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 Club
Join the Club
The Surf Club is the surfers paradise! The Club is located in between The Gilded Iguana Hotel and the beach, only steps away from the surf! Surf Club Membership includes Full Access to all Surf Equipment (Netflix Style). We have over 150 surfboards, all designed for playa guiones and the surrounding beaches of Nosara! We are constantly updating our board rooms to have the highest quality equipment for our members. We have boards for every level of surfing, from day one beginners, to seasoned veterans that are ready to rip! We also have SUP's, boogie boards, skim boards, and beaters (hybrid between a boogie board & surf board). Surf Club Membership also includes personal board storage in our air conditioned board rooms, located only steps from the beach. We offer daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly memberships. Membership also gives you full access to surf club amenities like the locker room, changing stalls, showers, surf lounge, and Juice Bar. Becoming a member gets you discounts on surf lessons, juice bar, restaurant, iguana shop, spa, and MTB rentals / tours.
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
Opening in Spring 2019, 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.