Pavones, Costa Rica

Costa Rica was Cat’s first real surf trip abroad for a world professional surfing competition. In 1999, she attended the premier Women’s World Longboard Competition held in Costa Rica, and afterwards was coaxed by friends to travel south in search of a perfectly long point break wave that was still kept relatively secret at that time. After hours upon hours of driving through the jungle on dusty pot-holed roads, with sheer determination and no map as a guide, she found her dream wave.

The experience was so amazing she has returned each year and spent enough time to make heaps of friends while at the same time catching an incredible amount of surf at the best wave in the country. In 2003, she brought a group of pros with her. Kristy Murphy was one of the ladies invited on that photo shoot and it was on that trip that Kristy discovered the “real” Costa Rica, and the surf adventures it had to offer.

2022 Dates:
May 8-15
May 22-29
June 5-12
July 10-17
July 24-31
August 7-14

More Surf, More Adventure

When people began to enquire about surfing in Costa Rica with Siren Surf Adventures, it was decided to head back to the “Rich Coast”. Cat and Kristy knew exactly where to aim the compass… to the end of the road. Pavones is near the Panamanian border and maintain it’s wild jungle and laid back Pura Vida atmosphere. It is truly a natural retreat that you’ll never forget.

A typical day on your Costa Rica Surf Adventure starts with breakfast. Then, depending on the tide, there is surfing for a few hours at one of the many fun surf breaks that make up this scenic coast. Afterwards everyone hangs for lunch at a local “soda”. Then the crew will head back to the cabanas to nap or swim to get out of the blaring Costa Rican sun. At sunset if the waves and tides are still good another surf can happen. Doesn’t get much better.

Food is always a big part of the retreats and Siren Surf Adventures, likes to do it right by introducing guests to the best that Costa Rica has to offer. The area is filled with local spots and Italian restaurants where you’ll feast on the some of the best food you’ll ever put in your mouth.

Custom surf vacations for groups and families
Siren Surf Adventures loves to host families on their quest for a fun vacation. Families that surf together stay together. Please enquire within if you are interested in customizing your family surf vacation with us!

The nitty gritty

You do not need to have any previous surf experience to surf with us. Our surf camps for women are geared to all abilities, from the total beginner to advanced and for any age.

You must have basic swimming skills.

To get the most of your surf safari it is best to be in good physical health and injury free.

Guests 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult and minimum age is 10.

It is fine to be a solo traveler. Kristy Murphy’s Siren Surf Adventures are a great place to meet new surf buddies! You can also bring a friend, a bunch of friends or maybe your mom, sister and daughter, too.

For travel to Costa Rica, you will need a valid passport with 6 months remaining before expiration.

You Need to book your flight into San Jose Airport (airport code SJO). Then you will need to book a coordinating flight out of SJO to Golfito Airport via Regional Carriers Sansa Air ( or Nature Air (

If you would like to extend your trip and arrive early or depart later than the camp dates just let us know. We can help coordinate all your travel logistics and help to ensure your vacation is just what you imagined.

Our maximum guest count is 5 people per retreat. This allows us to give ultra personal attention for a superior learning environment. As a result of our small numbers we get to surf the best waves AND Kristy and Cat are always your instructors. This guarantees an authentic surf experience in which you receive the best coaching that money can buy.

La Ponderosa Beach & Jungle Resort

We offer 3 levels of accommodations:
Shared options available to inquire within. However due to the Covid virus we have had to discontinue shared room options UNLESS guests come together as friends, family or partners.

First Notch Private Room Package (only one room type like this available!)

This ocean view cabina is our most spacious room option. If you’re looking for an accommodation where you can really spread out and chill-ax then this is the room option for you! 530 square feet with a large screened balcony to watch the sunset or sit for an afternoon read. It has hardwood floors throughout, en suite bathroom, a roomy sitting area with flat screen TV and DVD player to pop in your favorite surf movie, top quality mattresses, pillows and sheets with a king size bed. This is our most perfect, top notch post surf session retreat room!



Second Notch Private Room Package

These cabina options range slightly in size and design but are all furnished with the comforts for a great night sleep or afternoon nap. They all have flat screen TV, A/C, top quality mattresses, pillows, and sheets, mini fridge, ensuite bathroom and a patio or balcony. Some have an ocean view others have a garden setting. Surf, eat, and come back to relax under the fan or in the A/C of your Costa Rican home away from home.


Third Notch Private Room Package (only one room type like this available!)

This room is our best value option. It has all the amenities of the other cabinas but only not quite as spacious. It is a smaller room at 210 square feet, with a full size bed, top quality mattresses, pillows, and sheets with an ensuite bathroom. It’s a cozy little spot for a good night sleep!


