Planning Your Surfing Vacation

These Costa Rica surf trips are just the start of our goal to find travelers the best hotels and surf tours at the best price. Surfing tours can be customized to your liking, for shorter or longer stays, and we can also recommend excursions for the non-surfer to enjoy when not on the beach . We have been putting together all inclusive costa rica surf vacations for over 20 years!

Many of your questions are answered on the FAQs page. When you are ready to start planning your trip, contact us first. Send us your preferred dates and we'll match them to the best price with the most convenience.

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Why choose CR Surf Travel Company to plan your trip?

  1. We are a licensed and insured travel agency in the United States
  2. We have surfed in Costa Rica for 22 years and know what surfers want in a surf trip
  3. We help local environment & community groups
  4. ALL we do do is help people plan surf trips to Costa Rica
  5. Lonely Planet calls us the "Costa Rica Surfing Experts"
  6. We know personally the owners of many of the surf camps and hotels we work with
  7. We work with reliable car rental companies who have newer vehicles
  8. Our top priority is customer service
  • Sarah E.
    My husband, Zach, and our two daughters ages 9 and 7, just recently returned from Costa Rica and had a great time thanks to Greg!! All details were arranged with confirmations, double checks, and follow-up from Greg. Smooth sailing from arrival to departure allowed us all the comfort to sit back and relax! Surfing lessons for the girls, zip-lines, shuttle transfers, and more all set up through Greg and CR Surf Travel. We never go to CR without calling Greg first!!
    Sarah E.
    from facebook reviews
  • Alejandro S.
    Hi all, my name is Alejandro and i am just back at home after 9 days in CR. The company was so great!, surpassing our expectations by providing an excellent vacation experience on all the location we visited (SJ, Tamarindo & Jaco beaches). No matter how much you love the ocean or think in surf on any level you might rate yourself, do not hesitate to use the company services and their experience to really enjoy the great nature of CR!
    Alejandro S.
    from facebook reviews
  • Courtney F.
    We just got back from a two week trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Greg was able to help us find the best price for a reliable vehicle rental, with all the bells and whistles. When we encountered some administrative issues with the rental company (not on Greg’s behalf) he was able to help us through the issues in a very timely manner. He also recommended one of the best sport fishing trips we’ve EVER been on! We caught giant Mahi Mahi, and the entire excursion made for a very memorable experience. I’d highly recommended Greg and CR Surf and Travel Company to anyone travelling within the area!
    Courtney F.
    from facebook reviews
  • Sean V.
    Greg has been coordinating most of our Costa logistics for us for years, and he’s always done well by us. He’s reliable and good to work with, and having access to his knowledge can make the difference in your trip. This year, we were down in his neck of the woods, and finally met face-to-face. He’s a good guy and was really helpful. He shared his knowledge of local breaks, including locations, what each did under different tide, size, swell direction, etc. conditions, and how to find and get to them. There aren’t many signs out there to point the way, and for a lot of them, you need to know to look for these trees, or that fence, etc. We even got in a little water time together this year, and he was nice to be around. So, as our experience goes, I’d not hesitate to recommend Greg to help facilitate your trip.
    Sean V.
    from facebook reviews
  • Kim S.
    I just came back from Costa Rica from a 2 week vacation with my family. Greg was great. He helped book all the hotels and my excursions for my family. From scuba diving. Zip lining. ATV tour to the water fall. Hot springs for relaxing after all our activities. We didn’t worry about our transportation. He booked it and all the drivers are awesome and full of information. I will be going back in the future. I will only have Greg book my future plans. Thinking of spending 6 months there a year when we retire. Thanks Greg!
    Kim S.
    from facebook reviews
  • Glenn G.
    I want to thank you for the all the help and great information you provided. Everything went great... Surf was fun, diving, fishing and river rafting, all are going to be something to remember. Car rental from, USave, went off without a hitch.
    Glenn G.
  • Pete F.
    Trip was epic, Everyone had tons of fun. Good surf too. We stayed at the best houses at Dominical and Pavones. Rental went well. Everything worked out perfectly.
    Pete F.
  • CFL Dave
    Everything went super smoothly. Adobe was great. No problems. Caught a very good swell at Pavones and Dominical was doing its thing when the swell dropped.
    CFL Dave
  • Lisa K.
    Loved It!! Thank you so much for setting up hotel and transport. Loved Kayasol, great town and the waves were perfect, right and left break and different heights. For me the perfect variety.
    Lisa K.
  • Parker F.
    All was great! We went to Hermosa (near Jaco) and caught a good swell. Both car rentals we had with Europcar went really good. The shuttle was at the airport when we arrived and got us going pretty quickly. No problems at all and look forward to using your help in future trips.
    Parker F.
  • Karri W.
    We had a great trip. Got pick-up at the Liberia airport and was shuttle to car rental facility. The process was very quick. We have a condo in Tamarindo. We've used you our last three trips and all has gone very well, can't beat your prices.
    Karri W.
  • Mark W.
    Everything with the car was PERFECT! Great value. Thanks so much. Will be visiting again in July so will be in touch! Thanks.
    Mark W.
  • Craig
    Everything went really well with the trip and the car. We did have to use the 4x4 on a few occasions so it was nice to have. We also met some other people who had paid 2x as much as us for car rental so I was happy to know we got a great deal.
  • Colin O.
    Everything went very well on the trip, we had a great time, car was perfect and the service excellent , the guy showed up right on time was very happy with everything, thanks a mil.
    Colin O.
  • Dustin
    Everything went smoothly with the return in Liberia. They also dropped us of at our next destination in Playa Del Coco, which saved us from taking the bus in the absurdling hot weather. Thanks for arranging the rental for us and responding so promptly.
  • Marc-Andre
    Thanks again. This trip was awesome and your help was incredible.
  • Surfers should .. log on to the Costa Rica Surf Report ( for everything you need to know before your trip.
    Costa Rica (p.54)
  • If you're looking for an organized surf vacation ... check out
    Frommer's 2010
    Travel Guide (p.106)

