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Adult Surf Camp and Yoga Retreat in Mimizan

Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

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Do you want to learn how to surf, preferably with people your own age? Then this retreat is just what you need. Meant for people age 30 and above who want to learn how to surf and also enjoy yoga classes, the retreat welcomes solo travelers, couples, and groups of friends. If you take your perseverance and patience to Mimizan, Pura Vida Lodge takes care of the rest. Under the guidance of a certified surf instructor you will quickly learn how to lie on the board and how to paddle.


  • A daily yoga class in the morning
  • Daily surf classes with a one-hour theory class
  • Unlimited use of surfboards, wetsuits, bodyboards, skateboards, longboards
  • Your own beach cruiser with a board rack
  • Use of all the accommodation's facilities
  • Daily breakfast, coffee, and tea
  • 7 nights accommodation


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French
Airport transfer available:
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$59 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (US$118 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor shower

You will be accommodated in the Pura Vida Lodge. The spacious rooms of the Pura Vida Lodge are available for two to six people. Some rooms have their own balcony with hammock. The sturdy beds with comfortable matresses will give you the sleep you need after a day of surfing. Hygiene is highly important, so the shared bathrooms and toilets are cleaned daily.

The lodge is surrounded by a huge common garden area with a heated, eco swimming pool facing south. This means constant sun. If you are looking for shade, you will find more than enough sheltered spots. The garden is equipped with bean bags and hammocks to relax in. The outside solar shower is perfect to rinse off after a surf session. At night, the campfire is lit, where you can enjoy a cold drink and talk about your day with the other guests. The number of guests is limited to ensure a relaxed vibe in the lodge.


Surf course

The surf course counts six hours, of which one hour is a theory lesson. Every lesson is one hour. The schedule is based on the conditions of the waves. The forecast is checked daily and depending on the conditions you get one or two lessons per day.

The beginner course starts with an explanation on the beach. The surf instructor will tell you all about the equipment, safety on the water, and basic techniques in surfing. The most exciting part comes next. Under the guidance of your instructor you will enter the water with a small group of people to get your first surf experience in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You will soon find out that surfing is more than a sport when you ride your first wave. It’s a way of life.

Surf instructors

Pura Vida Lodge only works with surf instructors certified through the International Surfing Association (ISA). They are both lifeguards and instructors and are present all week to teach beginners and advanced surfers.


During the lessons you will be using soft top surf boards and flexible fins. Before and after the lessons you are free to use all kinds of boards available at the lodge at no extra cost. The boards vary in length and shape. There are several longboards, malibu boards, shortboards, and fish surfboards available.

Daily schedule

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Surf lessons
  • 13:00 Relax at the swimming pool or beach
  • 16:00 Surf on your own
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Campfire


This retreat will take place in Mimizan, France. The Pura Vida Lodge is located in a green surrounding on a quiet spot in Mimizan, France. The beach is only five minutes away. Behind the lodge there is a pretty river, which also has its own beach. The Pura Vida Lodge is located at sufficient distance from the hustle and bustle so you can sleep in silence and enjoy your well-deserved rest.

Mimizan is a well-known surf spot in the Southwest of France, right on the Atlantic Ocean shore. Europe’s most beautiful waves roll in here all year round. Mimizan is the perfect spot for beginners because the waves break on sandbars just offshore. More advanced surfers can also enjoy themselves in the green waves further away in the water. Even in the high season you can surf beautiful waves without a busy crowd. One of those spots where you can easily have one of those moments of total happiness.

During the evenings, Mimizan is alive. On the boulevard and in the village you can find many cozy bars. There is something for everyone. A wine bar where you can drink a nice wine, a pub with all your favorite beers on the tap, and of course, the Pura Vida bar where you can go for a dance, but also to watch a surf movie.

Nearby locations

  • Bordeaux - 1 hour 30 minutes



  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis


  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • River


  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi


Every morning, you will wake up with a delicious and healthy breakfast buffet in the sunny garden. The products that are used are fresh and every day you will be surprised with a special recipe. Besides freshly brewed coffee and tea, you will be provided with juices and home made bread with lots of toppings to choose from, like home made peanut butter and chocolate paste. Yoghurt, cereals, and fruits are also part of the daily breakfast menu. A good start of the day and enough energy for a surf session.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

During this retreat, you can visit the cozy local bars and enjoy a nice wine or a cold beer. There is the possibility to go for a dance or watch a surf movie at the Pura Vida bar, too. You can go cycling through the forests of Les Landes or treat yourself to a well-deserved Thai or relaxing massage. Playing darts, table tennis, jeu de boules, indo boards, and slackline are other available activities. You are free to do whatever you like best.

What's included

  • A daily free yoga class (execept Saturday)
  • 5 hours surf classes including a one-hour theory class
  • Unlimited use of surfboards, wetsuits, bodyboards, skateboards, longboards
  • Use of all facilities, like lounge garden, heated swimming pool, outside shower, and bar
  • Your own beach cruiser with a board rack
  • Daily breakfast, coffee, and tea
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Access to free Wi-Fi
  • Bedsheets

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Thai or relaxing masssages
  • Tourist tax (7 EUR per week)
  • Dinner (3 meals can be added upon arrival)
  • Towels (a small package can be rented at a small extra charge at location)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

The TGV stops in Bordeaux. Would you like a transfer from Bordeaux train station please indicate this in your booking. You will be informed about the possibilities.

Airport: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Airport transfer available: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$59 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport Airport transfer available: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (US$118 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday September 25, 2021
Departure: Saturday October 2, 2021

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