We’ve been covering surf camps all over the world since 2016 in our Surf Camp Guide. We’ve had the opportunity to stay in some pretty amazing surf camps in places like Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Some of these places are akin to staying in 4 or a 5 star hotel without the sterile, soulless feeling so many hotels have.
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 2021. So without further ado, here they are in no particular order.
Rapture Surf Camp, Green Bowl, Bali
Built on the cliffside of the Bukit Peninsula the villa is designed with a combinatio Western and Javanese architecture. It offers both shared dorms and private suites all. 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 which overlooks both the rainforest and the Indian ocean.
The home-break is just 2 minutes away by car. More renowned surf spots like Uluwatu and Balangan are within easy reach by car. Rapture Camps are known for offering a comprehensive service, and this one is now different. The offer 3 course breakfast, delicious dinners, daily beach transfers, surf guiding with video analysis and yoga classes.
Selina, Santa Teresa South, Costa Rica
Selina have two surf camps in Santa Teresa, which bears testament to their popularity. Situated in an absolutely beautiful part of Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen is only a 3 min walk away. Selina offer daily yoga and fitness classes to keep your body supple in between surf sessions. Their outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful deck and locally curated art murals conveying spirit of Costa Rica.
Selina also offers a co-working space with high-speed wifi for those digital nomads looking for a quiet space to work from. Their 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.
Surf Maroc, Taghazout, Morocco
Surf Maroc have been operating since 2003 and over that time have opened 4 accommodation establishments in Tagahazout. The Amouage is their flagship property. It’s where a surf camp and boutique hotel intersect each other and it’s not surprising that it’s been featured in the likes of The Times, Conde Naste Traveller, The Telegraph, Stab Magazine, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Vogue.
Located right on the beachfront, the hotel is designed to offer travelling surfers a combination of upscale surroundings and good times. It offers cool chillout areas, a spa, rooftop yoga garden, infinity pool, and a bar. The infinity pool offers majestic views of the Atlantic and the famous surf spot, Anchor Point. They also lay claim to one of the swankiest board rooms around where you can store your surfboard and wetsuit.
Rise Up, Northern Nicaragua
Located in tranquil Northern Nicragua, Rise Up offers an open-air, and eco-friendly resort that sits 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. This 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 camps offers 4 cabanas with ceiling fans, private patios and hammocks and el fresco showers (shower under the stars).
Ecosoul, Ericeira, Portugal
This eco conscious guest house is located in the well-known surf spot of Ericeira, Portugal. It offers some incredible rooms with both sea and garden views with ultra-modern en-suit bathrooms. The minimalist design philosophy aligns well their focus on sustainability.
They take advantage of available resources to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. To transform the house to be ecologically friendly they had to make key decisions around sustainable equipment, materials and refurbishment techniques.
The orientation of the building allowed them to adopt bioclimatic architecture and achieve energy efficiency. They also have integrated a passive ventilation system and electric blinds for the temperature control of the house. With this, they minimize the use of non-essential electronic devices such as air conditioning. They have opted for natural and renewable energies such as a biomass energy boiler for heating bath water and radiators.
Tree of Life Cabinas, Dominical, Costa Rica
Modern, contemporary design set in remote, tranquil surroundings. That is Tree of Life. The cabinas are located in Dominicalito, between Uvita and Dominical and accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles only. The property is surrounded by jungle and Dominical beach is a 13 minute drive away.
All cabinas offer specular sunset views. Kick back and relax at the patio in a hammock or a chair. A large garden with a walking trail is available where tropical plants, flowers, birds and other local wildlife can be seen. You can also venture further afield by hiking to the Posa Azul waterfall. Cabinas have full outdoor kitchens with a hob, sink, fridge, and coffee maker with complimentary Costa Rican coffee.
Surf Lodge, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Nestled amongst the fynbos overlooking the entire bay, the location of this lodge is second to none. There are a variety of accommodation options from private rooms to shared dorms. The hosts of the surf lodge take pride in offering a range surf courses, from beginner all the way through to advanced. Come an dial in your surf skills on one of the most epic right-hand point breaks in the world.
