Surfing on a Budget | Costa Rica

busyXploring Costa Rica Surfing Blog Audrey Rattay

Has surfing been on your bucket list for years now? How about an exotic trip to Costa Rica? If your answer is yes, then you are in luck. After years of traveling to Costa Rica, I have planned your week-long trip, all for under $1,000.

Trip Basics:

  • Location: Playa Grande, Costa Rica (Guanacaste)
  • Airport: Daniel Oduber International Airport / Liberia Airport (LIR)
  • Month: Mid-November
  • Motto: Pura Vida
  1. Flight: Purchase your flight about 3-4 months prior to your trip. Mid-November is a great time because flights are less expensive and it is before peak travel season. Most flights range from $350-$450 round trip.
  2. Packing: Honestly, you really only need bathing suits, flip flops, and a smile. Pack light! You will end up living in your bathing suit, lounge clothes, or shorts/tank top.
  3. Transportation: No need to rent a car. You can arrange a shuttle to take you from the airport to Playa Grande. I use Tamarindo Transfers & Tours. You can hop on a shuttle for $20 each way but book in advance.
  4. Lodging: Hands down, the best place to stay is Playa Grande Surf Camp. The surf camp is located in the safe and quiet neighborhood of Palm Beach Estates. You can choose from a shared room, private cabina, treehouse room, or private apartment. There are bathrooms/showers, kitchen, pool, towels, bedding, and surfboard rentals all available on site. The area is full of adventure: monkeys, birds, lizards, and more surround the surf camp. Cost for a bed in a shared room is $17.50 per night.
  5. Surfing: Whether you are a professional surfer or just starting out, Playa Grande Surf Camp can provide you with surfboard rentals, lessons, and tours. A lesson starts out at about $40 or if you just want to rent a board, it will be about $20-$25 per day. Check with the friendly staff to see about renting a surfboard for the whole week.
  6. Food: If you want to cook up some rice or have fresh fruit on hand, Wil-Mart is the place to go. It is a locally owned grocery store in Playa Grande. Another great option is Cafe Mar Azul, which is located in front of the surf camp. They serve a hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The coffee is always hot and fresh and the beer is always cold. Groceries for the week will run you about $150 if you're eating basic foods. If you plan to have 2 meals a day at the Cafe, estimate about $250 for the week. I typically eat breakfast and dinner. Afternoons are best spent surfing if the tides are right.

Breakdown of Expenses:

  • Flight (round-trip): estimate $450
  • Shuttle (round-trip): $40
  • Lodging: $120
  • Surfboard Rental: $140
  • Food/Drinks: $250
  • TOTAL: $1,000 USD

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