Surf Lessons in Manuel Antonio

Badge of ExcellenceQuepos, Costa Rica
Surf Lessons in Manuel Antonio
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The golden sands and consistent waves of Espadilla Norte Beach make it a popular destination for surfers in the Manuel Antonio National Park. With this tour, hone your surf skills or learn to catch your first wave with a surf lesson to suit your level. Learn beginner basics and pro tips from your surf instructors, then hit the waves to practice for as long as you like.
  • Experienced surf instructors with classes tailored to all abilities
  • Full-day surfboard rental: stay and surf as long as you want
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off at your hotel
  • Personalized small-group tour with a maximum of 10 travelers

What's Included

  • surfboard
  • water
  • tropical fruit
  • Pick up not included

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Playa Manuel Antonio
    9VR2+66, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica

    Bus stop in-front of Super Joseth supermarket by the public beach in Manuel Antonio

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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59 reviews
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Lots of fun
Marianne_L, Apr 2024
Had so much fun! Felt safe in the water and had great tips from our instructor. Only advice : don’t skip the sunscreen!! The sun is harsh on the water
Response from Host, Apr 2024
We're thrilled to hear you had an amazing time with us! Safety is always our top priority, and we're delighted to know you felt secure in the water under the guidance of our expert instructors. Thanks for the shoutout to sunscreen—it's a crucial detail many people overlook when having fun in the sun. We always remind our guests to lather up and stay protected from those intense rays, especially when out on the water. Looking forward to welcoming you back for more adventures soon!
High recommended by female solo traveller
Angel_B, Apr 2024
Amazing experience and very safe. They have a tent where Glen and his employees will watch your things (so feel free to bring your phones & cameras for when you are ready) and they also provided a water and a snack. It was very first time surfing and I got up every single time thanks to Glen! I wanted to go back every day after I learned, but unfortunately got sick. Glen also rents surf boards and they take Visa. For reference, I am a female solo traveller and appreciated Glen and his team so much for picking me up from my hostel, being kind and patient, and most of all giving me the experience of a lifetime!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled to hear you had an amazing time surfing with Glen and his team. Safety is our top priority, and it's fantastic to know you felt comfortable and well looked after. From providing a secure tent for belongings to offering snacks and water, Glen and his employees truly go above and beyond. It's wonderful to hear that even as a solo female traveler, you felt welcomed and supported throughout your surfing adventure. We're sorry to hear you got sick and couldn't continue, but we're glad you were able to make the most of your time with us. Don't hesitate to reach out if you ever want to surf again or explore other adventures! Travel Costa Rica Tours Team
Surfing las olas
Cathal_M, Feb 2024
Great friendly experience. Glen picked me up from my hotel and I joined three others on the this lesson. Cory gave us some instructions on the beach and him and Leandro stayed with us in the water. Everyone in our group were catching waves in no time at all. We finished up with a bottle of water and some fresh pineapple 🍍 They allow you to come back and borrow a board for free after the lesson too which is a nice touch. Tip : apply suncream generously to the top of your feet and back of legs.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled to hear you had a great time with us. Our team takes pride in providing a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere for all our guests. From Glen's hotel pickup to Cory's expert instructions on the beach and Leandro's guidance in the water, we strive to ensure everyone has a fantastic surfing experience. It's wonderful to hear that everyone in your group was catching waves in no time! We're glad you enjoyed the refreshing bottle of water and fresh pineapple after your session. And yes, don't forget about our complimentary board borrowing service for your next surf adventure. Thank you for the sunscreen tip - safety first! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for more surfing fun. 🏄‍♂️🍍☀️ Travel Costa Rica Tours team
Glen and his team were so...
Ashley_T, Jan 2024
Glen and his team were so nice, and also found them communicative around timing. I had a good time with them! 😌
Response from Host, Feb 2024
At Travel Costa Rica Tours, we strive to create memorable moments for our customers, and your feedback is truly appreciated. Glen and the entire team work hard to ensure seamless communication and a great overall experience, so it's rewarding to hear that their efforts made your time with us enjoyable.
Great first surf lesson!
Monica_R, Nov 2023
This was a great first surf experience! The surf instructor was knowledgeable and did a good job fitting into my comfort level.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you ery much Monica for such a nice words, thank you for choosing travel Costa Rica Tours.