How to book your surf adventure

Check surf camp availability. Since we keep our camps small, the first step is to fill out our initial contact form and verify that your desired dates are available. Once we have confirmed your retreat dates we'll send you a confirmation email and invoice to make a deposit.

Pay your deposit securely via PayPal. Your invoice will include a link to make your payment on Paypal. This deposit secures your spot in the camp and requested accommodations. The deposit is non-refundable. Please make sure to read our terms and conditions carefully.

Book your flight. Once you receive a confirmation email and have made your deposit, it's time to book your flight. Flight cost is not included in the retreat price and booking travel is your responsibility. Arrival day is first day of retreat and departure is the last day of the retreat*.

Make final payment. Approximately 6 weeks prior to your arrival you'll receive an invoice for the balance of your adventure and it's time to start getting ready! Send us your flight information and download our handy packing checklist with all your surf adventure essentials.

Trip insurance: While this is optional, we highly recommend you purchase trip insurance to cover the cost of your adventure and travel in the event that an unforeseen event occurs.

 *If you plan on arriving before the first day of the retreat or plan on departing after the last scheduled day of the retreat, you are responsible for arranging your own ground transportation to and from the airport. We can help you arrange this transportation. Once you book your flight, we ask that you forward or fax a copy of your itinerary to us as soon as possible. Please have it to us at least 1 week before your scheduled arrival.


What an awesome, fun, adventure I had surfing Pavones with a great group of women, including my best friend who decided to fly in at the last minute & who had the time of her life learning to surf! Kristy & Cat were the best guides & surf coaches you could find anywhere. I have been surfing for 30 years & grew up surfing an area of Malibu, CA which is dominated by right breaking waves so figured it was time to go left! Every paddle out was under the watchful eye of these super experienced & celebrated women surfers who really care about making you a better surfer so that you can have the most fun possible. From the hands on coaching on the water, to dry land drills to analyzing video footage no matter what level you are Siren Surf Adventures is the absolutely best experience. I plan on surfing with them in Hawaii & Mexico as well & plan to continue these surf adventures with them every year. Don’t put it off! Sign up for your adventure! ~ Claire, 2014

Another amazing trip with Kristy and Cat!! I had always wanted to go to Pavones as I’d heard so much about the waves, birds and jungle. All exceed my expectations, especially my surfing. With no one in the surf area where we were, we had a great opportunity to learn and improve. I’m turning and moving on the board. This team is the best for teaching you to surf and if you’re already surfing taking you to the next level. The personal instruction can’t be beat. They also know the best places to eat and drink so you’ll be sure to have a fabulous time all the way around. I’m looking forward to August where I”m going back to Hawaii with them. ~ Anita, 2013

Wow! Cat and Kristy are phenomenal instructors. They’re incredibly patient with beginners…and the progress I made in even just a few days was amazing. I’ve experienced three other surf camps, so I’m getting good at figuring out if the instructors are interested to make a meaningful difference in the skill level of their students: Kristy and Cat are the best in class. Also notable: even beyond the surf experience, the thoughtfulness that Cat & Kristy put into every day of the surf retreat was clear from day 1. They invest time and great listening skills…and tons of fun into creating unique experiences for the women signed up for this adventure. Kristy Murphy’s Surf Siren Adventures made my surfing better, made my vacation a blast… and made other camps look like amateur hour. Paddle past the rest…Kristy & Cat are the best!!!! ~ Carolyn, 2012

Thanks for another fantastic adventure, Kristy and Cat! The waves were amazing- perfect for a beginner to learn on without feeling intimidated, but challenging enough for better surfers to practice their cutbacks and nose-riding. Cat and Kristy are fantastic instructors- great at explaining things, very patient, and always encouraging. They gave me the full VIP treatment, and my magical aloha sunset session at the end of the week was proof of how much improvement I’d made with their help. I loved being part of the Pavones surf scene, meeting the locals (in the water AND on the dance floor!) as well as the fellow traveling surfers who, like me, are willing to go great distances for a good ride. The accommodations were very comfortable and clean. Angela and Marshall, the owners, are so down to earth and welcoming. Now that I’ve tried both Costa Rica and Saladita, it’s hard to say which I like better bc the trips are so uniquely different. Where next? Hopefully to the Bahamas for SUP! ~ Becki Lee, 2012

I had the opportunity to meet and watch Kristy and her friends surf in Pavones Costa Rica this month and she is amazing. She has so much energy and is a joy to be around. Her surfing is breathtaking, graceful and such a treat to watch. I look forward to meeting her again next year in Pavones. ~ Shawn, 2014

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