The Art of Combining a Surf Trip with a Family Summer Vacation

June 1, 2023

While the surf trip itinerary might look a little different post-kids, a family surf vacation is not only a unique and memorable experience, it's totally feasible.

In this blog post, we'll share some insider knowledge on how to create a surf vacation that leaves the whole family feeling like they had the best summer ever. 

Planning a Family Surf Vacation

Just like when planning a solo surf trip, on a family surf vacation you are going to want to seek out consistent high-quality waves. Accommodations right on the surf break will also help maximize your time in the water.

A family heading out into the water with their surf instructor while holding their surfboards

While the waves are important, the key to planning an enjoyable family surf trip is balance. Seek accommodations where every family member can have fun–in and out of the water. 

Here are a few more things to consider when planning a family surf vacation:

  1. Are the accommodations family-friendly?
  2. Is the surf break suitable for all skill levels?
  3. Will you have access to any activities other than surfing?

One way to help narrow down the options that will check all these boxes is to join a surf camp that offers retreats specifically for families. 

A family surf camp is a great way to meet like-minded people and offers the best opportunity to find a family-friendly atmosphere.

Family Surf Camps can help ensure a fun and safe experience, as they’re typically located on a surf break suitable for all levels, with safe conditions for learning to surf and swimming. Family Surf Camps will also often offer a pool, playground or kids club.

All-inclusive family surf camps are also a great choice as they take things like travel logistics and meal planning/prep out of your daily duties. All of these things factor into why a surf camp that offers customizable options will ensure that your family surf trip is both enjoyable and safe for everyone involved.

Choosing a Family-friendly Surf Camp

Choosing the right family surf camp is important when combining a surf trip with a family vacation. Not only can it help take the stress out of planning the trip, but it can also help ensure that the accommodations and waves are suitable for the whole family.

A surf instructor high fiving his little student out in the water

When choosing a surf camp for your family, go with one that specializes in family retreats. Ask for information on the instructors, if they are used to working with children, and the type of surf break the resort has access to. 

By working with a team of instructors and staff that are comfortable with your family, you are more likely to be able to relax and enjoy the time together.

TIP: Choose a surf camp that offers the option to customize your trip.

Beach Break Surf Camp in Playa Venao is located on one of the most versatile surf breaks in Panama. With a section for every level just footsteps from our beachfront accommodations, you won't miss a single surf session.

Beach Break takes care of everything for you – from airport transportation to beachfront accommodations, surf lessons, meals, classes, and adventures. 

Since all Beach Break family surf camp experiences are fully customizable, you can create a trip that suits your family's needs, dietary restrictions and travel style. At Beach Break you also have access to child care and/or surf coaching tailored for children. This is great for parents who are looking for a bit of alone time, some solo surf or a day to relax. 

a view of the Beach break surf camp beach area

There are also some really fun interactive events available for families at Beach Break. “Ninja night" is an evening full of martial arts games and a movie, which also offers a night out for parents and a fun night for the kids. 

A Jiu-Jitsu teacher sitting in a circle with his students, small kids that are attentively listening ot him.

A Family Surf Vacation Everyone Will Enjoy

The best way to ensure everyone is going to have fun is to choose a destination with high-quality amenities. A pool and some shady green space are great since the beach can get hot during the day for little ones. Activities are also important for non-surfers or for after-surfing. 

A kid jumping into the pool with the sunset behind him

Beach Break Family Surf Camp offers everything from yoga and fitness classes to waterfall adventures and horseback riding, fishing, and so much  more. With a large variety of things to do, it's hard to get bored here.

A couple hrose riding at the beach with a stark red sunset behind them.

Since Playa Venao is a large sandy beach kids can play, build sandcastles and have fun in the waves. The large protected bay offers calm protected water, so there is no need to worry about heavy shore breaks. 

Join Beach Break Family Summer Surf Camp

No matter if your family is new to the sport of surfing, or are avid surfers, Beach Break Surf Camp is the perfect spot for your family surf vacation. With mellow vibes, a peaceful atmosphere and highly skilled instructors, Beach Break can help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

Learn more about Family Summer Surf Camp and our instructor's track record for helping surfers of all ages gain confidence and skills while having fun. Join us this summer, and find out why most families end up back at Beach Break for another summer adventure!

Gorgeous sky at sunset in front of the beach at Beach Break Surf camp in Panama

Contact us to create a custom package for your family surf vacation.

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