Essence of Bodysurfing: Costa Rica

      Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

      Viva Adventures
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      3 reviews
      Feb 15 - 22, 2025
      Group size: 8 - 12
      Essence of Bodysurfing: Costa Rica
      Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

      Viva Adventures
      • Email address verified
      3 reviews

      Feb 15 - 22, 2025
      Group size: 8 - 12

      About this trip

      Join avid bodysurfers and expert instructors Hannah Walsh and Spencer Dunlap, as well as the Viva Adventures team Tara Tiedemann and Adrianne Chandra Huff (who are incidentally also "wave sliders") for an epic week of bodysurfing, relaxation, and fun in beautiful Playa Grande, Costa Rica. 

      Bodysurfing, or the art of catching waves with just your body, is an ancient and therapeutic pastime practiced by many distinctive civilizations for eons. It is an amazing way to connect with the ocean and yourself, great exercise, an exhilarating and innocent kind of joy that you will feel lucky to have experienced.

      Outside of the bodysurfing, you can expect to eat amazing food, participate in a number of other included or optional activities in the area, watch the sun set over the Pacific every single evening if that tickles your fancy, wake up to the sound of birds and the scent of Costa Rican coffee on the breeze, and reconnect to nature and yourself.

      The group size will be small (12 participants max.) to ensure an intimate experience. We will be staying at the beautiful and environmentally-conscious Sol Sanctuary in Playa Grande. All transportation in-country is included with our awesome driver.

      We can't wait to catch some waves with you 🌊

      Bodysurf instructor bios

      Hannah Walsh

      Hannah Walsh began bodysurfing as a kid growing up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was a competitive swimmer as well as an Ocean Lifeguard, and would spend her free time wave sliding.   She began teaching bodysurfing while working at a surf camp in Costa Rica, co-designing a teaching curriculum. 

      She began in-water photography and videography while she lived in Costa Rica,  going on to study documentary filming in Canada. Her filmmaking is grounded in stories about water, often featuring swimming, surfing, or bodysurfing. She aims to utilize her voice to make actions sports more inclusive, and to bring awareness to the natural world and compel people to take care of it. 

      Spencer Dunlap

      Spencer has been bodysurfing for fun since he was young, loving the connection he felt with the ocean and the exhilaration of catching waves with his body alone. He started coaching bodysurfing and surfing formally after moving to Costa Rica, co-designing a teaching curriculum. He was also an Ocean Lifeguard in San Diego, California.

      As he got more into the sport, Spencer would always try to seek information about bodysurfing online, but learned it was not easy to find. After years of researching and collecting any information he could find about bodysurfing around the world, he began The Bodysurf Blog and now publishes these finds for the world to see.

      What’s included

      • Lodging
        7 nights of lodging (1 night at the Hampton Inn Liberia Airport & 6 at Sol Sanctuary in Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
      • All meals
        3 delicious, healthy, and locally-sourced meals per day at Sol Sanctuary, as well as several dinners and lunches out at some of our favorite restaurants on travel days
      • Transportation
        Safe, private transportation and a driver available throughout the trip
      • Bodysurf classes
        5 bodysurf classes with your expert instructors, who are also avid bodysurfers, highly competent waterwomen and men, and ocean lifeguards
      • Pool session
        Swim technique session with bodysurf instructors in the pool at Sol Sanctuary
      • Bodysurf talk
        History and culture of bodysurfing talk from instructors
      • Bodysurf movie night
        Movie night at the lodge with snacks
      • Soundbath
        A relaxing and meditative soundbath (think resonant "singing bowls") on the private yoga deck
      • Retreat leaders
        Spanish/English-speaker guides will be available facilitating the activities and coordinating anything else you may need during your entire retreat
      • PM trip to Tamarindo
        Visit to Tamarindo for wandering, souvenir shopping, sunset, and dinner
      • Free day
        A day to explore the area on your own and do an optional add-on tours or activity
      • Conservation activity
        An environmental activity alongside Sol Sanctuary's partner NGO
      • Use of private yoga deck
        The space is ours to use, whether to stretch before bodysurf sessions, or to request a private or group yoga class as an add-on

      What’s not included

      • International airfare
        Flight to Liberia International Airport (LIR) on February 15, 2025, and departure from same airport (LIR) on February 22, 2025
      • Travel insurance
        We recommend you purchase travel insurance in the event of cancellation or emergency as trip deposits and payments are unfortunately non-refundable
      • Optional activities
        We can help coordinate any additional activities you may want to do (Surf lessons/rentals, estuary kayak tour, waterfall hike, hot springs tour, chocolate tasting & tour, cacao ceremony, snorkeling)
      • Alcoholic drinks
        You are more than welcome to purchase on your own
      • Bodysurf fins
        You will need to purchase your bodysurf fins ahead of the trip as they are more difficult to find in Costa Rica (we recommend Hydro Tech 2 and DaFin)

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy Package
      8 left

      The Sol Sanctuary spaces allows for every single participant to have their own bed, even if you may be sharing a bungalow.
      Price is per person, in USD.

      Deposit: $500

      Available options

      Yoga class
      Surf Lesson

      *2 person minimum


      Day 1: Arrival 🇨🇷
      Arrive to Liberia International Airport

      Arrive to Liberia International Airport (LIR) on February 15, 2025. There, the Viva Adventures team members will be waiting for you and you will together return to the Hampton Inn where we will be staying the first night. We will share dinner together and make introductions for the week!

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      Viva Adventures
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      We specialize in custom group tours, focusing on high quality and unique hand selected locations around the world. We take care of very detail so you can relax and enjoy the trip without worry. We look forward to meeting you soon!


      Tara, Jess, and Noelle provided a phenomenal experience for my body and soul! Tara took care of all of the details flawlessly and the yoga classes with Jess and Noelle were amazing - especially the morning classes on the rooftop shala with the most incredible views ever. The accommodations were perfect and the food was delicious, too.
      By Erin G for Body and Soul Yoga Goes to Greece on Jul 15, 2024
      Exceptional trip! Tara, Jessica and Noelle were truly outstanding. The yoga, accommodations,, food and resort staff were really professional and warm. The activities offered were so fun and interesting. The group we traveled with was a perfect combination of personality and easy to travel with for sure. Tara Jessica and Noelle made sure all went smoothly. My daughter and I miss them already! Thank you Viva adventurers Body and Soul.
      By Mary H for Body and Soul Yoga Goes to Greece on Jul 12, 2024
      This trip was INCREDIBLE! Everything was extremely organized, from leading up to the trip to the activities while there. I was so impressed with Tara and her organization with accommodations, activities, etc. I wish I could do an adventure every month! I'll never forget this experience and I'm very grateful to now know Tara.
      By Jenn W for Body and Soul Yoga Goes to Greece on Jul 08, 2024