High season in Costa Rica is coming up & our camp is OPEN!
COSTA RICA, WE´RE BACK! Our camp is set to reopen the 2nd of November, and we are sooo stoked to start living the tropical dream we have been craving for such a long time.
We know a lot of our guests have missed it too – Santa Teresa has a special way of making you feel like you belong, even though you’re far away from home. And so does our camp! With walking distance to the beach, a lovely swimming pool, a lush garden and a nice family vibe we’ll promise you: you’ll instantly feel at home. Stay in a double room with your friend or book a dorm bed - around 25-30% of our guests are solo travellers and it is really easy to make friends at camp. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to paradise, making each moment count more than ever before.
And - the high season is coming up! Costa Rica is divided into two main seasons: the wet season, and the dry season. The dry “high” season starts in mid-November, with great surf for all levels. There are plenty of different surf spots for all levels around Santa Teresa, and our instructors will take you to the best spot for the day.
When you travel to Costa Rica from Europe, many of the US states and many other countries, no quarantine is required when providing a negative COVID19 test. See our FAQ below for more information regarding your country.
We always recommend you to travel climate-smart, and f.i. direct flights are better than flights with stopovers. There are many direct flights from the big cities in Europe to San José in Costa Rica, and we're happy to arrange a comfortable, transfer from San Jose International Airport (SJO) or your accommodation in the city of San Jose to the camp. And if you are travelling here from far away - staying a bit longer is better. Book another week or two at the camp and make sure to make your surf vacation even more amazing!
And last but not least - you can rebook for free! You can change your dates free of charge up until 7 days before arrival day, and you can rebook to new dates within 1 year from the original booking's starting date.
Got more questions? Have a look at our FAQ below.
How are the entry rules in Costa Rica?
Tourists from these countries can visit:
CANADA for citizens and residents
MEXICO for citizens and residents
THE EUROPEAN UNION SCHENGEN ZONE,
SOUTH AMERICA: for citizens and residents of Uruguay.
THE CARIBEAN: for citizens and residents of Jamaica.
ASIA: for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.
OCEANIA: for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.
USA: Only for residents of the next group of twenty-one states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Wyoming, California and Ohio.
Which requirements are needed for travelling into Costa Rica?
Requirements to enter Costa Rica:
Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr.
RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.
Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 20 authorized states. This requirement excludes children travelling with their family.
Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS - Instituto Nacional de Seguros) https://www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor https://www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/.
For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:
Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.
Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.
Do you need a test to enter Costa Rica from the EU? Do you need to wear a mask everywhere?
Yes, you need a negative covid-test. Masks must be worn in most indoor places like the airport, ferry, taxis, shuttles, supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, shops etc. In restaurants, servers have to wear masks but patrons do not. In town and at the beach masks are not required.
Is December a good month to learn to surf?
Yes, we plan the lessons after tides and weather. It means that level 1 lessons will be held on good beginner spots during the time of the day when the waves are the smallest and most suitable for that level.
Can I rebook my trip for free if I need to?
Yes, you can change your dates free of charge up until 7 days before arrival day and you can rebook to new dates within 1 year from the original booking's starting date.
Can you travel from Europe without having to quarantine?
According to visitcostarica.com, no quarantine is required when providing a negative covid-test.
Is Costa Rica suitable for more advanced surfers?
Yes, the waves are bigger June - July. The waves are cleaner during January - February. There are plenty of different surf spots for all levels around Santa Teresa
How many of your visitors travel alone?
Throughout the last year, around 25-30% of our guests have been solo travellers. It´s really easy to make friends at the camp!
What months do you get the biggest swells?
Costa Rica is basically divided into two main seasons: the wet season, and the dry season. While there’s plenty of surf to be had in both seasons, the wet season tends to be bigger, better, and more consistent.
The wet or “rainy” season in Costa Rica is from May until mid-November. It’s during this season that the Pacific dishes out a healthy serving of northwest, south and southwest swells. Costa Rica loves a good SW swell making June, July, August, and September some of the biggest and most promising months. It’s also good to note that northern Costa Rica tends to be drier than the rest of the country during the wet season.
Are January and February good months to surf in Costa Rica?
Yes, definitely! The waves are smaller, but cleaner, and the weather is beautifully sunny!
How experienced are the surfers that choose to travel with Lapoint?
We have classes for all levels, no matter if you’re a beginner or already living the dream!
How do I know if I´m good enough for level 2?
Level 2 is for those who have surfed a few times and can catch green waves. You can always adjust your level once you are at the camp if you feel that you’re not in the right group.
Have you already got bookings for November or will I be solo at the camp?
Don´t worry, we have bookings for every week in November.
What if my covid-test is positive 72 hours before travel. Will I be able to reschedule?
You will be able to reschedule your stay without any problems, even on short notice due to a possible positive test.
What are the opening restrictions on bars, restaurants and beaches in Santa Teresa?
Bars and nightclubs are currently not open but restaurants are. Servers have to wear masks but patrons do not.
Is it easy to travel on public transport through Costa Rica right now?
Yes, it is. A mask is required in all forms of public transportation.
What is the best surf spot?
Depends on skill level and experience. Right out front at Playa Carmen, we have nice white water for beginners and long peeling waves for intermediate/advanced surfers. If you’re looking for faster and hollow waves then northern Santa Teresa has some nice options.
How many people are allowed at the camp due to COVID? Is it full capacity or reduced?
The camp is at full capacity but it’s a spacious camp and we have a plan in place if anyone gets sick and needs to be evacuated to a private room.
What if my flight gets cancelled? Can I reschedule
Yes as soon as you get a flight cancelled and can’t get another one in time please send us an email with your cancelled flight details and we will move you to another date that works for you in the future.
Do I have to arrive on a Monday?
So at the camp, we follow a weekly schedule and we usually recommend arriving in San Jose on Sundays since it takes around 6-7 hours to get to the camp. We can, however, be a little flexible here if you are struggling to find flights on the right dates just email our customer care team to enquire about different arrival dates [email protected] .