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Trying to find the best surf camp for you can be overwhelming – Google searches and pages of TripAdvisor reviews – You try to take note what’s included and what’s not, and then in the end, you mix up all the details and forget which camp is which! We can say that because we’ve done the research and had similar problems! But after all that research, we can now provide you with a simple, easy to understand guide to the 6 best surf camps in Costa Rica to date. So, relax, sit back and scroll down to find which surf camp is the best for you in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica.

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1. Surf Simply

“Teach a man to fish, rather than give him a fish.”

This is the simple approach to Surf Simply’s surf program. The expert coaches share an obvious goal: for you to take the skills you gain to progress your surfing beyond the program. Theory lessons, video analysis and surf photos aid in this process, giving you the highest quality curriculum.

Type: All-inclusive
Program Length: 1 or 2 weeks
Program Size: 12 people
Where: Nosara
Price: $$$$
Meals Included: Yes, but Wednesday’s lunch & dinner is on you!
Girl’s Only: No

What’s Included: Accommodation, Airport Transfers, Surf Coaching, Stretch Classes, Meals, One Massage, Surf Videos & Photos of your progress, Bicycles, all Surf Equipment, & One “Off-day” Activity of your choice: Ziplining, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Horseback riding, and more!
What’s Not included: Airfare & Wednesday’s lunch & dinner.

Pros: Pretty much everything is curated to keep you at maximum comfort throughout the week(s).
Cons: Plan ahead – this popular program fills up to 10 months in advance!

More on TripAdvisor!

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2. Lucero Surf Retreat

Lucero Surf Retreat is a camp created by a family of four – two of which are only the ages of 4 and 7. They’re the type of camp you know comes from direct passion. The couple met while backpacking in Costa Rica and later made the lifestyle their reality. The program has 3 separate options: Surf Package, Surf & Yoga Package or a Family Package.

    Type: 

      • Partly-inclusive

    Program Length: 

      • 1 Week – 7 Days, 6 Nights

    Program Size: 

      • 8-10 People

    Where: 

      • Santa Teresa

    Price: $$
    Meals Included: 

      • Breakfasts & Lunches (except Sunday), Friday Night Dinner


    Girl’s Only: No
    What’s Included: Accommodation, Breakfasts & Lunches, 6 Surf Lessons, Surf Theory Classes, All Surf Equipment, Surf Photos, 4 Yoga Sessions* ATV to a waterfall adventure!
    *Surf & Yoga Package only
    What’s Not included: Airfare, Dinners, Airport transfers, Extra Activities, Gratuity

    Pros: Relaxed in all the right ways – no pressure to do anything you don’t want to. Family options & freedom to explore independently.
    Cons: A bit complicated to get to – after landing in San Jose, you have the option of bus, daily shuttle or private shuttle to a ferry (4 hour total travel time); or a charter flight from San Jose to Tambor and then a taxi to your location.

    More on TripAdvisor!

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    3. Blue Surf Sanctuary

    Blue Surf Sanctuary has beautiful bungalows for the ultimate tropical experience. This is a great package for someone who wants to learn to surf as well as experience other activities and culture during their stay.

    Type: Partly-inclusive
    Program Length: 1 Week – 7 Days, 7 Nights
    Program Size: 3:1 Surf Coach Ratio
    Where: Santa Teresa
    Price: $$
    Meals Included: Breakfasts
    Girl’s Only: Option for a Girl’s Only Camp

    What’s Included: Accommodation, Breakfasts, Airport Transfer, 1 Daily Surf Lesson, Use of Surf Equipment, Billabong rashguard, t-shirt & goody bag, 1 (to 2*) Daily Surf Lesson, 1 Full Body Massage**, Yoga Sessions**, Quad to Montezuma Waterfalls & Canopy Zip-line Tour***
    *Intense Surf Package Only
    ** Full Experience and Surf & Yoga Retreat Packages Only
    *** Full Experience Package Only
    What’s Not included: Airfare, Lunches & Dinners

    Pros: Package options, AC, hot water, daily housekeeping, WiFi
    Cons: The location is next to what can be a noisy road – if you’re looking for the tranquil experience, there might be a better option for you.

