Owned by the local Sotheim family, Rancho Margot is a sparkling example of sustainable tourism and self-sufficient development in the region. The Sotheims have tirelessly strived to go beyond standard sustainable practices and spearheaded several conservation projects in the...Read More
Agulia de Osa Inn is a charming Drake Bay located high bluff dwelling that is strategically nestled on the extension of the Corcovado National Reserve in Costa Rica’s famed Osa Peninsula. The raw natural beauty of its surroundings (in the form of wilderness personifying...Read More
Location: Montezuma Price: $800-$2000/week for retreats Features: Ocean view, spa, yoga, organic food, surfing, infinity pool Introduction Dramatically located on a cliff edge against a spectacular ocean backdrop in Montezuma, Anamaya Yoga Retreat is a heady natural hide-out...Read More
Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful rainforest hotel or eco resort next to the beach. Lapa Rios is a model Ecotourism Project that strives to show that “a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down”. Rainforest hikes, bird watching, Ocean Kayaking,...Read More
Eco lodges, Green Travel, and Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica
The eco resort term has slowly become a rage among environmentally responsible tourists who seek to explore the beauty of a destination without damaging its natural resources. Often used ubiquitously and inserted more as misnomer for plain nature resorts, the term eco lodge in Costa Rica is at times misused and wrongly assigned. The lush tropical nature retreat boasting of a rich topography comprising thriving rainforests, pristine beaches, serene rivers, gushing waterfalls and adventure packed mountainous valleys features abundant authentic eco lodges. These resorts dexterously combine the best of Costa Rica’s blessed natural landscape and its sustainable practices. Since their inception, most genuine eco resorts in the country have been frontrunners for responsible sustainable practices such as local reforestation programs, recycling programs, energy conservation, water conservation, land conservation, toxic reduction and local community development efforts. Some of the more popular and well known resorts have also had the distinction of winning several green awards and certificates by the country’s tourism departments.Read More
Price: $800-$2000/week for retreats
Features: Ocean view, spa, yoga, organic food, surfing, infinity pool
Dramatically located on a cliff edge against a spectacular ocean backdrop in Montezuma, Anamaya Yoga Retreat is a heady natural hide-out surrounded by pristine waterfalls, lush virgin rainforests and sultry tropical beaches. The term “anamaya” literally means good health in Sanskrit, and yoga retreat deftly epitomizes this virtue. It offers guests a complete eco-retreat experience right down to organic meals, yoga classes, local nature excursions and grand spa services. Top this with special fire dancing sessions, circus entertainment, comfortable accommodation options and personalized hospitality; and you have an intoxicating eco-vacation concoction that can seldom go wrong.Read More
For the sake of civilization, with industrialization and development in this era of consumerism, we are making a lot of changes and alteration in our surrounding nature. As a result we have to experience many types of unprecedented problems and challenges such as climate change, loss of habitat, social disconnection, environmental degradation, lack of food sovereignty and many more. These challenges are happened due to the unsustainable use of finite resources and the western way of living along with the unsustainable farming practices. To overcome these problems we need to make some positive changes. ‘Permaculture’ is a great way to start the positive changes and protect our nature from any kind of danger. Derived from ‘Permanent’ and ‘Culture’, Permaculture is a a philosophy & an approach to land and Yoga is a philosophy of life and an approach to our physical and psychological health. It is based on mimicking efficient patterns and relationships found in nature.Read More
Surf camp can be defined simply as a camp for surfers but it doesn’t mean so simple. Surf Camp is one of the most fun and effective ways of spending a holiday when one can learn the techniques of surfing as well as a memorable vacation with closed one. Surf Camps also let the visitor to meet different people come from different places. For visiting a surf camp, one doesn’t need to know how to surf but need to know swim. Sur Camps offers learning programs adapt to each person’s level. Some surf camps offer transportation from the camp to the beach and some have other facilities like equipment rental, surf shop, accommodation, restaurant and other necessary facilities. With a lot of beaches, Costa Rica is a popular surfing destination. There are many beaches which are less crowded and has a lot of breaks, swells and surf shops. People who are interested in learning how to surf but don’t have any previous experience and also those who are already advanced in surfing and want to develop their skill, all will find several opportunities in Costa Rica. Here goes some of the surf camps to choose from and enjoy your journey in Costa Rica:
Anamaya’s Soul Surfer Retreat is especially designed for those who want to learn how to surf or the first time and also for those who are already advanced in surfing and want to develop their skill to new heights. Its experienced instructors give individual attention and ensure the students can reach their goals. This retreat includes daily yoga classes, 5 surf lessons and board rents, beach bonfire excursion, waterfall hike, circus performance. Each day a van takes the guests to the best possible surf spots in the area, depends on the waves and tide condition and the dynamics of the group. Two favorite spots are Playa Grande in Montezum and Playa Hermos in Santa Teresa that you will visit.
