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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Boca Barranca

Costa Rica, Pacific South

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 9° 57.553' N
Longitude: 84° 44.418' W

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Just North of Puerto Caldera look for the bridge over Rio Barranca.

English (Translate this text in English): Just North of Puerto Caldera look for the bridge over Rio Barranca.

English (Translate this text in English): Just North of Puerto Caldera look for the bridge over Rio Barranca.

English (Translate this text in English): Just North of Puerto Caldera look for the bridge over Rio Barranca.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionLeft

BottomFlat rocks with sand

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth

Good wind directionNorth, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Take first left and double back next to bridge drive to the end and pay the old guy behind the fence 1000 colones to park. Other parking is avail. but expect your
car to be broken into. High theft area. River runoff makes water brown but not as polluted as it used to be. When on, 800 yard waves are possible. Watch out for crocs in the river they've been known to swim out to the lineup!

Some lodging available in guest houses just north of the big resort (way over priced). Take the road to the resort (left branch on main hwy) and drive past. Gated houses on the left rent cabinas. Off
season about a night in summer 2000.

English (Translate this text in English): Take first left and double back next to bridge drive to the end and pay the old guy behind the fence 1000 colones to park. Other parking is avail. but expect your<br />car to be broken into. High theft area. River runoff makes water brown but not as polluted as it used to be. When on, 800 yard waves are possible. Watch out for crocs in the river they've been known to swim out to the lineup!<br /><br />Some lodging available in guest houses just north of the big resort (way over priced). Take the road to the resort (left branch on main hwy) and drive past. Gated houses on the left rent cabinas. Off<br />season about a night in summer 2000.

English (Translate this text in English): Take first left and double back next to bridge drive to the end and pay the old guy behind the fence 1000 colones to park. Other parking is avail. but expect your&lt;br &#47;&gt;car to be broken into. High theft area. River runoff makes water brown but not as polluted as it used to be. When on, 800 yard waves are possible. Watch out for crocs in the river they've been known to swim out to the lineup!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Some lodging available in guest houses just north of the big resort (way over priced). Take the road to the resort (left branch on main hwy) and drive past. Gated houses on the left rent cabinas. Off&lt;br &#47;&gt;season about a night in summer 2000.

English (Translate this text in English): Take first left and double back next to bridge drive to the end and pay the old guy behind the fence 1000 colones to park. Other parking is avail. but expect your&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;car to be broken into. High theft area. River runoff makes water brown but not as polluted as it used to be. When on, 800 yard waves are possible. Watch out for crocs in the river they've been known to swim out to the lineup!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Some lodging available in guest houses just north of the big resort (way over priced). Take the road to the resort (left branch on main hwy) and drive past. Gated houses on the left rent cabinas. Off&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;season about a night in summer 2000.

Atmosphere

Super fun loooooooong lefts. Some sections quicker than others, but all very makeable.
Pretty mellow hot dog or longboard wave. Usually, a friendly vibe in the water but can get real crowded when good as it's the closet break to San Jose and world class when on.

English (Translate this text in English): Super fun loooooooong lefts. Some sections quicker than others, but all very makeable.<br />Pretty mellow hot dog or longboard wave. Usually, a friendly vibe in the water but can get real crowded when good as it's the closet break to San Jose and world class when on.

English (Translate this text in English): Super fun loooooooong lefts. Some sections quicker than others, but all very makeable.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Pretty mellow hot dog or longboard wave. Usually, a friendly vibe in the water but can get real crowded when good as it's the closet break to San Jose and world class when on.

English (Translate this text in English): Super fun loooooooong lefts. Some sections quicker than others, but all very makeable.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Pretty mellow hot dog or longboard wave. Usually, a friendly vibe in the water but can get real crowded when good as it's the closet break to San Jose and world class when on.

General

Stop there on every trip to Costa to check it out. It needs a big south swell to work, but when its going off (sadly quite rare...), one of the best places to be!

English (Translate this text in English): Stop there on every trip to Costa to check it out. It needs a big south swell to work, but when its going off (sadly quite rare...), one of the best places to be!

English (Translate this text in English): Stop there on every trip to Costa to check it out. It needs a big south swell to work, but when its going off (sadly quite rare...), one of the best places to be!

English (Translate this text in English): Stop there on every trip to Costa to check it out. It needs a big south swell to work, but when its going off (sadly quite rare...), one of the best places to be!

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Boca Barranca
By DrC123
Jul 21, 2011
Bug Bay - Real work out, no easy way out. Big full wave, not that impressed. Place is bug capital of Costa Rica, in a way sketchy area. Go to Playa Grande ASAP.   Read Tamarindo Tubes Trip:
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By mwdguy , 08-05-2009

Killer wave - Surfed Boca Barranca today. Head high plus and breaking like a machine. Be prepared to do alot of paddling. I'd also recommend bringing some booties as the walk out to the break is on cobblestones with barnacles for about a 1/4 mile. I caught the longest left of my life. At least 300-400 yards. So long that my legs were quivering at the end. Then spent another 1/2 hour paddling back out. Easy trip from Hermosa. About 70 km and only takes about an hour. If the swell is pumping from the south or southwest and Hermosa is closing out, go here. You won't be dissapointed.

Pura Vida,
Mike

By Anonymous , 26-08-2007

Really Fun - Just got back from 8 days in Costa Rica and was lucky enough to get invited on an early morning run to Baranca from Playa Hermosa with a few local surfers. I was a little nervous having heard stories the night before about 8 foot crocs very near the lineup and extremely dirty water. We got there at 7am and the weather was absolutely perfect and the waves looked incredible, muddy, but incredible. The paddle out is sketchy and long, dirty river water flowing into the see, you lose sight of your hands as soon as there submerged in the water. Once you get out (15-20 mins) its a pretty amazing sight. Beautiful surroundings, big, fun left handers and an overall good, friendly atmosphere in the water. Don't get me wrong, the ticos wont think twice about burning you every time but when you do get a big one, or sit deep enough, it's definitely worth it. Really long rides, with a little juice right at the beginning. Definitely worth paddling out to for the experience alone, should you get a minute ++ left handers and the back breaking paddle back out that goes along with it, your stoked.

By Jason , 05-02-2007

Boca - This place is changing! Just went there last week, the swell was very small, we checked it twice and only surfed it once at knee to thigh high and choppy on a dead low tide. The place smells at low tide but i have never felt sick after surfing there.The old parking area is gone, replaced by a new stone wall belonging to the new development (you can still park underneath the cantina at the end of the street for 2ooo Colones. The place was even crowded at less than knee high on a higher tide when it was actually breaking better right! Glad I caught a few good days there in the past, because the future of Boca is looking crowded!

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