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7 Days Photography and Surf Camp in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

School of the World, 300 M Este 50 N De La Pops, Escuela del Mundo, Playa Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Outstanding Surf Camp Costa Rica

Beginner difficulty
Airport transfer available

Exercise your mind, body, and spirit. School of the World’s expert instructors cater to all skill levels from beginners to advanced, and they have a lot of different combinations to choose from. The surprisingly affordable programs are offered in a week. This isn’t your typical vacation. This is a chance to have a vacation with a passion. Learn to surf and master digital photography, all in the beautiful tropical setting.


  • Surf sessions
  • Daily 2-hour courses
  • Photography classes
  • Experienced surf instructors
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Frequent field trips
  • Beautiful location

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$90 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio

You will be staying in School of the World's lodging. The facilities include a common kitchen and dining area, a yoga studio, photo/video editing studio, offices, 12 guestrooms, a small swimming pool, and a relaxing garden. It is located in a quiet neighborhood close to the center of town and is just a few minutes walk from the beach, dozens of great restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and everything else you could need. There are three choices of accommodation.

Shared rooms

All of School of the World's shared guest rooms (double occupancy) have private bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, refrigerators, cotton sheets and comfortable beds. You will be paired with someone of the same gender and age range if you are traveling alone or you can request a roommate.

Private rooms

This option includes all of the amenities listed for the shared room but you will have the room to yourself. Most of the private guestrooms are located in the main building, which has the peaceful feel of a tropical tree house.



Beginners will learn the basics of paddling, standing, and turning, as well as wave selection and other fundamental skills from the instructors, some of the best and most experienced in the country. They have completed rigorous international surf instructor and ocean lifesaver training, so you will feel comfortable and safe in the water. In addition to the daily surf sessions, there will be land based balance training and photo and video review sessions.

If you are already a surfer? Then you know great surf is a recipe of a lot of elements coming together perfectly. The swell, direction, tide, wind, time of day, and season are all factors. Local knowledge is key to scoring great waves on vacation and having a great place to hang out between surf sessions is a big bonus. It's just a few reasons why surfers keep coming back to School of the World’s surf camp! Let the experienced Costa Rica surf guides show you the best waves around and help you take your surfing to the next level.

Surfboards are provided for use during class. However, to minimize the equipment loss and damage, School of the World does not loan them out after class. If you wish to surf outside of class time you will need to bring your own board or rent one from a surf shop in town. Please send inquiry for more details.


School of the World has developed a photography program that satisfies everyone from first time photographers to working professionals looking to learn new techniques, and every level in between. The photography program was started by School of the World founder Zach McDuffie, an award winning photographer whose travel and beauty photography have appeared in publications around the world.

Beginners become acquainted with the fundamentals of photography, digital workflow, and basic digital editing. Intermediate and advanced photographers learn new shooting techniques and advanced editing, and students of all skill levels benefit from having a local guide take them to shoot at amazing locales they otherwise would never see.


This surf camp takes place in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to some of the best surf in the world. The Playa Jacó / Hermosa area is widely regarded as the most consistent surf in the country. The water temperature stays warm all year round and the variety of breaks in the area insures uncrowded waves for everyone.


Food is not included in the program. The guest rooms have refrigerators, the school has a fully equipped shared kitchen, and there is a wide array of restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance.

What's included

  • 6 night’s accommodation
  • Daily 2-hour photography classes
  • Daily 2-hour surf sessions
  • Frequent field trips to beautiful local destinations

What's not included

  • Meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

The recommended airport to fly to is SJO airport (Juan Santa Maria airport in San Jose). There are several options for transportation to the school from the airport in San Jose. The first is a private taxi which would meet you at the airport and bring you directly to the school. The cost is $90 (US) and can be shared by up to five people. We try and pair students together when possible but there are no guarantees due to delayed/missed flights, etc. We are located approximately 1.5 hours from the airport by this method. This option is the easiest and fastest, but also can be the most expensive.

The second option is a bus service called Grayline (http://www.graylinecostarica.com/transportation/airport_shuttles.php ) or Interbus (https://www.interbusonline.com/home/home.asp# ). These are 8-10 passenger vans that offer service to and from San Jose. Their schedules are limited to one to three trips per day and your airplane would have to arrive at a time that lines up with their schedule in order to use their service. The cost is around $40 (US). This service is comfortable and cheaper than the private taxi. You would have to call them to make a reservation, you can find the numbers on the websites.

The last option is the public bus (https://www.transportesjacoruta655.com/venta/venta.php). This option currently cost around $5 (US), but you would have to catch a bus or cab to the bus station in downtown San Jose (30-40 minutes from the airport. The bus station is called “Terminal 7-10” in San Jose), then wait for the next available bus to Jaco. They run about every 2 hours, and the bus ride is approximately three hours long. The last bus currently leaves at 7:00pm. This option is the cheapest by far but you would need to speak a little Spanish and feel comfortable navigating your way into San Jose.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$90 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 23% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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