Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica has just become the first beach in Central America to be given the title of World Surfing Reserve, making it a must-visit destination for surfers.

World Surfing Reserves were created by Save the Waves, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting surf ecosystems around the world. WSRs are intended to serve as models for preserving wave breaks, and protecting the important environmental, cultural, and economic backbones of their areas. Only one surf destination is awarded the WSR title each year.

Playa Hermosa was given the honor due to its epic waves, abundant biodiversity, and strong community support. The beach is known as one of Costa Rica’s most popular surf beaches, and for having some of the most consistent waves in the world.

Gustava Segura Sancho, Costa Rica’s tourism minister, said, “We are thrilled that our beautiful Playa Hermosa has been added to the prestigious WSR list. With more than 900 miles of coastline and ideal surfing conditions year-round, Costa Rica offers a wealth of surfing opportunities for both novices and experienced surfers.”