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6 Day Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Guanacaste

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    8 Day Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Guanacaste

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      4 Day Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Guanacaste

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        Reviews (185)


        from Great Britain, June 2024

        "Excellent surf camp and hostel"

        I loved the mood of the place, it was very welcoming and everyone was super helpful and nice.

        The surf instructors explain everything in detail and makes it easier than you’d think.

        Overall excellent beginner experience.

        Will come back if i’m in Tamarindo again.

        The French Messi

        Sadia Brangan

        from United States, April 2024

        "Loved it!!!"

        The surf lessons were truly incredible- our kids thoroughly enjoyed everyday and everyday they got better and better with the help of all the awesome instructors- each one helped with technique… made it super fun and yet very safe.

        The group we formed for that one week was perfect and we already miss everyone so much! We loved every minute of it and hope to get back next year!

        Ingeborg Lie Søvold

        from Norway, April 2024

        "definitely recommend "

        beautiful hostel with good location. very social and everyone were so nice! recommend the surf camp, should have stayed longer:)

        Howard Spurlock

        from United States, April 2024

        "Great experience for beginner surfers! 8 days recommended "

        Marcos and the other instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful! I was able to go from zero surfing experience to being able to catch my own waves by the end of the week!

        Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend Marcos and the team if you’re looking to get an introduction to surfing.

        From talking to the others in the surf camp, if you’re a total beginner you really don’t start to get the hang of surfing until day 4-5 so the eight day camp is recommended if you want to get to a point where you can catch your own waves.

        Elisabeth Holmskov

        from Denmark, April 2024

        "Really lovely place, with lovely people."

        Marcos is really good at taking care of everything you need. He makes sure you feel comfortable, and likes to hang out besides the surfing. The other instructors is also super kind and helpful!


        from United States, March 2024

        Fantastic instruction. Great ratio of number of teachers to students. Catered to the ability of the surfer. Great energy and care and group environment.

        Megan Sky

        from Canada, March 2024

        "Most wonderful people, place & lessons! "

        I truly don’t have the words to describe just how incredible both my stay at the hostel and my time at the surf camp was, but I will try my very best! Everyone at the hostel made me feel at home from day one and my extended stay allowed me to get to know so many incredible people who came and went as well as THE MOST incredible team working to run the hostel and the camp! I had never surfed before coming to Costa Rica and was completely hooked on the sport from day one of lessons. Kevin, Gero, Jona, Marcos, and everyone else who stepped in to help were knowledgeable, kind, encouraging, patient and so much fun - they made us all feel comfortable from the very beginning but also pushed us to improve with each day we had with them. I am admittedly a slow learner when it comes to new sports, so multiple surf camps allowed me to gain confidence and really get the hang of some techniques, and the guys were more than supportive, encouraging, and helpful the whole way through. Thank you to everyone who made me feel at home, and a part of a family in Tamarindo - I miss you all already!

        If I have any suggestions for anyone looking to book this surf camp, they are; 1) Do it! And 2) Book the longer one because you will have a hard time leaving! I repeatedly witnessed each person leave and wish that they could stay longer - it truly was some of the best weeks of my life and that is all because of the people involved at the camp, and just how fun surfing is! Thank you x a million!!

        Emilia Gläser

        from Germany, March 2024

        Everything was perfect. The instructors were very good, I learned a lot and the surfing was so much fun. They paid a lot of attention to your safety in the water and gave you really good advice for surfing. Everyone who worked at la botella de leche was so caring. In the evening we did a lot of activities together. Overall the vibes were so nice I really recommend the surfcamp, everything was lovely, I won‘t forget it.

        Simone Grunnell

        from Denmark, March 2024

        "Great stay! "

        We had a great stay a la Botella de Leche!

        The staff is lovely and very welcoming.

        We really liked the facilities as there were many cozy spots where we could relax in the shadow.

        We also went in the surf camp. That was also really good. We both got up and had a fun time.

        All in all a great stay and we would recommend.

        Vyara Tatarska

        from Germany, March 2024

        "Living the Pura vida chilled life 🦥 in Tamarindo"

        Surf camp - skilled surf instructors that really care about teaching their students the basic of surfing. They push you a lot as they believe in you!! Shout out to Kevin, Gero and Marcos.

        Hostel - I had a private room on the 2nd floor with an AC which is top notch. You can use the yoga space for your own gym or yoga workouts when there are no lessons. Water and coffee are unlimited, kitchen has everything you may wish for your cooking skills. Pool is super and the space around it for socializing and relaxing

        Staff - is lovely and very helpful. They seem also pretty close with each other !

        Food - there is unlimited coffee in the hostel which I find super good as well as filtered water tank. Breakfast is incl in the price

        Evening activities - surf instructors and the hostel staff that is not in their shift might join the activities which creates a great bonding space to hang out with the locals. Absolutely recommend, we had some karaoke, dances, and beer pong.

        Yoga - I would suggest to pick the morning yoga as it prepares and tones your body for the surf practice. Fells incredible what your body can do!!

        As Costa rica is pretty far from Europe I would be able to visit soon, but will try someday again! Amazing feeling of community from the local people and great surf camp from Marcos. You find rare instructors that really care about teaching their students the basis of surfing, and they are hell of a good instructors (also Kevin and Gero!). Sending you all warm hugs 💜


        from United States, March 2024

        "Good Times"

        This hostel and surfcamp gave me a lasting and memorable impression! The dorm rooms were great, AC was blasting, curtains for privacy, clean showers, and quiet nights at 11pm. The location was also great and near everything you'd want. I met some amazing friends and had some good nights out with the help of Marcos and the hostel.

        The surfing was amazing and I learned a lot of tips and tricks that I will keep using. The waves were amazing my last day and the instructors handled our group well. Shout out to Kevin for being an awesome coach!!!

        There are many other activities the hostel can set up for you, my favourite was the yoga with Jamie!

        I learned a lot about myself on this trip both on and off the waves. Excited to get back on a board and ride again!


        from United States, March 2024

        "An amazing experience and community!"

        This was my first surf camp, and it was an amazing experience! All the instructors are super helpful, and they make you feel like a pro even after your first lesson! I’d definitely recommend this camp for first-timer and beginner surfers. For more experienced surfers, the instructors will definitely give you some good tips, but at some point the only way to get better is to just practice and get out there on the water. Even if you are more experienced, it’s very nice that they bring the boards down to the beach for you, and I loved the community and connections you build over the camp; everyone is super encouraging! Getting to know the other campers and instructors was an awesome life experience and it was so interesting hearing about everyone's unique path's in life. I stayed in the hostel and it was great; they provide lockers and AC, and I never felt worried about my stuff being taken. Highly recommend both the camp and the hostel!!

        Rosaleen Morris

        from Ireland, March 2024

        Thank you for an amazing stay in beautiful Tamirindo! Good place to stay for a solo traveller, friendly staff. Special shoutout to surf instructor Kevin, very helpful.

        Georgia Kemble

        from Mexico, March 2024

        "Great surf camp, recommend it !! :) :)"

        Loved the surf camp, all the instructors really get to know your strengths and weaknesses and push you every lesson. I learned a lot and was able to move on to my next destination, rent a board, and practice what I've learned feeling confident.

