Surf Expedition
Surf Expedition
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Multi-day ToursSurfing & WindsurfingLessons & Workshops
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The surf and yoga retreats, hosted by the team at Surf Expedition, are set on a private and exclusive property, with beachfront lodging on 20 000 m2 located steps from the beach. Disconnect and recharge on this beautiful heaven on earth surrounded by flower gardens, many tropical birds, iguanas, a chilling area with an ocean breeze, peace, and tranquility, Weekly retreats include personalized surf coaching twice a day, daily yoga, a boat excursion, 5-star meals and expedition to the best surf location to improve your surf in Costa Rica!
Pavones, Costa Rica

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Travelers' Choice
2024

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Isaac M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was a wonderful vacation. Sebastian and Dian were truly great hosts. The setting is picturesque and makes you wonder how they managed to get such a good spot (they will tell you if you ask, it's a pretty cool story). You wake up, grab coffee and a bite to eat and load up to go surfing in a gulf surrounded by mountains. After a few hours on some of the longest breaking waves in the area, you come back to an incredible meal. No other reviewer is kidding when they say the food exceeds your expectations. It certainly did mine. I knew it would be good, but I was blown away. Dian is an amazing chef. After that meal, you relax a bit, go back to surfing if it's still good, then come home again for yoga and another meal. But that's just a general outline. Sebastian was really good about making sure the itinerary was accommodating for weather and the preferences of the guests. He and the other surf instructors gave incredible feedback and were consistently enthusiastic and encouraging. I had never surfed before I came here, but now I'm hooked. I don't know if I can look at a wave and not think about how I would try to surf it now.
Written July 27, 2021
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Annie
Montreal, Canada14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The place is absolutely amazing! Red Aras were flying above our heads every 5 minutes. We also saw monkeys, dolphins, iguanas... the sunsets and sunrises were so pretty every time, and Dian's food is to die for! All the meals were very tasty and there were vegetarian/vegan options. The surf coaches are very patient and encouraging. Collin, the surf instructor, never gave up on me although it took me a few days to stand properly on the board. He was kind of a life coach : always encouraging and positive. I would recommend him to anyone! Sebastien, the camp owner, also makes sure you enjoy your experience and catch waves every day. He was very patient and helpful. The boat trip is also a must! Everybody was super nice. If you stay in Finca Escalante in San José, someone can call a cab for you to go to the bus station. They will also offer you the shuttle option for 25-30$. Make sure you check your emails. The only thing is that I received the trip confirmation 3 weeks before departure even though I had booked it several months before. Consequently, the plane tickets were more expensive than I anticipated so keep that in mind budget-wise !
Written March 11, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review Annie. It was a real pleasure to meet you, teach you surfing, share some amazing meals and spend this time together (especially during the boat trip at the secret spot where we jumped from the boat to a perfect wave just for us...!) We truly apologize for having confirmed your trip last minute. This is not something that is habitual, as most of our trips usually fills up and get confirmed 60-120 days in advance. While it is true that the limit date for us to confirm a trip is 21 days before departure, it is because in some very rare occasions we are missing only 1 person to be able to cover our operating costs and to make your vacation possible. We think this is a better option than cancelling the trip. We always try to propose confirmed dates to our travellers if they are flexible with their travel date but sometimes it is not the case due to work or vacation like it was this time for you. On the positive side, the group was small which meant 2 coaches for only 5 people for the whole week, which made everybody progress faster and get way more waves each than with a larger group or coach/student ratio. We're very sorry you had to spend extra for your flights and would like to offer you a $200 discount on your next trip with us. Kind Regards,
Written March 14, 2020
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Julian M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you haven't visited their website yet, start your investigation there. Sebastien runs an excellent operation and a week at the camp completely delivers. You are in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, eating expertly prepared, healthy, creative meals, enjoying an endless supply of perfect waves, and meeting and hanging out with really good folks.

Decided to take my older kids on an adventure so we could have some time together before my daughter moved off to a new city but I really only had the website to go on. I felt a bit uncertain finalizing reservations but figured the uncertainty was part of what I was looking for anyway. That said, the experience did not fail to deliver on the promotional content and even exceeding our expectations. While, you might need a relaxed attitude about details when traveling in Costa Rica, (although we made it to Pavones without a hitch). Once you arrive at the camp you can pretty much just hand over the reins on worrying about too much because Sebastien, Diane, and their team do an outstanding job of taking care of you. Between Sebastien and his surf instructors (Jack and Bernardo) we had excellent guidance that always felt well paced, patient and encouraging, but also challenging, so that you had concrete ideas for targeting improvements.
Another important part of the trip that turned out to be a surprise is the friendships you develop with other guests. We had a great mix of really interesting, open and generally good people. It is probably the case, that if you're the sort of person who would find Surf Expeditions compelling, you are also the sort of of person who will enjoy the folks that are there.

Like any experience, getting the most out of a trip to Pavones, requires a bit of openness, but having Sebastien host and guide your visit is about as close to a guaranteed good time as you can get.
Highly recommended.
Written July 26, 2021
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sam f
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Fantastic week of surfing, multiple sessions per day in different but equally great spots depending on the forecast. Brought my confidence in surfing to a whole new level. Great ratio of instructors to surfers. Such a great environment and food that even if we didn't surf at all I would have a hard time not giving 5 stars. Seb and Diane are fantastic hosts. Highly recommended.
Written January 15, 2020
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lbann7
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is hands down the best place to learn how to surf and a great way to experience a slice of what Costa Rica has to offer! The camp is a ton of fun, if your goal is to surf as much as possible, eat great food and be located on the beach, this is definitely the place for you.

