Bodhi Family: 7 Night Family Surf Camp

The Bodhi Family Surf Camp package allows you and your family to enjoy a week of learning, growing, and laughter in a fantastic natural classroom (the beach!), and is the perfect way to create long-lasting memorable experiences.

Bodhi Family Surf Camp Includes

For the entire family:


  • 6 nights at Bodhi lodge
  • 1 night in a San Jose hotel


  • 5 surf lessons


  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Snacks at surf lessons


  • Walking tour of Bahia Ballena
  • Waterfall visit
  • Massage for guests aged 18+


  • Round trip transportation from San Jose and back
  • Shuttle service from San Jose hotel to arirport


  • 1 unscheduled day
  • Travel carbon offsets
  • National park entrance fees for surf lessons
  • Travelers' Philanthropy donation

Bodhi Family Surf Camp Does Not Include

  • Airfare
  • Cost of optional activities
  • Transportation to optional activities
  • Lunches
  • 1 breakfast
  • 4 dinners


Prices are per person in USD per lodging option
Children under 6 years of age are free of charge



(Guests 12 years of age and older)

*For a limited time only
(includes 13% VAT)

Price dependent on lodging option selected.



(6 to 11 years of age)

(includes 13% VAT)



Room Amistad

Private room with two single beds — perfect for accommodating 2 children.

Room Amistad

A private room with two single beds that can accommodate 2 children. Room Amistad is located on a second story above the dinning area Alegria, next door to Room Armonia (parents room). It is a great option for a family of four with two children that can share their own room.

Room Armonia

Private hotel-style room — perfect for accommodating 1-2 parents.

Room Armonia

A private hotel-style room with a full-sized bed which can accommodate 1-2 parents. Armonia is located on a second story, above the dinning area Alegria, next door to Room Amistad. It is the best choice for a family of 3-4 people, if Bungalow Gratitud is already reserved.

Bungalow Espiritu

Independent bungalow that accommodates 2 parents.

Bungalow Espiritu

An independent studio-style bungalow that contains one queen bed and a small kitchenette. The perfect choice for a family, when the parents want a little separation from their teenagers. Teenagers can stay in Room Amistad, a private room (a stone throws away) with two single beds that can accommodate 2 persons. Room Amistad is located on a second story above the dinning area Alegria.

Bungalow Gratitud

Independent bungalow that accommodates a family of 3-4 people.

Bungalow Gratitud

Gratitud has one queen bed, two single beds, one day bed and a well-equipped kitchenette. It is the best choice for a family of 3-4 people with the option of a 5th person sleeping on the day bed.



Add an Experience for the Family

  • yoga

    Family Yoga with Pilar, co-founder of Bodhi Surf + Yoga

    Experience a light and fun yoga session that will awaken your spirit.

  • coconut

    David's Coconut Family Tour

    Learn all about the secret uses of coconut plant with David. On this visit to a coconut farm you will have the opportunity to see how coconut products are made and learn about the beneficial properties of the coconut.

  • farm

    Don Guelo's Family Farm Tour

    Meet the authentic Costa Rican farmer, don Guelo and visit the family farm, listen to his story and learn about life on a self-sufficient family farm.

  • sugar-cane

    Sugar Cane Family Tour with Ademar

    Sweeten your palate with a sugar cane tour and learn about the traditional artisanal process for making products from sugar cane from don Ademar and his family. 

  • wildlife-sanctuary

    Villas Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Family Tour

    Experience Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary’s history, aims and objectives, the animals’ individual stories and their rescue work. Visitors will meet the sanctuary residents while learning about their history, biology and conservation needs.

  • reserva-playa-tortuga

    Family visit to Reserva Playa Tortuga

    Learn about the non-profit biological research and education center and how they are developing and implementing community-based real-world projects and conservation management solutions, using the best research science and conservation management practices.

  • rainforest

    Night Hike or Rainforest Family Experience at Hacienda Baru

    Bugs, Spiders, Frogs, Snakes, and Caimans! Have you ever wondered what happens in the jungle after the sun goes down?

