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8 Days Beginner & Intermediate Surf Camp in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Surf Camp

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English

This is not just a lesson: it is the first step in surfing. After years of experience teaching surfing we guarantee you will stand up and ride your first waves in just one lesson! Our lesson begins on the beach with some theory and practicing the right movements and the position you have to use on the board. Then we go into the water and start surfing! Successive lessons will focus on turning and maneuvers.

Meet the instructors

Elmer Zelaya, Manrique Rodriguez, Diego Rosales, & 1 More…
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  • Unlimited use of surfboard
  • Private surf instructor, 5 days of surf lessons, 2 hours each day
  • Daily transportation (2.5km) from Playa Langosta to Playa Tamarindo
  • Airport transfers, Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia
  • 7 nights at Villas Langosta luxury condominium
  • 1 hour Spa massage or Canopy tour

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Villas Langosta Condominiums are the ultimate in vacations rentals. Located directly on the beach of Playa Langosta, these beautiful Mediterranean style condos offer all the amenities you would expect in a luxury vacation rental.

Each unit is tastefully decorated and fully equipped with your convenience in mind. The grounds are immaculate, the pool shimmering and the staff, friendly and helpful.

The Villas Langosta complex is small, quiet and very secure. This is an ideal place to rest and relax, beach comb, watch the magnificent Pacific sunsets and simply enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica. For surfers Langosta offers good waves and uncrowded conditions.


Tamarindo Surf School is the first of its kind founded in Costa Rica. Our unique teaching method is based on experience and knowledge acquired over years of study and surfing. All of our surf instructors are Ticos (local Costa Ricans). This means your surf lesson will not only be conducted by an experienced surf instructor who knows the local breaks, but one who will give you some exposure to the Costa Rican culture.

Our approach is simple, enthusiastic, and more than anything else: innovative! We guarantee that you will stand up and surf your first waves in just one lesson!! If you don't, the second lesson is free. We offer you not only our extensive experience and knowledge of surf conditions in the area, but the best surfboard and boogie board rentals.

We are located directly on Tamarindo beach, which has waves that are perfect for learning how to surf. Also, our location is only minutes from famous beaches like Avellanas, Playa Grande and Playa Negra. We also have trips available for experienced surfers who seek great adventures at the world renowned Roca Bruja "Witch Rock" and Ollies Point.


Elmer Zelaya Ugarte
Elmer is a 24-year-old head surf instructor. He was born and raised in Playa Grande, one of the best breaks near Tamarindo. Elmer has been surfing for more than seven years and has been a surf instructor for more than 4 years. He has surfed the entire Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in Nicaragua and Panama. Elmer is also a board shaper and repair specialist. He speaks Spanish and English.
Manrique Rodriguez Hernandez
Marinque is a 26-year-old senior surf instructor. He was born in Limon, on the East Coast of Costa Rica, and grew up on the Pacific Coast in El Llano, Guanacaste. Manrique has been surfing for more than 10 years and has been a surf instructor for more than 2 years. His favorite surf spot is Marbella, a short distance south of Tamarindo. Manrique's enthusiasm and energy is contagious. He inspires his students to attempt and pull off maneuvers they never thought possible. He speaks Spanish and English.
Diego Rosales Sequeira
Diego is a 26-year-old surf instructor. He was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Diego has been surfing for more than 8 years and has been a surf instructor for more than a year. He surfs everyday of the year and often twice a day, depending upon the tides and surf conditions. He has surfed all the most popular breaks in Guanacaste and few secret spots that only the locals know. His favorite spot is Playa Avellanas because the surf is usually good and there is good food there right on the beach. He speaks Spanish and English.
Esteban Riva
Esteban is a 23-year-old senior surf instructor. He was born in Limon and raised in Quepos. Esteban has been surfing his entire life and has been a surf instructor for 5 years. He has entered numerous local surf contests and he is considered by many people to be one of the best surfers in Tamarindo. His favorite surf spot is Pavones or wherever good waves are breaking. He speaks Spanish and English.