        I was in a shared room and was comfortable, private with a curtain. Hostel is social with a great pool, I also liked that it was a little walk from the town so was quiet when you wanted to rest, but still close to restaurants and bars.

        I met so many great people and would definitely want to come back. During my stay there were multiple people who had extended their stay because they didn't want to leave.

        Thanks guys!

        Vickie Bowcut

        from United States, February 2024

        "Incredible Hostel & Surf Camp"

        We loved staying at the Botella De Leche Hostel and thought the surf camp was absolutely amazing! All the surf instructors, but especially Kevin, Gero, Jona, Fede, and Gustav, are incredibly knowledgable, friendly, and hospitable! They all really excel at teaching both the surfing basics and giving everyone personalized advice on how to keep continuing to get better throughout the week. Most importantly, they all made us feel like we were at home almost instantly and they created an amazing environment to learn to surf and get to know other travelers. My whole group loved the surf lessons, staff, and hostel so much that we extended our stay in Tamarindo.

        Ultimately, if you are looking for a great hostel with an even more incredible surf camp and amazing vibes, this is the place to go! We all already miss the instructors a ton and can't wait to visit again in the future! ♡


        from France, February 2024

        "Superbe expérience ! "

        L'accueil, la convivialité tout nous a mis à notre aise dès notre arrivée ! L'équipe de Kevin était super ! nous avons passé un superbe séjour, très amusant et nous avons pratiquer une nouvelle activité très passionnante dans une ambiance good vibes, attentionnée, et à l’écoute de chaque. Un grand merci :)

        Antonietta Sferrazza

        from Canada, February 2024

        "Great place for beginners "

        Kevin and Geronimo are great teachers. I came here with only a small amount of surf experience and left being able to catch waves on my own. They really work with you to get your form right each time you go out. I’d recommend la botella de leche surf camp to anyone who is beginner and wants to become intermediate

        Annie Shan

        from United States, January 2024

        "Best Decision ever made"

        I didn't expect myself to be so attached to this place when I was booking the surf camp. The staff works so hard to create this vibrant and welcoming community to make sure you feel included the first day you get here. I got a single bed in a mixed dorm + 4 days of surfing class and there's literally nothing to complain about. The room is very clean and well-equipped, so as the kitchen and the common area. The best part of living in a hostel is that you can meet people from all over the world. Everyone is just sooo nice and lovely and we had so many beautiful memories hanging out and surfing together XD As for the surf class, shout out to Marcos, Kevin, and Gero for helping me progress from being a complete beginner to trying to catch the waves myself. These talented instructors really know how to teach and will tell you the things you got wrong to help you improve.

        I'm so glad that I made this choice. I will remember all the precious experiences and memories I had in La Botella de Leche and will definitely come back for you guys in the future!! Thank you for everything.

        Elizabeth Chretien

        from Canada, December 2023

        "Amazing stay "

        I felt welcomed from the very first second. The team is available, professional, funny and engaging!

        The location is perfect, close to everything. The lunches are delicious.

        Lots of different availabilities for yoga, and the surf sessions are very instructive.

        I'll definitely be back!

        Thanks to the great team at La Botella! I miss you already!

        Reanne Van Wyk

        from Canada, December 2023

        "an amazing week spent in tamarindo !!"

        if you’re looking into booking a surf camp, or even just a stay in tamarindo, i highly recommend choosing surfspirit / la botella de leche hostel. my brother and i spent 8 days here and had a great time. from the surf instructors to the hostel staff, you can expect nothing but kindness and welcoming energy. the hostel is clean and comfortable; the lessons are informative and thorough; the instructors are knowledgable and fun. 10/10 experience - would definitely return.

        - reanne & connor 👸🏼🇨🇦🏄🏽‍♂️🐓

        Janina Werries

        from Germany, December 2023

        "Big recommendation "

        I had a really good time at the surf camp. The hostel was lovely, the people were super nice and we did a lot together. The surf lessons were perfect for beginners and the tips were very helpful.

        It was a lot of fun. I would book it again! Exceeded my expectations.

        Nicola Imfeld

        from Argentina, December 2023

        "Amazing week, incredible efforts by the team"

        It‘s not just a hostel or a surfcamp, it‘s much more. The host Marcos is doing this for 13 years but he is still trying EVERYTHING that people have a great time. Every day he is

        organising an activity (beerpong, bbq etc.) and he even joins most of the times and makes sure that there is a great atmosphere. The surf lessons are great and they explain everything very well upfront. I would recommend doing the surfcamp - you can make a lot of improvements in just a week. All Surf instructors are great and the same goes for the volunteers that work in the hostel. By the way, they all speak english too so no worries at all if you can’t speak Spanish. Can 100% recommend this!

        Marco Angeles

        from Philippines, December 2023

        "Great experience! 🤙🏄🏻‍♂️"

        This was my first surfcamp experience and the crew didn’t disappoint! Learned so much about wave theory/safety and received many corrections along the way. Everyone’s super cool and friendly. It’s a well-tailored program with plenty of chances to hangout, or explore Tamarindo on your own. Thank you 🙏

        Jennifer Conklin

        from United States, December 2023

        "Surf Camp"

        We had a great breakfast at the french bakery every morning next to the hostel. The location of the hostel is right near all the restaurants and shops. The best part of course was the surfing. The surf instructors were awesome. My friend and I had so much fun! We would definitely go back again.

        Nat Holden

        from United States, December 2023

        "Awesome place to stay and surf!"

        The facility was clean, open air, there were yoga classes available (10$) they had live music and pizza one night, had excellent surf instructors and sandy beaches to learn on. The staff (including cleaning crew) were so friendly. The AC worked great in the rooms. ( 8 room dorm). I would definitely stay there again.

        Mathew Bond

        from Canada, December 2023

        "The Perfect Mix of Surf, Friends and Fun"

        As a casual surfer, I was looking to relax and practice my surfing when arriving in Tamarindo for the 8 day surf camp. The entire experience completely exceeded my expectations. The combination of the cute little hostel, group surf lessons, professional instructors and extra activities was perfect for improving my surfing, making friends and having fun.

        As surf instructors, Marcos, Gero and Kevin were very professional, with a proper amount of warm up, safety and surf technique instruction before each class. There was ~1 instructor for every 4 students and I felt like there was a lot of time for the instructors to work with each of us. Each class was about 2 hours long, and we were able to stay late with others in the class, surf as much as we want and take the boards out to other nearby surf spots.

        The hostel was a great spot as a solo traveller. I stayed in a shared dorm of 8. The bunks were set up really well with full blackout curtains on all sides. AC kept the room cool & comfortable. There was an air conditioned gym area for yoga & the pool was great to cool off mid-day. The kitchen was well equipped to cook meals & the staff helpful with booking tours, transfers and suggestions on local activities. There was always a fun, mixed group of travellers and surfers to spend time and organize activities with. The hostel has an 11pm “lights out & quiet” policy which was respected by the guests. Tamarindo has a busy night life for those who wanted more after 11pm.

