Surf & Sound: Inner Discovery Retreat
Rise Up || Kassia Surf || SEPTEMBER the Line
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Costa Rica
7-Day Surf & Yoga Adventure On The Jungle Fringed Beaches Of Southern Costa Rica
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Surf in original locations, deepen your yoga practice, join the familia. We offer all-inclusive surf retreats in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Barbados.

Rise Up is for everyone; whether you are a solo-traveler, first time surfer, experienced wave rider or yogi beginner—everyone is welcomed as part of our familia. Our mission is to change the lives of others by offering one of the best surf retreats in Central America. With excellent surf coaching, yoga and adventures—we ensure that you are in for one of the best weeks of your life.

All of our locations are perfectly isolated. They have been carefully selected with the intention of providing you a place to connect with nature, others, and yourself—all while improving your surfing in  world class waves. Choose your adventure.


What is a Rise Up Retreat?

Spend a week learning to surf or improving your surf techniques, eating healthy food, practicing yoga, and going on fun adventures. Not to mention sharing it with other amazing guests and staff that will quickly become familia.

Our Nicaragua Locations

We host surf retreats in Nicaragua at three different resorts that we know you’re going to love! Each one in a perfectly isolated location so that your only worries are surfing and relaxing.

Costa Rica

When you get to the end of the road where the jungle meets the ocean, that is where you will find Rise Up Costa Rica. Immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of one of the most pristine rainforests in the world, all while surfing to your heart’s content.


Nestled amid the swaying palm trees is where you’ll find Rise Up Barbados—a tropical island with unreal waves and the most vibrant culture. As one of our more luxurious options, you will no doubt have an adventure to remember on this magical Caribbean island!

Guatemala accommodation


Located in a sleepy village on an untouched black sand beach, Rise Up Guatemala is a surfer’s paradise with laid back vibes and empty line ups. The beaches are wide, the village is warm and welcoming, and the surf is as consistent as the beautiful sunsets each night.


5 Things That Happen When You Learn to Surf

“Why did you get into surfing?” was a question I was asked recently and it took a second for me to actually collect my thoughts.

I had only been surfing for 2 years, but I had become so absorbed in the sport that I had forgotten why I wanted to learn how to surf in the first place.


January 13, 2020

Meet the Familia: Rise Up Surf Nicaragua

As 2019 comes to an end, there are so many things for us to be grateful for. Amidst many transitions here in Nicaragua, we couldn’t be more excited to wrap up the year and celebrate the upcoming new year with an amazing and diverse team of staff (and guests) from all over the world!


December 26, 2019

Getting Lost in Costa Rica with Emy, Surf Photographer

Emy is an Australian Surf and Underwater Photographer living in Sayulita, Mexico. In May 2018, she quit her full time design job to pursue her dream of living in Latin America, being a full-time photographer, speaking Spanish, surfing every day and making wonderful human connections. Emy joined us...

September 15, 2019

A Recap of Rise Up On the Road

In the past year, Rise Up has expanded beyond our home base in Nicaragua to some of the most remote and best surf destinations in Barbados, Guatemala and Costa Rica. It's not a secret that one of the best things about a Rise Up surf retreat is the staff—so, we asked one of our favorite Yoga teachers...

August 8, 2019

6 Stretches You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Surf

Emilie is a yoga teacher from New Zealand, dedicated to offering her students holistic practices based on the 8 limbed path of yoga. She teaches a combination of vinyasa, slow flow, hatha, yin, restorative and yoga therapy styles. Her yoga is tailored to be the perfect compliment to a day of surfing...

June 12, 2019

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"Hidden Gem"

You are given a highly experienced coach for the week and they take you to one of many surf breaks in the area that fits your level of surfing. My coach for the past 2 trips has been Norvin and I can honestly say his kindness and skill in the water in working to make me a better surfer has been one of the biggest blessings to me in one of my life goals to lead a more adventurous life in my 40s. This area of Nicaragua has so many beautiful, empty surf breaks for all levels of surfing. You and your friends from Rise Up will normally be the only ones out there catching beautiful waves.

- Jennmarie456 | February 2019

"Can't wait to return!"

"Just returned from a week at Rise Up and have already planned my return trip. Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean and wonderful staff offering excellent surf instruction and tons of fun. Instructors take you surfing in the morning and play beach volleyball with you in the afternoon. Instructor gave me great feedback after each wave which I really appreciated. Very well-organized yet relaxed and safe. Excellent value and the most private surf breaks I've ever visited. I've traveled extensively and felt safe starting from my arrival at the airport, during the entire stay and all the way back through Managua on the return ride to the airport. If you're considering it, you should go. Or don't- More waves for me. :)"

- EBinTN | March 2019

"Consistently Awesome"

I just got back from a week at Rise Up, it's my 3rd time there and as in previous visits Rise Up absolutely rocked it! Beautiful people, incredible location & so much fun and laughter that I never want to leave!! The surf instruction is great and the resort is very well run and organized, creating an inviting and chill vibe all around.The perfect holiday in my opinion!! As for the safety factor in Nicaragua, I saw absolutely no signs of unrest or danger during our entire adventure. I felt completely safe and secure and will be going back to Rise Up Surf as soon as I possibly can!

- Nicola C | March 2019


"I just got back from a week long stay at Rise Up. First time there. Simply amazing. Well organized, awesome people, well fed. Also my first time surfing and everyone was very welcoming and supportive. Lots of relaxation and down time if you just want to chill. One of the best vacations I have ever had!"

- Greg C | February 2019

"Best surf vacation I've ever had, will be back ASAP"

"I can't recommend Rise more highly. Honestly, 110% commitment from the hosts to providing a safe, comfortable, fun, memorable experience. Fresh homemade healthy meals three times a day plus amazing treats like homemade banana bread and desserts.. From the moment they picked me up from the airport to the moment they dropped me back off at the airport, I felt so safe. My surfing improved dramatically. The instructors are OUTSTANDING. I ignored the US travel advisory,which is honestly ridiculous, like one political thing happened in the major city one day last year... Best decision I ever made. I am already planning my next trip back!"

- Azize S | February 2019

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Our Story

Our hope is that everyone feels at home at Rise Up. Find out where it all began and how Philip, Corina and the Familia are sharing their dream with amazing guests year after year.


We do so much more than surfing and yoga. From horseback riding at sunset to volcano boarding. See more of the activities included in our surf packages.

Surf & Yoga Retreats

We offer all-inclusive surf and yoga retreats in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Barbados. Some locations are more off-the-grid than others. Find out which is right for you!