Great waves, great instructor, and fun times!
Elaine_G, Aug 2023
Although it was a rainy, drizzle type of day, surfing was super fun. My husband and I did a lesson with Sebastian who has been surfing for over 20 years. I had been surfing once before in Hawaii and remember it being fun but super hard. This experience was totally different with me and my husband being able to ride the wave in almost every time! Sebastian was a great coach, not overbearing but gave pointers here and there. He also had the waves timed perfectly. The water was warm which was a plus, and they gave us each a bottle of water following the lesson and offered to let us to continue to use the boards to practice the rest of the day and following morning since our lesson was the last of the day. 10/10 recommend if you want to surf! They picked us up at the lesson start time which was nice and pointed us in the direction to which bus would take us back to our hotel.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you Elaine for experiencing the waves of Manuel Antonio at Playa Espadilla Norte with Travel Costa Rica Tours Tours.
The best activity!
Sophia_D, Aug 2023
A friend and I decided to sign up last minute for surfing lessons, and it was the best decision of our entire trip. Glenn was so friendly and met us at our hotel to walk us to his spot on the beach. Our teachers, Louis and Corey, were very upbeat and encouraging throughout the entire process on and off the water. I went into the lesson having never surfed a day before, and now I can't wait to try it again someday. At the end, we even had the chance to do some trick moves, which was so much fun. Thank you for such a great day!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hello Sophia, at Travel Costa Rica Tours, we are very happy to hear that Glen and all our surffing staff met your expectations, and thank you for sharing your experience for more traveler to know about us.
Ebba_d, Mar 2023
Very fun, good instructors!!! A lot time was spent on the water, which was great. Would recommend!!!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for visiting, hope you come back soon
Excellent experience
hkg76d2njg, Mar 2023
Incredible experience. Lesson goes very smooth, instructors are very nice and helpful. You can definitely expect to ride your first wave with this tour 😉
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank yuo for your visit an your comment, it's been a placer hosting you
Amazing surfing experience!
Haris_G, Feb 2023
Amazing experience! There was lots of teachers in the waters with us, giving us tips and pushes for the waves! By the end, me and my friends felt very confident. I would definitely go back, but maybe this time I feel brave enough to just do a rental
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi there, we are very happy to hear about the excellency of our surf school team. As well , we are happy to here that you learn a lot during this lesson, most people will eed at least 3 lessons to feel confident on try just on their own. thank you for your visit.
Great experience surfing in Manuel Antonio
Jason_W, Feb 2023
We were promptly picked up at 11am by Glenn who brought us to the beach. The instructors were all very knowledge and nice. We were complete beginners and felt very comfortable with them. By the end of the lesson, we were able to ride multiple waves. Kate took great pictures of us with her camera which we really appreciated. We finished off the lesson with some fresh pineapple and water. I would highly recommend this excursion if you want to do surfing lessons in Manuel Antonio! Very fun!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you very much for supporting the local economy and reccomending this excursion to other travelers, we highly appreciate it.
Very Nice experience!
Naja_L, Nov 2021
Very Nice staff, the surfinstructors was very good at teaching and helping In different levels. Big recomment from us!
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you very much Naja, your recommendation to other travelers about our surf lessons is very important. We hope you came back soon. Cheers.!
Great experience!
Celine_T, Jul 2021
Awesome experience, all very smooth and well organized. My teacher Willie was patient and had great advice that greatly improved my skills. A member of the team accepted to take a video or two for me. They offered me to come back the next day and use one of their boards for me. Super nice people!
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thank you for such a great appreciation of all our service and dedication for what we do. Willie is highly experienced. We hope you come back soon.
Excelente, súper recomendable experiencia
Agostina_B, Mar 2024
Glenn fue un excelente anfitrión desde el momento que nos recogió, muy ameno el viaje tanto de ida como vuelta contándonos a cerca del pueblo y del surf. Santiago, el profe, muy paciente en su manera de explicar sobre tierra y excelente en el mar para que podamos tomar nuestras primeras olas
Response from Host, May 2024
¡Gracias por compartir tu experiencia con nosotros! Nos alegra mucho saber que disfrutaste del viaje y que tuviste una excelente experiencia con Glenn como anfitrión y con Santiago como instructor de surf. Sus habilidades y amabilidad son realmente destacables. Esperamos verte de nuevo en futuras aventuras. ¡Gracias por elegirnos como tu operador turístico! 🏄🌊 Travel Costa Rica Tours team

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