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The Best Surf Camps for Beginner and Intermediate Surfers

We’ve been covering surf camps all over the world since 2016 in our Surf Camp GuideWe’ve had the opportunity to stay in some pretty amazing surf camps across the world. We have found perfect uncrowded rolling waves along the way, and have compiled our list of the best surf camps for beginner and intermediate surfers.

Over the last 5 years, through our team, our partners across the world and a countless number of 3rd party reviews we have compiled a list of the World’s Best Surf Camps in 2022. Keep reading to find out more!

Rapture Surf Camp, Green Bowl, Bali

Rapture Green Bowl Bali Surf Camp

Rapture Surf Camp, The Green Bowl in Bali, is built on the cliffside of the Bukit Peninsula.

The villa is designed with a combination of Western and Javanese architecture. It offers both shared dorms and private suites.

The outside area is very spacious, with a beautiful terrace equipped with sofas and loungers – the ideal post-surf hangout.

The quintessence has to be the infinity pool that overlooks the rainforest and the Indian ocean.

Selina has two surf camps in Santa Teresa, which highlights their popularity. Situated in an absolutely beautiful part of Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen is only a 3 min walk away.

Selina offers daily yoga and fitness classes to keep your body supple between surf sessions. In addition, their outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful deck and locally curated art murals conveying the spirit of Costa Rica.

Selina also offers a co-working space with high-speed wifi for those digital nomads looking for a quiet area to work from. 

The shared dorms and private rooms are exquisitely decorated with wood furnishings, local art and surfboards.

Their chillout areas are very comfortable, and the yoga studio is one of the nicest we’ve seen at a surf camp.

Santa Teresa Surf Camp Pool

The Selina Surf Camp outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful deck and locally curated art murals conveying the spirit of Costa Rica.

Selina Surf Camp Co-working space

The Selina Surf Camp offers a co-working space with high-speed wifi for those digital nomads looking for a quiet area to work from. 

Hash Point is one of the original surf camps in Taghazout. The beautiful, multi-story beach house has two large communal roof terraces overlooking the well-known surf spot, Hash Point. It offers ten rooms and can accommodate up to 21 people.

The stunning roof terrace offers 180-degree panoramic views of the Moroccan coastline. Each morning breakfast is served on the roof terrace before the team takes the guests to surf at one of the epic spots dotted along the coastline.

They have high-speed internet, which makes remote working a viable option. After a long day in the waves, guests from around the world enjoy a few beers while watching the sunset before feasting on a delicious barbecue. There are surf movie screenings once a week to help keep the stoke alive.

Taghazout Hash Point Surf Camp Roof Terrace

The stunning roof terrace offers 180-degree panoramic views of the Moroccan coastline.

Hash Point Surf Camp Room View

The Hash Point Surf Camp has a room with a view of the spectacular coast.

Rise Up is a beautiful surf and yoga retreat located in tranquil Northern Nicaragua.

Rise Up offers an open-air, eco-friendly resort on a 19-acre teak farm. You will wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the waves in an oceanside cabana, take peaceful walks on the beach, and take naps in a shaded hammock by the pool.

Just steps away from your cabana is a private pathway to one of the most beautiful beaches in Nicaragua.

Rise Up surf camp sits on a truly remarkable stretch of coastline with uncrowded waves and warm water. The team at Rise Up are renowned for providing their guests with service levels par excellence. The camp offers 4 cabanas with ceiling fans, private patios and hammocks and el fresco showers (shower under the stars).

Northern Nicaragua

 The camp offers 4 cabanas with ceiling fans, private patios and hammocks and el fresco showers (shower under the stars).

Northern Nicaragua surf camps

Rise Up surf camp sits on a truly remarkable stretch of coastline with uncrowded waves and warm water.

