Quick Facts

Camp opening December - September
Suitable for Solotravelers, Couples, Peaceseekers,
Water temperature 27-29°C
Additional offers Jungle Tours, Fishing, Yoga

Overview

Literally, at the end of the road on the Pacific south coast of Costa Rica, the Swiss couple Denise & Renato have realized their dream of having their own Eco Lodge for surfers, yogis, and nature lovers.

In Punta Banco, the pristine, lush green rainforest meets the deep blue Pacific Ocean. Here you can still experience the wild and authentic Costa Rica, far away from the tourist hotspots. A region considered one of the most biologically diverse in the world.

The lodge is located on a hill within a National Rainforest Protected Area and is less than 200m away from the beautiful surf beach and an original “Pura Vida” village.

Whether one of the longest lefts in the world, steep walls and barrels or cozy, long waves – Punta Banco and Pavones offer the perfect waves for surf newcomers as well as for absolute pros.

The experienced local surf instructors/guides teach in English and Spanish and know exactly when, which surf spot works.

Denise & Renato’s little paradise consists of two sustainably built, double-storey, open-air bungalows for 2 people each. Both houses inspire with a breathtaking 360° sea & jungle panorama and offer guests a fantastic indoor-outdoor experience. From both bungalows you can see beautiful sunsets and the waves breaking. From the slightly higher Casa Ola you can even make the surf check in the morning just cozy right from the bed. The real luxury here is to live in the middle of the jungle and be on the beach and surf in just 3 minutes!

4 REASONS FOR A SUDDEN RUSH SURF TRIP TO COSTA RICA:

  1. Breathtaking 360° view of the sea and the jungle
  2. Tropical paradise with a diverse plant & animal world
  3. Surf lessons and surf guiding with private coach/guide
  4. The surf beach is only a short walk away
View of bungalows with sea

Monkeys in Pavones

Two Beach Bungalows in Pavones

Yoga Lesson at Sola Vista Eco Lodge

Wildlife in Costa Rica

Eco Lodge in Punta Banco

Monkey in the jungle of Costa Rica

Sloths in Costa Rica

Baby Turtle in the Sand

Plane lands in Pavones

Road at Pavones in Costa Rica

Sunset on the beach of Punta Banco

Sunset in Costa Rica

Accommodation

Spectacular open-air bungalows with 360° ocean & jungle views – a surfer, yogi & nature lover paradise!

The Sola Vista Eco Lodge consists of two sustainably built, double-storey, open-air bungalows for 2 people each. Both houses inspire with a breathtaking 360° sea & jungle panorama and offer guests a fantastic indoor-outdoor experience.

The lower part of the bungalow consists of a bedroom with bamboo bed and a comfortable, high-quality mattress. The separate bathroom leads to a refreshing outdoor waterfall shower. The rooms have no glass windows but large mosquito screens, so you always feel a pleasant breeze at night and hear the noise from the sea.

On the completely open upper floor is the kitchen as well as the multi-purpose Relax, Observation & Yoga Deck. The perfect place to watch the wildlife, enjoy a private yoga class, watch the surfers or just relax in the hammock.

CASA OLA: Casa Ola is the slightly higher bungalow and you can see the surf action from both floors. The surf check in the morning is done comfortably directly from the bed! From the upper floor you can see three different surf spots and enjoy beautiful sunsets!

CASA SOL: The slightly lower Casa Sol inspires with a great sea view panorama including two surf spots and absolutely perfect sunsets from the upper floor! From the bedroom and bathroom you can see directly into the jungle. Right next to the bungalow is the karambola tree popular with the monkeys.

IN THE MIDDLE OF NATURE
At the Eco Lodge you wake up to the calls of the birds, howler monkeys and the waves… experiences with all your senses the unique flora & fauna of Costa Rica. Due to its quiet location, daily visits from the wildlife are not uncommon… Capuchin, howler, skull monkeys, toucans, iguanas, nasal bears, Scarlet Macaws and Agutis are among the frequently seen guests. The Sola Vista Eco Lodge attaches great importance to sustainability and actively promotes environmental projects (Sea Turtle Conservation Program, Beach Cleaning Day’s).

Casa Ola and Casa Sol Bungalows in Costa Rica

Double bed in tree hutbungalow bungalow

Bungalow at Sola Vista Eco Lodge

View from the bungalow

View from double room tree huts Bungalow

Sola Vista Eco Lodge in Pavones

Costa Rica Eco Bungalows

Bird's eye view of Sola Vista Eco Lodge

Kitchen in bungalow

Kitchen area at Eco Lodge Bungalow

Bungalow overlooking the sea

Hammock overlooking the sea

Eco Lodge Bungalow in the Jungle

Eco Lodge Bungalow in evening light

Outdoor shower in Eco Lodge Pavones

Jungle Eco Bungalow in Costa Rica

Hammock overlooking the sea and sunset

Surf

PUNTA BANCO
Punta Banco still has 5 “uncrowded” and different surf spots. Two riff spots break after left and two beach breaks mostly as An-frame (right & left). Depending on the surf season, these spots are suitable for all surf levels. The third reef break, on the other hand, is only for very experienced surfers. The absolute best months to surf here are from December to May, but there are constant surfable waves all year round. Fortunately, Punta Banco is still relatively unknown and underestimated, as most surf tourists only arrive in the green season when Pavones is running. With a fat south/southwest swell it gets very big in Punta Banco and you usually go a little further into the Golfe Dulce in e.g. to Pavones.

Pavones
15 minutes from the lodge is Pavones, one of the longest lefts in the world (best from June to September). On a good day you surf here 400-900m or longer! Unfortunately, the Fame also comes with Crowd… but if you time your sessions well, you always get his waves. Of course there are several other spots with good waves… but you don’t write about them… they will be shown to you during a visit to Sola Vista Eco Lodge!

