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Tamarindo's number one activity is surfing, and there are few places in the world that offer such perfect conditions to learn to surf. The waves, while not huge, are very consistent and are ideal for first-timers. Many vacationers take a beginner surf lesson to get that "first wave thrill". For those looking for more convenience, complete surf packages are available with airport pickup/dropoff, daily surf lesson, accommodation in a nice condo or a luxary home, and daily breakfast.
If you want to learn to surf, learn right. Don't use the surf instructors roaming the beach. Here are general tips to get ready for any surf lesson.
Featured surf shops on Tripadvisor:
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.
Rockin' Rodney's Surf Lessons Rodney has a prime location on a much quieter part of the beach in Tamarindo. He teaches students on fantastic custom boards like Robert August's Lines and stays in the water with you until you do it.