Iguana Surf, Tamarindo, Costa Rica Surf Camp

Located in Costa Rica’s original surf destination (think Endless Summer), Iguana is a boutique surf camp situated on the beach front. They offer a variety of surf packages for both beginner and intermediates. You can be sure that after spending a week at this camp, your surfing will have improved immeasurably.

igauna surf camp accommodation

They offer really comfortable accommodation with both shared and private rooms available. Hot showers, A/C and beautifully designed interiors are a mainstay at Iguana. The camp also offers a whole host of extras from Spanish lessons, to diving, zip lining, sport fishing and horseback riding.

iguana surf camp

Olo Surf Nature, Imsouane, Morocco Surf Camp

Located in the fishing village of Imsouane which sits in one of the most majestic bays in Africa. The magic bay offers warm weather all year long and the longest rides in Morocco. The Olo Surf guest house offers all different accommodation types including single, double and shared rooms.

olo surf nature house

They offer an expert surf coaching program that uses practical exercises, both in and out of the water. These are adapted to your level to help you achieve your surfing goals. With daily surf lessons, you will experience an exclusive surfing program that includes daily video analysis of your surfing, surf theory sessions, physical training, and many more activities that will improve your surf knowledge and ability.

olo surf nature terrace

Ericeira Surf Camp, Portugal

You can find Ericeira Surf Camp in the heart of old town Ericeira. Ericeira has some impressive surfing heritage being the only European World Surfing Reserve, with over 20 world-class surf breaks. The surf beaches are just a 5 minute from the surf camp and there are plenty of restaurants, surf cafes, bars and shops also within walking distance.

ericeria surf camp rooms

The founder, Nuno Gonçalves, is a former pro surfer. Needless to say their surf lessons and guided surf tours are second to none. They also offer yoga and SUP classes, bike tours and massages to augment your experience in Ericeira.

ericeira surf camp lounge

Padang Padang Surf Camp, Bali

Located in Padang Padang on Bali’s Bukit Peninsular, arguably one of the best surf sport in Indonesia. Padang Padang Surf Camp offers architect-designed accommodation and is located within walking distance are a variety of world-class breaks that are suitable for surfers of all ability levels.

padang padang surf camp terrace

World-famous Padang Padang, Uluwatu, Impossibles, Bingin, Dreamland and Balangan are all easy to access from the surf camp. Their surf instructors and surf guides are professional and highly motivated to get you the best waves and ensure you have an unforgettable surfing experience.

In addition to surfing they offer yoga in their open-air studio, a tennis court, skateboard ramps, basketball, a swimming pool and ping pong table. Massages are also available on request.

padang padang surf camp

Dreamsea Surf Camp, Praia da Galé, Portugal

Dreamsea Surf Camp Portugal is located in the Camping Galé campsite, in a pine forest just next to one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, namely, Praia da Galé. The camp offers a wide array of facilities such as a swimming pool, beach bar, tennis court, futsal court, wifi, barbecues, ping-pong, mini ramp, volleyball area, slack line, indoboard and as well as a few stores inside the camp like a supermarket, restaurant and bar.

dreamsea rooms

The mid-west coast of Portugal where Praia da Galé is located is a perfect destination for surfing due to the consistent swell, wide variety of waves and great sunny weather all year long. It thrives with life, where young people from all over Europe and further afield come to enjoy the sun, sea, sand and parties.

dreamsea cabins

Lineup, Fuerteventura Surf Camp, Canary Islands

The Lineup Surf Camp is located on the famous Canarian North Shore in Fuerteventura. The vibe at this surf camp is super chilled and caters to both surfers and kite surfers. After a long day in the water, kick back, have some beers and a barbecue in wonderful atmosphere. You may even get to enjoy a jam session with their camp manager.

Lineup surf camp

Guests here stay in a selection of ultra-modern apartments from 2 all the way through to 6 people. Each unit has a seating area, kitchen, and bathroom with a shower. Depending on level they may feature a You can order lovely Canarian or international food to enjoy in their camp garden. Alternatively you can cook yourself a meal at one of their two kitchens.

