PURA VIDA! WELCOME TO COSTA RICA

Costa Rica

PURA VIDA! WELCOME TO COSTA RICA

Costa Rica

  • The world’s best beaches with crystal-clear waters

  • Rich in natural beauty and wildlife

  • Consistent fun waves = steady progression

  • Mellow pace of life and epic sunsets wash away all stress and worries

  • The world’s best beaches with crystal-clear waters
  • Rich in natural beauty and wildlife
  • Consistent fun waves = steady progression
  • Mellow pace of life and epic sunsets wash away all stress and worries

Experience

Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

  • Costa Rica where the rainforest meets the white sand beaches
  • Our location was listed in Forbes Magazine as the most beautiful beach in the world 
  • Make no mistake, this is boardshort and bikini territory, with bath-warm seawater
  • Consistent offshore winds and pacific swells
  • Includes professional video and photography analysis package for you to take home
  • Consistent fun sized waves = steady improvements
  • Great variety of beach breaks, perfect for riders of all abilities
  • Incredible local attitude to visiting surfers and bodyboarders, ‘Pura Vida’ (meaning Pure Life) is the welcome that they extend 
  • Why not enjoy the option of a Multi Stop Trip linking Costa Rica with El Salvador
  • Waterfall visit, zip lining through the jungle canopy, loads of epic post surf activities
  • Laid back vibe with great food and awesome cafe culture
  • For those that love nature there is no where better 

Why join a Bodyboard Holiday in Costa Rica?

Bright blue barrels, the world’s most beautiful beaches, tropical wildlife, jungle-backed coastline, great food, mellow pace of life, kaleidoscopic sunsets, bodyboarding in boardshorts, consistent offshore winds and Pacific swell. What more could you want on this Costa Rican bodyboarding holiday of a lifetime?

What to expect?

You’ll be waking up early to the sound of howler monkeys and calling macaws to take advantage of the perfect morning conditions and uncrowded line ups. We base ourselves at the beach all morning where you can get in and out at will to eat, hydrate and take stock of the paradise you’re in. When the unfavorable onshore winds arrive, we drag our blissfully exhausted bodies back to camp to chill, eat great food and view the days video before sharing some sunset beers with newly made friends.

Who is this trip for?

The consistent sand bottomed beach breaks offer a fun park for bodyboarders of all abilities. The waves are never too big or too small and the beaches are lifeguarded, so, get ready for a week of awesome bodyboard coaching. You’ll also meet some great people all wanting to score epic waves, enjoy the beach lifestyle and improve their riding – a recipe of interests which always makes for a great group vibe.

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PRE-TRIP

  • A video call with trip leader – Here we’ll discuss how to book your flights, insurance and where you will be met on arrival. We’ll cover your objectives, pre-trip planning, dietary requirements, physical preparation, kit list, trip expectations and you’ll have the chance to ask any burning questions about the holiday or bodyboarding in general.
  • Upon completion of the call, you will receive the trip leaders direct contact number so that you have personal, immediate line of communication until arrival in the destination.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation fitness video.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation Yoga video geared toward bodyboarding flexibility and cramp reduction.
  • If you have footage of your riding, we can offer a pre-trip analysis.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE MEETING AND TRANSFERS

  • A member of our team will be waiting for you in arrivals at the airport, having tracked your flight. Your transfer to our accommodation will include an explanation of the weather and waves forecast for the week, a guide to the local area and complimentary drinks. After a surf stoked week we will return you to the airport in good time for a stress-free check-in.

ACCOMMODATION

San Jose (2 nights)

The first and last night of the trip are spent in a small, modest boutique hotel in a historic suburb of San Jose, ideally positioned a short drive from the airport. This overnight stay at the beginning of your trip is a great way to reenergise and to acclimatise after a long flight. After a good nights sleep we will supply you with breakfast and have a group meeting to chat through the plan for the trip and make some introductions.

On the return journey, it ensures you get to the airport on time and without stress.

Santa Teresa (7 nights)

Here we spend seven nights at a surf & yoga lodge nestled into the jungle but just a short walk from the idyllic beaches.

