Costa Rica Surf Camp

2 weeks Costa Rica Self Catered

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  • 17 Feb - 03 Mar 2018
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Develop the surfing skills you’ve always dreamt about!

La Pura Vida or The Pure Life is the endearing national saying you will hear and love saying all day long in Costa Rica. A proud and passionate country and rightly so, with warm waters, sensational surf and pristine beaches surrounded by tropical jungle. If that has whet your surfing appetite, then two weeks in Costa Rica and more specifically, the beach town of Santa Teresa, is the place for you.

Ticket to Ride Surf Camps in Costa Rica are set up for surfers of all abilities. They stand united in their common goal of escaping winter and being adventurous, yet focussed as they take their own level of surfing further in two weeks abroad, than they ever could with two years at home.

The team combine surf lessons matched to your ability with surf-specific yoga lessons. So whether you’re a complete beginner looking to find your surfing feet, or an intermediate / advanced surfer on the hunt for consistently warm water waves and a better technique, then Ticket to Ride has got your back with this two week Costa Rica trip!

What to Expect

A tropical surfing experience, fuelled by good food, with plenty of time to relax in between sessions with a good book.

People say that surfing in Costa Rica will make you soft. We say that four weeks of consistent surf in a tropical paradise is often exactly what you need.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in exclusive apartments at Don Jon's Surf Lodge, 50m from the beach
  • Breakfast every morning at Don Jons
  • Trip Leaders throughout the whole camp 24/7
  • Five surf lessons to your skill level per week
  • Five yoga sessions per week
  • Video Surf Analysis
  • Personal photos of your surfing
  • Return airport transfers
  • Two nights in San Jose Hotel upon arrival and return if required
  • Return ferry ride to Santa Teresa
  • Deep Sea Fishing - Have a good day and you'll be bbq'ing your catch for dinner
  • Snorkelling in the local reefs
  • Waterfall Hike and Butterfly Farm visit


We've rented two private apartments at Don Jon’s Surf Lodge, where the motto is “relax to the max” and relax you will. There are plenty of hammocks all over the place for a quick nap and ten beds over two apartments for a proper night’s sleep. Sleeping arrangements have been arranged on a first come, first served basis, so start the booking process now. Your morning coffee, juice and breakfast fuel is all included in the package.

Also included

Yoga Our Costa Rica Surf Camps include five yoga sessions per week led by experienced yoga instructors and is the perfect way to stretch out and unwind after a surf. Flexibility and core strength developed through yoga is also hugely beneficial to your overall surfing performance.

Deep Sea Fishing Santa Teresa has some of the best fishing in the World. Possible catches include the mighty sailfish and marlin if you’re lucky, but the most likely fish of the day would be tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish, snapper and baracuda. Having spent the day out on the boat, we'll eat like kings at night by landing our catch straight on the bbq.

Snorkeling Costa Rica’s tropical reputation is not confined to the land as the outer reefs provide sanctuaries for incredible sea life. Spend the day cruising around, hopping on and off the boat armed with a trusty pair of flippers, snorkel and mask to see the underwater sights.

Waterfall Hike & Butterfly Farm Visit Hike up the beautiful Montezuma Waterfall, bathe and swim in the natural pool, visit the Butterfly farm on the walk back and top the day off with a locally brewed ale at the Butterfly Farm's Brewery!



Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Welcome 1 Day

    After being picked up from the airport by your Trip Leader, all you need to do is get your bearings by checking in to the hotel in nearby Alejuela. Wake up bright and early for the 6am Santa Teresa transfer, pick your surfboard upon arrival, then enjoy a welcome meal and cocktail, all whilst watching the sunset before the true adventure begins.

  • Welcome to paradise 12 Days

    Enjoy 12 days of surf and yoga in the tropical paradise of Santa Teresa. Five days per week will enjoy a routine like this: 6am - 9:30am: Free time for dawnie surf and breakfast 9:30am - 12:30pm: Surf Lesson. Meet at restaurant ready to roll 12:30pm - 6:30pm: Free time for lunch/ photo analysis/ free-surf 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Yoga in the large teepee at the back of the lodge 7:30pm - 9pm: Dinner / crash out Excursion day - check out the extra activities for more detail. Rest day - a day of non-surfing is good for muscle repair, so get some photo analysis, have a massage, chill out on the beach or simply head to the infinity pool.

