Frequently Asked Questions

I am a beginner surfer. What makes Bikini Surf Retreat my best option?

Surf Bikini Retreat may be one of the best locations for novice surfers in the world. Not only are the gentle, forgiving waves at Playa Guiones the perfect way to be introduced to the sport, but the waves are consistent, and very rarely does a single day go by where their won’t be something to ride. In terms of water time and practice these conditions provide a ‘bang for you buck” that very few other places can offer. At Bikini Surf Retreat the sand bottom surf break, gentle waves, warm, translucent tropical waters and highly skilled professional instructors all combine to make a world class place to learn to surf.

I’m coming by myself. Is that o.k?

Although many of our guests arrive solo rarely do they leave without having made a bunch of new friends. Learning to surf can be an exciting challenge that acts as a rapid relationship builder when undertaken with fellow beginners. Our guests are of all ages and from a range of different backgrounds which makes for a truly rewarding vacation experience.

Describe a typical day at Surf Bikini Retreat

You’ll likely begin your day with an alarm call from the howler monkeys and other various wildlife for whom the local jungle is home. An invigorating yoga session will then be followed by a healthy delicious breakfast to provide the energy required for the days activities. After breakfast it’s time to hit the beach with the instructors and dive into the first of two surf sessions for that day. Upon return back to Surf Bikini Retreat you’ll have the chance to sit down with your instructor and review video footage of your morning session. This will provide helpful feedback and let you know exactly what it is you need to work in in the coming days. After a fantastic Costa Rican typical lunch the time is yours to either enjoy a siesta, kick back around the pool, or indulge yourself in a relaxing massage. Later in the afternoon it’s back to the beach to build upon the skills you practiced that morning.
After sunset it’s once again time to dine. Depending on the day dinner will either consist of a culinary marvel cooked up by our chef, or maybe a visit to a local restaurant to eat, drink, and enjoy some live music. On nights where we dine in we often invite local dance instructors to get you skilled in the art of Latin dancing. All in all, a typical day at Surf Bikini Retreat is anything but typical, and is sure to feature activities, encounters, and experiences that will leave you with life-long memories.

What time of year is the “best time” to visit Surf Bikini Retreat ?

The weather and waves are spectacular all year around. Surf Bikini Retreat runs from January to December.

Can I request a customized package?

Of course. As a boutique resort Surf Bikini Retreat prides itself on doing its very best to accommodate specific guest needs. For special requests we ask you to contact us and inform of us your needs. We must however point out that some requests may take time take to organize. As such we ask that you give us at least 45 days notice prior to your arrival.

Can I bring my own surfboard?

You are of course welcome to bring your own surfboard. However, remember that Surf Bikini Retreat is equipped with every surf item you could possibly need to learn to surf. Our huge selection of boards come in all shapes and sizes making it highly unlikely we will not have a board to fit your level. However, if you insist on bringing your own board, and don’t mind paying airport charges the you are welcome to do so.

What’s the best way to reserve and pay for the vacation?

Although not the only method available the simplest way to reserve and pay for your vacation is via Paypal. First contact us at and let us know the dates you are considering. We will reply regarding the availability of your requested dates. To confirm these dates we will need for you to make a 25% deposit. Upon receipt of the deposit we will write back to you with a confirmation for those requested dates. The final balance is due 15 days prior to your arrival date. If you elect to make your final payment via PayPal the 6.8% PayPal fee will be added to your final balance or you can pay in cash (US $) upon arrival at the retreat.

What do I need to bring for this trip?

When we say “all-inclusive” we mean all-inclusive! However, although we provide both the basics and much more there’s a few personal items we recommend you bring. As for surfwear we recommend you bring 2 or 3 bikinis. However, If you feel like shopping there’s some fantastic bikinis to choose from in some of the local boutique stores. Just make sure you have a dry one to change into. You may be delighted to learn just how laid back and casual Nosara is. In this town people practically live in their swimsuits.

We recommend you pack the following items. A few are obvious, a few not so obvious:

  • Personal Toiletries
  • SPF 30+ waterproof sun block
  • Beach sandals
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun hat
  • Yoga clothes (shorts are better than pants here)
  • Small flashlight
  • Money in USD (There are also ATM’s in Nosara).
  • Valid passport with at least 3 months remaining before expiry date.
  • Closed-toed hiking/tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
  • Athletic socks
  • Insect repellent
  • Beach wear (tanks, shorts, and short skirts), and a few night wear items for dining out
  • Watch
  • Any medications necessary for known medical conditions.
  • Alarm clock
  • Memory stick to save videos and pictures

What’s the cancellation policy?

We understand that even despite the best intentions life can occasionally throw a spanner in the works. To account for unforeseen circumstances Surf Bikini Retreat offers guests who have paid their deposit the option to “rain check” and reschedule their visit anytime within the 6 months following heir cancellation. Please note that this offer is granted on a case-by-case basis and may not apply in all circumstances. To protect your investment we recommend the purchase of trip Insurance.

How much free time will I have?

A week at Surf Bikini Retreat involves a busy, fun schedule featuring a range of surf related activities. Although we recommend you take full advantage of this these activities they are of course non-mandatory. On Wednesday we’ve set aside an afternoon for you to do whatever you wish, whether that be shopping, dining, relaxing or participating in one of the many exciting activities available in Nosara such as Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, ATV Tours, and more.

What is the perfect time to arrive at the camp?

A Sunday afternoon arrival is perfect. The Retreat activities start on Monday morning at 6.00am. However we hold a welcome dinner on Sunday evening for all new guests. This is a great opportunity to unwind after a long flight, and a wonderful chance to get to know your fellow surf school students.

When should I book my returning flight?

The week terminates on Saturday morning so we recommend you book your flights for Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
We recommend that you book your flight for the afternoon or evening of the day after you finish the program. Your lodging for that night is also included. For example, if you book a 7-day camp you should get here on Sunday, start on Monday morning, finish camp the next Saturday morning and leave on Sunday.

What if I can’t start on Sunday?

Surf Bikini is a boutique Retreat that strives to meet our guests every need. If you require a different starting date just let us know and we will do everything possible to accommodate you.


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Nosara Weather

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Chance of a Thunderstorm
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 89°/Low 78°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 89°/Low 78°