Call: (+506) 2642-1289
Bluetrailz Surf Camp is situated in the surf town of Tamarindo. This hostel offers a small scale approach to their surf camp, with a personal touch. It offers surf packages for beginner and advanced surfers. It also offers packages that incorporate surfing with other activities such as yoga and mountain biking.
Call: +506 2653 1705
At Corky Carroll’s Surf School does not focus on one way of teaching surfing ocean knowledge rather you will learn about how to use a variety of tools and methods. Surf school site is only a short distance from the beach and the 80 degree water. With the help of instructors, you can surf up to 3 times a day. Lesson begins with proper paddling techniques and surfboard management. Surf location is Nosara, which is a four minute walk to Playa Guiones, a 3.5 mile stretch of beautiful white sand.
In all of Costa Rica, Costa Rica Surf Camp is the premiere surf camp and surf school. It is considered as one of the best surf camp in the southern pacific area of the country.According to the student’s skills and age, the surf camp arranges lesson and its destination. The team usually groups people depending on three categories-beginners, intermediate and advanced level surfers.
The Costa Rica Surf Club is a ISA or International Surfing Association accredited surf school in Tamarindo. For its superb services, innovative surf classes and professionalism, this surf club is popular among locals and tourists. Its instructors are also ISA certified, with a minimum of four years surfing experience and at least 2 years of teaching surfing. It organizes surf classes in exceptional surf spots including places like Playa Tamarindo, Playa Negra, Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock. It ensures the surfers have complete safety and proper instruction.
Call: (506) 2653-0130
Costa Rica Surf Institute is located in Tamarindo. It offers a comprehensive clinical approach to teaching the sport. In this institute you will not only learn the skills to ride a wave but also the whole science of surfing itself.
Del Mar Surf Camp was developed in 2001. It is a women-only surf camp providing fantastic facilities. It is owned by a female and native Costa Rican. It offers daily surf lessons, surf coaching, all-inclusive surf camps and many more. All the lessons are directed by its instructors who are certified in CPR.
Located on the sparkling white sand beach of Playa Dominical, Green Iguana Surf Camp is well known in Costa Rica for its professional attitude, originality and individualized services. It offers surf packages including accommodations, daily surf instructions, round trip transportation, daily surf adventures to different breaks, surfboards and stand-up paddling gear and other necessary surf accessories and many more.
Situated in Puerto Viejo, in the province of Limon, Hostel Crocodile Surf Camp is a budget oriented surf school and hostel. This hostel offers some surf expeditions to all the best surf breaks found in Puerto Viejo and nearby areas. It offers surf sessions for all the surfers including beginners, Intermediate or an advanced surfers. All the classes are directed by professional instructors.
Situated in the beach town of Montezuma on the Pacific Coast, La Escuela del Sol is La Escuela del Sol is one of the best surf camps in Costa Rica. Most of its classes are revolved around Montezuma’s Playa Grande but if the group improves enough, instructors will take them to some other breaks in the area.
Call: (011-506) 8884-8444
This surf camp is world famous for providing great accommodation and amazing surf experience. It provides great surf adventures on the planet. You will enjoy surfing in unique, bucket-list locations around the world which are perfect for the surfers of all skill levels.
Call: +47 46 63 97 42
Ollie’s Point Surf Camp is situated close to the Ollie’s Point (a famous surf break with world class waves), in the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica. With its affordable services, comfortable accommodations, and satisfactory facilities, this surf camp is ideal for families, couples, groups of friends and backpackers of all ages and skills. It offers surf classes and trips to Ollie’s Point, Witch’s Rock and Tamarindo.
Situated in the northern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste, Playa Grande Surf Camp is in the heart of the nature Preserve-Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste. This camp is located less then 10 meters from the beach of Playa Grande. It offers surf classes for surfers of all levels and these classes are divided into three groups-beginners, intermediate and advanced depending upon the skills of the students.
Safari Surf is more than a “surf school”, offering authentic surf vacations, surfing lessons, accommodations and local experiences in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is a family-owned surf school, a perfect place to immerse yourself in an authentic sustainable surf vacation experience.
Situated in the heart of the Hermosa “surf zone”, Shaka Surf Camp designs its classes to your level of experience. Its experienced surf coaches helps its novice surfers to achieve their goal and help its advanced surfers to fine-tune their skills. You can choose the surf packages that will suit you best and let them know your level so that they can find the right conditions for you.
Call: (506) 2640-1118
Situated directly on Tamarindo main beach, Tamarindo Surf School is the first of its kind founded in Costa Rica. For years it has been providing our clients with unforgettable memories of their first wave ever surfed. It teaching methos is based on experience and knowledge acquired over years of surfing. Its instructors are local who will not only guarantee you will stand up and ride your first waves in just one lesson but also introduce you with Costa Rican culture.
