Safari Surf School - Nosara Costa Rica
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Retreat Itinerary
DAY 01

* All attending ANIMAR are to schedule arrival in San Jose by this date.

* Pickup upon arrival by a representative from "Out of Bounds Hotel/Tourist Center" and taken to this location to gather for the first night. Owners, Matteo and Meranda will be there to welcome you, and point you in the direction of local area attraction's and fabulous restaurants* nearby, in the charming neighboring San Jose village, of Escazu. Also, for those who wish to plan an extended stay in Costa Rica, once the ANIMAR Retreat has concluded, or even before it's began, Matteo and Miranda are your best sources of information to help plan other exciting travels and exploration throughout CR!!

* Once guests settle in on this day, there will be a choice of activities to consider for the following day, and which must be indicated to your host Miranda, so that proper arrangements can be made. The choices are between a hike and exploration to Arenal Volcano, finished with a relaxing visit to nearby Tabacon Spa and Hot Springs, before hitting the road to head back to Out of Bounds. Or, for those hoping to get their fill of as much thrill seeking as possible, you may choose a day of zip-lining through the jungle canopies and white water rafting within one of the most idyllic interior settings in Costa Rica!

* Cost is guests' responsibility

OWNERS: Matteo and Meranda
Phone (506) 2288-6762
Fax (506) 2288-5747

DAY 02

* The day is started with a hardy breakfast buffet served on the balcony, overlooking the valley around beautiful Escazu.

* ANIMAR guests are split into two groups, based upon which activities they have chosen, and driven to the location, to spend the day.

* Lunch will be served midday at the location of the event.

* Pick up and drop off, from/to OUT OF BOUNDS and brought back at end of day.

* Several stops are made along the way to various shops and places where quality artistic items can be purchased, local roasted coffees served, and delicious local foods and fresh fruit enjoyed! Let alone the photographic opportunities which abound along the scenic drive, to and from the destination.

* Upon returning to Out of Bounds, Meranda will provide options for dinner to reputable local restaurants to suite most every budget and appetite.*

* Cost is guests' responsibility

DAY 03

* Another day begins with a fabulous assortment of foods for breakfast.

* Guests will be picked up at 8am (unless otherwise directed by Meranda) and driven to Dominical to meet the ANIMAR team hosts, at Costa Paraiso Resort.

* A stop will be made along the way, for lunch*

* THIS IS A 4 HOUR DRIVE, but there will be plenty of pit-stops along the way, and the scenery enroute is remarkable!

* Before eventually arriving to our final destination, we stop in Dominical, which is a thriving and vibrant Surf Town, and only 2km North of Dominicalito, where Costa Paraiso Resort is located. It is here in this town, that everybody will have the opportunity to have a wander around the small village, getting their bearings, and grabbing a bite if you wish to do so* and purchasing any snacks and beverages (alcoholic or non) which you may desire to have stored in the kitchenette,s of your accommodations, for the week ahead.

* Welcome arrival at COSTA PARAISO for around 4:00pm - "Tico Time" - (something you'll become acquainted with in CR)

* Guests will be registered and helped to settle into their rooms.

* YOGA instruction with Andrea will be offered to help unfurl the stiffness from the long drive. (time determined based on arrival)

* Welcome BBQ to celebrate together!

* Cost is guests' responsibility

DAY 04

* Beach Fitness Bootcamp


* Breakfast

* Massage Therapy signup available throughout the day

* Surfing instructions with Jose of Gato Surf Camp

* Relax/explore Dominical/nearby beaches/shopping

* Nutritional snacks are provided during the day, but lunch and dinner is the responsibility of the guests.

DAY 05

* Day of Horseback Riding through the jungle and a chance to savor and play in the Don Lulo's Nauyaca Falls Horseback Tour

* Return to Costa Paraiso from Horseback riding around 3 - breakfast and lunch will be served at Don Lulo's house during the course of this trek.


* Everyone will get ready for an evening out! We will all head to El Jardin Tortuga to enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by our host Stefan and then afterwards see where the night leads us ... perhaps to Dominical to get into a little dancing and live music!

DAY 06

* Beach Fitness Bootcamp


* Breakfast

* Massage Therapy signup available throughout the day

* 2nd surf class with Jose

* A lunch selection is served at an intimate little local spot, overlooking spectacular views of the ocean.

* The afternoon is spent soaking up some serious lounging, swimming and even possibly surfing, at a nearby beach, which is a hidden gem, called Playa Ventanas. This word means "windows" in Spanish, and it gets its name honestly, because of the natural configuration of cave formations which, depending on the tides, can provide an exciting thrill to explore!

