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Surf School Costa Rica Packages

Our Surf School offers full surfing packages; here’s a step by step account of what you can expect upon arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica for your surf package.

After clearing customes you will be greeted by our friendly Sunset Surf Camp driver who will escort you to our private taxi where you can get comfortable, relax, cool off with a complimentary cold drink and enjoy the scenic drive through the mountains down to the Pacific coast and Playa Dominical.

Once you’ve arrived at your Hotel, you will be personally greeted by Sunset Surf staff and shown to your room.

Surf lessons packages

When we’ve made sure that you have all the comforts you need we’ll let you know what time your first surf lesson is. The rest of your afternoon can be sent resting up and taking in one of Dominical’s famous sunsets.

Breakfast is included daily during your stay at our Costa Rica Surf Camp and you’ll need to fuel up with the wholesome breakfasts offered so you’ll be ready to go for your surf lessons.

Also, included are a variety of adventure tours that you can choose from including waterfall tours, horseback riding, kayaking expeditions and zip-line canopy tours. Our 7 day package includes 1 of the above tours and our 10 & 14 day packages include 2 of the tours.

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The moment you meet our staff, you immediately feel at home and by the time you leave you will have the confidence that no wave is too for you to tackle.

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Your surf lessons


Lesson 1

Your introduction to the wonderful world of surfing will begin with a brief presentation on ocean safety and the do’s and don’t of surfing at the hotel before we head out to the beach where we will go into all of the fundamentals in greater detail.

Once on the beach you will learn about surfing:

  • Identifying problem areas and potential danger zones in the ocean i.e. rip currents, submerged objects, shallow sandbanks, other surfers,etc.
  • Wave formation/type of waves
  • Safe entry and exit
  • Proper mechanics of getting up to your feet

Once we’ve gone over everything and make sure everyone fully understands we will head into the ocean! The rest of the class will be spent learning paddling technique and how to pop up to your feet on a surfboard in whitewater waves.

This lesson is all about using proper mechanics in order to create good muscle memory. All first day surfers beginner lessons are held at mid tide in waist deep water.


Lesson 2

All of the fundamentals you learn in the first class are the foundation for this surfing lesson, where we will teach you how to paddle out past the waves and negotiate your surfboard through the whitewater.

Once on the outside, we’ll show you how to sit on your surfboard, manuever it into position to catch a wave and get you riding small, gentle, rolling waves!


Lesson 3-5

Now that you’re beginning to feel more comfortable on your surfbaord in the water we’ll build on the previous classes, and start instructing you more on wave selection and doing basic turns out on the open face of the wave.


This is when surfing really starts getting exciting! All the rest of these surfing lessons will be focused more on personal coaching and working with each individual’s needs. 

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What they say
Based on 50 reviews
Angela Moore
Angela Moore
I had a great day this past week taking a lesson with Sunset Surf Dominical. My instructor’s name is Ray and by far the best teacher I’ve had. Sign up for a lesson, these instructors are top tier. Shout out to Henry too- Tom says thank you!
M Summers
M Summers
My son and I took a beginner lesson with Josue, and we had some much fun that we brought my daughters for a second class with Josue and Henry. Everyone had a great time, and they’re both great instructors. I highly recommend giving them a try if you’d like to learn how to surf while saying near Dominical.
Rachele Griego
Rachele Griego
This team is responsive, professional, kind and very well informed. Myself and my two kids ages 14 and 9 were catching waves on our first try. We had so much fun, highly recommend and will be back again. Thank you!
Dan Wiersgalla
Dan Wiersgalla
Great little shop for rentals. Grabbed a board caught waves. 🤙🏼🏄🏻‍♂️
Alex Laigle
Alex Laigle
We had the best time with the crew at sunset surf :). We met Yemaya at our local beach in Maryland and then came to Dominical to learn to surf some more :). The team was absolutely amazing.. especially Yemaya, Henry and Jordy! We took lessons for the entire week. We had a huge group all with varying abilities of surf ( and from 3 to 37 years old) and everyone was accommodated, felt safe, learned a ton, and had the best time!
Imke van der Meer
Imke van der Meer
Gisterochtend hebben onze meiden (14 en 15 jaar) een super surf les gehad van Henry. Na een uur witte golven waren ze al zover dat ze van de groene golven konden surfen. En voor ons werden stoelen meegenomen, goede service en vriendelijk!
Mauricio Marín Murillo
Mauricio Marín Murillo
Excelentes instructores. Mi clase fue con el instructor Henry, simplemente excelente. Muy recomendado si al igual que yo tienes cero conocimiento del surf pero siempre has querido aprender, es el momento. También conversé con Jordy y otros integrantes del equipo, todos son excelentes personas. Lo recomiendo 100% y no puedo esperar para mi próxima clase dentro de 15 o 22 días.
Talia Hammond
Talia Hammond
We took a family surf lesson here, and it was fantastic. My husband and I shared an instructor (Freddie), and he was warm and welcoming. My kids each had a private instructor. My son (5) was a little timid, and his instructor was super patient and hung out with him playing in the sand when he needed breaks. The water here is so warm, the waves were nice for beginners, and we highly recommend.
Michael Casson
Michael Casson
Had an amazing experience with Henry. What an awesome and positive guy. Thanks to him I was getting up pretty much every time for my first time ever surfing. Highly recommend this place
Maor Keren
Maor Keren
Experience was great with the instructors. Stuff is friendly and decent

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