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Pura Vida Surf School

Upon request
Nearest major airport
Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Expert teaching, beautiful setting, and fun for everyone

"Our goal is to share the surf medicine with our friends who become our surf family. For us, surfing is not only a lifestyle: it's an extension of who we are. Our surf camp is a space we've created to be ourselves, have fun and be free, and be devoted to surfing and sharing this lifestyle with the world community!"

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

There are two surf seasons in Costa Rica. From October to April, the dry season is when the waters are warm and the waves are friendly and less powerful.

The green season or wet season is from May until August and it is the top time for surfing. Santa Teresa, where we are located, gets very reliable SW and W swells that keep it surfable every day. Even though that's considered the best time of the year, you can find beginner to advanced spots all year long.

Low tide hours are the best in Santa Teresa as this is when the breaks are faster and more fun to ride. Surfing is mostly about riding fast waves and catching world-class breaks in this region. This area is best suited for advanced surfers, but there are some fun spots for beginners.

The adventure

Pura Vida Surfers is a local surf school and retreat situated in the astonishing Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Locally owned and operated, we offer a personal experience focused on sharing our love of surfing with everyone, from beginners to advanced.

Our goal is to spread our knowledge and give everyone that visits a trip of a lifetime. In the busy world we live in, we understand the importance of unplugging, connecting with nature, and pushing your body and mind to new limits. Allow yourself the vacation of a lifetime and walk away with a new set of skills, perspectives and an appreciation for the Pura Vida lifestyle.


If you are looking for a full experience in Costa Rica with lessons and accommodation, our property, Pura Vida Surfers Lodge is the right place to stay at. It's a quick five-minute walk to the beach, tucked away in the jungle. An escape from the noise of the road while being conveniently close to town. There is a pool and communal area with a large tv, couches, and games. All rooms have hot water and AC.

Getting there
You can arrive by plane, shuttle or bus. The domestic airport is in Tambor and flights arrive daily from San Jose. Book your... read more
You can arrive by plane, shuttle or bus. The domestic airport is in Tambor and flights arrive daily from San Jose. Book your flight with flysansa.com or costaricagreenairways.com. You then will book a taxi from Tambor to your hotel. Shuttles are book... read more

When asked if surfing is a sport or art, Barton Lynch (former world tour champion) said: "Surfing is medicine for your soul and something that makes whoever has it in his or her life better for it". With Pura Vida Surfers, our goal is to share the surf medicine with our friends who become our surf family.

Most of our surfers return to Santa Teresa to surf with us again, bringing more family and friends with them. For us, surfing is not only a lifestyle, it's an extension of who we are. With our surf camp, we've created a space where we can be ourselves, fun, free, and devoted to surfing.

Located in the small but fun beach town of Playa Santa Teresa, we have a perfect balance of sanctuary and amenities. Filled with like-minded artists and athletes, this town has no shortage of amazing restaurants or athletic classes. It is filled with nature to explore, from the cascading waterfalls in Montezuma to the national park of Cabo Blanco.

Let us be your guides through the trip of a lifetime.

Languages: English, Spanish
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 2 hours

Choose your dates

Take an afternoon or morning surf lesson with us. Our expert guid... more
From $55 / day
For dates and accommodations not listed, or if you want to book further out


What's included?
Surf instructor, transportation to the beach, rash guards, videos, fruits and water after the lesson.
What's not included?
Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, accommodation, meals, and other activities.
Do I need any experience to join?
We teach all levels and ages from 3 to 103! Although it is important to be in shape and willing to get some awesome exercise, prior surfing experience is not required. If you have surfed before, we ar... read more
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.