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Costa Rica Surf Camp

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Airport transfer available

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Come and join School of the World in the surfers' paradise! Are you dreaming of a well-deserved surf break in paradise? With this double surf package, you will take up surfing twice a weekday. It is time for you to pack up and come!


  • 2 surf classes per day
  • 120 minutes per surf lesson
  • Guidance of high qualified instructors
  • Surfboard rental available during classes
  • Video analysis or surf workshop
  • Transportation to the beach
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
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, a dining area, a yoga studio, a photo or 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 with dozens of great restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and everything else you could need.

The school is filled with tons of boutique hotel style design details including tropical hardwoods and bamboo, stained glass, handmade ceramic sinks, mosaic floors, custom furniture, a Zen waterfall fountain, and artwork throughout. Located in a quiet neighborhood close to the center of Jaco, their building is one of the most beautiful in all of Costa Rica.

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 treehouse.

Please bring your own towels. They do not provide towels or laundry service. There is a laundromat nearby. If you forget or don’t want to travel with towels, you can buy them in town once you arrive. It is recommended to bring an extra if you are taking surfing or yoga classes.



Beginners learn the basics of paddling, standing, and turning, as well as wave selection and other fundamental skills from our instructors, some of the best and most experienced in the country. Intermediate and advanced surfers can hone their skills and explore many of the best breaks in the area.

Their instructors have completed rigorous international surf instructor and ocean lifesaver training, so you will feel comfortable and safe in the water. Here at School of the World, they have been teaching people to surf day in and day out since 1997. In addition to the daily surf sessions, they also incorporate land based balance training and photo and video review sessions into the programs.


With this surfing intensive package, you will take up surfing twice a day, Monday through Friday (two hours per session, four hours in total per day). School of the World intends to keep their groups small, that is why one instructor will teach three students. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced surfers.

Everyone meets in the lounge about 15 minutes before class time to chat, grab your gear, and load your board onto their surf trailer. Then you’ll jump in one of their old surf vans and take a quick ride to the beach. At the beach, they’ll check out the waves and your instructors will pick the best spot for class.

Mid-week, you all meet in the lounge for the surf video analysis session. Be prepared to laugh a little, and learn a lot as their instructors analyze your surfing and coach you towards being a better surfer.

Weekends are yours to do what you like. It is a great time to explore the area, travel independently, go to the local surf competition, zipline, or just relax by the pool.


The camp will take place in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to some of the best surf in the world. The Playa Jacó or 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.

Jaco is about 90 minutes from San Jose and is on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Jaco is a cool beach town with something for everyone. Their campus is in a quiet neighborhood less than a 10 minute walk to the beach.


  • Beach - 10 minutes walk
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 1.5 hours by taxi



  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio


Food is not included. Your lodging does have refrigerators and a beautiful, fully-equipped kitchen where you can cook and eat. There are also many restaurants in town (with great food and great prices) and grocery stores within walking distance. Jaco has plenty of restaurants to satisfy most people’s dietary needs.

Things to do (optional)

School of the World also offers a special program for advanced surfers. This advanced package includes surf trips with a surf guide to famous spots in the Jaco area. Please send your inquiry if you are interested.

What's included

  • 4-hour surf classes per day (Monday to Friday), 3 students to 1 instructor (maximum)
  • 1 video analysis or surf workshop
  • Surfboard rental during lesson hours
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • High qualified instructors
  • Transportation to the beach

What's not included

  • Transportation from the airport
  • Meals
  • Use of surfboards out of class hours

How to get there

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Arrival by bus

From Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you can take the bus service called EasyRide or Interbus. These are 8 to 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 45 to 50 USD. 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 their websites.

Alternatively, you can also take the public bus. This option currently costs around 5 to 10 USD, but you would have to catch a bus or cab to the bus station in downtown San Jose (30 to 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 two hours, and the bus ride is approximately three hours long. The last bus currently leaves at 7:00 p.m. 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.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a private taxi which would meet you at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and bring you directly to the school. The cost is 90 USD and can be shared by up to five people.

School of the World will try to pair students together when possible, but there are no guarantees due to delayed or missed flights, etc. The school is located approximately one and a half hours from the airport by this method. This option is the easiest and fastest, but also can be the most expensive.

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 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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