Surfing at Hermosa

Surfing at Playa Hermosa

With hundreds of miles of uncrowded surf and varied coastline it's no secret that Costa Rica is the surf destination of Central America. HSV Surf Camp is centrally located on the sand in the Central Pacific region at the most active and consistent wave in Costa Rica. Our 2 bedroom private bungalows are literally steps away from the famous Almendro Tree at Playa Hermosa, offering miles of empty beach break peaks to choose from in either direction. While most days right out front are for the intermediate to experienced surfer, the inside section closer to shore will be less challenging for beginners. Other breaks within 5 minutes drive can safely accommodate the less experienced surfer too. With the help of one of our surf guides and a little local knowledge we can get you at the comfort level you desire. For those looking to be more adventurous, many other world-class tropical breaks are within a 30 minute drive or boat ride. Whether you are looking for a barreling reef, juicy beach break peaks, or long, mushy point break waves, we can get you there. We have all the knowledge of where to go and when, what spot works on what direction swell and which tide is best for each location. did a feature on Playa Hermosa, which can be seen by clicking on this link.

Board Rentals are Available at HSV Surf Camp. Whether you are a shortboarder or longboarder, and regardless of your skill level our staff will put you in the type of surf you want. If you are unable to bring your own boards or unwilling to pay the “ransom” demanded of the airlines these days, we have a variety of boards to choose from—from 5’10” super wide epoxy retro fish twin-fins, to many high performance shortboards between 6’1” and 6”9”. We even have several 9’6” longboards and soft-top longboards which are much more “forgiving” to those who are just learning to surf.


Daily Surf Charters

Surf Boat Charters are available for those hard to reach spots when the waves are firing. From unknown reefs to named breaks, we can get to spots that require a boat every day of the week. Cold drinks, beer and snacks are provided on each half-day charter. We can even arrange a photographer to sit in the channel and take snapshots of you carving up waves if you like. Nothing better than documenting the time of your life!


Surf Trips by Land

We also offer mini-surfs trips by land in a 4x4 air conditioned truck. Truck can accommodate 1 to 4 people.

All Surf Trips by Land Include:

  • A Bilingual (English and Spanish) Surf Guide with local knowledge about the Area, Surf Breaks and Conditions.
  • Ice Cold Beverages(Includes: Cold Water, Beer, Gatorade, Sodas or Juice - 3/person)
  • Add $6/person for Lunch
  • Add Surf Instruction to Any Trip for published rate of Instruction

1.5 Hours South – Dominical Beach:
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Domical is good for intermediate to experienced surfers. It’s a great tropical beachbreak with a jungle backdrop that picks up all swell directions. Countless rights and lefts on the main beach with a left point break at the south end of beach. This destination is offered only as a day trip.


3.5 Hours South – World Famous Pavones – (2nd longest wave discovered):

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Pavones is great for intermediate to experienced surfers. It can hold a very big swell and offer some of the longest rides on the planet. It’s a left point break that has several takeoff spots. It has some sections that barrel but for the most part it is a rippable shoulder that keeps going and going. This can be offered as a day trip or overnight at one of our affiliate casitas right at Pavones (differing rates apply for accommodations which are not included in the price of this trip).


5 hours South – Osa Peninsula:

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3 Long right point breaks situated in one of the most magical places on earth. Works well on any south swell and is perfect for surfers of all levels. This destination is only offered as an overnight trip at one of our affiliate cabinas right at the break. (differing rates apply for accommodations which are not included in the price of this trip)


3 Hours North – Playa Negra, Playa Grande, Avellanas:

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Intermediate to experienced surfers recommended. All these places are left and right beach breaks with some reef. They can handle large swells and are best during the Dry Season (November – May) when offshore winds prevail and North West swells are dominant. These spots offer all types of waves – barrels, mushy ramps, and A-frame peaks. This also can be offered as a day trip or overnight stay at one of our affiliate casitas nearby (differing rates apply for accommodations which are not included in the price of this trip).


HSV Surf School

At HSV Surf Camp we have the instructors with both knowledge and patience to get you surfing in no time. All of our instructors have decades of local and international surf experience so you will be learning from the best!

Surf Lessons Include:

  • Board Rental for the Day
  • Rash Guard
  • Ride to and from the Beach (if not surfing out front)
  • Stoked Surf Instructor
  • One to Two Hour Lesson
  • Board and Ocean Safety
  • Proper Body Positioning on the Board
  • Techniques to speed up the learning process
  • Safety Instruction/Things Not to Do

Two Hour Lesson is $65/person

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