5 Best Surf Camps in Costa Rica (Bungalows & Private Villas)

by Oliver Boyers
Rapture surf camp costa rica

Where else can you find warm waves crashing onto glistening sandy beaches, where palm trees hug the lush green jungle – other than Costa Rica?

The Central American country is well-known for its volcanoes, beaches, and biodiversity – teeming with wildlife from spider monkeys to quetzal birds, and colorful parakeets. It’s a treasure trove for any surfer looking to get pitted at one of the world’s best surf destinations.

Besides awesome surfing opportunities, there are also daily yoga sessions. Available for anyone looking to find their inner chi, learn a new technique, or focus on their breathing for surfing.

While there are many super cool places available, we thought we’d make life easier by showing you our top picks for the best surf camps in Costa Rica.

Surf Camp Costa Rica: Top Places to Surf, Jam, and Yoga

Costa Rica’s surf and yoga scene have exploded, with a number of camps catering to all levels of surfers, from beginners to advanced. Feel like finding your inner soul surfer, or simply relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of activities available.

Most camps run surf lessons and yoga classes with professional instructors. Surf lessons are often conducted on different tidal times; you know what they say; “Good vibes happen on the tides.”

Let’s dive into some of the best surfing camps in Costa Rica. These can be family-friendly hotels to luxury accommodations, that each provides yoga sessions, excursions, and gourmet meals.

Rapture Surfcamps Avellanas

Rapture surf camp costa ricaLocated in Playa Avellanas, just a 20-minute drive away from Costa Rica’s party scene, Rapture Surfcamps provides surfers with a tropical paradise in legendary Tamarindo.

All rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, and equipped with mosquito nets and free wifi. Choose your accommodation from 6-bed bunk rooms for a group of friends ready to stirrup a barrel of laughter. Or opt for a king-sized bed with a private balcony for the love birds. To top it, you’re also provided with delicious daily breakfasts and dinners prepared by the camp chefs.

Possibly one of the best surf spots on the Pacific Coast, Playa Avellanas presents you with powdery white sands, turquoise waters, and gnarly waves. The surf school is located in one of the most versatile breaks, providing you with easy rides, to more challenging swells. Also, within the vicinity of the surf school, there are an additional five other breaks.

The accommodation is close to some of the best breaks around and a short distance to Tamarindo’s vibrant nightlife – you’re sure to have a blast here. Apart from the party scene, there are plenty of other activities. You can go snorkeling or scuba diving, enjoy jungle walks, or adventure out on a boat excursion.

Rapture Surfcamps provides visitors with a relaxing surf vacation, a place to unwind in lush green gardens or near the pool with a pina colada in hand.

Tip: Other hidden gems to keep a lookout for in the area include Playa Grande, Playa Negra, and Playa Langosta. For anyone looking to explore other surf spots around, there are bike rentals and shuttle services.

Breakdown:

  • Surf Lessons (beginner, intermediate, and experienced)
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Airport shuttle
  • Yoga classes
  • 3x Weekly video analysis
  • 3x Weekly surf theory class

7 Day Surf and Yoga Retreat in Montezuma

surf camp MontezumaIf you’re looking for an energizing 7-day surf and yoga vacation nestled in the jungle, this retreat provides you with just that. Located just outside Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula, at Hotel Los Mangos, lies a surfing and yoga paradise. With the combination of both relaxing yoga and surf sessions, this place is a real treat.

With Balinese inspired architecture, this accommodation provides 10 bedrooms and 9 bungalows nestled in a mango orchard. Enjoy free wifi (a game-changer for digital nomads), an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, laundry services, and an on-site restaurant.

For love birds looking for more of a private retreat, this Montezuma accommodation also offers the romantic Artist Loft and Luxury Tree Loft. All packages include a delicious breakfast, catering for all pallets.

The yoga and surf camp is open to all levels. There are Vinyasa flow yoga classes daily, conducted on a wooden pavilion overlooking a majestic ocean view. This, along with four amazing days of surf lessons with skilled instructors, is the complete package. And if you’re a beginner, don’t stress, you’ll get support from your instructor.

Besides their cool surfing school in Costa Rica and soothing yoga classes, there are tons of things to do here. Relax by the pool, rent motorbikes, hike to waterfalls, go snorkeling and diving, horse ride along the beach, or hop on an all-day boat excursion to Tortuga Island.

