Surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica - The ultimate surf guide

Are you making plans to go surfing in Costa Rica? Here’s all you need to know to prepare for a surf holiday in Santa Teresa in a true Pura Vida spirit! If you’re looking for a tropical adventure while surfing with the jungle as your backdrop, then you've come to the right place! Here’s our guide to everything you’ll need to know to be prepared for a surf camp adventure in Costa Rica.

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Lapoint Surf Camp: Our Surfers’ Paradise in Santa Teresa

If a jungle adventure is what you’re searching for, then our camp in Santa Teresa is the right place to go. 

A camp close to the lively center of Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is a small and charming village with lots of surf vibes, the town center is only a few minutes walk away from the surf camp. Here you’ll find nice restaurants, cafes and bars! There are great clothing shops and places to get souvenirs if you want to do some shopping during your stay! You will also find pharmacies, ATMs and supermarkets close to the camp.

Transportation: How do I get to the camp?

Arriving and departing to and from the surf camp

When traveling to our Santa Teresa camp, you’ll fly to San Jose Airport (SJO) Juan Santamaría International Airport. From San Jose, it will take you around six to seven hours to get to the camp. It is a good idea to arrive one night before heading over to the camp since the last transfer leaves at 08:00 AM on Monday morning. We recommend you stay at the Holiday Inn next to the airport if you decide to come the night before the transfer, this is where the transfer will pick you up. 

You can also take another flight instead, from San Jose to Tambor Airport. This option will save you some time but will be more expensive. It will take somewhat over an hour from the Tambor Airport to the camp. You can book the transfer back to the airport at the camp.

Delicious local food: What and where to eat in Santa Teresa?

You will find sodas all around Costa Rica, and Santa Teresa is no exception! A soda is a restaurant that serves more traditional Costa Rican food and is usually more budget-friendly than the more trendy cafes.

Weather and seasons: When is the best time to surf in and around Santa Teresa?

The seasons in Costa Rica are split into the wet season (also called the green season) and the dry season (also called the high season), both with their own charm. The so-called high season in Santa Teresa, when the social scene is at its most vibrant vibe and when the waves are most gentle happens during the dry season (November to March). 

Santa Teresa has more tourists visiting and the waves are beginner-friendly and this is the best time for beginners in level 1 and level 2 to visit Costa Rica and learn how to surf. During the wet season (April to November), the waves are bigger and more consistent. Level 3 surfers can surf around Santa Teresa all year round. The water temperature is somewhere between 26 to 30 degrees Celcius in Costa Rica, which means that you can enjoy the waves without a wetsuit.

Underwater shot of surfer sitting on surfboard


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