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Top Surf Camps for Spring Break

by Octavia Drughi

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Although often associated with massive parties and gatherings, spring break can also be a wonderful opportunity to immerse into nature, chill at the beach, and score some waves.

Looking for a different kind of spring break? Across the United States, Latin America, and Europe, there are plenty of surf camps that you can join for an unforgettable experience.

From affordable to pampering, short to weeklong, check out these six surf camps in the most popular surfing destinations for spring or Easter break:

Note: BookSurfCamps offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.


3 Days Personalized Surf Experience in Cabo, Mexico


  • Skill level: Beginners and intermediate surfers
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$359

On the southern tip of Baja California, near Cabo San Lucas, you’ll find some of the best surf spots in Mexico, with waves for all skill levels. The water is warmer and the waves are generally less crowded than in Northern Baja.

Mexico is pretty much synonymous with spring break. Cabo San Lucas, with its unique surf culture, party vibes, great weather, and excellent surf, is a preferred destination during this time of year.

If you’re looking for a short surfing getaway in Cabo, this authentic and personalized surf camp might be the answer. You’ll get two surf lessons in the morning with one instructor for every two guests. You’ll stay within walking distance from downtown San José del Cabo and also get a complimentary guided tour of the art district and historical center of the city.


Surfing conditions in Cabo San Lucas in March/April


March and April are the beginning of the prime surfing season in Cabo. Spring and summer are the most consistent surfing seasons, with southerly swells offering fun surfing sessions. The weather is pleasant in March and April. In summer, the heat can become uncomfortable.

The water is warm during this time of year, around 70-71°F (21-22°C).


7 Days Surf Camp in Waialua, Hawaii, USA


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$1,215

Surfing on Oahu’s legendary North Shore, the ultimate surfers’ testing ground, is most definitely a bucket list item.

The North Shore’s gnarly waves are the birthplace of big wave surfing, but you should not let that scare you. The surfing conditions differ and there are spots for all levels, even for those who have never set foot on a surfboard before.

Join this intensive surf camp in North Shore and learn to surf or take your skills to the next level. Located in Waialua, next to Haleiwa, the camp is close to some of the world’s most renowned waves, the likes of Sunset Beach, Pipeline / Backdoor, Waimea Bay, Gas Chambers, just to name a few.

You’ll wave up early for dawn patrol (sunrise surf session) followed by a delicious breakfast. At midday you’ll have some free time for yourself. In the evening, you’ll go back in the water for some sunset surfing and end the day with a hearty dinner.


Surfing conditions in Oahu in March/April


In March and April, you can find waves almost anywhere in Oahu.

The best time to surf on Oahu’s North Shore is between October and April, when powerful swells sweep the coast and big waves roll in. That being said, in March and April the waves start to decrease in size. On most days, they are easier to tackle. Advanced surfers may still find some huge waves, intermediate surfers will learn new tricks, and beginners will have fun in the sheltered spots or the whitewater closer to shore.

The water is warm in Oahu during this time of year, hovering around 73-79°F (23-26°C).

» Plan the perfect surf trip with the help of our guide to surfing in Hawaii.


6 Days Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica


  • Skill level: Beginners and intermediate surfers
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$550

On the Pacific Coast, in the Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo is one of the best places to learn to surf in Costa Rica.

If you’re looking for a spring break with a difference, join this surf camp located only five minutes from Playa Tamarindo, which has mellow waves for beginners. For intermediate surfers, there are quality surf spots nearby, such as Avellanas, Langosta, Playa Grande, and Playa Negra.

There will be four days with surfing lessons, consisting of two hours each. Outside of the lessons, you’ll benefit from unlimited use of the camp’s surfboards for self-practice. The camp will take pictures of you while you surf and, at the end of your stay, you’ll get a USB stick with your pics. The package also includes one free snorkeling trip and one free yoga class.


Surfing conditions in Costa Rica in March/April


The best time to surf in Tamarindo is from March through October, when the most consistent swells sweep the coast.

March and April are transition months – northerly swells and southerly swells will cross up, offering good size and clean waves. These months are still the dry season in Guanacaste, and offshore winds are on the daily menu. Although there is occasional rainfall during this time, the weather is generally nice and with plenty of sunshine.