        Lena Aaron

        from United States, December 2023

        "A MUST do surf camp"

        This surf camp was better than anything I could have imagined. I had the best time. First, you stay at an amazing hostel in the only dorm they have so it’s an inherently social experience. You can get free breakfast and a free yoga class. The beach is about a 5 minute walk away- well everything is like a five minute walk away. The lessons are so fun you get great instruction and the instructors are kind, welcoming, fun and respectful. I learned so much and improved with each day as well as just had the time of my life. They come at least once with a camera to take photos of everyone (these are also included in the surf camp) and Fede did an absolute phenomenal job taking photos. All in all these guys, Marcos especially, really cares and is passionate about what he does and I would 10/10 go back and do it all over!

        David Whitehead

        from Canada, November 2023

        "Great surf camp"

        Gaston was a great host/coordinator!

        - he gave us a great restaurant suggestion to take the fish we caught

        - he analyzed our surf photos and gave us some pointers

        - he told me the best coffee and chocolate to buy/ where to buy it

        And shout out to Fifo the surf instructor - cool guy

        Vincent Bagaini

        from Canada, November 2023

        "5 days surf camp"

        We went there for a total of 6 nights and 5 surf days. The breakfast was excellent and the common spaces (kitchen and pool) were big and nice

        Surf instructors were really good and chill

        Yoga class was also fun

        Sarah Bartels

        from Costa Rica, October 2023

        "Perfect surfcamp to improve surfing and meeting new people"

        I loved to stay at Botella de Leche, it felt like a family, since there was always somebody around and something going on!

        The surf lessons were very nice too, I feel that I could improve a lot in a week :)

        Tanja Tadic

        from United States, October 2023

        "Excellent "

        We had 4 surfing lessons and our instructor were very helpful with everything

        Chris Masilon

        from United States, October 2023

        "Perfect stay!"

        This is a lovely place to stay. The staff were amazing and very nice. It's located perfectly in Tamarindo, and a very short walk from everything, including the ocean. The property was very clean and nicely laid out. The central pool becomes a gathering point where you can meet snd talk with people from all over the world! The surf instructors were top notch, friendly and fun! If you're considering Tamarindo, this place is a must stay!

        Caitlin Westlake

        from Costa Rica, October 2023

        Our instructor was Gavin. He was brilliant, I went from being completely unable to surf to catching waves by myself and riding them to the beach. It was a great experience!

        Mike Hawkins

        from United States, September 2023

        "Fantastic surf experience "

        I had an completely enjoyable week at the Botella de Leche surf camp. Kevin was a great coach who patiently helped me improve my technique. Most surf camp customers are beginners - I was the only intermediate surfer there that week, which meant I got private lessons. Very quickly it became just surfing with a friend who gave helpful pointers. In addition to Kevin, the rest of the surf camp/hostel crew was great - Marcos, Fede, Gaston, Ana, and Juan were super fun to be around. This was my first time staying in a hostel, and it really exceeded my expectations. The private room and bath, excellent air-conditioning, swimming pool, and yoga studio were all excellent. The vibe at the hostel is chill and fun - great music, meeting people from all over the world, hanging out in the pool with a beer after a surf session, petting Chocolate the cat who likes to hang out at the front desk - all thoroughly enjoyable. Contrary to some reviews I read before arriving, there is hot water in the showers, and cold water is available anytime you want from a dispenser at the front desk. Other aspects of the surf camp to mention: the included breakfasts at the French bakery up the road hit the spot, Pedro's yoga class was fantastic, and the crocodile tour was really fun - we saw crocs, monkeys, and lots of birds. Overall, the surf camp is great value for the money. I'm so glad I went, and I'm already thinking about my next trip. If you're considering this, just book it - you'll be glad you did!

        Charlie Dean

        from Great Britain, September 2023

        "Great week with great people!"

        Everyone involved in the surf camp and La botella de leche were really nice, helpful and fun. Marcos bringing everyone together for fun in the evenings was great! Kevin was a super surf instructor, very chill and patient with us

        Karin Van Dijk

        from Costa Rica, September 2023

        "Look no further, book here!"

        Fun and very good vibes, during classes as well as outside of classes. Marcos, Kevin and the other instructors were all knowledgable, knew exactly what things to point out to help you improve and were very patient, even with the beginners ;). Accommodation is nice and has airconditioning in the dorm as well as in the rooms, a good kitchen and chill common area.

        Julia Boucher

        from United States, September 2023

        "THE BEST EVER"

        I liked everything, the fact that I could first improve myself in surfing because the lessons are really well done and Marcos take time to explain everything and go to the rhythm of every single person that are in the class, also the vibes and atmosphere always good, the perfect organization, but most of all the people that I met are all amazing. Thank you Marcos, the school and family you built is nothing comparable🙏🏼

        Måns Hofvander

        from Sweden, September 2023

        "Fantastic place and super nice hosts, never wanted to leave"

        The increadible atmosphere and the fantastic Argentinian staff

        Emma Manzella

        from United States, August 2023


        My friend and I had an incredible time at Marcos’s surf camp. Everything was well run, the staff was great, and we learned so much from Kevin. Could not recommend doing this camp more, we had so much fun!!!

        Felipe Merchan

        from France, August 2023

        "Amazing experience "

        I had an incredible four-day experience at the surf camp. The service was top-notch, and the crew's positive vibes were contagious. The instructors were skilled and patient, making the surf lessons a highlight. The friendly atmosphere and cozy accommodations added to the overall enjoyment. I highly recommend this camp for anyone looking to learn and have an amazing time in a supportive environment.


        from United States, August 2023

        "The perfect surf trip"

        Exactly what I was looking for, great waves, great location!


        from Israel, August 2023

        "Great vibes- Too expensive "

        Friendly vibes at the dorms and place!

        Very expensive surf camp- the *advice* - book a reservation to a room there and add surf lessons separately (35$ a lesson 8.23)

        Elma Perdones Sirvain

        from Spain, July 2023

        "Best experience!"

        My week in the surf camp was one of the best of my vacations.

        It made me like surfing even more and thanks to Kevin (the instructor) I saw progress so fast. He takes time to explain and help you personally even if it’s a group class.

        The material is all given by the school! The hostel is also super welcoming and good vibes! I loved to spend time with everyone.

        Breakfast is also included and is really good (many options). The yoga class was also helpful as you get sore and tired after a day of surfing!

        They were always there to help and make you have a great time! Marcos and Kevin were at the same time professional and friendly!

        I didn’t want to leave! I would recommend this camp to anyone who wants to learn about surfing and have an entertaining week!

        Thank you very much to all of you!!

        Kate Herrmann

        from Italy, July 2023

        "perfect week in paradise "

        After traveling for 4 weeks straight, it was most enjoyable to have a little bit of structure and community, I found that here at la bottlea de leche, i loved waking up going surfing & actually getting up, having breakfast, & having the rest of the day to explore a beautiful costal town & having the option to take yoga classes as well.

        Morgan Lakey

        from United States, July 2023

        "Fun but flawed "

        - Easy waves for beginner surfers

        - Fun atmosphere at the hostel

        - Planned activities to participate in

        - Clean room with good AC

        - Within walking distance to most attractions/food in Tamarindo

        - Right next to bank and grocery store

        Harrison Foreman

        from Nicaragua, July 2023


        Trainers were good and helpful and funny

        Yuko Milligan

        from United States, June 2023

        "Fun easy surf camp!"

        I really liked that I was able to start day from yoga, breakfast, surf lesson!

