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Top 10 Affordable Surf Camps in Latin America

by Octavia Drughi

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Most of Latin America’s lush coastlines are blessed with year-round sunshine, warm water, balmy climate, and some of the world’s best waves.

While some destinations already have long-standing popularity among surfers, others are just beginning to gain the recognition they deserve. This means that, whatever you’re looking for, whether it is lively beach resorts with quality surf and a vibrant nightlife, or a tucked away tropical paradise away from all the noise, you’re bound to find it in Central and South America.

Even better, surfing in Latin America doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, as there are many budget surf camps to choose from that offer a high-quality experience.

Here are some of the best to help you get started on your adventure:

Note: BookSurfCamps offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

 

4 Day Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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  • Skill level: Beginners & intermediate surfers
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$390

Are you craving a short getaway? Looking to learn to surf or just escape the city life for a while?

The tropical beaches in Tamarindo are among the best places to learn to surf in Costa Rica, with friendly waves that are ideal for beginners and intermediates.

The expert tuition, high-quality surfing equipment, and welcoming atmosphere of this surf camp, guarantee the ultimate Costa Rican surfing experience. Playa Tamarindo is only a five-minute walk from the hotel. Also close by, Playa Avellanas, Playa Langosta, Playa Grande, and Playa Negra offer great waves for intermediate and advanced surfers.

The package includes two two-hour surf lessons, one snorkeling trip, one yoga lesson, a free T-shirt, daily Costa Rican breakfast, and free use of the surfboards for self-practice. At the end of the camp, you’ll also receive a USB stick with pictures of you surfing.

» Not sure where to go? Check out the best surfing destinations in Latin America.

 

7 Day Beginner Surf and Yoga Camp in Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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  • Skill level: Beginners
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$385

If you’re looking for a budget surf camp in Costa Rica that doesn’t compromise on quality, you are only a few clicks away.

In the heart of Jaco, a quiet oasis awaits. Close to the beach and all the fun, yet tucked away from all the noise, the Jaco Inn has its own coffee roastery, a café, yoga studio, and tropical gardens.

World-class waves abound and a welcoming surfing community will make you feel right at home. During your stay, you’ll enjoy five surf lessons of two hours each and one yoga class.

On the first day, the instructors will help you develop the basic techniques on the beach – paddling and popping up. Then, you’ll go in the water where you’ll practice the surf stance and the pop up in whitewater (broken waves). From there, you’ll progress to green waves (unbroken waves) and by the end of the week, the goal is to be able to catch and ride green waves by yourself.

» Find out all you need to know about surfing in Costa Rica.

 

8 Days Surf Experience in Playa Venao, Panama

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round, except September and October
  • Price: From US$510

This affordable surf camp in Panama is an excellent choice for a family surf trip (as the minimum age is four), but is just as great for couples, groups, or solo travelers.

Playa Venao is one of the most stunning beaches in Panama, stretching for two and a half miles (4km), with plenty of quality waves for all levels. There will be seven days of surfing lessons, and you can choose to have one two-hour lesson or two one-hour lessons per day. You’ll also benefit from unlimited use of the surfboards to ride the waves at your heart’s content.

During this camp, the ISA certified instructors will adapt the program to your skill level. There will be a maximum of three students per coach, which ensures a personalized experience.

Beginners will learn the basics – how to paddle and pop up, the correct surf stance, and other aspects that influence the surf, such as the weather and the geography.

Intermediates will practice catching green waves and focus on the technical aspects, such as the turns (frontside and backside), timing, generating speed, and assessing the surfing conditions.

Advanced surfers will ride the beach and point breaks at Playa Venao and the nearby surf spots.

They’ll learn how to evaluate an unknown surf spot and master the more advanced maneuvers.

The package includes daily poolside breakfast and unlimited water and coffee. Photo and video coaching is available upon request.

 

8 Day Budget Surf Camp in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$450

Join this budget surf camp in Mexico adapted for all levels that promises a fun and safe beach holiday. During your stay, you’ll enjoy five semi-private surfing sessions of two hours each, ensuring a highly-personalized experience with immediate feedback and advice for fast progress. There will also be one group coaching session.

The surfing lessons are held in both English and Spanish and are adapted to all levels and ages. The experienced instructors will assess your skill level and you’ll be divided into small groups of two participants of similar abilities.

The lodging is within walking distance from the beach and the town center with its lively bars and restaurants. Each day, you’ll be taken from the surf house to the best waves of the day depending on the conditions, a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of different surf spots.

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the camp offers free fitness classes. These include flexibility and balance exercises, core, strength, and aerobic training, as well as plyometric sessions to improve your speed and agility.

 

3 Day Personalized Surf Experience in Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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  • Skill level: Beginner & intermediate
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$359

Looking for a short surf camp or a surf weekend? Enjoy three days at the beach unlike any other. Immerse in the real surfer lifestyle and experience the authentic Baja California surf culture.

What makes this surf camp truly unique is the fact that there’s no fixed schedule. You’ll go with the flow, surf when and where the waves are at their best.

There will be two 90-minute semi-private surf lessons. There will be a maximum of two participants per instructor, which ensures an authentic and personalized experience.

Your lodging will be only steps away from the beach and within walking distance from downtown San Jose de Cabo and its supermarkets, restaurants, and bars. The package also includes daily Mexican breakfast and one guided walk to the art district and historic center of San Jose.

» Not sure where and when to go? Read our guide to the best surf spots in Mexico.

 

8 Day Amazing Wave Surf Camp in Manabi, Ecuador

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$246

Ride the best waves at the different beaches in Manta and enjoy the relaxing and professional atmosphere on this affordable surf camp in Ecuador. 

