A trip to Costa Rica is far more than just a surf trip. A Costa Rica Vacation, even one centered around surfing, is a trip to one of the world’s most biodiverse and fiercely protected natural wonders on the planet. Costa Rica has it all: tropical beaches with world-class waves, towering volcanoes, dense jungles, exotic wildlife, and so much more. While we want you to surf as much as possible on your trip to Costa Rica, we also encourage you to get out and explore all that Costa Rica has to offer. If you’ve never visited Costa Rica, you’re in for a treat. Continue reading below for How to Plan the Ultimate Costa Rica Vacation. 

Costa Rica at a Glance

Nestled in the heart of Central America, Costa Rica is a small yet captivating country renowned for its unparalleled biodiversity and commitment to environmental conservation. Despite occupying only 0.03% of the Earth’s surface, Costa Rica boasts nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and eco-tourists. This tiny nation is home to over 500,000 species, comprising a stunning array of flora and fauna, including 250 species of mammals, 850 species of birds, and thousands of plant species. Costa Rica’s dedication to preserving its natural treasures is evident in its extensive network of national parks, reserves, and protected areas, which cover over 25% of its territory. The country’s progressive environmental policies, such as its goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 and its ambitious reforestation efforts, have garnered international acclaim. 

Planning Your Costa Rica Vacation 

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Blank physical map of Costa Rica.Equirectangular projection

Costa Rica is served by two major international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste. From SJO, it’s a 4 to 5-hour drive to reach our Costa Rica surf school in Nosara, while from LIR, it takes about 2 to 3 hours. If you’re staying with us, we include round trip airport transfer as part of our service. Once you arrive, transportation options include renting a car, taking public buses, shuttles, or domestic flights to explore the country. Keep in mind that some areas, like Nosara, may require a 4WD vehicle due to unpaved roads. Regardless of your choice, expect unforgettable adventures and warm hospitality as you delve into the wonders of Costa Rica’s landscapes and culture.

Where to Travel in Costa Rica 

Safari Surf guests love the local waterfalls in Nosara

For surfers of all levels, the Guanacaste region offers a wave-rich coastline, with Nosara standing out as a premier destination. Nestled along the Pacific coast, Nosara offers travelers pristine beaches, consistent swells, and a laid-back atmosphere that beckons both beginners and seasoned surfers alike. Our Costa Rica surf school provides the perfect base for riding the waves and immersing yourself in the local surf culture. Beyond surfing, Costa Rica offers a wealth of ecological tourism hubs waiting to be explored. From the majestic Arenal Volcano to the cloud forests of Monteverde and the biodiverse wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to discover. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or serene encounters with wildlife, Costa Rica promises an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Our Ideal Costa Rica Vacation 

surfer at sunset

Our Ideal Costa Rica Vacation has a little bit of everything, from soaking in the hot springs at Volcán Arenal to catching waves at Playa Guiones. We recommended picking one non-surf destination, whether Volcán Arenal for the hot springs and volcano hikes, Monteverde for the canopy tours, or Manuel Antonio National Park to spot exotic wildlife.  

Let the team at Safari Surf plan your perfect Costa Rica vacation. Head to our website to book the trip of a lifetime. We’ll see you in the water.