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Dreamy Surf Camp in Costa Rica

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Surfing is equivalent to a dream, the one you experience regularly in Costa Rica, a paradise adorned with world-class waves. Every sunrise and sunset, you will find yourself paddling through the Pacific, searching for those perfect peeling rides. There is a worldwide surf community, a large group of people who understand the simple pleasure of a connection with the ocean. Gliding between the waves is a joy that not everyone gets to experience. Step, or paddle, into that world and Jaco Inn can help you make this dream into a reality!

Highlights

  • 5 surf lessons
  • 2-hour surf sessions
  • Professional surf instructor
  • Use of board, wax, and rash guard
  • A chance to go biking or hiking
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

A quiet oasis tucked away in the heart of Jaco, Jaco Inn is the perfect home base from which to experience all the excitement Jaco has to offer. The tropical gardens surrounding their property are a pleasant, shady contrast to the heat baked streets of the town. After a day spent surfing under the hot sun, stretching your body during yoga class, or enjoying one of the many activities that Jaco has to offer, Jaco Inn has all the comforts of home to rest your tired feet.

With clean, comfortable rooms, and a variety of open, common spaces, there is plenty of time to relax in private or connect with fellow travelers. There are communal kitchen and lounge area that are available for all guests to use. The staff is happy to provide any information about events and tours within Jaco and nearby areas. In addition to accommodation, Jaco Inn also offers surf and yoga packages. They will work directly with you in creating a package that is suitable to your needs and skill level.

Girls Dorm

The Girls Dorm room is located in the property's surf house, a traditional Costa Rican home with a huge corridor, high ceilings, and open spaces perfect for hanging out and enjoying some homey vibes. In your room, you will find all the essentials. There are four bunk beds, a private bathroom, and private shower as well as lockers and storage for belongings. The surf house features a fully-equipped kitchen and TV lounge area for all guests to use.

Boys Dorm

The Boys Dorm room is located in the property's surf house, a traditional Costa Rican home with a huge corridor, high ceilings, and open spaces perfect for hanging out and enjoying some homey vibes. In your room, you will find all the essentials. There are three bunk beds, a private bathroom, and a shower as well as lockers and storage for belongings. The surf house features a fully-equipped kitchen and TV lounge area for all guests to use.

Queen Room

This is a private room that features a queen bed with a garden view and shared bathroom in the property's surf house, a traditional Costa Rican home with a huge corridor, high ceilings, and open spaces perfect for hanging out and enjoying some homey vibes. The surf house features a fully-equipped kitchen and TV lounge area for all guests to use.

Hangar 1

The Hangar, an old warehouse restored with recycled materials, features four different rooms. Each one has a bunk bed (full bed on the bottom and a single on top) and a private bathroom. Characterized by its prefabricated structure with an industrial style, metallic walls, and ceilings over 20 feet high, this is a unique space for those looking for a little privacy. In the surf house, located in front of The Hanger, you will find a fully-equipped kitchen and TV lounge area for all guests to use.

Kinder 1

There are two Kinders, restored day care facilities, on the property. The rooms feature two bunk beds with a private bathroom and a garden view. In the surf house, located at the center of the property, you will find a fully-equipped kitchen and TV lounge area for all guests to use.

Program

The surf package includes your stay at Jaco Inn's retreat - a beautiful property right in the heart of town, with tropical gardens, a coffee roastery, a café, and a yoga studio - and five surf lessons. All of these is located in the heart of Jaco, close to the beach and the fun but away from all the noise.

Each lesson is two hours long with a certified instructor and includes a board, wax, and a rash guard. On the first day, the instructors will work with you in developing the basic foundations of surfing - paddling and popping up. Once you have those skills down, you can move from the beach and into the water.

The next few lessons will be spent perfecting that pop-up stance in the white water. From there, you can move on to catching green waves and, by the end of the week, riding the green waves. At the completion of your surf program, you will be able to get in the water and catch waves on your own. This is truly an experience that will be with you the rest of your life. A week here with Jaco Inn in Playa Jaco will certainly leave you searching for the next wave.

Although Jaco lives and breathes surf, you will also find yourself enjoying a multitude of other activities. Jaco Inn will be sure to take you to the best local spots for food and music, get your adrenaline pumping with mountain hikes and waterfall dives, and introduce you to the best of local culture and friends.

What you will learn

Learning the perfect stance starts in the sand. The instructors will work with you to ensure you have the correct technique before paddling out. Paddling is the foundation of surfing. Learning the correct posture and utilizing your upper body strength is essential in catching the perfect waves. Learning how to handle your board in the water prevents possible injury and results in smoother, more controlled wave riding.

With the basics covered, the next step is standing up. The instructors will try to guarantee to get you standing up and riding by the end of your trip. The most challenging experiences are often the most rewarding. Learning to surf will take some effort - but a lot of fun as well! This is a skill that you can take with you the rest of your life, whether you plan on coming back to visit Costa Rica, finally surf that hometown break, or just share some great photos with family and friends!

Instructors

Esteban "El Nino"
Jaco Inn’s surf instructor, Esteban, was born and raised in Playa Jaco. A longtime surfer, Esteban is passionate about sharing his love of the ocean with others. He started teaching surf lessons in 2013 and he has been with Jaco Inn since 2016. Esteban has extensive knowledge of the ocean and Playa Jaco’s waves - you are sure to feel safe and have fun when surfing with him.

Location

This surf camp will take place in Jaco, Costa Rica. Although perfect waves tumble on to beautiful shores all around Costa Rica, Playa Jaco is one of the best beaches to experience surfing. Jaco offers a break that is suitable for beginners and, at the same time, challenging to more advanced surfers. However, surfing is not all there is to experience here - the town of Jaco itself is a melting pot of culture, language, and lifestyles. Whether you are looking for a post-surf yoga stretch, a healthy and tasty meal, or some funky tunes, the staff can help direct you in the right direction.

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking
  • Surfing

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Things to do (optional)

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Joining a variety of tour options
  • Yoga

What's included

  • 5 surf lessons
  • Certified surf instructor
  • Use of board, wax, and rash guard
  • 6 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Driving directions from San José

  • Take Autopista Próspero Fernández/Route 27 South towards Jaco.
  • Along the way, you will encounter a series of toll booths that require changes in local currency.
  • You will need no more than 2,500 CRC (5 USD) to get to Jaco.
  • After the fourth toll booth, at Coyolar, take the exit toward Carretera Pacífica Fernández Oreamuno / Route 34.
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Carretera Pacífica Fernández Oreamuno/Costanera Sur / Route 34.
  • Drive 40 minutes more down the 34 until you reach to Jaco.
  • Take the second exit to your right, where the supermarket Maxi Pali is.
  • Drive all the way down until you reach Avenida Pastor Díaz and make a left.
  • Drive 800 meters until you reach "The Orange Pub" and make a left.
  • Jaco Inn is right behind the pub.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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You can also choose to stay in the following room options:
  • Private room for 2 persons with a queen-sized bed and a shared bathroom (565 USD per person)
  • Private room for 2 persons with a bunk bed and a private bathroom (655 USD per person)
  • Private room for 4 persons with 2 bunk beds and a private bathroom (1,145 USD per person)
  • Private room for 4 persons with 2 bunk beds, a private bathroom, and air conditioning (1,245 USD per person)

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