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Surf Lessons in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Recommendations
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience Tamarindo’s perfect breaks with a 2-hour surf lesson at a legendary beachside shop. Get in the water for the first time and practice paddling, popping up and riding in a forgiving beach break. More experienced surfers can hone their skills by surfing alongside an expert instructor, learning to read the breaking surf while improving technique and form. Riders of all skill levels can soak up the sun on the Pacific Coast and enjoy the security of an experienced surf school that places the emphasis on safety and fun. 
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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What's Included

  • 2-hour lesson
  • Rash guard (Surf Shirt)
  • Soft-Top surf board
  • Locker
  • Professional bilingual instructor
  • Shower
  • Use of changing rooms
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Iguana Surf Camp & Surf Shop
    152, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Children under 10 are Required to Book a Private Lesson for safety reasons and to ensure a more one-on-one attention
  • Note: Please contact the phone number on your voucher to advise your chosen lesson time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Semi private lessons are for two or three people travelling together
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 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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The less was supposed to be 2 hours, but was ended about 30 minutes earlier for some reason.
Highly recommend for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of the sport!
Reviews
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Great experience for beginners
Renaldo_D, Jan 2023
Our surfing excursion was all on our list of things to try in Costa Rica. Our guide Miguel, was very patient and explained things very well. We booked the 10 am lesson and he was able to get us all up on the surf boards even though it was our first time trying to surf. We will definitely try it again.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for your great review! We always love to hear that our insructors do such a great job and that you were all able to stand up!! Great job!! We hope to have you come back and catch some more waves with us super soon! Pura Vida :)
Give surfing a try!!
Andrea_A, Dec 2022
Great spot to learn to surf. The beach and waves and atmosphere are excellent. But even more important - the people at the surf shop are great. Friendly, welcoming even to us novices. Extra shout out to Christian (think he’s the owner) and our instructor, Anthony. We did a group lesson - two adults and two teens - and we all recommend it highly. Take your swimsuit and sunscreen - they deal with the rest - including providing rash guards and lockers and fresh water showers.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for your amazing review and recommendation! We are so glad you had such a great time and we love to hear that our surf instructors and surf shop manager do such a great job! We hope you come back and catch more waves with us soon! Pura Vida :)
Fun!
Jane_S, Dec 2022
It was our first time on surf boards and the instructors were really nice and helpful. Plus they the school took tons of photos of us surfing which we purchased. Only drawback is that Tamarindo is packed with others learning to surf so you really had to try not to hit others with surfboard. I would suggest going to “Little Hawaii” south of Tamarindo to learn as fewer people in water
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you so much for your great review! And if we could make there be less people in the water, we definately would!! We hope to have you come back and catch some more waves with us super soon! Pura Vida :)
Fun surf lesson
Colleen_Q, Dec 2022
Surf lessons were great. My son had a blast. Instructors were super fun. Tamarindo is so cute. Do it.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you so much for your awesome review! Your satisfaction makes every effort absolutely worth it! We hope to have you come back and catch some more waves with us super soon! Pura Vida :)
Fine lesson, but too short
Donna_W, Dec 2022
The surf lesson was fine but we did not get a full two hours for our semi-private lesson. The first reason for this is because they had our reservation down for the wrong time. They believed me after I showed them my ticket listing the correct time. So our lesson got started 15 minutes late because they had to find an instructor. Then our instructor stopped about 10 minutes early, so all-in-all, we only got a little more than 1.5 hours worth of a 2 hour lesson. The instructor was very nice, patient and nice, though. The place was just chaotic and a bit disorganized when we arrived.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
I am so sorry to hear you did not get your full two hours and that there was some confusion regarding your lesson! We always aim to give the best customer service and the most attentive surf lesson. Please let us know if you would like to give us a try again and we will make it up to you!!
Amazing! Specifically the instructors!
Helen_H, Dec 2022
Give this a 10 out of 10. My girls had one of the best experiences of their lives and we travel and experience a lot of different things☺️. Instructors were amazing and they can officially surf after 1 lesson. We will do again!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you so much for your awesome review! Your satisfaction makes every effort absolutely worth it! We hope to have you come back and catch some more waves with us super soon! Pura Vida :)
Worth every penny!
Kristin_B, Apr 2022
AMAZING experience!! we did a private lesson for our girls (8 yrs. & 11 yrs.) and it was worth every penny. I highly recommend this surf lesson.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your recommendation! We are so happy to hear your girls had such a great time and we hope they come back and catch some more waves with us again soon! Pura Vida :)
Great first lesson for two beginners
Richard_S, Apr 2022
Me and a friend (both beginners) did a semi private lesson with Kurt. We had a great time and Kurt was great at getting us standing up on waves within 5 minutes and was very knowledgable as well as being a good laugh. 5 stars
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your amazing review! We are so glad you all had such a great time and we always love to hear that our insturctors do such a great job! We hope you come back to catch more waves with us soon! Pura Vida :)
Best in Tamarindo!
