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.
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!
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!
Your accommodation during your surf week will be at one of our partners: Harmony Hotel, Olas Verdes Hotel, Ride On Beach House, Iluminar Beach Suites, Sunset Shack Hotel, or the Nosara Beach Hostel.
At the Harmony Hotel, guests can enjoy the rare luxury of knowing that the beauty they see is rooted in ecologically sound practices. All 24 guest rooms are located on a path that meanders through a tropical garden overflowing with native vegetation, and your ears don’t lie – that is the sound of the waves! Harmony features a Full-Service Spa and a Wellness Center directly on the property. Their restaurant focuses around plant based foods primarily and fresh seafood with health and wellness the focus of their cuisine.
Olas Verdes Hotel
Olas Verdes is 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.
Ride On Beach House
Ride On Beach House is a unique blend of tranquility and tradition, steps from the Pacific ocean. This newly built hotel raised its flag in 2020 and embodies the Costa Rica surf vibe. Clean, modern and sophisticated lines draw the property to your eye. This property too has its own private path to the beach and is literally next door to the Safari Surf!
Iluminar Beach Suites
Iluminar owners have been sharing their love of Nosara for over 20 years and their new hotel built in 2018 really shows the attention to detail. The private beach trail is best experienced barefoot. They are also steps away from the most eclectic restaurants Nosara has to offer. A foodie’s paradise! If you are yearning for a vacation that truly embraces the culture of Costa Rica, emanating positive vibes and abounding with smiles, this is the place.
Sunset Shack Hotel
Surf, sleep, eat is the mantra of this Cool 8 room boutique hotel snuggled right in the middle of Playa Guiones. Centrally located to all the shops and restaurants and of course the beach, this hotel screams “chill”. The hotel is also owned by the same people as the Harmony Hotel so attention to detail and customer service is evident. Their restaurant focuses around plant based foods primarily and fresh seafood with health and wellness the focus of their cuisine.
Nosara Beach Hostel
Traveling solo? Looking to meet and greet travelers like you in a budget friendly accommodation? Nosara Beach Hostel is the ticket. A mere 300 meters to the sands of Playa Guiones, this location is so perfect for the budget conscious traveler as its location can’t be beat. So close to the beach AND only some 50 meters from Safari Surf’s office and program. This facility offers shared room and private room options, a common area and a shared kitchen area for those who like to cook their own meals.
"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.
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.