8 Days Bacpacker's Surf Camp in Nosara, Costa Rica

  • Cabinas Kahala, Nosara - Nosara Beach Hotel, Nosara Beach, Nosara


Surf Camp Costa Rica

Safari Surf is more than a "surf school." Immerse yourself in an authentic sustainable surf vacation experience. They will share with you their passion and vast knowledge for the art of wave riding, the amazing community, the local people, and the culture behind Safari Surf School. All this while leaving an incredibly small carbon footprint behind.


  • 6 surf lessons
  • 1 activity of your choice
  • Surf photos and video review
  • Top-notch surf boards and all other gears
  • Daily breakfast and pre-surf snack
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bike rental

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Cabinas Kahala

With the white sands of Playa Guiones a mere five minutes walk, the location is excellent. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax, kick back in a hammock for a nap or to read, Cabinas Kahala is the place to be. It is located in a residential area of Playa Guiones, away from all the hustle and bustle. Simple, clean, and comfy.

Nosara Beach Hostel

The hostel, offering dorm style rooms, combines a jungle ambience with beachfront tranquility. With the soothing sounds of the breaking waves or the Howler monkeys in the trees overhead being the only distraction, the breezy wrap around patio is the perfect place to to sink into one of the many hammocks after a long day of surf and adventure.

  • 07:30 Wake up to the sounds of Howler monkeys stretching their vocal cords off in the distance. Time for a fresh cup of coffee or whatever moves you. Off to the Safari facility for a pre-surf snack of fresh fruits and banana bread, and then meet up with your surf instructor.
  • 08:00 Upon your arrival at the facility, your instructors will have you paired up with fellow surfers based on your surfing level and abilities. Boards waxed, rash guards on, it’s time to hit the beach through their private path to the sands of Playa Guiones. Some stretches to smooth out the kinks, and into the water for a surf lesson with our top notch ISA and lifeguard certified instructors.
  • 09:30 Body and mind craving nourishment after an awesome surf session, you get back to Olas Verdes, rinse off the boards, and jump in the pool to refresh, while your gourmet breakfast you just ordered off of the menu is being prepared. Share the morning surf experiences amongst new found friends as you feast on a fresh healthy meal.
  • 11:00 Time to explore! This is your time to explore the many offerings that Nosara has to offer. Choose from a world renowned zip line, to horseback tour, to an amazing waterfalls hike, there are more activities to keep you busy than time for you to do everything, or perhaps you prefer to read a book by the pool or the beach, take a yoga class, or get a rejuvenating massage.
  • 15:30 Back to the beach for an afternoon surf session. Working on fine tuning your new found surf skills or dusting off the rust from years past, surfing during the late afternoon hours before sunset just seem to cleans the soul.
  • 17:30 Having rinsed off the day with a clean crisp shower, its time to get your dinner groove on. Whether you are headed out into town to one of the top restaurants, or setting up your tables at Olas Verdes restaurant, you will be immersed in some of the best culinary tastes the area has to offer. With a full menu access everywhere you dine, you will feel free let your taste buds roam.
  • 18:30 For those who enjoy the nightlife, there are outlets to express your inner self. From the Tropicana for some dancing, to Shaman for reggae night, or you may find yourself at a house party form a tip you heard on the beach. Wherever you find yourself, the night is yours to explore.

Your package already comes with one activity of your choice with the options below. You can always add on additional activities to your vacation package, either prior to arrival, or on site (additional cost).


Streaking down at empty beach or trotting through the jungle.

Kayak or SUP

Experience an amazing stand up paddle board or kayak tour on the Nosara River or the local beaches.


Release and rejuvenate with an intoxicating full body massage.

Nosara Wildlife Refuge

Help support local wildlife by visiting the Nosara Wildlife Refuge.

Seasonal waterfalls

Discover the beautiful waterfalls and take a plunge in the cool water.


Center yourself with an peaceful yoga lesson and find your inner balance.


Ever wanted to fly? Well now you have the chance on this incredible zip line tour.

Playa Guiones is nestled in the quiet, quaint town of Nosara in the Guanacaste Province on the Pacific side of the country of Costa Rica. Unlike the crowded beaches of places like Tamarindo, Jaco, or Dominical, in Nosara you won’t be trampled by hordes of tourists! There are no street lights or paved roads and they still have monkeys cruising in the trees, but there are just the right amount of amenities in town to ensure you have a relaxing vacation. It’s a surfer’s paradise!

Pre-surf snack (coffee, fruits, and banana bread) and daily breakfast with full menu access including fresh juice, water, coffee and tea, will be served during your stay.

