Surfing paradise found in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a surfer's paradise

Sometimes called the “Hawaii of Latin American surfing,” Costa Rica is positively one of the world’s top surfing destinations.Costa Rica is famous for its warm water and great surf breaks

Add up warm water, consistent surf year-round, over 700 miles of coastline between both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, literally thousands of beach breaks with easy access, and friendly people, and you get paradise! Costa Rica’s irresistible extra plus is all of the other travel perks like active volcanoes, lush rainforest and cloud forest, jungle wildlife, and a myriad of other adventure sports and activities.

Costa Rica doesn’t have any mammoth “Jaws” waves, but it does have good and usually long surf breaks nearly all of the time. On the Pacific Coast you have the added abundance of river mouth breaks, and on the Caribbean Coast you get great reef breaks. The coastline is long and the beaches scalloped one after another, so if one break isn’t working for you, it’s easy to get to another one. And because there are so many breaks, crowds really aren’t that big of a problem.

Costa Rican international champion surfer Carlos MunozCosta Ricans support surfing wholeheartedly, especially their current pro international champion, Carlos Munoz, and rising stars Jair Perez, Gilbert Brown, Lisbeth Vindas, Nataly Bernold and Noe Mar McGonagle. The Costa Rican Junior National Surf Team placed 11th in the world in May, with Noe Mar McGonagle winning a bronze medal at the ISA Under-18 World Surfing Championship in Panama. Costa Rican “master (over age 35) surfers” Craig “Tequila” Scheiber, Randall Chavez, Luis Diego Morales and Andrea Diaz are readying to compete in the International Surfing Association’s World Masters Surfing Championship in Nicaragua from July 14-22.

You too can share in the Costa Rican surfing buzz. Popular all along Costa Rica’s beaches are surf shops, board rentals, hotels for surfers, and surf camps ready to pass on the joy of surfing to everyone.

Del Mar Surf Camp offers thDel Mar Surf Camp offers fantastic Costa Rican surf vacationse ultimate surf vacation experience in Costa Rica, with a choice of three spectacularly beautiful locations — Nosara Beach on the Guanacaste Pacific Coast, Santa Teresa Beach on the Pacific’s Nicoya Peninsula, and Hermosa Beach on the Central Pacific Coast. Del Mar Surf Camp specializes in surf vacation packages, yoga-surf retreats and day surf camps for adults, women only and families. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced surfer, Del Mar will show you the time of your life.

Nosara Beach in Guanacaste is a hidden paradiseNosara in Guanacaste is a hidden paradise with no super highways, or even paved roads, to bring in the masses. The community there is known for its active and healthy lifestyles, natural diets, and its dedication to a slower, low stress, friends and family quality of life. Nosara’s tranquil white sand beaches are perfect for those who want to get away from it all and focus on surfing and relaxing. Del Mar Surf Camp offers both co-ed surf vacation packages and also women-only yoga & surf vacations at Nosara Beach.

On the tip of the Nicoya Santa Teresa is one of the world's top 10 beachesPeninsula, Santa Teresa Beach exudes an enchanting energy that will “make you love it from the first second you arrive.” At Santa Teresa, renowned for being one of the top 10 beaches in the world, you’ll be immersed in the beauty of nature and the jungle that hugs the coastline, pouring down from the mountains to white sand beaches and the clear aquamarine sea. Epic surf and picture-perfect sunsets are its hallmark. All of Del Mar’s surf camps are available at Santa Teresa Beach.

Del Mar's surf camps are fun for everyone!Hermosa Beach on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, just south of the bustling beach town of Jaco, is Del Mar Surf Camp’s headquarters. The popular beach, with its consistent surf, variety of breaks and great exposure to swells, is famous with advanced surfers from all over the globe. Its shore break is one of the strongest in the world, but just a 5-minute drive away is the south end of Playa Jaco where beginners learn to surf in gentle and easy waves. One of the area’s biggest advantages is it’s only an hour’s drive away on paved roads from San Jose. All of Del Mar’s surf camps are offered here.

Nature Air takes you to Del Mar Surf Camp locationsDel Mar’s hottest news is the special added value that domestic flights and transfers from San Jose to Nosara Beach and Santa Teresa Beach are included in all surf vacation packages! As well, if you’re going to Nosara and you fly in to Liberia International Airport, Del Mar will take care of your ground transfer. For Hermosa Beach, your ground transfer from San Jose is included. For the same great price on all vacation packages, you get all of your in-country transportation handled easily and efficiently.

Del Mar Surf Camp vacations are perfect for beginners or advancedSurf vacations are available now for July, August and September, plus later in the year in November and December, at all three of Del Mar Surf Camp’s prime locations.

Looking for the ultimate surf vacation and a great adventure? Costa Rica is the place for you!

By Shannon

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9 Responses
  1. This is a really great post. Wish you could experience your own surfing charter with us out to Witch’s Rock, Ollie’s Point and destinations in Nicaragua. ¡Pura vida!

  2. My friends and I are planning a Costa Rica vacation next spring and this would be a great activity for us to take part in and learn together. Do you have an estimated cost of how much it costs per person or if they do group rates? We are also having a tough time deciding whether or not to book a vacation rental or an all inclusive property. We are leaning towards the vacation rental because it could help us with mingling with the locals. Does your blog have a twitter page at all I could follow as well?

  3. Shannon

    Thanks Brian!

  4. Shannon

    Alex, Maria Del Mar or any of the team at Del Mar Surf Camp can help you out with costs and group rates. They can also assist you with lodging. Depending on where you are going, a vacation rental may be your best bet. You save on costs by buying food in a market (cheaper than hotel meals) and by sharing the house or condo with your friends. It’s like having a “home away from home.” Contact Del Mar Surf Camp at or phone from USA 1-855-8-DelMar, or phone in Costa Rica 506-2643-3197.

    Pura Vida!

    Shannon Farley

  5. Thanks for the information Shannon! The stand up paddle tours look like fun too that I just saw from Del Mar Surf Camp site! I have a feeling we will book the vacation rental considering it will be cheaper for the reasons that you stated. I hope to take more phrases and sayings home from Costa Rica as well! Pura Vida!

  6. Shannon

    Alex, you’re welcome! Yes, the stand up paddle tour is fantastic! Enjoy!

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