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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.

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8 Awesome Costa Rica Surf Camps for Women by Women.

8 Awesome Costa Rica Surf Camps for Women by Women #costarica #travel #surftrips #girltrips #surfingcostarica
Photo courtesy of Pura Vida Adventures

When you are planning a surf trip to improve your surfing there are many factors to consider. Do you want to stay in a ‘camp’ that has lots of other beginners, or where you will receive personal attention? Do they have other activities like yoga and Stand Up Paddleboarding? Do they support the local community by doing outreach programs? To help you answer these questions, we have been working with several surf camps run by women that make you feel comfortable in the waves and specialize in women’s surf adventures. Surfing with a group of women has a congeniality not found in many coed camps, and you will be supporting women-led businesses who support the local surf community. Read more

 

Tamarindo and Northern Nicoya Beaches

Name
Contact
Phone
Location

Certification

E-mail

1-888-318-SURF or 2653-1262
Tamarindo
n/a

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.

E-mail
506-2653-1705
Tamarindo
n/a

Blue Trailz Surf Camp Special: Learn to surf on a budget. 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! www.bluetrailz.com/offers Valid until December 10, 2016.

Blue Trailz Surf Camp Special: 10% off all Beginner surf camps. Packages starting at $179 and include lessons, board rental accommodation and a fun tour. Book now! www.bluetrailz.com/offers Valid until August 31, 2016.

Blue Trailz Surf Camp Special: up to 15% off Beginner Surf Camps. Packages starting from $179 including lessons, board rental accommodation and a fun tour. Book now! www.bluetrailz.com/offers Valid from September 1 to October 2016.

Description:
Whether you are a pro surfer, or looking to learn; a seasoned backpacker or looking for an affordable place to stay; enjoy beach life or be active, Blue Trailz is your choice in Tamarindo. They offer private and dorm rooms all generously equipped with AC, hot showers and kitchen facilities, including fridges, microwaves and stoves. Their common area provides a great place to relax and have fun with fellow guests from all over the world. The Blue Trailz surf shop offers you quality products and services including new and second hand surf boards, ding repair, surf accessories and surf apparel. They also offer Trek bike rentals and guided mountain bike tours catering to all levels of cyclists.

E-mail
2653-0359
Tamarindo
n/a

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

E-mail
(US) 425-442-5119
Tamarindo
Description: Students who participate in their surf program are not limited to simple surf lessons. Rather they receive a comprehensive 'wave education'. Their instructors teach wave theory, surf technique and employ methods such as video-analysis and yoga to ensure that surf students get the most out of their lessons. This combined with Spanish Lessons and a choice of accommodations, from private apartments to homestays, make CRSI a wise choice for a Tamarindo vacation.
E-mail
1-800-897-0025
Tamarindo & Dominical
n/a
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.
E-mail
2653-0700
Tamarindo
Quiksilver Camp
Description: Waves Costa Rica Quiksilver & Roxy Surf Camp is located at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas hotel, the best ocean view in town. Owned by local surfers, it’s the only All Girls Surf Camp in Tamarindo. Their instructors are certificated lifeguards and ISA (International Surfing Association) certificated instructors as well. They offer you a surf shop, surfboard rentals, surf lessons, surf guides, tours, and adventures.
E-mail
910-256-7873
Tamarindo
CPR/1st Aid
E-mail
2653-1270
Tamarindo
ISA Acredited + CPR
Recommend your favorite spot.

Photos of Tamarindo Surf Shops (many have camps)

Nosara and Central Nicoya Beaches

Name
Contact
Phone
Location

Certification

E-mail
2682-0573
Nosara
ISA certified
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.
E-mail
(506) 8751-1745
Nosara
n/a
E-mail
(506) 2682-4076
Nosara
ISA & RLSS certified
E-mail
8311-4937
Nosara
ISA certified
E-mail
888-454-7873
Nosara
NSSIA certified
E-mail
2682-1433
Nosara
CPR, Water Rescue, First Aid, ISA
E-mail
646-233-3139
Nosara
CPR, ISA certified
E-mail
321-956-3268
Nosara
n/a
E-mail
800-428-7873
Nosara
n/a
E-mail
2682-4089
Nosara
n/a
E-mail
2682-5082
Nosara
n/a
E-mail
(506) 8828-0826
Nosara
Surf Rescue, ISA Certification
E-mail
2682-0574
Nosara
ISA certified
E-mail
8306-5478
Nosara
n/a
E-mail
2656-0658
Samara
ISA certified
E-mail
2656-0086
Camaronal
n/a
Recommend your favorite spot.

