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The feeling of floating out in the fresh ocean waters, with the sun baking your face and the salt drying on your skin, is one of the most wonderful ways to experience a destination. In many places, surfing is a way of life and a huge part of local culture. It only takes one sweeping ride to shore as you’re propelled by the curling waves, and you’ll see exactly why.

Surfing holidays in Costa Rica are up there with the best in the world. Not just thanks to the white-sand beaches, the tropical climate, and the beautifully clear Pacific Ocean, but also thanks to the warm, welcoming locals and their infectious enthusiasm for this essential activity.

Surfing Adventures in Costa Rica

Surfing holidays are all about truly immersing yourself in a landscape, about taking to the water and experiencing the power of nature, harnessing it to enjoy one of the most exhilarating feelings. Skimming across the sea surface, sending salt spray into the fresh sea air as a wave propels you to shore is an experience you don’t forget.

And in Costa Rica, surfing is more than a sport or a hobby. For many of the locals, surfing is a way of life. So by heading to the pristine Pacific beaches along the coast of Puntarenas Province for a surfing holiday, you’re experiencing an essential and authentic piece of Costa Rican culture.

Not In The Guidebooks put you in touch with local instructors and surfing enthusiasts who know the beaches, the tides and the currents better than anyone, so that you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re experiencing the best surfing spots in a totally safe environment.

And at the end of your exhilarating day in the waves, it’s only right to kick back on the beach, feel the warm sand between your toes and the dried salt in your hair, as you enjoy an ice-cold beer and barbecue as the sun goes down, because when it comes to surfing, the culture extends far beyond the activity itself.

Join a Not In The Guidebooks surfing holiday to find the most beautiful beaches, the best surf and the best local instructors, and upgrade your beach holiday to experiencing an exhilarating piece of local culture.

Where to experience surfing holidays in Costa Rica

Head to the gold-sand beaches, fresh, clear Pacific ocean and incredible surf of Puntarenas Province, and enjoy the tropical stretch of coastline where the palm trees stretch dreamily for the horizon. Soak up the deliciously slow pace of life in the perfect weather, explore the stunning jungles or cloud-rainforests a little inland, and of course, enjoy a surfing experience you’ll never forget.

The locals here are famously friendly, and it won’t take too much searching to seek out a stunning seafood shack on the beach, or find someone ready to show you in the direction of the secret beauty spots and secluded beaches.

Wherever you go for a surfing holiday in Costa Rica, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.

Who are our Costa Rican surf holiday Guests?

People who have never set foot on a surfboard in their life, people who enjoy bodyboarding, surf beginners and people who are aiming to hone their technique and seek out the best surf spots thanks to that invaluable local knowledge, everyone is welcome on our surfing holidays in Costa Rica.

Your instructors are experts at teaching all, from the absolute beginners to the experts, and they’ll ensure you are absolutely safe and in your comfort zone throughout your time in the water. This means you can simply relax, drink in the stunning scenery, and enjoy that unique experience of mastering the waves.

All you need to bring is energy, enthusiasm and the thirst to try something a little different. Sound like you?

Why choose Not In The Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners all across Costa Rica, from the jaw-dropping volcanoes and cloud-forest of Alajuela, all the way to the pristine beaches and mangrove-forests caves of Puntarenas Province. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Costa Rica means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.