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8 Day Spanish Lessons, Surf Camp and Volunteering in Santa Teresa, Puntarenas

Jakera Jungle Surf Camp, 500 meters Oeste de Tropico Latino, Santa Teresa, Cobano, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Pura Vida Surf Camp in Costa Rica

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast & lunch included
Airport transfer available

Jakera Adventure invites you to embrace the Pura Vida of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast in the surfer’s paradise of Santa Teresa. They have established a ‘jungle surf camp’ on the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s north-west Pacific coast. Here, you will learn Spanish and surf in one of the top 10 surf destinations in the world and volunteer in various environmental projects including working alongside international conservationists protecting turtles at a beachside volunteer station. They will make sure your week goes amazing with their unique blend of nature, friendly people, and wonderful waves.


  • 4 professional surf lessons
  • 10 intensive Spanish lessons
  • River hike from the forest to the beach
  • Board rental during the surf lessons
  • Breakfast and lunch on weekdays
  • Brunch on weekend
  • 7 nights' lodging
  • Swimming pool

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$75 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental

Jakera Adventure has created a jungle paradise complete with swimming pool overlooked by a rich tropical forest bursting with wildlife including capuchin and howler monkeys. Accommodation is single-sex dorms with beds, and separate toilet and shower facilities (hot and cold water).

You will need to help with cleaning dishes and keep your room and public areas tidy. You have a choice of either washing your own clothes or using a laundry service in the local towns at weekends, which costs about 2 USD per kilo.


This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month, so you can ‘settle in’ before the program proper starts on Monday morning. As well as Spanish lessons and a choice of professional surf instruction, other programmed activities include hiking so you can explore and enjoy the beautiful hinterland of Nicoya Peninsula and get a real feel for the biodiversity of this special part of the world. This program is quite busy but there is still free time to enjoy a great social life and participate in the many other activities you can enjoy here.

Spanish Lessons

Each day from Monday to Friday, there will be two 45-minute Spanish lessons (usually at 09:00-11:00 but subject to change depending surf conditions). Tuition is delivered by accredited and licensed teachers and on day one, you receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. These lessons are tailored to suit all levels from beginner to intermediate and are designed to help you interact and immerse with the local community and enjoy being in a Spanish speaking country.

Surf Lessons

Each week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, you have a choice of doing surfing lessons. Surf lessons (approximately two hours) are delivered by a local professional surf instructor. As well as showing you the basics or taking you to the next level, you learn basic safety principles taking into account local issues such as rip tides. A summary of basic water safety principles is included below. Boards are provided for surf lessons. Additional lessons are available on request as well as board rental.

Daily Schedule


  • 07:00-08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00-11:00 Spanish lesson
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 Surf lesson


  • 07:00-08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00-11:00 Spanish lesson
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 Surf lesson


  • 07:00-08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00-11:00 Spanish lesson
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 River hike - forest to the beach


  • 07:00-08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00-11:00 Spanish lesson
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 Surf lesson


  • 07:00-08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00-11:00 Spanish lesson
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 Surf lesson


  • 07:00-08:30 Free
  • 10:00-11:00 Brunch
  • 12:00-16:00 Jakera Club volunteering (optional)


  • 07:00-08:30 Free
  • 10:00-11:00 Brunch and departure

Included excursions


Jakera Adventure would like you to enjoy the Nicoya Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty, so on Wednesday, you will explore your surroundings on foot. The first is a two-hour ‘jungle river trek’ along a river that runs by Jakera Jungle Surf Camp and into the lush tropical forest that surrounds you. You quickly find yourself ‘lost’ and wondering which direction the seemingly nearby beach is. This hike helps you to understand how the whole ecosystem works. There is a huge range of flora including trees with specific medicinal applications. You begin to understand the beauty of this truly diverse location.


Your experience is based at ‘Jakera Jungle Surf Camp’ where Jakera Adventure has created a jungle paradise complete with swimming pool overlooked by a rich tropical forest bursting with wildlife including red squirrels, howler monkeys, and tiny magical hummingbirds. They are a 10-minute walk from the cool cafes, bars, and shops that line the six kilometers stretch of road and beach that make up Playa Santa Teresa / Playa El Carmen.

