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Costa Rica Beginner Surfing

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Beginner Surfing

Surfing
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Start: San Jose
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End: San Jose

Catch a break and hit the beach with a surfing stopover in beautiful Santa Teresa

Activity
Surfing
LocationCosta Rica
Duration4 days
Start / EndSan Jose / San Jose
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Beginner Surfing

Surfing·
4 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: San Jose
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End: San Jose

Description

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.


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Itinerary

Day 1San Jose / Santa Teresa
Surf’s up amigas y amigos. 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 first 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
Take a day trip to Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, spectacularly located at the very bottom of the Nicoya Peninsula. You would take a guided tour with a naturalist and look for Costa Rica's famous flora and fauna including tropical birds and howler and capuchin monkeys, and depending on the season you may even see humpback whales cruising by. Hit the water once more in the afternoon for a second surf lesson before enjoying 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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Last modified (date)

26 Nov 2018

Trip title

Costa Rica Beginner Surfing

Trip code

QBHC

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

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.

Style

Original

Themes

Short Breaks

Transport

Shuttle bus,Ferry

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

None of the activities featured in this trip require special training or skills, just a reasonable level of fitness and a willingness to participate. Cobblestones and uneven roads are common and you may be required to walk in hot and humid conditions. 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 n... Read more

Joining point

Autentico Hotel

Joining point description

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.

Joining point instructions

You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information Document. 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. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive ... Read more

Finish point

Autentico Hotel

Finish point instructions

The shuttle returns to San Jose Downtown or San Jose International Airport by 1 pm on Day 4. There are a number of hotels downtown where you can choose to be dropped off at, otherwise the default hotel is the Finishing Point listed in the Essential Trip Information Document. Please do not book a departing flight prior to 16:00 (4 pm) to allow for traffic delays. If you can't arrange a suitable de... Read more

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 ... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

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 frie... Read more

Why we love it

Fall in love with Santa Teresa’s laid-back vibe and quality, consistent waves.

Is this trip right for you

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

Health

All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themsel... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat ... Read more

Money matters

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in ... Read more

What to take

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 ... Read more

Climate and seasonal

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

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. Below link will take you to the feedback site: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in. How can you be a Responsible Traveller? See our tips below: - Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so yo... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation set up to enable our travellers to help make a difference by supporting local communities, projects and non-government organisations in the places we travel. The smallest contribution can make an enormous difference and all donations to The Intrepid Foundation are matched dollar for dollar (yes, we’ll double your donation!). We support a range... Read more

Accommodation notes

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. Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes th... Read more

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