Tamarindo is located on the northern pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Province of Guanacaste. The main draws of the town are surfing and eco-tourism. A multi-cultural community, Tamarindo boasts several bakeries, coffee shops, an outdoor vegetable market and more than 40 restaurants. Whether you like to eat Vegetarian, 'Tipico' Costa Rican, Italian or Sea Food, it is all here. Howler Monkeys are heard and seen swinging on branches throughout Tamarindo. In some restaurants giant Iguanas will come up to your table expecting table scraps. In the late afternoons you can hear the parakeets screeching in the trees, preparing to settle down for the night. The town also has a very active nightlife, and features many local musicians on a regular basis. Latin music is everywhere and there is excellent opportunity to dance the Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, chill out to some Reggae, or just watch the talented locals.

Tamarindo is surrounded by National Parks to its north and south, and mountains with breathtaking views to the east. It boasts a long beach, with excellent waves near the mouth of the estuary. Currents can be pretty strong, especially on a falling tide. Tamarindo has two main breaks for advanced surfers; Pico Pequeo a rocky point in front of the Hotel Tamarindo Diri and the excellent river mouth break called El Estero. The rest of the beach breaks are perfect for learning how to surf.

The biggest waves can get up to 12 feet, although only during November and December. Tamarindo is a great place to use as home base as you explore many of the breaks to the north and south including Casitas and Playa Grande to the north and Langosta to the south.

Tamarindo's climate has two seasons, dry and rainy. During the hot and sunny dry season, from November through April, the humidity is very low and comfortable. The rainy season begins in late April or early May and continues through October. A typical day is sunny or partly cloudy until late afternoon or evening, when showers build inland and move offshore, often producing spectacular sunsets. Everything is green and lush during this time of year. Although there are no hurricanes here, a hurricane or tropical depression in the Atlantic or Caribbean often means rain for Tamarindo. Temperatures in Tamarindo range between 80 and 100 degrees year 'round.

Playa Grande

An important part of the Marino Las Baulas National Park, the stunning beach of Playa Grande with its pristine shoreline and clear blue sea, is one of the best beaches on the Guanacaste coast. Playa Grande is home to the endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles that come ashore every year to lay their eggs on the beach. The leatherbacks take over the beach from November to April, digging their nests up to one meter deep, lay their eggs and cover the pit with sand, returning once again to the sea. After 60 to 90 days, the hatchlings emerge and immediately make their way back to the water.

There are lots of other eco-friendly activities including watching turtles during their nesting season at night. During the December to April period when the water turbidity is low, shore fishing is excellent with Jacks, Dorado, Sea Bass and Rooster Fish amongst the possible catches.

Another popular reason for visiting Playa Grande is for the excellent surfing found here on the main beach. Playa Grande is much more quiet than Playa Tamarindo, but the surf here is equally good. In fact, according to some expert surfers the breaks and swells are consistent enough for it to be rated as among the overall best surf spots in the country.

Playa Langosta

Lying on the Pacific Northwest Coast, just south of Tamarindo, one of the most popular destinations on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, is the exotic and sandy beach of Playa Langosta. Known for its amazing surfing,Playa Langosta is ideal for those who want to have some fun while enjoying the stunning beauty of the area.

A great place for a quiet stroll, the beach is littered with shells, and a variety of marine life. You can watch pelicans dive into water, resurface with a pouch full of fish, then tilt their heads back to swallow their catch. Playa Langosta at its southern end sits near the mouth of an estuary and has an excellent surf break, attracting surfers from Tamarindo who prefer to surf amid some peace and quiet. Just 2.5 km from Tamarindo village, Playa Langosta is an excellent place to spend a peaceful day.

Things to do (optional)

Sunset sailing and snorkel tour

Sailing, snorkel, and sunset tour aboard the 40 catamaran Blue Dolphin. Leave Tamarindo Bay around 1:30 PM and return at sunset. The tour includes a sail outside and around Tamarindo Bay, snorkeling, and sail until sunset. The trip includes snacks, lunch, open bar, free Blue Dolphin t-shirt, and free pick-up. Price of the tour is USD 75. Morning tours available by request.


