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8 Days Budget Surf Camp in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Paradisal Surf Camp Costa Rica

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 4 participants

Come for a surfing experience to find a perfect flow through waves for your life. You will have the instructor with more than 20 years of experience telling you everything you need to know to improve your surfing technique. Besides surfing lessons, you will have one surf trip and social time in Santa Teresa and around. You can explore paradise-like beaches and few attractions during your surf camp. So, come and leave with a feeling of having a new home!

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  • 6 surf lessons
  • 1 surf trip to a surf spot
  • Scheduled lessons based on level and tides
  • Social nights around Santa Teresa
  • Free surfboard rental
  • 7 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Patio
  • Outdoor shower

Zeneidas Surf Garden is located between Selina Hostel and Kika Restaurant. It is a chilled, laid-back hostel, located right on the beach and surrounded by a big beautiful garden with magic energy. Run by a group of friends, who are in love with traveling, surf, skate, yoga, and healthy lifestyle, this place becomes a part of your heart, another home to come back to because here, it always feels like home, like a family.

It has shared and private rooms with air conditioner and fans, and shared bathrooms. There are plenty of places to chill, such as hammocks in the garden, living area with TV, really good Wi-Fi, library and dining tables, two fully equipped kitchens (indoor and outdoor), fireplace on the backyard, where you make common dinners and barbecue, and a place for yoga and meditation. It also has surfboard rental on site, yoga classes, and massage.

The best part is that it is located right in front of the best surf spot in the village. You can start the day sipping your morning coffee while watching the waves crashing in the light of rising sun. No words left to describe magic sunsets with friends. If you bring your good vibes here and get connected with the magic energy of the garden, it's really hard to leave this place. Having many guests extending their stay and changing flight tickets made Zeneidas Surf Garden realize that this garden has a lot to give.


The timing for surf lessons is scheduled daily based on the level and tides. Beginners usually start practice with the low-middle tide, while "green waves" adventures are good during middle-high tide. One instructor will guide maximum of four people.

Included excursions

You will have one surf trip to a different surf spot.


Dennis Badilla Segura
With a great sense of humor and more than 20 years of experience in surfing, Dennis is just the perfect guide for making you comfortable on water. You can hire him from far away cheering up for new students who keep on catching more and more waves every new day. Even when the conditions are not perfect, you can be sure to have a good quality time and practice. He speaks both English and Spanish and easily manages big groups of new students.


This surf camp will take place in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is a small, but good-enough-developed surfing village, with many options to eat out, few parties throughout the week, paradise-like beaches, and few attractions around worth exploring. The village is placed 184.5 miles (29.7 kilometers) from Tambor Airport (TMU). It has many bars, restaurants, supermarkets, bike rentals, everything you need for your surf (whether you are beginner or pro), and plenty of places to explore around. Once here, everyone inevitably falls in love with it!

The waves and swells come by with surprising constancy, with a very few days in a year not suitable for surfing. The best surf is usually in the morning, due to the onshore / sideshore wind that usually starts by the midday. Low tide means faster waves, high tide is good for longboards, but overall conditions always depend on the combination of swell direction, wind, tide, and the moon cycle.

It is a long stretch of beach with many beach breaks, so one can find a most suitable spot based on the level of surfing, slower or more turbulent, everybody gotta have fun. Zeneidas Garden usually advises the guests to explore secret waterfalls and the best place to watch the sunset, reachable by ATV, take a one-day trip to Montezuma Waterfalls, or enjoy amazing snorkeling at Isla Tortuga.



  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Zip lining


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace


  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot


There are two communal kitchens you can use and big supermarkets nearby to prepare your own meals.

What's included

  • 6 surfing lessons
  • Free surfboard rental for participants
  • 1 surf trip to a different surf spot
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Social nights

What's not included

  • Meals

How to get there

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Arrival by bus

From San Jose, you can take a direct bus from terminal de buses 7-10 (no prior reservation is needed), with the schedule at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. The drive lasts six to seven hours and costs 15 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

From San Jose, you can take a shuttle and it will cost 50 USD. A limited schedule is available.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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