  • Center yourself with an peaceful yoga lesson and find your inner balance
  • Discover their beautiful waterfalls and take a plunge in the cool water
  • Experience an amazing stand up paddle board or kayak tour on the Nosara River or their local beaches
  • Ever wanted to fly? Well now you have the chance on the incredible zip line tour
  • Experience deep sea fishing in Central America
  • Experience the sea turtle Arribada when in season at the beautiful Ostional black sand beach
  • Fish with a local on the beach or at the Nosara River mouth and catch dinner for the night
  • Help support their local wildlife by visiting the Nosara Wildlife Refuge
  • Half day or full day kids camps specifically designed for the kiddos
  • Horseback riding down at empty beach or trotting through the jungle
  • Play football with the Ticos - it's their national sport!
  • Release and rejuvenate with an intoxicating full body massage
  • Support the community with one of their local nonprofit partners
  • Two hours private instruction session to help you reach that next surfing level
  • 1 activity of your choice
  • 6 surfing lessons with qualified instructors
  • 7 nights accommodation in the facility of your choice
  • Bike rental (per person) during the duration of your stay
  • Complimentary surf photos (free download)
  • Daily breakfast with full menu access (including water, fresh juice, coffee, and tea)
  • Pre-surf snack (coffee, fruits, and banana bread)
  • Top-notch surf boards and all other gears and can be used anytime
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunch and dinner

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nosara Airport (NOB).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Safari Surf School an inquiry.


  • Review by Travelers from USA

    "Had an amazing time. "


    "The staff was very helpful and wanted to assure you got the most out your lessons and not just stick you in the water to make a dollar. The instructors were very knowledgeable and you can tell they loved what they did. I was up on green waves during my second lesson and Jeff got same great pictures. Even the instructors that were not giving me a lesson, took time to answer questions and review my videos. I'm already planning my next trip. "


    "Thanks Jeff, Luis, Marlon and Erick (of course Tim for setting it all up)"


    "Pura Vida"

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  • Review by A traveler from San Fransisco, United States

    "We are a "non" surfing family and we had the best time learning how to surf in the warm waters of Guioness Beach. Our instructors were Kevin, Helboth, Alonso, and Marlin. They were great instructors and they made it fun. One of the highlights to our trip to Nosara."

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  • Review by Brian W. from New York, United States

    "Amazing Job! I thought we were crazy visiting Costa Rica with four young kids. Put them in Safari's kids camp every morning. They surfed and had fun while Mom and Dad did whatever they wanted (yoga, surf, hike). Afternoons were tours or family time on the beach. The staff was incredibly warm and friendly but the real standout at Safari was the "structure" they provided to our vacation. I would never have believed a disorganized young family could visit Costa Rica and that both the parents and children could get so much individual and family enjoyment from the trip. Thanks guys. We'll be back."

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  • Review by Mike M.

    "Myself, wife and 12 year old just had the best Spring Break ever learning to surf with Safari Surf School at Nosara, Costa Rica. We booked our stay at Olas Verdes for five nights and no regrets. The staff was amazing and the surfing was fun. Everyone was able to get up on the boards and enjoy, while our son was the superstar of our group. There were many things we enjoyed including the food, other families we met, zip lining and just hanging out. Of special note were the people. Jeffery (Manager) and his staff go out of their way to ensure your vacation is perfect. There are so many names that added something to our trip, Jeffery, Jasmine, Luis, Marlon, Kevin, Cindy, Stephanie, Eric, and others who I missed, thanks! We came looking for a grand adventure and we got that. The people being so great was an added plus. We look forward to visiting again."

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  • Review by A traveler from Connecticut, United States

    "First time surfing for all of us (two parents, and kids age nine and 13). We had a variety of instructors, Alonso, Kevin, Tinis, Pio, Luis, and Marlon and each one brought their own tips and tricks, along with tremendous enthusiasm and kindness. Everyone in our family got up during the first lesson, and continued to have a blast surfing, during our stay. I will fully admit to being terrified of surfing, this was something my kids and husband has proposed and as a mom in my mid-40's I didn't think I could ever do, so what a thrill to feel the wave beneath me that first time and what a sense of accomplishment to get more confident out there. We stayed on site, at Olas Verdes, which I'd highly recommend. We met a ton of other nice families (also staying on site) during the course of our stay, and the setting was beautiful, just a short walk through the jungle to the beach. We went for three nights (so didn't surf the first afternoon we arrived, just got a lay of the land and played in the ocean), then surfed two times a day the next three days. (Actually, one afternoon we skipped surfing and went zip-lining, which was fun too.) My only wish was that we'd been able to stay another day or two, at least. Nosara is a cool, laid back town and there are some yummy restaurants you can walk to, or borrow the Olas Verdes bikes and ride in to, for meals you're not taking at the hotel. Highly recommend Safari as a family surf camp. We will surely return!"

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  • Review by Damon R.

    "The staff are amazing, the boards are great and they really take care of you. You feel like a member of the family. We stayed at Olas Verdes and it was a true convenience, such a pleasure to deal with."

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Nosara, Costa Rica

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