Vista Guapa Eco Lodge and Surf Camp

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Vista Guapa is a bed and breakfast specialized in Surfing and Stand Up Paddling lessons for all skill levels providing at the same time a wide variety of activities or tours to help you get the most out of your adventure vacation. Our camp is run by Costa Rican locals who work hard and love to share the authentic Costa Rica Pura Vida spirit and make you feel right in the family while enjoying the water and beautiful nature!

Nestled in the north hills of Jaco beach town, our camp is situated on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and hillsides. Guests can relax in our pool, practice asanas* on our two yoga decks, hang out in hammocks on the ocean view porches, or wander around the camp gardens lined with fruit trees and native flowers.

Our team includes some of the best Surf and Stand Up Paddle (“SUP”) instructors in Costa Rica. They all are competitive surfers in their own right, many holding national titles themselves; but they focused mostly on our guests experiences and sharing that amazing moment when our students catch their first wave or accomplish whatever personal Surfing or SUP goals they may have.

The camp provides transportation to and from the San Jose International Airport (SJO). For those fortunate enough to travel during daylight hours, our drivers love to point out the scenery along the way – from crocodile viewing points (at a safe distance of course!) to ideal places for macaw sightings.

We also provide a full breakfast every morning, cooked in order to satiate your ravenous appetite after a morning of surfing. For those participating in our multi-day packages, we also provide dinner at several partner restaurants around town, to give you a sampling of the different local flavors and specialties.

Life is about family, friends, laughter, love, nature and health.

Venue Highlights

Vista Guapa offers our guests a chance to get out of the hectic pace of everyday life and to truly stop and smell the flowers. We encourage you to disconnect your cellphone, wait to update your Facebook status, and instead experience the Pura Vida that only Costa Rica can provide. From the waves on the oceans to the sun salutations on our hillside yoga decks, you’ll find yourself reflecting on the beauty of life and remembering the important things that make this world so special.
So come join us today. Our smiling team is waiting for you at Vista Guapa, or as our returning guests call it “The Happiness Machine!” Pura Vida!

Accommodations

Our surf camp features three lovely guest bungalows, each with an unobstructed view of the ocean. Each of the bungalows has two individual rooms with private baths, air conditioning, two single beds or one queen-sized bed and large porches.

The porches are ideal for relaxing in hammocks and watching the sun rise and set over the Pacific Ocean. Our bungalows are equipped with small safes for the storage of valuables. However, our rooms do not have TVs, telephones or Internet connections, enabling our guests to leave the daily stresses of home behind and to enjoy the Pura Vida of Costa Rica.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

You will enjoy of daily costa rican breakfast prepared by our amazing staff, For lunch and dinner we will take you to some of the best restaurants in town where you can experience a bit of the local costa rican cuisine.

Directions

For our package guests, we provide a free shuttle to and from the airport. For other guests, we can arrange transportation to and from the San Jose airport for a $120 charge each way. Taxis from the airport generally charge approximately $130 to $ 160.

The drive from the airport is approximately one and a half to two hours, depending on traffic. For the guests using our shuttle, if other guests are arriving within the next 3 hours, we do request that the earlier arriving passenger wait with our driver for the other passenger/s to arrive.

If you arrive late at night or leave early in the morning, we recommend guests stay at the Hampton Inn at the airport, and not to stay in San Jose town which is actually over half an hour from the airport and generally a crowded city.

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