Learn to Surf in Tamarindo!

Pacific Surf School in Costa Rica’s sun-kissed Tamarindo runs surf courses, surf lessons and surf camps year-round so people can learn to surf and improve their surf style in paradise!


San Diego’s award-winning Pacific Surf School makes surf lessons fun and approachable with its passionate team of certified surf instructors in the famous surf town of Tamarindo, Costa Rica!

Whether you want to improve your skills on the board or you want to stand up on a surfboard for the very first time, our private surf lessons, semi-private surf lessons and group surf lessons are the best way to reach your surf aspirations! Learning to surf is a gift that keeps giving, so if you’re ready to join the world of surfers, our passionate surf coaches are ready for you!

All surf equipment is included free with every lesson, so whether you’re bringing your own surf gear or you’re traveling light, we are ready to get you out riding the waves and having fun!

We promise you that as a beginner surfer, you will stand up on the board on your first surf lesson or you’ll get the next lesson for free! Meanwhile, if you’re an advanced surfer, our professional training surf packages and detailed video analysis after the surf will have you stoked and planning your next surf session with full enthusiasm!


ALL EQUIPMENT INCLUDED: Surfboard, Wetsuit, UV Protection, Rash Guard and Leash.


Sun Block, Towel, Water & Great Enthusiasm.


Professional Certified Surf Instructor; CPR and Lifeguard Certified.


1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

During this 90 minute one-on-one personalized surf session you will learn to surf in no time with your own professional Water Safety Specialist & CPR Certified Instructor.



1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

Perfect for the first time surfer or experienced surfer looking to take their surfing to the next level. During this 90 minutes one-on-one personalized surf session you will learn to surf in no time with your own professional WSS & Lifeguard Certified Instructor.



1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

No experience necessary, this is the perfect package to take your surf beyond the basic level. Each lesson is tailored to your specific level guiding you each time to become a more improved surfer.


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Tamarindo is a popular surf spot in the North West of Costa Rica. With decent swell and several surf breaks to choose from, surfers of all descriptions descend on this bustling surf community. Consistent offshore winds and swells mean great surf conditions throughout the year. The beach in Tamarindo’s heart offers great surf conditions for beginners to learn to surf, while the river mouth peak of Estero’s and the reef breaks like Pico Pequeño, Diria and Henry’s attract advanced surfers when the swell is on.


Considered the leading surf school in Southern California, Pacific Surf School, is reaching to new locations around the world.  Our priority is providing the best surfing experience in Tamarindo featuring the same quality service we offer in California.

Our instructors are surf experts from all over the world certified with Water Safety Courses. With over a thousand 5 stars reviews, our coaches teach surfing to all ages, specialized in beginners and intermediate students.

In some of our locations, we partner with the best schools that provide the same kind of high level service in surfing lessons.

If you already figured out what surfing lesson in Tamarindo you want and when you want to go surfing the easiest way is booking it online above on this page.

All surf lessons are one and a half hours. All the equipment if included in the lesson – surfboard, leash and rash guard.

The lesson starts with a land lecture. The surfing instructor will explain about water safety, board dynamics and dimensions, what to do and not to do and your stand on the board. After that you will enter the water with your surfing instructor to try the real thing, he/she will help place the board in the correct position and give you pointers.

Private surf lessons, semi-private surf lessons and group surf lessons

A private surf lesson is a one-on-one lesson, which means an instructor just for you and more wave time. If your goal is really learning to surf and making it a habit, this is the best option.

A semi-private surf lesson means one instructor for a small group of two to three people. This is a great option if you want to learn how to stand up, ride some waves and have some fun!

A group surf lesson is an instructor for four to five people ratio. You would be with a small group, which can make it a more fun experience!

You can wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing when going to the beach: boardshort, swimsuit or bikini.

Make sure you bring a towel, sun screen, and water to hydrate after the lesson. 

Pacific Surf School Inc facilitates the booking of your surf lessons and camp in this location, but a partner surf school will be teaching the lesson. Read the full disclaimer here.

Maddi d
Maddi d
Wonderful experience learning to surf!
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Great experience with this surf lesson program. Booked online, super simple. Eric and Nick were our instructors...they were fantastic. My twins who have NEVER surfed before were up and surfing the waves within five minutes of hitting the water. Great coaching and encouragement. Thanks for a fantastic morning!
Great experience!
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Tate and Beth were great instructors! We had so much fun and we learnt a lot! Ideal for people who want to start with surfing
Stephanie R
Stephanie R
Great experience!
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Ricardo was excellent with our group of three teenagers. Very impressed by how much he taught them and interacted with them.
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