Tamarindo Backpackers is a traveler’s hostel promoting a fun, relaxed vibe with a social atmosphere. We cater to surfers of all levels from around the world.
Elias Tobia runs his surf school SALT - Surf as Life Therapy. He is an incredibly passionate surfer who loves sharing his stoke with others. Elias also offers professional photos, video analysis of your surf lessons, theory and etiquette, and breath and physical training. He is a fun and professional instructor and an advanced surfer with more than 16 years of experience. He teaches beginner through advanced surfers. Elias loves helping others to really take their surfing to the next level! Elias can take you to nearby beaches to explore other breaks and test your skills.
from Sweden, March 2018
We were really satisfied with the surfcamp. Definitely worth the money
from Switzerland, December 2017
Best place to be in Tamarindo
from New Zealand, November 2017
"Amazing time in Tamarindo!"
We loved our stay in Tamarindo and our participation in the surf camp! Elias is an amazing teacher and we learnt so much and had so much fun during this week! He is positive, professional and you can really see that he loves what he's doing! The stay at the beautiful hostel was also great, it had a very friendly environment and we met lovely people! The location was also good with just a short walk to the beach and the center. Over all we are more than happy with our experience, big thanks to Tamarindo backpackers and the lovely staff, SALT and Elias!
from United States, November 2017
"S.A.L.T. is the real deal - Highly recommend"
The name of Elias’ company, Surf As Life Therapy, is a perfect name because I really do feel like I learned as much, maybe more, about life as I did about surfing during my time with Elias. Elias went above and beyond what would be expected of a surfing instructor by sharing personal stories about his life and even hosting a family style bbq cooked by his parents for the hostel guests. I always felt comfortable with Elias’ style of instruction and really enjoyed our conversations after each lesson relating surfing and the ocean to everyday life situations.
The best part for me was my first lesson, which was at Tamarindo beach as the sun was setting. The waves were firing that evening and the line up was crowded. I never would have felt comfortable paddling out on my own in that setting. The opportunity to be in the water with Elias and seeing the local rippers shred down the line in the midst of a stunning Tamarindo sunset behind them and then even catching a wave or two on my own that night with Elias’ help is a memory that I will never forget.
from Germany, November 2017
"More than a Surf Camp"
I took the Camp with a friend of mine. From the very first beginning we felt in very good hands . Elias was giving us a short overview what we gonna learn and in what steps. He made sure that we felt safe in the water wich was very important to us. He tought us about the safety tips and reapeated it every lesson. That helped us a lot to move safe in the water and knowing what to do in different situation.
During the camp he realized our learning process and took action to improve our skills very quickly.
The surf trips where so much fun. We had one session where we had the beach for our own and Elias tought us well so we felt confident enough to go out the next day on our own to cought a couple of waves . So we were able to catch waves, good size for beginners, on our own after three days surfing. I think that speeks for itself.
It was always fun with Elias and you can feel that the most important thing to him is making you have fun surfing. That is his focus and he is doing a great job. He is always there when you are in the water to help you out.
He is teaching you how to act in different situations because every day is different when you are in the water. He transfers that to normal life and how to act when different situations come up. So he is not just teaching you surfing he also teaches you about life.
After all we can highly recommend Elias as a Surf Instructor . He is doing a great job and it was always fun being with him.
Ben and Markus
Bombay Gordon Canada
One of the best hostels I've experienced
Had an absolute blast at this hostel. Staff is excellent and personal to the point I consider them friends. Clean, comfortable and helpful...would highly recommend. The perfect amount balance of partying to quietness
Amazing Staff and welcoming athmosphere
Been to Tamarindo three times and always keep going back because of the staff. After a long day of surfing or visiting local beaches, its always refreshing to relax with a beer and maybe a game of backgammon.
The manager Lucas will help you get anything you could want. From reasonably priced ATV to surfboards or tours.
Highly recommend for anyone who wants to meet people.
Had a great time!
My friend and I stayed in a private bedroom for 3 nights. We had never stayed in a hostel before. It was a fun experience and would def recommend! The beds were comfortable and the air conditioning worked great. Everyone was really nice and welcoming and if we needed something, there was always someone there to help. I got set up with an awesome surf lesson and the guys helped us book ATV's. They also called a taxi last minute to Liberia - pretty much anything we needed. Thanks to everyone who made our stay memorable! :)