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** NEWS and EVENTS **
3/6 - Endless Olas Surf Camp and Manuel Antonio Surf School have decided to host their first contest for Endless Olas Surf Camp! It’s a SURF PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST and the prizes are unbeatable. Get Details here
2/19 - The Line-Up for Envision 2016 has been published! Wahoo! Get in the Know here
2/18 - Envision Festival Special Announcement - The 2017 Festival Tickets and Dates are available! Read more
2/16 - ENVISION 2016 FESTIVAL starts in just a few more days. Learn more about the area the festival will be hosted to make the most of your time here.
12/2 - Bluetrailz SurfCamp Special: The perfect time to get away from it all and to learn to surf. With our 5 night Package at only $249, there is no reason not to go. With lessons to get you started and board rental to keep you going this package includes everything you need to ride your first waves. Book now! (link Book now! www.bluetrailz.com/promotion) Valid until December 12, 2015.
11/14 - Real Surf Trips just announced an amazing retreat for all those who would like to become a Standup Paddle Yoga instructors. Learn more here
11/3 - "Playa Esterillos Photo Contest 2015" – 6° Edition - Hotel La Dolce Vita is a photo award competition open to photographers anywhere in the world who love Esterillos and Costa Rica. Application period: From the 17th of September to 15th of November 2015. Get details here
10/23 - Witch's Rock Surf Camp has put together an amazing Girl's Surf Retreat. Find out the details here. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT!
10/22 - RealSurfTrips.com CONTEST ends Oct 22nd. 4 Days stay at their new location near Tamarindo beach. Click here to Enter
9/28 - Costa Rican Surf Brand Acquires Landmark Hotel in Tamarindo - Witch’s Rock Industries S.A. recently acquired Tamarindo’s historic Hotel Pueblo Dorado.
8/22 - Leilani MacGonagle will be in Dominical on August 29th as an invited guest of Chicas con Proposito to speak to underserved Costa Rican girls about the opportunities available to surfers and the life of pro-surfing. This is an another great cause. Contact them if you wish to get involved or to learn more about it. Read more about this Dominical event here.
8/20 - Global Wave Conference October 2015 - The most ambitious and impactful enviro-surf conference to date.
Learn more about the conference, speakers & attendees - and act quickly to register. Tickets are going fast!! Buy Here
8/16 - Bodhi Surf School, located in Uvita Costa Rica, just announced their 3rd Annual "2015 MY OCEAN DEFENDER CONTEST" to celebrate innovative Ocean Guardian actions (and they are offering some seriously awesome prizes) - Get details of Bodhi's Uvita Surf School here
8/14 - 5 Reasons Costa Rica is a Great Destination for your Family Vacation Read more
8/13 - Lifeguard Charity Party to raise money for Costa Ballena Life Guards - Read more
8/13 - Surf Camp in Costa Rica Announces Annual Conservation Contest Read more
8/08 - It's here: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest! Read more
--> Debbie Zec, owner of Dominical Surf Lessons, has created a new, fun, challenge called SURF FITNESS CHALLENGE which is a tropical surf vacation for active people who want to keep up with their workouts and stick to healthy habits while learning how to surf and explore Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific Coast.
-->Unadvertised SURF TRIP SPECIAL by Real Surf Trips - 40% off of all-inclusive trips by Real Surf Trips till June 4th of this year.
-->The 2nd annual Nandamojo Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11, co-hosted by the Nandamojo Valley Chamber of Commerce at Pura Aventura. This year there will also be a course for runners - distance will be between 5 and 10 km. Tell your friends, and remember: participants in last year's event can join this year's event for free if you get three friends to sign up! Sign-up Here!
-->From Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa: Mark your calendars for Jungle Jam in the Central Pacific Coast March 19th - March 22nd being held out at Doce Lunas.
-->The 5th annual Robert August Surf and Turf Fundraiser for the non-profit kids group CEPIA in Tamarindo, April 17th-19th. Find out more here.
-->Safari Surf School is offering a summer discount on their standard Tortuga package in Nosara, Costa Rica! Flight costs are at an all time low and the summer months in Nosara are peaceful. with lush green jungle, waterfalls and the always fabulous surf! This sale will end August 15th. This summer rates will be discounted up to 40% so contact us to set up a trip.
12/4 - Spirit Airlines to fly San José-Houston four times per week starting May 28th, 2015. Southwest to begin flights to San Jose on March 7th.
10/23 - The Puntarenas-Paquera ferry, TB 3, will be undergoing repairs starting October 29th, leaving only one ferry running. Be sure to get in line early to secure a space! See all times on the Mal Pais page.
We are now working with two of the most luxurious surf retreats in the country! Premier Surf Club operates out of Playa Langosta, taking you by 4x4 or boat to the best breaks along the Guanacaste Coast. And Kalon Surf Camp offers to pamper you with 5-star cuisine in their oceanview mansion, while providing private surf instruction at a number of empty beaches from Dominical to the Rio Terraba.
** UNIQUE SURF CAMPS **
Specialty Camp: CRsurf has partnered with Fishing Nosara to organize a surf boat charter for advanced surfers coming to Playa Guiones in 2015. This package includes seven nights in a quality rental home with laundry, breakfast, and house cleaning. Boards you can rent (or bring for a discounted rate), plus you get a deluxe four passenger golf cart, and TWO boat tours to remote big wave points or reefs that are not accessible by land. Send us a note if you are interested.
Specialty Camp: How about an exclusive Family Surf Retreat with Del Mar Surf Camp? Private accommodations for four, roundtrip transfers, daily breakfast and lunch, daily surf lessons and equipment, professional photographer, and a custom gift. Plus choose from additional activities like hiking, yoga, or horse back riding. Only $5500 for the whole family for six nights and seven days. Email us to sign up.
** RESOURCES **
NOW Fully Customizable Surf Trips to meet every budget and skill level !!
Ten Ways to NOT get your stuff stolen on a surf trip - LINK
Rip Currents and how to Avoid them
Do you need a surf photographer or videographer for your trip? Check out our list of top pros in all corners of the country.
Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips. 10 Ways to not get sick from Montezuma's revenge, traveller's diarrhea, and other related ailments while traveling. Find out more.
Surf Travel Checklist - print and go!
The exit fee for tourists is now $29 if you pay with cash, plus a $10 transaction fee for credit cards. The amount goes for different nationwide projects in Costa Rica.
~ LATEST SURFBOARD BAG FEES ~
The best printable Costa Rica travel map I've yet to find on the web, from our friends at MAPCR.com
Bus Schedules for ALL Central America. And here is a PDF showing all of the times for buses in Costa Rica.
Flights from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, showing airport hubs.
Hotel Reviews for Surfers
Check out these surfer health and training tips from Amanda Mason from Del Mar Extreme in Playa Hermosa
Here's a Spanish-language link to check the status of all roads in Costa Rica.
Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at www.vrskytour.com
Driving Directions from the airport to the San Jose/Caldera Highway. It's about time..