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8 Day Surf Camp for Levels 1, 2, and 3 Surfers in Santa Teresa, Puntarenas

Lapoint Surf Camp, Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, Provincia de Puntarenas 60101, Costa Rica

All Levels Surf Camp Costa Rica

All difficulty levels
Maximum 6 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

With its beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and friendly people, Costa Rica is paradise on earth. The place has a tropical climate with 27 to 28 degrees in the water all-year-round and usually a bit more than 30 degrees in the air. The country creed is “Pura Vida” or 'pure life' and this is what Costa Rica is all about – to enjoy life. The locals are incredibly hospitable and unsurprisingly happy given that their home is one of the planet's most precious treasures!

Highlights

  • 5 two-hour surf lessons
  • Max of 6 students per instructor
  • Choice of level 1, 2, or 3 surf course instructions
  • Free use of surf equipment for six days
  • Daily breakfast and 5 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$77 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The camp is located in a lush garden with the main villa and five smaller bungalows. With a great vibe and nice lounge and hangout area by the pool bar, the camp is ideal for relaxing after an eventful day.

The place has 34 spots in total, divided into two doubles, one twin room, and five dorm rooms. One of the double rooms are in a private bungalow and two doubles are in the main villa (basic double). One dorm room is located in the main villa (basic dorm) and four dorms are located in the bungalows.

There are big lockers under the beds in all dorms. In the double rooms, there are small lockable boxes (only for money / passport / phone, etc).

Program

You can choose which level suits you best based on the below descriptions of each level:

LEVEL 1

  • Learn the basics of surfing
  • Be able to catch white water waves on a regular basis
  • Become comfortable in the white water waves

Who is level 1 for?

This course is for you that have never surfed before, or that haven’t surfed in a while and want to go through the basics one more time. Lapoint Camps will give you a fun and encouraging introduction to surfing, and share the stoke when you catch your very first waves. In groups of six surfers per instructor, they’ll make sure that you develop your skills in line with your level and that you’ll catch as many waves possible. It’s all about having fun together with the other surfers.

Note about equipment

The instructors will not give out equipment to the guests before their first surf lesson, so they have the right equipment for their level.

What kind of waves will you be surfing?

You’ll be surfing easy waves on surrounding sand beaches and easy reef breaks where you’ll have a safe and comfortable experience when you explore the waves for the first time. The instructors will pick the best part of the beach where you will be able to catch the most white water wash and broken waves and have as much fun as possible.

Theory included

  • History of surfing - You will learn where and when it all started, the type of boards; short to very long ones and how they have developed over the years.
  • Ocean awareness - The types of rips, waves, weather, conditions, tides and how they work, places to surf, different types of waves; beach, point, and reef breaks. You’ll go through how waves form in the ocean, the surf spots in the area of the camp, and inform about the ones that are best suited for beginners.
  • Surfing terms - Learn the language of surfing; speed, trimming, pop up, crowd, and more.
  • Surf safety and etiquette - You’ll go through how to behave in the water, how to handle the board in and outside the water, how to handle the crowd of other surfers, how to fall after you have surfed a wave, and where in the water you should be as a beginner.
  • Surf equipment - An introduction of all surf gear; type of boards, fins, leash, wetsuit, reef boots, wax, etc. You’ll also go through the different part of the board; nose, tail, up, down, etc.
  • Board control - How to position yourself on the board, paddling, handling, and sit on the board. How to handle the board in order not to hurt yourself or anyone else around you.
  • Take-off - Learn how to do the perfect pop-up, and get up on your board. You’ll also learn when to do the pop-up so you surf on top of the wave and don’t sink through.
  • Surfing the whitewater - Start with belly rides to understand when the whitewater has the most power, and move over to standing up on your board.
  • Individual feedback - The teacher will see the things you need to improve, and help you so you’ll achieve the goals of the course and avoid the usual mistakes beginners do.

LEVEL 2

  • You’re catching white water waves on a regular basis
  • Get out to the lineup and surf green waves
  • Learn how to go right and left on a wave

Who is level 2 for?

This level is designed for those of you that have passed the level 1 or can catch and ride a whitewater wave on your own. Level 2 will focus on getting to the outside (lineup) in waist high waves. Lapoint Camps will teach you to catch green waves and ride the face of the wave instead of going straight in the white water.

