The Hidden Break

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

The story of the wave that cannot be found except by those who already know where it is.


Local surfer, Leo Ramsey took over the Drake Bay Backpackers Hostel in April of 2019. The struggling hostel is located in the town of Progreso, a fifteen minute drive from Drake Bay, and its new administrator was determined to help the local community by facilitating ecotourism activities in the area.

Ramsey explored Progreso with the locals who showed them their properties and tour ideas. Ex-gold miners taught him their panning techniques, farmers showed him their cheese making demonstrations, and representatives from ACOPTRO walked him through their sea turtle conservation project on the picturesque, Playa Ganadito.

Determined to discover all the potential this area had to offer, he followed the narrow dirt roads to the next beach over. However, instead of a beach, he encountered an estuary. He could see the opening in the mangrove where the beach was, and in the distance, past the river mouth he could spot the white water of a wave breaking. The Osa Peninsula native would never pass up the opportunity to discover a new wave around Drake Bay, so he swam across the river and emerged to find a hollow left break. The river mouth produces a perfect sand bar that's so shallow you can almost walk to where the wave breaks. At the right tide, this wave is an uncrowded paradise.

Experience the hidden break

At the Drake Bay backpackers Hostel, the friendly staff offer rides to the spot, and it has become the only place around Drake Bay to offer surf lessons. If you want to catch some waves in this remote paradise you can make a reservation or find more information at

Proceeds at the hostel go the Corcovado Foundation.

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