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. 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 £416/€466 /$575 per person.
Perched right on the sand, the Selina Surf Camp Santa Teresa is arguably one of the best surf camps in Central America and 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.
2. Zopilote Surfcamp - Costa Rica
Location: Manzanillo, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Nearest airport and distance: Tambor, 20kms away. Private taxis, public buses and airport shuttle available.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £375/€420/$517 per person
Located on the coast in the chilled out surf village of Manzanillo de Cobano at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, this is one of the best surf camps in Central America for those seeking perfect waves and good times with just the necessities.
The camp accommodation is expertly designed and equipped with all the the stuff you need to make your time out of the salt the most relaxing and fun filled time it can be, from yoga on the camp sun deck to nightly bbq’s and eating delicious afro-Caribbean cuisine at the local eateries.
There are plenty of excursions to enjoy on your downtime, and like most activities in Costa Rica, involve being outdoors, making the most out of the countries incredible landscapes, packed full of native flora and fauna.
3. Casa Marea Alta - Costa Rica
Location: Punta Banco, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.
Nearest airport and distance: Golfito, 60kms away. Connecting flights available through San Jose International.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £204/€228/$282 per person.
Casa Marea Alta is the surf camp to head to if your into nature, health and well-being, and of course, pumping beach break waves right out front, or at one of the longest left handers in the world, Pavones, just 5minutes up the road.
Found in the remote village of Punta Banca and set in 800 acres of private rainforests, this is without a doubt the place to be if you want to get up close with the native wildlife as they come down from the jungle mountain to graze on the various fruit trees that grow all over the property, making for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You also have access to the yoga deck where you can hang out, join a class, or get a massage as well as excursions and activities from hikes to making your own chocolate from the properties own cacao pods!
4. 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 £286/€320/$394 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.
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 surf camp package: From £331/€371/$457 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.
6. 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 £422/€495/$610 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.
7. Bubbas House
Location: Bocas del Toro archipelago, Panama.
Nearest airport and distance: Bocas, 5kms away. Airport transfers available through the resort.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £287/€322/$396 per person.
You can’t get a more waterfront location than Bubbas House, situated right on the Caribbean Sea in the exquisite Bocas del Toro archipelago, this surf camp is in one of the most beautiful locations in the world and is the true definition of the tropics.
The surf camp is within a 5 minute boat ride from Wizard Beach, a fantastic break for beginner surfers and within 20 minutes to all the rest of the spots. It’s all about enjoying the natural playground here, with activities such as snorkelling, SUP-ing, canoeing, hiking and many more to keep you busy when your arms are not in the crystal clear ocean.
8. 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 £751/€842/$1037 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.
9. 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 £145/€162/$200 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!
Location: Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico.
Nearest airport and distance: Zihuatanejo, 45kms away. Transfers available at the airport.
Price for 7-night surf camp package: From £187/€209/$258 per person.
Troncones is a relatively undeveloped, un-crowded beach village located about 30 kms south of Zihuatanejo and has a population of about 600 people. Hammocks and palm trees are everywhere, chickens roam the streets and the surf camp is far away from the usual tourist hustle and only a few steps from the sand.
The surf camp has a relaxed, natural atmosphere, with a strong ethos on protecting the environment with state of the art amenities that coexist with the surrounding landscape. It's completely private, with enclosed grounds and natural energy features such as grey water system, and the latest technology in composting toilets.
There are many activities and excursions to get involved with to and of course, waves for all abilities. From the leg burning rides of Troncones point to the a-frame peaks of The Ranch, there is truly something for everyone on this Mexico surf camp vacation.
To Sum up...
A surf holiday in warm, tropical destinations with fun waves for all levels of surfers make for a great surf trip, but 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.