7 Days Backpackers' Surf Camp in Dominical, Costa Rica

  • Dominical, Bahia Ballena de Osa District, Osa Canton, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

7 Days Backpackers' Surf Camp in Dominical, Costa Rica

  • Dominical, Bahia Ballena de Osa District, Osa Canton, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Surf Camp

Dominical Waverider's backpackers ride package is the perfect package for travelers on a budget looking to surf and experience beautiful Costa Rica. Swim at a gorgeous waterfall, visit beautiful famous landmarks, watch amazing sunsets, and surf warm tropical waves - those are just a few things you should expect from this trip. Get ready for some adventure!


  • Surfing lessons
  • Guided sightseeing trip
  • Complimentary souvenir and surf equipment
  • Fresh fruit and water for every surf session
  • Transportation to all activities
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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For this trip, you may choose to be accommodated in a hostel or in Tortilla Flats. Tortilla Flats has been a locals favorite bar for over 10 years because of the excellent food, friendly staff, and perfect beach front location. It also features a small hotel with one room cabins with double beds and single or bunk beds in each room, with private bathrooms, fan, and porches with hammocks to relax in.

Beginner and intermediate surf lessons

If you are a first time surfer or want to improve your surfing skills, this is the lesson for you. Dominical Waverider are going to teach you all the basics of surfing such as; carrying your surf board, attaching the leash, safety tips, paddling techniques, standing up on the surfboard, and catching the waves. The surf instructors will start with thorough instructions on the beach then head out to the water to practice and to ride your first wave.

Besides learning the basics of how to surf, the lessons will equip you with the proper surfing etiquette and safety knowledge and how to care for your equipment in the surf, while ensuring you are up and riding by the end of the two-hour session. The surfing lessons run on a daily basis all season, however the times may vary depending on the tides and conditions each day. The surf instructors are certified Costa Rica lifeguards and experienced surf instructors, so you can be confident you’re in safe and expert hands at all times.

Advanced surf tours

Dominical Waverider advanced surf tours are designed for experienced surfers looking for an expertise hand to help you get the best out of your surfing time in Costa Rica. No need to stress figuring out where the best local surf spot is for swells or where is the right place to paddle out, their instructors will be with you at all times to give you valuable tips about all the best the surfing spots.

A guided sight-seeing visit and a trip to a beautiful waterfall is included in the package.

  • More

    More was the last acquisition on the Dominical Lifeguards team and with dedication, became an amazing waterman. He is a very chill guy and nothing can take away his smile and friendly vibe. His eager and fast learning ability quickly earned respect from the other team members and soon, he started working with the surf camp teaching others to surf, how to be safe in the water, and to respect the ocean.

  • Simon

    Simon is a local and rips whether it’s a round house, tail blasts, or 360 airs - he can do it all and help you get there too. He competes in national and local surf contests and has accumulated many titles over the years. He is a great surf instructor for all surfer levels.

  • Jorge Flaco

    Flaco is a Tico ( Costa Rica native) and one of the top surfers in the water. His smile and “pura vida” vibe is infectious. When he is not keeping the beach safe, surfing, or skating, just take a look around and you will see him talking to everyone. Flaco is a super friendly guy and if you are having your lesson and he is there, consider yourself lucky, because he’s one of the best.

  • Jeanine

    Jeanine is from exotic Brazil and one of the co-owners and operators of Waverider surf camp. She is a fun and friendly instructor who is very helpful with those new to surfing through her attention to details and warm instructional style. When she is not working or surfing, she loves to spend time in her garden or doing yoga. Jeanine is a great surf instructor, eager to help you understand the fundamentals of surfing as well as a love and respect for the ocean.

  • Natalia Natti

    Natti is from Argentina and was drawled to Costa Rica to surf warm water and explore the beauties of the country. She felt in love with the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle and soon made Dominical her new home. She is a good surfer and an excellent instructor, very patient, and kind. Her warm instruction style makes the beginners feel extra comfortable to ride the waves.

This trip will be held in Dominical, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a popular surf destination among surfers world wide. They have tropical beaches, warm water, and good waves up and down the coast. Playa Dominical is located on the southern zone and home to one of the best and most consistent beach breaks in the country. You can always count-on shoulder-high waves to ride. Dominical Waverider also have point breaks nearby. Further south on the coast, they have the legendary point break: Pavones.