  • Shared room
  • Swimming pool
  • Chill out areas
  • Yoga deck
  • Pool table
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Hammocks beneath the palms to chill out in
  • Board/fin storage and wetsuit wash and hang facilities

GUIDING

  • Each day we’ll have one long 3 to 4-hour coaching session in the morning and an optional one hour free surf, sunset session at the end of the day. We work around the tides and daily conditions to guarantee the best waves for our guests.
  • Most days we just walk the 5 minutes to the lodge’s local beach but we will also offer three surfaris up and down the coast.
  • Included in the guiding is also an afternoon’s hike to a majestic waterfall where we take a well-earned swim

COACHING

  • We can ensure personalised one-to-one coaching
  • We will find the waves that suit your objectives discussed in pre-trip zoom call
  • Using the Bodyboard-Holidays Tree of Knowledge, for those with the desire to really improve their riding, we will plot your progression and sign post you through each stage of your bodyboarding development
  • Using our bespoke resource bank of explainer videos we will help you to overcome your bodyboarding challenges
  • Coaching can be optional, if it’s not for you we can focus more on free surfing, photography and good times. It’s your trip, we will facilitate your fun!

PHOTO AND VIDEO ANALYSIS

  • Land and in water photo and video package to take home with you (all uploaded to an online gallery for you)
  • Daily analysis sessions of the footage to see you improve fast
  • Move specific split screen analysis videos to break down the sports benchmark moves step by step

BODYBOARDING WORKSHOPS

Throughout the week we will deliver several bodyboarding related workshops that are optional to attend.

  • Surf forecasting & travel
  • Equipment and industry trends
  • Duck diving and paddling efficiency
  • The secret to dropknee
  • 360 and roll workshop
  • Yoga, stretching and nutrition session

FREE TIME

We spend a lot of time bodyboarding, but when it is finished for the day, people’s time is then their own to visit the local coffee spots, surf shops or chic boutiques that Santa Teresa has to offer, or simply chill in the pool or with a book in a hammock. We organise an excursion to the waterfall and guide you through the jungle to this epic location. 

EVENING ACTIVITIES

We enjoy epic evening meals together at the camp or occasionally visit one of the beach front restaurants. The highlight of each evening is the end of day free surf. We take a cooler box to the beach, set up camp, enjoy the incredible sunset with a cold drink and buy snacks from the local vendors who walk the sands selling everything from cookies to quesadillas!

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FAQs

We Offer 3 Easy Ways To Pay!

  1. Pay In Full – Pay the full amount in one, that’s it your done! (Available online)
  2. 50/50 – Pay 50% deposit and the remaining 50% 12 weeks before the trip starts. (Available online)
  3. Payment Plan – Pay an initial deposit and the rest in instalments! (Contact us to set up a plan.  Please note there is a 3% surcharge for this option.)

 

We can’t guarantee your place until we have received a payment from you.

Once you have made a payment, you’ll then be sent a trip confirmation email with all details on.

Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our guests arrive solo and leave with a host of new bodyboarding buddies.

Due to this trip being in high demand and having limited spaces, we can only hold your space for up to 24 hours without payment.

You are welcome to attend for a shorter period to suit your personal schedule, however the package price will remain the same.

Group booking discounts are available, please contact us for more information.

ASAP! These holidays fill up quickly and, with limited spaces available, sell out fast. We operate on a first come first serve basis. If you want to secure your place on the trip, it is advised that you pay as soon as you can.

If you are based outside of the UK and would like to book or chat through the holiday details, we can be contacted through our online chat.

If you wish to bring a non-bodyboarding partner with you, that is absolutely fine, however, the price stays the same.

We have a great mix of all ages from young whipper-snappers to silver surfers.

The gender ratio at the moment is around 60% men to 40% women. However, this is constantly changing and Bodyboard Holidays is inclusive to all.

Most international mobile’s work in Costa Rica, you should check with your supplier before you fly.

Yes there is WiFi which is of a good standard for the area.

You’ll be asked to fill in an enrolment form as part of the booking process. You’ll signify which level of bodyboarder you are. You may be in a different group suited to your ability, however, there will be plenty of time to see each other back at the accommodation and during our social evening meals.

