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8 Days Surf Camp in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

  • Marea Brava Hotel, Playa Hermosa, Jaco, Costa Rica

Surf Camp in Costa Rica

Surf is nice to look at, but surfing is really a thrill. Join this surf camp, the instructors' experience in teaching guarantees you'll remain true and ride the very first waves in just one lesson. Whether you're exploring solo, taking pleasure in an intimate getaway, or striking the shore with your family, Hermosa Riders Surf School really wants to greet you towards the sport of surfing and help you produce memories you'll treasure forever!


  • 2-hour surf lessons
  • Professional surf instructor
  • Plenty activities during free time
  • Surfing at world famous beach of Playa Jaco
  • Daily transportation for surf lesson
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Located in Jac, Marea Brava Hotel offers a garden and year-round outdoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available and free private parking is also available on site. Marea Brava Hotel also includes a terrace. The property also has grocery deliveries and a private beach area and water sports facilities. Bike rental and car rental are available. The area is popular for snorkeling and fishing.

The surf lesson begins around the beach having a couple of theory and practicing the very best actions as well as the position which give advantage on how to get close to the board. Then, you are ready to get into the start surfing. The instructors provide gentle, expert instruction to beginners of any age privately, couples, semi-private, or group configurations.

With the right coach, you'll be amazed how quickly you can pick up the basics. Most of the students stand up in their first session. The Hermosa Riders way is to customize the sessions to meet your needs as an individual and make the learning fun and inspirational. That way you'll learn quickly, have an amazing time, and progress at a lightning pace.

For beginners, in your first session, you will learn the basic techniques of surfing such as safety tips, paddling techniques, standing on the board, and riding waves. For someone that already can surf, you will learn on how to read the wave, sit in the right spot, and then get you to commit to paddling into the wave.

Surfing out the back is the ultimate experience and its where the obsession begins. Once you've cracked this stage, you're ready for the advance surf lessons coached by Ariel Gutierrez, a national level coach.

Besides surfing, you can choose another activity from horseback riding, ATV and canopy tour, or a relaxing massage.

The surfing destination is the beach town of Playa Hermosa on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This is a spectacular area where the jungle covered the mountains descend upon tranquil undeveloped beaches with world class surfing.

Hermosa Riders offers exciting adventures, abundant wildlife, and the world famous beach of Playa Jaco, that offers all-year-round surfing. Playa Hermosa's beautiful beaches are environmentally protected and do not allow beachfront buildings that may destroy the natural beauty.

This package includes breakfast in Vista Hermosa Restaurant. Other meals at the same restaurant are valid for a 25% discount.

  • 2 hours surf lessons
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 25% discount for meals at Vista Hermosa Restaurant
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast in Vista Hermosa Restaurant
  • Daily transportation to surf spot
  • One option of either horseback riding, ATV and canopy tour, or relaxing massage
  • Professional surf instructor
  • Surf board rental
  • Taxes
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer to and from this airport is included. Hermosa Riders Surf School will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.


  • Review by Andrew Bellaver from Indiana, USA
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful family experience. My wife and I wanted to take our two daughters (11 and 14) surfing. We had talked to quite a few different people who said to not waste our money on lessons and to just youtube it. Those people couldn't have been more wrong. We spent 2 hours with Ariel and Gabriella learning to surf. Simple things like how to fall off your board and cover your head, getting out into the surf, and finally catching a wave. Everyone in our family caught multiple waves, WHAT A RUSH!!!! We could not have done this on our own for first timers. Ariel spent a great amount of time with our two daughters making sure they caught as many waves as possible. That evening at dinner (our last night in Costa Rica) we asked our daughters what their highlight from our trip to Costa Rica was (ziplining, seeing monkeys and sloths at Manual Antonio National Park). Both of them said SURFING with Hermosa Riders Surf School. They said it was a great experience that we all did as a family, and Ariel and Gabriella made sure we all had the proper technique and caught many waves. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING SURF LESSONS FROM HERMOSA RIDERS SURF SCHOOL!"

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  • Review by Antti K.
    10 out of 10

    "I had a fantastic time with Ariel and his crew! If you are looking for an instructor, Ariel and Hermosa Riders are highly recommended!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Great Surf school for all ages Just a block from the beach at Playa Hermosa. Very friendly staff with excellent English if required. First Class"

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I had several days of lessons with Ariel while I was in Jaco and really enjoyed both of them. He came as a recommendation from a friend who lives in San Jose, good call. I felt like I got the expert hands on help I needed but he also knew when to let you do it by yourself. It was really nice chatting with him too hanging out a waiting for the waves."

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  • Review by Andrew W. from Greater Los Angeles Area, California, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I live in OC and have been surfing for several years. I'm no ripping pro, but I'm not a novice, either. I surfed with Ariel for 5 days straight. He improved my confidence in heavier surf, improved my barrel riding, and showed me how to break some bad habits i had formed which ultimately have made me a better, faster surfer. I really noticed an improvement since my trip and picture myself going back as soon as i get the time off to take the next step. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking to step it up."

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  • Review by Miriam Elizabeth Browman
    10 out of 10

    "To be honest, I was scared of both the ocean and surfing before booking this lesson, but Ariel created a safe and friendly learning environment! Ariel arranged all the transportation and did a great job of teaching me the basics on the beach and then helping me transfer them to the water. I had such a great time that I came back for a second lesson! The first lesson he did all the hard work, making it easy for me to focus on learning how to stand up. The second time he helped me try bigger and stronger waves. Ariel was very professional and is talented at what he does! I have a new love of surfing and a new respect for surfers."

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  • Review by Laura Stanford Veno from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Ariel was a great instructor! I was SO nervous about trying this, but I was able to ride my very first wave. Such a great experience! We will be back with our kids next time!"

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  • Review by John Peers from Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "Excelentrs instructores 100 por cuento recommendados"

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  • Review by Jonathan Solis
    10 out of 10

    "Gracias a ellos me motive a volver al surf, excelente la metodología y el acompañamiento."

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  • Review by Jorge A. Russell from Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "No puede ser mejor... todo el mundo puede aprender a surfear con estos instructores, especialmente los niños. ¡¡¡Felicitaciones!!!"

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