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Surf Costa Rica

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English

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

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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

Things to do (optional)

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

Spa treatments

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

What's included

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

How to get there

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.
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