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8 Days Costa Rica Surf

  • Nosara Surf Academy, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

8 Days Costa Rica Surf

  • Nosara Surf Academy, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

Surf Costa Rica

Costa Rica, a small country in Central America bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, with a very stable economy and a thriving eco-tourism industry, is quickly becoming one of the most popular and desirable vacation countries in the world. It has favorable weather to surf all year. At Nosara Surf Academy, their goal is simple: to teach you the skills you will need to become a better surfer while you are in Costa Rica, and leave you with the necessary skills to keep learning to surf on your own long after you leave.


  • 2 surfing lessons daily including all equipment
  • Lots of activities to enjoy in between surfing lessons
  • Breath-taking landscapes with beaches, tropical jungles and active volcanoes
  • Friendly and hospitable Costa Rica people (Ticos)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Certified instructors
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Gilded Iguana

A landmark at the beaches of Nosara, the Gilded Iguana Hotel brings casual relaxation, comfort, and excellent service to the jungle. The Gilded Iguana is the headquarters for Nosara Surf Academy. It is where you and Nosara Surf Academy meet for all surfing lessons and meals, and is only a 3-minute walk to the beach. The Gilded Iguana Hotel has 12 spacious and comfortably furnished rooms. It is also equipped with a waterfall swimming pool, restaurant/bar, pool bar, satellite television, and wireless internet service.

Casa Romantica

The Casa Romantica Hotel is a moderately sized, 10-room hotel located a short 3-minute walk from the Nosara Surf Academy headquarters. The Casa Romantica offers a variety of rooms suitable for singles, couples, and family groups. Casa Romantica has its own private path directly to the beach and is also equipped with a swimming pool, restaurant/bar, and wireless internet service.

Nosara Surf Academy shoots digital videos of your morning surfing lessons to review and critique before the afternoon lesson. They also shoot digital still photos toward the end of your trip as proof to all of your friends at home that you surfed Costa Rica. There are 2 surfing lessons a day at Nosara Surf Academy, each one lasts 90 minutes. These surf lessons are broken into 3 different levels:

Beginner level 1

This level is meant for the person who has never surfed before, or has surfed a few times. During this level of instruction, Nosara Surf Academy first focuses on the basic parts of the surfboard, and important terms you will need to know for your first lesson. They then cover all the basic safety tips including board control, how to fall off your board, how to deal with other surfers, and the particular wave conditions for that day. Next Nosara Surf Academy teaches you 3-step pop-up technique along with the 4 paddling disciplines. You will never leave the whitewater during this level.

Advanced beginner level 2

During this level of instruction, Nosara Surf Academy focuses on giving the student more freedom and control over catching their own waves. You will be taught how to select your own wave, turn your board to catch the wave, and stand up and ride the wave all unassisted. This is also time to start talking about and working on turning and maneuvering your own surfboard once you are up and riding. You will also begin to practice the technique needed to move out past the whitewater to the outside. Once you are catching and riding waves consistently on your own, its time to move on to the next level.

Intermediate level 3

During this level of instruction, you will be taught how to paddle outside safely and efficiently. Once on the outside, you will be taught how to judge waves and sets coming in, position yourself to catch a wave, and to surf down the line of a wave riding the open face part of the wave and not the whitewater. You will also cover surf etiquette. It is a very important part of the learning process.

This retreat will take place at Nosara Surf Academy, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica.

Nearby places

  • Casa Romantica - 3-minute walk
  • Daniel Oduber Quirs International Airport (LIR) - 2.5 to 3-hour drive
  • Gilded Iguana - 3-minute walk
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC) - 4 to 5-hour drive

All terrain vehicle rentals/ tours

Biological reserve tours

Canopy tour

Horseback riding tour

Nosara yoga

River/ocean kayaking

Scuba diving tours

Spanish school

Sportfishing/ spearfishing

Turtle viewing tours

Waterfall trekking

Zip line canopy tour

You will have 1-hour full body massage and it is included in the price.

  • 1-hour full body massage
  • Breakfast
  • Nosara Surf Academy gift pack (T-shirt, stickers, etc.)
  • Surfing lessons daily including all equipment

Driving directions from Daniel Oduber Quirs International Airport (LIR) or San Jose International Airport (SJC)

There are several flights a day from both Daniel Oduber Quirs International and San Jose International airports which are only 10-minute flight to the surf school. If your international flight arrives later than the commuter flights to Nosara, you have the option of staying a night in a hotel and flying the following day or taking a taxi shuttle service that afternoon/night.

Additional information

  • For more information, ask your questions directly to Nosara Surf Academy, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.


  • Review by Traveler from Mexico
    9 out of 10

    "Fantastic instruction and equipment. Kim and Pato focus first on safety. They care about their students and are very responsive with regard to booking your trip. They are exceptionally knowledgeable regarding the local breaks where you will be surfing. I highly recommend Nosara Surf Academy for your surf trip to Costa Rica."

