Costa Rica Surfing
Hit the Waves in Playa Guiones
The Gilded Iguana is the original Nosara surfing hotel. For the last 40 years, we’ve been the spot where locals and visitors gather before or after heading to Playa Guiones, the region’s most famous surfing beach, just 200 meters from the hotel.
Our full-service surf school offers professional instruction to surfers of all ages and skill levels, and our retail shop includes everything you could need to complete your Costa Rica surfing trip, from long boards down to the needed essentials.
The Surf School
Paddle Out with a Professional
Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, sharpen your skills with private or group surf lessons at The Gilded Iguana. Our typical 90-minute surf lessons are led by ISA-certified surf coaches who are trained to work with both beginners and experienced surfers. Try our week-long surf camp, which offers high-quality surf coaching and allows you to track progress over time and multiple trips to Nosara.
The Surf Shop
All the Essentials to Complete Your Trip
Our surf shop sells a full range of Michael Dolsey and Donald Takayama longboards, as well as Quiet Flight and Clever shortboards. Pick up high-quality gear by Billabong, RVCA, and Dakine. Top of the line equipment for all ages and experience levels for our surf school is also available for rent.
The Surf Club
The Original Surfer Spot in Nosara
Relax at the surf club at The Gilded Iguana. Located 200 meters from the property, on the way to the beach, it's complete with couches, TVs, ping pong and Fussball. Plus, a fresh juice bar with healthy snack options makes our lounge is the perfect spot for a pre-surf fuel-up or post-surf enjoyment.