Surf seasons
Dec-April = Beginner/Intermediates/Advanced
March-September = Intermediates/Advanced
In October/November, the Sola Vista Eco Lodge is closed.

Surfspot at Pavones

Surfers in right-hand wave in Costa Rica

Highline in Costa Rica

Right wave with surfer at Punta Banco

Surfer paddles over left wave

Surfers on wave in Pavones

Surfers in Barrel

Link wave in the south of Costa Rica

Surfers in Barrel near Pavones

Barrel Surfing in Pavones

Sudden Rush Surfers in Costa Rica

Prices

SURF COURSE PACKAGE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

In the weekly package included:

  • 7 nights in private bungalow with queen-size bed & kitchen
  • 5 days private surf course (2h/day) incl. Equipment.

You have your own exclusive surf instructor who adapts the lessons individually to your level. The surf course package is suitable for beginners who want to surf their first waves, or surfers with a little more experience who want to improve their skills under professional instruction. You will be amazed at how quickly you progress in one-to-one lessons! The price includes board rental during the course duration, coaching, as well as the access to a suitable surf spot (if not possible on site). This package is suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers.

Surf course package for solo travellers
Accommodation
Price per person
Private bungalow
CHF 1395
EUR 1235

SURF COURSE PACKAGE FOR 2 PEOPLE

In the weekly package included:

  • 7 nights in private bungalow with queen-size bed & kitchen
  • 5 days private surf course (2h/day) incl. Equipment

You and your partner have your own exclusive surf instructor! The surf course package is suitable for beginners who want to surf their first waves, or surfers with a little more experience who want to improve their skills under professional instruction. At extremely different surf levels, the spot is chosen in such a way that the weaker surfer feels comfortable. The price includes board rental during the course duration, coaching, as well as the access to a suitable surf spot (if not possible on site). This package is suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers.

Surf course package
Accommodation
Price per person
2-person bungalow
CHF 850
EUR 750

SURF-GUIDING/SAFARI-PACKAGE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

In the weekly package included:

  • 7 nights in private bungalow with queen-size bed & kitchen
  • 5 days private surf-guiding/safari per week (3h/day)

For all surfers who no longer need a course, but like to have a guide with them at the session, who will show them where the best waves are and give useful tips. Your personal guide will show you the best spots (including some secret spots) in the area. Included are Guiding and the approach to the surfbreaks. If a surfboard is needed, it can be rented on site. This package is suitable for experienced intermediates as well as advanced surfers.

Surf-Guiding/Safar-Package for solo travellers
Accommodation
Price per person
Private bungalow
CHF 1395
EUR 1235

SURF-GUIDING/SAFARI-PACKAGE FOR 2 PEOPLE

In the weekly package included:

  • 7 nights in private bungalow with queen-size bed & kitchen
  • 5 days private surf-guiding/safari per week (3h/day)

You and your partner have your own exclusive surf guide! Suitable for all surfers who no longer need a course, but like to have a guide with them at the session, who will show them where the best waves are and give useful tips. Your personal guide will show you the best spots (including some Secret spots) in the area. Included are Guiding and the approach to the surfbreaks. If a surfboard is needed, it can be rented on site. This package is suitable for experienced intermediates as well as advanced surfers.

Surf-Guiding/Safari-Package for solo travellers
Accommodation
Price per person
2-person bungalow
CHF 850
EUR 750

FREESURF PACKAGE

In the weekly package included:

  • 7 nights in private bungalow with queen-size bed & kitchen

Packages without course or guiding can also be booked at Eco Lodge. The price includes 7 nights in the exclusive 360° Ocean & Jungle View Bungalow for a maximum of 2 people. The surfboard is not included in the price, but can be rented on site.
*Rain/Green-Season Specials (July-September) on request.

Freesurf Package
Accommodation
Prices per person
Bungalow for solo travellers
CHF 950
EUR 840
2-person bungalow
CHF 475
EUR 420

PRIVATE YOGA LESSONS

5 days a week yoga lessons (60min/day): CHF 150 / EUR 140

You and your partner have your own yoga teacher! Denise, the hostess, is a passionate and certified yoga teacher. The lessons are adapted to your personal preferences and physical condition. From the bungalow’s private yoga deck, you can enjoy a unique yoga experience in the middle of nature with spectacular views of the sea. Yoga mats and blocks are provided.

Arrival

OUR RECOMMENDATION
A great option is to drive down the coast from San Jose with the rental car and then travel back to San Jose with the small inland plane from Golfito at the end of the holidays.

BY INLAND AIRCRAFT
The fastest way to enjoy the “Pura Vida” life at Eco Surf Lodge is the direct flight from San Jose (SJO) to Golfito (GLF) with SANSA Airline (flysansa.com). There are 3 flights a day and they cost about $120 (one way). The beautiful flight along the coast lasts only one hour. In Golfito you can take a taxi (approx. $60-80) or rental car and is in 90 minutes in Punta Banco. Alternatively, the public bus departs golf ito a day at 3 p.m. and is in Punta Banco at 6 p.m.

BY RENTAL CAR
Another option is to get there by car from the airport in San Jose (SJO). The journey to Punta Banco takes about 8-9 hours. On the way south there are many beautiful beaches, hamlets and world-famous national parks to discover. We recommend to make at least one stop on arrival/departure and to split the journey.

BY BUS
The cheapest way to get to Pavones is by bus.

VIA PANAMA
Alternatively, you can also travel from Panama by bus, domestic flight or bus/taxi.

Further information

Surf seasons
Dec-April = Beginner/Intermediates/Advanced
March-September = Intermediates/Advanced
In October/November, the Sola Vista Eco Lodge is closed.