What kind of waves will you be surfing?

You’ll be targeting waist high green waves, and catch them just when they’re about to break. Every day, your instructor will take you to the surf spot that is best suited to catch as many green waves as possible.

Theory included

  • The lineup - In this course, you will enter a new area of the water called the lineup. In this region of the ocean, all type of surfers except the beginners hang out. There are many written and unwritten rules to follow when you’re entering this region.
  • Surf safety, surf etiquette, and priority rules - How to behave in the water, how to handle the crowd, how to position yourself in the lineup, how to know when it’s your turn to catch a wave, how to know where to position yourself when you take off on a wave, how to fall after you have surfed a wave, how and where to paddle back out to not be in the way or in the danger of hurting yourself or other surfers.
  • Ocean awareness - In this course, you will no longer just be on the inside / sand bank where it`s possible to stand and hold your board, you will now be on the outside where it’s deeper and not possible to stand on the bottom. Therefore, it’s very important to know all the factors in the ocean; how the rips are running, how the tides are working, the waves, weather and conditions. You will refresh on all the aspects on the ocean, so you eventually can be on your own surfing different type of breaks. You’ll also get some info about some spots near the camp, where you can practice in between the surf lessons.
  • Spot guiding - If you're taking the level 2 course, you know by now that it’s not just to grab a board and jump in and surf. The local surf teacher will throughout the week take you to the best spot quality waves for this level 2 course. This means that you’ll get all the knowledge of what spots work best on different tides, swell directions and wind directions, so you can use your time not finding spots, but surfing the best ones at the correct time.
  • Individual coaching - The coach will see these things you need to improve on and tell you what to do differently in order to take your surfing to the next level.
  • Surf equipment - There are many types of boards for different types of waves and levels of the surfer. You are in the zone where you might be ready to start looking at other boards than just the beginner longboard. The next step in line is the mini malibu – a short version of the longboard, you’ll be able to try this type of board during this week.
  • Surf up to waist high green waves - The goal for this course is to be able to catch waves on your own, stand up, and surf down the line on up to waist high waves both to both the left and right.
  • Surfing terms - Learn the language of surfing; face, down the line, speed, trimming, lefts/ rights, crowd, etc.
  • Board control in the lineup - Refresh how to position yourself on the board and how to paddle, handle, and sit on the board – this has to be perfect when entering the lineup.
  • Passing through the waves techniques - Turtle roll and duck dive.
  • Take-off - Refresh the pop-up so this is perfect for catching a green wave, this has to be 100 percent perfect for you to be able to make it. The take-off is crucial when catching a green wave; it has to be done just after you feel that you are going down the face of the wave and before you reach the bottom.

LEVEL 3

  • Improve your spot analysis and wave reading skills
  • Develop surfing technique and confidence with video coaching
  • Boost water safety
  • Get comfortable surfing independently

Who is level 3 for?

This level is designed for those of you that have passed the level 2 course or can catch waist high green waves on your own and surf frontside and backside. You’re not yet confident in head high waves on your own but you’ll surf easy reefs, point, and beach breaks with all the knowledge you need to feel confident to surf most breaks, focusing on entry and exit from the break, surf etiquette and which peak is the best for your level of surfing. This course has a max limit of six surfers per week.

What kind of waves will you be surfing?

During this course, you’ll learn to be comfortable in a bit overhead conditions, and Lapoint Camps will always be looking for the waves where you can have the best progress and most fun. Your instructor will take you to the best suited spot in the area each day, that being reef, point, and beach breaks.

