Safari Surf School
Surfing & Windsurfing
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Safari Surf School is the premier surf school and surf camp in Costa Rica. In addition to instilling a passion for surfing, you'll also be immersed in native culture and treated to local style. Being taught to surf by true professionals with a "Pura Vida" attitude is the only way to go! Listed on National Geographic's top outfitters on Earth. Check us out.
Nosara, Costa Rica

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Travellers' Choice
2022

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Amy L
1 contribution
Nov 2022
My experience with Safari Surf School was better than I ever imagined!

Traveling alone, and speaking very little Spanish, I was slightly apprehensive, yet that feeling was fleeting, as the moment I stepped off the plane I felt welcomed and in good hands.
Having my transportation to and from the airport was so great. Not having to worry about taking a shuttle or ordering a private ride was one detail I was really happy to not have to arrange.

The hotel arrangements SSS made for me were ideal. I stayed at RideOn Hotel. Not only was it super convenient to the surf school, just steps away; it was relaxing, beautiful, and the daily breakfast which was included was healthy and delicious!
The staff at RideOn and SSS really felt like family. I already miss them 🙂

Tim Marsh was very responsive to any question or concern along the way, which gave me confidence in reaching out; I could feel he really cared about making my trip a great experience.

Jeffery, on location at the school, was incredibly kind and generous with his time. He was available for anything I might need during the week. For example, the second day of surfing my long hair was getting a sizable knot and I needed a comb to detangle it. I inquired about where I could buy one and he didn’t know but the next morning he had one for me. He had gotten one from his wife who is in the business of aesthetics. What an effort :)
His caring is 100% genuine and heartfelt.

The coaching was top notch. Milton was my surf coach for the week. As a beginner, I had no idea what to expect; I came with an open mind and excited attitude. In my mind I have been a surfer for a decade (haha) but in reality I had not actually ever surfed. As a novice with a life long athletic background I felt Milton’s style of teaching the sport was just right for me. I felt safe yet continually challenged with his guidance. He was also just a delight to be around, you can tell he really loves surfing and life in general. He made it fun and at the same time pushed my abilities. I left that week feeling satisfied and happy about what I could do in one week, and that I had scratched the surface of something really special.

I am so grateful that my first surf experience was with Safari Surf School. I am already making plans to return!

~Amy
Written 10 November 2022
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kyle_morris561
Bradenton Beach, Florida2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This was an awesome experience. The staff was amazing from the management staff to the instructor. Very organized and staff very passionate about their job. Highly recommend Safari Surf to anyone visiting Nosara!
Written 17 October 2022
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Tiffany H
6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
We had a fantastic time at Safari surf! Our coach was Pio and he did a wonderful job! He is very thorough in his teachings and really cares about his students. I was able to stand up on the first day because of his teachings! Everyone we interacted with were so helpful. Olas verdes is where we stayed and the staff was amazing. Highly recommend Safari surf!
Written 27 June 2022
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Daniel B
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
These guys are the best! Wonderful teachers and the Olas Verdes Hotel is gorgeous and intimate. Playa Guiones has great waves for beginners and the place is absolutely gorgeous! I really can’t stress how much fun we had! We started out as total beginners and after a week we were riding the waves in.
Written 13 June 2022
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Ezra S
1 contribution
Apr 2022
Spent a week in Nosara and loved my experience with the Safari Surf Team! They did an awesome job with the surf lessons + generally made a positive impact on the trip wtih great restaurant and activity suggestions. Additionally, leading up to the, they were very responsive and helpful.
Written 2 May 2022
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Daniel G
Newton, MA2 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a review for Playa Venao, Panama. Tim & Trico get big thumbs up all around. Our accommodation exceeded our expectations - we had a beautiful, modern condo right on the beach. Trico & his team provided us with surf lessons every day for the week - they were excellent instructors: clear, patient and extremely knowledgable and a ton of fun - they all have a great attitude and are a lot of fun. The waves were great for beginner & intermediate surfers - 3-6 feet. The vibe around the beach was super chill with lots of great eating & drinking places. We went in April and the water & the air were a perfect temperature. Despite having pre-paid for this vacation before Covid, 2 years later Safari Surf School recognized our payment and executed things exactly where we left off. It was a wonderful experience, flawlessly executed by Safari Surf School.
Written 25 April 2022
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Lizzy R
5 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
They helped us plan all our lessons and bike rentals and massages and dinners! Tim was easy to work with and Jeffrey did a great job in CR!
Written 3 April 2022
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Jayroder
Warwick, RI1 contribution
Mar 2022
Been running programs through Safari Surf School for the past twelve years. You absolutely can't go wrong with these guys. They are consummate professionals, incredibly helpful, and focus on every detail to make sure you have the best experience surfing and in Playa Guiones.
My family has been going to Nosara for the past 18 years and there is no school like Safari. Period.
Written 25 March 2022
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Craig M
Charlotte, NC3 contributions
Mar 2022
Surf Safari helped us organize the perfect surfing vacation for our two families. We had four adults and four children ranging in ages from 7 to 13. We surfed for four days. Each day we had four instructors - Alonso, Luis, Erik and Roger - so we could get specialized instruction for each age group. All instructors were excellent teachers. By the end of the trip, the adults were surfing the large outer breaks and the children were hanging ten on the whitewater. Everyone had a ton of fun.

As important, Tim (the owner) and Jeffrey (the ops manager) were super helpful in helping us plan and execute our trip. Our fights down to Costa Rica were impacted by weather, forcing us to change airports and days at which we flew into country. On a one day notice, Jeffrey arranged for transportation to grab us at the airport and get us our house. While in Playa Guiones, Jeffrey organized home cooked meals at our house. Super awesome.

Lastly, I will say that the staff at Surf Safari were super friendly. Made being in Costa Rica a wonderful experience.
Written 20 March 2022
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Mike W
1 contribution
Mar 2022
Safari Surf is the Harvard of surf schools. Alonzo and the team of instructors are all top notch. Not only were they great at the surf side of things but Tim and Jeffrey went out of their way helping us plan our trip and then making sure it was an unforgettable experience once we arrived, I can not recommend them highly enough.
Written 20 March 2022
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