Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Beginner Surfing

San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Surfing
4 days
Medium
Equipment, Accomodation
Friends, Individuals, Couple
2019

Sun, Nov 17

Wed, Nov 20

€520

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Overview

  • Surf’s up amigas y amigos.
  • With some of the most consistent surf in Costa Rica, Santa Teresa is the ideal place for a surf trip whether you’re a newbie or an experienced barrel-bandit.
  • With included lessons and board hire, you can count on Costa Rica to provide the salty goods.

Why Santa Teresa

  • Fall in love with Santa Teresa’s laid-back vibe and quality, consistent waves.
  • Santa Teresa has become one of the top destination surf spots for surfers in search of the best waves in Costa Rica.
  • With its rolling coastline, white sand beaches, Santa Teresa attracts surfers of different levels of expertise.
  • Beginners, intermediates and advanced surfers alike can find a perfect breaking wave that caters to their level of experience.

Difficulty

  • None of the activities featured in this trip require special training or skills, just a reasonable level of fitness and a willingness to participate.
  • If you are in any doubt, please share these concerns or issues with your sales consultant so that your leader is aware prior and can pre-empt your needs.

Price Includes

Transportation
  • Shuttle bus,Ferry
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation.
  • A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Group Leader
Meals
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is a must for this trip.
  • You can join this group by giving your travel insurance details to the group leader on day 1.
  • Also with the emergency contact of yours.

Related Photos & Video

This video and photo selection shows how great is Santa Teresa. The video may contain locations, weather conditions, people, accommodation that is not part of this trip.

Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4

Itinerary

Day 1San Jose / Santa Teresa

  • You’ll be picked up this morning (8 am) from the foyer of Joining Point Hotel in San Jose Downtown (listed in the Essential Trip Information) and taken to the ferry port in Punta Arenas (1.5 hours).
  • If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation in San Jose for you (subject to availability).
  • If you require pick up from another hotel in Downtown San Jose or from the San Jose International Airport, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.
  • From here, take the ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya to Santa Teresa (1.5 hours) then jump on a shuttle bus to your hotel, arriving around 3 pm.
  • The rest of the day is yours to relax.
Day 2Santa Teresa
  • Time to hang ten. Well, time to at least give it a crack.
  • Arrange a time for your surf lesson or, if you’re a certified salt-dog, pick up a board and hit the waves.
  • Sit back and soak up some rays when you can and don’t forget to catch the ridiculous sunset.
Day 3Santa Teresa
  • Perhaps wake up early to take up an optional yoga class, then spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of Santa Teresa.
  • Utilise your included surfboard hire and hit the water once more to show off the sills you learnt yesterday.
  • Enjoy your final night in Santa Teresa.
Day 4Santa Teresa / San Jose Airport
  • Throw a goodbye shaka to Santa Teresa and your favourite new hobby.
  • At 6:45 am you’ll return to San Jose the same way you came, via ferry to Punta Arenas and shuttle bus direct to San Jose International Airport.
  • The shuttle returns to San Jose International Airport by 12 pm on Day 4; please do not book a departing flight prior to 15:00 (3 pm). If you’d like to stay in San Jose, you can book a transfer via your booking agent from the airport to Downtown.
  • More importantly, buy a board when you get home.
  • Even if you don't live near the beach, it's the perfect segue to tell everyone about your trip to Costa Rica.
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Meeting and Finish Point

  • Autentico Hotel
  • This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station.
  • Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans.
  • Breakfast and parking are complimentary.
  • Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.

Group Leader

  • The aim of our local guides is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible.
  • On this Short Break Adventure you will get to enjoy the variety of having someone different for each day and/or activity.
  • They will be able to provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and, where possible, introduce you to our local friends.
  • You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Communications

  • It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure; please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. 
  • WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour.
  • It is also good for sharing information and photos with the group members.

What to take

  • Central America is tropical, so expect a hot and humid climate.
  • Make sure you protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable, light clothing and stay hydrated


  • Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles.
  • Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances.
  • Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible.
  • You'll also need a day pack/bag for activities and day trips. In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 15-20kg for check in luggage and a maximum of 5kg for carry on.

Climate

WEATHER CONTINGENCIES:


  • Please note that Hurricane season is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur.
  • This provider monitors these situations as they may arise, so that itineraries or activities can be amended as necessary.

Packing List

  • Warm as well as light clothing. Central America is often assumed to have hot weather, but it can get cold in the countryside, mountains and at night in the winter so we suggest you check the expected temperatures en route and bring clothing that you can layer.
  • Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through cities as well as bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings
  • Sun protection
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Soft and/or hard copies of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, travel insurance etc. and keep the hard copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a copy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary
  • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and Band-Aids.
  • Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both - Swimwear
  • Travel beach towel
  • Tissues &/or toilet paper &/or wet wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with spare memory card, charger &/or batteries
  • Ear plugs to guard against a potential snoring room-mate - Phrase book
  • Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your safe if available. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.
  • Laundry is available at many hotels and towns during this trip, although you might need to wait for a two-night stop in order to make sure you get it back in time. While laundry at hotels is usually charged by the item, laundromats usually charge by the kilo, which is generally inexpensive (about USD 2 per kilo).

