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Best Places to Surf in the Summer


Best Places to Surf in the Summer

Central America at its finest!

Charles Williams
Summertime is upon us. Unfortunately, this means that most of the Atlantic and Caribbean is dead flat. Of course the occasional hurricane or tropical disturbance will liven things up, but they are few, far between, and far from dependable.

As if that’s not enough, the great Pacific north swells are now officially napping, so it’s the time of the year when wave riders must set their sites on other shores. For those of you who are new to this yearly migration, let’s run through the best areas to surf in the summertime.

Most of the action is taking place in the South Pacific and Indian oceans this time of year with the general flow of swells from the South (as opposed to the winter flow from the cold northern hemisphere storms). That means that the entire west coast of Central and South America is ripe for the picking.

Costa Rica

Costa is by far the most popular summertime surf destination of late, providing very consistent small to mid size surf all season. The atmosphere is hospitable, meaning the locals are cool and the food is safe. Costa Rica is a fine family destination. Costa Rica is home to such great waves as Witch's Rock and Pavones. These are world class destinations that today are rife with a myriad of accommodations for every level of traveler.


Mexico offers much larger and sometimes quite dangerous wave conditions with an edgier atmosphere for a novice traveler. Puerto Escondido near Oaxaca has clean lodging and also some non-surf activities to offer, but there are endless great waves up and down the Mexican coastline for the more adventurous wave seeker. However, the most recent political and social atmosphere can be daunting to the novice traveler and the waves can get heavy for a novice surfer.
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