Costa Rica Surf Camps

Surf Camps and Surfing Retreats in Costa Rica

Why choose a surf camp over just the standard hotel and SUV rental?
First, you don’t have to drive and that means no need for gas money, insurance costs, or paying a ‘multa’ for driving too fast. Second, while everyone else drives up to the easy access break, you could be taking a boat to a mysto point break or hidden beach that only the guides and locals know about. Third it makes it easy to meet other surfers from around the world. The local guides can give you excellent advice for places to tour and eat, and your new surf mates may turn into lifelong friends.

Tamarindo and Northern Nicoya Beaches

Kelly's Surf Adventures

Rentals: Y Lessons: Y 888-710-4746

Description: Kelly's Surf Shop, Tamarindo, Costa Rica offers a wide range of services for the beginner or experienced surfer. Book ahead for a full surf camp vacation package or drop in at the surf shop for surf lessons, SUP lessons, surfboard rentals or sales, when in Tamarindo, Costa Rica and make this trip the one surfing adventure you will always remember. Kelly’s has a full-range of surfboards available for rental or as part of your surf package. They offer high-quality individual surf instruction. They give private lessons to individuals or small groups and schedule all lessons according to tides and ocean conditions.

Certification: CPR, Water Rescue, ISA
Tamarindo  Contact

Blue Trailz Surf Camp

Description: Blue Trailz Hostel & Surf Camp has all you need for an amazing tropical vacation in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Stay at their hostel, join one of their surf lessons for all ages and levels or rent a surf board. They also offer budget friendly surf camp packages to learn to surf in Tamarindo with a Beginner Surf Camp or Yoga Surf Camp or improve your surfing skills and surf nearby breaks with their Advanced Surf Camp. In addition, they offer luxury surf vacation packages. The all-inclusive luxury surf packages include airport transportation, board rental, lessons or trips, an excursion and a wide selection of accommodation options. Choose from a family friendly high-end beach resort, the most exclusive adults-only boutique hotel in town or modern luxury with spectacular hilltop views. Only add food and drinks from the many bars and restaurants in town and you have your perfect Tamarindo surf vacation.

Certification: n/a
Tamarindo 506-2653-1705  Contact

WAYRA Surf and Spanish Program


Description: WAYRA Instituto de Español offers since 1996 Spanish classes to foreign students and residents. Our Swiss and Latin American managed school, operates in a pristine environment and offers an ideal setting for people that are interested in learning Spanish by following a full immersion program. Instituto Cervantes WAYRA Instituto de Español is approved by the Instituto de Cervantes as an official DELE examination Center and our courses are also accepted in different German provinces. Their popular Spanish & Surf program runs from 1-4 weeks and includes the use of a surfboard.

Check out their video showcasing their surf program here - LINK
Certification: n/a
Tamarindo 2653-0359

Teen Surf and Spanish Camp

Description: Children's Spanish, Art and Sports Camp – This is the only children’s Spanish camp of its kind in Latin America. Each day, Monday through Friday in July, they combine two hours of fun and interactive, age appropriate Spanish language classes with lunch, games at the beach, soccer games with local children and a number of adventure activities. The six hours that the students are in the program from 8am to 2pm are designed to expose children to the Spanish language and the culture of Costa Rica. Their goal is to have the kids learn Spanish while having fun on the beach in Costa Rica. The camp is available to children ages 6 to 12.
Certification: n/a
Tamarindo & Dominical 1-800-897-0025  Contact

Witchs Rock Surf Camp

Description: Beachfront location with one of the world's absolute best learn-to-surf waves directly in front of them. Witch's Rock Surf Camp has been offering their services for 10 years, and WRSC recently celebrated 60,000 surf lessons. There are many world-class surf breaks close by, so experienced surfers who want excellent waves also stay and let them take care of everything. Hotel has an ocean view from every room.

The open-air beachfront restaurant Eat at Joe's is the busiest spot in town with a great mix of Costa Rican classics, Tex-Mex and Gringo favorites, Sushi Bar, and a recently opened Coffee Bar. They also have a beautiful new beachfront garden area where you can enjoy cold beer at the picnic tables with spectacular views. The Witch's Rock Surf Shop is fully stocked with top surf brands, a good selection of WRSC tees and rashguards, and all the necessities you need on vacation.
Certification: n/a
Tamarindo 1-888-318-SURF or 2653-1262  Contact

Nosara and Central Nicoya Beaches

Safari Surf School

Description: There is no fixed start and finish the surf school program, so you are free to arrange your trip to fit your schedule. We offer packages that include a variety of options - from local airport shuttle service or private charter flights, to your choice of lodging, meals, and multiple types of activities, such as massages, yoga, and horseback riding. Standard Packages are based on a 7day/7night stay with your choice of accommodations. There are 3 packages to choose from; Tortuga, Iguana or Zancudo. If your stay in Nosara will be for more than or less than 7 days or if you have multiple people in your party; then a custom package is perfect for you. Get completely pampered on their vacations with the ultimate vacation package called the Luxury "Pura Vida" Package.
Certification: ISA certified
Nosara USA - (866) 433-3355 Costa Rica - (011) 506-2-682-0113

Women's Surf Retreat at Safari Surf School


Description: Join lead surf coach Daniela Muñoz for Safari Surf's Women's Retreat for a week that will change your life! This surf program is built by women, run by women, for women. Daniela will be  your personal surf coach, mentor, and trainer for the week. This is an all inclusive package of seven nights in a luxury suite at the L.E.E.D. certified Olas Verdes Hotel with two hours of daily surf lessons with video analysis and pool training, yoga, breathing techniques, two massages, hiking, bike rental, breakfasts and dinners, and roundtrip transportation from Liberia.