Theory included

  • The lineup - In this course, you become more confident in the lineup. There are many factors to think about in the lineup, let alone being able to catch a wave. You’ll go through what you’ll need to learn to be able to have a better time when you’re out in the lineup, so you’ll catch loads of waves and have a great time yourself and with the other surfers around you.
  • Surf safety, surf etiquette, and priority rules - By now, you know how important it is to read the ocean before jumping in and to follow the written and unwritten rules of surfing. It’s now crucial to always know where to enter the surf spot so you don’t get hurt, where does the rips run (knowing this is everything), how to do a good duck dive, where to paddle out in the lineup so no one runs you over because you are in the way, and know when it’s your turn to catch a wave. These are just a few things you will go through in this course. By knowing this, you won’t hurt anyone else or yourself, you will be much more confident and catch plenty more waves.
  • Ocean awareness - You now know how important it’s knowing the factors of the ocean, how the rips are running, how the tides are working, the waves, weather, and conditions. Lapoint Camps will refresh all this and give you a lesson on how to read the different types of swell charts of the spots you’re surfing on this course. This will teach you to know when to surf different type of spots to what time – both around the camp, but also on your home location if you want any help with this.
  • Spot guiding - Again, by now you know it’s not just to grab a board and jump in the water and surf. You need to do a lot of preparations checking the swell charts, going to different spots, and see how they behave. Swell charts are good, but they are not always spot on with their forecast. That’s why you always have to check the spot before you jump in, a good thing is to check how surfers that are already out there manage the conditions – do they catch a lot of waves? Is the current strong so it’s hard to be on the take off spot? All this is key information knowing before you get out there and Lapoint Camps will take you through all this in this course.
  • Individual coaching - The coach will mostly be in the water to help and guide you to make the right choices. The coach will see to that all of you in the group gets all the knowledge you need. She / he has to be 100 percent sure that you as a guest have understood and learned all the things that you go through on this course.
  • Surf equipment - There are many types of boards for different types of waves and levels of a surfer. You’ll get individual info on regarding what type and size of board you should use on different type of waves. Some waves are soft and you might need something wider and with a lot of volume, others are more steep and powerful and you might need more rocker but still with good volume under the chest to get easy into the waves. Lapoint Camps have a variety of boards at the camps, so you can test different equipment to find what you should be using.
  • Get comfortable in up to head high waves on your own - The goal for this course is for you to be able to get secure and comfortable on your own in head high surf on different type of breaks; from reef, point or beach breaks. Lapoint Camps will also help you with the basic technique on bottom turn, trimming, manoeuvres, duck dive, and more.
  • Surfing terms - The language of surfing; face, down the line, speed, bottom turn, trimming, pocket / power source, lefts / rights, crowd, cut backs, etc.
  • Board control in the lineup - Lapoint Camps will polish on your paddle technique, how you move in a lineup, and how you sit and swing around when a set comes. All this is key to catch a lot of waves in the lineup, especially when it’s you and 30 other surfers out there.
  • The duck dive - This needs to be good so you don’t lose a lot of energy on extra paddling. You’ll get a few tips on how to do the duck dive as good as possible.
  • Take-off technique - If this is not 100 percent correct, you might lose that perfect right hander that you see rolling away in front of you because you were a bit slow and had the wrong weight on the heels when jumping on the board. The same goes for the timing: you need to be in the perfect spot and pop up in the perfect moment in order to set up the wave. If you’re too far in, you might get the lip in the back, and unless you are a really good surfer, you’re not gonna be able to get back to the open face. Maybe you’re too far out and you end up not catching the wave. You will work on all these aspects on this course.
  • Video analysis - Lapoint Camps will film at least one session, so you get some visual feedback. The camera doesn’t lie, and is one of the best tools to become a better surfer.

A typical day

You alternate between surfing early and late in the day, and when you’re surfing early, you’re up somewhat early in order to enjoy the mornings when the surf is the best. When your body is surfed out, you head back to the camp and have a well-deserved lunch. The rest of the day is pretty much up to you; whether you want to stay by the pool, go to the beach, to town, or go on one of the many local attractions (beautiful beaches, jungle, horse riding, waterfalls etc.). After this, you serve dinner five times a week at the camp where you relive all the epicness of the day.

Itinerary

The following is an example of what a regular week at the Costa Rica surf camp can look like.

Day 1: Monday

  • Arrival day
  • Unpack, settle in, and unwind
  • Welcome meeting: Get to know each other and have fun with a music quiz

Day 2: Tuesday

  • 06:00 - 08.00 Surf lesson Level 1 - 3
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 20:30 Surf theory presentation at the camp

Day 3: Wednesday

  • 06:00 - 08.00 Surf lesson Level 1 - 3
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Beach clean-up
  • 19:00 Dinner out at local restaurant (paid separately)

Day 4: Thursday

  • 06:00 - 08.00 Surf lesson Level 1 - 3
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 16:30 - 19:00 Option for afternoon zip lining / horseback riding / SUP tour (paid separately)

Day 5: Friday

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • All day - Camp offers activities: Tortuga Island and ATV tour (paid separately)

Day 6: Saturday

  • 06:00 - 08.00 Surf lesson Level 1 - 3
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 19:00 Dinner out at local restaurant (paid separately)

Day 7: Sunday

  • 06:00 - 08.00 Surf lesson Level 1 - 3
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 18:00 Payment of add-on meals, activities, and local services
  • 20:00 Movie night at the camp

Day 8: Monday (departure day)

  • 10:00 Check out

Times and content are subject to change without prior notification according to weather, waves, and other factors.

