Lapoint Costa Rica Surf Camp in Santa Teresa is a must-try experience!
Not only will you uplevel your surf skills but you’ll also make lifelong friends, go on epic adventures, and have the time of your life.
I have put together this complete guide to visiting Lapoint Surf Camp Costa Rica including how to book, what to expect, and a review of my experience.
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Let’s start this Lapoint Costa Rica review with the essentials such as the location, how to get there, and more.
WHERE IS LAPOINT SURF CAMP?
Lapoint Surf Camp is situated in the laid-back surf village of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
To be precise the accommodation is at the very beginning of Santa Teresa at Playa Carmen. Click here to see the location on Google Maps.
The accommodation is only a few minutes walk from the long beach of Playa Carmen where you’ll be having most of your surf lessons.
The town of Santa Teresa is about a 15-minute stroll from La Point Costa Rica Surf Camp accommodation where you’ll find plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés.
Upon arriving in Santa Teresa I immediately fell in love with this idyllic little surf town and you’ll quickly find your way around.
Visiting the beach for sunset while sitting under the palm trees with a cold coconut will become part of your new daily routine!
HOW TO GET TO LAPOINT COSTA RICA SURF CAMP?
Santa Teresa is quite popular with many tourists and foreigners that visit Costa Rica so there are plenty of ways to get here.
The best way to get here is to fly into San Jose Airport (SJO) the day before and stay in a hotel at the airport.
The following morning, the Lapoint Surf Camp can arrange a transfer from San Jose International Airport (SJO) or your accommodation in the city of San Jose to Lapoint Costa Rica Surf Camp.
The journey from San Jose to Santa Teresa takes around 5 hours by shuttle bus and ferry.
Alternatively, you can get here by plane and fly into the local Tambor Airport (MRTR) just 45 minutes away and Lapoint Surf Camp Santa Teresa can organize your pick-up from there.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
At Lapoint Surf Camp Santa Teresa, you get to choose what experience you want.
You have the option of booking in for the full experience which includes daily surf lessons, meals, plus accommodation, or you can also simply book the accommodation-only option.
No matter which option you go for, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
If you choose to book the surf package, this is what’s included starting from 745 EUR per person:
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
- Free use of surf equipment for 6 days
- 5x 2-hour surf lessons with professional coaches
- Surf theory classes and video analysis
- Transport to surf locations
If you choose to book the accommodation-only package, this is what’s included starting from 440 EUR per person:
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
HOW TO BOOK LAPOINT COSTA RICA?
You can check availability and book online through the Lapoint Surf Camp website: www.lapointcamps.com
Keep in mind that flights and transport to Lapoint Costa Rica are not included in the price.
The surf camp hosts will also organize family dinners twice during the week. If you choose to join, those dinners are at your own expense.
Lunch is not included in the package but you can either try out some of the delicious cafés and restaurants in town or choose something from the lunch menu at the camp.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT LA POINT SURF CAMP
Honestly, by the end of the week, you won’t want to leave Lapoint Costa Rica.
In fact, some of the people that were at the camp when I arrived had already extended one or two weeks, which gives you an idea of just how amazing the experience is!
Let’s dive into more details about what to expect when joining! Here is my complete Lapoint Surf Camp Costa Rica review.
I was very much impressed with the surf coaches. They are professional, you’ll learn lots about the ocean, the waves, and surfing techniques that will guarantee your improvement.
Depending on your level of surfing, you’ll get put into the beginner level, intermediate, or advanced and each surf coach usually has two students which means you’ll get enough attention and help to succeed in the water.
The whole group gets divided into two groups and you’ll take alternating rounds with the times that you’ll go surfing.
One morning group A will start their surf lessons at 6 am and the next day group A will start their surf lessons at 9 am.
The surf beach is so long that there’s always plenty of room for everybody in the water to surf and it never feels crowded.
If the conditions aren’t ideal at Playa Carmen you’ll likely end up going with a shuttle to Playa Hermosa for your surf lessons.
A lot of the surf coaching is done outside of the water but I highly recommend you pay attention and participate in the surf theory classes as you’ll need that knowledge when you’re in the water.
Another one of the highlights at Lapoint Costa Rica is the delicious food at the in-house restaurant.
You can expect a mix of local and Western delicacies with plenty of variety so you never get bored.
They also cater to vegetarians and vegans and the meals are different every day so there are plenty of options to choose from.
The evenings are all about getting together after a day in the water with a cold beer or cocktail from the bar, delicious food, and lots of fun before heading to bed.
SURF CAMP LEADERS
The surf camp has social hosts and a surf camp leader. If you have any questions or concerns, they are there for you.
Whether it relates to the food, what to do in the surrounding areas, or in case you’re injured, you’ll be treated like family.
The social hosts will also initiate the night activities and games so that everyone gets to interact with each other.
When I was there, 70% of the surf camp participants were young Norwegian girls in their early twenties.
The rest were mostly from other European countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and America.
Despite the age gaps and differences in culture everyone got along with each other and made the most out of their stay.
La Point Surf Camp Costa Rica is conveniently located close to Playa Carmen. You’ll feel like you’re waking up in the jungle to the sound of howler monkeys and singing birds.
You get to choose what type of room you want to stay in. You can choose between dorms and double rooms that are either in the main villa or in one of the bungalows.
All the rooms have a rustic design, and plenty of light, and are equipped with comfortable beds, bathrooms, and modern facilities.
The cleaners will make up your room every day so whilst you’re out and about you’ll return each day to a freshly made bed.
The dorm rooms are an excellent way to meet new people and a perfect option for solo travelers. In this Lapoint camp, they even had a male and female dorm.
PRIVATE DOUBLE ROOM
If you wish to have a little more privacy, you can also choose to stay in a double room. The double rooms are spacious and even have their own outdoor seating area.
You’ll still get plenty of social interaction with the other participants because there are plenty of comfortable hang-out areas inside Lapoint Surf Camp Santa Teresa.
SWIMMING POOL & HANG-OUT AREAS
The massive swimming pool is available for a refreshing swim in the morning or in the afternoon which is a nice treat after surfing.
The Surf House has a cocktail bar where most people hang out in the afternoon when happy hour is on.
You’ll also find lots of spots to simply relax and read a book in the hammocks and by the pool.
If you choose to take something from the bar or the mini-fridge you simply write it down and at the end of the week everyone pays their personal bill.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AT LAPOINT COSTA RICA
While you’re staying at Lapoint Surf Camp Santa Teresa, Costa Rica you can also book in for some of the optional activities which include;
- Yoga sessions
- Excursion to another island
Please know that these optional activities are not included in the price.
I would highly encourage you to check out the surrounding areas close to Santa Teresa. I personally hired a quad bike for the day and drove to the nearby hippie town called Mazunte.
The drive in itself was an experience as you’ll stop by so many gorgeous viewpoints and in Mazunte you’ll find even more turquoise beaches and a visit to the waterfall is very much worth it.
Other people who stayed in the camp decided to go golfing, surfing, horseback riding, or visit some of the beach bars for a drink when we had free time.
WHAT TO PACK FOR SANTA TERESA
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FINAL THOUGHTS – LA POINT SURF CAMP COSTA RICA
Costa Rica has warm weather all year round and the waves in Santa Teresa are suited to all levels of surfing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Lapoint and can’t recommend it enough!
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