* When we return from the beach, everyone is free to spend the evening as they wish and may choose between dining in Dominical, or at any of the other neighboring restaurants in Dominicalito*

* Cost is guests' responsibility

DAY 07

* Beach Fitness Bootcamp


* Breakfast

* Massage Therapy signup available throughout the day

* An opportunity to hike and explore the area surrounding Costa Paraiso Resort and even visit a couple neighboring waterfalls. Healthy nutritional snacks will be provided during the day, and the time can ultimately be spent in any which way you wish - whether it be lounging with a good book in the hammock, scheduling an off-site tour of your choice,* strolling along the beach to Dominical in search of some mementos to take home with you, arranging another surf lesson and outing with Jose or even coordinating some time with Andrea to help guide you in perfecting your own YOGA practice.The day is yours to tailor, in whatever you wish!

* Prepare and have bags packed for early morning departure. Everyone will need to be equipped with a small sized overnight backpack to carry personal supplies and a change of clothing and swimwear for our next day's adventure. Our luggage will also need to be packed, as it will be securely left at Costa Paraiso Resort until we retrieve it the next morning before catching our brief flight back to San Jose, to reconvene at Out of Bounds.

* Cost is guests' responsibility

DAY 08

* Breakfast

* Prepare for early morning departure to head for our overnight hike to explore the region surrounding the famous 600ft Diamante Falls. (please view photos on this site to obtain a better perspective of the setting we'll be in!) This is a spectacular and truly memorable way to conclude the week. We will be lead by a guide who has incredible knowledge of the area and all the surrounding flora and fauna.

* We eventually arrive to the caves, where we will sleep the night in a comfortable, dry, well equipped environment and be greeted with a large feast for lunch followed by another beautiful candlelight meal later on.

+Please be advised that this is a physically challenging hike, in order to arrive to our destination - and will require quite a rigorous climb over, at times, quite steep terrain - but the trail is very well maintained and marked for safety. Participants with joint and soft tissue injuries of the lower extremities, please advise the ANIMAR team, so that we may best advise.+

DAY 09

* YOGA is lead by Andrea in the Cave, amidst Diamante Falls, prior to breakfast being served.

* Large breakfast is provided before we make our descent to meet our transportation, which will take us back to Costa Paraiso.

* Return from the cave trek - and arrive at Costa Paraiso to collect our things, freshen up, and have a snack before hitting the road. Drive 45mins to Quepos Airport to catch our 30min flight back to San Jose where guests will choose their accommodations* for the night before catching return flights home the next morning, or carrying on to fulfill their individual plans for the remainder of their holiday. We can help advise you of the best accommodation's, based on your budget and style preference. Please note that the flight we will be taking to return to San Jose is a small but reputable domestic carrier, and that baggage weight restrictions apply. Please pack accordingly or otherwise be advised that any subsequent costs for overweight fines are the sole responsibility of each traveler.*

* Cost is guests' responsibility

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnt do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor ... Explore. Dream." - Mark Twain

The week-long Animar retreat is priced at $2100USD per person includes:

    * land transportation and return airline fare between the San Jose airport and Dominical
    * volcano and hot springs exploration or jungle zip-lining and white water rafting adventure
    * Lodging at Costa Paraiso Resort
    * Welcome BBQ - "Tico Style"
    * fun-filled stops to dine at local resataurants
    * tours to local beaches to soak up leisurely time and more surf
    * horse back riding trek and day long adventure to Don Lulo's homestead and the nearby spectacular waterfalls.
    * 24 hour expedition...An incredibly surreal experience to trek to the 600ft. Diamante Falls!
    * daily Yoga classes & beach bootcamp fitness
    * one 90 minute massage therapy session
    * 2 surf lessons
    * breakfast, nutritional snacks/water and most meals

** It does not include alcohol, things purchased on shopping excursions, or airfare to/from the San Jose airport in Costa Rica.

Safari Surf School - Nosara Costa Rica
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San Jose Transportation
Pick up and drop off by our Out Of Bounds Shuttle service
Out Of Bounds Boutique Hotel: Two nights at our boutique hotel at beginning or end of trip (breakfast included).

* Additional nights can be added for a discounted price
One-Day Tour departing from San Jose: (choose one)
- San José City Tour (half day afternoon)
- Irazu Orosi Lankester (ONE DAY)
- Adventure Combo (Rafting & Canopy) (ONE DAY)

Transportation to and from Nosara: (choose one)
- Shuttle service (van) from Out of Bounds to Nosara
- Shuttle service (van) from Nosara to Out Of Bounds
- 7 day rental of a Suzuki Gran Vitara 4x4 or similar (includes mandatory insurance and unlimited mileage)
- Roundtrip flight to Nosara on Nature Air (approx $85 per person each way – client must purchase their own tickets online)
we will provide transportation to and from Pavas airport or
5 nights in Nosara with Safari Surf School
Casa Tucan or Harbor Reef
* All ground transportation in Nosara
* 5 Nights accommodations at the Hotel Casa Tucan (Jungle Bungalow – includes all hotel taxes)
* Breakfast & dinners daily (full menu access at all restaurants – includes all taxes and tips)
* 2 Surf lessons daily with all equipment provided
* Choice of 3 yoga classes OR (1) massage
* Still photos professionally shot by NowFilms
* Safari Surf School t-shirt

