Women's 7-Night Surf Retreat - Costa Rica

About This Event

Safari Surf School has been sharing its passion for surfing since its inception in 1999 and is still going strong! You will obviously be thrust into the Latin “culture” and introduced to the incredible spirit and vibe that is “Pura Vida”…which translates to “Pure Life”.

There is a reason that Costa Rica was voted one of the “Happiest” countries in the world and it is very evident when you meet and greet the local people.

Our town of Nosara embodies all of what makes Costa Rica the most desirable place to visit on vacation. It’s like a journey back in time…where people wave at you as you pass by and greet you with a smile, always willing to help, where old cultural ways integrate seamlessly with the new “wave” of today’s younger generation.

We have no paved roads, no street lights, monkeys still cruising in the trees in Nosara…but we do have the creature comforts we all have come to enjoy like WiFi connection, ATM access, A/C, Cable TV, shopping, etc.

The “other” culture that you will be immersed in while visiting us is the “Surf Culture”. This culture is really a mindset, a lifestyle and you will be living and breathing it the entire time you are with us in Nosara. What makes Nosara and Safari Surf so attractive to people is that everything we do revolves around the art and passion that is wave riding!

Our instructors are all very accomplished surfers with years of experience and training. They enjoy meeting new friends and making lasting friendships with all who come through our “doors”. Each instructor is extremely well trained and educated in the art of teaching surfing, safety, lifeguard skills and first aid / first response.

From Olas Verdes Resort to our surf program, Safari Surf employs 99% all local people who live and have families in Nosara. We strive for a sustainable existence in the community that we live in by educating, employing, and giving back to the local people in our community.

Event Highlights:

Ever consider joining an all girl surf vacation in a tropical paradise? Well... Safari Surf Women’s Retreat in Costa Rica is the ideal destination if you are looking for a high quality women’s surf program with all the luxury and pampering you need on vacation! This surf program is built by women, run by women, for women. Andrea Diaz (2 time Costa Rica National Champion) is your personal surf coach, mentor, and trainer for the week. She and her staff will have you surfing better than you ever thought possible if you are willing to put in the commitment, the dedication, and the passion needed to succeed. If you are looking for a “social club” type of experience and not really interested or focused on really learning to (contact info blocked) retreat is not for you.

We keep the size of our groups to no more than 8 ladies per camp to ensure the entire experience is personal and exceptional from start to finish. We’ve created a program that will have you pushing your limits each (contact info blocked) but also, mentally. This course is about empowerment for women in the water and out. Nobody said surfing was easy but Andrea and staff have created a program for your success. This women’s surf program starts from the moment you book with us. We will need you to be in “surf shape” when you arrive for your surf trip to Costa Rica! Our program will show you excellent “pre-surf trip” exercises both in and out of the water, with or without access to a surfboard. These exercises will get you in shape and ready to push your limits when you come to us! If you really are dedicated to learning how to (contact info blocked) come and join Andrea and let her help you fulfill your surf quest!

Package Inclusions:


Private round trip shuttle taxiservice from Liberia (LIR) to Nosara and back. Your personal driver will be waiting for you outside of the customs area with a sign "bearing".


(7) Nights’ luxurious stay at the Olas Verdes Hotel. You will be nestled in a Luxury Suite situated mere steps from the tropical sands of Playa Guiones in Nosara.


Our infamous customer service is worth noting as you will have a SSS conciergeworking or you 24 / 7. Anything you may need or want (within reason of course!)


Each morning prior to your surf session, you will be treated to scrumptious Costa Rican coffee, freshly blended orange juice, fresh cut fruits, and banana bread


A full menu awaits you after your morning surf adventure for daily fantastic breakfastat our El Manglar restaurant at Olas Verdes Hotel - all taxes and tips are included.


Three Course Dinner Extravaganza dinners hosted by Andrea and / or Daniela. Four evenings you will eat at the El Manglar restaurant and three evenings we will take you out to some of the other top restaurants.


Pool Sessions - In this course you will have at minimum 2 pool sessions with Andrea & “Dani” working on your techniques dealing with paddling, duck dive or turtle rolling, and other essential.


Theory & Video Analysis - you will be immersed in surf theory constantly with Andrea as she is so passionate about teaching surfing from both a technical and philosophical standpoint.


Daily... for 2 hours, you will be in the ocean with 2 time Costa Rica Women’s National Masters Champ Andrea Diazand her assistance coach Daniela working on improving your surf skills.