You can expect warm water temperature, hovering around 80-82 °F (27-28°C).

» Find out more about the country’s best waves and surfing seasons from our comprehensive guide to surfing in Costa Rica.



6 Days Line Up Fun Surf Camp in Fuerteventura, Spain


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$250

While the rest of Europe is still recovering from winter, it already feels like summer in the Canary Islands.

Join this budget surf camp in the Canary Islands and get premium personalized surf lessons for all levels. There’ll be four days of surfing lessons up to four hours each, with the newest and best surfing equipment on the market for an enhanced surfing experience. The lessons include tuition both on the beach and in the water, as well as warm-up exercises.

You’ll be divided into groups of similar abilities, with one instructor per maximum six guests. The instructors will provide personalized feedback in and out of the water in order to maximize your surfing potential.


Surfing conditions in the Canary Islands in March/April


The Canary Islands are a year-round surfing destination. However, the most reliable conditions can be found between September and April.

March and April are great months for all levels of surfers, particularly intermediates. The most famous surf spots in the Canary Islands are firing, and advanced surfers will get what they bargained for. Intermediates will find plenty of technical waves to practices new maneuvers, while beginners will still find sheltered spots with mellow and user-friendly waves.

The water temperature ranges between 64 and 68°F (18-20°C). You’ll need a 3/2mm wetsuit or a long-sleeve shorty.


6 Days Deluxe Surf Experience for All Levels in Playa Venao, Panama


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: February till August
  • Price: From US$1,150

Playa Venao is an exposed beach break with outstanding consistency, one of the best surf spots in Panama. You’ll find a number of different waves for all levels of surfers, from beginners to advanced, all year round.

For a pampering surfing spring break, stay in the upscale Playa Venao Hotel Resort, located right on the beach. You’ll enjoy the luxurious services and amenities exclusive to the hotel. Playa Venao is exposed beach break with outstanding consistency, one of the best surf spots in Panama. You’ll find a number of different waves for all levels of surfers, from beginners to advanced, all year round.

The package includes five surfing classes. There will be maximum three guests per instructor, which ensures personalized tuition and an outstanding experience

The lessons are suitable for all levels and ages, from four years old onward. You can opt to have one two-hour surf lesson per day or two one-hour lessons. You’ll also benefit from unlimited use of the surfboards throughout the rest of the day to surf on your own.


Surfing conditions in Playa Venao in March/April


Playa Venao is renowned for its consistency, and there are waves all year round.

March and April are dry months at Playa Venao. Northerly winds prevail, which are particularly good for the waves. This is a good time of year for all levels, particularly intermediate surfers. Beginners can find mellow waves on either side of the bay’s protected corners. The swells are less powerful than between May and August, when the main break at Playa Venao becomes more challenging.

Water temperatures range between 75 and 82°F (24-28°C).


4 Days Thrilling Surf Camp in Lagos, Portugal


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$287

The Algarve has the sunniest weather and the warmest water in Portugal, making it a preferred destination for spring or Easter break.

Join this affordable surf camp in Lagos and get the best surfing experience possible, whether you travel solo, as a couple, with your family, or in a group. The package can be customized depending on the number of days you’d like to stay and the surfing lessons you require.

There will be two surfing sessions per day, one in the morning after breakfast and one in the afternoon after lunch. The instructors cater to all levels of surfers, from beginners to advanced. They’ll find the best waves of the day for your skills.

On certain dates of the year, you can enjoy free yoga weeks or free surfari weeks. During the weeks of March 23 to 27 and April 13 to 17, 2020, you can do yoga for free. In the weeks of March 14 – 21 and April 18 - 25, 2020, you can join the camp’s surfaris for free. Daily breakfast and homemade lunches are included in the package.

Note: You must be at 16 years old or more to join this surf camp.


Surfing conditions in the Algarve in March/April


March and April are great months to travel to the Agarve. The weather is lovely and the surf is incredibly consistent, with waves for all levels. The more advanced waves are firing, while beginners will find sheltered coves with friendly rollers. In summer, it can get very hot, overcrowded, and there can be long flat spells.

The water is colder in March and April, around 59-60°F (15-18°C), and you’ll need a 3/2mm wetsuit.

» Find out all you need to know about surfing in Potugal and plan an unforgettable surf trip.


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

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