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Top Budget Surf Camps Under USD 500 for All Levels

by Octavia Drughi

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Surf camps are becoming more and more popular, but there are still some people who think that you would need to spend big bucks to go on a surf vacation or a surf camp. 

We’re here to not only tell you that’s not the case but also to share with you some neat examples of surf camps under USD 500 that are bound to get you stoked!

There are hundreds of affordable surf camps worldwide, for every pocket, all levels of practice, and for any time of year. We decided to sift through them to find the best of the best. Without further ado, here are seven cheap surf camps for you to enjoy all year long!

4 Days Beginner Surf Camp in Eco Resort in Porto, Maceda, Portugal

4 Day Beginner Surf Camp in Eco Resort in Porto, Maceda

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Availability: March to October 2023
  • Price: From USD 313

If you’ve been waiting to learn to surf in Portugal without breaking the bank, now’s your chance.

This surf camp near Porto might be exactly what you need. You’ll get 3 days with two surf lessons per day. The lessons are fun but at the same time offer quality and the experience of qualified instructors.

The surf camp is just 30 minutes’ drive from Porto and Maceda Train Station is just five meters away. You’ll stay at a surf house that offers several types of both shared and private accommodation. Kindly note that the bath towels are not included (but can be provided for an additional fee).

The surf house offers a common kitchen and living room for everyone to enjoy, as well as outdoor places to dine and hang out.

All the necessary equipment for the lessons and free surf is included.

Daily breakfast is also included in the price.

The closest airport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) and the airport transfer is available for an additional fee. 

» Plan the perfect trip with the help of our complete guide to surfing in Portugal.

3 Days Exciting Surf Camp in Lagos


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: From March till December
  • Price: From USD 259

Stay in the heart of the charming seaside town of Lagos, in the immediate vicinity of the happening restaurants and nightlife. The camp caters to all levels of surfers, from beginners to advanced – you’ll be divided into groups of similar abilities and will be taken to the best waves in and around Lagos. Breakfast and lunch, as well as equipment rental, are included in the package.

The Surf Experience offers special themed weeks, such as weeks with free yoga classes or with free surfaris

5 Days Surf Coaching in Agadir, Morocco

5 Days Surf Coaching in Agadir

  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From USD 380

Are you looking for a budget-friendly surf adventure in Morocco, with 3 days of surf lessons, laid-back beach vibes, and finger-licking Moroccan cuisine?

This affordable surf camp in Agadir is available all year round and focuses on beginners and intermediates, although you can join no matter your skill level. You’ll enjoy three surf lessons of two hours each, three days of self-practice of two hours each, under the guidance of the surf instructor, plus a surfboard and wetsuit rental.

Stay at the Surf Hotel Morocco, ideally located in the middle of the surfing areas, just a few minutes walk from the famous Devil's Rock. You’ll be served all daily meals, featuring a delicious and varied breakfast, a tasty salad or sandwich for lunch (to enjoy at the beach), and a three-course dinner cooked with local products. Furthermore, this package includes airport transfer to/from Agadir-Al Massira Airport (AGA) and daily transport to the surf spots. 

» From the surfing seasons and best wave to what to eat and the necessary budget, here’s all you need to know about surfing in Morocco

5-Day Adult Surf Camp in Suances, Cantabria


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From USD 312

Enjoy a great group atmosphere on this budget surf camp in Spain that offers daily surf lessons adapted to all levels.

You’ll stay at Bio Surf Camp, only 300 meters from the town center of Suances, in the heart of Cantabria, only a two-minute walk from bars and restaurants. You will be less than 1.5km from the beach. You can choose to stay in private bungalows or private tents with beds. You’ll have access to the camp’s facilities, which include kitchen, barbeque area, a 2,000 sqm Zen garden, and bike rental to get around.

Enjoy five days of surf lessons of 2.5 hours each, held in small groups in the morning. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided by the camp. The afternoons are free time to use as you wish.

During your stay, you’ll be served daily breakfast prepared using organic flours, olive oil, and lemons. Kindly book your flight to Santander Airport (SDR). The airport transfer is available for an additional fee


6 Days Fun Surf Camp in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From USD 230

This budget surf camp is located in the picturesque fishing town of Corralejo, Fuerteventura’s surfing capital. Often compared to Hawaii’s North Shore, Fuerteventura has numerous sandy beaches and reef breaks for all surfers to enjoy, all the while remaining authentic and quiet.

