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Safari Surf Costa Rica

Private rooms
7+ nights
Nearest major airport
Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR)

The art of wave riding

"Explore Nosara and get to know the relaxed vibe of a sleepy “surf town” with the wellness and focus of a world-class yoga destination. Immerse yourself in a unique synergy of people in and out of the water. Get to know our passion for surfing, our fantastic local community, and the culture behind our surf school."

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

We have two seasons - the wet season and the dry season. The wet season starts in May and lasts through October. The months of May, June, July, and August are not very rainy in general. You might get a late afternoon passing shower. Then, the sky clears out and we have a lovely evening. September through October have heavy rains sometimes, and the rivers may overflow into the ocean, making the water brown. Conditions for surf are generally good through the wet season, but it is subject to the storms on hand when it gets in Sept/Oct.

The dry season usually starts in November and goes through the end of April. In the dry season, you get little to zero rain and plenty of sunshine! The conditions for surfing are typically really good this time of year, with offshores in the morning and light onshores in the afternoons. The surf from November through March is on the smaller side, like waist to shoulder high with occasional head-high surf. As we go deeper into March, the southern hemisphere starts to activate and can send some good south swells our way in the shoulder to a foot or two overhead range. The surf is super consistent from April through August and can range from shoulder-high to double overhead on a solid swell. September and October can be massive, too, but conditions tend to get questionable.

The lodge

People come to Safari Surf to immerse themselves in culture… not just the local culture but also the Surf Culture! Nosara is a fantastic blend of surf and native Costa Rican culture. We can guarantee that!

Your stay

Your accommodation during your surf week will be Olas Verdes Hotel - a small Costa Rican boutique beach hotel and home to Safari Surf School. It provides the serenity you crave with easy access to the sand and surf, with comfort, and surrounded by the calming sounds of waves and wildlife. It has seventeen expansive rooms, a beautiful pool, a restaurant, and a clubhouse. Located in Playa Guiones, Nosara, we are surrounded by native trees with howler monkeys overhead, giving you access to the best "Pura Vida" lifestyle during your vacation days!

Olas Verdes is a L.E.E.D certified facility, the most widely used green building rating system globally. A LEED certificate provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. Olas Verdes has been consistently operating with minimum impact and a reduced carbon footprint by continuously improving its sustainable best practices. A stay at Olas Verdes is a guarantee that your trip is contributing to community development programs and the preservation of the local environment, from animal rescue centers and environmental non-profit organizations to an adopted local public school in Las Delicias.

Safari Surf school

During your stay, Safari Surf school will help you with surf lessons, whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer. We will share with you a passion and vast knowledge for the art of wave riding, a fantastic community, the local people, and the culture behind Safari Surf School. All this while leaving a minimal carbon "footprint" behind. We offer Intermediate Surfer and Advanced Surfer packages - all-inclusive and customizable to suit your ideal surf vacation so that you will be covered from arrival to departure.


Offering an intimate ambiance in contact with nature, El Manglar Restaurant has become a must-visit for guests and residents. Featuring distinctive Costa Rican and fusion dishes, prepared with freshly harvested seasonal ingredients, including various seafood caught by artisanal fishermen, our meals are always accompanied by homemade bread, jellies, or dressings. The delicious food paired with the staff's friendly and warm service creates one of the most authentic and enjoyable dining experiences in Nosara.


When not surfing, Ola Verdes hotel will get you covered! From kayak tours, SUP, fishing, and horseback riding to yoga and massage sessions, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of activities depending on how active or relaxing you want your day to be. Adventure or relaxation will be just a call away, and your time off will be as rewarding as your time surfing!

Getting there
Fly to Liberia International airport (LIR). From there, we will pick you up and drive you to the hotel.

"Owning and running a surf school in Costa Rica or Panama had never been a lifelong dream. It just fell into my lap. But, growing up on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, I had long hoped to place roots in a peaceful, tropical environment, where I could share my love for surfing with my family and the community.

I have surfed worldwide in places like Australia, Bali, Baja, Maldives, Mentawai Islands, California, Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti, Panama, El Salvador, and Jamaica. However, it wasn't until I bought land in Costa Rica in 1995 that I could fulfill the pursuit of my dream… to live in an area with uncrowded surf and a peaceful lifestyle." Tim Marsh, Founder, and CEO.

Our approach to teaching others to surf is simple: patience and a sense of humor mixed with a vast knowledge of the ocean environment. Our instructors genuinely enjoy what they are doing. Come with an open mind and an open heart, and we guarantee that you will not only learn to surf and understand the ocean, but your entire outlook on life may change as well.

Sustainable philosophy

Safari Surf School hires and trains local surf instructors only. We do not "import" other instructors from other countries like many schools do. Being a sustainable, conscious business, we feel this is the right policy for us to adhere to, as guests coming to a foreign country on vacation are looking to interact with the local people and the local culture... it is a "win-win" for everyone involved!

All of our instructors are all International Surfing Association (ISA) trained and certified. In addition, many of our instructors are also certified lifeguards through the Royal Life Saving Society (Lifeguard Certified). Safari offers ongoing ISA and Lifeguard Certified training and certifications to all its staff.

In addition to hiring and training our local staff keeping in step with our sustainable practices and policies, Safari Surf School pays our instructors in dollars, in addition to medical insurance, social security and retirement, and vacation pay. Unfortunately, more than 95% of surf schools worldwide do not pay these benefits to their staff. We are a family and as a family, we take care of our own and make sure they and their immediate family are well taken care of now, and in the future.

Languages: English, Spanish
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What's included?
All packages: airport transfers via private shuttle taxi, beers, waters, snacks, 7 days accommodation, bike rental, breakfast at the restaurant.
What's not included?
Flights, alcoholic beverages, lunch, dinner, extra activities at the hotel.
What's included in the Intermediate surfer package?
2-hour surf sessions daily with a surf coach in the morning, all surf gear necessary, use of all surf equipment anytime during your stay, 3 video review/analysis sessions with Safari Surf and complime... read more
What's included in the Advanced surfer package?
One daily boat trip to various hidden surf spots with local surf guide, three-day trips via 4X4 with surf guide to the best surf spots for the current swell and tides (lunch, beers, waters, sodas & sn... read more
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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