Peaks 'n Swells Surf Camp
Peaks 'n Swells Surf Camp
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Peaks 'n Swells Surf Camp provides incredible, one of a kind beachfront lodging, top surf instructors and sought-after yoga instructors to deliver a high performance surf camp in an uncrowded and stunning part of Costa Rica. Peaks offers a fast track surf experience for those wanting to progress in their surfing or beginners who are serious about wanting to learn to surf. The small camp sizes in an uncrowded area offering a variety of surf breaks will ensure an unintimidating and true surfing experience. Live your dream! Surf with Peaks 'n Swells!
Montezuma, Costa Rica

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Anthony P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Just completed a week at Peaks n Swells. The entire family (43,42,10,8) agreed it was the most fun family vacation we have taken. Adventure, great food, fantastic people and a perfect setting conspired to make this a memorable trip.

It is organized very well - you just show up ready to surf and they take care of the rest.

The accommodations were nice (not lux). Everything was neat, clean and organized. We stayed in a small A Frame right by the beach. The main room was air conditioned, the others had fans and outside of the middle of the day, were fine temperature wise.

Every meal was served family style and over-delivered in every way. Fantastic farm to table fare with interesting variety throughout the week. The fish served was as good as I have had anywhere.

The surfing was great - coaches were provided and everyone sorted by ability. We all improved dramatically.

Afternoons featured yoga, massage and kid adventures. It was a great daily rhythm.

The staff was fantastic. We enjoyed everyone and anything we needed was taken care of immediately. Getting handed a chilled coconut to drink from after walking out of the ocean is an experience I won't soon forget.

We will be back. Hard to imagine a better way to spend a week where everyone was so content.

The only negative is that returning to 'normal' life is a brutal transition.
Written April 4, 2023
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Robin T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If you are looking for a family adventure, Peaks n Swells is it!

Hillary, Ryan and the ENTIRE crew at PS are devoted to your vacation, from airport pick up to drop off 7 days later. The food is lovingly prepared, delicious and bountiful. The surf coaches are expertly paired with your experience level and personality - bringing out the best in you at every turn. Yoga, massage - the best in self-care for adults. Daily kid-adventures that keep young bodies and minds moving. Nothing is left to chance and every detail has been considered.

I can't say enough about Costa Rica, Monetzuma, Peaks n Swells...it was the adventure of a lifetime and we can't wait to go back!
Written December 27, 2022
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Kim G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
My husband I attend Peaks n Swells Surf and Yoga Camp this November. I was so impressed with the personalized surf lesson, Very delicious food, relaxing yoga and well needed massages. One of our Yoga sessions had a 'monkey show' going on yards away, it was such a delight.
On one of our last days, I saw baby turtles released into the ocean right near PNS camp.
The cool little town of Montezuma is only a 5min walk away. Great tacos at Hotel Montezuma.
Lau and the cook team made some of the best food, it was so fresh, delicious and healthy. Coconut fish, glory bowl and amazing dressings were some of our favorites. Everyday we had different local fruit and vegetables as well as yummy chicken or fish. I kept asking Lau to make a cook book!
The surf instructors were very patient and knowledgeable. The kitchen staff not only made wonderful food but they helped make sure the younger kids in the camp had the foods they need for their full active days. Hillary and Ryan made the trip run smoothly and were great hosts.
We highly recommend this camp, its great for individual surfers, couples, and families. This was one of my favorite active trips in a long time.
Thanks Hillary and everyone at PNS!
Written November 25, 2022
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Megan
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Amazing family vacation to Peaks ‘n Swells! Each day was a mix of adventure and relaxation, the food was incredible and the accommodations were spacious with great views. Our kids loved the different animals (and animal sounds!), the beach, the surfing, the pool, the waterfalls, really everything! All of the coaches and staff were so friendly and full of character and happy to help with everything from surf technique to answering questions about the local environment and culture. So many smiles all week long, highly recommend!!
Written November 22, 2022
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Frank B
Huntingdon Valley, PA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
We had the trip of a lifetime!! This is the best place to travel to with or without kids. The friendly and amazing staff attend to your every need before you even ask. We’ve traveled all over the world and this was the best food, bar none we have ever had, anywhere!! The Lau’s are twin sisters who prepare the most beautiful, delicious, freshest creations imaginable!! It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy. The massages were out of this world in the most tranquil environment. We’ve been coming here for over 20 years and it keeps getting better every time we do! You leave and your heart is full and body rested.
Written June 1, 2022
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Claire C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
My Dad and I planned this trip pretty last minute and it surpassed any expectations we had. Everyone at Peaks 'n Swells is so friendly and knowledgeable. Everything is planned out for you and there's a perfect balance of scheduled activities and free time to relax and explore beautiful Montezuma. The camp itself is so serene and private and we could not speak more highly of the food. The kitchen staff really knows what they're doing and there was no shortage of fresh, delicious meals. The surf coaches are very invested in you and your progression and they customize their instruction to your skill/comfort level. My Dad and I both massively improved and are so grateful for this wonderful experience together. Our only complaint is that we didn't hear about Peaks 'n Swells sooner.
Written May 3, 2022
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Juj
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Our family of 4 (2 adults, kids ages 11 and 7 yrs) recently returned from a supremely rejuvenating and fun week at PNS, and we’re already discussing when we can go back! This most recent trip was our 2nd time there. We had very fond memories from our first experience - from the facilities, the food, the people, and of course the surfing - and because of a long hiatus from traveling due to the pandemic, our expectations for a great trip this time around were high.