Included in this package is your introduction to the state of the art “Breathwork” techniques by the Ocean Warrior program developed by big wave surfers Shane Dorian and Mark Visser.


Three incredible Yoga Sessions to help open up your bodies muscle and (contact info blocked) rejuvenate the body and (contact info blocked) yoga sessions are on offer if you wish!


Two blissful 1 hour full body Massages to help your body recover from your active; on the go surf vacation.


Nothing like cruising the local town on your Bike rental to expand your boundaries! Your hotel will provide access to a bicycle for you to explore the area on your free time.


Explore Nosara and the surrounding areas, head to a local waterfall or drive through the Nosara River on an incredible ATV Tour!


A “Power Hike” to get your blood flowing and also to see the glorious jungle and ocean views from some of the remote mountains in and around Nosara!


No surf course would be complete without a “Graduation Day Girls Surf Trip”! We will be whisking you away on your final day to go on a very cool journey to the South to a place called Punta Islita.


Venue Highlights

Playa Guiones is nestled in the quiet, quaint town of Nosara in the Guanacaste Province on the Pacific side of the country of Costa Rica. Unlike the crowded beaches of places like Tamarindo, Jaco, or Dominical, in Nosara you won’t be trampled by hordes of tourists!

There are no street lights or paved roads and we still have monkeys cruising in the trees, but there are just the right amount of amenities in town to ensure you have a relaxing vacation. It’s a surfer’s paradise!


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent

Menu Types

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


How do you get to Nosara? You can fly direct from many cities in North America, as well as from some capitals in Europe, to either Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO), in the center of Costa Rica or Daniel Oduber Quiros International in Liberia (LIR), closer to the Pacific side of Costa Rica.

Liberia Airport is the nearest international airport, just a scenic 2.5-hour drive to Nosara and Playa Guiones. The drive from San Jose airport, also very scenic, takes about 5-hours.

Please contact us for directions if you are self-driving.

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Maeve Muldowney   March 26, 2019

