Lapoint Surf Camp In Santa Teresa provides an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica!
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. The best part about it is that the surf camp is suitable for all levels.
I have put together this complete guide to Lapoint Surf Camp Costa Rica including how to book, what to expect, and a review of my experience.
WHERE IS LA POINT 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.
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The accommodation is only a few minute’s walk from the long beach of Playa Carmen where you’ll be having most of your surf lessons. 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.
Playa Carmen has a couple of shops, ATMs, cafés, and restaurants, and our favorite one was The Bakery.
The village of Santa Teresa is about a 15-minute stroll from La Point Surf Camp accommodation where you’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafés.
Make sure to walk along the beach to get to the village for a more pleasant experience and to avoid the dusty road. Instead of walking you can also get around on scooters, motorbikes, and quad bikes.
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 SURF CAMP COSTA RICA
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 team is super helpful and will arrange a transfer from San Jose International Airport (SJO) or your accommodation in the city of San Jose to the 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 here.
HOW MUCH IT COSTS & HOW TO BOOK
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 opt-in for the accommodation. No matter which option you go for you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
If you choose to book the Surf Lessons + the accommodation this is what’s included starting from 745 EUR / week:
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 breakfasts
- 5 dinners
- 6 days with surf equipment
- 5x 2-hour surf lessons with professional coaches
- Surf theory
- Transport to surf lessons
If you choose to book the accommodation package only this is what’s included starting from 440 EUR / week:
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 breakfasts
- 5 dinners
HOW TO BOOK
You can check availability and book online through the Lapoint Surf Camp website: www.lapointcamps.com
Keep in mind that flights and transport to the camp are not included in the price.
The Surf Camp leaders also organize family dinners twice during the week. If you choose to join them 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 Surf Camp Costa Rica. In fact, some of the people that were here when I arrived had already extended one or two weeks, which gives you an idea of just how fun and amazing this place is!
I was very much impressed with the surf coaches. They are very 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 2 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.
Playa Carmen is a very long beach so everyone will have plenty of space in the water. 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.
The food that is served at the camp is delicious. They also cater to vegetarians and vegans and the meals are different every day so there are plenty of options to choose from.
SURF CAMP LEADERS
The Surf Camp has social hosts and a surf camp leader. If you have any questions and 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 – they’ll look after you.
The Social Host will also initiate the night activities and games so that everyone gets to meet everyone and interact with each other.
When I was there, 70% of the surf camp participants were young Norwegian girls in their early twenties. The rest was mostly from other European countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, UK and there was one American.
Despite the big age gap and differences in culture everyone got along very well 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 cleaning ladies 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 our 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 little seating area.
You’ll still get plenty of social interaction with the surf camp family because there are plenty of comfortable hang-out areas inside Lapoint Surf Camp Santa Teresa.
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 people simply relaxing and reading 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.
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 close-by 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
When visiting Santa Teresa, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Costa Rican sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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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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