Could you imagine a more magical trip away than living in a tropical dream with white beaches, crystal blue seas, catching waves, learning new skills, all whilst meeting and surrounding yourself with like-minded, empowering women.
No? Neither can we!
We have put together our top 10 Female Surf Camps around the world to inspire you to book your next adventure!
1. Women + Waves
Based in Newquay, Cornwall - like us!
Women Only - perfect for both beginners and intermediate wave riders.
Run by women for women!
Women + Waves have so many amazing surf camps to choose from, you are completely spoilt for choice!
Whether you want to be in the UK or travel further afield, they have a trip perfect for you. They run trips all over the UK from The Wave in Bristol where you can catch flawless waves to incredible surf weekends on the beautiful beaches of Cornwall and Wales.
If you are feeling that urge to get away for some tropical waves, Women + Waves hold many stunning surfing holidays. They have one trip coming up February 2024 to Costa Rica, 7 stunning nights in a tropical paradise with consistent, fun, beach break waves suitable for all abilities!
Check out their website here to check out these trips plus many more.
For regular updates and info about trips, give them a follow @womenandwaves.
2. Dream Sea
Based in Moliets Plage, France.
The philosophy of Dream Sea surf camp: sport, nature, youth.
Dream Sea has a new take on the meaning of 'surf camp', focusing on creating a sustainable, multicultural and multilingual environment, where everyone can enjoy a different summer. During the camp you will get in touch with nature whilst learning one of the most amazing sports, helping you to achieve that healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Visit their 3 star campsite in France and surround yourself with beautiful people, tremendous facilities and an endless choice of activities; table tennis, yoga sessions, beach volley ball and an open air gym!
Join them for an idyllic experience that ensures to provide you with comfort, glamour and charm. Dream Sea holds surf trips all around the world, from Spain to Nicaragua.
3. Surf Sistas
Based in Cornwall.
Only for the ladies!
With over 10 years experience of running fun-filled courses and surf trips around the world, booking a retreat with these fabulous women is a no brainer!
All of Surf Sistas' retreats are bespoke, tailored to the location and most importantly the waves, making every trip different to the next. Keep an eye on their socials and website to see what incredible trips they have coming up next year to Costa Rica, Bali and France!
You will be in the best of hands with excellent coaches to help you, whether you are a beginner to the surfing world or been catching waves for years, being among these women will connect you even more deeply to the sport.
4. Ticket To Ride
Ticket to Ride offers an eclectic variety of surf camps all around the world, most of which are mixed genders, however, they do also host 'no boys allowed' friendly female surf weeks, sorry boys.
Their next one currently coming up in Sri Lanka is definitely worth checking out! Complete beginner surfers and full shredders are welcome.
The ladies only surf week based out of their incredible Surf House in Ahangama, South West Sri Lanka, will include intensive surf coaching from professional surf coaches Nikita Robb and Lucy Theobald, complimented by a functional training and stretching program led by Rosie Jordan, fuelled by delicious and healthy Sri Lankan cuisine!
If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime, travels for a gap year or sabbatical, that aren't female only, Ticket To Ride has got you covered! A 6 week long escapade to Indonesia or an unforgettable 10 week surfing trip to South Africa.
5. Chicks on Waves
Based in the Algarve, Portugal. Ladies only surf + yoga retreats!
Chicks on Waves have been organising women retreats since 2008 and are all run by a group of incredible water-women with many years of experience conquering the waves.
Stay in Chicks on Waves' beautiful boutique surf lodge situated on the South Coast of The Algarve, Portugal over looking the sea. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, with the Villa being a 5 minute walk from the beach what more could you want!
If you want to mix things up a bit, take a yoga class up on the roof terrace and take a refreshing dip in the villa pool!
Chick on Waves also offer some fanastic surf + yoga packages of all levels: Beginners level package - Surf, Stay + Yoga and for Intermediate beginners, they have Catch Green Waves! for the ladies who feel confident standing up in white water waves. They also have long board packages and intermediate coaching for ladies with more surf experience.
