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Surf Holiday France

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English

Are you over 21 and ready for a break? Looking for sun, sea, nature, and beach? Learn how to surf, relax, and ride those waves! Don’t worry about bringing or renting a surfboard or a wetsuit. Don’t worry about breakfast or dinner, because at the Pura Vida Lodge, they got it all covered for your surf holiday.


  • 6 hours surf lessons
  • Certified surf instructors
  • Bodyboards, skateboards, and longboards
  • Daily breakfast and five dinners
  • Beach cruiser with board rack
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Unlimited coffee and tea
  • Use of surf equipment

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
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The spacious rooms with sturdy beds and comfortable mattresses provide a perfect night's rest. The rooms vary from two to eight persons capacity and most of them even have their own private terrace. The lodge has reliable and clean showers and toilets. The lodge is also equipped with a huge common relax-garden with a nice heated private swimming pool. With a small maximum capacity of guests, you will certainly be able to find your peace.

In the lounge area, they have nice comfortable sofas in a unique 'surfy' decor. They create a super relaxed atmosphere and function as an ideal place to share time with others or enjoy your own space and rest. A library and board games keep the boredom at bay.

In the garden area, the 100% south facing sun terrace with swimming pool is equipped with lounge beds, garden furniture, and an outside solar shower. Retreat from the midday sun and chill out in the garden, in a hammock, or with a book in the love seats - no problem at the surf lodge!


Surfing is an experience that is more than a fashionable sport. Learning how to surf requires perseverance and time. The ultimate goal is that after the paddling, you stand up from a lying position on your board and drive down the wave. Under the guidance of a qualified surf instructor, you’ll receive proper instruction and direction, which give you quick success when surfing.

Pura Vida works only with qualified specialists who are both lifeguards and surf instructors. All their instructors are ISA (International Surfing Association) certified. They make themselves fully available during the week for both beginner and advanced surfers.

During the theory sessions, you get an explanation of the material, maritime safety, and basic techniques. After that, you go under their supervision and in small groups to experience your first surfing experience on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Once you catch your first wave, you will see and feel that surfing is more than a concept, it’s a way of life!

Guests at the Pura Vida Surf Lodge get a six hours course (one hour per day). During class, you use a soft-top (soft surfboard), but after class, you can start practicing on Pura Vida's other boards with different lengths. The whole week, you can make free use of the surfboards, wetsuits, bodyboards, and skimboards. All lodge guests have a beach cruiser with board rack, so you can go surfing on the spot you want.



The region Les Landes is known for its vast pine forests and kilometers of golden beaches. Mimizan is a seaside town nestled into the luscious green landscape of the Landes Forest of Gascogne. Silvercoast, an ocean coast with silver reflections, as observed by the poet Maurice Martin, at the beginning of the century.

Mimizan Bourg centralizes the majority of commercial, industrial, cultural, sports, and administrative activities of the town. This part of the town is symbolized by its bell-tower, the only surviving relic of Saint Marie Priory, a stopover on the route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle.

Mimizan sprawls the south-west bank of the lake, at the edge of which tourist accommodation has been constructed, structures for water-activities, open-air activities, nine hole golf course ratified by the French Golf Federation, and Woolsack Castle a Tudor type hunting house built for the Duke of Westminster in the 1910, which welcomed famous characters such as Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel, and Salvador Dali, among others.

Surfing in Mimizan

Mimizan is a leading, very sociable surfing spot in the Southwest of France. You’ll find an international mix of surf dudes and surf chicks. Mimizan guarantees the perfect surfing holiday to remember. With the immense Atlantic Ocean at your doorstep, Europe’s most beautiful waves always roll in here. Because the waves break on sandbars just offshore, it’s excellent for novice surfers as the perfect place to learn how to catch your first wave. For the experienced surfer, there is more than enough to do in the high rear.

Nightlife of Mimizan

In the evening, Mimizan is alive with action; a beautiful boulevard with many cozy bars and great nightclubs where you can rock until the small hours. Pura Vida Lodge's favorite bar, 'Pura Vida', is the place where you can go for after surf. Here, you can not only party, but also relax and watch surf movies.



  • Cycling
  • Golf course nearby
  • Surfing
  • Stand up paddling
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis


  • Bar nearby
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library


Eight breakfasts and five dinners are included in the price. Tasty and healthy food is Pura Vida's aim. Every morning, you will wake up with a delicious and healthy breakfast buffet on the sunny terrace to get the day off to a good start. Freshly brewed coffee and tea, juices, hot sandwiches, eggs, jam, yoghurt, cereals, cheese, and fruit are served.

At dinner time, their fantastic chef makes a surprising menu, an irresistible mix of traditional and international dishes. An exquisite barbecue simply can’t be missed. If you have specific dietary needs or allergies, Pura Vida Lodge will take this into account.

Things to do (optional)

The more active guests can play darts, table tennis, or a game of bowls. You can also enjoy a cool beer by the pool during the after-surf. In addition, the lodge provides free Wi-Fi (wireless internet connection) throughout the house and garden. Surfing costs energy. Therefore, it is important to reload your batteries in order to best enjoy the sun, sea, surf, and beach.

What's included

  • 6 hours surf lesson (one hour per day for beginners and experienced)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and five dinners
  • A beach cruiser with board rack
  • Full use of the relax garden with heated eco-swimming pool
  • Unlimited coffee and herbal tea
  • Use of surf equipment and bodyboards, skateboards, and longboards

What's not included

  • 2 dinners
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Lunches
  • Tourist tax (7 EUR per week)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) or Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ). Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request. The price is 50 EUR per person one way.

Arrival by train

From Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD), take the airport shuttle (Navette) to Bordeaux Saint Jean Train Station. The shuttle leaves every 30 minutes and costs 7.20 EUR for one way (6.20 EUR with discount). From Bordeaux Saint Jean Train Station, you take the train to Labouheyre (which is the closest stop to the lodge). It takes about 50 minutes and will cost you about 16 EUR one way.

At Labouheyre, you can take the local bus to Mimizan or Pura Vida Lodge will be happy to pick you up if you let them know in advance when you are arriving. One way pick-up costs 20 EUR which you will pay on arrival straight to their chauffeur.

From Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), take the Chronoplus line C bus, which travels from the airport to the Biarritz train station at La Négresse with a journey time of ten minutes. It will only cost you a few euros. From Biarritz Gare, you can take the train to Labouheyre (which is the closest stop to the lodge). It takes about 80 minutes and will cost you 21.20 EUR one way.

At Labouheyre, you can take the local bus to Mimizan or Pura Vida Lodge will be happy to pick you up if you let them know in advance when you are arriving. One way pick-up costs 20 EUR which you will pay on arrival straight to their chauffeur.

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