, amazing nature and peaceful atmosphere.

The northern end of Playa Manzanillo features an offshore reef break which is somewhat inconsistent and unreliable. The waves break to the right and left over a reef rocky bottom. The break requires strong swells from northwest and west to work. The exposed break is best ridden when the offshore wind blows from the northeast. Groundswells from the northwest and west are more common than windswells. Watch out for rip currents and rocks.

Surf Camps

Surf Camps found in and around Play Manzanillo are Kelea Surf Spa, Adrenalina Surf Camp, Oasis Mal Pais, The Green Rooms, Azul Surf Camp, Pura Vida Adventures, Costa Rica Surf and Spanish Camp, Blue Surf Sanctuary, Surf Costa Rica, Gumbo Limbo Ocean Villas, Mariposa Vacation Homes, Lucero Surf Retreats and Hotel Meli Melo.

How to Get to Playa Manzanillo

Playa Manzanillo is located a short drive away from Santa Teresa. The beach can be readily accessed by driving through the Highway 160 or through a by taking a ferry ride from Puntarenas to Paquera or Playa Naranjo. If you are in San Jose or Liberia, just take a plane to Tambor which is nearby Manzanillo.

The Town and Accommodations

Playa Manzanillo does not actually have a town but a small Tico hamlet of the same name situated a few kilometers away. It is a small settlement that offers an authentic glimpse of Costa Rica’s culture and traditions. The hamlet has two or three restaurants and cantinas where you can have a delicious traditional meal. The most famous accommodations of Manzanillo are Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and a vacation rental named Casa Noche del Mono. They are located right on the beach. Every year in the month of March, Sandcastle Contest is held in Manzanillo. At dawn, people from all over the country visit the beach and build creative sandcastles. The competition ends at nighttime and then celebrations begin. Swimmers, snorkelers, divers, explorers and nature lovers will find Manzanillo a perfect and wonderful beach.

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