On the down days you can take a horse-riding tour along the beach, go on a safari at Addo Elephant park, or simply chill at the pool. They also offer sunrise yoga sessions which take place on the beach. The Surf Lodge at Jeffreys Bay is one of best surf camps on the African continent.
Puro Surf Hotel, El Zonte, El Salvador
This exquisite hotel offers everything a visiting surfer would want. Top-class accommodation, delicious food from their onsite restaurant, access to world-class point breaks, and a surf academy which includes video analysis, gym sessions, and surfskate rentals. There is also an amazing infinity pool where you can chill after a long surf session.
Guests are able to book triple and double rooms. Double rooms come with either a standard double or king sized bed. A king suite is also available a slight premium. A two bedroom apartment can be hired by larger groups. This consists of two double beds and two sofa beds. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and sometimes a seating area. Private bathrooms are fitted with a shower.
Bristol Sunset Beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
This cool surf lodge is located 50m from the famous Bristol Beach. The apartments here are located in a complex which boasts an outdoor pool, roof-top bar and sports facilities. These include bicycle parking and lockers for sports equipment.
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 terrace or balcony. They have a lovely yoga studio and a roof-top bar with idyllic views of the surrounding landscape.
Tiny Whale Surf Lodge, Lagos, Portugal
This boutique surf lodge is set in Portugals 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.
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.
Nirbana Surf & Yoga Retreat, Sri Lanka
One might think there has been spelling mistake, as this place should be called Nirvana. This riverside colonial-modern villa is located in southwest Sri Lanka on a small island along a serene river waterway in Ahangama. Nirbana has easy access to the waves which are about an 8 minute drive away. With only 12 rooms, the boutique property exudes an intimate feel. Enjoy the river-view garden or take a dip in the 25 meter swimming pool.
From the moment you arrive the tranquility of the surrounds will set you into holiday mode. Spacious suites are minimal in their design concepts and feature local art. Ensuite bathrooms have walk-in rain showers. All rooms come with air-conditioning, wifi, a safe, toiletries, a hairdryer, and filtered water.
Awera Resort, Mentawais, Indonesia
This exclusive beach front resort is located in the Mentawai islands, one of the most beautiful and secluded surf destinations in the worlds. Built in harmony with its natural surroundings, Awera Resort offers an unparalleled setting to disconnect from the fast-paced life.
Their stunning villas transcend comfort, style and eco-sustainability, ensuring every guest an unforgettable stay. By paying homage to Mentawai architecture, each villa is carefully decorated in a minimalist ethnic style. This includes traditional thatched roofs, pillars and solid wood walls. Large sliding glass doors lead out to a private deck equipped with a sofa and hammock, enabling its guests to take full advantage of the breathtaking vistas.
Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort, Northern Fiji
You can’t more remote than Maqai Beach. This place is really off-the-beaten path. Think Robinson Crusoe meets epic surf holiday. This eco surf resort offers 9 beachfront huts in a glamping-style setup. Although the huts are very basic, what they lack in amenities they make up for in location – it’s only a few steps to the waters edge. Rooms include private bathrooms, mosquito nets, and fans.
The waves in this part of the world are incredible. Don’t be surprised to be surfing with just one or two others in the water. A 5 minute boat ride will take you to a selection of uncrowded waves including Maqai (right-hand point break), Kava’s (a fast left), and Bula Bowls (a rad left with a barreling end section).
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 famous surf spot La Piste. The lodge can accommodate up to 15 guests in 3 comfortable dorms and 2 cosy couple rooms, all sharing three independant bathrooms.
It has also 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 world famous surf spots, La Gravière and La Nord.
Vista Guapa, Jaco, Costa Rica
This hidden gem is set on a hillside in a quiet, peaceful part of Jaco with a spectacular beach view and the surroundings of Playa Hermosa. The camp consists of three lovely guest bungalows, each with an unobstructed view of the ocean. Each of the bungalows has two individual rooms with private baths, air conditioning, two single beds or one queen-sized bed and large porches where you can kick back in a hammock and watch the sunset.
Besides surfing at Playa Jaco, there are a plethora of other outdoor activities to do in the area. These include, ATV riding, a jungle cruise, ziplining, horseback riding, kayaking and repelling down a waterfall. If you’re looking for a tropical paradise this is certainly the place.