        And chilled at pool after surf lesson.

        Both of instructors Kevin and Gaston were friendly and attentive and gave me great advices!

        All the staff at hostel were nice as well,

        Leo and Fede and more!

        Alex Sosnowski

        from Canada, June 2023

        "Costa Rica 2023 Tamarindo"

        First off, this was my first time traveling solo and staying at a hostel. This website definitely helped, with so many reviews to read about the place. The hostel staff were very accommodating, hooking me up with a private room booking just days before my arrival. It was my first time attending a surf camp/surfing. Markos was immediately super welcoming and very fun. You can tell he loves what he does and loves meeting new people. The place as a whole has great vibes and reasonable rules that are followed to a T. Lights and music off at 11pm in the common areas with an overnight security guard at front desk. Overall, as a solo female traveler I felt very safe at all times. Everyone on staff, including the cleaners were so sweet and welcoming. Shout out to them!! As someone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community , I think it’s important to mention that I also felt safe and welcomed in this regard. There was always something fun to do, the 7am yoga thats included was well run in the studio upstairs. During the week I was there, the staff organized a huge BBQ for everyone at the hostel as well as a catamaran cruise day trip (definitely worth it- all day drinks included along with dinner and snorkelling). In terms of the surf camp itself, it very well run. And the instructors Markos and Kevin made sure you caught your first wave no problem. Overall, best trip. Made some great travel friends and would definitely recommend this hostel and surf camp!!!

        Alex Bailey

        from Great Britain, June 2023

        "Best surf camp in amazing hostel with community vibes"

        Absolutely loved the experience of learning to surf and staying at the Botella. Everyone is really friendly and as a solo traveller it was really easy to make friends and find exciting things to do every night of the week.

        Marcos and Kevin are both exceptionally good surf instructors with different styles so if you're hoping to level up and improve your technique, this is the surf camp for you. I liked it so much I stayed on at the hostel for an extra few days and Marcos let me borrow a board to keep practicing :) I'm hooked!

        The hostel is also one of the best in the world I've stayed at with a real community feel. Hanging out in hammocks by the pool, beer pong Mondays and shared cooking with surf buddies made this a trip to remember. Would wholeheartedly recommend!

        Keshia Chandoe

        from Netherlands, May 2023

        "Paddle paddle paddle!"

        I loved surfing. I feel i learned a pretty good base in 5 days but i need to paddle more :) The instructors Kevin and Marcos were great and friendly. Good teachers. The hostel has nice facilities, a pool and chill area with a tv, kitchen with a lot of space. I had a private room, it was clean and neat. My experience overall was good :)


        from Switzerland, May 2023

        "Surf, fun, bbq and nightlife"

        Marcos and Kevin did a great job with explaining the movements for surfing and gave tips throughout the lessons. We could also take the boards just to surf on our own. The hostel was a fun place with very chilled people, we had 2 BBQ during the week and also went out all together. Marcos helped with organising my diving activities too. It was a great experience, can only recommend them. :)

        Anna Sophie Portele

        from Costa Rica, May 2023

        "Surfcamp Tamarindo "

        The surfteachers were the best!! I had so much fun with them, Marcos and Kevin, and it was way more than just surfing. Would definetly recommend it :))

        Amy Peterson

        from Brazil, April 2023

        "Incredible surf trip in Tamarindo"

        The lessons were amazing! Marcos and Kevin were truly the best.

        Wendelin Sorenson

        from Costa Rica, April 2023

        "Such a great experience "

        The people were great. I felt like I had a home. Very clean. The pool was refreshing. Instructors were very patient with me. I'm 55 with a bad back. Every lesson I had was fabulous.

        Jesper Thøstesen

        from Denmark, April 2023

        The people/staff was nice og great.

        Fernanda Horrillo

        from United States, April 2023

        "amazing vacation. if you’re considering it— just book it!"

        Our week-long stay at La Botella de Leche + surf camp was amazing. The surf instructors are top notch and are genuinely dedicated to not only helping you improve but ensuring you have a good time. Marcos is extremely accommodating and just an overall firecracker of a personality. He made us feel immediately welcome and was really dedicated to helping build a sense of community within the hostel and making sure everyone had fun— he planned games for us, nights out, got us into bars without cover, and helped us book a catamaran with the other hostel stayers, etc. With him as a resource, it was so easy to feel like an integrated part of Tamarindo for our brief stay. Kevin and Gero were just as accommodating and such a pleasure to get to know. As people, absolute gems; as instructors, they gave intentional, personalized, and detailed feedback that translated to real improvement. At the beginning of the week, I was using a large foam board and struggling to catch and time waves on my own. By the end, I had transitioned to a hard-top, could consistently time and catch waves on my own, as well as turn. My progress speaks to quality of instruction offered at this surf camp. Breakfast was served daily at a French bakery 2 doors down and was delicious— we genuinely looked forward to breakfast everyday. The croissants were not too greasy. In fact— they were perfectly buttery.

        All in all, 10/10 recommend this surf camp. If you’re thinking about it, just book it.

        Lauren Watson

        from Great Britain, April 2023

        "Great surfing"

        We stayed at la botella de leche for 6 days and did 4 days of surfing, and it was the first time I've been able to consistently stand up surfing! The instructors are very helpful and patient in teaching you how to surf. Geronimo was our main instructor and he was brilliant, constantly giving us tips on how to improve whilst being very positive! Kevin and Marcos were also great instructors and were very welcoming. The hostel fostered a very friendly environment where it was easy to make friends and ask questions. The breakfast at a local bakery was delicious with lots of variety so you could try something new everyday! The crocodile tour was also an added bonus for our day off. I would highly recommend booking this surf camp!

        Floor Krewinkel

        from Netherlands, April 2023

        "So good!! "

        The vibes at the hostel were so good and the surflessons where so much fun! The instructors really made me feel safe in the ocean and at home at the hostel:) Would definitely recommend!!

        Sophie Frank

        from Austria, April 2023

        Jeder einzelne Surflehrer ist super nett und supportive. Die community im hostel ist mega freundlich und sehr familiär. Die Gemeinschaftsbereiche sind gemütlich und die Küche ist super.

        Marianne Veilleux

        from Canada, March 2023

        I had such an amazing time at this surf camp and met INCREDIBLE people there! The instructors were so great : Gero and Kevin are amazing and pushed ourselves to be better every time in the water. Great vibes, great surf and most of all, great memories of chasing waves into the sunset with people I will remember for a lifetime!

        Josh Palmer

        from Great Britain, March 2023

        "Great Surf Camp"

        Biggest selling point is the instructors - Marcos, Kevin and Gero were extremely welcoming and made the entire week fantastic. Great instruction and very friendly.

        Great kitchen and nice, social public spaces, including a pool. Breakfast included at a bakery next door; rest is self-catered. The dorm was simple but comfortable; air-con, shared bathroom and a small locker each. I stayed in a private double room on the last night and that was very nice, and also en-suite.

        I really enjoyed my week here and would definitely come back.

        Tara Scholl

        from Austria, March 2023

        It was the best place for surfing and I have met so many nice people there!!

        Jobim Simon

        from Netherlands, March 2023

        "Surf Spirit best surfcamp in Tamarindo!"

