Just a 4 hour drive from the capital of Costa Rica, Tamarindo is a small town that lies on the northern Pacific coast. Tamarindo first shot to fame in the now legendary surf movie The Endless Summer.
Tamarindo boomed with this discovery and now is full of surf camps, hotels and restaurants, making the night-life just as revered as the surfing. Like Santa Teresa, Tamarindo surf camps have grown in a big way in recent years, allowing beginner surfers to have a plethora of options to choose from.
|Number of surf spots||7|
|Water Temperature||May-October: 25-29℃/ 77-84℉
November-April: 23-25℃/ 73-77℉
|Swell||Consistent swells throughout the year with larger swells during the rainy season between May and December.|
|Nearest Airports||Tamarindo Airport is 5km away, a short 10 minute drive. Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport is 70km aways and is 1.5 hours away.|
asa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel
Of all the Tamarindo surf camps, this one of the most luxury hostels. The multitude of amenities make this hostel feel as if you are at a five-star hotel. The property is an one minute walk from the beach, with easy beach access. The shared lounge allows for guests to meet and interact with each other, making life-long friendships.
When guests are not surfing, they can play table tennis, darts, play pool, or relax and watch TV. The outdoor patio has multiple hammocks for guest to chill in and soak up the Costa Rican sun.
La Oveja Negra Hostel & Surf Camp
Only a half mile walk from Tamarindo beach, La Oveja has a chilled and fun vibe, while offering all the amenities a guest would need. With on-site surfing lessons offered daily, La Oveja gives beginner surfers a “one stop shop” on learning to surf. This feature is something different when compared to other Tamarindo surf camps. A bar at the outside patio gives guests the option to unwind after a long day of surfing.
La oveja Negra has multiple room types for guests to choose from. Everything from a family-private room, to a shared six room can be reserved. The air-conditioned rooms have clean shared showers and toilets. Guests can also place their valuables in lockers that can be purchased at reception.
During your days off from surfing, head to the front-desk to book a local outing. There are several activities and restaurant recommendations for guests to experience.
Blue Trailz Hostel & Surf Camp
Just a few steps from the beach, Blue Trailz Hostel & Surf Camp offers accommodation-only stays, surf camps, shared dormitories and private rooms. Guests can purchase surf camp packages that include surf lessons, board rental, accommodation and excursions. Blue Trailz is only steps from the Tamarindo beach as well as a stones throw from shops and restaurants on the main strip.
The Blue Trailz gives guests the feel of a beach vibe, with the mass array of topical decor. Each room is air-conditioned that gives guests a retreat from the hot and humid weather of Costa Rican summers. Unlike most hostels, Blue Trailz has private bathrooms and hot showers.
At the end of a long day of surfing, guests can hang out in one of the multiple hammocks, or go enjoy a cold drink at a bar nearby. At the tour desk, guests can book an excursion for their days on land. Guests can also book their return shuttle to Tamarindo Airport at the desk for worry-free transportation back to the airport. The facilities on the property also offer a laundry service and luggage service.
Sunset Hostel Tamarindo
Set in the heart of Tamarindo, Sunset Hostel Tamarindo is positioned in one of the best locations of all the Tamarindo Surf Camps. The property is a short 4 minute walk to the beach nearby. Playa Conchal is eight miles from the hostel and Playa Hermosa is 21 miles away. A bar and restaurant can be found in the same building. There is, however, a multitude of others within sight of the front door of the hostel.
Good for solo travelers, Sunset Hostel Tamarindo’s environment allows for guests to meet others easily. The spacious shared facilities are clean and updated. Guests can use luggage storage for day of check out, or can be purchased for the duration of their stay. An airport shuttle is available for transport back to Tamarindo Airport.
Pura Vida Hostel Tamarindo
Opened in 2006, Pura Vida Hostel Tamarindo has grown to be one of the more popular Tamarindo surf camps. Just a five minute walk from the beach, Pura Vida Hostel Tamarindo gives guests the beachy-surfer vibe without paying for being on the beach. Pura Vida is about a miles away from the famous Las Baulas National Park.
The air conditioned accommodation offers guests a safe, fun location. Large shared areas like the kitchen, lounge, garden and patio have been decorated to create the ultimate surfer vibe. Hammocks are spread out on the patio. A pool table and several games are available for guests to use whenever they are not surfing the waves.
All of the rooms in Pura Vida are air conditioned, giving guests a retreat from the hot, humid Costa Rican weather. Safes are provided for guests to lock up their valuables. Bedrooms range from eight-shared dormitories to double rooms. Each private comes with a private bathroom.