 

Mal Pais to Santa Teresa and Southern Nicoya Beaches

Name
Contact
Phone

Location

Certification

Email
506-2642-1289
Montezuma
n/a
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.
Email
506-2640-1001
(US - 805-443-5495)
Santa Teresa
Billabong Camp / CPR

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

E-mail
407-416-5753
Santa Teresa
E-mail
2640-0031
Mal Pais
E-mail
970-379-9811
Santa Teresa
ADA handicap accessible
E-mail
801.453.0297
Playa Carmen
E-mail
1.310.982.7880
Playa Carmen
n/a
E-mail
949-498-7862
Mal Pais
CPR - lifeguard training
E-mail
310-614-0159
Mal Pais
n/a
E-mail
8884-8444
Montezuma
n/a
E-mail
2640-0369
Santa Teresa
Certified Surf Instructor - ISA
E-mail
(506) 8836-5064
Santa Teresa
n/a
E-mail
2640-0541
Playa Hermosa
 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa and Central Pacific Beaches

Name
Contact
Phone

Location

Certification
E-mail
2643-2830 or US (409)-599-1828
Jaco
ISA
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.
E-mail
2643-2462
Jaco
n/a
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.
E-mail
(506) 2643-7184
Playa Hermosa
ISA Certified, CPR, First Aid
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.
E-mail
2643-3197
Playa Hermosa
CPR, Water Rescue, First Aid, ISA
E-mail
8375-4658
Jaco
ISA Certified
E-mail
8829-4697
Jaco
ISA Certified Coach
E-mail
714-464-3214
Playa Hermosa 'The Tree'
n/a
E-mail
2643-1497
Jaco
n/a
E-mail
732-610-8420
Esterillos Oeste
n/a
E-mail
1-866-325-1528
Jaco
n/a
E-mail
n/a
Playa Hermosa
n/a
E-mail
2643-7083
Playa Hermosa
n/a

Quepos & Manuel Antonio

Name
Contact
Phone

Location

Certification
E-mail
2777-4842
Manuel Antonio
First Aid, ISA Certified
E-mail
800-676-2018
Manuel Antonio
CPR, Open Water Rescue
E-mail
2774-0001

Manuel Antonio

First Aid, Aquatic Rescue

Dominical and Southern Pacific Beaches

 

Name
Contact
Phone
Location

Certification

E-mail
8812-3625
Dominical
CPR & First Aid
Description: Costa Rica Surf Camp has been offering surf vacations since 2003. All instructors have worked as lifeguards in Playa Dominical! In addition, they offer a 2:1 student to instructor ratio so we can give you the attention you deserve! At their surf camp, they believe in quality and not quantity. With that and safety in mind, you are guaranteed to get the most out of your surf experience. Check out their website as they are often running specials on classes and full surf packages.
E-mail
506-8522-2278
Uvita
n/a
Description: A Yoga and surf camp that specializes in providing one-of-a-kind vacation experiences. They are located in Bahia Ballena – Uvita in the south Pacific of Costa Rica, a gorgeous and still pristine region where you are likely to see animals in their natural habitat and be filled with awe at the beauty that this country is so famous for. They aim to be a sustainable business, catering to individuals, couples, families, and student groups. They provide holistic travel and voluntourism opportunities for those who want to go the extra mile and make their time in Costa Rica as informative as it is unforgettable.
E-mail
800-765-0025
Across from soccer field
Spanish college credit
Description: The Surf and Spanish program is popular for those who want to surf early in the morning and later in the afternoon, while getting quality spanish lessons during the middle of the day. Programs include lodging and lessons, plus include opportunities for surf lessons, adventure tours, and volunteer opportunities. ISLS also has campuses in Tamarindo, Turrialba, and San Jose for a complete Costa Rica experience.
E-mail
2787-0301
Across from soccer field
CPR & First Aid
Description: Tucked away just off the Plaza In the center of town down a shady little lane along the south bank of the Rio Baru. Their upstairs balconies look out over the Baru estuary, the sandy beach, and breaking surf beyond. They are a tree sheltered garden. Protected. Secure. Affordable. And Convenient. No car necessary. Beaches are a pleasant 5 minute walk away. Get one on one basic or advance surf instruction from a veteran surfer with over 35 years experience.
E-mail
8899-8746
San Clemente Cabinas
n/a
E-mail
2743-8607
Bahia Ballena - Uvita
CPR & First Aid
E-mail
(506) 8853-4860
Dominical
ISA
E-mail
US 949 342-6216
Dominical
ISA / BSA
E-mail
8319-5392
Dominical

PADI

E-mail
877-278-7369
Dominical
n/a
E-mail
2787-8143
Dominical
n/a
E-mail
8917-3143
Dominical
n/a

Pavones and Osa Peninsula

Name
Contact
Phone
Location

Certification

Venus Surf Adventures

E-mail
506-2776-2014
Pavones
n/a
Description: Surf camps based in Pavones and Hawaii. Packages include flights and taxis to Pavones, daily surf lessons, surfboard, yoga sessions, lodging, all meals, a boat trip to Matapalo, one massage, and a CD with photos from your trip.

 

The Caribbean

 

NICARAGUA

Name
Contact
Phone
Location

Certification

E-mail
505-8364-5925
Central Nicaragua
n/a
Description: Empty waves roll in all year. The beaches are exposed to both SW and NW swells, making the surf very consistent. An epic left point break, a right reef break, excellent beach breaks await our guests, just one hour from the airport of Managua. Surf, get back and snap a cold beer, enjoy our delicious meals, shoot the breeze about the last surf session with other guests, wake up and do it all over again. This is Los Cardones Surf Lodge, a true Nicaraguan experience.

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

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