The surf instructors were all incredibly friendly and knowledgable; they cater their coaching for all different experience levels to ensure everyone achieves their personal goals (and has a good time while doing so). Sebastien was an excellent host who was extremely accommodating and gracious, it was clear that he cared a lot about his guests experience. Dian is an amazing chef and each meal was unique but equally delicious, she also ensured that every guests' dietary needs were met and that everyone was happily fed. After each meal, everyone was asking when her cookbook was going to be released.

I would recommend future travellers bring extra sunscreen and zinc (more than you think you'll need) since the sun is so strong. I would also recommend a surf hat to help with both the sun and glare of the ocean. I would also bring salt tabs for extra electrolytes, a mini first aid kit (your feet can get quite cut up from the rocks in the ocean) as well as quick dry towel. You pretty much live in your bathing suit + rash guards and only want to wear extremely light and breathable clothing since it's very hot and humid.

I would definitely recommend Surf Expedition and would go back to this location or explore another in the future.
Written April 24, 2022
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Seba Sanchez Sarmiento
Cordoba1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I highly recommend staying at Surf Expedition Camp in Pavones for a week to surf and practice Yoga. The place is amazing, 100% Pura Vida surrounded by Costa Rican Jungle and over a beautiful beach. Accommodations are in perfect conditions and everything is neat and clean. Surf lessons by coach Seb Langelier and his team are first class. The food is amazing. Dian is a top rated international chef and prepares the most exquisite meals with lots of love. I can't wait to go back!!
Written March 6, 2020
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Thank you for you kind review Sebastian. It was a real pleasure to meet and host you, spend these memorable times sharing discussions around the table, and between waves. Great progression and paddling all week long, you are a natural! We can't wait to see you again. You were a 5 star guest! Saludos!
Written March 14, 2020
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Conner W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
A truly life changing experience. From the first day Sebastian and his staff made my fiancée and I feel welcome. The surf was a big change from where we live in CA, but in an amazing way. All the waves are so clean and consistent as well as really long. My fiancée was a beginner at the beginning of the trip, but with some instruction and time she was catching face that lasted as long as 15 seconds!!! That’s unheard of where we are from. That also not even the best that it gets. There is a world famous point break that they will take you too when its breaking that can last over a minute. Not only is the surf amazing, but the food is incredible. It’s not only delicious, but it’s rich in variety as well as being perfect healthy surfing fuel. Also, there is yoga everyday so you can stretch out your sore muscles and keep on surfing. It does get hot for those of us not used to being so close to the equator, but Sebastian will take you to cool river spots to cool off and see some cascades and even waterfalls! I highly recommend investing in the photo package! Gretka, the photographer of the retreat, is incredibly vigilant in capturing as many moments as possible from videos of you riding waves, so just everyday moments in a tropical paradise. Having someone take pictures for us just really helped us stay immersed in the moment. I barely had my phone on me the entire time, and I loved it. I really cannot recommend this retreat enough. It’s just an awesome mesh of different people from different cultures all coming together based on a mutual love of surfing. 11 out of 10!!! My fiancée and I are already saving up for a return journey.
Written January 24, 2022
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kentonwhite
Portland, OR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I don't have enough superlatives to describe this surf camp. Isolated, rustic, and stunningly beautiful. I'm officially a surfer for life. Sebastien is an experienced and patient teacher. He gives specific and helpful feedback, and is fun and encouraging. The video replays with feedback in the evening were especially helpful for guiding what I'd focus on the next day. The meals are not just good, they are INCREDIBLE! Diane is a world class chef. Every night I pondered whether dinner was the best meal of my life or whether it was simply one of the top 3. Lastly, Sebastien and Diane are beyond wonderful. Kind, funny, encouraging, and extremely hard working. They take enormous pride in their operation and the attention to detail is extremely professional and, for me, inspiring. Two people making an enormous effort to be excellent at what they do in every way. It felt like I was part of their family for the week. It was challenging, satisfying, and restful all in one. An amazing week of adventure. I can't recommend the camp enough and I can't wait to come back.
Written April 26, 2021
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Rhea M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I could not recommend this experience more! Surf, yoga, food, people and nature- all elements come together into an unforgettable experience. The people of Surf Expedition have thought of everything and the incredible Costa Rican coastline does the rest. Having never surfed before, I highly appreciated what felt like one on one surf coaching. I would do it again and again!
Written February 8, 2020
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Arthur G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
literal dream trip come true! If you are serious about wanting to learn to surf, in paradise I couldn't recommend surf expedition enough. The instructors are knowledgeable, patient and are excited and willing to teach you how to surf. The food is excellent, Michelin star quality and geared towards energizing you and keeping you fueled! The accomodations are clean comfortable with epic views from every part of the property. Also the day time excursions are more than worth signing up for! Chocolate making, horseback trip into the jungle that ended with a sunset ride on the beach at Punto banco. We also went fishing in golfo dulce that included a surf excursion to the osa peninsula. If you are considering signing up for a surf school do yourself a favor and book with sebastien and surf expedition!!! Seriously the trip of a lifetime!!!
Written April 23, 2022
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