La Botella de Leche offers accommodation in Tamarindo and the best surf camp deals in town with the most qualified surf instructors.
from Costa Rica, January 2021
"Great surf camp in Tamarindo!"
We had a lot of fun surfing since waves in Tamarindo are perfect for beginners and Marcos did a great job of finding best spots for us. Also all soft boards were great for beginners and in perfect conditions, not like other boards we saw offered on the beach. We were the only couple on a surf camp, so we had private lessons with Marcos and that was great! We also had a private yoga class which was very professional and in details, so we learnt a lot!
from Canada, February 2020
"Pablo is the best"
My time here was incredible! Pablo is the best! All of the staff here were so welcoming, and made every effort to make it a great experience. Pablo helped me improve a lot with my surfing, thank you Pablo! The surfing, scuba diving, yoga and hostel were all amazing. Marcos runs a great surf camp, I’d highly recommend coming and enjoying everything Costa Rica has to offer!
from United States, February 2020
"Coming Back! Pura Vida"
I have been to a handful of surf / yoga camps around the world and definitely would put this one up there in my top 3. To start La Botella de Leche is a perfect place to stay if you want to have good night life by you but also be in a place that you can get rest... solo, group and families stay at the hostel. And overall the facilities are clean and everything you need. Second, the breakfast at Utopia is great. Most importantly however, Manuel and his family as well as Marco and his team (Pablo and Agustin) are all amazing people. Manuel is good people and an excellent story teller. You will appreciate his international stories from all over the world. Marco is a true homie and has a group of excellent surf instructors. Truly enjoyed the community of people for surfing, yoga and overall life. Last thing I will note is Sandra (Marco's girlfriend is an excellent masseuse). I can't wait to be back. Cheers to Travel!
from United States, January 2020
The best part of the hostel and surf camp are the people. I had the time of my life thanks to ALL of them. Marko is a phenomenal teacher and provides the exact feedback that you need to hear in order to improve. He's also great company in the water and out. I would highly recommend this camp.
from United States, July 2019
"Amazing surfcamp at La Botella de Leche Tamarindo Costa Rica"
Amazing 6 days learning while having fun. Wonderful team at the Hostel Botella de Leche , everyone is attentive and working on delivering your expectations . Surf teacher super organized, patient, punctual and could learn relax while having fun. The Botella de Leche is just what you need to go to Tamarindo! The people are knowledgeable of their surroundings . They make you feel comfortable and the ability to relax and disconnect. I very much recommend them for anyone looking tp surf, relax, beach and fun.
from Canada, February 2019
"Amazing! Will go back for sure!! "
The vibe, the people, the town, learning to surf... I loved everything!!!
from Switzerland, April 2018
"Live and let live"
Everyone in this hostel follows his own agenda, be it from just hanging around and doing nothing until being busy the whole day and night long with surfing, adventure trips, yoga and nightlife or living as a digital nomad and doing graphic design. Because the overall vibes are so good and the team in itself including the cleaning ladies has a good spirit, you just have to fell welcomed and automatically start to relax (as stressed Western European)...
Marie Louise Van Oost
from Netherlands, March 2018
"Had a lovely time"
Everybody is really friendly and helpfull. There is a good vibe and a big big plus is the yoga and pilates from Stephanie! Totally loved it all!
from Costa Rica, March 2018
Botella da leche was the best accomodation i had in Costa Rica. The atmosphere in the hostel was very relaxed and it‘s a really cool place to stay at. The hostel also offers plenty of fun activities to do. The staff and the owner are very friendly and pleasant people and i really enjoyed staying there. The surfcamp was very good and as a beginner i learned a lot. The surfinstructor, Markos, does a great job and gives his best to give you what you‘re looking for. He‘s a very good instructor with a lot of experience and patience. The pictures taken by Sandra are also really cool.
Thank you guys very much!
