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The Surf camp

Surf camp Costa Rica is located in the charming beach town of Jaco, halfway down the Pacific coastline of Costa Rica and conveniently close to the capital San José. This central part of the coast is home to some of the most consistent surf breaks in the world, providing visitors with year- round surf and tropical warm water.

Although being a small town, Jaco has over 140 restaurants and many sights and activities to offer. You can also visit the Manuel Antonio and Cordova national parks, with more species of birds than the whole North America.

Mainly, Jaco is famous for being a surfers paradise, and in addition to Jaco's beach break (which is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers) there are more than nine other surf spots within a 15 minute drive from the camp, including the famous Playa Hermosa (with powerful tubular waves, loved by advanced surfers).

The climate is tropical and divided in two seasons. The dry season runs from December through April and the rainy season from May to November. During the dry season there can be little showers that keep the area as green as it is. During the wet season rain is more frequent but never lasts for long. The average temperature lies between 22 degrees C (72 degrees F) at night and 29 degrees C (84 degrees F) during the day. The coolest months are from September through November, and the warmest from December through August.

Surf school

The surf school in Jaco is one of the most successful and well established in a country famous for surf travel. With ten years of experience teaching people to surf we can offer you the best instructions available. Surf lessons are available year round and the friendly and well trained surf instructors hold lessons in both English and Spanish.

Depending on the daily weather conditions, guests will be transported to the best break of the day to suit their level of surfing. There is always a break to suit your needs, and the instructors know just where to find them. All surf equipment is provided and surf lessons are offered five days per week (Monday-Friday).

The following is included for students attending the surf school:

  • Accommodation - standard our upgraded
  • 4h surf school, five days per week
  • Transportation to the beaches
  • All surf equipment needed
  • Wireless Internet access

The camp also provides classes in Spanish, photography, additional tours, and other activities that can be added once guests have arrived to suit individual preferences and budgets.


Surfari is a great option for more experienced surfers. Every day there is a different swell, a different wind etc. This doesn't matter if you book a Surfari with us. Every day you will be accompanied by a professional local surf guide who will show you the best breaks of the region, places that just the locals know, taking you to discover new surf spots where you can enjoy perfect waves surrounded by beautiful untouched nature.

With a deep passion for surfing and knowledge of the area, the surf guides will help you catch the very best waves this surf paradise has to offer. Local Breaks within range of the school include Playa Hermosa, Playa Jaco, Tulin, Esterillos, Bejuco, Escondida, La Isla, and Roca Loca. Surf trips occur twice a day, five days a week (Monday through Friday). Surf equipment can be provided, but if you want other boards than long boards you should bring your own our buy/rent a board on arrival.

Once every week, the guests are treated to a field trip, such as kayak/snorkeling, waterfall trip or crocodile river boat tour.

The following is included in the surfari:

  • Accommodation - standard or upgraded
  • Surfaris with a local guide five days per week 4 hours a day
  • All surf equipment needed (long boards)
  • Transportation to the best waves of the day
  • Wireless internet access

Surfaris are available all year round. The biggest swells occur in the rainy season (May to November), but there are good waves to be explored the rest of the year as well.


The accommodation we offer is located in a quiet neighborhood in Jaco, near both the beach and the town center. Guests benefit from the wealth of options available nearby. Within walking distance there are surf shops, grocery stores, bars, dozens of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, and many other amenities and services.

The beautiful architecture and design of the surf camp facilities amazes guests and makes for a very enjoyable stay. Guests can choose between two accommodation alternatives, standard our upgraded.

Both the standard and upgraded accommodation have air condition, refrigerator and a private bathroom. The upgraded rooms are private bigger rooms , with high ceilings, artistic architectural details custom designed furniture, ample natural light and big windows, whereas the standard rooms will be shared with at least one onther guest.

The camp has two fully equipped kitchen facilities available for guests to use, as well as a small swimming pool, wi-fi Internet, and indoor and outdoor lounges to hang out.

On the premises there are on-site classrooms where guests can join Spanish, Digital Photography or Art classes when they are not surfing. All classes are scheduled around the tides, not to interfere with the optimum surf times. There is also an employed tour concierge at the camp that arranges local adventure tours (such as canopy tours, ATV tours, etc).

The camp can not accept bookings for only accommodation. To stay at the camp you should book one of the surf packages. Depending on the availability, guests traveling together with someone who is booking a full surf package can be accepted to just book the accommodation.


Arrival to the area is usually done trough Juan Santamaria International Airport located 17 km outside of San José, the capital of Costa Rica.

Finding an international flight to San José (airport code: SJO) is usually not a problem. The national airline Lacsa (part of the Central American Airline consortium group, TACA), flies to numerous destinations in the United States and Latin America. International airlines that fly to San José include American, United, KLM, Delta, British Airways, Continental, Martin Air, Mexicana, Iberia (which has direct flights from Madrid to San Jose) as well as Air Madrid and America West.Check with your local travel agency to find a good deal from your hometown.

When you arrive at the airport, you can either go by bus to Jaco or we can arrange for you to be picked up by car and taken to the surf camp (appr. a two hour drive through beautiful scenery) at an additional cost of 90 USD per car.

This camp is rated 4.6/5

Based on 53 surfing experiences

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'Pura vida'. Surfing in Costa Rica was everything that I had hoped for and my stay was just perfect. I went by myself for a week and in hindsight I would have stayed at least for another. Great people and great accommodation. Male, age 26, from Sweden
June, 2014
It was amazing. The staff are very courteous and responsible. The atmosphere at the school made me feel as in home. I'll hope be back soon Female, age 34, from Brazil
April, 2014

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