Get ready for a laid-back beach vacation to the stunning beaches of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Península. This slow-paced trip allows you to slow down and adjust to the Costa Rican lifestyle of pura vida in four quintessential surf towns: Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Sámara and Santa Teresa.
Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica's and Central America's prime surfing spots and a destination not to be missed if you're interested in a surf lesson. You'll meet your instructor at Playa Tamarindo and enjoy a one-on-one lesson, allowing you to pick up surf skills much faster. Surfing at Tamarindo is very safe, fun, and easy, even for beginners. So whether it's your first or 100th day on the waves, your instructor will help you build the skills needed to stand up on your board, catch a wave, and ride through the surf.
After your one-on-one lesson, enjoy some free time to continue practicing and surfing, followed by well-deserved relaxation on the beach. If you'd like to extend your surfing adventure, consider visiting Playa Naranjo, nicknamed "Witch's Rock" by the locals. Set in a national park and only accessible by boat, the beach features big surf with both left and right breaking waves, making it a great spot for more experienced surfers and those wanting to watch the sport in action!
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Itineraries with Surf Lessons at Tamarindo Beach
Travel to three of the best destinations in Costa Rica to ride the waves on this 6-day trip. Start in Playa Santa Teresa, home to major surf competitions and some of the most consistent waves in the country. End the adventure in Playa Tamarindo for surf days that end with glorious Pacific Coast sunsets. You'll also have time to relax on the beach and get acquainted with the country's vast wildlife.
This eight-day itinerary is perfect for travelers seeking a balanced beach holiday, laced with organized day trips and free time by the water. Land in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste province, and head south to the popular surf town of Tamarindo Beach. Spend your days riding the waves, swimming, kayaking and snorkeling, and diving through the reefs of some of the most beautiful Pacific waters rich with exotic marine life. Bookmark day trips to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and Rio Negro Hot Springs, Las Catalinas Islands, and Capitán Island, too.
Enjoy a 15-day honeymoon adventure that covers several of Costa Rica’s greatest outdoor destinations. Begin in the capital city for a welcome dinner, before heading to the Arenal region for river rafting, volcano hikes, scenic waterfalls, and more. Next, go snorkeling and kayaking in the ocean on the shores of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. Venture into the cloud forests of Monteverde to take suspension bridges and ziplines through the greenery, followed by downtime in Tamardino Beach to surf, sail, and relish magnificent sunsets.
This 13-day adventure allows you to experience the country from both coasts. It includes a visit to the bustling capital of San José, the lush rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular, remote beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to surf lessons in the Pacific.