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All-Level Costa Rica Surf Camp

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 30 participants
All meals included

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Surfing is not only a sport but also a way of living. Join Pura Vida Surfers' surf camp and experience this amazing lifestyle! Surfing is like joy, nervousness, and achievement wrapped into one experience. The surf camp is for everyone, no matter the age and previous experience. It will be a week filled with surf lessons, video analysis, good food, and fun memories. Pura Vida Surfers' goal is to share their love and knowledge of surfing and give you an experience you will never forget.

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Victor, Marcos, Cristian, & 1 More…
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  • 5 surf lessons
  • Surfboard and rash guard
  • Photos and videos of your practice
  • Transportation to and from the lesson
  • Fruits and water with each lesson
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
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During this retreat, you can stay in a shared dorm, private room with shared bathroom, or private room with private bathroom, at the Pura Vida Surf Camp. They have a new-built house and apartments just 150 meters away from Playa Santa Teresa. The hostel is beautifully decorated, has a nice swimming pool area. It is located just by the main road with stores, bars, and restaurants walking distance away.

They also offer many different activities on and off the site. All rooms at have air-conditioning and good Wi-Fi connection. The size of the dorm you will be placed in depends on availability.


Pura Vida Surfers' surf camp will give a solid ground for anyone who wants to learn to surf or become a better surfer. It does not matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced surfer, all levels are welcome. They will teach you everything you need to know: paddling, standing up, dropping into waves, riding across waves, surf etiquette, board designs, and wave types. This surf camp includes one surf lesson per day and the lessons will be adapted according to your experience.

Pura Vida Surfers' instructors will be by your side all the time to make you feel safe in the water. They will coach you, give you feedback, correct your mistakes, and help you improve your skills with every wave you try. The lessons are scheduled according to ocean conditions, but normally the instructors schedule the lesson in the morning or in the afternoon. The surf camp can be customized. For example, you can add an extra day of surfing, a rest day, etc. Please contact Pura Vida Surfers with your request.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Surf lesson
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 19:00 Dinner with video analysis of your surfing


Victor StClair Slatte


Cristian Castillo



This retreat and surf camp will take place in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is a beautiful beach town that many people return to. This is a perfect place to connect with nature and also with yourself. Despite being a small town, it is still for everyone. Whether you want to come here for surfing, yoga, with your partner, family, or friends, Santa Teresa is the destination. It is a friendly place with a mix of Ticos and internationals.

Santa Teresa is located in the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula. With its many and long beaches, it is an ideal place for those who love surfing or want to learn to surf. Santa Teresa also has many different yoga studios, as well as activities, in its biodiverse and beautiful nature. Some of the activities that one can do include horseback riding, zip-lining, ATV tours, visit national parks, and fishing, just to name a few.


  • Santa Teresa Beach, 50 meters
  • Tambor - 45 minutes



  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant


  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance


Food will be served from the restaurant at Selina Santa Teresa. Enjoy their breakfast buffet in the morning and eat from their menu at lunch and dinner. Fruits and water will be provided after each surfing lesson.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
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)

  • ATV tour
  • Canopying
  • Fishing
  • Getting a massage
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Visiting Cabo Blanco National Park
  • Visiting Montezuma waterfalls
  • Visiting Tortuga Island
  • Yoga

What's included

  • 5 surf lessons
  • Surfboard and rash guard with each lesson
  • Transportation to and from the lesson
  • Photos and videos of your practice
  • Fruits and water with each lesson
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU).

If you want to go to Santa Teresa, you will first land at Tambor Airport (TMU) and then take a shuttle to Santa Teresa (the shuttle takes about 45 minutes). The land transportation fee is included in the airfare if you choose Santa Teresa as your final destination. Nature Air operates flights from San José to Tambor / Santa Teresa. To book your flight, simply go to their website and choose San José in the ‘from’-dropdown list, and Santa Teresa / Mal País in the ‘to’-dropdown list. The total transportation time is around two hours.

Arrival by bus

There is a direct bus from San José to Santa Teresa leaving daily from Terminal 7 - 10 at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. The ferry ticket is included in the price and you do not have to change buses when you get on or get off the ferry. However, you might have to change buses in Cóbano, which is an hour drive from the ferry. Normally, the bus driver tells you to change bus, but if you are unsure, just ask the driver. The total transportation time is around five to six hours.

Arrival by shuttle

Shuttles leaves daily from San José to Santa Teresa. If you stay overnight in San José, the hotel is normally able to help you arrange the transportation. You can also contact your hosts ahead of time and they will help you. The total transportation time is around five to six hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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This surf camp is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season
  • May 1 - October 31

Mid season
  • April 1 - 30
  • November 1 - 30

High season
  • December 1 - March 31

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