All their experienced female surf coaches adapt to the needs of the client and bring everyone's surfing to a next level! They are all extremely passionate surfers themselves and share their sea soul vibes with everyone!
For their up-coming woman only autumn retreats (September - November 2023) they have some availability left for these weeks: 14/10, 21/10 + 28/10!
6. Surf Goddess Retreat
Ladies only, awaken the goddess in you!
Take learning to surf at your own pace, with female taught bespoke lessons.
Are you a beginner? Then Surf Goddess Retreats promise to have you standing up on the board at the end of the first session. Can you already ride a green wave? Expand your skills with their intermediate surf lessons, learn how to navigate reef surfing and other larger wave riding techniques.
Spend your days in the warm Balinese sea, care free, sun-kissed and healthy with new friends. Doesn't that sound magical?!
Live in luxury with Surf Goddess Retreats; indulge yourself to chef cooked wellness meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have the ultimate spa pampering experience and yoga sessions.
7. Chica Brava
Based in Nicaragua, Central America.
For women, by women!
Bringing sisterhood to the sea, Chica Brava is Nicaragua's first only female surf retreat!
Where you will be staying boasts 500 acres of tropical reserves, and an infinity pool 1,200 feet above the bay, there is no way you couldn't feel relaxed. Just breath in and completely clear your mind!
All ingredients for meals are grown on site and as for wildlife, you will see lots of it as Jungle life is... well wild! Monkeys, sloths and of course, bugs! But that's nature.
Expect daily surf lessons with expert instructors and individual goal setting sessions with all equipment supplied. You can also enjoy yoga sessions and massages which are all wrapped up in one package to really get you feeling zen! Check out our yoga-tastic leggings which are perfect for yoga sesh and the jumping into the waves with there quick drying technology!
8. Surf With Amigas
For all women!
Surf With Amigas is for all women, all ages, all surf levels; whether it's the first time you have got on a board or you are more advanced.
What we love about Surf With Amigas retreats is how much they focus on giving back to communities! They believe in 'Travelling with purpose'; travelling is more meaningful when you give back and leave the place a little bit better than when you arrived.
One of the organisations they work with is Waves of Hope; a non-profit organisation that helps build schools, homes and sponsor scholarships to students in Northern Nicaragua.
They also help sponsor local ladies kickball teams, helping them with money for transportation to games, and they help deliver and buy books for children in Costa Rica, reaching the indigenous communities attending very remote schools.
So, not only do they do incredible surf retreats all over the world but they give back to the places they travel too. If this is something very important to you, it is definitely worth checking these girls out!
9. Pura Vida
Based in Costa Rica.
A female run, fun loving retreat! With sunset surfs, gorgeous cuisine cooked by an onsite chef, deep tissue massages in their wonderful spa facilities and opportunities to get in your zen with yoga sessions. What more could you want?!
"Start by imagining the perfect week: surfing, yoga, wonderful food, beautiful women, falling asleep to the sound of the waves every night – wake to the sounds of tropical birds in the morning. Forget what day it is. How hard can you paddle? Drink? Laugh? Double that, and that’s Pura Vida.”
A fantastic quote from a review by a lady called Elizabeth, who has experienced everything Pura Vida has to offer, and it sounds enough to sell it to us!
Feel the real world melt away as you fall deep into relaxation, good vibes and care-free living.
Pura Vida also have a giving back program where they have partnered with their hotel, Tropico Latino, who sponsors blue flag, an organisation that ensures the quality and sanitation of the water, beach clean-up projects, community informational signs, and environmental education and more.
10. La Point
Even though this is not technically a 'Female only' surf camp, it is definitely worthy of this list.
From surf camps in Bali, Sri Lanka, Portugal and Norway to a surf CRUISE to the Maldives, La Point Camps has all the choices - completely escape from day to day life for as long you want or just for the weekend.