Surfing Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica

SURF en Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen


The best break point and waves  in Costa Rica


POINT BREAKS from: The Surfer’s Guide to Costa Rica


Manzanillo: offshore reef at the end of the beach breaks on good swells. Beach breaks too.


Hermosa: beach break with peaks all along, lots of reefs in here that are rarely surfed.


Santa Teresa: hollow beach with break that picks up lots of swell. Good rights and lefts that breaks best at lower tides. The cleanest and best shaped beach in the area.


Playa Carmen: Beach break peaks with some rock-reef. Most of the surfing happens at the main beach where the road from Cobano meets the beach.


Mal Pais: Punta Barrigona is one of the left-points, just in front of Mar Azul and to the north and breaks best on strong south and west swells at low tides. Further south is Los Suecos, the next left reef-point. Its breaks right in front of ex-Sunset Reef. Head this way when Carmen and Teresa are big. Best on higher tides.


Samara: Some small beach breaks good for beginners, and bigger outside reef breaks for the more experienced. The mouth of the bay has rocky points with good breaks. Reef way outside in the middle of the bay with good rights on south swells. There are other reefs at the north end of the bay, way outside with good rights. And more reef at the south end of the bay near Isla Chora are the best in the area. 



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ALMA TICA SPANISH & SURF LESSONS: surfing bikinis TICA SURF and the best ready-made clothes by local fashion designer. Tel.: 2640-0227  100 Norte del Super Costa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica


BEACHFRONT PACIFICA SURF STUDIOS: located in the heart of playa Santa Teresa, beachfront, perfect for somebody who loves nature and surfing but doesn't want to give up comfort and style our facilities: swimming pool, surf school, boards rental, snack bar, yoga studio.

Discover the joy of surfing with our professional, multilingual instructors. We offer private as well as group classes for all skills levels

 All prices include use of our equipment.

 Beginner level:

  • 2 hours in gentle waves
  • Warm up/Stretching techniques
  • Surfing safety + etiquette
  • Standing up
  • Board positioning
  • Small waves riding

 Intermediate level class

  • 2 hours in gentle waves
  • Ocean knowledge
  • Surfing safety and etiquette
  • Duck dives/angle drop-ins
  • Front side turns
  • Back side turns

Advanced level class   

  • 2 hours in the line up
  • We offer this class to experienced surfers who desire to increase their skill level by learning some of the wave difficult techniques.
  • Instructors of this class are extremely skilled member of Costa Rican National competition circuit.

Ask about our group discount!!

We offer excursions and surf tours in local beaches. 

Descubre la diversión de surfear con nuestros instructores  profesionales multilingües ofreciéndote desde clases privadas grupales y cursos en todos los niveles.


OLINGO SURF AND NATURE EXPERIENCES: Closer to the Nature, live the experience of the Nicoya Peninsula with our certified local and bilingual instructor and tour guides. We are good because we love what we do, Surf lessons. We are based in Playa Santa Teresa, 200 North of Super La Hacienda,  Cel. (506) 8707-1782 Tel. (506) 2640-0433


RANCHOS ITAUNA SURF SCHOOL located in the middle of the main surf breaks. Beachfront bungalows in a beautiful tropical garden, up to 4 persons with kitchen, HW, fan,  Restaurant open only: Nov - April  Mon. to Sat. with Brazilian & International Specialities Tel.: (506) 2640-0095


SHAKA: 4 Villas Beach Retreat Surf Camp and Yoga at Playa Hermosa, Premier surf camp & yoga retreat with daily surf lessons for all levels of experience and skills, in a world-class operation with some of the most experienced, professional, friendly and fun instructors. Packages varying from a couple days to multiple weeks, including a combined surf & yoga retreat. All this in a private tropical haven nestled in lush jungle surroundings, with luxurious-spacious villas and open-air rancho, which includes a fully-equipped entertainment area.

4 espaciosas villas de gran calidad, Con área de entretenimiento, paquetes especializados en surf y yoga, ubicadas en la paradisíaca Playa Hermosa y en un entorno de exuberante naturaleza.

Tel.: (506) 2640 1118


SURF SHOP ALEX: compra, venta y alquiler de tablas y bicicletas, lecciones de surf, ropa de playa, pantalonetas, bikinis, shorts, bloqueadores, sandalias, accesorios para tablas, ding repair, ATV RENTALS (quads for rent), 250 metros norte del cruce  (506) 2640-0364


SURF SHOP NALU: surf school, surf shop, accredited "surfing australia", instructors, professional surf classes 2 hours, 1,3 and 5 day courses, buy & sell new & used boards, board rental, beachwear and accesories. Next to Super Ronny's Playa Carmen. Tel.: (506) 2640-0391/ 2640-0714/ 8358-4436 


JOFFRE GARCIA SURF SCHOOL: LEARN TO SURF MAL PAIS, Lessons include Board and rashguard, 2 hours instruction, BSA level 2 surf coaches with beach lifeguard, qualifications and more than 12 years experience, Transport to and from the beach, Female instructors availableENLACES/ LINKS RELATED, English and Spanish spoken, All ages and abilities welcome, Photos and video. Tel.: (506) 87037584 / 26400538



to see tide charts and info about the waves, current and contest check in the following sites related:
Guía Península de Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica Travel Guide