Costa Rica

Pura Vida, waves and wildlife


… in boutique surf hotels and eco-resorts


… barrelling beach breaks, reeling reefs and waves for beginners


tortillas, tacos and tropical fruit


rainforests, wildlife and waterfalls
Region: Central America
11 hrs from London
beginners to experts


Boasting an array of reef breaks and beach breaks, designer surf hotels and a family-friendly lifestyle, Costa Rica is a dream destination to live the pura vida and surf your socks off from the lap of luxury.


  • Sandy beaches and consistent, warm waves
  • Stylish, sustainable surf resorts
  • Breaks for beginners and intermediates
  • Safe, family-friendly culture
  • Close encounters with wildlife
A dream surf destination – with clean offshore conditions from December to April, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast flaunts long, sandy beaches and a mix of mellow waves, hollow beach breaks and reeling reefs. An average water temperature of 28C means you’ll only ever need boardies or a bikini, and there are plenty of surfing set-ups and stylish surfing resorts right beside the waves. When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family surfing guide to Costa Rica with all of our favourite surfing beaches.
Watch nesting turtles, explore rainforests, spot monkeys, stand under waterfalls and go horse riding.
Simple and delicious cuisine to keep you fuelled up for surfing adventures. Start the day with tortillas de queso (cheese tortillas), snack on tropical fruit and dine out on fresh seafood and traditional favourites such as gallo pinto (black beans and rice).
Getting to Costa Rica is easy with direct flights from London to San Jose taking about 11 hours; from here there are several domestic flights to small, regional airports or you can organise a shuttle to your accommodation. If you are heading to the Guanacaste region or Nicoya Peninsula, it’s quicker to fly into Liberia airport, however there are no direct flights from the UK.

Family Surfing Holidays in Costa Rica

RIPJACK INN – Playa Grande, Tamarindo

seastar-icon Chic
surfer-icon Beginner to expert
family-friendly-icon Best for 4+
family-activities-iconHorseriding, watersports, wildlife

Hotel with family suites footsteps from Playa Grande

Make yourself at home in a boutique surf hotel just 75m from the surf peaks of Playa Grande. Stretch out in the yoga shala, chill out in a hammock and sample traditional Tico cuisine in the treetop restaurant. Expert surfing instructors can teach children as young as four, or you can hire a babysitter and sneak out for a grown-up surf session.
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THE SUNSET SHACK – Playa Guiones, Nosara

seastar-icon Boutique
surfer-icon Beginner to expert
family-friendly-icon Babies to teens
family-activities-iconHorseriding, yoga, wildlife

Barefoot luxury footsteps from the waves in Nosara

Kick off your shoes at this chilled out sanctuary beside Playa Guiones, in the family-friendly Mecca of Nosara. Beneath a relaxed character you’ll find an abundance of little luxuries. Put your feet up by the pool, cool off with a cocktail and fuel up with Latin American cuisine. Dive into your surroundings with surf lessons, horse riding and cultural excursions. And indulge in some grown-up time while the kids head off on eco tours and fun-packed excursions with qualified childminders.
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HARMONY HOTEL – Playa Guiones, Nosara

seastar-icon Luxury
surfer-icon Beginner to expert
family-friendly-icon Best for 8+
family-activities-iconHorseriding, snorkelling, wildlife

Sustainable surfer-chic hotel, bungalows and villas

Escape to a surfing and yoga sanctuary, where style and sustainability merge seamlessly. Relax amongst the howler monkeys and hummingbirds, or stroll to surf the pristine waves of Playa Guiones. Harmony offers family suites, garden bungalows and private villas, from where you can kickback and make the most of Costa Rica’s finest family surfing town.  
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seastar-icon Boutique
surfer-icon Intermediate to advanced
family-friendly-icon Best for 8+
family-activities-iconWildlife, waterfalls, tree climbing

Paradise for beach and nature lovers

Ride waves, relax in luxury and live in harmony with nature. This is a stylish and sustainable retreat tucked beside a paradise beach on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The Osa Peninsula is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and one of the most world’s most biologically intense locations. Osa Clandestina invites you to indulge in jungle life beside the waves.

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FLORBLANCA – Santa Teresa

seastar-icon Luxury
surfer-icon Beginner to advanced
family-friendly-icon Ages 6+
family-activities-iconWildlife, waterfalls, watersports

Boutique family villas beside the waves

If you’re looking for natural style and understated luxury, kick off your shoes in a private villa beside the sea. Santa Teresa is one of Costa Rica’s finest surfing locations, and Florblanca offers a serene jungle-by-the-beach location, where you can relax with good food, cocktails, yoga, spa treatments and surf at your fingertips.
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ARENAS DEL MAR – Manuel Antonio

seastar-icon Luxury
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Tots to teens
family-activities-iconWildlife, waterfalls, watersports

Luxury beachfront and rainforest resort

Experience the ultimate luxury, whilst being in a rainforest that’s bang on the beach. Hit the surf, or sip a cocktail from your sun lounger and spot monkeys and sloths in the jungle canopies. In this 11-acre private rainforest reserve you can enjoy the beach, surf, rainforest and wildlife, with a plethora of family adventures at your fingertips.
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Swimming pool, Olas Verdes Hotel, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

OLAS VERDES – Playa Guiones, Nosara

seastar-icon Luxury
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon All ages
family-activities-iconWildlife, waterfalls, watersports

Sustainable luxury beside Playa Guiones

Pura vida fused with pure luxury. Separated from the waves and the paradise beach of Playa Guiones by only a jungle path, here you can enjoy wildlife and waves from a luxurious family suite. With an onsite surf school and direct beach access, this serene oasis is the first platinum rated LEED hotel in Costa Rica – highlighting its exceptional environmental credentials from energy efficiency to a healthy environment and organic, local food.
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Guest Reviews

“There’s nothing quite like the magic of sitting outback in the warm sea, with a view of the jungle spilling onto the beach, howler monkeys calling in the distance, scarlet macaws squawking and pelicans casually cruising past you. Costa Rica pulls us back again and again: the warm ocean, rich wildlife, beautiful beaches and the laidback lifestyle.”
Jess Cook


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