- 6 Days of Surf Lessons
- Sea Turtle Conservation and Organic Farming
- Snorkel Safari, Paddle Board & Hike
- Banana Boat & Tons of Watersports
- 8 Hours of Active Community Service
- Beach Bonfires, Soccer, Volleyball & More
2017 Dates & Prices
12 Days: $3088.00
July 1 - July 12
July 14 - July 25
July 27 - August 7
Surf School: Sayulita
Hop onto your surf board in Sayulita, a PERFECT surfing village about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Home to one of the most famous wave breaks in all of México, Sayulita is the crown jewel of Mexican surfing. With average temperatures of 85° – Surf & Turtles is ten days of Pacific Ocean perfection! Enjoy surf lessons in the morning followed by snorkeling, paddle boarding, and plenty of beach time in the afternoon. The diverse activities and landscapes of Sayulita are the perfect starting point for Bold Earth’s Surf Camp!
Give Back & Community Service
Bold Earth take a short break from the beach life to spend a night near the authentic sleepy town of El Tuito. Campers spend a day working with locals planting a living fence, a reforestation effort and helping on a sustainable farm. This authentic project allows Bold Earth campers to connect to our location, learn and give back. The next day, campers hike to a beautiful overlook of El Tuito.
Mayto Turtle Camp
Returning to the beach, Bold Earth continues its daily surf lessons in the beach community of Mayto, Jalisco, where nature and Pacific beach comfort co-exist in harmony. More tropical than our other surf spots, and with diverse breaks, we camp at AMAZING Mayto which allows campers to advance and improve their surf skills steps from the break. During non-surfing time we’ll participate in our conservation project with turtles, play beach soccer, volleyball, explore a local cave, walk into town and live the tropical jungle beach life.
Our final night is spent at an authentic local hotel in Puerto Vallarta. The cobblestone streets of Old Vallarta welcome us to explore the Malecón, Puerto Vallarta’s half-mile promenade that lines the city’s historic center and waterfront, filled with spectacular sculptures and old Mexico charm. We’ll celebrate with a last night dinner on the beach and enjoy some time to shop.
- Puerto Vallarta
- Surfing Mexico's Best Swells
- Sea Turtles!
- Community Service
- MORE Surfing
YES! Non-stop surfing for campers who are beginner surfers or expert surfers! Did we say surfing? Not convinced:
• 4 Days of Professional Private Surf Lessons
• 3 Different Surf Spots
• Bold Earth provides the surf boards
For 39 years, Bold Earth has specialized in action-packed adventures. The Bold Earth Surf Camp is designed for the camper who wants surf, surf and surf.
Puerto Vallarta is the surf & adventure CAPITAL of México. Full of waves, beaches, rivers, jungle, coconut and banana trees, and the best Mexican food – Holy Guacamole!
Think 10 days of non-stop, action-packed water sport adventures to Mexico’s best beaches – sounds fun? DUH! This trip is an incredible combination of surfing, adventure activities and community service.
Your adventure will be led by one local Mexican and two American guides. Our small groups ensure you will make lifelong friendships and have an unforgettable summer camp adventure! Bold Earth has perfected its Surf Camp for teenagers. You will learn, explore, be active, get wet, and say, “I WAS INCREDIBLE!”
To receive a list of Surf Camp references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
Each Surf Camp group will be accompanied 24/7 by a local Mexican guide familiar with the area, culture, safety who is also a professional surf instructor.
For campers interested in politics, international development, cooking, music, sports or just about any topic Mexicans love to talk. Locals of Puerto Vallarta are immensely proud of their country and love to share. Plus it’s a GREAT way to practice your Spanish 🙂
Mexico is a WONDERFUL place to travel. It is also a VERY BIG country – Puerto Vallarta is renowned as a western, safe, resort town full of culture, natural beauty and educated citizens. You will be immersed in a new language and a sophisticated country. Campers are always impressed by Puerto Vallarta.
YES! Bold Earth Surf Camp is 10 days of water sports adventure for campers who want to surf, stand-up paddle board, snorkel, hike, jump off waterfalls, wake up early, go to sleep tired, eat local food and adventure adventure adventure!
Bold Earth is an authentic adventure experience. This is NOT a teen tour. With twenty years of experience in Mexico, Bold Earth has scouted the coolest locations, hired the best local leaders and found the sweetest host families. Bold Earth is the REAL DEAL!