Surf spots

Playa Ballena

Home to the famous 'whale’s tail', a large, kilometer-long sandbar that can be accessed on foot at low tide, Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita is an ocean-lovers paradise. From October through March, humpback whales and their kin can be spotted close to the coast. Dolphins swim in abundance in these calm waters as well. Expect to pay about 10 USD per person to enter the beach.

Playa Dominical

Considered the most consistent surfing spot in the nation, Dominical beach starts on the south side of the Baru River and stretches for more than a mile. Typically surfed at medium-to-high tides, the waves in Dominical are both powerful and thrilling. Lifeguards are on duty daily. In addition to water sports, there are several restaurants and tons of shopping. Check out the local vendor’s tables as they offer everything from jewelry to dresses to beach gear - it never hurts to bargain to get more bang for your buck. This is the most popular beach in the area.

Playa Dominicalito

Just three kilometers south of Dominical lies Dominicalito, a quiet fishing village with smaller waves than its neighbor to the north. The waves here can be very kid friendly, but it’s always a good idea to watch out for rocks when entering and exiting the ocean, particularly at lower tides. Dominicalito is also a great place to purchase fresh fish when local boats arrive during the afternoons.

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa is a long stretch of sandy beach, 10 minutes south of Playa Dominicalito. It’s a perfect beach for surfing and bodyboarding, although the waves are typically smaller than in Dominical. There is a lifeguard on duty almost every day at Playa Hermosa, which makes for a safe beach experience. Playa Hermosa is a fantastic place to purchase ceviche from area vendors and mingle with locals on the weekends.

Playa Pinuela

This beach is home to a tranquil waves and is almost always empty. If you are looking for a private, secluded beach, look no further.

Playa Tortugas

Named after the tiny turtles that sometimes grace its shores, Playa Tortuga is just south of Ojochal and sits on the banks of an active rivermouth.

Playa Uvita

Playa Uvita is 11 miles south of Dominical along the coastal highway. It’s a charming two-mile white sand beach with swaying palm trees and some shady relief from the Pacific sun. The waves are smaller here than in Dominical and swimming conditions are ideal. This beach is part of the Marino Ballena National Park, so fishing is strictly prohibited.

Playa Ventanas

Playa Ventanas is a favorite beach for locals and is located near the town of Ojochal. A palm-tree laden cove that features a pair of distinct caves that can only be explored on a low tide. There’s a secure, pay parking lot directly in front the beach and several top-end restaurants located close to town. The sunsets here are second to none. It’s a great place for a family trip.

Nearby places

  • San Jose International airport (SJO) - 3 hours
  • Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP) - 20 minutes

Fresh fruit and water will be served during surf sessions. The restaurant at Tortilla Flats is one of the busiest in Dominical and offers a wide variety of dishes including healthy sandwiches, fish tacos, fresh tuna, and local dishes called casados. The bar has become Dominical’s favorite hang out to grab a cold beer and watch the amazing waves and sunsets that Dominical is known for.

The crowd lingers into the night because of the friendly staff, quality food, and excellent drink specials. The restaurant hours are from 07:00 to 22:00 serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Connect with your body and soul through yoga
  • Enjoy horseback riding at the Nauyaca Waterfall
  • Enjoy waves and caves kayaking
  • Enjoy the calm water on a stand up paddle board
  • Experience ultimate adventure tours
  • Go snorkeling and hiking at Marine Whale's Tail National Park
  • Go kayaking through the mangrove forest
  • Go waterfall rappelling
  • See the forest from a different angle at canopy zip-line
  • Take a trip to Catarata Uvita, Poza Azul Waterfaall, or Hacienda Baru National Park
  • Trail hiking and swimming at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Visit the reptile park

Costa Rica surf camp offers massage by experienced and skilled hands. Their professional healing care therapist will help melt away any stress and sore muscles that may be plaguing you. The massage combines medium to firm pressure and long relaxing strokes for optimum relaxation and pain relief. It is a classic full-body massage that is both relaxing and stimulating. This massage helps soothe muscles, boost circulation, and alleviate mental stress, soothing the soul and fostering balance and peacefulness.

