Be sure Avellanas Beach is one of the best places to surf in Costa Rica for beginners as it is excellent for those intermediate and advanced surfers as well.
“Local surfers” are the most friendly people you will meet , they will help you with anything you need in the area.
This beach has many different “surfing breaks that can handle the crowds very well .
It has a few great restaurants that you can visit at night time and get great some meals and drinks. It also has a few hotels and villas where you can stay not too far away front the beach.
1. “The 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 surf spot is in front of and to the left of the parking lot. It can be a world-class wave with the right size and swell direction. Indeed, a challenge for most intermediate level surfers. A must go for advanced level surfers.
2. “In front of lolas”
Avellanas also has to the right of the first point a beach break where you will find most of the local’s surfing because it is insanely fun! In front Lolas restaurant there is a sandbar that also has some great rights and lefts ( sometimes great A frames )
3. “Las Olas”
(The Waves)Continue walking (or surfing) South and right next to the “lola’s break” it is the surf spot called “Las Olas.” Its name is because right in front of it is the entrance to Las Olas hotel where you can also enjoy a nice meal or get some drinks in its open restaurant. The most beautiful way to get there is by walking the wooden bridge which extends through the mangrove of Avellanas. It is perfect for a picture!
4. “Palo Seco” (Dead tree)
If you take a few more steps to the right, you will find the third spot called “Palo Seco’. It is a smooth wave settle in an awesome sand bar that also breaks both ways (left and rights) for those that are learning to surf or at a basic level. Ideally for kids.
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. The wave it is a great perfect A frame where it barrels like not other place at playa avellanas. Is mostly for advance surfers, requires enough experience because there is some expose reef.
6. “Pequeño Hawaii” (Little Hawaii)
Lastly, once you pass The Estero, you will encounter “Little Hawaii.” This wave is a dream come true. It is for advanced level surfers that love to rip hard. Great point break that breaks right and it can handle a triple overhead swell.
7. “The Secret Spot”
We won’t tell the name here for obvious reasons
The seventh surf place locals keep it relatively private for themselves, close friends, and acquaintances. International visitors hardly ever get a chance at this wave. They have no idea that it is just a perfect reef break that can manage a “big swell” 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!