With cascading waterfalls, idyllic beaches, and smoking volcanoes, Costa Rica is an ideal destination for families. This exciting 6-day itinerary takes you to some of the country's major highlights. Hike around the towering Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, then go for a swim in Oropendola Waterfall. Then move on to the surf village of Tamarindo, where you'll learn to ride the waves during a private lesson. Finish the trip with a whitewater rafting adventure or a safari float before heading back to Liberia, where the journey comes to an end.
Surf Lessons at Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo
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Learn to catch a wave in Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica's prime surfing spots. Enjoy a private two-hour surf lesson at Playa Tamarindo and learn the basics of surfing outside of a large group setting. With the supervision of experienced guides, surfing at Tamarindo is safe and fun! At the end of your surf lesson today, even beginners will likely be able to stand up on their surfboards and ride their first waves. You can take the rest of the day to practice riding the waves or enjoy some well-deserved relaxation on the beach.
- Learn to surf at Playa Tamarindo
- Get focused attention from a private instructor
- Ride your first wave by the end of the lesson
- Continue practicing on your own with a rental surfboard
Know before you go
What you'll do
Following your guide's instructions, you'll attempt to get up on your board. Most beginners are able to do so by the end of the lesson. After the two-hour class concludes, you can keep practicing on your own. Another option is to visit another surf spot in the area, like Playa Naranjo.
Note that participants must be able to swim.
Daily9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm
- 2-hour instruction
- Rash Guard
- Soft Top Surf Board
- Professional Bilingual Instructor
- Changing Room
Tamarindo Mangrove & Estuary Boat Tour
Catamaran Sailing Adventure
Scuba Diving at the Catalina Islands
Snorkeling or Diving at the Catalina Islands
Safari Float Tour on Corobicí River
Embark on a Safari-style tour of the Corobicí River with a naturalist guide. Spend approximately 2 hours floating down the river on a raft boat, admiring the diverse ecosystem and spotting a wide variety of animals and plants. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles, the tour's main highlight.
Wetlands Boat Ride and Rum Tasting at Hacienda El Viejo
Please note that transportation is not included, but can be added for an additional cost.
Nighttime Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Experience (Seasonal)
Itineraries with Surf Lessons at Tamarindo Beach
Get ready for a laid-back beach vacation to the stunning beaches of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Península. This slow-paced trip allows you to slow down and adjust to the Costa Rican lifestyle of pura vida in four quintessential surf towns: Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Sámara and Santa Teresa.
Travel to three of the best destinations in Costa Rica to ride the waves on this 6-day trip. Start in Playa Santa Teresa, home to major surf competitions and some of the most consistent waves in the country. End the adventure in Playa Tamarindo for surf days that end with glorious Pacific Coast sunsets. You'll also have time to relax on the beach and get acquainted with the country's vast wildlife.
This eight-day itinerary is perfect for travelers seeking a balanced beach holiday, laced with organized day trips and free time by the water. Land in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste province, and head south to the popular surf town of Tamarindo Beach. Spend your days riding the waves, swimming, kayaking and snorkeling, and diving through the reefs of some of the most beautiful Pacific waters rich with exotic marine life. Bookmark day trips to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and Rio Negro Hot Springs, Las Catalinas Islands, and Capitán Island, too.
Enjoy a 15-day honeymoon adventure that covers several of Costa Rica’s greatest outdoor destinations. Begin in the capital city for a welcome dinner, before heading to the Arenal region for river rafting, volcano hikes, scenic waterfalls, and more. Next, go snorkeling and kayaking in the ocean on the shores of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. Venture into the cloud forests of Monteverde to take suspension bridges and ziplines through the greenery, followed by downtime in Tamardino Beach to surf, sail, and relish magnificent sunsets.
This 13-day adventure allows you to experience the country from both coasts. It includes a visit to the bustling capital of San José, the lush rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular, remote beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to surf lessons in the Pacific.