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7 Day Backpackers' Surf Camp in Dominical, Puntarenas

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

Costa Rica Surf Camp

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Airport transfer included

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!

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  • 5 Surfing lessons
  • Surf photos analyzes
  • Fresh fruit and water for every surf session
  • Complimentary souvenir and surf equipment
  • Transportation to all activities
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport
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  • Bar
  • Restaurant

For this trip, your choice to be accommodated in a hostel. Cool Vibes Hostel is located on the quite south side of Dominical beach and it's about 150 yards walking distance to the ocean (1 minute walk to the beach, in other words). The hostel has free WiFi internet for clients, a large kitchen full equipped for clients to use, a common area with TV and a small pool. Package rate is based on private shared rooms with fan and you have the choice to upgrade for AC room. Each room has your own bathroom.


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.

Included excursions

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




Jorge Flaco


Natalia Natti


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Snacks
  • Drinks

Things to do (optional)

  • 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

Spa treatments

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.

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Airline ticket

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP). Transfer from and to these airports are included in 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 Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and Dominical is about three hours while the drive between Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP) to Dominial is about 20 minutes.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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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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