Map

Important Information

  • The shuttle service departs San Jose Downtown or San Jose Airport between 7:30-8:00 am on Day 1.
  • If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation in San Jose for you (subject to availability).
  • The shuttle returns to San Jose Downtown or San Jose International Airport by 1 pm on Day 4.
  • Please do not book a departing flight prior to 16:00 (4 pm).
  • Pick-up will take place between 7:30-8:00 am in the Hotel Foyer.
  • If you require pick up from another hotel in Downtown San Jose or from the San Jose International Airport, please inform your booking agent at least 7 days prior to departure.
  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ departure, which means you are not accompanied by a group leader.
  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

Visas

PASSPORT:

  • Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets.
  • As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. 
  • Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.


VISAS:

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The below country specific information was correct at time of writing, however please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
  • Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.
  • If you receive an immigration card upon entry, please ensure you keep this safe as it may be requested at point of exit.
  • Passport holders from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and The United States of America are not required to obtain a visa prior to arrival.
  • Some nationalities will require a visa but be aware that you cannot get it at the border.
  • Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Costa Rica for the most up to date information.
  • To enter the country visitors are required to have a return or onward travel ticket.
  • Visitors generally get a 90-day stamp in their passport upon entering Costa Rica.


VISA WAIVER

  • (USA): United States of America (Applicable if arriving via the USA) - Entrance requirements to the USA have changed in recent years so please read the following instructions carefully, even if you have travelled to the USA before. 
  • Many countries now operate under a visa waiver program, meaning a visa isn't required, however you still need to obtain an authorisation which confirms that you have been approved to travel.
  • This authorisation must be obtained in advance of travel. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html
  • All travellers from Visa Waiver Program countries must obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their flight from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
  • All ESTA registration applications or renewals require a US$14 fee to paid by card.
  • Apply for ESTA no later than 72 HOURS (we recommend 1 week prior to travel) before departing for the USA.
  • Real-time approvals will no longer be available and arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will likely result in being denied boarding.
  • If there are any discrepancies between the name on your ESTA, your passport, your tickets or even your frequent flyer membership, you may be detained at Immigration and subject to a secondary inspection which could take a few hours.
  • If you have recently changed your name, please check that your details have been updated everywhere.
  • If you are from a country eligible for the visa waiver program but are a dual citizen of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan, or if you have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan since 01 March 2011, you will not longer be eligible for the visa waiver program and will instead need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.
  • Please see the Department of State website for more information: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

Find more about the region

Why Santa Teresa

  • Fall in love with Santa Teresa’s laid-back vibe and quality, consistent waves.
  • Santa Teresa has become one of the top destination surf spots for surfers in search of the best waves in Costa Rica.
  • With its rolling coastline, white sand beaches, Santa Teresa attracts surfers of different levels of expertise.
  • Beginners, intermediates and advanced surfers alike can find a perfect breaking wave that caters to their level of experience.

Difficulty

  • None of the activities featured in this trip require special training or skills, just a reasonable level of fitness and a willingness to participate.
  • If you are in any doubt, please share these concerns or issues with your sales consultant so that your leader is aware prior and can pre-empt your needs.

Price Includes

Transportation
  • Shuttle bus,Ferry
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation.
  • A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Group Leader
Meals
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is a must for this trip.
  • You can join this group by giving your travel insurance details to the group leader on day 1.
  • Also with the emergency contact of yours.

Related Photos & Video

This video and photo selection shows how great is Santa Teresa. The video may contain locations, weather conditions, people, accommodation that is not part of this trip.

Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4
Costa Rica Beginner Surfing San Jose, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica #d1e46eb1-45dc-43c5-bb96-c1c18d342bc4

Itinerary

Day 1San Jose / Santa Teresa

  • You’ll be picked up this morning (8 am) from the foyer of Joining Point Hotel in San Jose Downtown (listed in the Essential Trip Information) and taken to the ferry port in Punta Arenas (1.5 hours).
  • If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation in San Jose for you (subject to availability).
  • If you require pick up from another hotel in Downtown San Jose or from the San Jose International Airport, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.
  • From here, take the ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya to Santa Teresa (1.5 hours) then jump on a shuttle bus to your hotel, arriving around 3 pm.
  • The rest of the day is yours to relax.
Day 2Santa Teresa
  • Time to hang ten. Well, time to at least give it a crack.
  • Arrange a time for your surf lesson or, if you’re a certified salt-dog, pick up a board and hit the waves.
  • Sit back and soak up some rays when you can and don’t forget to catch the ridiculous sunset.
Day 3Santa Teresa
  • Perhaps wake up early to take up an optional yoga class, then spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of Santa Teresa.
  • Utilise your included surfboard hire and hit the water once more to show off the sills you learnt yesterday.
  • Enjoy your final night in Santa Teresa.
Day 4Santa Teresa / San Jose Airport
  • Throw a goodbye shaka to Santa Teresa and your favourite new hobby.
  • At 6:45 am you’ll return to San Jose the same way you came, via ferry to Punta Arenas and shuttle bus direct to San Jose International Airport.
  • The shuttle returns to San Jose International Airport by 12 pm on Day 4; please do not book a departing flight prior to 15:00 (3 pm). If you’d like to stay in San Jose, you can book a transfer via your booking agent from the airport to Downtown.
  • More importantly, buy a board when you get home.
  • Even if you don't live near the beach, it's the perfect segue to tell everyone about your trip to Costa Rica.

