The surfer's salute of fist with thumb and little finger spread, while used universally, has become a Costa Rican greeting embodying the Ticos' philisophy of Pura Vida - a commitment to celebrating a peaceful way of life.
Will, Original Traveller
Warm waters, stunning beaches and fewer people than many surf spots in Costa Rica make the Nicoya Peninsula as close to surfing perfection as you’ll find anywhere.
Flight from London
GMT -6 hrs
Conditions are excellent all year round, although for the absolute best, the dry season between December and April is the time to go. The stretch of coast know as Mal Pais, meaning 'bad lands' in Spanish is anything but bad, with excellent surfing to suit all levels. Beginners can get to grips with their board in the mellow waters around El Carmen, while the more seasoned pros can ride the fast hollow waves 15 minutes up the coast in Santa Teresa.
We can arrange private lessons with qualified instructors and with some stylish places to stay in the area you can guarantee you'll be well rested before you take to the waves and you can indulge in a little luxury at the end of a day on the water.