Surf Camps for Adults / 9 Best Surf Camps Around the World

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Surf camps for adults are the bee’s knees. Imagine an oceanside paradise where your only responsibilities include surfing, eating, and more surfing. The general schedule of a surf camp day goes something like this: eat, surf, eat, chill, snack, surf, eat, sleep, repeat. Throw in a sprinkling of yoga classes, boat trips, pool time, and hikes and you’re all set.

Surf camps come in many different forms, but the big differentiator between a surf camp and the standard a la carte beach hotel is that surf camps are designed to support you surfing as much as possible, and are packaged to include most things. Most things being accommodation, meals, surf gear, and surf lessons, coaching, or guiding depending on your surf ability.

Some surf camps for adults are all-inclusive, and others offer half-board options or some flexibility to tailor your trip depending on your preference.

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If you’re a beginner surfer or interested in learning how to surf, surf camps are a great place to get started and build a solid foundation with daily surf lessons. Alternatively, if you’re a more advanced surfer, you’ll have access to surf guides who are dialed into the local waves so you’re sure to have the best chance at being on the best waves around at any given moment.

Surf camps come with a wide variety of vibes, so be sure to give any camp you’re considering a thorough inspection to make sure it fits your ideal setup. Some surf camps are geared toward a health/wellness getaway with yoga classes and healthy foods, some locations are best for more intermediate and advanced surfers, while others cater to a party-happy younger crowd.

Whatever your preference, surf camps are an awesome way to take a surf trip because you don’t have to do much planning or handle logistics. Most things are taken care of so you get to focus on surfing your brains out and having an absolute blast.

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To expedite your surf camp vacation bliss, we’ve rounded up a few of the best surf camps around the world. These surf camps for adults were hand-picked based on design, location, reputation, amenities, and overall experience. The surf camps on the list all have different types of packages so be sure to check out what’s included with pricing.

Looking to go on the best surf trip possible? Our team of surf travel designers are standing by to help you plan an amazing trip. At Lush Palm, we specialize in bespoke luxury surf trips to top destinations around the world, tailored to your surf level and preferences. Enjoy a 5-star surf vacation with insider surf intel, the best local surf coaches, stunning oceanfront villas, talented private chefs, surf photography, and more. We’ve vetted and curated the crème de la crème around the globe and bring everything together to create dream surf getaways.


Surf Camps for Adults


Playa Negra, Costa Rica

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Our all-inclusive surf and yoga retreat in Costa Rica is set at a stunning oceanfront villa a few minutes walk to the closest (really good) surf break. Located in a special wave-rich region in Northern Costa Rica, these small-group surf coaching retreats are designed for beginner and intermediate surfers to take their surfing to the next level – all while enjoying a glorious week in tropical paradise with a rad group of people.

This weeklong surf retreat includes everything you need to have an amazing trip (and then some!) — ALL logistics and planning are taken care of, so all you have to do is book your flight, and get ready to just sit back, relax, and focus on surfing and having an awesome time.

Retreats include 7 nights of luxe accommodation at a gorgeous oceanfront villa, delicious foodie-approved meals by in-house private chefs, top-notch surf coaching and video analysis, surfboard rentals, daily surf guiding, all transportation to surf breaks, surf photography and video, restorative yoga sessions, deep-tissue massage, a special rest-day excursion, round-trip airport transfers, and more.

This retreat is a week of surf, eat, chill, repeat at its very finest. Read more.

BEST FOR: Beginner and intermediate surfers looking for an all-inclusive elevated surf retreat with top-notch surf coaching and yoga.

PRICING: $3,950 – $6,950 USD per person (rates vary depending on room and occupancy)


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Lush Palm Private Surf Retreats are luxury surf vacations for families and groups who want extraordinary surf trips without the hassle of planning.

Enjoy a completely done-for-you surf getaway with all logistics and details meticulously designed and taken care of. Everything from insider surf intel to stunning villas close to great waves, to talented private chefs and surf photographers – we’ve vetted and curated the crème de la crème at the best surf destinations and bring it all together to create your dream getaway.

Retreats are available at the following locations: Costa Rica, Mexico, California, Oahu, Sri Lanka, Bali, Portugal

Get ready to surf amazing waves, stay at beautiful villas, explore special destinations, and have the best surf trip ever with your closest crew. Read more.

BEST FOR: Families and groups wanting a luxury private surf vacation. Also perfect for special occasion trips and company retreats.

PRICING: from $3,000 USD per person for a 7-night retreat


Lagos, Portugal

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Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is an upscale boutique surf camp tucked away in the countryside on Portugal’s stunning Algarve coast. Surrounded by greenery and peaceful vibes, this place is a gem of a surf retreat. Tiny Whale specializes in week-long packages that include seven nights of accommodation, most meals (by their very talented in-house chef), excellent small-group surf lessons, all surf equipment, transportation to the beaches, and other goodies. Read more.

