Costa Rica – Witches Rock Surfing – La Roca Bruja

Wow what a special place! Witches Rock (Roca Bruja or Pena Bruja) is located in Santa Rosa National Park in Northern Costa Rica. The actual beach is called Playa Naranjo and Witches Rock is the mesmerizing massive rock monument sitting in the ocean right in front of the best surfing on the beach. Most people take a boat here from Tamarindo just to surf, and never set foot on the beach. I was luckily that I got to spend 5 days here camping and surfing, and mostly had this beautiful place to myself.

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Sunset surf Roca Bruja. Just Perfection.


Playa Naranjo was the first place I camped in Costa Rica. Jenine was still at her Yoga Teacher training in the southern caribbean side of Costa Rica, and I had about one week until we were going to meet up in the capital San Jose. As I was doing the border crossing from Nicaragua to Costa Rica, a border crossing “helper” was sort of assisting me, and I was talking to him about where I should go first to surf. He told me I had to make “La Roca Bruja” my first stop. So after I crossed in Costa Rica, that is exactly what I did.

I didn’t know anything about the place, other than it has good surfing. Here is what I learned upon entering the park (Santa Rosa National Park)

1. It is $20/ night / person to camp in the Park, with only a primitive pit toilet. Pack in and pack out all of your supplies and garbage. No pets. It is one of the largest dry tropical forest in the world and one of Costa Rica’s most picturesque parks. Students and scientists come from all over the world to study the vegetation and wildlife at the park. I brought in two hitch hikers into the park, when they found out how expensive it was to camp, they had to turn around and try to hitch hike back out. Welcome to Costa Rica, where everything is so expensive.

2. To get to the beach (Playa Naranjo), it is an 11KM / 6 miles tough 4×4 road. Few people make this journey (maybe 5-10 surfers a day at most). Most surfers take boats out here from Tamaridno only to surf in front of Witches Rock.

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Crossing bridges to get to Playa Naranjo

3. The surfing here is some of the best in Costa Rica. Apparently this break was made famous in Endless Summer II.

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Surfing in front of Witches Rock. Most people pay a lot of money to get out here by boat

4. It is one of the most perfect places I’ve ever been.

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Every day after surfing, I would bring out a few beers, my chair and go swimming while the sunset. I was normally the only one on the beach. Playa Naranjo

That’s about all there is to say. I camped in our van for 5 nights and surfed mornings at 6am before the boats came around 9am. And then again around 4pm when the boats of surfers left. Even the boats only brought a small crowd (10-15 ish).

If you want to make a trip here I recommend camping and making arrangements through a local I met named Eladio his website is http://www.eladiosplacecr.com/

He can take you into the park every day, or set you up with camping inside the park! I highly recommend this because these sunsets are among the most beautiful I’ve seen.

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Sunset at Roca Bruja

BTW- We are currently in Colombia, Titus made it safely in the shipping container and now we are on the road again!

See all the Witches Rock Pics:

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The road into Playa Naranjo - home of Witches Rock surf break. North Costa Rica

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It's about an hour of 4x4 driving to get to the beach

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Crossing bridges to get to Playa Naranjo

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Sunset at Playa Naranjo - Day 1

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I sat on the beach memorized by these clouds.

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After camping in the national Parque Santa Rosa at Playa Naranjo, it is still about a 30 min walk out to the Witches Rock surf break (Roca Bruja)

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There she is la Roca Bruja

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Since it is so hard to get to and expensive to camp ($20/night), hardly anybody was at Playa Naranjo. Most people come by boat to surf and never set foot on the beach

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Playa Naranjo / Roca Bruja has the best Sunsets I've ever seen

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Every day after surfing, I would bring out a few beers, my chair and go swimming while the sunset. I was normally the only one on the beach. Playa Naranjo

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Sunset surf Roca Bruja. Just Perfection.

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probably the best place on earth

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Here is the camp ground at Playa Naranjo / Witches Rock. Not a single person there, and this is one of the most famous waves in the world

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Roca Bruja - I took a lot of these pics

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There were a ton of monkeys hanging around my camp, like this fellow

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Surfing in front of Witches Rock. Most people pay a lot of money to get out here by boat

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Witches Rock surfing

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Sunset at Roca Bruja

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Titus next to the warning sign - Attention! Road in very bad condition. Do not drive, we suggest walking (it's a 6 mile road). Drive at your own risk!

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Road to Witches Rock

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4 comments on “Costa Rica – Witches Rock Surfing – La Roca Bruja
  1. Aunt Patty says:

    Wow George! Looks beautiful and peaceful. As I look through your pics, I am memorized. WOW! What a wonderful find. Nice to know, the person who gave you this info knew his stuff! Stay safe! We are sending you and Jenine lots of loves!

  2. Carrie says:

    Hi George and Jenine, your trip looks amazing ! Beautiful photos. Sending my love , Carrie

  3. Vinny Webber says:

    Hey George, nice to see pictures from where we met (for the second time) hehehe…
    And I agree, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world!
    Cheers!

  4. Emma says:

    Those are some pretty spectacular sunsets!