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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 Days Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica


  • 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.

» READ MORE: The Best Surfing Destinations in Latin America


6 Days Surf Lessons Package in Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica



  • Skill level: All Levels
  • Availability: July till December
  • Price: From US$415

Stay in the only beachfront hotel in Jaco, surrounded by Miro’s Mountain, within walking distance from the town’s main street. The hotel features a swimming pool, communal kitchen, restaurant, bar, and a movie room.

The surf camp offers lessons at Hermosa Beach for those who’ve never stepped foot on a surfboard before, for those looking to improve their skills, as well as surf guiding for advanced surfers who want to step up their game and ride the best waves near Jaco. This is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf and to improve your technique.

On a typical day, you’ll have a delicious breakfast and then join the instructors on the beach for the surf lessons for the rest of the morning. You’ll have the rest of the day to spend as you wish.

There’ll be four surf lessons in total, of two hours each. Board rental and equipment are included. The package also includes all daily meals.

» READ MORE: All You Need to Know About Surfing in Costa Rica


6 Days Surf Lessons Package in Playa Venao, Los Santos, Panama


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$461

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. And this affordable surf camp is an excellent choice if you’re looking to learn to surf or take your skills up a notch.

The instructors will take you to the best waves in Playa Venao for your level. There’ll be four surf lessons in total, of two hours each. Board rental, equipment, and transportation to the surf spots are included. The package also includes daily breakfast and lunch.

When you're not surfing, you can zip-line through the jungle or explore the hidden white-sand islands of Pedasí and Isla Iguana nearby. The team at the surf camp will help you find the best adventures for you.

If you’d like to surf and work remotely, you can do so at this surf camp. You’ll even get 10% off for the coworking space with this package.

» READ MORE: How to Surf & Work Remotely


8 Days Budget Surf Camp in Puerto Escondido, Mexico


  • 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 Days Personalized Surf Experience in Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico


  • 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.

» READ MORE: Your Guide to the Best Surf Spots in Mexico


8 Days Amazing Wave Surf Camp in Manabi, Ecuador


  • 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 Days Surf Camp with Professionals in Huanchaco, Peru


  • 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).

» READ MORE: What Will You Learn on a Surf Camp for Beginners?


8 Days Fun Surf Camp in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil


  • 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.


6 Days Advanced Surf Camp Puerto Sandino, Leon, Nicaragua


  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Availability: July till December
  • Price: From US$690

Take your surfing to new heights with this budget-friendly surf camp located right in front of the famous Punta Marimar point break, in a sleepy fishing village in Puerto Sandino. The surf spot gets offshore winds all day, and offers several points and beach breaks for all levels to enjoy. 

You can rest assured that you’ll have plenty of surf sessions during your stay, with boat ride access to Nicaragua's best uncrowded waves.

The surf camp has an ocean-side pool on the edge of the cliff that overlooks Punta Miramar, a skate park, a restaurant, a bar, and hammocks to relax.

The package includes all daily meals (three home-cooked meals a day, plus juice or ice tea), with fresh organic ingredients from the surf camp’s garden, while all the meat and fish are purchased locally. Roundtrip transportation from Managua or Leon is also included.


5 Days Surfari Exploring Cartagena, Puerto Colombia & Santa Marta in Colombia


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: July till December
  • Price: From US$547

Explore Colombia’s spectacular coastline to the fullest on this adventure-packed surfari. Visit all the famous surf spots in Colombia, from Santa Marta to Barranquilla and Cartagena. You’ll surf at Palomino, Tayrona, Playa Casagrande, Playa Los Angeles, Playa Los Naranjos, Puerto Colombia, Pradomar, Salgar, Punta Roca, Playa Gay, Villa Alcatraz, Castillo Grande, Playa Hollywod, etc. 

This affordable surfari offers lessons for beginners and guiding on the famous reef breaks for advanced surfers. All the car and boat transfers to the waves are included, as well as daily snacks.

During this surfari, you’ll stay at different accommodations in Puerto Colombia, Tayrona, Palomino, and Cartagena.


​*Cover image credit: Los Clavos Surf Camp

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