        First of all the hostel you’re staying in during the surf camp is great, the staff is friendly and the rooms are great. Kitchen and other facilities are perfect. Breakfast is one of the best we had!!!

        Our surfing experience was so much fun and we enjoyed every lesson we had with Marcos and Geronimo. They are the best teachers and we learned a lot from them. We could use the surfboards anytime we wanted and Tamarindo Beach is perfect for beginners. Surf lessons aren’t with too many people which is nice.

        Marcus also organised many other activities for instance going out at night, barbecues and playing beer pong.

        We want to thank everyone from the Botella de Leche hostel and Geronimooooooo

        Niklas Cirkel

        from Germany, March 2023

        "Best place to learn how to catch a wave "

        The people are chill and nice also there are some group activities outside of surfing which are nice for bonding with people. As well the instructors are very good at giving advice depending on your skillset.

        Diba Snijders

        from Netherlands, March 2023

        "Clean, very friendly people, nice pool. 10/10!!"

        The crew of the hostel made sure you had a nice time and they were also very respectful to everyone. No noice after 10 and everyday the rooms and showers got cleaned. The pool was also very nice, chill and clean and the surf lessons were fantastisch because we weren’t in a big group so we got all the time we needed! Marcos and the whole crew, thank you for the nice stay! Would recommend it to anyone, solo travelling or as a couple, for everybody there is a nice stay!

        Manuela Martin

        from Switzerland, March 2023

        "Sehr gut, empfehlenswert"

        Das Surfcamp war super, die Instruktoren haben alles sehr gut erklärt. Das Hostel war ebenfalls super, sehr empfehlenswert. Auch ausserhalb von den Surfstunden haben wie einige Zeit gemeinsam verbracht. Alle waren sehr hilfsbereit und freundlich.

        Charleen Theisen

        from Germany, March 2023

        "Pura Vida"

        Zum Hostel:

        -sehr sauber

        -offen gestaltet

        -nette Mitarbeiter

        -Pool mit großem Community-Bereich

        Zum Surfkurs:

        -super Lehrer die mit Herz bei der Sache sind

        -es wird auf individuelle Belange eingenagelt

        -Surfbretter werden zum Surfspot gefahren

        -auch außerhalb des Kurses wurde man zu diversen Aktivitäten eingeladen und offen in der Gruppe aufgenommen:)

        Daniel Chen

        from Canada, February 2023

        "Great week spent surfing :)"

        Instructors were super helpful and they were great people to be around outside of lessons as well. The hostel is very nice, and the provided breakfast is great. The crocodile tour was fun as well.


        from Great Britain, February 2023

        "Would recommend to everyone "

        Had an amazing week here at la botella de leche, the hostel was super nice and clean with a great vibe and a great location, still central but far enough away that you couldn’t hear the nightlife. All the instructors were so friendly and all gave you their full attention during the sessions. I especially have to thank Giro and Eddie who taught me all week and were always so patient and kind. Considering coming back for another week before I leave Central America!!

        Laurine Gallay

        from Switzerland, February 2023

        "Surfing is always amazing 🤩 "

        Very friendly and lovely place! It was a big pleasure to talk with all the friendly staff and the surf instuctor: Geronimo et Eddie i learn a lot with them🌊😍

        I also had some great pictures of me surfing, It's good for learning and improve. I met some very nice people and Tamarindo is a good place to go out. Very nice common area.

        I ll miss you guys! Great memories! Thank you

        Julia Niklaus

        from Switzerland, February 2023

        "Just good vibes "

        Super sympathisches Hostel, fühlt man sich gleich Zuhause 😊

        Milla Sipola

        from Finland, January 2023

        "Very happy!"

        The hostel and surf lessons were really good. I had such fun time. The hostel was calm and everyone was respectful of others. Marcos and Gero teached surfing so well and were really encouraging.

        Laurie Geneau

        from Canada, January 2023

        L'endroit est chaleureux et je me suis vite sentie bien. Je voyageais seule et ils ont su me mettre vite en confiance et le monde la bas sont tous très acceuillant. Le surf était fou!!

        Emma Robino

        from Canada, December 2022

        "Best surf camp ever! Perfect!"

        Everything was so amazing! Marcos gives good advices, he is funny and he makes you feel at home. I really enjoyed my time in La Botella de Leche. I’ve met many friendly people from around the world. All the instructors are very talented. The surf camp is very well organized. The free breakfast is very good, the best free breakfast I ever had. Thank you so much for everything! This surf camp will definitely makes you want to come back !

        Lauren England

        from Great Britain, December 2022

        "Fun, social surf camp with good instructors "

        Botella de Leche was a great place to stay, very relaxed and sociable and with good facilities. Good location close to town. I had a private room which was very comfortable.

        Marcos and the team were good instructors and you got useful tips to help you improve. Overall I really enjoyed the surf lessons and the vibe of the place.

        The crocodile tour was a nice trip out.

        Jia Yan Ng

        from Great Britain, December 2022

        "Great surf camp!"

        I've participated in a couple of surf camps before and have to admit that this tops them all.

        The surfing was amazing. Marcos is super responsive and personally taught most of the surf lessons alongside other instructors. They kept to a tight group of 3-4 students to instructors at all times and I found that the personalised feedback really helped me to progress. Fifo in particular gives really particular physical cues that help you to move beyond simply standing on the board to the shore. The pack of surf photos was also really much appreciated - I'm so stoked that I have evidence of my skills improving.

        Otherwise, the hostel was clean and well-run with facilities as described, and everyone was super friendly and accommodating. There is an 11pm lights out policy in the common areas to respect the other guests in the hostel which is really sensible, but there's almost always a group up for heading out to a nearby bar.

        Highly recommended and I would love to come back in the future!

        Evan Pensak

        from Canada, December 2022

        "Best Ever"

        I've only been to a couple surf camps, but I can comfortably say that this is the best I've ever been to. I learned more, got better, and had a better time than I thought was possible, and I'm already planning on coming back. Phenomenal experience, phenomenal instructors, phenomenal place. Couldn't recommend it more.

        Marian Casas Alcalde

        from Spain, November 2022

        "Como en casa"

        Desde los que trabajan en la recepcion hasta el personal que trabaja en el mantenimiento o limpieza, todos encantadores, preocupados de que estes bien. Los chicos que trabajan en recepcion, siempre te contestan con una sonrisa, lo mismo con los instructores de surf, Martin y Gastón bromeando todo el rato, transmitiendote lo genial que es el surf, tienen esa vibra que a mucha gente les falta, haciendote sentir parte de su familia, unos amigos que hace tiempo que no ves pero te abren sus puertas nuevamente. Gracias por hacer que mi primer viaje sola sea tan especial. Seguro nos volveremos a ver


        from Costa Rica, October 2022


        The overall atmosphere at the hostel and how you felt so comfortable! Everyone was extremly nice and welcoming! Also the surf instructor was amazing and I learned to surf so quickly! This surf camp is perfect!

        Alica Kolárová

        from United States, October 2022

        "Had an amazing time!"

