Beginner Surf Lessons In Tamarindo - Shared or Private

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Beginner Surf Lessons In Tamarindo Shared or Private

From $55.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


There’s a good reason why Tamarindo is known as a top surf destination for beginners. In just one lesson, you can pop up on your board and ride a wave when you take a private or group lesson. Or, even upgrade to a 3-day mini-surf camp—the choice is yours when you book. No matter what you choose, hang easy knowing that all equipment and a qualified instructor are included with all packages.
  • Beginner surf lesson in Tamarindo
  • Learn surfing basics like popping up and paddling
  • Choose a private, group, or surf camp option
  • All equipment with board and rash guard included

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Certified Surf Instructor
  • Rashguard Use
  • Surfboard Use
  • Gratuities
  • JW Marriott, Playa Grande, Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo
  • Hotel's RIU Guanacaste & Palace, Playa Ocotal, Coco, Hermosa, Papagayo

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Native's Way Costa Rica - Tours and Transfers
    200 meteres south of Diria, Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled surf lesson time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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92 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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LUCA was a great teacher! He embraced the opportunity to encourage a willing and eager 14 year old to take to the waves
Isaac_G, Apr 2024
We traveled to Costa Rice from the US with our 14 year old grandson hoping to provide him with some wonderful memories. Surfing was the last thing to do on our list after hiking in Tenorio National Park, ziplining at Witch's Rock and snorkeling at Playa del Coco. Isaac is athletic and loves the water so it seemed like he would love the chance to experience surfing. We live in New England where waves are infrequent, so this was his chance. Luca is a fabulous teacher- energetic, experienced, kind and encouraging. Isaac got up on the board on the second try and had many successes after that. It was a great day thanks to Luca and a great student!
Great lesson with a great...
Samantha_H, Apr 2024
Great lesson with a great group of instructors! Got everyone riding waves, including our 9 year old who was hesitant at first. We very much appreciated the patience and enthusiasm of the team!
Our guide Luca was...
Jill_G, Mar 2024
Our guide Luca was fantastic! He explained everything clearly and was patient and fun. Great for both the kids and adults. Everyone was able to get up after a few tries. Highly recommend! Bring a towel.
Great for kids
Jonathan_F, Mar 2024
Teachers were excellent with our kids and they made sure all the kids got up on their boards. Highly recommend
Ask for Luca!! Easy and fun!!
Jasmine_V, Feb 2024
Ask for Luca! He is amazing and makes surfing super easy to learn. I stood and rode a couple of waves for my first time. So fun!! Ask for Luca every time!!!
So much fun!
Amy_P, Jan 2024
We had such a wonderful time as first time surfers with Luca. He was patient, kind, and knowledgeable. Totally worth your time!
Perfect day on the water!
Holly_S, Jan 2024
Viator is the best way to plan, reserve and experience a great time on any trip!! They are detailed and leave you feeling prepared any ready for your experience. Directions were clear, we drove right to their office. Luca was a phenomenal instructor! He took his time and was very helpful with equipment and making sure everyone felt comfortable before they got in the water. It was a great day!!🏄🏼😃
Luca and Julio were the best! Highly recommended
Colin_G, Oct 2023
The instructors were excellent they ensured we had a great time and learned to surf. We had a great experience. Highly recommended!
Highly recommended!
Carmen_C, Sep 2023
Highly recommend this lesson if you know how to swim and feel comfortable in the water. Our instructor, Lucas, was very professional, knowledgeable, patient and funny. He made us feel safe and taken care of. He prioritized safely at all times and has been surfing for over 15 years. The town of Tamarindo is charming with lots of restaurants and shops on the Main Street. Tamarindo Beach is full of activities. Book you lesson and ask for Lucas.
Wonderful experience! Highly recommended!
German_P, Aug 2023
Patsy was a terrific instructor: patient and very thorough! My two teenage sons greatly enjoyed their surf lesson! Highly recommended!
Awesome Surf Lesson Experience
Matt_M, Jul 2023
A great experience! All three of the kids got up on the board and are now officially surfers. Luka was a great instructor; the kids loved him
So much fun!
Ariana_T, Jul 2023
My sister and I had an excellent time learning how to surf! We had zero experience. Our instructor was patient, kind, and encouraging. I highly recommend!
Instructor was amazing and friendly
Heather_G, Jun 2023
Michelangelo was amazing. So friendly and patient with my daughter. She got right up and started surfing like she’s been doing it forever. Would highly recommend him.
Loads of fun!
Kenny_B, Apr 2023
Cesar was great! Patient, friendly, encouraging and engaging. So much fun for the family. We began on dry land, where he made sure we understood the basics and how to stay safe. Then, is was into the water where we each took turns one on one with Cesar as he coached us and gave us constant encouragement and tips.
Danielle_B, Mar 2023
Our teacher was so good! I had taken a surfing lesson before and the instructor went too fast. Ours went slow, reinforced with practice, and also reinforced that going slow on the board was the way to do it in the beginning. He stayed in the water and pushed us forward the whole time too- he was really good overall. I felt like I actually learned something, even though it could have been something really touristy and watered down if they wanted to.
Great experience
Hermann_S, Mar 2023
Caesar was a great teacher who adapted requirements and lessons to my personal capabilities and fitness. It was amazing progress for me. Thanks a lot for this experience!
Fun in the sun.
Suzanne_A, Mar 2023
This was my first time trying to surf. Patsy was a very encouraging and fun instructor. I was so excited to get up on the board. Can’t wait to try again.I have found my passion!
Capturing a dream
Judy_M, Mar 2023
One of my sons dreams was to learn how to surf. Oscar was fantastic as an instructor with lots of great tips, and patient. A very nice young man.
Easy booking on Line....
Jenny_D, Feb 2023
Easy booking on Line. Semi private lesson for 2. That was just Perfect. Our guide gave us good explanations before To go in the water and was helpfull once in the water. We had a lot of fun.
Great beginner lesson
Kris_R, Feb 2023
Our kids 13,14 had a great experience with Manual. This was their second time surfing and with his coaching caught some good waves!

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