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 8 Hours
Environmental Restoration: Surf Camp is an action packed trip – full of SURFING! But, as a core value, every Bold Earth trip includes a service project. Taking a few days-off from our surf lessons, Bold Earth Campers contribute on two different service projects. On the picture perfect beaches of Mayto, we’ll assist local sea turtle hatcheries. We also spend a day near the authentic sleepy town of El Tuito. Campers dedicate a day’s work to an environmental restoration project. Partnering with a local organization, campers help remove invasive plant species and plant trees. Located at an old dairy farm, campers work to reverse environmental degradation and increase the biodiversity at the old farm.
Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
Over the last 15 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Surf Camp Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Surf Camp Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Most airlines do not charge a checked bag fee for international travel. We recommend asking the airline for their specific policy – campers are responsible for checked bag fees.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
The summer weather in Puerto Vallarta is pretty much perfecto, 80° – 90° F, 26° – 32° C. It is not too hot, and water temperature is perfect. Wetsuits are not needed.
Small group size = SUCCESS!
We know teenagers and we understand that a small group size is ESSENTIAL to camper success – especially on an immersion program. Bonding and friendship are essential to the success of any summer program.
Bold Earth leaders are carefully trained in group dynamics and leadership. Also, Bold Earth leaders are the MOST FUN PEOPLE EVER! Your two USA Trip Leaders will take a hands on approach for the success of every individual.
• Maximum group size: 13 AMAZING Campers
• 3 Adult Trip Leaders: 2 Americans and 1 Mexican Guide
To learn more about our trip leaders, please visit, Meet our Leaders.
YES! Bold Earth campers are diverse, energetic, leaders and FUN! Approximately, 80% of campers join Bold Earth on their own. Bold Earth fully supports students joining on their own or with friends.
Bold Earth will not allow more than three people who know each-other in one group. We recommend you contact alumni references from this trip to ask them for feedback about the students in their group. BOLD EARTH CAMPERS ARE AMAZING!
• Adventure Camping – 4 nights in beach campgrounds
• Hotel or Hostel – 5 nights
• Farm Cabin – 1 Night
YES! Families who choose Bold Earth are looking for authentic, safe and successful adventures. Staying in diverse and authentic locations gives Bold Earth campers the opportunity to experience the best of Puerto Vallarta. Eating local food and experiencing authentic culture while staying with a family are all part of this amazing adventure. Camping: Bold Earth provides tents, which you will share with 2 or 3 other campers of your same gender. This is an incredible way of getting to know each other! Never camped before? No problem! Your Bold Earth trip leaders will teach you everything you need to know and make sure you have what you need to be comfortable sleeping outside.
Bold Earth campers love to eat – we get it! Good thing Mexican food is delicious, healthy and diverse. On Surf Camp we immerse ourself in local culture. Popular foods in Mexico include rice, beans, chicken, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. Bold Earth always provide plenty of delicious and nutritious food, and campers help cook during portions of the trip!
Mexican cuisine is world famous and very popular! Known for being flavorful, diverse and with LOTS of fresh fruit and vegetables. Rice and beans are a staple of most traditional The group will eat lots of tacos, tamales, burritos, menudo and maybe the adventurous eaters will try the popular cactus dishes
Passport: ALL campers require a valid passport to enter Mexico. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after end of trip.
Americans, EU and Canadians: No visa required
Other Countries: Most campers WILL NOT require a visa to visit Mexico. For more information, we recommend you contact the Mexican embassy in your home country.
Surf Camp is specifically designed to be combined with Costa Rica Service 14. Time between trip (1 day) is fully supervised and is included at no additional cost. It is important that if you are interested in combining trips that you contact our Colorado office for more information: 303-526-0806 or email at email@example.com
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.
I had absolutely the best trip ever. I am so lucky to have been able to go to Mexico with such kind peers and leaders. The country was amazing and I am so beyond glad that I went on Surf & Turtles with Bold Earth. It surpassed all my expectations!
This was truly the best summer I have ever had and probably ever will. I loved the group I was with and everybody was super fun, nice, and had a great attitude. Our leaders were absolutely outstanding and made it possible to do so much surfing! I hope to come back next year to another extraordinary Bold Earth Trip!!!
PARENTS, Jeff & Leane: Surf & Turtles was a great experience for Bella. Far exceeded our expectations. Look forward to her going on another Bold Earth trip.
PARENTS, Anne & David: Bold Earth changed my daughter's life you can see her enthusiasm for the program when she speaks about her experiences on Surf & Turtles. She's more appreciative of everything and it's great to see just how much she's transformed in only 10 days. Thank you.
I had a great time on Surf & Turtles going on the most amazing adventures with the most awesome group of people. The memory will last me a life time.