  • Homeward bound 1 Day

    Time to say goodbye to your surfing idyll and spend one night in San Jose before catching your flight home.

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Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

A Casado, the local dish of steak / pork / chicken or fish with fries, salad, rice, beans and plantain costs $5 at most local restaurants, so the frugal traveller should budget $20 per day, while the flashier could go as high as $40. Your breakfast at Don Jons is included in the package price, as well as a morning coffee and juice.

It really doesn't matter, as the Ticket to Ride team can cater to the needs of total beginners and those of competition level rippers.

You won't need one. Not one. Nada. Surfboard hire is included in the price.

Costa Rica translates as the "Rich Coast" and has the strongest economy in Central America and is therefore more expensive than it's neighbours. Everything can be paid for in dollars and the prices of things should be more compared to California than Nicaragua. However, it is only the luxuries and non essential items that feel expensive, such as cocktails ($8), pizzas ($16) quad bike hire ($70 per day) and if you are living the Pura Vida lifestyle for one month, surfing loads, eating local fresh food and taking it easy you can live off $25 per day.

You just need to arrive in San Jose,CR on Saturday 17th February'18 (Trip 1) or Saturday 3rd March (Trip 2). We will be there to greet you in the Arrivals hall (just look for Max holding the Ticket to Ride sign). There will be pick ups throughout the day, no fixed times. We then spend the first night in San Jose, before our early morning departure on Sunday to head West to Santa Teresa!

Your departure flight needs to depart from San Jose,CR on Saturday 3rd March (Trip 1) or Saturday 17th March (Trip 2). Again, this can be at any time of the day as we will spend the Friday night in San Jose to be ready for everyone's departure on the Saturday.

All airport transfers are included in the package price. If you have any questions, just give us a call or email. Full arrival information will be provided to guests.

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica, so we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them.

All passengers flying via USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see for more information. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For more info check out these websites:

Fit for Travel - and The World Health Organisation –

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check


It was the best two weeks of my life. Pura Vida!

Gemma Pritchard

I can’t believe that this is my life right now, this is amazing!

Matt Henderson

I am totally in my element right here.

Jeffa Snell

I loved only being a few minutes from the surf, it really made the trip.


Many many thanks again for such an amazing trip. I really did have the time of my life and enjoyed meeting you all, and all the surfing and yoga was great fun!! I can safely say I will definitely be visiting Santa Teresa again.

Olivia Bonetti

Going to Costa Rica changed my life. I learnt how to surf and practiced yoga for the first time and now these things are a way of life for me. The Costa Rican people are incredible, the plantains are super yummy and there's nothing quite like waking up to the sound of howler monkies. Couldn't have asked for a better trip and people to share it with. Go on this trip, you get to see sloths as well! Pura Vida.

Jeffa Snell

What an amazing trip...already planning to go back next year! The place, the waves, the vibe, the food...the list goes on! Highly recommend staying at Don Jons, it certainly tops off the experience and chilled vibe...not to mention "Max" who is an absolute legend and prefect host ???? it, do it, do it!!! Is all I can say ??


This trip has allowed me too live, breathe and experience surf culture, share the time of my life with the coolest people and surf a wide range of different surf conditions. It's very addictive and I am just glad I came from the ride! Dazza from Australia gives a thumbs up to Ticket to Ride!

Daz Wong

This was my first organised surf trip and I was really pleasantly surprised by how it was all put together! It didn't feel like a "regime" but it had great structure and it felt like we were making the most out of each day! Good job guys!


I had an awesome time on the TTRide Costa Rica trip and met some fantastic people along the way. The surf is so perfectly clean every morning that you will be craving to get up at 6am for a dawnie session. And then there is Max, our epic trip leader - we all loved his daily yoga sessions up in the tree house.

Santa Teresa really is paradise but I think the best bit is that this is more than just a surf trip. You will truly understand the meaning of "Pura Vida" and learn so much about yourself by the end :)

Lois Putnam

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