Tamarindo's number one activity is learning to surf. Conditons are good, as the waves are consistent and usually not too large - ideal for beginners.

For those looking for surf packages with airport pickup/dropoff, daily surf lessons, accommodation in a nice condo or a luxury home, and daily breakfast, check with one of these surf shops. 

  • Witch's Rock Surf Camp (Surf packages, surf lessons, Witch's + Ollie's surf trip, board rental, two restaurant,surf shop, 18 rooms beach front)
  • Neptuno Surf Shop (stylish surf packages, surf lessons, rentals, surf trips, smoothie bar and coffee shop, beach front located)  
  • Kelly's Surf Shop (for Surf Lessons and surf vacation packages)
  • Tamarindo Surf School (surf lessons, surf camps, board rentals)  
  • CR Surf Life (surf lessons for all levels, surf tours & photography)
  • Iguana Surf (for Group and Private Surf Lessons and Awesome Prices on Board Rentals)
  • Costa Rica Surf Club (private, group lessons and board rentals at reasonable prices, also lots of tips)
  • Matos Surf Shop (Sunrise Mall No 4 and 506-2653-0845)  and lessons are handled by Eric. The two hour lesson included the board, rash guard, and instruction.

Use the surf instructors roaming the beach with caution. Some will take your money and never show up.

Make sure that you surf in locations that are appropriate for your level. This Tamarindo surf map will tell you which breaks are best suited for beginners.