Recent news reports of supermodel Gisele Bündchen and husband Tom Brady enjoying a fantastic surfing vacation in Costa Rica took many by surprise. But not us. The high-profile couple has been visiting this idyllic surfing mecca for years, relishing the country’s year-round perfect surfing conditions and laid-back lifestyle.
Along with a comprehensive collection of surfing breaks and swells, as well as blissfully uncrowded beaches – unlike other popular hubs in Australia or Hawaii – Costa Rica is the ideal destination for those who want to indulge in their surfing passion without fuss.
No matter your level of experience, you’ll find a Costa Rica surfing location that’s just right for you. But if you fancy a bit of comfort and style, then the best luxury surfing hotels and resorts in Costa Rica will definitely tickle your fancy.
Here are just a few of our favorites:
Blue Surf Sanctuary, Santa Teresa
Arguably one of the most gorgeous and less-known boutique hotels in Santa Teresa, Blue Surf Sanctuary offers a delightful beach-front stay along with in-depth lessons in both surfing and yoga. Perfect for couples or families with varied interests, the Blue Sanctuary offers all-inclusive packages (accommodation + surfing lessons + yoga sessions) or simply splendid accommodation rates with the option of individual or group lessons in either pursuit.
Part of the Billabong Camp Collection, Blue Surf enjoys an amazing location, within easy walking distance to one of Costa Rica’s top surfing beaches. The surfing instructors are professional, accredited and cater to all levels of competency. The cabanas are simply divine and obviously built with love, with plenty of outdoor chill-out space and set amidst natural surroundings. A shared outdoor kitchen area and swimming pool make socializing very enjoyable. With only 4 bungalows on offer, however, booking ahead is a must.
Kalon Luxury Surf Resort, Altos de Miramar
Renowned as a top-notch surf coaching resort, Kalon has been featured on an impressive list of travel literature over the last few years, and even voted one of the world’s best surfing resorts by USA Today. Guests rave about the stunning views and delicious food on offer here and this, combined with lessons by some of the country’s top surfing pros, is what makes this a truly unrivalled choice in Dominical.
Kalon offers an enticing mix of active pursuits and downtime, with a team of dedicated people who’ll help plan your day. So whether you want to chill by the pool after a morning surf session, roar down zip lines, go wildlife spotting or indulge in a relaxing massage, you’ll have a wide range of choices at your disposal. The gourmet meals are undoubtedly a highlight, with fresh and healthy meals prepared using only the best local ingredients, and chefs will cater to any special dietary requirement. If you dream of being pampered whilst learning how to surf, then Kalon is definitely your best choice yet.
Four Seasons Resort, Papagayo
Four seasons is synonymous with style, luxury and comfort, and the fantastic resort in Papagayo is certainly no exception. The resort is everything you’d expect of the well-known hotel chain, with stunning local timber artifacts adorning the walls and halls of one of the country’s most exclusive resorts.
Set on private land on a narrow isthmus, every room here boasts spectacular coastal views as well as expansive outdoor terraces. With impeccable 5* service and a bevy of activities on offer, the Four Seasons offers an expensive but very exclusive stay. With guided trips to Ollies Point and Witches Rock, as well as private lessons from competent instructors, the options for surfers abound. Yet there are still plenty of other activities on offer – including kayaking, hiking, and spa services – to keep everyone in your travel group very happy indeed.
Delmar Surf Camp, Various Locations
For a totally unique surfing vacation, Delmar Surf Camp is ideal. A women-only resort which combines surfing with yoga and wellness, this place has been an institution in Costa Rica for over a decade. Its popularity has spurred the owners into opening two co-ed resorts, so couples can enjoy the thrills of wave-catching together.
The winning combination of perfect beach location, dedicated staff and fantastic deals on surf & yoga camps have made Delmar a top choice for female surfers vacationing together, and certainly get our vote for innovative tourism initiatives. With three locations to choose from and a wide array of surf camp options, which include camp accommodation, three meals a day and daily surf & yoga lessons, Delmar offer one of the best value for money surfing vacations in the whole country.