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Family Surf Camp Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Overview

Join us for our Family Costa Rica Surf Camp travel adventure! This program is designed for the whole family, from beginner to advanced. By surfing in a small group setting, your ability and confidence level will go through the roof while having the most incredible family vacation of your life.

Costa Rica has a tropical climate and enjoys year-round water temps around 80 degrees. It has two separate coasts, the Pacific and the Caribbean, and receives swells from many different directions depending on the time of the year. There are over 50 well-known, named surf breaks and just as many lesser known ones. We will be surfing the Pacific Coast and exploring several beach breaks in the beautiful Tamarindo area.

Costa Rica is a beautiful, diverse country with a lot to see and do. In addition to daily surf sessions, we provide our clients with other activities including a zip line tour through a rainforest canopy where you will see monkeys and iguanas, and the opportunity to explore amazing pristine beaches. Our staff will also teach you about wave dynamics, wave prediction, and surfing etiquette.

There is so much more to surfing than riding a wave, and we want you to have the full experience! Come and enjoy your surfing vacation while we take care of all the details! Participants ages 7+ and up are welcome, and each high quality session is limited. Make your plans now for an adventure you’ll never forget!

The cost depends on the size of your group but will include, breakfast, airport pickup and drop off at (LIR) Liberia Costa Rica, equipment, professional surfing instruction, zip line adventure, transportation to and from activities, t-shirt, activity fees, 8″ x 12″ family group photo, and plenty of surf time.  Airfare, departure tax, and travel insurance are additional.

To request a quote or to schedule your Family Surf Camp in Costa Rica, please call 910.256.7873. This adventure can be privately chartered for your family’s surf vacation during the months of December through April.

Itinerary

DAY 1

The weather of Costa Rica offers a pleasing welcome as your plane sets down in this lush tropical climate. You’ve finally reached the active traveler’s paradise, where a full week of surfing and exploration awaits! Your WB Surf Camp Instructors will be awaiting your arrival at the Liberia International Airport, ready to escort you south to your beautiful oceanfront room at the Tamarindo Diria. After settling in, your instructors will welcome everyone over an orientation dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Everyone will get to know one another and the schedule for the week will be laid out. After a delicious meal and some relaxing drinks, it’s off to bed for a good night’s sleep in preparation for a full day of surf tomorrow!

DAY 2

The aroma of freshly roasted Costa Rican coffee trails through the air as the sun rises and peeks out from behind the mountains. Perfect conditions set up across Tamarindo Bay with glassy waves peeling out at the river mouth. Smiles, laughs, and plenty of waves are shared as we soak up the warm water during our first morning session. Our instructors work with each individual, establishing and providing a foundation for lifelong surfing skills. After a strong first session, you’ll have some free time to relax before lunch, then a second session follows where we continue to work on your popups and paddling skills. As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, we’ll gather for fresh seafood and a cold beverage. Looking around the table you can see the excitement overwhelming each person’s face; you’re officially in paradise and learning how to surf!

DAY 3

The new soreness in your muscles dissolves the moment you enter the water. We’ll take you to the spot where conditions are best each day. Perhaps Playa Avellanas, a white sand beach located on a mangrove reserve with perfect left and right handers, will be the call today. It’s one of the most tranquil, pristine beaches around and offers waves for all skill levels. There’s even an outside reef break known as “Little Hawaii” that you can see off in the distance past the rivermouth. You’ll start to get a feel for timing the waves as your instructors explain the importance of knowing when to paddle and when to back off. You may start paddling into your own waves today, which is the next step once you’re comfortably popping up on a wave. After a day at Avellanas, we will return to Tamarindo and enjoy local fare at a restaurant tucked away in a lush tropical garden.

DAY 4

Today we may head north to Playa Grande, home to beautiful coastal vegetation and one of the country’s prominent leatherback sea turtle nesting sites. You will be surfing mostly beach breaks and sandbars during this surf vacation because they are the most beginner friendly. You’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ve made, and you may be ready to progress from riding the face of the wave to going down the line. Don’t worry – we’ll explain what all these terms mean during our evening seminars. In the afternoon, we’ll add the adrenaline rush of zip-lining through the lush treetop canopy and across wide open valleys of the surrounding mountains. The evening will wrap up with a gourmet dinner and a video analysis session. Video analysis helps us learn so much about our positioning and stance, while getting some good laughs as we put everything into slow motion.

DAY 5

There are so many breaks available to us, so today we may scout out Langosta (“lobster” in Spanish) or Las Casitas (“the little houses”) across the Tamarindo Rivermouth. Your instructors will work with you on wave selection and how to speed up/slow down the board. We break everything down for you so you learn one step at a time, gaining confidence with each day. After a full morning of surf we’ll return to Tamarindo and visit an authentic Costa Rican farm. This is always an exciting activity for our clients! We’ll learn the various cultural methods used to maintain a sustainable way of life. In the evening we’ll review more surfing footage, observing that the group’s surfing ability has significantly improved over the course of the week.

DAY 6

On our final day of surfing, we’ll be focusing on each client’s strengths and weaknesses, helping you work on any areas in which you would like to become more skilled. You start to realize you’ll be returning home with a solid foundation of surfing and the confidence to make this a lifelong sport. You’ve also made many new like-minded friends with whom you’ve shared this once in a lifetime experience. As the sun meets the horizon we realize we’ve officially become accustomed to “tico time,” focusing on the present moment while embracing the natural beauty of this special place.