After dinner, why not hit the town to enjoy some of the local nightlife. The surf house has a lounge and common spaces with smart TV’s loaded with Netflix and YouTube. The big patio area includes stone showers, an outside dining area, BBQ zone, and Bali-style beds.

lineup surf camp rooms

Tiny Whale Surf Lodge, Lagos, Portugal

This boutique surf lodge is set in Portugal’s Algarve region. With it’s beautiful modern design it offers everything you’d expect form a high-end surf lodge. Fast WIFI in all rooms, a surf barn stocked with hundreds of different boards, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, chill-out garden spaces with a yoga studio, a movie lounge and fire pit.

tiny whale bedroom

Their room options come with everything you’ll need to be comfortable during your stay. Either choose the luxury of an en-suite room, our comfortable private room or new bell tents. They also have shared room options. You’ll be surrounded by quaint, antiquated Portuguese villages where authentic food and culture is served daily.

tiny whale surf lodge

Shaka, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Surf & Yoga Retreat

Nestled in a tropical garden of native trees and wildlife our Shaka offers both villas and rooms to relax in after a day of surfing, including the comforts of modern amenities such as air-conditioning and hot water.

The Shaka communal area, an open-air palm-roofed rancho, is also an ideal place to unwind in a hammock between surf sessions. Whether you’re a solo traveller or staying as a couple or group, you’ll find the Shaka accommodation options will suit a myriad of different tastes.

shaka rooms

All of the meals at Shaka are prepared by their chef, José Muñoz, using locally-sourced produce. Before your morning surf session you’ll enjoy a delicious sunrise snack of fresh fruit and granola. Thereafter you can enjoy a hearty dish of a typical Costa Rican breakfast such as gallo pinto, omelets, tortillas, or banana pancakes. You’ll be served a daily special utilizing fresh fish, poultry, meats, and locally grown vegetables for dinner.

shaka chillout area

Kima Surf, Weligama, Sri Lanka Surf Camp

Kima Surf has worked hard to create a truly unique and relaxing atmosphere when developing the surf camp in Weligama, Sri Lanka. Stylish double and shared bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms, dorms of various unique formats are located within the colonial structure which is surrounded by a large expanse of tropical gardens.

kima surf entrance

All rooms at this surf camp meet western criteria and feature hot water and A/C. Several beach breaks are waiting for you right outside the door. These are perfect for beginners to intermediates. Advanced surfers can take a short Tuk Tuk ride from the camp to access higher level waves.

kima surf weligama

Malibu Popoyo Surf Camp, Nicaragua

This surf camp sees itself differently to other surf camps. They aren’t just a hotel, a surf break, a retreat center, a restaurant, or a yoga studio. They are all of these and so much more. They offer a curated experience, with something for explorers, adrenaline junkies, and first-timers. Their goal is to immerse their guests in nature, culture and vitality, so they leave with more life in their mind, body, and spirit.

Malibu popoyo pool

With more than 10 world-class breaks within 30 miles, the main event is undoubtedly surfing. However, there is a wave for everyone ranging from longboard peelers and beach breaks to deep and hollow reef breaks.

With their open-sided, wooden-floor palapa nestled among lush Nicaraguan gardens and neighboring ocean waves, you can take a daily yoga class to ensure you stay supple for your time in the water.

malibu popoyo surf camp

Wood ‘n Sea Surf Lodge, Capbreton, France

The Wood’n Sea Lodge is a typical French house built out of wood and surrounded by pine trees. It’s located in the quaint fishing village of Capbreton and just a short walk from the famous surf spot La Piste. The lodge can accommodate up to 15 guests in 3 comfortable dorms and two cosy couple rooms, all sharing three independent bathrooms.

wood n' surf lodge france

It also has a large wood deck with a barbeque, a lounge area to share a drink with other guests and a hammock area to chill and relax after a surf session. In the summer, yoga lessons, stretching, and massages take place on the outdoor deck area. Hossegor is also nearby, host to famous surf spots, La Gravière and La Nord.

wood n' surf bedroom

Karma Surf Retreat, Guincho Bay, Portugal

The Guincho Bay Villa is located in Figueira do Guincho, just a 40 min drive from Lisbon. This plush residential area consists of just a handful of villas with stunning views of the well-known Praia do Guincho. The south-facing location guarantees sun all day long.

guincho bay villa

The stylishly designed villa can accommodate 14 people across five rooms and one apartment. The large property has a natural garden surrounded by a wild coastal landscape. Within it, you’ll find a meditation deck, hammocks, and a large pool area with sauna, jacuzzi, and deck chairs. From here, you” be able to enjoy some magical sunsets. A large yoga deck is also embedded in the hillside with fantastic views of the cliffs and the sea.

karma surf retreatC

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