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8 Days All Levels Surf Camp in Costa Rica

Surf Camp Costa Rica

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English

Embedded in the mysterious rainforest and surrounded by the calming sound of the Pacific Ocean, lies Early Bird Surfhouse. They offer you a spectacular view of the constantly breaking waves, the beautiful beach, and the surroundings of Playa Hermosa. Here, you will find constant waves for beginners as well as advanced surfers which break all year long.


  • 4 surf lessons
  • Constantly breaking waves
  • Tropical forest surrounding
  • Daily meals and free water
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Use of surf equipment
  • Shuttle to surf breaks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Early Bird Surfhouse offer you a spectacular view of the constantly breaking waves, the beautiful beach, and the surroundings of Playa Hermosa. Their loft-style, open air house offers space for a maximum of 20 guests, divided into two floors. You can choose between single, double, or shared rooms, which convey an outdoor-living emotion.

Shared bathrooms and showers are located in the upper and lower living areas. You can best enjoy your daily surf check and the unforgettable sunset from their cozy chill lounge. With the help of their unique telescope which is exceptional in this area, exploring the surf breaks and environment becomes a daily routine.

Who knows, you might get delighted and become a bird watcher or whale watcher one day. Coatis, agutis, iguanas, raccoons, howler, and capuchin monkeys are their daily visitors and can be watched with the naked eye. Get yourself a big load of Vitamin N(ature) for your body and mind and discover your personal nature retreat to regain new strength.


Early Bird's shuttle takes you from the surf house to the beach three times a day. Walking time is just 15 minutes to the beach breaks. Your surf-lessons will be adjusted to your level of surfing. The assortment of surfboards range from shortboards, Malibus, and longboards in all available lenghts.

The other surrounding surf spots that no shuttle service available on Early Bird Surfhouse's part to explore are; Santa Teresa, a very popular surf spot for all levels of experiences with numerous beach breaks and Playa Carmen, a centrally located beach break. Theres also Mal pais, which is an Indo-style reef break (sunset reef) for pros, and Manzanillo, an excellent outer reefbreak for big waves.

Just in case the waves are too small or too big for you one day, or if you prefer to take a break from surfing, take a closer look around Early Bird Surfhouse to experience the impressive and diverse beauty of nature. It is always worth to check the surroundings of their nature retreat through the unique telescope.

You might get lucky and get a close-up from a whale, an aguti hiding in the bushes, or a beautiful colored tropical bird. You will be stoked to see the richness of the colorful plants and the variety of animals living in their impressive neighborhood. Early Bird Surfhouse is a natural retreat, not only for them, but also for all the animals living close by.

The surf house is surrounded by tropical forest along a creek which attracts many animals not visible elsewhere around Santa Teresa. Experience and feel the power of our nature which they call the ‘vitamin N’.


Costa Rica

With it’s beaches of the Caribbean and the Pacific, Costa Rica holds a privileged place in the heart of Central America (three hour drive or 45 minute flight from coast-to-coast). While the Caribbean distinguishes itself through diversity in an aquatic ecological system, ideal for diving and snorkeling in clear water, the pacific coast is favored for surfing.

You will find numerous nature retreats that make the fauna and flora of Costa Rica so unique. The official language is Spanish with some differences to European Spanish. But no worries, if one studied Spanish, one will certainly be able to communicate. If one has very little Spanish knowledge, one can usually get quite far with English.

Playa Hermosa

There are four Playa Hermosas in Costa Rica. Early Bird Surfhouse lies on the Nicoya Peninsola, north of Mal Pais. More precisely, just between the well known Santa Teresa and the fishing village Manzanillo. The town lives up to its name 'Playa Hermosa', which translates to 'beautiful beach’.

Here, you’ll find a pleasant coast line with brown sand, situated between wooded mountains, continuous surf (beach break) and magnificent natural tidal basins for swimming and snorkeling. The less populated and quiet Playa Hermosa has considerably fewer visitors, contrary to its neighbors in the south (Santa Teresa). This offers the chance to be first in the water or on the beach.

Next to surfing, you can also take wonderful walks on the beach, go jogging or take your camera on an expedition (almost always worth it!) or you can discover your personal nature retreat that will supply your physical and emotional fitness with plenty of energy.

There is a supermarket in Playa Hermosa and several small restaurants which they can highly recommend in walking distance. Should you be urged to go on a shopping spree or explore the night life, check out Santa Teresa (10 to 15 minutes by car). There you’ll find shops of all kind, numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars. Here too, the Early Bird Surfhouse staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Nearby places

  • Santa Teresa - 10 to 15 minutes



  • Horse riding / rental
  • Pilates
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching


  • Balcony
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Café nearby
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net
  • Room cleaning


This package includes small breakfast before the early surf session (coffee, fruits, and cereals) and dinner. Early Bird Surfhouse also cater to vegetarians and people with allergies.

Things to do (optional)

Isla Tortuga

Take a day trip to the beautiful tropical island Isla Tortuga! A breathtaking 50-minutes boat ride from Montezuma, with an optional stop to snorkel along the way at the best snorkeling site on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, will transport you to the white sand beaches of Tortuga.

After arriving, you will be prepared a tasty barbecue lunch while you explore the island. The afternoon can be spent however you like: playing volleyball, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, or just lying under the coco trees. The price is 55 USD including snorkeling. Price does not include transportation to Montezuma (35 USD each way, up to five people).

Montezuma waterfalls and canopy tour

You have the opportunity to see the rainforest from the bird’s eye view. This is one of the zone’s premier attractions. This zipline tour follows the Montezuma river and gives you an opportunity to visit the famous waterfalls. There, you can take pictures and go for a swim in the pools carved by the cascading waters. This tour is 55 USD per person and does not include transportation to Montezuma (35 USD each way, up to five people).

Quad tour

If you are looking for adventure and go anywhere you choose, renting a quad is the right way to go. Rentals are available full-day, half-day, multi-day, and weekly to allow you the freedom to explore the area and discover your own piece of paradise on a secluded beach or a mountain road high above town. Prices for the quad-rental are 50 USD for 12 hours and 70 USD for 24.

What's included

  • 4 surf lessons (two units)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Shuttle to surf breaks three times a day
  • Use of surf equipment

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Lunch

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) or Tambor Airport (TMU).

Arrival by bus

There are daily busses going to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa at 6:00 and 14:00 leaving from Nueva terminal and Transporte cobano in San Jose. Buy the ticket as you enter the bus directly from the bus driver. Travel time is six hours and the ticket price is 12 USD. At the next to last bus stop Mal Pais or Playa Carmen, you’ll find cabs that take you to Early Bird Surfhouse or surf camp in Costa Rica for about 14 USD.

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