Types of Surf Trips

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

Wings and Wheels

This type of Costa Rica Surf trip is for those who want to leave their options open. It gives you the option of deciding where to go and how long to stay there. It gives you the maximum chance to explore and lets you stop at any surf break, at any time along the way, for as long as you want. This way if it is "going off" at one spot you do not have to leave because you have hotel reservations somewhere else.

Surf Tours & Camps

There are many businesses in Costa Rica that offer surf tours. It may be that you just want a guide for the day to show you the local spots. Or you may want someone to take you and/ or your family around to the breaks that suit your style of surfing for the whole trip, food and accommodations included. Or maybe you want someone to put together a Costa Rica surf resort all-inclusive vacation that includes kids. There are many packages to suit every taste.

The idea of a SURF CAMP does not have to be 'roughing it', you can stay in a 5-star resort or a beachfront mansion with your personal chef delighting you with the freshest ingredients. Or you can go completely off the grid, camping in on a beach in the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in the south to Witchs Rock in the north. Whatever you wish, we can help you find courteous, professional, and local surf tour operations who will make your trip unforgettable for you. We've done this for fourteen years, running a fully licensed and insured travel agency.

Surf Camps

There are surf camps in every corner of Costa Rica. It's a great way to learn to surf, make new friends, and not have to worry about driving everywhere. Just because is it a 'camp' does not mean you have to sacrifice comfort. The surf camps in Costa Rica range from basic for beginners to all inclusive for advanced surfers. Some of them teach you how to surf right in their own backyard. Others will transport you to the best breaks in the area. And if you are in Costa Rica for awhile, why not try a camp where you can learn Spanish, too? We know which camps are best and will give you an expert choice so you can make your decision with confidence.

Watch this YouTube video created by Luxy Hair of their trip with Del Mar Surf Camp from Nosara to Mal Pais:


Maybe you're tired of the crowds and the mosquitos, and just want to get away for awhile. Well a boat trip is the way to go. Most surf charters leave from Herradura or Playa de Coco and will take you to spots that are nearly impossible to access by land. A few even make multi-day trips, so you step off the plane, take a transfer right to the boat, and then you're off on an all-inclusive adventure. We can help make your reservations for Roca Bruja all the way down to Matapalo, and can find packages to fit every budget.

Upcoming Surf Retreats

Surf and Yoga Retreat - Disconnect to Reconnect - August 3rd to 9th in Dominical

Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz - November 7th-24th

Witchs Rock is hosting Women's Surf Retreats in June, July, and August. Contact us for prices and to reserve your space!

CRSURF Discounts

Get 7% off Nomad America camper SUVs by using the code CRSURF007

Get $5 off a surf lesson with Dominical Surf School (just mention us)

Beginner Surf Package with Seafari CR in Tamarindo: Save 10% on early bird prices.

5% off at Dollar Car Rental add 'crsurf' as the coupon code

10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRsurf at checkout

10% off at Adventure Inn add 'crsurf' as the coupon code

5-20% off at Alamo, Adobe, or Vamos Car Rental. Alamo also gives a free extra driver and with collision coverage only a $500 deductible.

Roundtrip Airfare Specials

Check back soon to see the latest specials found on and

Travel Insurance

We recommend travel insurance for your surfing vacation because you never know what may happen and this will cover you medical expenses, lost luggage, and many other unexpected events.