Hillary and everyone at PNS not only met but far exceeded them. All the amazing people who made it great the first time were there to warmly and expertly make our week pure joy. We can’t stress enough how gracious, kind, and fun all the PNS people are - from the facility staff who deftly kept the place clean, stocked and comfortable, to the incredibly creative team in the kitchen who nourished us with a cornucopia of delectable (and healthy!) meals, to the yoga instructors who played a key role in keeping our bodies and minds limber for the days of surfing. And we can’t say enough good things about the energetic, patient, and insightful surfing instructors who shared their expertise and energy to help all of us build on and improve our skills - a world class team.

Finally, Hillary is masterful at juggling all aspects of the camp, while effortlessly making guests, new and returning, feel cared for and central to the experience. She, Ryan and Coco are just delightful, and we enjoyed every moment spent with them.

To anyone still on the fence, don’t wait. Take the leap - the waves at PNS are waiting.
Written April 4, 2022
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CamdenFan
Boston, MA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
My 15yo and I had the time of our lives with Hillary and crew - this was probably our #1 favorite trip. The surfing support, coaching, and expertise is outstanding, and somehow they manage to meet the needs of beginners and more advanced folks. There's no pressure and safety is #1, but the surfing can be as rigorous as you want it to be. (You do need to be in moderately good physical shape to get the most out of the experience.) Food was absolutely incredible - vegetarian options, so fresh and healthy and varied. The room we shared was beautiful with a breathtaking view of the ocean. The kids (and adults!) had daily optional "adventures" to local waterfalls, and even a rodeo. It's 5 min walk into a great little town. Setting is idyllic with tons of awesome animals to see. More than anything, we met really wonderful people, from Hillary and her family, to the phenomenal coaches, to the other families staying there. This trip was about a lot more than surfing, but my 15yo will now be buying his own board!
Written March 21, 2022
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PalomaLeeLee
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
the best family surf trip imaginable. our young daughters were taken care of by dedicated, experienced and responsible staff. the surf instruction was incredible. our 6 year old daughter surfed on her first day and every day after that. the surf instruction for adults was challenging and fun, fun, fun. we will be back and have already recommended to our friends :)
Written March 4, 2022
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Philip K
Chatham, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Amazing place with great surf instruction, delicious healthy food, dedicated staff, and great attention, care, and activities for kids—all in a great setting. Everything is taken care of from picking surf location, boards, assigning coaches (solo for kids, two to one for adults). Can’t wait to go back!
Written March 2, 2022
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