Latin America › Surf Camp, 10 days

How about a blue water, Pacific surf-adventure in paradise? Combine remote white sand beaches, surfing, saving the sea turtles and sleeping in hammocks, and you have AAVE’s Surf Camp!

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Adventure dates

  • SC#1: July 1 - 10
  • SC#2: July 12 - 21
  • SC#3: July 23 - August 1

Other details

  • Trip begins: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Trip ends:
  • Age range: 15-18

Tuition fees


Price Includes

Two CPR and First Aid certified AAVE Trip Leaders, local WildMex guide throughout; all ground costs, all ground transportation including airport pickup and drop-off; all camping and camping gear (except sleeping bags, sleep mats and mess kits); all activities and gear listed in the above itinerary; all meals; local gratuities to wait-staff and maid-staff for included meals and hotels (days 1 and 13).

Price Doesn’t Include

Flights to/from Puerto Vallarta; immigration card ($18 USD); optional gratuities, extra snacks, souvenirs, phone calls.

Trip highlights

  • 6 Days of Surf Lessons
  • Snorkel, Paddle Board & Hike
  • Beach Bonfires, Soccer, Volleyball & More
  • Banana Boat & Tons of Watersports
  • 8 Hours of Active Community Service

Known for its consistent river mouth surf break, Sayulita is the perfect beach to begin our surfing adventure. From our ocean-side bungalows, we ride the waves, enjoy beach games and explore the islands of Marietas National Park by boat. We then enjoy an incredible boat “surfari” to a secluded beach on the beautiful Punta de Mita.

We take a break from the beach and head up to the mountains to experience the colonial towns, pine forests and streams that surround San Sebastian. During our stay we hike, visit old Haciendas and discover town that are “lost in time.”

We road trip to the beautiful “Costa Alegre” region. At Boca de Iguanas beach camp we enjoy surfing, boogie boarding, beach cook-outs and nightly campfires. Habla espanol at the beach villages of Barra de Navidad and La Manzanilla while enjoying cooking lessons, soccer games with locals and service work.

The Playa Mayto Sea Turtle Service Project helps to save thousands of sea turtles through daily protection of nesting beaches. We help out by translocating eggs, patrolling beaches and releasing baby turtles. Our adventure ends in Puerto Vallarta where we say “adios” to the beaches of Mexico with a farewell fiesta.


Day 1

Welcome to Bold Earth! Campers will be met upon arrival at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport by your experienced Bold Earth trip leaders. Campers will immediately call home to confirm their safe arrival. Once the group has arrived, we load up our private van and travel to our hotel in the historic center of Puerto Vallarta. After playing some name games and changing clothes, we leave our hotel and travel to the beach! Swimming and playing volleyball, campers enjoy their first day in México! For dinner, we eat our first Mexican feast (one of many!!) and look forward to our 10 days together! Welcome to Bold Earth’s Surf Camp!

Day 2 – 4

Surfing in Sayulita and Punta Mita, campers have 3 days of private surf lessons. The wave breaks are fantastic, allowing beginners to get comfortable and experienced surfers to test their skills. Our professional surf guides are super knowledgable and will teach campers a lot! After surfing, the group will do a different activity everyday in the late afternoon. Activities include a snorkeling safari, paddle boarding or hiking.

Day 5 – 6

An important part of all Bold Earth trips, Surf Camp spends a day volunteering in the colonial town of El Tuito. We volunteer at the local elementary school, teaching English in the morning and helping to repaint a classroom in the afternoon. This authentic service project allows campers to give back to the local community as well as learn about local culture. The following morning, Bold Earth campers hike in a National Park before traveling to La Manzanilla for an afternoon of surfing.

Day 7 -9

The last portion of the Bold Earth Surf Camp is surf intensive. Full days of surf lessons are followed by beach barbecues, beach soccer and beach volleyball. The theme? THE BEACH! Campers also celebrate their success with a fun banana boat ride.

Day 10

Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end… Having mastered their surf skills and made incredible friends, campers depart Puerto Vallarta Airport in the morning. Bold Earth Leaders will assist every camper in checking-in for their flight and campers will call home to confirm they are on their way!

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