Location

Santa Teresa is a charming little surf village, lined with cozy restaurants run by travellers who have fallen in love with the town and settled down here. You will love it for the Pura Vida vibe, many food options, and dreamy surroundings. Santa Teresa is also famous for amazing wildlife, some of the world's most beautiful beaches, and an unbeatable atmosphere.

Lapoint Surf Camp Costa Rica is situated near the stunning Playa Carmen beach. The most popular nearby attractions is Montezuma town, waterfalls, Cabo Blanco National Park, and Tortuga Island.

If you like sweets, you're likely to love the cakes, juices, and smoothies at The Bakery. Banana Beach is a great beach restaurant with something for everyone and the vibe there is amazing all day long. The Roastery in the village roast fresh beans every morning and serves the best coffee on the peninsula.

Surf spot for lessons

Usually the different lessons goes to Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen according to conditions.

Nearby beginner spot

Playa Hermosa is a long sandy beach with easygoing beach breaks and a great surf spot for beginner surfers. You will find both lefts and rights with sand bottom. Also a great beginner surf spot is Playa Carmen with a long right hander and a shorter left.

Nearby advanced spot

Santa Teresa is a great surf spot for advanced surfers. It usually picks up more swell and is therefore bigger and more hollow than other breaks as well. It is a variety of beach breaks and point breaks. The surf is better at low tide when the waves tend to be faster. Another great wave is Sunset Reef (Mal Pais) which is a lefthander reef break with a fast takeoff followed by a long workable wall. It gets hollow with size and offshore winds and also needs a good swell to work.

Distances

  • Santa Teresa - 3 minutes' drive
  • Playa Hermosa - 20 minutes' drive
  • Tambor Airport (TMU) - 40 minutes' drive
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 6 hours' drive

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Zip lining

General

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning

Food

The breakfast, which is included in all packages, consists of a delicious menu of local flavours and guest favourites such as cereal, eggs, and freshly baked bread served with jams, yoghurt, and fresh fruit.

A tasty range of meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes are available for lunch and dinner, all prepared fresh on-site by Lapoint Camps' very own chefs. Naturally, they will happily cater to any dietary requirements you may have.

Please note that five dinners are also included in the price. A meal in a restaurant costs around 20 to 30 USD on average.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Costa Rica is a place where it is easy to enjoy different activities. You can go horseback riding on the beach, join in for some yoga, take a SUP tour, rent an ATV, or go check out the waterfalls by zip-lining through the jungle. For other suggestions, please ask Lapoint Camps and they'll happily assist you.

What's included

  • 5 times 2-hour surf course (the level 3 surf course will be 2.5-hour)
  • 6 days with surf equipment (after first surf lesson)
  • Transportation to surf spots on the days when you don’t surf on the home beach
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). This is the closest International airport to the surf camp in Santa Teresa. The closest domestic airport to the surf camp is Tambor Airport (TMU).

The pick up transfer is on Mondays at 8 a.m. from the hostel (Alajuela Backpackers). For the case that you would like to get picked up from the airport, the driver will meet you there at around 7:30 a.m. On the way back after your stay with Lapoint Camps, you will leave Santa Teresa at around 8:30 to 9 a.m. The shuttle ride takes about six hours each way.

Arrival by bus

The Direct Bus service is a great option for 15 USD! It leaves from the San Carlos (Atlantic) Station in downtown San Jose twice a day (6 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The bus is comfortable, air-conditioned, and fast. Departure times coincide with the ferry schedule and both are subject to change. On your return journey, you can ask the bus driver to let you off at the airport instead of having to pay cab fare to get you back there from downtown San Jose.

Arrival by shuttle

The shuttle transfer costs 65 EUR per person one-way.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$77 per person) Additional charges may apply. 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 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all-year-round, with arrival on Monday.

 

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