Sailing tour aboard on a gaff -rigged schooner. Beautiful cruise around the Tamarindo Bay from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Open bar and free pick up, price of the tour USD 65.

River Tour

Palo Verde National Park: The area is comprised of both deciduous and evergreen tropical dry forest, brackish and fresh water wetlands, mangrove swamps, and the tidal estuarine ecosystem of the lower Tempisque River. If you want to experience wildlife, take a boat tour in this beautiful national park - plenty of birds, white face and howler monkeys, crocodiles, etc. Located 1.5 hours away from Tamarindo, its a great family tour. Price of the tour if you drive is USD 35 plus USD 6 to enter the park. The cost with a driver is USD 92. Both rates include lunch.

Canopy Zip line tour

Cartagena Canopy Tour: 10 cable zip line tour on one of the last dry forests in Guanacaste. You can also enjoy a hiking trail if you are up for a walk. Located hr from Tamarindo. Price of the tour is $35. Free pick up upon request.

Horseback riding

Enjoy the beauty of the Santa Rosa hills, riding on a healthy Guanacastecan horse - plenty of birds, monkeys, and iguanas. The tour is available 2 times a day, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, free pick up. Price is USD 30 per horse.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park and volcano

Buena Vista and Borinquen Lodges: Both are located next to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and volcano, just outside Liberia. If you are looking for a full day of activities, this is your tour. Youll find canopy tours, horseback riding, hiking trails, waterfalls, mud baths, hot springs, and much more. Located 2.5 hours from Tamarindo. Rates range from USD 85 to USD 180 (depending on transportation and location) and include all activities plus lunch.

Sport fishing

Costa Rica is a unique place for deep sea fishing and Tamarindo has a large variety of boats to offer. Just tell us how many people you have and what type of fishing you want to do, and we will set it up for you. Game fish like sailfish, blue, black-striped marlin, dorado, tuna, roosterfish and wahoo can be fished throughout the year.

Estuary tour

Take a guided tour by boat into the estuary of the Rio Matapalo. The salt water jungle is protected as the Tamarindo Wildlife Reserve. In the 1,500-acre maze of narrow waterway and small islands all five of Costa Rica's mangrove species are represented. The thickets give shelter to many species of birds and animals. Early hours are the best to see wildlife. While gliding through the waters you might spot crocodiles basking on a sand bank, or their pairs of watchful eyes peering out of the water. Price per person, USD 35.


Snorkeling is outstanding in the crystal clear waters in front of Playa Conchal, north of Tamarindo. A white coral sand underneath gives a gorgeous turquoise color to the sea. If you are lucky you might spot turtles or manta rays. Price depends on duration and type of tour. You can actually rent the equipment and do it yourself.


Just offshore from Flamingo, the Catalina Islands are considered among the most attractive dive sites in Costa Rica. It is an area where divers often find themselves surrounded by large schools of colorful fish. When you dive the Catalinas, you may experience swimming with abundance of manta rays and stingrays. The formations provide a spectacular variety of marine life from nudibranchs to sharks, with angel fish, jacks, snappers, grunts, octopus and eels in between. There are several dive spots with depths ranging from 40 ft. to more than 100 ft. Visibility depends upon the levels of plankton and nutrients. It varies from 20 ft. to 100 ft., with an average of 45 ft. Call for prices.

Additional activities

ATV tours, bike riding, gird watching, golf, hot springs tour, leatherback turtle viewing, massage, Montverde cloud forest, rafting, tennis, wind surfing, yoga and Pilates.

What's included

  • 1 hour Spa massage or Canopy tour
  • 7 nights at Villas Langosta luxury condominium
  • Airport transfers, Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia
  • Daily transportation (2.5km) from Playa Langosta to Playa Tamarindo
  • Private surf instructor, 5 days of surf lessons, 2 hours each day
  • Unlimited use of surfboard

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
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