Why Del Mar


María del Mar Alfaro began Del Mar Surf Camp in 2001 with a passion for sharing Costa Rica’s beauty and year-round surf with women worldwide.  We take great pride in being one of Costa Rica’s first surf schools that is owned by a female and native Costa Rican.  Starting from small beginnings, we are now co-ed and have partnered with three beautiful resorts within Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  Each resort offers daily surf lessons, surf coaching, All-Inclusive Surf Camps and more!  Choose from pre-made Surf & Stay packages or design you own Custom Vacation Package.

Whether you’re a novice or an advanced surfer looking to take your skills to a higher level, our year-round consistent waves and certified instructors will help you reach your surfing goals and inspire an appreciation for your overall wellness. Our goal is to teach you how to surf in a fun and relaxed environment where you’ll immediately feel like you're out surfing with your friends!

All of Del Mar Surf Camp’s instructors are certified in CPR, First Aid and Water Rescue.  They are legal, insured, and committed to keeping our student-to-teacher ratio small, safe and outrageously fun.

By choosing Del Mar Surf Camp, you’re investing in both yourself and our country’s economy in a positive way.

The Del Mar Team

Maria del Mar Alfaro
Camp Founder, Director & Surf Instructor

Maria is proud to be a native Costa Rican, mother, surfer and female business owner who lives her mission of providing local, sustainable tourism and empowering women through Del Mar’s all-women surf camps. Surfing, the ocean, and her beautiful country feeds her spirit, as does living an active, healthy lifestyle with her two daughters. Based in Nosara, Maria loves the simplicity of beach life, including the chill pace and gorgeous sunsets. She considers herself lucky to have transformed her passion for surfing into her life’s work.  “I can’t wait to share all of this and my country’s epic waves with you!”






photo of Maria del Mar Alfaro

Jesse Chatty 

Nosara Manager & Surf Instructor

Jesse has been coaching for eight years.  His instruction has pure focus on the individual and their goals. Safety and etiquette are highlighted. Having fun is very important because that’s what surfing is all about!  Everyone should try it out because it is such a unique activity that connects us with the ocean. Jesse is a life long surfer and feels so fortunate to share something that he loves.


Laura Chacon

Nosara Surf Instructor

Laura was born & raised in Heredia, Costa Rica.  Her family roots in Guanacaste led her to move to Nosara. And since 2001 Laura has lived in the beautiful Nosara with her husband and son without any regrets!  She started surfing in 2004 and fell in love with the "Pura Vida" lifestyle.  Shortly after became a certified Surf Instructor.