  • horseback

    Horseback Rancho La Merced as Family

    Ride like a Costa Rican cowboy/cowgirl through the refuge amidst the forest, on the beach or in the river. You may visit Playa Hermosa, adjacent to Ballena Marine National Park, ride on the woods or toward the waterfall and take a dip, or enjoy an astonishing sunset.

  • whale

    Whale and Dolphin Boat Tour Family Adventure

    Explore the Marino Ballena National Park in search of whales and dolphins, snorkelling and a visit to natural water caves! 

We are a family of four: middle-aged, but still athletic, parents, and two young adult / teen daughters. Although we have had many adventures together, learning to surf as a family was still on our list, and turned out to be a wonderful experience that we will talk about for years.


Oregon, USA

Learning and adventure

Our goal at Bodhi Surf + Yoga is not just to keep your family busy and entertained for week, but rather to engage your minds, bodies, and spirits while teaching the fundamentals of surfing and highlighting environmental awareness. That way you are equipped to take these activities with you in your lives, and even do them independently! Any surfer will tell you, surfing is more than just an activity, it is lifestyles.

At Bodhi, our biggest aim is to awaken purpose; to help your family have physical, mental, and spiritual “a-hah!” moments of inspiration and achievement; and to give you truly soul-gratifying (perhaps even life-changing), experiences! We delight in watching families have a memorable adventure together while learning, laughing, and growing.

A company that cares

Bodhi Surf + Yoga does business differently, and we are proud to have earned our B Corp Certification in 2016 for our long-established Corporate Responsibility program. When you visit us, you will engage with the Bahia Ballena community in a way that simply wouldn’t happen at just any hotel or all-inclusive resort, through measures like Travelers’ Philanthropy Program and our Community Walking Tour.

By way of our surf lesson philosophy and Ocean Guardian program, you will [re]connect with nature and the ocean, allowing you to consider concrete actions that you can take when you return home to make our world a better place!

Ample time for the family

The Bodhi Family Surf Camp package provides ample free time, allowing your family to add-on to the Bodhi experience. Some opt for low-key, quality family bonding: playing board games, going on walks together, or doing an adventure tour like sea kayaking or zip-lining. Others choose pure relaxation: chilling in the pool, reading in the hammocks, or having some fun beach days.

Regardless of what your family opts to do, there are many options, and the Bodhi team will be here to help you — providing our knowledge and assistance on booking tours, navigating the community, and answering any questions you may have!



When you choose Bodhi Family Surf Camp, you can expect to have a fun-filled, physically active learning vacation. Transportation and logistics are taken care of to reduce stress and promote relaxation and family bonding time. At the beginning of the week, your family will all participate in the five included surf lessons, giving you plenty of time later in the week to do other tours, or add on private family yoga classes.

Also included is a tour of the community, a visit to the local waterfall, much-needed massages for the adults, and delicious, healthy meals enjoyed family-style at the lodge. Even with all this activity, there will be plenty of time to relax and unwind, whether that’s relaxing around (or in) the pool, lounging in the hammocks, playing board games in the common area, or wandering around the community!


Meals provided will be family-style with members of the Bodhi team and, frequently, other community members. Our aim is to facilitate a sense of sharing and community. Your other meals can either be prepared at the Bodhi lodge (every bungalow/room has access to cooking space) or you can support the local economy and learn more about its culture by sampling local fare.


The Bodhi Family Surf Camp package is designed for families who have different needs than groups of adults. This option has the flexibility to be just what you and your family need: it can be a relaxing vacation with a few activities but plenty of restful down time to ease your body, mind, and spirit, all the way to an intensive physical learning vacation that challenges you and your family in new ways, or something in between.

While you’re here, you will have ample opportunity to learn about the community of Bahia Ballena, including the town’s history, development, and challenges. The beauty of the Bodhi Family vacation is that it provides a taste of Bodhi and plenty of time to see what our spectacular home has to offer!



Certified B Corporation


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