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

Many Tamarindo, Costa Rica vacationers want the thrill of standing up and riding their first wave. If you want a head start on any surf lesson here are some general tips to get ready for any surf lesson. They'll help you understand the what's and whys of what you're instructor will tell you.

For those looking for surf packages with airport pickup/dropoff, daily surf lessons, accommodation in a nice condo or a luxary 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)
  • Blue Trailz Surf School and Shop and Blue Trailz Hostel (surf lessons, board rental, budget surf camps 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.