  • 5 days of professional surf lessons or advanced surf tour, 2 hours duration
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers to San Jose International Airport (SJO) or Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP)
  • Complimentary souvenir from Dominical Waverider
  • Free download of your surfing experience
  • Fresh fruit and water at surf sessions
  • Sightseeing visit
  • Surf photo analyzes
  • Surfboard and rash guard
  • Swim at a beautiful waterfall
  • Transfer to all activities included in the package

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Jose International airport (SJO) or Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP). Transfer from and to these airport are included n the package. Dominical Waverider will pick you up at the airport. The driver will be waiting outside the airport for your arrival and drive you to Dominical. The drive between San Jose International airport (SJO) and Dominical is about three hours while the drive between Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP) to Dominial is about 20 minutes.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookSurfCamps.com reviews

  • Review by Vanessa Laird from Northern California
    10 out of 10

    "My trip to Costa Rica was amazing. Dominical Waverider was great! "

    "Their surf instruction was so on point. I feel they really helped me improve my skills. Not only was the instruction amazing, but they were also so helpful in making our trip the best it could be. They were so fun and friendly I can't wait to come back and take some more lessons."

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  • Review by a traveler from Oklahoma
    10 out of 10

    "Dominical Waverider is an amazing surf camp. Not only do they provide exceptional surfing instruction that will have you standing up and surfing waves on the very first day, but they also set up and coordinate other activities in Dominical and the surrounding areas. Our two instructors, Jeanine (who co-owns the surf camp with her husband) and Jordy, are just awesome. Jeanine called us as we were driving down to Dominical from the San Jose Airport to greet us, and then she met us when we arrived and showed us around Dominical. Jeanine and Jordy were both, of course, very knowledgeable about surfing, and we also enjoyed hearing all they had to say about Dominical and the other activities there as well as hearing their own surfing stories. Also, when planning the trip, Jeanine was very responsive in answering all my questions and helping me sort out all the details. Dominical Waverider far exceeded my expectations for this vacation. I absolutely love everything about my vacation in Dominical with Dominical Waverider Surf Camp and Jeanine and Jordy. If you are planning a surfing trip to Costa Rica, I highly recommend them!"

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  • Review by Gabriela G.
    10 out of 10

    "My boyfriend and I were looking for a surf camp in Costa Rica to visit online when we stumbled on Dominical Waverider. It by far had the best reviews, most activities, all at the best price. I mainly corresponded with Jeanine who was always very prompt when responding questions. We booked the tickets and suite and when we arrived, we were so please with our choice. Jeanine and Andrew were amazing hosts. We went to dinner with them on our first night there. They would pick us up at our hotel and drove us to the surf lessons' spot. Even if they had a packed schedule they made sure to personalize and be as attentive as possible. They took us around town, to a few places. Not to mention the package was amazing. My boyfriend and I both learned to surf, went hang gliding, and rode horses to a waterfall. The water was warm and the waves were perfect. I would highly recommend Waverider for a pleasant and real Costa Rican experience. Pura vida!"

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  • Review by Kevin H. from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed out in Dominical for 12 days and joined up Dominical Waverider to get surfing experience. What a great a way to learn! They were brilliant and it was more than just a surf camp, they had heaps of tips in and around town and were happy to show me around and sit down for some drinks (12 ounce curls) at the end of the day. I'd have to describe it as being welcomed into their surfing family. Will definitely hit them up if I return to Dominical!"

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  • Review by Danielle D.
    10 out of 10

    "I got a lesson from Morales who was extremely professional and took the fear out of the ocean. He was encouraging and really made an emphasis on safety which I appreciate as a lifeguard. Definitely would recommend him."

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  • Review by Jay W.
    10 out of 10

    "From the first email to final goodbyes, Jeanine and Andrew genuinely had our best interest at heart. Jeanine was ever attentive and caring while Andrew's knowledge and passion for the ocean meant you couldn't help but feel stoked to be in the water, regardless of the conditions (which is almost always great). We are leaving after seven days in paradise feeling more connected to nature and thankful to have had the opportunity to experience all that Dominical had to offer with the kindness and local knowledge of our new friends. Whether you're an adventure and thrill seeker or a mellow beach bum, just drop Waverider a note, you won't regret it. "

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  • Review by Robert H. from United States
    10 out of 10

    "My kids, ages 10 and 13, have taken lessons from Dominical Waverider multiple times and each time I am impressed with how well the kids respond and learn. The knowledge shared is very good, but more importantly it is shared in a very personable manner. There is no doubt they have a deep love of surfing and a strong desire to share it."

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Dominical, Costa Rica

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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.


Green season


  • May 1 - November 31


High season


  • December 1 - April 30


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