DAY 7

The past seven days seem like a dream – the kind you don’t want to wake up from! A final breakfast at the Diria’s amazing buffet and then it’s off to the airport. We say our goodbyes Costa Rican style…”Pura Vida (Pure Life)!” …and start thinking about next year’s WB Surf Camp adventure!

Accomodations

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort

The Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort sets itself apart from all others as the only hotel located on the white sand of the world famous Tamarindo Beach. As Tamarindo’s first hotel, they have been the area’s premier lodging facility for 30 years.  Spread out over 5 acres, the Diria’s mixture of traditional and contemporary style and architecture is surrounded by exotic and beautifully maintained lush tropical gardens that offers guests the natural beauty of Costa Rica right outside their doors.

All of our clients stay in Sunset Ocean View rooms which offer incredible ocean views, picturesque sunsets, and access to Tamarindo Beach just a few steps from your door. The rooms have been designed for the comfort and enjoyment of all guests. Each room offers electronic door locks, safe deposit box, cable television with international news, sports and movie channels, air conditioning, mini bar, national and international telephone service, king size bed or two queen size beds, and free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

Contained within the Diria are several food and drink options. The Matapalo Restaurant is the only fine dining establishment in Tamarindo located right on the beach. Enjoy lobster, steaks, seafood, a variety of international cuisine, exotic cocktails, and a varied dessert selection under the shade of a huge Matapalo tree where the sunlight and moonlight are filtered through the leaves. El Diria has a famous breakfast buffet with every kind of breakfast food you can imagine, and specialty dinners with live music. In between surf sessions, sit up at the Rancho Bar or swim up to the Wet Bar within the resort’s pool. If you need a coffee, just head to the Café Nari.

As far as surfing goes, you can practically roll out of bed at the Tamarindo Diria and into some of the area’s most friendly waves. There’s no need to go check the surf in the morning, because it’s right there in front of you as you sip some of the finest coffee in the world. Within a fifteen minute drive in either direction lie dozens of beach, point and reef breaks.

Reviews

Joe, Mill Valley, CA – “Costa Rica was by far my best WB Surf Camp trip yet. The level of instruction was fantastic and helped me get to a higher level in my surfing ability. The cultural experience and the friendly local people made the trip even better. Looking forward to the next CR trip.”

Al, Tucson, AZ – “As someone who just passed the big 6-0 and had never surfed before, it was a excellent experience. The instructors were always positive and focused on us 100% of the time. We all gained a great respect for the ocean and what it takes to surf the waves. I consider all of the people I spent the week with my friends and look forward to my next surfing instruction. It is a wonderful program I would recommend to anyone who wants to get started surfing the right way.”

Michael, Wilmington, NC – “Needless to say, being in Costa Rica speaks for itself. However, what made this trip so special were the staff and what they put into everything we did. From the pre-trip planning through the return trip home, this program was flawless. I can honestly say I have never experienced anything like it before. To the staff, this is not a job, it is a passion. They truly want to provide their clients with the best experience possible. You felt it from the minute you stepped off the van upon arrival, and it never ceased.”

Remy, Redwood City, CA – “Thank you so much for everything. It was the highlight of my summer, and one of the best experiences in my life.”

Rachel, Long Island, NY – “While I was on the plane, I couldn’t help but start to cry knowing it was over. Looking at the pictures of all my new friends, I promised myself I would be going back next summer, even if I had to walk all the way. Only a few more months till I’m back. I don’t know if I will be able to leave again.”

FAQs

If I have never surfed before, is this camp for me?

The Costa Rica travel adventure program was developed for the beginner to advanced surfer. There are so many beach breaks that are suited to different levels of surfing that it allows us to accommodate the beginners as well as those looking to improve their skills.

If I have some surf experience will I get to learn more advanced maneuvers?

Our staff is composed of amazing free surfers as well as competitive surfers, all of whom will be able to coach you to a higher level of wave reading, performance, and creativity in your surfing.

Where will I be surfing?

We will be surfing at several amazing beaches including the beautiful crystal green waters of Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, and Langosta. Multiple bottom contours, compositions, and options for all tides make the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica a great place to learn to surf. We will have access to several other world class breaks within 30 min as well.

What kind of non-surfing activities can we participate in?

As we custom design itinerary based on what your family wants to do we can include any these options.

  • Zip-lining through amazing rain forest canopies to see monkeys, iguanas, and exotic frogs
  • Whitewater raft down exciting tropical river
  • Basic Spanish instruction classes
  • Sunset Catamaran Tour
  • Hiking a volcano at Rincon de la Vieja

Do you provide equipment or should I bring my own?

All equipment is provided. We provide a variety of boards but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Do I need a passport?

Yes, to travel to Costa Rica you need a valid passport.

Is Costa Rica a safe country to visit?

Yes, exceptionally so. They abolished the army in 1949 and have focused their efforts on creating greater equality of wealth among citizens and protecting their natural resources. Costa Rica has the highest standard of living in Central America, and over 27% of the country land has been set aside for conservation.

Does Costa Rica accept US Currency?

Almost every store accepts US currency, and for those that do not, you will be able to exchange US dollars for colones.