Best wishes and many greetings
from Costa Rica, December 2019
"wirklich ein sehr, sehr schönes Surfcamp!"
sehr herzliches, hilfsbereites & freundliches Personal, man fühlt sich wie in einer Familie (sehr leckeres BBQ mit allen), gute Tipps für die gesamte (Weiter-)Reise, super Yoga Stunden, sehr gute Organisation des Surfcamps, abwechslungsreiches Angebot, sehr gute Ausweichprogramme bei schlechtem Wetter, sehr gutes Frühstück, sehr sehr nette Surflehrer (Grüße an Marcos und Pablo!!!) mit viel Erfahrung und dementsprechend auch sehr gute und ergiebige Surfstunden
war wirklich eine sehr schöne & unvergessliche Zeit!!!
from Canada, January 2021
"Number one surf camp in Costa Rica "
Loved going to surf trips with Marcos and Jonas. Marcos is probably the best surfing instructor out here and I throughoutly enjoyed his company and lessons. He helped me improve my skill with thoughtful suggestions and tips. Sadly I had booked only two lessons with him and I will have to be back for more! Thanks for everything ❤️ Pura Vida!
from France, November 2020
"Great experience and a lot of progress! "
I decided to start my 3 month trip in Costa Rica with this 8 day surf camp in Tamarindo. I wasn't disappointed, everything was great, the accomadation, the people, the massage, the breakfasts and of course the surf lessons. I had already surfed and took some lessons before in France but was still a beginner. I can say now that Marcos is the best surf teacher I had. It was not just about standing up on the board but actually make real progress, and get rid of bad habits (and I had quite a few!) Marcos is very patient but he pushes you to get better. Whatever your level when arriving at the Surfcamp, you can be sure that you will see a huge different between the first and the last day on your surfing skills. I even decided to book 2 other lessons and another week at La Botella de Leche to keep improving, don't hesitate!!
from Sweden, February 2020
"Amazing surf camp"
The camp was amazing! Marcos, our surf teacher, guided us through every activity - not only the surf but the snorkeling and party life too. We felt very much at home and had so much fun! We also did the aerial yoga which we loved. Breakfast was served at the French café next door and the croissant sandwiches were to die for! Over all we strongly recommend this surf camp. Great accommodation, staff, vibe and activities!
from Great Britain, February 2020
Thank to Marcos, Doc. and other staff I could enjoyed the first central america trip. Before visiting them i was a bit nervous. But all staff welcomed me with warm heart. I surfed every day in very beautiful and warm sea with Doc. He was always positive and earnestly teach me. I'm an intermediate surfer but have hardly surfed for 3 years in the UK. So the size of waves were proper for me. Not so big. And this plan included snorkeling as well. With Marcos we swam with a small turtle. She was so beautiful. The most impressive thing in Costa Rica was their enviromental friendly spirit. On the beach no plastics no rubbish and in the hostel staff recommend you to use reusable bottle. I respect them.
from France, February 2020
"Muy delicioso "
All the members of the argentinian team were awesome ! They really made my week ! Without them it would not have been the same and I would have missed something.
They are so friendly, so smiling, full of energy and so helpful !
Furthermore, Marcos, is a really serious and professional surf instructor.
So proud of my level at the end of the week, thanks !
The best team in Costa Rica for sure.
THE place to go.
from United States, February 2020
"Best instructors around "
Marcos and Pablo were both great, knowing exactly how hard to push in order to get the most out of you. As I beginner if you are willing to listen to them and follow instructions you will be able to get your own waves by the end of the week. Highly recommend them to anyone interested.
from France, February 2020
"Nice experience "
Nice people in this hostel
A happiness therapy 😊
from United States, January 2020
"Everything was great!"
The entire experience with the surf camp and the hostel far exceeded my expectations.
The surf camp was excellent. My instructors, Marcos and Augustine, had lots of paitence and passion for the sport. Even though I have some surfing experience before the camp, I still learned a lot about things I need to work on (timing, positioning in the lineup). If you are lucky, they may also do a BBQ for you, making the entire experience extra delicious. The photographers are amazing. They gave me the best photos I ever had of my surfing. In retrospect, I should have paid them extra money to ask them to take extra photos.
The hostel is perfectly located. It is only a short 5 minute walk from the downtown, yet there are banks, markets, restaurants right next to the hostel. There is even a very cool microbrewery with TVs and lawn games (Volcano Brewing) and a (weekly?) night market within two to three minute walk. I am actually really glad that the hostel is not in downtown, as it can get really loud and hectic in downtown at night.
The staff in the hostel are super friendly, helpful, and professional. I was initially anxious since I was traveling alone, but quickly got to know the staff and other travelers thanks to the hostel's cozy vibe.
I will definitely recommend this hostel and surf camp to anyone who wants to learn or improve their surfing, and enjoys a comfortable room with AC and friendly staff. *Remember to bring your own soap*
from Norway, January 2020
"The perfect surf camp!"