Located in Jaco Beach Costa Rica, Tortuga Surf School & Camps, is the leading organization of authentic Costa Rican surfing experiences. It offers surfing lessons for beginners, kids and even older adults. Its English, Spanish and French speaking staff are ISA (international surfing association) & Lifeguard certified. They ensure everyone have an extremely safe experience.
Call: 011 (506) 2643-3348
Situated in Uvita, in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica, Uvita 360 Surf Camp is a perfect place for surfers, stand up paddlers, and also kayakers. This camp offers amazing services to surfers of all levels. The camp offers daily half day surf sessions which are planned according to the students’ skills.
Call: (506) 8586-8745
Located on the beautiful beach of Playa Hermosa, on the Central Pacific coast, The Las Olas Surf Camp is is a luxury ocean front surf camp. Operated by a famous American surf tour company, Wave Hunters, the Las Olas Surf Camp offers elegant lodging options, a fancy beachfront restaurant, surf packages and many amenities to ensure you enjoy a comfortable, enjoyable and safe surf retreat.
Call: 760-494-7391 (7392)
More info: http://www.costaricajourneys.com/wave-hunters-las-olas-surf-camp/
This surf camp is situated on Playa Tamarindo. This superb surfing community is family oriented and professional to the core. Witch’s Rock surf camp surf lessons and instructions will be given by a set of highly advanced surfers who are qualified to teach as well. This camp also arranges guided beginner’s surf trips to surf breaks right on Playa Tamarindo. It also offers surf sessions for the surfers of all ages.
Call: +506 2653 1238
Located in Playa Hermosa de Cabano on the northern pacific coast of Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Zopilote Surf Camp is operated by a team of professional surf coaches. This camp also offers several best value packages featuring competitive prices, exclusive amenities and excellent surf lessons.
Call: +506 264 00541
Situated along the shores of the Nicoya Peninsula’s spectacular Santa Teresa beach, Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat is an intimate consciously designed eco-lodge. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a relaxed vacation close to the nature and maintain your Yoga workouts, you will find this lodge perfect. This lodge is nestled very close to Playa Santa Teresa (one of the country’s finest and most consistent surf spots) that makes it heavenly for the surf lovers.Read More
Laguna Lodge is situated in Tortuguero, along Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean Zone. Sits on fifteen acres of land full of trees and exotic plants and an open butterfly garden, this is an eco-touristic lodge. This eco-lodge is constructed on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. This surrounding area is rich in its bio diversity and there are some wonderful lakes, rivers and wetlands with a lush jungle of primary forests and exotic plants. If you want to watch beautiful green sea turtles, you will find this region as the most important nesting site in the entire Western half of the Caribbean. Since 1990 this lodge is working hard to increase the awareness of sustainable living and has been growing to become the leading hotel in the area. Beach-goers and the people who love to enjoy beach activities, they will find this lodge perfect as it has direct access to the beach.Read More
Situated in the heart of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula, Cacao Monkeys is a sustainable and environmentally friendly hotel. With its 3.5ha of an intense secondary forest and cocoa plantations with over 25 years of planting, the hotel property and its surrounding area is rich in its biodiversity. This area is home to a variety of different species of wild animals including insects, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and many colorful birds. People who are seeking a eco friendly place for enjoying a memorable vacation close to nature as well as want to enjoy a variety of beach activities, they can choose this lodge. The owner and staff of the hotel trying hard to improve the sustainable awareness among all the guests and the people living close to the lodge. They are also working for the development of the local community without making any change in the nature.Read More
Hotel Playa Cielo is a ecological beachfront hotel, set along the shores of the Nicoya Peninsula’s Playa Santa Teresa on the Pacific Ocean. This hotel is nestled close to some renowned beaches and some of the best surf spots of the country that will allow the surf lovers and beach-goers enjoy a heavenly retreat. From the lodge within walking distance you will find a variety of restaurants, supermarkets and shops of Santa Teresa.Read More
Hotel Playa Bejuco is situated on the Central Pacific Coastline between the popular beach destinations of Jaco and Manuel Antonio. Opened in early 2007, its primary mission was to provide a eco friendly environment for family getaway. Nestled on the beach of Playa Bejuco in the province of Puntarenas, this lodge is just 90 minutes from the capital. This place is renowned for its natural beauty and perfect for those who are seeking uncrowded beaches to spend relaxing holiday. Adventure lovers will also get a lot of options to enjoy in the surrounding area of the lodge. This lodge was constructed with eco-friendly products and built in such a way that it doesn’t alter anything of the nature. This lodge sets solar panels on the roof and this is the source of electrical energy. This lodge property combines hosted services, rest and food, offering quality and comfort with excellent value for money.Read More