World's 20 Best Surf Towns
A great surf town is the nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodations,
friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat.
The following is a list of the world's best surf towns, picked not necessarily because they are
home to the best waves, but because the sum of their parts makes them inviting for locals and
visitors alike. Plus, for each town, locals tell us where to eat, stay, and play. < Read More
Surf's up: Costa Rica a divine spot for even the mildly adventurous
From Pavones, one of the longest left-hand waves in the world, to Witches
Rock, a 12-foot-high, 300-yard-long wave featured in "Endless Summer,"
Costa Rica has some of the best surfing known to humanity.
And if none of that registers with you, don't worry.
Because while this surf mecca attracts the world's best, it's also great for beginners. My travel partner had never picked up a surfboard in her life. By the end of the vacation, she was ripping it up. So, if you're curious about surfing and looking for a vacation that's part adventure, part exercise and all relaxation, buy a round-trip ticket to San Jose, rent a four-wheel drive with a roof rack and tour Costa Rica's west coast. < Read More
Waves and Wildlife in Costa Rica
IT’S not every day that you step out from a sunset surf session straight into a jungle
habitat of howler monkeys dangling in leafy guarumo trees, cicadas conducting a
symphony, and a pair of white-nosed coati — raccoon-like animals with striped tails
and masks — strolling across a dirt road, sending geckos darting out of their path.
It was so enchanting that I even forget to swat at the mosquitoes hovering about, getting ready to divebomb my legs.
Such is the charm of Nosara, a small village in the Nicoya Peninsula, on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This hamlet’s remoteness has long kept the crowds away, but surfers in the know — like the big-wave legend Richard Schmidt — have been making the pilgrimage for years. Now aspiring wave-riders far from the world tour are heading there for the handful of surf schools that have popped up around town, and for the undeveloped jungle beauty, small hotels and yoga culture. < Read More