Certification: ISA Certified - Eco-Luxury
Nosara USA - (866) 433-3355 Costa Rica - (011) 506-2-682-0113

Coconut Harrys Surf School

Certification: ISA certified
Nosara 2682-0574  Contact

Agua Tibia Surf School

Certification: n/a
Nosara (506) 8751-1745  Contact

Nosara Tico Surf School

Certification: ISA & RLSS certified
Nosara (506) 2682-4076  Contact

Cacho's Surf School

Certification: ISA certified
Nosara 8311-4937  Contact

Corky Carrolls Surf School

Certification: NSSIA certified
Nosara 888-454-7873  Contact

Del Mar Surf Camp

Certification: CPR, Water Rescue, First Aid, ISA
Nosara 2682-1433  Contact

Surf Simply

Certification: CPR, ISA certified
Nosara 646-233-3139

Surf Bikini Retreat

Certification: n/a
Nosara (506) 8828-0826  Contact

C & C Surf School

Certification: ISA certified
Samara 2656-0658  Contact

Popo's Surf Camp

Certification: n/a
Camaronal 2656-0086  Contact

Mal Pais to Santa Teresa and Southern Nicoya Beaches

Anamaya Resort


Description: Anamaya is located on a cliff's edge, overlooking the pacific ocean in Montezuma, and next a huge three-tiered waterfall with large natural pools for swimming and jumping. A small resort, we offer 12 bungalows, gourmet organic food, and daily yoga. We are partnered with Young Visions, a Tico-owned and run surf school that's rated #1 on Trip Advisor for "best activity" in Montezuma. We take our surfers to a variety of the area's beaches in Santa Teresa, Montezuma, or Cabuya, depending on the swell size and direction, tides, wind, etc, for the best possible surf experience each day. Our "Soul Surfers" surfing and yoga retreat program runs in 7-day segments, and is ideal for beginner to intermediate surfers.
Certification: n/a
Montezuma 506-2642-1289 Contact

Blue Surf Sanctuary

Description: Packages can be customized to suit your needs, desires and level, but most include two surf lessons daily with surf camp experienced and CPR certified instructors. When they have guests that are advanced, they arrange your transportation to secret spots. Four private bungalows with orthopedic mattresses provide a welcome rest. A zen pool area and complete kitchen for guests to cook in make the camp a complete bonding experience.

~ Read our review
Certification: Billabong Camp / CPR
Santa Teresa 506-2640-1001 / (US - 805-443-5495)  Contact

Mal Pais Surf Camp

Mal Pais 2640-0031

Jaco / Playa Hermosa and Central Pacific Beaches

Vista Guapa Surf Camp

Description: The surf camp features three lovely guest bungalows, each with an unobstructed view of the ocean. Each of the bungalows has two individual rooms with private baths, air conditioning, two single beds or one queen-sized bed and large porches. The porches are ideal for relaxing in hammocks and watching the sun rise and set over the Pacific Ocean. Our bungalows are equipped with small safes for the storage of valuables. Guests of the camp can relax in our pool, hang out in hammocks on the porches, or wander around the camp gardens lined by fruit trees and flowers.

Certification: ISA
Jaco 2643-2830 or US (409)-599-1828  Contact

School of the World


Description: Beginners: Learn to surf in the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica with the help of our friendly and experienced staff. You will learn the basics of paddling, standing, and turning, as well as wave selection and other fundamental skills. We have to warn you though: Surfing is addictive! Intermediate/Advanced Surfers: Surf students with previous surfing experience are taken on guided surf sessions in the Playa Jacó / Hermosa area. SURFING AND SPANISH This combo is one of our most popular programs. The Spanish class schedule is written with the tides and best surf times in mind so that you can learn the language and enjoy Jacó's favorite pastime.

Certification: n/a
Jaco 2643-2462  Contact

Surf Inn Hermosa Surf Camp


Description: All Packages Include:

  • Airport transfers to and from San Jose “Juan Santamaria” Airport (SJO) * Transfers from Liberia for extra fee.
  • Shared accomodation for 6 Nights in one of our studio apartments.
    AC / Hot Water / Mini-Fridge / In room internet.
    You will be staying literally just steps from the beach!
    There is always the option to upgrade to private rooms.
  • 3 meals per day. They plan meals around the surf schedule to ensure you have energy for all the days activities.
  • Daily Guided Trips. There are a variety of area breaks based on tides, swell and local weather conditions. They will work to bring you to waves suitable to your own level of surfing.

Certification: ISA Certified, CPR, First Aid
Playa Hermosa (506) 8899-1520 or 1-866-304-3265

Del Mar Surf Camp

Certification: CPR, Water Rescue, First Aid, ISA
Playa Hermosa 2643-3197

Jaco Surf Lessons

Certification: ISA Certified Coach
Jaco 8829-4697

Hermosa Surf Vacations

Certification: n/a
Playa Hermosa 'The Tree' 714-464-3214 Contact

Surf Costa Tours

Certification: n/a
 Esterillos Oeste 732-610-8420 Contact

Jim Hogan's Surf Camp

Certification: n/a
 Playa Hermosa n/a Contact

Playa Hermosa EcoSurf Camp

Certification: n/a
 Playa Hermosa 2643-7083 Contact

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