We choose the time of year and location for our holidays based on local knowledge and historical swell data. In the event of flat waves or stormy conditions, we will offer alternative activities and day trips to help you get the most out of your holiday.

Please take a look at our Area section for more information. We may also adjust the format of the week, for example, choosing to run more bodyboard sessions on the days that the waves are at their best.

Please visit our Terms & Conditions for more information.

The area that we visit is blessed with constant surf, you can expect great conditions most days of the trip. To give you a clearer idea, the videos on this webpage were all filmed during previous bodyboard holiday trips.

Please refer to the Waves section for more details.

We do not offer a discount for bringing your own equipment.

Remember to check the baggage size and weight allowance with your airline, as well as reading their guidance for carrying bodyboards. Baggage handlers can be unforgiving, so a tough bag and intelligent packing are a must.

Firstly, pack your board(s) in a protective, padded board bag, and write FRAGILE and TOP LOAD ONLY on it with a permanent marker. Make sure you wrap your towel and clothes around your board inside the bag for added protection. Place your shampoo and other wet toiletries in a separate sealed bag in case of leakage. We also recommend locking the zips on your bag with a padlock.

Please check international travel requirements for your nationality. Please contact your travel agent or airline if you are unsure or have any further questions.

If you are under 18, we will need to chat to you on the phone and you will need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or guardian throughout the holiday. If you are 60 or over we’d love to chat with you about the trip before you book. Please contact us via our online chat.

On the day you travel please keep your mobile phone handy so we can stay in touch in case of delays and flight changes. Please inform us if you’re early or delayed for any reason.

If you need help booking your flight then just drop us a line or read our helpful blog post about booking flights.

If you can’t find our representative at the airport, stay there and wait, they won’t be far away. Our transfer representatives will have access to your arrival details. However, if you’re having difficulties finding them follow the instructions in your pre-arrival email. One of the team will locate you.  Upon booking the trip the trip leader will share their direct mobile number so that you can contact them if you need them

As with any holiday, full travel insurance is a requirement for all guests booking a trip with the company. 

Please also ensure that your policy covers you for ‘disruption to travel’ and ‘cover for cancellations’ as standard.

For further help please read our helpful blog post about travel insurance.

You may need to add additional cover for surfing or bodyboarding, it is essential that your insurance policy covers you for all activities during your stay. Failure to take out travel insurance breaks the contract between Bodyboard Holidays and the client.

If you are joining one of our trips and you are native to the country of its location (i.e you live in Lisbon and are joining our Portugal trip) you do not need to take out medical travel insurance. This is as long as you have your own personal health-care plan or are covered by your country’s National Health Service. Although, we kindly request that you still take out trip disruption and cancellation insurance to cover all possible eventualities.

Health and safety medical advice for UK travellers can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/world

Otherwise, contact your GP or the Department of Health (DoH) for further information. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) also issues up-to-date information on safety issues for countries world-wide. Contact the FCO travel advice line on 020 7238 4503/4504 if you have any concerns.

Please contact your doctor if you’re unsure about vaccinations. We advise you to take mosquito repellent to avoid getting bitten, though we’ve never been aware of any malaria or dengue fever cases in the areas that we visit. According to netdoctor.co.uk, the risk is very low.

The obvious answer is the Costa Rican colon. It’s accepted everywhere and you never have to worry about exchange rates after you arrive. However, the US Dollar is used widely and most businesses accept both currencies.

Please refer to the “What to budget for?” section.

We are a UK based company that delivers trips all over the world welcoming travellers of all nationalities.

If your circumstances change and you can’t join the trip, please let us know as soon as possible via email. Your cancellation notice will start from the date we receive it.

Cancellation terms:

We hold part or full costs, depending on when you cancel:

  • If you cancel 12 weeks or more before the trip we retain one-third of the total trip price
  • If you cancel between 36 days to 12 weeks before the trip it’s 50% of the total cost
  • If you cancel between 21-35 days, we retain 75% of the total cost
  • Under 20 days – we keep 100% of the total cost.

 

Cancellation may fall under the terms and conditions of your holiday insurance policy and you may be able to claim.

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions videos.

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