Ride the Waves: Private Surf Lessons with Local Experts

Badge of ExcellenceTamarindo, Costa Rica
Surf lessons for everyone Learn how to surf with locals and real surfers
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learn how to surf like a local in Tamarindo, Costa Rica—a popular destination for hanging ten. During the lesson, you will learn the basics, including how to paddle out by yourself. Rash guards, boards, and bottled water are included. Choose to depart from either your hotel or the surf shop.
  • Perfect for beginners, this surf lesson includes the fundamentals
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a private lesson
  • Rash guards and boards included in price; remember to bring towels
  • Pickup outside Tamarindo costs an extra fee

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Surfboard and rashguard included
  • Towels

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Antares sailing adventures
    Chiringuito, Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    We will meet our clients at the beach entrance next to "the coast" hotel, our instructor will be there with your information and the boards, there is place to park is not recomended to bring things to the beach only towells sandals and swiming suit due we will be on the water during the lesson.

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 11/24/2023 - 6/3/2025

    Monday - Sunday : 07:00 AM - 03:00 PM

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
  • Infant seats available
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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80 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Matt_F, May 2022
What an experience! Manny was my instructor. He did a great job explaining how to get up. First time trying it and I was horrible. :) Manny was so patient and encouraging. I definitely recommend Sweet Costa Rica for your surfing lessons.
Best Surfing Experience
Kaitlyn_S, Dec 2021
Emanuele was an amazing instructor. This was my very first time surfing and he made me feel super comfortable. He is very knowledgeable and explained everything thoroughly. He was very patient with me and was genuinely excited when I got up and caught some waves. Highly recommend.
5 Stars.
Joshua_P, Aug 2021
Sebastian was awesome! His English was great and he was super patient with us beginners. We learned so much and found ourselves riding waves well before the end of the session. This is such a great value. 2 hours of helpful instruction with rash guards, boards, and bottled water included. Cannot recommend these guys enough. 5 stars.
Excellent Learning Experience
Alexandra_B, Jul 2021
Sebastian was wonderful! We had different ability levels and languages in the lesson and he accommodated everyone perfectly. He is a fabulous teacher and made sure we all succeeded!
Perfect first lesson
Nora_C, Apr 2021
Super nice experience with a great teacher! Sebastian did a good job, was very patient and motivating.
Pura Vida
Jerome_M, Apr 2021
Not only did i stood up on the board I also learned how to turn a bit on the surf board! Super cool! Pura vida 🤙🏽🇨🇷
Great energy!!!
Aaron S, Dec 2019
Sebastian and Stefano were so awesome, patient, and great with the kids. There were genuinely stoked when then they saw the kids get up for the first time. I would definitely recommend this crew - pura vida

From $80.00

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

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