Single Occ. $2000

Double Occ. $1940

This rate is based on the transfer service or rental Car – Discount rate if you going to fly using the local airline Nature Air or Sansa.
* All ground transportation in Nosara
* 5 Nights accommodations at the Harbor Reef (Nosara Room – includes all hotel taxes)
* Breakfast & dinners daily (full menu access at all restaurants – includes all taxes and tips)
* 2 Surf lessons daily with all equipment provided
* Choice of 3 yoga classes OR (1) massage*Still photos professionally shot by NowFilms
* Safari Surf School t-shirt

Single Occ. $2460

Double Occ. $2400

This rate is based on the transfer service or rental Car – Discount rate if you going to fly using the local airline Nature Air or Sansa.

Detailed Itinerary
Start this ultimate Costa Rica vacation by being picked up by our Out Of Bounds representative and Stay the night at Out Of Bounds Boutique Hotel situated on a beautiful Lot overlooking the Central Valley. With an amazing view of Volcano Irazu, Barva and Poas. In the suburb of San Rafael Escazu, it is safe and an ideal location. The next day, take the tour of your choice and spend another restful night at Out Of Bounds.
Depart to Nosara the day after via your preferred means of transport
Safari Surf School is the premier surf school and surf camp in Costa Rica. In addition to instilling a passion for surfing, you'll also be immersed in native culture and treated to local style. Being taught to surf by true professionals with a "Pura Vida" attitude is the only way to go!

Upon arrival, a Safari Surf School representative will greet you. The allure of Nosara is that the beach (Playa Guiones) along with the outer lying area is a wildlife refuge protected from development of any kind. Spend the next 5 days enjoying surf lessons on this incredible 4-mile long crescent moon shaped bay that offers all one could ask for.

* Safari Surf School is extremely proud to have Billabong as our official surf school/camp sponsor.

Please feel free to contact us today and we will customize a variety of packages just for you. This vacation contains every element of a magical getaway.

“Alternate lodging options and additional nights are available. Safari Surf School and Out Of Bounds can be flexible with your package details…please feel free to inquire about a customized package.

For pricing and further information please contact Out of Bounds Tourist Center

* Prices reflect current season rates and are subject to change. All taxes, domestic transportation, tours and hotels. Price does not include international airfare, optional travel insurance, and tips.

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Safari Surf School - Nosara Beach
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Las Olas Surf Package | Hotel Out of Bounds
Travel Package Details Highlights
7 days, 6 nights

and Tamarindo are located on the North Pacific Side of Costa Rica. These are right and left beach breaks that offer a great variety of waves, for beginners to advance surfers almost everybody can enjoy these breaks.

Avellanas is located 30 mins away from Tamarindo, and we give you the options to choose a Hotel on either beach. These surfing spots are located on the heart of Guanacaste’s Surfing area, very close to Playa Grande , Junquillal ,Marbella and Playa Negra excellent surfing points offering right and left breaks and always offering waves!
6 nights in Avellanas @ Cabinas las Olas (includes Double Cabin, taxes and breakfast).
$910 Per person based on double occupancy * or
7 day rental of a Suzuki Gran Vitara 4x4 or similar. All -Time 4x4 (includes mandatory insurance and unlimited mileage).
One night at Out Of Bounds Hotel on arrival or departure. (Standard room, breakfast included).
* You can also take a local flight for approx $80 per person each way.
We recommend the option of the car rental that will give you the advantage to move around as you like.

Detailed Itinerary
As soon as you get to the Juan Santamaria get picked up by our Out Of Bounds representative, and depending of the time of arrival you can either Stay a night at Out Of Bounds Lodge or take the car and drive to the Pacific Coast.
If you decide to drive you will arrive at night to Cabinas Las Olas, where the hauler monkeys will let you feel at home…letting you know that you are in the heart of Surf Paradise.
Once you are set, you can go relax at the bar and enjoy a fresh Mahi Mahi and a nice refreshing smoothie while entertaining your self watching Surfing movies they put all night at the bar! And if Noel is there he can give you some tips about the surf spots.
The next 6 days you can spend them traveling and enjoying a new surfing location everyday.
- For Local Tours and activities please talk to the Hotel directly -

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Cabinas Las Olas - Avellanas Beach
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Cabinas Las Olas
6 night’s Double Room
4x4 Suzuki Gran Vitara
Airport pick-up and Drop-off Airport pick-up and Drop-off
Per Person TOTAL = $910
* Price does not include international airfaire. GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE on ALL surf trips!