The last stop of my trip through Central America was the beautiful surf town of Santa Teresa. The white sandy beaches and the palm trees along the coast line make this a true paradise. After hearing many great stories about it, I was finally going to visit the Lapoint Surf Camp in Costa Rica. I couldn’t wait before getting into the water to catch some waves myself as well.
The Surf Camp in Santa Teresa
After my visit to the Spanish school in Tamarindo, I travelled by minivan towards Santa Teresa. The driver dropped me off at the beautiful Lapoint camp and I could see right away that I was going to stay some days in paradise. I was welcomed by Joana (picture on top), the camp manager and right away I felt at home. After leaving my stuff in the room, I was treated with an amazing refreshing smoothie, made by Anna. I had met Anna before during one of my visits to the Lapoint Camp in Ericeira, Portugal and it just made me realize again how great it is to do these visits. On one hand you are getting to know the accommodations we are offering through SurfaWhile but you are also building on an international network of surfers and friends.
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Joana showed me the camp, including the communal areas and the pool. I couldn’t wait before I could dive in as it was pretty hot. Joana and I concluded that we would sit down the next day for a proper chat, giving her the opportunity to tell me everything I had to know about the camp. The evening I joined the other guests (about 30 in total) for dinner. I got to know people from Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Sweden and also other countries were represented. 5 nights per week the guests are treated to a fresh and healthy dinner and this night we were served an amazing lasagne. The next day, surf lessons were starting at 05:45 so most guests didn’t stay up until late. I was reminded that Lapoint takes the surfing very serious and so do the guests.
The Surf Lessons
The next morning I joined the second group to the beach (when you can joining the second group, at 08:30, why would you even join the first group, if it isn’t for surfing yourself) where it came very clear again that Lapoint values high quality surf lessons a lot. Level 1’s and 2’s went into the water with the instructors and the two students who were in the Level 3 group got into the water with the teachers staying around them, with an observing approach, rather than guiding. The Level 3’s were also recorded (both video and photo’s), of which the results are being analysed with the students twice a week. I heard from Kevin (from Sweden, in the Level 3 group) that these video analyses really helped him a lot to improve.
As the surf lessons were early in the morning, the guests had most of the day to enjoy their holidays. They could take part in activities, jump in the pool, stroll around Santa Teresa or just chill out and read a book. Around 16:30 most surfers started to get ready for a second session of the day; sunset surf!
Activities in the camp
On the last day of my stay, the pool volleyball tournament was on. I was selected to be in a team with Tom, Kevin and Ebba and right away we felt confident about our chances. The tournament was set up in a very fun way and everyone’s joy was most important. Our team ended up winning the tournament and we found ourselves being treated by something from the bar. In times of COVID-19 we all – ironically – ended up with a nice and cold bottle of Corona.
Almost all other days the guests can take part in an activity. There are a number of activities which are free for the guests, other activities are optional and require a fee. These are normally things to do where local tour operators help out the camp organizing. You can think of ziplining, cruising on an ATV, horseriding on the beach, a beach clean up (Lapoint is famous for them), yoga, and much more.
I have been very happy with visiting and experiencing the Lapoint Camp in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and all the great people I’ve met. The sunset surf session I had with the other surfers of the camp was truly magical and I cannot wait to come back to this true paradise. La Pura Vida!