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5 best surf trips on a budget

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5 best surf trips on a budget

Yes folks, surf camps cater to anyone, from luxury retreats that go for € 1.000,- per night to surf holidays while occupying just a simple tent. There are surf trips for any budget and we are about to give you some of the best options in case you’d prefer not to spend too much on your surf trip.

Where to go to for a surf trip on a budget?

To be straight with you guys, a surf trip can be hell cheap if you do everything yourself. If you bring a car, tents and a surf board, you should be good to go. However, you should not forget about the rules in countries in Europe or other parts of the world, which are getting more and more strict in terms of ‘wild camping’. And – especially during high season – camp sites are getting more and more expensive too, with supermarkets in countries like France also not being too cheap.

Conclusion: you can still opt for your own surf roadtrip, a great option for a surf trip on a budget but you might as well have a look at the list below and see what the surf camps have to offer.

The best surf trips on a budget

1. Back2Basic tents: a budget surf holiday in France

4.4 / 5 – 35 reviews

Star Surf Camp Moliets

Moliets, France
Avg. 22 – 30 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners only
May – Sep
From € 219,- per person, incl. meals

When opting for this amazing surf camp, you choose for the Back2Basics accommodation option and rates are starting at as little as € 219,- for a 7-night stay, with meals included. That is seriously cheap!

2. Surfing on a budget in Spain

4.4 / 5 – 40 reviews Surf in Cantabria

Escuela Cantabra de Surf

Somo, Spain
Avg. 25 – 40 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
All year round
From € 179,- per person, incl. surf lessons

Weekly rates start here at € 133,- with a daily breakfast included. Somo is among Europe’s best surf spots for beginners but can offer more challenging conditions too.

3. Sleep, eat and surf lessons in Portugal

5 / 5 – 25 reviews

Estela Surf and Hostel

Estela (Porto), Portugal
Avg. 22 – 36 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
Apr – Dec
From € 350,- per person, incl. surf lessons & meals

At this amazing surf house in the north of Portugal, packages that include a week of accommodation, a daily healthy breakfast and as many as 5 surf lessons start at € 400,- only. Especially when regarding the beautiful scenery and empty line-ups (included in the package price) you can conclude that you’ve found yourself a bargain.

4. A music experience in a surf camp in Spain

3.9 / 5 – 15 reviews

Star Surf Camp Oyambre

Oyambre, Spain
Avg. 22 – 35 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
May – Sep
From € 249,- per person, incl. meals

This surf camp, in the north of Spain might be our best option for a surf trip on a budget. For a week of accommodation (incl. a comfortable mattress) and almost all meals (6 x breakfast and lunch and 5 dinners) you only have to take € 264,- out of your bank account. Given your location, walking distance from the beautiful Oyambre-beach, you’ve scored yourself a 5-star deal.

5. Party & Surf in Spain

4.7 / 5 – 350 reviews

Surf Camp Zarautz

Zarautz, Spain
Avg. 19 – 25 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
Jun – Sep
From € 199,- per person, book extras

There’s another option that made our list for surf trips on a budget. Starting at only € 199,- for a week of accommodation you might find yourself already planning a trip to Zarautz, in the north of Spain. Zarautz is well known for its great surfing conditions, as well as parties that last until the next morning. The cost of living in Zarautz is, like many other Spanish cities, considerably low. You should well be able to get yourself a good deal on drinks and food – if you decide not to join the meals at the surf camp.


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