Honky Tonk Surf Towns: Playa Jacó
Playa Jacó and the nearby Playa Hermosa are only about a two-hour drive from the airport in San Jose, but are a world away from the aggravation of flight delays and new baggage fees. Jacó offers more of a beginner experience and has plenty of dive bars to check out once the sun has gone down. Hermosa is better for the more experienced, but either location provides solid conditions and the surfer lifestyle. If this is your first time, check out Jacó Surf School for some tips.
Each beach offers a chance to take in the surf in a location that hasn't been too, too overrun. (Though Jacó isn't exactly secret.) If you want to wake up, surf, grab a bite to eat and then repeat--this is probably your place. The weather should be fairly stable this summer, as the rainy season doesn't hit until September.