10 Best Family Surf Camps

There are some amazing surfing camps around the world that range from beginner to advanced. Finding ones that are suitable for your family though, can be a little tricky. You have to think about the location, the prices and if the venue was even designed for children. The search can be soul sucking, and make you regret saying yes to the vacation altogether!

Before you drop the enthusiasm check out our list! We’ve taken the hassle out of searching the internet for family friendly surf camps, by doing the work for you. We will tell you all the important info as well as showing the 10 best family surf camps around the world!

The most important things to look out for are rental equipment prices, public transport, languages, and currency, so you can enjoy your surfing trip without any second thoughts. But don’t worry, we’ve done the research so all you have to do is pick which one makes sense for you and your family.

1. Quinta Formosinho – Climb & Surf Camp

As the name suggests, this renovated farmhouse offers both climbing adventures and surfing adventures in an all in one package.

They offer 2 days of surfing and 3 half days of climbing leaving you with enough time to relax or explore on the beach or then town. Although the destination is Portugal, the instructor speaks English and German so don’t worry if Portuguese isn’t a language you know.

The equipment is included in the prices, but the kid’s beds and high chairs are extra. 

Their surfing school is for ages 6 and up designed for beginners, but there is a nanny service available if you do have younger children. 

You won’t need to organize public transport once you’re settled because the beach, cafes, and organic store are just a short walk away!

2. Camping Orbitur Rio Alto Park

Once again we’ve landed in Portugal for a family friendly surf camp, but this time we are glamping! 

The surf school here is designed for all levels so if you have a family of great surfers and newbies you can all enjoy the vacation together!

This holiday camp gives you 5 days of surfing lessons and surf equipment to rent. It’s a 3 minute walk to the beach and there is a community area that has kitchens, cafes, playgrounds, and yoga classes on sight so there isn’t a need to leave the camp unless you want to explore. The site even often transports from the airport to Camping Orbitur Rio Alto Park for an additional fee.

Dinners and Breakfasts are included in the holiday and you can hire a nanny if you need one. 

The instructors speak English, but they also speak Dutch, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish so whatever language you’re most comfortable with, the family friendly team has you covered.

3. Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort – Lohis

From Portugal, we head to the Maldives. The beautiful landscape is uncrowded, calm and produces wondrous waves.

You should only take the family here if you all have some surfing knowledge already because there might not be any instructors available. However, you can hire a guide to take you to the best places on the island to produce the most fun waves for your skill level.

All of the restaurants are within a mile of the resort, so you won’t need to use public transport to get from one place to the next. If you don’t plan on bringing your own surfing equipment, you can rent or buy some there.

4. MobyDick Surf Lodge

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And now we go back to Portugal! Once again this hotel has restaurants and malls within walking distance from the lodge.

There are surfing lessons are for kids and beginners all the way up to advanced, so no matter your level you’ll have an instructor who can look after you.

Kids under 12 don’t get charged to stay, and breakfast is included in your stay. There is a kitchen so you can cook for yourself or use restaurants nearby.

Wetsuits can be hired and so can surfboards and bikes so you don’t need to bring anything but your normal travel wear. 

The only negative is that you’ll have to travel from the airport to the lodge. The train takes about 25 minutes, but taxis are available too.

5. Beach Break Surf Camp

This surfing camp in Central America Panama offers surfing lessons, gives free breakfasts, and will pick you up from the airport.

If you don’t fancy bringing your own surfing equipment on the journey, then you can rent all you need from their stores, including stand up paddleboards and kayaks.

And when you and the family need a break from the beach, you can hire an adventure tour where a tour guide will take you around the local area of Panama.

6. La Points Camps

Costa Rica has some of the best waves around. You can be a beginner or advice and still gain some benefits from hiring a surf coach.

If you get the level 1 surf camp experience or the level 3, your package will be the same except for your coaching needs. With 7 nights accommodation, you get 7 breakfasts for free, 5 dinners, and 6 days’ worth of surfing equipment! 

The camp is designed more for friends and solo campers, but kids will still enjoy the quick trip to the beach, kite surfing, and snorkeling! 

7. Ujusansa Surf Camps

This wonderful camping holiday is the first on our list to give kids under the age of 6 a chance to do some actual surfing. Ujusansa call it surf kindergarten. The kids can go to surf kindergarten with or without parental supervision, so you can have a chance to relax!

If your child has cerebral palsy, limb difference, a brain injury, autism, or anything that normally means they require extra assistance, then don’t worry, your child can still join in. Ujusansa has activities that include an hour’s worth of physical therapy and adaptive surfing lessons to make sure your child has fun and is safe on their surfing adventure!

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included for you. Surfing equipment and bicycles are free to use and the camp encourages you to explore the local area on Fridays for a chance to try other local food.

8. Tiny Whale

The Tiny Whale is considered more of a boutique than a camp, but it includes a BBQ and Pizza oven, swimming pool, jacuzzi, large chill out garden spaces, and over 100 boards to try!

As long as your kids can swim at least 25m and a guardian is around then the Tiny Whale will give your kids the best experience of their life. The sessions normally take 4 hours to complete and the Western Algarve is ready to surf all year round!

9. Luhu Surf Camp

Again we had to Portugal as the Luhu Surf Camp is perfect for surfers ages 5 and up!

You’ll be given breakfast every day, one BBQ dinner, and morning surfing lessons every day.

The surfing equipment on offer is free and they offer transportation from the camp to the local bus station. You can even get video analysis and photos of your lessons for free!

10. Gota Dagua

Gota Dagua has a fantastic all inclusive package where for 7 nights you can have 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners (one of which is a barbecue) 6 surf lessons, 7 days’ worth of surfing equipment, bikes, and skateboards, and welcome drinks for the adults!

If you bring a group of 10 guests or more, they will even include live music!

You can book a private room, but the whole area is considered shared, with ice breaking games set out for everyone to get to know each other. If you want to avoid that to make the vacation more family oriented, talk to the friendly staff and they can help you out!