Meeting and Finish Point

  • Autentico Hotel
  • This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station.
  • Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans.
  • Breakfast and parking are complimentary.
  • Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.

Group Leader

  • The aim of our local guides is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible.
  • On this Short Break Adventure you will get to enjoy the variety of having someone different for each day and/or activity.
  • They will be able to provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and, where possible, introduce you to our local friends.
  • You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Communications

  • It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure; please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. 
  • WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour.
  • It is also good for sharing information and photos with the group members.

What to take

  • Central America is tropical, so expect a hot and humid climate.
  • Make sure you protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable, light clothing and stay hydrated


  • Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles.
  • Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances.
  • Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible.
  • You'll also need a day pack/bag for activities and day trips. In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 15-20kg for check in luggage and a maximum of 5kg for carry on.

Climate

WEATHER CONTINGENCIES:


  • Please note that Hurricane season is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur.
  • This provider monitors these situations as they may arise, so that itineraries or activities can be amended as necessary.

Packing List

  • Warm as well as light clothing. Central America is often assumed to have hot weather, but it can get cold in the countryside, mountains and at night in the winter so we suggest you check the expected temperatures en route and bring clothing that you can layer.
  • Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through cities as well as bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings
  • Sun protection
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Soft and/or hard copies of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, travel insurance etc. and keep the hard copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a copy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary
  • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and Band-Aids.
  • Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both - Swimwear
  • Travel beach towel
  • Tissues &/or toilet paper &/or wet wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with spare memory card, charger &/or batteries
  • Ear plugs to guard against a potential snoring room-mate - Phrase book
  • Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your safe if available. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.
  • Laundry is available at many hotels and towns during this trip, although you might need to wait for a two-night stop in order to make sure you get it back in time. While laundry at hotels is usually charged by the item, laundromats usually charge by the kilo, which is generally inexpensive (about USD 2 per kilo).

Map

Important Information

  • The shuttle service departs San Jose Downtown or San Jose Airport between 7:30-8:00 am on Day 1.
  • If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation in San Jose for you (subject to availability).
  • The shuttle returns to San Jose Downtown or San Jose International Airport by 1 pm on Day 4.
  • Please do not book a departing flight prior to 16:00 (4 pm).
  • Pick-up will take place between 7:30-8:00 am in the Hotel Foyer.
  • If you require pick up from another hotel in Downtown San Jose or from the San Jose International Airport, please inform your booking agent at least 7 days prior to departure.
  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ departure, which means you are not accompanied by a group leader.
  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

Visas

PASSPORT:

  • Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets.
  • As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. 
  • Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.


VISAS:

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The below country specific information was correct at time of writing, however please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
  • Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.
  • If you receive an immigration card upon entry, please ensure you keep this safe as it may be requested at point of exit.
  • Passport holders from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and The United States of America are not required to obtain a visa prior to arrival.
  • Some nationalities will require a visa but be aware that you cannot get it at the border.
  • Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Costa Rica for the most up to date information.
  • To enter the country visitors are required to have a return or onward travel ticket.
  • Visitors generally get a 90-day stamp in their passport upon entering Costa Rica.


VISA WAIVER

  • (USA): United States of America (Applicable if arriving via the USA) - Entrance requirements to the USA have changed in recent years so please read the following instructions carefully, even if you have travelled to the USA before. 
  • Many countries now operate under a visa waiver program, meaning a visa isn't required, however you still need to obtain an authorisation which confirms that you have been approved to travel.
  • This authorisation must be obtained in advance of travel. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html
  • All travellers from Visa Waiver Program countries must obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their flight from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
  • All ESTA registration applications or renewals require a US$14 fee to paid by card.
  • Apply for ESTA no later than 72 HOURS (we recommend 1 week prior to travel) before departing for the USA.
  • Real-time approvals will no longer be available and arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will likely result in being denied boarding.
  • If there are any discrepancies between the name on your ESTA, your passport, your tickets or even your frequent flyer membership, you may be detained at Immigration and subject to a secondary inspection which could take a few hours.
  • If you have recently changed your name, please check that your details have been updated everywhere.
  • If you are from a country eligible for the visa waiver program but are a dual citizen of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan, or if you have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan since 01 March 2011, you will not longer be eligible for the visa waiver program and will instead need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.
  • Please see the Department of State website for more information: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

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2019

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Overview
Why Santa Teresa
Difficulty
Price Includes
Related Photos & Video
Itinerary
Meeting and Finish Point
Group Leader
Communications
What to take
Climate
Packing List
Similar Treks
Important Information
Visas
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