The camp is located in the picturesque port city of Manta, on Ecuador’s central coast, in the Manabí Province. Manta is home to some of the most stunning beaches in South America, with waves to match. It is also an affordable destination for surfing, kiting, and diving.

There will be five days of surfing lessons of two hours each, usually held in the afternoon.

For the accommodation, you can choose between the Home Stay and the Student’s Apartment. If you opt for the Home Stay, you’ll be provided with a private bedroom in a family house, as well as daily breakfast and dinner. As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll feel the Ecuadorian cultural warmth and you’ll be welcomed as a member of the family. 

If you choose the Student’s Apartment, you’ll stay in a nice bedroom with air conditioning and a private bathroom. The building has a common area with kitchen facilities and an outdoor pool. With this accommodation option, meals are not included. 

Manta is famous for its tuna and fishing industries and has great seafood restaurants and an active nightlife, with bars, clubs, and even a few casinos. Despite its lively atmosphere, Manta is relatively unknown to non-Ecuatorian tourism. Therefore, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the authentic Ecuadorian lifestyle. Near Manta, there are many other interesting places to visit: Montecristi, the official town of the “Panama hats”, Machalililla National Park, San Plácido Waterfalls, and La Locita Waterfalls.

 

6 Day Surf Camp with Professionals in Huanchaco, Peru

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  • Skill level: Beginners & intermediates
  • Availability: May till December
  • Price: From US$275

It should come as no surprise that budget-friendly surf camps abound in Peru, one of the world’s most affordable surfing destinations. However, if you wish to learn to surf or take your skills to the next level under the guidance of professional surfers, this surf camp in Huanchaco might prove to be an excellent choice.

Huanchaco is home to five surf breaks for all levels, spread across over one kilometer (0.6 miles) of beaches. During this camp, you’ll stay in a family-run hostel less than five minutes away from the nearest surf spot. There are numerous restaurants nearby where you can enjoy authentic Peruvian dishes.

There will be five surf lessons of 1.5 hours each. Each lesson includes theory, safety briefing, and warm-up on the beach before getting into the water. The coaches will adapt the lessons to your skill level and the surfing conditions of the day. There will be a maximum of three students per instructor, which ensures personalized feedback and a fun and safe experience.

You’ll benefit from free equipment rental throughout your stay so you can surf for as much as you like outside the lessons. The package also includes a "Caballito de totora" tour (traditional fisher boat tour).

» Find out what you’ll learn on a surf camp for beginners.

 

8 Day Fun Surf Camp in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$695

Welcome to the empty, pristine beaches of Busca Vida in Bahia, surrounded by a rich forest, lagoon, sand dunes, and wild, rare animals. A real surfers’ paradise!

This surf camp is located 40km (25mi) from the city center of Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. You’ll stay in front of the Busca Vida private beach, a protected environmental preservation area and home to a great reef break. Plus, some of the best waves in Bahia will be at your fingertips.

The package includes six surf lessons, one yoga class, and two surf trips. The location of the trips depends on the surfing conditions. At the beginning of the first lesson, the instructors will assess your level and will develop a program catered to your specific needs.

All daily meals are included, featuring fresh, home-cooked dishes, as well as mineral water and juices. You can opt for regular, vegetarian, or vegan options, and the camp also caters to other dietary requirements on request.

 

8 Days Surf and Yoga in Northern Nicaragua

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: June till December
  • Price: From US$900

Just imagine the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, year-round sunshine, and some of the best waves in Latin America just steps away from your lodging.

This surf camp is located in Chinandega, a small fishing village in northwestern Nicaragua, an area that remains untouched by mass tourism. If you’re searching for authenticity and uncrowded waves, this is the place to be!

Stay in a comfortable beachfront bungalow with an ocean view deck. The camp overlooks a deserted bay with seven kilometers (4mi) of untouched beach at your fingertips. What’s more, some of the best waves in Nicaragua are here: Nahualapa Bay, Aposentillo, The Boom, Santa Maria, and Jiquilillo, with waves for all levels.

You’ll enjoy daily surf sessions and yoga classes to stretch and restore. The yoga sessions are adapted to all abilities. If you’re new to yoga, you’ll receive extra support to get started. The yoga styles practiced are Vinyasa and Restorative.

Each day, you’ll be taken to a nearby surf spot with waves suitable for your skill level and receive personalized advice on how to improve your technique. The time of day when the surf lessons are held can depend on the conditions of the day.

The package also includes a complimentary massage treatment, one boat trip to the local estuary, and all daily meals with desserts and snacks.

 

6 Day Fun Surf Camp in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$641

Tayrona National Park is a Caribbean paradise, with quality waves all year round. Most of the surf breaks are easy-going, just perfect for beginners and intermediates. However, they can get a whole lot bigger during the hurricane season, between August and November.

This surf camp offers daily surf coaching for beginners and daily surf guiding for intermediate and advanced surfers.

You’ll be accommodated in a farm-hostel in the middle of a stunning jungle, far from the noise, right in front of a beautiful surf spot, and only three kilometers (two miles) from the entrance to the Tayrona National Park.

Six incredible surf spots, ranging from beach breaks to point breaks, are within easy reach from the camp. The local instructors will take you to the best waves according to your level and the conditions of the day.

The package also includes daily breakfast and one river tubing tour. Besides surfing, there’s a variety of activities to try, such as jungle hiking, visiting the waterfalls and indigenous villages, or SUP tours through the mangrove forests.

 

​*Cover image credit: Los Clavos Surf Camp


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