At this camp, you’ll enjoy premium, personalized surf lessons, held in small groups and are tailored to your specific surf level, from complete beginner to advanced. There will be four days of personalized surf lessons, up to four hours each, with tuition both on the beach and in the water. All the necessary high-quality surfing equipment is provided by the camp.

The accommodation is near the beach and you’ll have access to all its facilities – dining area, lounge, gym, yoga deck, yoga studio, terrace, barbeque area, Wi-Fi, and more. The camp is self-catering and you are welcome to use the fully-equipped kitchen to whip up your own meals.

» For more on the surfing seasons, best waves, what to eat, and how to budget your trip, read our comprehensive guide to surfing in the Canary Islands

5 Day Fantastic Stay and Surf Camp Canggu, Bali


  • Skill level: Beginners & intermediates
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From USD 404

Located in the Batu Balong area in Canggu, this affordable surf camp promises an authentic Bali surfing experience. Available all year round, their program is tailored to beginners and intermediate surfers.

Each day, the highly-experienced local surf guides and instructors will take you to the best waves in Canggu for your level, from friendly beach breaks to fun reef breaks for those looking to amp up their game. You’ll get the chance to ride some of the best beginner and intermediate waves on the planet.

Throughout your stay, you’ll enjoy four surf lessons, including board and gear hire. Daily breakfast and dinner are also included.

» To make the most of your time on the Island of the Gods, find out all you need to know about planning your surf trip to Bali.

8 Days Yoga and Surf Camp in Weligama, Sri Lanka


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: From September till May
  • Price: From USD 335

An 8-day yoga and surf camp in Sri Lanka for such a price sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? But it’s no dream! Included in the price are 6 days of surf lessons, 6 days of yoga sessions, free use of the surfing equipment outside of the lessons, as well as daily breakfasts and 6 delicious dinners.

This package is tailored to suit the needs of intermediate and advanced surfers who like to combine yoga and surf for the perfect beach holiday.

Surfing in Sri Lanka is on any wave rider’s bucket list. With this surf camp, you’ll get to experience the best it has to offer without breaking the bank!

6 Days Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica


  • Skill level: Beginner & intermediate surfers
  • Availability: Until October 2023
  • Price: From USD 450

Join this budget surf camp in Tamarindo, one of the best surfing destinations for beginners in Costa Rica, and learn to surf or take your skills to the next level.

You’ll stay in a hotel with air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and access to the kitchen and outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is only minutes away from Playa Tamarindo.

During this camp, you’ll enjoy four surf lessons of two hours each. You can also benefit from the free use of the camp’s surfboards to hit the waves outside the lessons, too. 

The lessons are adapted to your particular skill level. Each day, the instructors will take you to the best waves around Tamarindo for your experience and goals. Beginners will surf at Playa Tamarindo, while intermediates will check out the waves at Avellanas, Langosta, Playa Grande, and Playa Negra. At the end of your stay, you’ll also get pictures of you surfing.

The package includes daily breakfast. You’ll also get to go on one snorkeling trip, attend one yoga lesson, and receive a free T-shirt.

» For more on the surfing seasons, best waves, what to eat and how to budget your trip, read our guide to surfing in Costa Rica.

3-Day Learn to Surf Camp in Thalang, Phuket, Thailand

3 Day Learn to Surf Surf Camp in Thalang, Phuket

  • Skill level: Beginners & Intermediates
  • Availability: May to October
  • Price: From USD 187

Join this short surf camp at Bangtao Beach, one of the best surf spots in Thailand and one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

You’ll learn to surf in warm tropical water with fun and gentle waves. During your stay, there will be two surf lessons. Each day, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the beach to enjoy the lesson. On the second day of your stay, the surf lesson is followed by a traditional Thai massage, on the beach.  All the necessary surfing equipment is provided by the camp.

You’ll stay at either a hotel or a hostel. You’ll have access to a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is also included in the room rate.

3-Day Surf Holiday in Byron Bay, New South Wales


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From USD 243

This thrilling surf holiday is perfect for beginners who wish to learn to surf, as well as for more experienced surfers who would like to improve their skills. You’ll stay in a surf hostel right in the center of Byron Bay, only seconds away from the iconic Main Beach.

There will be two four-hour surf lessons in total and you’ll be introduced to the world of surfing on some of Australia’s most stunning beaches.

*Prices are subject to change depending on the date of arrival.

Still haven’t found the surf camp of your dreams? Check out these affordable surf camps for beginners and get ready to discover a new passion!

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