Nosara, Costa Rica was rated one of “World’s 20 Best Surf Towns” by National Geographic, so Rich and the boys decided to give it a try!  Based on Yelp reviews, we chose to take lessons at Coconut Harry’s (okay, maybe we choose them because they have a yummy taco shop at their main location.  It’s called Taco Taco and it was delicious).  Coconut Harry’s offers group and private lessons for all levels of surfers.  Rich hadn’t been on a surfboard in 20 years and this was our boys’ first time.  

We decided to book a group lesson, which ended up being just our family.  The one-hour group lessons were $45 per adult and $35 for kids under 10.  They also have packages with 5 days of group surf lessons for $200 (U.S. Dollars) but we wanted to give it a try first.  All the instructors spoke English and are ISA Certified.  The lesson includes an hour of instruction, a properly sized board and a surf shirt if needed.  We decided to take lessons every other day and practice on our own in between.  Coconut Harry’s also rents boards for the days that we didn’t take lessons. 

Our instructor was great.  He was funny and patient and encouraging when we got frustrated.  We started with basic positioning on the board, paddling and standing up.  Once he was sure we had the basics down, we went out on the water and started (trying) to catch waves.

A video compilation of our family learning to surf – Edited by Harrison Gaushell

The boys struggled at first, but then they started to pick it up, and by the end everybody had caught at least one wave.  The waves in Nosara are very predictable and not too high, so it made for a perfect day to learn how to surf.

Coconut Harry’s
20m Norte de Cafe de Paris
Nosara 12345, Costa Rica

They also offer beach rentals, including surfboards, boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, and snorkel gear.

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Learning to Surf in Nosara, Costa Rica
Learning to Surf in Nosara, Costa Rica


  1. This is great! I always wanted to learn how to surf. Now I know where to go when I’ll be in Costa Rica 🙂

  2. We want to learn to surf as a family, too. This looks like a great way to do it. And we’d definitely need a guide that didn’t mind a little frustration 🙂

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