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Itinerary
Once you arrive to Iguana Surf Shop you will be greeted by Christian, Anthony or Lindsey who will get you all signed in for you lesson, give you a lock for your locker to store your personal items and send you back to put everything away and come back to the front to meet your surf instructor and to get geared up with your rashguard (surf shirt).

Your instructor will then explain that everyone is going to head to the beach and show you the proper way to carry your surfboard. Once you get to the beach your instructor will begin with a 20 minute basic introduction to surfing focusing on safety, surfing etiquette and then explain the 1, 2, 3 step popup process. He will then help you practice this pop up technique while still on the sand until he feels you are comfortable and ready to head into the water and put everything you just learned to use.

Your instructor will be with you the entire time in the water providing positive feedback and instruction to help you improve your surfing skill level. After about 1 hour and 40 minutes in the water, it will be time to return to the shop, shower off and check out some of your surfing pictures that are available for purchase if you would like. After you take a lesson with us we offer a special discount (50% off) all board rentals for the rest of your vacation! Pura Vida!
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Iguana Surf
Overview
Experience Tamarindo’s perfect breaks with a 2-hour surf lesson at a legendary beachside shop. Get in the water for the first time and practice paddling, popping up and riding in a forgiving beach break. More experienced surfers can hone their skills by surfing alongside an expert instructor, learning to read the breaking surf while improving technique and form. Riders of all skill levels can soak up the sun on the Pacific Coast and enjoy the security of an experienced surf school that places the emphasis on safety and fun. 
Highlights
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
A MUST!!! If you visit Tamarindo

My boyfriend and I always planned on learning to surf while we visited Costa Rica. Little did we know, the two hour lesson had us already riding waves! I highly suggest Iguana Surf not only because of the lessons, but the friendly staff, the plethora...More

Thank venusbobenus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fun Surf Classes for a middle-aged guy!

Out of curiosity, I took a few surf classes from Iguana. They have a convenient location and friendly, customer-oriented employees. I paid with a credit card (again convenient), and had cash for a tip. Easy to make a reservation or walk up for one of...More

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IguanaSurfVacations, Guest Relations Manager at Iguana Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Heck yeah, we are so happy to hear you had fun! Ugo had a blast working with you. We really appreciate your kind review and we hope you will be back to surf with us again soon! Pura Vida!! :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Yay for Hugo!

Hugo the Surfin' Frenchman and his accomplice Christian were fantastic! Great lesson, and every time I went back to rent a board and practice, Hugo would give me a free mini-lesson just because he loves to share his excitement about surfing. Definitely recommended!

Thank Matt S
IguanaSurfVacations, Guest Relations Manager at Iguana Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Matt! Hugo the Surfing' Frenchman can't wait for you to come back so you guys can surf together again! Thanks for your excitement and kind words. See you again soon! Pura Vida!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great experience

Had a semi-private lesson, Paris as instructor. He dealt patiently with two very different skill levels (both noobs, but dad is topheavy with mediocre balance and son had never surfed but tons of experience park skiiing, longboard skating, and on SUPs). 20 minutes of safety...More

Thank Jon S
IguanaSurfVacations, Guest Relations Manager at Iguana Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Jon! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we thank you for your kind review. Paris had a blast working with you guys. We hope to see you again soon! Pura vida!!

Reviewed 4 July 2018
You gotta go if your kid wants to learn to surf!

Had great experience with the Iguana Surf staff!! Scheduling was a breeze and the instructor was very helpful and informative. My 13 year old had a blast learning to surf with the professionals at Iguana Surf. Highly recommend this surf school for kiddos that what...More

Thank Darren S
IguanaSurfVacations, Guest Relations Manager at Iguana Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Hi Darren and Joey! Thank you for giving us this awesome shout out on Trip Advisor. You guys were awesome out there. Our instructors are always impressed to see fathers and sons come out together to learn a new sport and have a blast doing...More

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