        This surfcamp is win win. You got nice accomodation in super friendly and chill hostel with great atmosphere. Very good location, pool, big kitchen with everything you can need, gym space free to use, hanging area with hot air so your clothes will be dry faster (appreciate mainly during rainy seasson). Another win are the instructors. They are amazing, I literally love them, I get so much better in surfing thanks to them. They are funny, nice people, who make you enjoy your time in a water, but also teach you at a same time. Overall it was amazing experience for me and I higly recomend this surfcamp. You will not regret.


        from Germany, October 2022

        The surf camp is really great for beginners. Marcos and the instructors make sure you’re on the board already in your first lesson. It is important to them that everybody has fun and enjoys surfing. It is nice that there are different instructors with different styles of teaching who match the teaching to your skills.

        La Botella de Leche is a nice hostel that gives opportunities to relax and hang out outside of the surfing lessons but it’s also easy to meet new people and have a good time them.

        We would definitely recommend this surf camp!

        Bharkavi Sandirakumar

        from Switzerland, October 2022

        "Surf Camp Tamarindo"

        The Surf Camp was a lot of fun. Marcos is a funny and kind Surf instructor. The staff at the Hostel is amazing. Very helpful. I would definetely recommend this Surf Camp. The people are lovley. We had a great time in Tamarindo.

        Diego Facundo Pigola Diaz Sanz

        from Uruguay, September 2022

        "Hermoso lugar"

        Me gusto todo, las instalaciones, el trato, la paz que se respira en el lugar es genial. La verdad que los muchachos unos genios, estoy súper contento de haber podido pasar esos 4 días ahí con ellos, es más, hasta me dolio un poco el no haber podido extender un día más la estadía, pero fue por un gran motivo y es que estaban a tope de gente, lo cual habla muy bien del laburo y el lugar que tienen.

        Dicho esto, solo felicitarlos por todo!

        Sophie Hill

        from Great Britain, September 2022

        "Best surf camp "

        This surf camp was amazing! All the instructors and hostel staff were wonderful and welcoming. I highly recommend anyone to go, everyone is incredibly kind and you’ll feel right at home. You’ll definitely learn to surf, the instructors are very helpful and you’ll get to see crocodiles too! I had the best time, thank you for having me.

        Peter Nantawisarakul

        from United States, September 2022

        "Amazing Surf Experience "

        I heard that Tamarindo was a popular destination spot for surfing. Although the waves were small in September, I still had a blast! Marcos, my surf instructor, pushed me to dig deep and improve on the areas I was lacking. My paddling prior to this experience was weak and my body position needed to be tweaked. All of these pain points were addressed during my lessons with him and I greatly learned other things from him such as how to properly use your hips to turn the board left and right. We even went on a couple party waves together which was sick! The hostel experience itself was great - good location, breakfast included, and most of the other travelers staying there are super cool and chill. No complaints overall and would highly recommend this to anyone out there who is looking to surf!

        Brendan Bourne

        from Great Britain, August 2022

        "Fantastic "

        The staff were really nice always ready to help out with surf lessons or sort any local issues such as getting money out or finding alternate places to surf that weren’t within the surf lessons.

        Timo Debono

        from Germany, August 2022

        "Amazing surf camp experience and great people"

        We stayed at Botella de Leche for a week-long surf camp and had a great experience!

        Everyone on the staff from surf instructors to cleaning ladies and receptionists were really likeable and friendly. The general atmosphere in the hostel itself was really relaxed. There was no pressure at all to socialize, but of course, plenty opportunities to do so if wanted. The people staying in the hostel came from all different walks of life, young and old, but, without exception, everyone made us feel welcome. In addition, we had lots of fun during the surf lessons and managed to make really good progress in just a few sessions with the help of the instructors.

        Overall, we can only recommend this surf camp!!

        Marie Krone

        from Costa Rica, August 2022

        "Amazing Surfcamp with great instructors!!"

        We liked the hostel a lot, great place with an nice pool! The surflessons were great and we learned a lot!! Manrique was an amazing teacher!

        Tsion Getahun

        from United States, August 2022

        "Amazing trip. I would do it again if I could."

        Marcos and the staff were great instructors and just great people to be around. The surf camp was very nice. I would do this trip again if I could.


        from Netherlands, August 2022

        "Tailored Family Spanish & Surf !! "

        Surf lessons by Manfred were the best out boys ever had .. Marcos was amazing at coordinating our various requests and the overall atmosphere of the place .. Pura vida

        We did not stay at Botella de Leche but did enjoy hanging out there before and after surfing and yoga lessons were great as well

        Daniel Seer

        from Peru, August 2022

        "Super nice"

        Cool people, pool, kitchen, gym, location

        Claudio Martinez

        from Spain, July 2022

        "Amazing surf camp "

        Everything exceeded my expectations. The hostel is right by the beach (5min walk), with a great kitchen and pool. The people are beyond welcoming (and great) The surf lessons really helped me with my skills (thanks Jero and Gasti) and the experiences included were also quite fun (yoga for 1st time) Would definitely recommend and return to.

        Emily Mcneil

        from United States, July 2022

        The instructors were great! Very patient. The hostel staff were quite helpful, friendly, and welcoming. There was more noise than we initially expected at night, but after 11pm it quieted down.

        Lance Dzubinski

        from United States, July 2022

        "Phenomenal Surf Trip"

        I was so excited for this surf trip and it exceeded all expectations. The hostel is right next to the beach and very close to anywhere you need to go. The accommodations were amazing. Best of everything, the people were beyond friendly. Both the hostel team and the people staying there were so fun to spend time with. Loved my entire time there and would love to do this trip again. Highly recommend.

        Lisa Wiklund

        from Sweden, July 2022


        Everything! Marcos is a fun, honest guy who is very good at teaching. Do as he says and you will surf! This was my first time ever and I loved it!

        The hostel was located a few minutes walk from the beach and the inkluded breakfast was okey at this very cozy French bakery.

        I’m so happy that I booked this one! I will come back! 😊

        Luise Weber

        from Germany, June 2022

        I would ever do it again!! Was the best decision to book this surf camp !! The surf teachers are very lovely, I felt directly part of a family. They always motivate you and explain everything really well so you will have a quick success! You will learn in a lovely, funny and also successful way how to surf :) Apart from the surf lessons they are always there for you, doesn’t matter what problem you have, they will help you!

        In addition to that the food was really delicious, a lot of vegetarian options :)


        from United States, June 2022

        "Perfect schedule "

        Loved playing soccer under the lights with the locals, surf lessons and the vibes as the hostel!

        Devon Beam

        from United States, May 2022

        "What more could you ask for?"

        Surf camp with Marcos and his crew was great. I booked two weeks to make my trip easy and to give myself enough time to learn to surf and this trip provided all of that. Marco is a really good instructor and will have you up on the board on day one. I progressed more than I thought possible over the 2 weeks. He's prompt, has great equipment and knows the best spots on the beach to catch the best waves while avoiding the crowds. My friend and I came out and as we progressed throughout the trip he paired us with different instructors at different spots to accommodate our skill level. Due to and injury my friend and I couldn't go snorkeling so Marcos set us up with 2 days of private surf lesson instead. Incredible!

        The hostel you stay in is amazing. Fun, clean, great AC and an amazing staff. It's a block from town so it's quite, but easy to access anything you're looking for. The breakfast that comes with the package is at a French bakery that neighbors the hostel and is delicious. Easiest and most relaxing vacation I've ever had and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to learn to surf. My friend and I will be returning next year!