    More on TripAdvisor!

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    4. Shaka Costa Rica

    Shaka Beach Retreat Costa Rica is a clean & modern camp and is the definition of simplicity. With personally tailored surf lessons, you’ll find yourself progressing rapidly. Shaka believes in quality – not quantity. This means you’ll be in groups based on your level and a 3:1 student to coach ratio for maximum progression.

    Type: Partly-inclusive
    Program Length: 5 or 7 Night Packages
    Program Size: Average of 6-8 guests
    Where: Santa Teresa
    Price: $$
    Meals Included: Sunrise snack, brunch, and dinner (except Saturday dinner) – unlimited water & fruit
    Girl’s Only: No

    What’s Included: Accommodation with Private Bath, Snacks, Brunches, Dinners, Daily Surf Lessons, Daily Yoga, Surf Equipment Use, Snorkel Use, Beach Towels, A/C, Wifi, How water, Laundry Service
    What’s Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, Saturday dinner

    Pros: Surf Coach Awards, privacy, provided filtered water
    Cons: Some reviews on TripAdvisory said the rooms were very basic – from the photos, they seem clean, modern & basic in what we think is appealing – it’s all up to your personal preference! Not beach front views, but includes the ocean sounds.

    More on TripAdvisor!

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    5. Safari Surf School

    Safari Surf School has the abundance of package options. This surf school is bound to leave you satisfied. Choose from one of the curated packages or design your own. This program is unique because a percentage of all their proceeds go to a local non-profit – Rufuge for Wildlife. Enjoy your vacation, learn to surf all while helping the local community!

    Type: All-Inclusive
    Program Length: 7 Nights
    Program Size: Varies
    Where: Nosara
    Price: $$$$
    Meals Included: Morning snack, breakfasts, 3 dinners
    Girl’s Only: Yes

    What’s Included: Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Daily Bike Rental, Morning Snack, Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 2 Daily Surf Lessons, Surf Equipment Use, Surf Theory/Video Review Session, Surf Photos, Refuge for Wildlife tour, Choice of 2 Activities: Daily Yoga, Massage, Ziplining, Horseback tour, Kayak tour, Stand Up Paddleboard tour, Snorkeling tour, Waterfall hike. A/C, Wifi, How water, Laundry Service
    What’s Not included: Airfare, 4 dinners

    Pros: Surf Video Analysis, ISA Level 1 or 2 Surf Coaches & all certified lifeguards, part of the proceeds go to local non-profit (Refuge for Wildlife), ability to customize your own travel package
    Cons: Overwhelming amount of options to some.

    More on TripAdvisor!

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    6. Corky Carroll’s Surf School

    If you’re looking to feel apart of a family, Corky Carroll’s is the place for you. This family run business eliminates any possibilities of stress, and includes quality everything – 2 daily surf lessons (1 private (rare!) and one with a group) to 3 meals a day, it will be difficult to find the tiniest thing wrong with your stay!

    Type: All-Inclusive
    Program Length: 7 Nights
    Program Size: Varies
    Where: Nosara
    Price: $$$
    Meals Included: 3 Meals/Day
    Girl’s Only: No

    What’s Included: Accommodation, Airport Transfers, Private Bath, Hot Water, US Standard outlets, Lagoon-style pool, Airport Transfer, Daily Bike Rental, Morning Snack, Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, Cold Beer, WiFi, Poolside Palapa, 1 Private Daily Surf Lesson, 1 Daily Group Lesson, Surf Equipment Use, Video Analysis Review Sessions,  Weekly Laundry Service
    What’s Not included: Airfare

    Pros: Family run business giving you an “apart of the family” vibe, relaxing atmosphere.
    Cons: No A/C.

    More on TripAdvisor!

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