Costa Rica Surfing the New Promised Land

Costa Rica Promised Wave

There are about 5,000 Jews living in Costa Rica who are living the dream with  a small population have made Santa Teresa, the beautiful beach town on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula their home. What has drawn this community to Costa Rica? It’s the “chosen wave”, Costa Rica’s best surf break.

Costa Rica’s Surfing Israeli Style

On a daily basis, just before sunset, Israelis living in this small paradise community flock to the beach to ride their chosen wave.  There are about 120 Israeli residents in Santa Teresa making up about 5% of the multinational surfing community consisting of Americans, Canadians, French and Italians to mention a few cultures. The Del Soul Surf School http://www.surfvacationcostarica.com/ in this community has been established by Amit Londner, a former Israeli surf champ who has made Costa Rica his home.  The focus of this surf school is to share the joy of surfing and the Pura Vida vibe.

In addition, many Israelis have now purchased land and businesses in the area, establishing a small community. The Zula Restaurant, meaning relaxation boasts to be the best falafel in town, using neighborhood garbanzo beans. This town “strip” is also home to hostels (for post-army Israeli travellers), a Tel Aviv-style cafe and numerous shops and bars. Avi Avraham owner of the Zula Restaurant and Zula Inn Aparthotel http://www.zulainn.com came to Costa Rica eight years ago for the waves and has found himself integrated in the community with a tica wife and child. He is living the Pura Vida dream.

Surfer Yizhak “Izu” Eskenazi and his wife have also called Costa Rica home for the last 11 years. Settling in Jaco, another surfer community, the Eskenazi’s run the Cabinas Las Orquideas and have constructed a synagogue on the back of the property. During holy times of the calendar, the synagogue swells with tourists.  The common thread throughout these blossoming Jewish communities is the devotion to Jewish observance even in such communities where the focus is on fun and parties. Passover seders are also planned in observance of the upcoming holy week. The belief is that without spirituality, it’s just a business and there is no fulfillment. The Eskenazi’s believe that they have been instrumental in diverting post-army Israelis to Costa Rica buy maintaining the Israeli culture and religious practices.

Although surfing is the intial draw for many of these Israelis, Costa Rica has truly shown that the Pura Vida lifestyle in combination with maintaining spiritual values and practices is in fact the promised land for this small but growing community. – brought to you by CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com


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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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  1. Costa Rica certainly is a well-traveled tourist destination and sees over 1 million holiday makers a year. If you visit the beaches at Manuel Antonio, the rain forest of Monteverde or Arenal Volcano during the dry season, yes, you will see many North Americans and Europeans.

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