        Alina Iwanski

        from Costa Rica, May 2022

        "Experience of a lifetime "

        Staying at La botella De Leche they are welcoming and friendly. A great place to meet people. The food they provide at Utopia was excellent. Marcos was helpful on getting you to feel confident and comfortable in the water. Made sure to give advice to better your surfing skills which helped. Surfing here with Surf spirit you will find great energy . I will definitely miss this wonderful place and the people I met here.

        Frida Thornes

        from Norway, May 2022

        "Great surf camp!"

        Loved the surfcamp! The hostel is lovely and situated nicely in Tamarindo. The surfing was super fun and the instructors are great at what they do, with teaching taking place in small groups. Marcos and everyone in his team are welcoming and living the pura vida spirit. Perfect for travellers wanting to meet others, as there are some social activities as well. If you want to learn surfing for a great value, look no further:)

        Eric Easley

        from United States, May 2022

        "Great Trip!"

        Overall a great experience with Marcos and his 8 Day Surf Camp. Marcos was on top of all communication and made the trip as easy as possible. He is very accommodating and arranged different tours and experiences for myself and my friend. He understood our surf level and allowed us to have smaller group lessons. This made for a great experience and our surf skills improved dramatically over the course. We will definitely be back and highly recommend.


        from Canada, May 2022

        "Surf camp "

        I really like the surf lessons, the instructors were really funny. The breakfast was also great! The common spaces in the hostel are super (pool, hamac, kitchen, gym). It’s also very clean, the sheets are getting change everyday.

        Caroline J

        from Canada, April 2022

        "Amazing week at La Botella de Leche"

        I loved my stay at La Botella de Leche!!

        I had the best experience of learning how to surf with Marcos, Jero and Martin and the rest of the intructors. Thank god their patience!

        I also had so much fun at the hostel: the people I met, the people who worked there, the quality of the service, the staff who was always available for any of our questions and recommandations.

        Amazing week! I highly recommand this surf camp.

        Thank you to everyone who made me feel confortable and special.

        Nancy Cross

        from Great Britain, April 2022

        "Great surf camp in Tamarindo "

        I loved my stay at La Botella de Leche - met some great people, and all the staff and surf instructors that hang around at the hostel are lovely and fun. The surfing was great, the sea here is like a playground for beginners, perfect conditions to learn and Marcos, Gironimo and Martin were all great and were super fun and friendly. Loved it!


        from Costa Rica, March 2022

        "Best experience "

        It was an amazing week! Marcos is a really good teacher and we had so much fun during the lessons and also in the freetime. They did everything to let us feel comfortable. Would 100% recommend to do this surfcamp!

        Rebecca Lopez

        from United States, March 2022

        "Great Experience"

        The hostel was very nice and the rooms were well decorated and clean. The air conditioning works well and the staff was pretty knowledgeable about the area. There's several supermarkets and a pharmacy near by along with ATMs and a bank.


        from Germany, March 2022

        "Nice Introduction Camp "

        The Hostel, Team and Vibe was really nice! I liked the service in the hostel, it was very clean. The instructors were really friendly and motivating too !

        Mateo Mejia Duff

        from Canada, March 2022

        "Fantastic Surf Camp!"

        There is so much to love about La Botella de Leche(LBDL). The instructors are not only great at teaching participants how to surf (getting everyone up on their boards on the first day) but make the sessions tons of fun. The rooms are fairly comfortable with AC and washrooms (you don't spend much time in the rooms as there is so much to do in town and at the hostel). The included breakfast at Utopia Cafe 50M from LBDL has a super nice atmosphere and has great food (the food ticket has a 3000 Colon value so I usually would get a more expensive meal and pay the difference and it was really good - the included options are good though too).

        Atmosphere is great with comfortable living spaces with a beautiful pool, living room, and good-sized kitchen. While I only stayed at LBDL I got the impression that it was THE place to be because of the great environment, staff, and location. The staff really makes everyone feel welcome and if you engage with them they seem happy (at least in my scenario and what I saw in general) to include you in their friend outings.

        I felt super safe with the security cameras and security guard at night time. Lights out was enforced which was great as it allowed people who wanted sleep the ability to get a good night's rest.

        Saw a couple of families with children stay there and while I can't speak for them they seemed to be enjoying themselves as there were great amenities and it wasn't a "party hostel", though you can certainly do so in town

        Marie Hoby Fausboell

        from Denmark, February 2022

        "A good bottle of milk"

        We stayed at the hostel for a week for the 6 days surfcamp. The place was an absolute Treasure. The surfing was so good. After the lessons we watched the sunset and it was like 24k Magic. We learned to paddle, paddle and bobab(and even to do the leash). The instructors are really good and make sure you feel like you develop through the week. There is a guy who takes great pictures of you while you surf, and we even got pictures afterwards dressed as instructors🤯🤯

        The vibe at the hostel was so good, so many nice and funny people - we are sure we chose the best hostel in Tamarindo.

        The nightlife is great, they always play Bruno Mars!!

        Big thanks to the hostelstaff especially Manuel, who always maked sure there was quiet at Night and to Carlos(and his wonderful dog Nina) who drove us to the beach for surf lessons every day.

        Pura vida

        Martha and Marie

        Guille Oliveti

        from Argentina, February 2022

        "Aprender surf y conocer gente increible"

        Si queres vivir una experiencia de surf distinta, en un hostel donde se forma comunidad, tenes que conocer Botella de Leche o al menos hacer clases en la escuela Surf Spirit. La mejor escuela de Tamarindo.

        El humor y energía de Jero, la buena onda de Manrique, ambos instructores de Surf, y el ojo y la cámara de Joaco, harán de tu experiencia algo único. Por último Marcos que es el encargado de coordinar y llevar adelante, ademas de estar atento al aspecto más humano de la experiencia.

        Ellen Barker

        from Great Britain, February 2022

        "Great experience "

        I absolutely loved my time on the surf camp. We had Jeronimos as our instructor most of the time and he was fantastic, so friendly and encouraging and a great teacher. The hostel is amazing and everyone is super super friendly. I was a solo traveller and it was great because everyone on the camp hangs out together, goes for dinner etc. Marcos and Jeronimos did a pizza evening for us at the hostel and we did an estuary tour instead of the snorkelling as the visibility was bad at the time. All round definitely recommend!

        Pascal Hauser

        from Switzerland, February 2022

        "Wir hatten eine super Zeit"

        Das Hostel ist ein Traum. Es hat alles was man benötigt und es sieht genau so aus wie auf den Fotos. Wir hatten Marcos und Jeronimo als Surflehrer. Meistens waren wir mit Jeronimo im Wasser. Er nimmt sich Zeit für einen und ist sehr geduldig. Beide sind super, freundlich und wir hatten jede Menge Spass. Wir würden jederzeit wieder gehen!


        from Sweden, February 2022

        "Surf Camp"

        The vibe at the hostel was good. The kitchen was nice and clean. Super close to supermarket. Clean and good rooms. Also really nice to have a pool.

