Beach breaks are the best type for beginners. Waves break over sandbars and the seafloor. Jacó, Hermosa, and Sámara are all beach breaks. Point breaks are created as waves hit a point jutting into the ocean. With the right conditions, this can create very consistent waves. Pavones is a point break. Reef break can create great (but dangerous) surf when waves break as they hit reef. There’s a good chance of getting smashed and scraped over extremely sharp coral or rocks. Salsa Brava, in Puerto Viejo, is a reef break. See our coverage of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.