The hostel has such a cosy atmosphere. Everybody here mad us feel so welcome and at home. The surfing with Marcos and Pablo was so much fun and they are excellent teachers. We also had some great yoga classes. We wish we could have stayed here forever, it is really something everybody should experience!!
from Canada, January 2020
"An experience that makes you wanna move to Costa Rica! "
I was going to this surf camp alone and was very nervous that I wouldn't have fun and wouldn't make friends. But all the staff at the hostel and Marcos the instructor, were so kind and made me feel at ease right away. I am a very shy and anxious person and they somehow made me feel like I belonged there, which never happens for me. They took these amazing and professional photos of us surfing which was really cool. And they even BBQ'd for everyone at the hostel a few nights. I felt like they actually cared if I was having a good time or not, and that means a lot to me. The surf lessons were so much fun, and I learned so much in such a short time. One of the best parts was the massage after a week of surfing. It was the perfect ending to the whole trip and was probably the best massage I've ever had! I had so much fun on this trip, it seriously makes me want to look into living in Costa Rica.
from Canada, January 2020
"1 Week Surf Camp - Solo female traveller"
Great experience. The hostel is owned by very nice people and everyone you encounter there is super easy going and welcoming. The surf instructors know when to challenge you and when to help. Proud of the progress I made in just a week. Thanks Pablo!! Would definitely recommend!
Maria Holck Ertner
from El Salvador, December 2019
I had The best experience with la botella de leche. The hostel itself is really cool and nice and everybody there was extremely welcoming and fun to be around. I felt at home as soon as I arrived and I really didn’t want to leave again. The surfin was really cool, and my surf instructor, Marcos, was amazing and super funny. I had so much fun during my stay and there’s no doubt that I’m coming back!
from Guatemala, November 2019
We couldn't ask for e better first surf experience. The hostel was very nice and the staff was friendly and helpful. Marcos our surf instructor did an amazing job. We never surfed before and after 6 days of surfing with him we can say that we are able to catch the waves by ourself. We would definitely come back for another surfcamp at botella de leche one day. We really had a great time there with nice people! :-)
Mari Kirsti Kaaen
from Norway, September 2019
"Super stay at la Botella de Leche!! "
My stay at la Botella de Leche went past waaay to quick. I was at the 8-days surf camp, and think this is the perfect package if you want to surf a lot and get great value for your money. The hostel has cool areas to hang out in, and has a kitchen if you want to make your own food. It is located in a quite part of town, so you are actually able to sleep if you want to go out surfing early in the morning. The waves in Tamarindo are perfect for improving your surfing. Pablo was a really nice instructor, being patient and explaining well about how to improve my teqnique, as well as how to read waves. The people working at the hostel are very helpful and friendly, and will do their best to help you with all kinds of questions and requests. I can really recommend this place to anyone that want to improve their surfing, staying at a cool place and having a GREAT time!!
from United States, April 2019
"Solo Surfer trip - AMAZING experience: I’m a better surfer!"
Location is awesome. The surf lessons, which is the whole reason I came her, were AWESOME. Marcos is patient but pushes you. His goal was to make sure I improved as a surfer, not just to get pretty pictures. He worked on technique with me & helped me admonish bad habits. You’d never know it, since Marcos is so understated & humble - he’s an expert, very well-respected in the community. While I was at the surf camp, the Spain Travel channel came out to tape his surf lessons. He never batted an eye or made a big deal out of it. Amidst it all, my surf lessons continued without missing a single beat. I would HIGHLY recommend Marcos! La Botella De Leche is a very clean hostel, with lots of community space for meeting the others at the Hostel. The Kitchen, eating area, lounging area, pool are all GREAT - I used all of the spaces. The people are super nice - very welcoming and accommodating. Yoga was AWESOME - so needed after many days surfing. The massage - Sandra, is not just a massage therapist, she is a physiotherapist, the only one in town. The massage was amazing, and I also opted for dry-needling, which greatly alleviated my tight shoulders. I met tons of GREAT people at the hostel, and made new friends of the staff and fellow travelers. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
from Spain, March 2019
"All very well organised with special care of the guests!"
The surf instructor was very professional putting safety on first position. Always concerned about his students, explaining all very good. Giving good advises and carrying about how to improve the level of the student.
from France, February 2019
"Good to be in the pool after surfing"
from Australia, January 2019
Facilities and staff were amazing, and the local surf guide Fran was very knowledgeable and fun to surf with. Highly recommend!
from Switzerland, September 2018
Das Package mit Surf-Lektionen, Schnorcheln und Yoga bietet eine gute Abwechslung.
Das Personal war sehr freundlich und unkompliziert.