With over 7 countries making up Central America, it can be quite hard to know where to start, luckily for you we have listed the 10 best surf camps in Central America below, that will help guide you on your dream trip.
1. Mirimar Surf Camp - Nicaragua
Location: Mirimar, Leon Province, Nicaragua.
Nearest airport and distance: Managua, 100kms away. Private airport transfers available through the surf camp.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £738 / €860 / $947 per person.
Overlooking the a-frame peaks of Punta Miramar, and set among the cliffs in a sleepy fishing village, this architectural delight is the ultimate surf camp for those that want everything under one roof.
You can enjoy your breakfast on the sun-deck as you decide which peak you’re going to surf as monkeys clamber the trees, admire the breathtaking sunsets and chat with fellow guests or simply cool off in the pool.
It is packed full of recreational activities such as massages, hiking, horse riding, skating, wildlife tours, SUP-ing as well as pilates and yoga along with boasting a calming, peaceful atmosphere that provide the perfect set up for a Nicaragua surf holiday.
2. Selina Surf Club Puerto Viejo - Costa Rica
Location: Calle 256, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
Nearest Airport and distance: San Jose Airport is 215 kms away. Private airport transfers available through the surf camp.
Puerto Viejo is a place full of easy charm and you can see why it is one of the best surf camps in Central America. Here, jungle meets the ocean in perfect harmony. Chill, party, surf, repeat.
Puerto Viejo is infused with some serious reggae vibes. Enjoy sampling Caribbean stew, cultural tours, sighting monkeys and sloths, and falling asleep to the rhythm of croaking frogs.
Live right on the edge of sandy beaches and venture off the beaten path into the rugged jungle. This is the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.
3. Oasis Surf House Puerto Escondido - Mexico
Location: Blvd. Benito Juarez No. 6, Fracc. Rinconada, Oaxaca - Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Nearest Airport and distance: Puerto Escondido Airport is 2 km away. Private airport transfers available through the surf camp
Price for 7 night package: £350 / €408 / $449 per person
Puerto Escondido is one of the most unique areas on the Oaxacan coast, in the southwest of Mexico.
Here you will find the opportunity of learning both the language and the traditional culture, while also enjoying the magnificent beaches of its coastline.
Oasis Surf House is located in Rinconada, a quiet neighbourhood with a wonderful choice of restaurants, shops and supermarkets. Our home beach "Carrizalillo" is 5 minutes walk away
4. Vista Guapa Surf Camp - Costa Rica
Location: Lomas de Jaco, Jaco - Central Pacific - Dominical, Hermosa & Jaco. Costa Rica.
Nearest airport and distance: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is 84 km. Private airport transfers available through the surf camp.
Price for 7-night stay: £1947 / €2270 / $2499
Vista Guapa is located on five acres of a beautiful landscaped hillside, featuring three lovely bungalows with wooden deck porches overlooking the ocean and is a worthy inclusion in our best surf camps in Central America.
The camp is 2 Km away from the Jaco beach break and just 12 Km from Hermosa beach, which is considered one of the most consistent beach breaks in the world.
Jaco is hugely popular for having plenty of activity choices as ATV tours, waterfall tours, zipline, kayaking, horseback riding, deep to sea fishing, wildlife tours to national parks where you can witness different wildlife and unique flora!
5. Selina Surf Club Nosara - Costa Rica
Location: Guanacaste Province, La Mora, Nosara, Costa Rica
Nearest airport and distance: Nosara Beach Airport is 4 km away. Private airport transfers available through the surf camp.
Price for 7-night stay: £585 / €682 / $750
Nosara, Costa Rica is a paradise for surfers and yogis looking for a warm, sunny getaway.
This popular retreat location is renowned for its unspoiled beaches and zen culture. Only reachable by 4x4, this little slice of heaven has been ranked by National Geographic as one of 20 top locations for surfing in the world.
Open All year round. Stop by in December or January for a kick of energy from the Christmas rodeo season and surf the waves to your heart’s content.
Location: San Juan del Sur, Rivas Province, Nicaragua.
Nearest airport and distance: Managua, 140kms away. Private airport transfers available through the surf camp.
Price for 7-night stay From £281 / €327 / $360 per person.
A jaw dropping surf camp in the situated on Maderas Hill in the middle of the jungle, with a stunning view over Nicaragua’s most famous surfing beach, Playa Maderas, which has an incredible 340 days of offshore winds a year!