      Unforgetable family surf vacation

    We had a great time in Playa Venao. What an extraordinary, beautiful and peaceful place. Nature has blessed that beautiful corner of the world and so far the development of tourism in the area has occurred in a way that allows the beauty and drama of the place to shine through. Truly a surfer's paradise we were amazed everyday to find ourselves alone on the beach, the only small gathering of people observing surfers of various abilities attempting to catch a wave. When the really talented surfers are out there on the waves it is truly spectacular. What a privilege to experience this! Lucky for us, the two best surfers putting on a show at Playa Venao last week Augustin and Jose, along with Nico Almeida from Safari Surf, were the instructors dedicated to our family (3 kids - 14, 12, 10 and 2 adults) for 6 days of lessons, but more about that later. We booked our vacation on-line with Marsi as follows: •RT Transportation from Panama City to Safari Surf and back via private shuttle taxi van •(7) Nights' accommodation at your choice of lodging below– includes all hotel taxes •24 / 7 Full concierge services (i.e. any need to get to the market, pharmacy, schedule any outings, make any needed reservations, get you to location of activities, outings to view turtle etc.) - the staff is there to assist at all times! •Full breakfast daily •Dinners hosted nightly by Safari Surf staff; (Includes: Transportation when needed, (3) course meals, all taxes & tips, Note: alcoholic beverage is available at additional cost) •(2) Surf lessons daily (12 total) with all equipment provided & use of equipment in down time (2:1 and 3:! lessons- Privates additional charge) •Choice of (1) activity from the following: daily yoga, (1) massage, horseback riding or zip line tour •Complimentary surf photos •Optional travel insurance from Travel Guard (Free Quote) We opted for a condo accommodation (2 bedroom) at Blue Venao for our family and chose to do the zipline activity while adding on a few yoga classes and some additional surf lessons. I will admit to being a bit nervous about everything when the driver didn't arrive at the appointed time to pick us up at the hotel in Panama city. But there is a lot to be said about the way an organization and individuals deal with issues when they occur and once we were in contact with Tim from Safari Surf (always a bit complicated with hotel WiFi and foreign cell service) we were reassured that we would be picked up eventually, the delay was due to the perfectly understandable reason of the Carnaval taking place in Panama that week. From the moment we arrived in Playa Venao, we felt that we were being taken care of. Nico met us at the condo where we stayed, with keys and plans for our evening meal and for breakfast and surfing the next day. In the morning, he met us at the pool after breakfast and acted as our guide, teacher, surf coach and organizer for the next week. Before this trip, our kids had done one surf lesson in Tofino B.C. and us parents a few more lessons before coming to Panama, so we were real beginners. Nico, Jose and Agustin were thorough, patient and at the same time challenging us to do more each lesson. The lessons were always well structured with a warm up, focus on safety and practical advice from how to best position one's self on the board to the best sun screen and how to avoid having burning eyes from salt water and sun screen. Always with patience and a focus on improving performance and fun. It was great to watch our kids learn to surf and from the first day to enjoy the accomplishment of not only getting up on the board, but doing so on increasingly challenging waves. For me personally, I felt pride at getting up on the board with greater frequency and gratitude to Jose and Nico who both very gently suggested that it might be a good idea to not grab my nose as soon as I pop up on the surf board! (apparently Jose's wife has the same reflex so I'm in good company). It was also great to see our 10 year old daughter develop a fun relationship with Augustin who clearly loved seeing her learn so quickly and try tricks on the board as the days went on. As a parent, there is nothing better than seeing your children challenge themselves and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. What a great thing to have been able to do while on vacation Nico did a great job arranging our meals. We had a chance to go to all the good restaurants on the beach and were never disappointed. The only thing I would say is that while the accommodation at Blue Venao is great, the restaurant is very basic (although the staff are all great). We ended up doing almost all breakfasts at El Sitio because the food and service are so good and the view of the main break where the real surfers play is awesome! All of Nico's recommendations were great and all our meals were taken care of as outlined in our agreement. It is hard to say what the best thing was about or vacation, because it was all so good. I guess it would have to be to quality of the people who helped us. The quality of the surfing instruction was exceptional. These guys really know what they are doing and inspire confidence. Always observant and understated, they were focused on watching the waves to ensure that we were ready to catch the next opportunity to get up. They always cheered us on when we did well and had helpful advice when we wiped out. A couple of things that we would have liked to have known in advance… •A wet suit top (or wetsuit) is really essential. Playa Venao is very windy and while it is very hot, the water can get cold and was most days we were there. Having a wetsuit top keeps kids and adults alike comfortable and in the water for the maximum time. We only managed to find these the day before we left. More notice on this would have helped us to avoid last minute rush. •There is no ATM on the beach. The closest one is at least 30 min away. We almost ran out of cash and were unable to tip our instructors as we would have liked, this was a bit embarrassing. Had we known this in advance, we would have planned accordingly In conclusion I will quote my 10 y old daughter who said "I would do absolutely everything exactly the same again next year… except the 6 hour drive to the airport". I totally agree with her but I feel like the 6 hour drive is kind of part of the package. For such a special place the 6 hour drive is a small price to pay.

  • Anya Tomkiewicz   March 08, 2019


    Loved my experience with Safari Surf School and staying at Olas Verdes. Am a beginner surfer and was able to surf twice a day with a simple walk to the beach and access to all the boards at any time. Coaches were awesome (Eric and Helberth!) and really helped me improve.

  • Patricia   January 26, 2019

      Safari Surf School Experience

    Our experience with Safari Surf School was far beyond our expectations. They were very helpful, accommodating, and efficient in the planning phase of our trip and this attitude continued throughout the five days we were there. They couldn't do enough! They made us feel very welcomed and special. The staff are wonderful individuals who do a fantastic job! My surfing coach, Daniela, was an amazing and very patient teacher. She was exacting in her explanations and cheered me on with my small, yet significant, accomplishments. We rarely want to visit a destination more than once because there is so much to see - but we definitely plan to return to Nosara and Safari Surf School.

  • Rosemary Irwin   January 08, 2019

      Safari Surf School stay December 27 to January 4

    Our extended family of 9 stayed at Casa Costa Rica for 8 nights, and did twice daily surfing with the surf school. It was absolutely amazing, our group had at least 7 instructors over the course of the week, and each and every one was fantastic and taught us so much. We were all able to surf in white water within a day, and the 20 to 30 year olds were outside by the third day. It was truly amazing. The food was truly incredible, the accommodation was great, the surfing was great and the yoga at Bodhi Tree was also a highlight. We also did deep sea fishing and the canopy tour, both amazint experiences. It was an incredible trip!

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