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  • Review by Traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Kim is fantastic! If you're looking to get wisdom from a well-seasoned surf bro, Kim is your man. He's been in Costa Rica for 17 years from Long Island, but you may mistake him for a local! He aides the group style lesson by doing every step with you before sending you off on your own, down to shouting "3..2..1..UP!""

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  • Review by Traveler from Alaska
    9 out of 10

    "Geared with our multiple day instruction package (highly recommended), Kim and staff led us step-by-step through the fundamentals of surfing. We began by learning essentials of "popping up" and gradually advanced to independent surfing. I am particularly grateful for the focus on safety and wave etiquette. Make your surfing dream come true with the Nosara Surf Academy!"

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  • Review by Scott from United States
    8 out of 10

    "Very impressed by the level of service and quality of instruction! From my first contact with Kim thru email in planning this special trip with my son, he exhibited the highest level of responsiveness and professionalism. He gladly flexed with us as we worked thru last minute travel challenges and, when we arrived, provided us with top notch instruction. I was up on the first wave and my son was outside after the first lesson! Nelson and Kim were both patient and insightful in critiquing our form and identifying areas we needed to work on but were ever positive! The one on one focus we got made this trip a joy. Thanks Kim and Nelson!"

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  • Review by Scott from Texas

    "I had the chance to book a week of instruction here and loved everything about it. Stayed at the Gilded Iguana, literally steps away from NSA HQ. (HQ = office, boards and very useful outdoor shower/hose.) Which is located steps away from an excellent beach. I can't imagine a better place to learn. Water temp and conditions were wonderful (although air temperature is hot in April). Every morning, I'd walk over to meet either Nelson or Kim. Both were very patient with this middle aged guy who'd surfed five times before. Nelson is a great local guy, who grounded me in the basics and offered pearls of wisdom. Kim is the owner, who also offered fantastic instruction and helpful counsel. In the afternoon after a little rest and delicious local food. I'd grab an NSA board and head back out to practice what I learned that morning. By the end of the week, my skills had vastly improved and I had some impressive aches, pains, and bruises. (Badges of surf honor, my friend!) It was exhausting, humbling but incredibly fun and rewarding. Kim and Nelson were always encouraging and pushing me to the next level. As Kim reminded me, "sometimes, we all need a little push." Amen to that. I'd gladly recommend Nosara Surf Academy to you."

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

    "Kim and his staff are five star, and in my view, the most thorough instructors in Playa Guiones. From beginner to intermediate, to expert instruction and coaching, they tailor based on your skill level. Kim's emphasis on safety plus his year-long knowledge of the ever changing, but consistent surf breaks at Guiones makes him my choice for future visits, especially with my family and their varying levels. "I know you rider." Thank you, Kim and your great staff."

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  • Review by Wendy Merz
    9 out of 10

    "Dear Kimbo, Butch, Mark, Johan, and Kimberly, I can't thank you all enough for the skills and memories I have taken away from your program. Having barely been on a surfboard before coming to Costa Rica, I could never have guessed that I would surf outside waves in a matter of three days. Your staff quickly turned that thought around; every instructor had something encouraging and helpful to say to help me become a better surfer. All of you were so friendly and welcoming, and I found myself wanting to wake up early to surf as many times a day as I possibly could! My mother and I felt a sense of trust and friendship from every one of you right away. You all helped me discover a love for surfing that I will take with me for the rest of my life. I know that many more people will walk away from the Nosara Surf Academy with the same amazing experience that I did. It was extremely difficult for us to have to leave, but we can look forward to being welcomed in Nosara by great friends in the years to come. I hope to see you all as soon as possible! Love."

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  • Review by Peter Paul Van Oosten and Roos De Haan Scheveningen from Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "During our trip around the world, we surfed a lot of different places and also took at these places surf classes to improve our surfing. I had a great time during my stay in Nosara Costa Rica. The waves were excellent and the surfing lessons we took at the Nosara Surf Acadamy realy improved our surfing. The staff was friendly, well equipped and they really knew how to teach you to become a better surfer. Thanks for the great time."

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  • Review by Deryk Bramwell
    9 out of 10

    "Hey Kimbo and Butch, a month after my 64th birthday, with zero exposure to surfing, and you persuaded me to take a quick lesson to see if I would like it. What a blast! The short land drills were just enough to make me feel confident in following your instructions once afloat, and then just body-boarding in a few times was actually as much as I had expected from the whole lesson. So, when you said "Ok, stand up now", and I did, and it worked. Amazing. That we then repeated the trick three more times is a testament to the instruction you gave me, and the care you exercised whilst I was in the water, ensuring that I was ready for the waves, lined up, and correctly positioned on the board. Looking forward to the rest of the series, and many, many thanks for opening up a whole new area of sport for me."

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  • Review by Lee Anne from South Carolina
    9 out of 10

    "Best surf school ever! Kim is an awesome teacher!! I would recommend his lessons to anyone who is new to surfing in Costa Rica. We had a blast!""Kim runs a first class operation. He is an amazing surf instructor. My girls were catching waves on their own after the first day. My boys were able to switch out boards based on the waves. Love Kim and highly recommend him!"

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