This adventure will take you right to the heart of Costa Rica, where you’ll meet a nation of fiercely proud and fun-loving ‘Ticos’ (Costa Ricans’ name for themselves). It may be small, but this peaceful, sun-drenched corner of Central America holds over five percents of the world’s biodiversity, boasting more national parks per square meter than any other country in the world. It is also home to some of the most important nesting sites for endangered turtles.

If that’s not enough, Costa Rica has both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, punctuated by fertile coffee growing mountains and active volcanoes. Moreover, the lively beach town of Santa Teresa is world famous for surf breaks across beaches pristine, uncrowded, and seemingly endless. The town comes alive with funky surf shops, cafes, restaurants, and nightspots for every taste and budget.



  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Whale watching


  • Beach
  • Garden


  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental


Breakfast and lunch are provided but the daily routine will be structured to accommodate quality of the surf, as they try to create opportunities for the beach in between the priorities of Spanish lessons and volunteering.

All food in the camp is organic, sourced from local farmers and fishermen with garnishes and tidbits from Jakera Adventure's garden. The menu is predominantly vegetarian, though they do also serve locally sourced meat and fish. Safe drinking water, tea, coffee, and natural soft drinks will be provided throughout at each phase. Beers and sodas are not included.

Although menus will be local, they’ll be tempered to Western tastes and vegetarians are easily accommodated. Salads, simple soups, tortillas, sweet plantains, and local food made from tubers (similar to potatoes) are also popular.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Jakera club volunteering

Due to the success of ‘Jakera Club’ and owing to popular demand from local kids, surf instructors, and the local community in general, Jakera Adventure now hosts a ‘Jakera Club’ event every Saturday afternoon. Led by their Spanish and volunteer participants but open to all of the clients who would like to get involved, they deliver a range of fun and educational activities including swimming classes, surf lessons, beach games, and conservation activities. This is a fun way to engage with the local community and get your weekend kick started!

Yoga school

Visit local yoga retreats as well as a surf school. Lessons cost 45 USD for two hours.

Beach yoga

Every Sunday morning, get up a little earlier than usual to enjoy a pre-breakfast yoga session on the beach. Yoga is very popular in this part of the world and perfectly compliments the focus and energy required while surfing, and helps you to connect with this beautiful part of the world. Enjoy a 45-minute for around 15 USD.

Kayaking and snorkeling

Costa Rica is a wonderful environment to explore from the water. Strong waves and currents make this a challenging paddle along one of the most beautiful parts of Costa Rica’s coastline and nearby islands.

Jungle canopy tour

Tours of the jungle canopy on zip-wire cost around 45 USD, or you can go on suspended bridges for 30 USD.

Whale and dolphin watching

Dolphins can be seen in Costa Rica’s waters all year round and the country boasts one of the world’s longest whale watching seasons. Tours are available from the coast at around 70 USD.

Horse riding

One of the most enjoyable and natural ways to explore Costa Rica’s green and pleasant lands is on the back of a horse. There’s a recommended stable in Santa Teresa, which offers about 80 hectares of private land with trails transecting forest, the cost of which is approximately 35 USD.

Other activities

You may also enjoy ATV and e-bike rental available.

What's included

  • 4 surf lessons
  • 10 intensive Spanish lessons
  • Hiking
  • Board rental for the surf lesson
  • 7 nights' accommodation in Jakera Jungle Surf Camp
  • Daily breakfast and lunch on weekday
  • Brunch on weekends

What's not included

  • Airport transfer (75 USD each way)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

For the transfer to Santa Teresa, Jakera Adventure uses Montezuma Expedition who operate service twice daily at 06:00 and 14:00 from December 15, 2017, until May 31, 2018, and once a day at 08:00 from June 1, 2018, until December 14, 2018. The airport transfer to Santa Teresa costs 75 USD each way.

Upon touchdown and clearing customs and immigration, you will begin a multi logistical transfer to the Nicoya Peninsula. A one and a half hour road transfer to Puntarenas, followed by a scenic one-hour ferry across the Golfo de Nicoya to Paquera, and finally, another one-hour road transfer to your destination on the Pacific coast, Santa Teresa. You quickly realize you are somewhere special as the asphalt road gives way to ‘off road’ terrain giving this special part of the world an ‘island’ feel.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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