        Johann Nachtigall

        from Costa Rica, February 2022

        "Sehr gutes Gesamtpaket! "

        Die Kommunikation von Marcos und seiner Crew war sehr gut. Sie haben uns bei allen Fragen oder Problemen weitergeholfen. Die Surf- sowie Spanisch-lessons waren sehr sehr gut und haben uns viel Freude bereitet. Das Hostel ist mit verschiedenen Bereichen cool aufgebaut. Wir können das Surfcamp sowie das Hostel absolut weiterempfehlen.

        Melissa Vonaesch

        from Switzerland, January 2022

        "Super tolles Hostel, kann ich nur weiterempfehlen:-)"

        Die Surfstunden und Surflehrer, die anderen Hostelgäste wie das Personal, der Pool und vieles mehr was supper.

        Ich hatte eine extrem tolle Woche hier mit viel Surfen, Party und richtig tollen Leuten.

        Die Surfstunden waren auch super da auf jedes Level Rücksicht genommen wird und auch alles super nette Surflehrer.

        Werde bestimmt wieder kommen und kann es nur weiterempfehlen :-).

        Nicole Lent

        from United States, January 2022

        "Time of My Life!!!"

        I feel like I really lucked out with picking La Botella De Leche as my first vacation in years, and especially as a place to learn to surf.

        Marcos is an amazing instructor. The right balance of pushing students to take it to the next level and overcome fear, and having fun! Marcos instilled in me the importance of safety while surfing, and also gave me honest feedback that I found very helpful for me to push myself to become a better surfer. Martin and Jeronimo are wonderful instructors also, it was a pleasure to be learning with them. I am so inspired and excited by what I learned during my trip, I will definitely be back! The hostel has an exceptionally lovely vibe. Everyone who works there is friendly, helpful, and a pleasure to be around. The pool courtyard is gorgeous, the coffee was always on and delicious (critical!). My room was cute and had everything I needed to have a relaxing and pleasant vacation. The location is ideal in that it is a 5 minute walk to the beach, but away from the tourist madness and in a tranquil environment. Look no further if you want to have a peak vacation/adventure experience in surfing paradise!! THIS PLACE IS IT!!! I'm a big fan and very grateful for my experience there.

        Aimee Kriz

        from United States, December 2021

        "Make memories with Marcos"

        Instructors were friendly and playful. They emphasized safety and technique. Overall it was a fun and successful experience. The hostel had an inviting and community atmosphere.


        from Norway, December 2021

        "More than a surf camp "

        I really enjoyed the welcome when I arrived, the introduction to the group, the organized activities, the group dynamic and the attention that was given to all of us by the instructor both during and outside of the surf lessons. Also, for celebrating the 8 years anniversary of the surf camp, Marcos invited all the surf camp participants and instructors on a boat trip with a fantastic crew and dolphins, snorkeling, drinks and food. In addition to the people, I also enjoyed the hostel, the breakfast, the yoga, the beer pong, the dinners and party's.

        I like that the surf lessons are organized, the photos from the surf lessons makes it easier to visualize and correct mistakes and the instructors give constructive feedback for us to improve.

        The surf camp participants and Marcos big effort in taking care of everyone really makes Surf Spirit at La Botella de Leche more than a surf camp.

        Matilda Forsell

        from Brazil, December 2021

        "Best surf camp ever"

        So good surf camp with lovely people. During the surf lesions you will be provided with good feedback and the support. The surf instructors are so welcomenig and funny so you instantly feel that you’re a part and of the group. Each night you go out with the team for dinner or drinks. It’s sooo sooo worth the money!!!

        Michael Hässig

        from Switzerland, December 2021

        "Next level surf camp experience"

        I had a fantastic time in this surf camp, i can highly recommend it. If you want to escape from your everyday life and get a new experience, you should book this surf camp ASAP.


        The hostel is awesome. People are coming and going every day. The location of the hostel is very close to everything around Tamarindo. The staff that works here is super friendly.

        If you get your own private room, you will have great privacy + all the community benefits of the hostel, way better than a hotel room!

        Surf lessons:

        The surf lessons are super helpful to get better at surfing, i was a beginner and quickly learned a lot from the instructors. If you've already surfed before, you can also use the more advanced boards from the surf camp.


        The best part about the surf camp is the vibe. Marcos, the main instructor, will make you feel welcomed right away. At night, we all went out with the surf group to get drinks and had a fun time. Thanks for having me Marcos, I hope that i can be back!

        Julia-marie Kramer

        from Germany, November 2021

        "Great camp with amazing people"

        I had an incredible time at the surfcamp! The lessons were a lot of fun and Marcos and the other instructors did a great job. I can highly recommend the camp and the hostel and felt really comfortable at any time!

        Hamid Azimi

        from Canada, November 2021

        "Positive experience "

        Air conditioning and private shuttle services to and from airport. And the free yoga session. The field trip to a different beach by Marcos was a good idea too.

        Nathan Chesterman

        from United States, November 2021

        "Great surfing for a beginner"

        As someone completely new to surfing, Botella was a great place to learn. Tamarindo is a great beach for beginners with consistent and gentle waves. Marcos and his co-instructor were patient, instructive, thorough in their explanations, and adaptable to what worked for me and the others in my group. I was impressed that they were able to get us catching waves on day 1, and consistently built our abilities through the week. Now I’m just thinking about when I can go surfing next!

        Fabian Tobias Ruetsche

        from Switzerland, October 2021

        "Nice Surfcamp!"

        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!

        Amel Mansseri

        from Canada, July 2021


        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!!!

        Paul Sabau

        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.

        Jan K

        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 !

        Paul Kreutz

        from United States, July 2021

        "Amazing trip!"

        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

        "Perfect "

        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!

        Madie Dunlap

        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!!

        Ekaterina Burkova

        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 :)

        Barbara Szafran

        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!

        Saed Cattywampus

        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!

        Samantha Martin

        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!!

        Laura Hatch

        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!

        Leo Kasuya

        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!

        Klara Ekblom

        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!

        Chiaki Sawada

        from Great Britain, February 2020

        "Wonderful experience"

        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.

        Léa Pommies

        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.

        Dan Nolan

        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 😊

        Wing Cheung

        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*

        Tuva Marie Hildisch Grønnæss

        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!!

        Kate Mosley

        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.

        Vanessa Laberge

        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!

        Cornelia Szustka

        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

        "Best experience!!!"

        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!

        Hannah Bittl

        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!!!

        Mariarosina Natale

        from Guatemala, November 2019

        "Great Surfcamp"

        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!!

        Patricia Holder

        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.

        Daisy Nguyen

        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!

        Eva Martínez

        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.

        Damien Cals

        from France, February 2019

        "Good to be in the pool after surfing"


        Kim Regaudie

        from Canada, February 2019

        "Amazing! Will go back for sure!! "

        The vibe, the people, the town, learning to surf... I loved everything!!!

        David Glorie

        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.

        Ulrich Nyffeler

        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!

        Luka Bjekovic

        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


        Florian Tunger

        from Costa Rica, July 2017

        "Best week of my trip"

        Really nice atmosphere during the whole stay. The owners, staff and the surfteacher gave their best to give everybody a good experience. The hostel is close to the center (400m) but still far enough so you dont hear the clubs or traffic if you want to sleep. The surf instructor did a really good job, so we were progressing fast in some really nice waves.