Breakdown:

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 4x Surf Lessons (beginner, intermediate, and experienced)
  • 6 Nights accommodation
  • Everyday breakfast

7 Day Women’s Surf and Yoga Retreat in Playa Grande

This 7-day surf and yoga holiday organized by Sister Surf & Yoga Retreat is located in the private boutique La Marejada Hotel in Playa Grand. It’s moments away from pristine white sandy beaches and rolling waves.

The accommodation includes 8 tastefully decorated rooms, equipped with soft linens, wifi, air conditioning, and ceiling fans. It’s the perfect place to relax after an active day of surfing and stretching out on the beach with a yoga class.

You can also recline in one of the hammocks in the garden, hang out at the pool, or enjoy the on-site restaurant. The establishment provides delicious foods, catering for all dietary requirements. Most days, you’ll start your morning off with coffee, tea, and green smoothies before heading out for a yoga class or surf session.

Surf lessons usually last around an hour to three hours. Other fun activities include horseback riding, turtle watching, waterfall excursions, sailing, and ziplining.

Breakdown:

  • 5x Surf Lessons (beginner, intermediate, and experienced)
  • 3x Daily gourmet meals
  • 6 Nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Airport transfers

10 Day Surf Camp and Yoga Vacation in Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa Surf CampEnjoy fun and challenging surfing sessions together with mindful, relaxing yoga on this 10-day surf and yoga retreat in Santa Teresa with the Pura Vida Surf Camp.

The accommodation provides shared dorms, or private rooms with a shared bathroom, or a private room and bathroom (ideal for couples, like us). The rooms are beautifully decorated and equipped with air conditioning and wifi. As a bonus, it’s within close proximity to local bars and restaurants, making chill time a whole lot more adventurous.

Enjoy tasty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners served from the restaurant at Selina’s. The establishment also caters for all dietary requirements and additional requests. Something to look forward to each morning is their excellent breakfast buffets.

Other activities include ATV rentals, canopy tours, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, hikes to cascading waterfalls, and tours to Tortuga island.

This beautiful beach town of Santa Teresa is the perfect place to connect with nature and enjoy surfing. Ideal for anyone, whether it’s with your friends or significant other, or if you want to make it a family surf camp in Costa Rica.

Breakdown:

  • 8x Surf lessons (beginner, intermediate, and experienced)
  • 9x Yoga classes
  • Photo and videos from surf lessons
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • 9 Nights accommodation

8 Day Surf and Yoga Camp in Guanacaste

Surf and Yoga Camp in GuanacasteDreamsea Costa Rica surf camp provides a superb 8-day surf and yoga camp located in Guanacaste. Ever pictured yourself surfing at remote beaches, staying in the jungle, enjoying mellow days? This retreat is the perfect place, where extravagance meets tranquility.

The accommodation provides eco-friendly glamping, located in the jungles of Tamarindo. Once you’ve checked into your inner serenity, you can jump into your surfing, yoga, adventure program.

Dreamsea Costa Rica provides opportunities for both beginner and advanced surfers. Once you’re ready for a relaxing yoga session with one of the certified instructors, join one of the classes focused on balancing a healthy mind, body, and soul.

There are plenty of other activities provided here, including waterfall excursions, hikes, and a Costa Rica surf trip.

Note: You should look forward to their breakfasts and dinner, you’ll be served delicious cuisines, with a focus on health-conscious living from the camp’s professional chefs.

Breakdown:

  • Daily Surf lessons (beginner, intermediate, and experienced)
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffets
  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet

What’s Your Take on a Costa Rica Surf Camp?

When you’re not ripping up barrels, or relaxing on one of the many jaw-dropping beaches, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained on one of your Costa Rica surf vacations – assuming you’re going to go back for more. From jungle excursions to sampling mouth-watering cuisines, you’re bound to find paradise.

Enjoy a customized program or join one of the pre-scheduled classes available. A favorite is to start the morning with a heavenly breakfast before heading off for a surf lesson. After working up a storm, enjoy a revitalizing lunch before relaxing or heading on an excursion. Many opt for a yoga session in the evening to get their chi, before the dinner and video analysis of their surf.

As ocean lovers since birth, we’ve put together our list of what we think is the best surfing camps in Costa Rica. What’s your take on the best surf camps in Costa Rica?

We hope to sea you on the next wave in a Costa Rica surf camp.

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