Keith_C, Dec 2021
Instructors are very friendly, supportive, knowledgeable and patient. They were as excited as we were when we had a good run. Definitely would recommend Iguana Surf Shop to anyone who wants to surf for the first time. They are the best!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words! Your satisfaction makes every effort absolutely worth it :) We hope to have you come catch some more waves with us again soon! Pura Vida :)
Best lesson ever
Brian_M, Oct 2021
Just being able to get the hang of standing up. I honestly had so much fun and it was the first time surfing ever. My instructor Anthony was so nice and patient. Made me feel very comfortable especially when I was unsure of surfing etiquette.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thank you very much for your amazing review! We love to know that our surf instructors do such a great job :) We look forward to having you come catch some waves with us againn soon- Pura Vida!
Excellent surf lesson
Jacqueline_S, Aug 2021
The instructors at Iguana Surf really know their stuff! My 15 year-old son had a great experience learning to surf. The instructor spent 2 full hours with him. The equipment was in good condition as well. Highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you very much for your amazing review and recommendation! We love to know that our instructors do such a great job! We hope you come catch some waves with us again soon :) Pura Vida!
Excellent surfing experience for a group of beginners.
David_G, Jul 2021
Want to learn to surf with a great instructor? This is the place to go and prices right. Four of us took lessons together aged 16 - 52.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thank you very much for your amazing review and reccommendation! We love to know that our instructors does such a great job :) Pura Vida!
Great experience surfing
Sheryl_C, Jul 2021
I was so so excited for these lessons. It was myself and my son and I booked a semi private. The instructors were nice, but ended up having less than 2 hours which I read in quite a few reviews. I saw some instructors having the students pose for pictures at the end. I asked ours to stop so my daughter could get a picture. My son had to yell to them cuz they were up ahead snd him/I were trudging behind carrying the boards. After, I realized why we had to ask to have my daughter take a picture- their guy tried to sell us pictures for $40. I loved the experience and if we had more time, I would have taken another lesson but from another place. Definitely try the surfing while in tamarindo!!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Hola Sheryl: Thank you for taking the time to post this detailed review. I am sorry that you were not completely satisfied with our service, and I wish you would have come to us directly after the lesson, so we could have called the instructor's attention and make it right. The photographer is an independent worker, and he sells the pictures, they are not part of the package. Our mission is to provide you the best, most fun experience in the water so you fall in love with surfing as we are in love with such an amazing sport. We owuld love for you to visit us again in the future if you are back in town and we will show you the true Iguana Surf Experience. Pura Vida!
Great for first timers
JerryChesterson, Jul 2021
The waves where amazing and the instructors did great. First time surfing and I caught at least 20 waves over the 2 hours. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thank you very much for your amazing review and recommendation! We love to know that instructors do such a great job! We hope you come back to catch some more waves with us soon! Pura Vida!
Totally Recommend
Summer_E, Jun 2021
This was my first time surfing. Great experience! I got up on my third try. Instructor was patient, friendly and very professional. Numerous people recommended Iguana Surf and they were 100% right.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thank you very much for your amazing review and recommendation! We love to know that our instructors do such a great job :) We hope you come back soon to catch some more waves with us! Pura Vida!
Beginners learned how to surf
GarryL_C, Jun 2021
Had a great time in a private lesson - 4 of us paired up with an instructor per person. They made sure we actually learned the basics of surfing while we were having fun. Will definitely be back.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thank you very much for your amazing review and recommendation! We love to know that our instructors do such a great job. We hope you come back soon to catch some more waves with us! Pura Vida!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beginner lesson
Jan_B, Feb 2021
Everything was well organized. Sabinka, our instructor, was very nice and competent and knows of what she‘s doinh.
Response from Host, Mar 2021
Thank you very much for your amazing review and recommendation. Keep on surfing;) Pura vida!
It was pretty fun and the guy who teaches me was very patties
Kody_W, Jan 2021
Amanzing peolpe and good Teachers , they are very patient with u if you can’t take the waves very quickly
Response from Host, Jan 2021
Thank you for your review! Keep on Surfing!
Surfed a wave on my first lesson
amangabi, Feb 2020
Anthony was such a great instructor and really helped me understand the foundations of surfing. I would definitely do this again!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thanks for the kind review. Keep on surfing, an Pura Vida!
So Much Fun!
Hewett_C, Feb 2020
Amazing time! Fifo was an awesome instructor! Highly recommend for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of the sport!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review. Keep on surfing, and Pura Vida!

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