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

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

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

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

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

Costa Rica Surf Club

Certification: ISA Acredited + CPR
Tamarindo 2653-1270  Contact

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Nosara and Central Nicoya Beaches

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
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Description: Join pro surfer and lead surf coach Andrea Diaz 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. Andrea Diaz (2 time Costa Rica National Champion) is 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
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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

Surfguys Costa Rica Adventures

Certification: n/a
Nosara 321-956-3268  Contact

Baja Surf Adventures

Certification: n/a
Nosara 800-428-7873  Contact

Iguana Surf School

Certification: n/a
Nosara 2682-4089  Contact

Nosara Surf Academy

Certification: n/a
Nosara 2682-5082  Contact

Surf Bikini Retreat

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

Coconut Harrys Surf School

Certification: ISA certified
Nosara 2682-0574  Contact

C & C Surf School

Certification: ISA certified
Samara 2656-0658  Contact

Popo's Surf Camp

Certification: n/a
Camaronal 2656-0086  Contact

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Mal Pais to Santa Teresa and Southern Nicoya Beaches

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

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

The Jungle House

Santa Teresa 407-416-5753  Contact

Mal Pais Surf Camp

Mal Pais 2640-0031

Shaka Surf Camp

Certification: ADA handicap accessible
Santa Teresa 970-379-9811

TropicOlas Surf School

Playa Carmen 801-453-0297

Endless Summer Surf Camp

Certification: CPR - lifeguard training
Mal Pais 949-498-7862  Contact

Certification: n/a
Mal Pais 310-614-0159  Contact

Escuela del Sol Surf

Certification: n/a
Montezuma 8884-8444

360 Surf School

Certification: Certified Surf Instructor - ISA
Santa Teresa 2640-0369  Contact

Pacifica Surf School

Certification: n/a
Santa Teresa (506) 8836-5064  Contact

Zopilote Surf Camp

Playa Hermosa 2640-0541  Contact

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Jaco / Playa Hermosa and Central Pacific Beaches

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

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

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) 2643-7184

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

Jaco Surf Academy

Certification: n/a
 Jaco 1-866-325-1528 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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Quepos & Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Surf School

Certification: First Aid, ISA Certified
Manuel Antonio 2777-4842  Contact

Costa Rica Outward Bound

Certification: CPR, Open Water Rescue
Manuel Antonio 800-676-2018  Contact

Tropical Surf School

Certification: First Aid, Aquatic Rescue
Manuel Antonio 2774-0001  Contact

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Dominical and Southern Pacific Beaches

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.
Certification: CPR & First Aid
Dominical 8812-3625  Contact

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.
Certification: n/a
Uvita 8522-2278  Contact

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.
Certification: Spanish college credit
Across from soccer field 800-765-0025  Contact

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.
Certification: CPR & First Aid
Across from soccer field 2787-0301  Contact

Green Iguana Surf Camp

Certification: n/a
Villas Rio Mar - Dominical 2787-0157  Contact

Uvita Surf School

Certification: CPR & First Aid
Bahia Ballena - Uvita 2743-8607  Contact

Dominical Surf Lessons

Certification: ISA
Dominical (506) 8853-4860  Contact

Kalon Surf Camp

Certification: ISA / BSA
Dominical US 949 342-6216  Contact

Costa Rica Dive and Surf

Certification: PADI
Dominical 8319-5392  Contact

Sunset Surf

Certification: n/a
Dominical 8917-3143  Contact

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Pavones and Osa Peninsula

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.
Certification: n/a
Pavones 506-2776-2014

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The Caribbean

NICARAGUA

Los Cardones Surf Lodge

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.
Certification: n/a
Central Nicaragua 505-8364-5925 Contact

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