BEST FOR: Solo travelers, couples, and groups looking for an upscale surf retreat in a social but mellow atmosphere.

PRICING: from 735€ per person per week


Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

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Balancé Surf & Yoga Retreat runs surf retreats at a stylish beachfront property at one of the best surf breaks in El Salvador. Set right on the beach in Playa El Tunco, this boutique retreat includes accommodations, delicious meals at the onsite cafe, surf guides, massages, and transportation.

Balancé has flexible check-in dates (i.e. there aren’t set arrival/departure dates) and caters to both beginner and intermediate surfers. You can also get your yoga-on at their onsite yoga studio which holds regular classes with great teachers (yoga is an optional add-on to any stay). Read more.

BEST FOR: Solo travelers, couples, groups, and families looking for a nice mostly-inclusive surf getaway with flexible dates.

PRICING: $780 – $2,195 USD per person per week (rates vary depending on room and occupancy)

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El Zonte, El Salvador

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Puro Surf is an oceanfront surf hotel and performance academy with excellent food, top-notch training facilities, and epic waves out front. The 13-room property has multiple pools, a full-size gym, yoga studio, Carver skatepark, and ocean views from every room.

The on-site Surf Academy caters to surfers of all abilities, offering everything from fundamentals for beginners to coaching sessions for more advanced surfers. Stays and lessons are available a la carte, or surf-camp style with packages that include accommodations, surf lessons/guiding, meals, and more. Read more.

BEST FOR: Solo travelers, couples, and families wanting to work on their surf skills and have an active trip.

PRICING: from $900 – $2,500 USD per person per week depending on the package


Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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This luxe beachfront boutique hotel is a surfer’s paradise. Nantipa has one of the best beachfront locations in Costa Rica for surfing, with multiple fun surf breaks right out front and within walking distance. The hotel is available to book à la carte, so while it isn’t a surf retreat in a traditional sense, they have Surf Packages available that make it an ideal (and convenient) surf getaway.

Surf packages are for 4 or 6 nights and include the accommodations of your choice, surf lessons (or guiding), yoga classes, private roundtrip airport transfers, a massage, a waterfall excursion, and more (and if yoga isn’t your jam you can easily omit the yoga). If you want an upmarket private surf trip with flexible dates, Nantipa is a great fit. Read more.

BEST FOR: Couples, groups, and families looking for a flexible and luxe surf trip with fun waves right out front.

PRICING: from $385 – $720 per night + 13% taxes


Ahangama, Sri Lanka

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Soul & Surf is an all-inclusive surf and yoga retreat at a modern tropical locale in Sri Lanka. This beautifully designed surf camp offers 7- and 14-night retreats complete with daily yoga, surf lessons, and delicious healthy meals. Read more.

BEST FOR: Solo travelers, couples, groups, and families looking for an all-inclusive, relaxing, and healthy surf yoga experience.

PRICING: from $1,400 USD per person per week


Popoyo, Nicaragua

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Steps from the sand at Playa Santana, Malibu Popoyo is an all-inclusive boutique surf hotel with easy access to plentiful surf on Nicaragua’s Costa Esmeralda. Along with lovely accommodations, stays include three organic meals per day at the onsite restaurant, daily guided yoga sessions, unlimited 4×4 transportation to any surf break, and daily personal surf guiding or instruction. Read more.

BEST FOR: Couples, groups, and families looking for a laidback surf trip at an upscale secluded spot.

PRICING: from $250 per night (double occupancy) + 17% taxes


Bukit Peninsula, Bali

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Rapture Surfcamp Bali is a modern surf camp and school on the southern coast of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. The surf camp offers a range of price points to suit every budget–accommodations range from spacious light-filled private rooms and suites to super nice budget-friendly dorm rooms. Surf lessons and surfboard rentals are available a la carte, so you can tailor your experience and pricing accordingly. Read more.

BEST FOR: Solo travelers, couples, and groups looking for a social and flexible surf camp.

PRICING: €40 per night in a dorm, €88 per night private room (plus 10% government tax)


Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

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Hollow Tree’s Resort is an all-inclusive beachfront surf resort in the Mentawai Islands at one of the finest rights in the world. Hollow Tree’s sits on a stunning stretch of white sand beach with Lance’s Right (aka Hollow Tree’s) surf break directly out front. The surf resort caters to surfers of all levels and has no less than 10 world-class waves within a short boat or bike ride from the resort. Read more.

BEST FOR: Intermediate to advanced surfers looking for an exotic surf trip in a tropical paradise.

PRICING: $350 USD per surfer, per night + boat transportation and $75 USD Mentawai Surf Tax per surfer

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