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La Botella de Leche offers accommodation in Tamarindo and the best surf camp deals in town with the most qualified surf instructors.
Marcos is a very enthusiastic and positive person! His Surfing Lessons are very didactive and people have a lot of fun! He always do his best effort in order to make his students spend the time of their lives while surfing!
Belen is a Spanish teacher born in Argentina who fell in love with the Tamarindo, its beaches, lovely people and lifestyle and decided to call it her home. She has been teaching her mother language to tourists and expats in town and abroad since 2017 and has opened her own learning center in downtown Tamarindo.
from Canada, July 2021
"AMAZING, MEMORABLE AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE! "
I came to Tamarindo alone for the surf camp. From the first day I received a great welcome, everyone was super friendly and kind.
When it comes to surf lessons Marcos is a super good instructor, he gives good advices and he is patient. His feedbacks helps a lot. I really liked how he adapts to the evolution I had done during the lessons. he made sure everything was safe and security was super important for him. The lessons were super fun and constructive.
Regarding the hostel, I really loved La Botella de Leche, the staff always make sure everything is fine, it's a social place, really easy to make friends, I felt I was part of the family very quickly. The place was clean, with a big kitchen and a nice swimming pool. In short, it was a super nice experience, I felt in love with the place and the people. I HIGHLY recommend!!!
from Canada, July 2021
"Good place to learn surfing and spend your vacation "
I liked everything. People, setup (pool is great for your kids), the surfing lessons, things to do around.
from United States, July 2021
"Amazing Experiance! "
What started as a 8 day surf adventure quickly turned into an amazing 31 days in paradise! Tamarindo is a great location to learn how to surf and Marcos who runs the surf camp in La Botella is your guy!
THE SURF: The whole camp was super well organized and flexible from day 1. Marcos was just what I needed - gives you great feedback and instructions and pushes you so you can get better. Safety was super important for Marcos and his students. This can be your first time surfing or you can be someone who has surfed for a while - this is a great camp to learn and to improve your surfing with Marcos! And if you are lucky and he cooks one of his famous Argentinian BBQ - you are in for a treat!
THE PLACE: La Botella is super social hostel and people are extremely nice. I felt like I was part of the family from day 1. I liked the huge open gym upstairs - where you can do yoga, get a massage or stretch after a day of surfing. There is a dive master Fernando that lives in the hostel to take you diving or you can get a massage from Sandra who is certified therapist to make you ready for your next day of surfing! Just ask Marcos - he will help you organize everything! The breakfast which you will get part of the camp is next door in a French Bakery! Yummy!
Marcos - Thank you for all my friend and providing such a great experience. I will be coming back soon ;) 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 United Kingdom, 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 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!
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 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!
Fabian Tobias Ruetsche
from Switzerland, October 2021
Its the right choice for beginner/intermediate Surfers! I had 5 lessons and i progressed a lot and had a great time with the guys from Botella de Leche. Would definitely go again!
from United States, July 2021
I've been dreaming of a surf trip to Costa Rica for 4 years, and it was even better than I imagined! Marcos is a terrific instructor and a great guy. If you're looking for a Costa Rican surf experience on a budget, I highly recommend this one! Pura Vida!!!
from Germany, April 2021
We had great 5 days! The people were very kind and we felt very comfortable. The surfcamp was a lot of fun. We were taught the basics of surfing very well!
from United States, April 2021
"Will definitely be back for another visit!"
This surf camp was so much fun and in the perfect location! Tamarindo is such a cute beach town and all of the people there were so friendly. La Botella de Leche is a hidden gem within Tamarindo - everyone working at the hostel was super welcoming and helpful, the surf instructors were very easygoing and they provided great tips throughout all of the surf lessons, and the hostel was perfect for young travelers looking for a chill place to hang out! The location of the hostel is perfect - not right on the main street, but still very close to the beach, and it felt very safe leaving our valuables there since there were always hostel staff and friends around on site. All of the people at the hostel were welcoming AND there was free coffee all day long! I really enjoyed doing a sunrise yoga session while staying at La Botella de Leche, as well. Honestly, they offered more than I expected for such a great price, all of the activities and services offered were impeccable, and the people were so, so nice! I will definitely be back for another visit very soon!!
from Russia, February 2021
Everything was great from on-demand adjusting surf camp pack according to my preferences & needs (e.g. including Spanish classes), cool surf classes with Marcos, yoga classes, and wonderfully friendly and family-like vibes in the hostel in general that make you come back :)
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, 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 Canada, February 2019
"Amazing! Will go back for sure!! "
The vibe, the people, the town, learning to surf... I loved everything!!!
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!!!