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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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 Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica, Pacific South

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 9° 23.367' N
Longitude: 84° 8.915' W

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Continue to travel south after going through Quepos and over the mountain until you reach Manuel Antonio beach. The road parallels the beach for a couple hundred meters.

You can usually rent boards here and there are restaurants, hotels etc. all right here. This is also the entrance to Manuel Antonio national park, which is a great chill place to hike and see lots of monos (Monkeys).

English (Translate this text in English): Continue to travel south after going through Quepos and over the mountain until you reach Manuel Antonio beach. The road parallels the beach for a couple hundred meters.

You can usually rent boards here and there are restaurants, hotels etc. all right here. This is also the entrance to Manuel Antonio national park, which is a great chill place to hike and see lots of monos (Monkeys).

English (Translate this text in English): Continue to travel south after going through Quepos and over the mountain until you reach Manuel Antonio beach. The road parallels the beach for a couple hundred meters.

You can usually rent boards here and there are restaurants, hotels etc. all right here. This is also the entrance to Manuel Antonio national park, which is a great chill place to hike and see lots of monos (Monkeys).

English (Translate this text in English): Continue to travel south after going through Quepos and over the mountain until you reach Manuel Antonio beach. The road parallels the beach for a couple hundred meters.

You can usually rent boards here and there are restaurants, hotels etc. all right here. This is also the entrance to Manuel Antonio national park, which is a great chill place to hike and see lots of monos (Monkeys).

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary, Fun, Powerless

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South

Good wind directionEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

It is only good at high tide, which is only about 3 hours a day, so it's usually a bit crowded. The locals may give you the stink eye, but they're all bark and no bite.
Do not go during rainy season (Sept-December?).

English (Translate this text in English): It is only good at high tide, which is only about 3 hours a day, so it's usually a bit crowded. The locals may give you the stink eye, but they're all bark and no bite.
Do not go during rainy season (Sept-December?).

English (Translate this text in English): It is only good at high tide, which is only about 3 hours a day, so it's usually a bit crowded. The locals may give you the stink eye, but they're all bark and no bite.
Do not go during rainy season (Sept-December?).

English (Translate this text in English): It is only good at high tide, which is only about 3 hours a day, so it's usually a bit crowded. The locals may give you the stink eye, but they're all bark and no bite.
Do not go during rainy season (Sept-December?).

Atmosphere

General

Good international meeting point for all kinds. Girls come in from Europe & the states. Good locale for new surfers to get their feet wet as well as a good place to meet young traveler types.

English (Translate this text in English): Good international meeting point for all kinds. Girls come in from Europe & the states. Good locale for new surfers to get their feet wet as well as a good place to meet young traveler types.

English (Translate this text in English): Good international meeting point for all kinds. Girls come in from Europe & the states. Good locale for new surfers to get their feet wet as well as a good place to meet young traveler types.

English (Translate this text in English): Good international meeting point for all kinds. Girls come in from Europe & the states. Good locale for new surfers to get their feet wet as well as a good place to meet young traveler types.

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Manuel Antonio
By asharktaco
Jan 27, 2009
saturday - so its saturday, i think independece weekend for costa rica, lineup is packed. waves suck. out of nowhere I see a bump, i paddle towards the peak, other local snags it...im a little bumbed but as soon as I make it over the lipline, i see right behind
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Trip: the rest of my cr trip
By asharktaco
From Jan 27, 2009 to Jan 27, 2009
I found a job, and ive been in manuel antonio up until oct.. surfing everyday. usually chest high or better. some days in the double overhead range. solid surfing more days than not, just got to wait for it. watch out for the rocks on the inside, i
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By Slowrider2 , 15-04-2012

- when i was there the swell wasn't. i got maybe waist to occasional chest one day. i found it it to be a dumpy beach break not really suited to my long board. had a much better time surfing quepos.

By Anonymous , 31-12-2009

the beach break - the beach break m.a. can get solid double to triple over head alot,and the local handful of ticos,and myself do surf it while you ignorant tourists come to our beach at the rong time usually,sounds like your just a bunch of kooks anyway. dont put down a surf break just because you didnt get that perfect swell you saw in a photo,and dont even talk about bahos i have been surfing there for about 17 years and usually you traveling surfers are the ones sitting on the beach,so maybe you should stay in jersey,i bet the waves there really rock,ha ha ha... oh by the way,iam sure jersey doesnt have crackheads..... dork.

By Anonymous , 21-01-2008

So you want to learn to surf... - This is the perfect spot for your first surf travel experience. The waves are good enough to actually give you practice in duck diving, getting up and going down the line. The waves are bad enough that no self-respecting surfer would call this his home break, which means there's no attitude from the locals. Manuel Antonio is a popular international travel destination, so the young traveler vibe is good, and the cheap hotels are plentiful. If you're going staying for a while, stop in Jaco on your way here and pick up a cheap used board there, because the selection in M.A. sucks. Get off the bus in the middle of the beach and let the one of the very nice crackheads help you find a hostel (they need the commissions).

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