Searching for waves along inhospitable coastlines is all well and good, but let’s be honest: most of us would prefer to avoid things like political unrest, viral outbreaks, and frigid water temps on surf trips. That’s why, for decades, Costa Rica has been the go-to destination for surfers seeking a quick and easy escape.
The coastline is a warm-water playground filled with easily accessible sand-bottom barrels and rippable wedges. So when Yadin Nicol and Dillon Perillo, above, got an itch to get out of Southern California for a few days and into some quality waves, they jetted south. “Australians have Bali for those quick and easy trips, but Costa Rica feels like that place for Americans,” says Nicol.