In between the surf sessions, you can relax in the infinity pool, hang out at one of the comfortable chill-out areas or play pool by the bar or explore the lively and colourfully architectural town of San Juan del Sur.
They also offer a wealth of activities away from the perfect waves, diving, snorkelling, guided rainforest tours and a surf safari car that will take you to the days best surf conditions.
7. Beach Break Surf Camp - Panama
Location: Playa Venao, Los Santos Province, Panama.
Nearest airport and distance: Pedasi, 36kms away. Connecting flights available through Panama City.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £534 / €622 / $685 per person.
This boutique surf camp is located right on the golden sands of Playa Venao, a picture perfect beach break that offers both left and right walls and is going through a surf tourism boom at the moment, with plenty of mouth watering restaurants and bars to indulge in.
Along with some of the best beach break waves you can get the surf camp offers, you can unwind and watch the waves in their pool, enjoy shiatsu massages and even take part in some martial arts with the camps Playa Venao Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.
8. Puerto Surf House & School - Mexico
Location: Zicatela, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Nearest airport and distance: Puerto Escondido, 7kms away. Taxis and airport shuttles are available from the airport.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £215 / €250 / $275 per person.
Nestled just a short walk from the left hand point break of La Punta and in an area of Zicatela that is known for it’s peaceful vibes, this surf camp is the ultimate location to unwind and relax, to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and leave behind the trappings of modern life.
In between catching perfect waves you can chill outside in a hammock surrounded by a tropical garden, listening to the birds in the palm trees or stroll into town and indulge in tasty local and international cuisine and a few cervezas!
9. AST Surf Resort - Las Flores - El Salvador
Location: Las Flores, Chalatenango, El Salvador.
Nearest airport and distance: Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International, 138kms away. Private transfers available through the surf camp.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £853 / €995 / $1095 per person.
This surf camp is one-of-a-kind as it’s the only building positioned directly on the point with Las Flores to your left and La Vaca and El Toro to your right, offering waves for the complete beginner to the most advanced surfers.
The resort boasts an ocean front swimming pool, that’s perfect for mind surfing the incredible waves rolling through, full bar, restaurant, and an ocean front Rancho lined with hammocks that are the ultimate spot for an afternoon siesta!
It's a searingly beautiful series of villages, each with a mix of colonial architecture in indigenous tones. Where you can enjoy delicious local food, explore the craft tiendas, find out why El Salvadoran coffee is considered some of the best in the world and take part in activities that include boat tours, hiking, SUP-ing, mountain biking, yoga, snorkelling and many more.
10. Selina Surf Camp Santa Teresa - Costa Rica
Location: Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Nearest airport and distance: Liberia, 250kms away. Airport transfers available through Salinas Surf Camp as well as public bus services. Tambor Airport is 27kms away but requires connecting flights from San Jose or Liberia.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £405 / €472 / $520 per person.
Perched right on the sand, the Selina Surf Camp Santa Teresa is arguably one of the best surf camps in Central America, one that is all about seclusion in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. The long white sand beach provides excellent waves for all levels of surfers as well all the amenities to make your time on your Costa Rica surf holiday the most relaxing and enjoyable one possible.
The town has some great bars and restaurants, where you will find some fantastic American chefs creating culinary delights with the local produce. Aside from surfing you can SUP, snorkel, bike ride, go horseback riding in unspoilt landscapes or get the adrenaline flowing on a quad-bike tour.
For those who love being about in nature, there are wildlife spotting excursions, Montezuma’s waterfalls and the opportunity to hike around Cabo Blanco, the oldest nature reserve in Costa Rica.
To Sum up...
A surf holiday in warm, tropical destinations with fun waves for all levels of surfers make for a great surf trip. Add in exotic wildlife, coastal lagoons, ocean side rainforests, an endless amount of activities for all, vibrant cultural traditions, mouthwatering local foods, the best coffee and chocolate on the planet and some truly mesmerising historical sites that include Mayan ruins, well, you get the dream surf getaway.
Central America has been gaining in popularity over the last few years, with cheap flights and hotels, the fantastic weather, delicious food and consistently good surf due to its exposure to north-west swells during November and March, and south-west swells from April to October. Central America is truly a year-round surf destination.
For your next surf adventure head to one of the best surf camps in Central America for a tropical getaway that has it all.