Remember when the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and you played all day at the beach with your friends? Ever wanted to go back and do it again? Now you can.
Las Olas, the first and foremost surf vacation for women, has demonstrated how camaraderie and confidence blossoms when balanced with fun, relaxation, and shared discovery. Since 1997, it’s been our heartfelt mission to take time to play. Our motto says it all ~ We make girls out of women.
Please explore the details below. If you have any questions, we’re here to answer them.
See you in the waves,
Las Olas at a glance
The Las Olas surfcoaching method began 20 years ago when we realized that women teach women surfing differently. From there, we’ve developed a holistic approach to surfing by understanding our goals, fears, and relationship with the ocean.
From the first lesson in class through your maiden ride in, you’ll appreciate the fluid and open exchange of surf stoke and knowledge. We respect that every woman is at a different place in their desire to learn something new.
Our guests are adults, so are our surf coaches. They’re hand-picked for their experience, teaching expertise, and sensitivity.
Las Olas is located in the coolest little pueblo in Mexico. It’s rural Mexicana, but international surf influence is everywhere. A short walk from your villa and the beach, you’ll find the town plaza surrounded by dozens of cafes and lots of shops.
There’s something special about the pace of Mexico that feeds the soul. From Roberto, the coconut man on the corner, to the free-range kids playing soccer in la Plaza, you’ll feel welcome the day you arrive. Free yourself from worry and hurry. Like bobbing in the ocean, you’ll settle in to the flow of the pueblo and wonder why life isn’t always just like this.
Your day begins and ends with a calming exhale. Breathing, stretching, and relaxing is the ideal warm-up and wind down. Our morning session, seeped in the natural soundtrack of beckoning waves, prepares you for a day of surfing. It’s the perfect way to clear your head and loosen up.
Afternoon yoga focuses on restoration and relaxation. Classes are tuned to your individual goals, so our yogini can adjust exercises to meet your needs. Bring your yoga attire. We provide mats, water bottles, and plenty of namaste.
You won’t find chain stores, but perhaps traditional Huichol art piques your interest? No problem. Hippy chic? On every corner. How about a t-shirt with Pancho Villa holding a longboard? We’ve got you covered.
Your Las Olas surf safari isn’t complete without a restorative massage during your vacation. It’s essential to loosen and relieve tired muscles, increase circulation, and help your worries drift out to sea. Las Olas therapists are completely in tune with our surfer girls, they’ve been treating us for years. Swedish, deep tissue or sports–it’s up to you.
The sun may be setting, but don’t forget your après-surf options. Salsa dancing or flamenco guitar? Classes to further your surf knowledge or fresh fruit margaritas at our own cocktail party? It’s your choice, but get to bed early–we heard there’s swell tomorrow!
“I am the story of the non-athlete who, without realizing it, became one.”
Less travel = More waves
“My experience at Las Olas was very powerful– one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
• Scheduled ground transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport
• Five night seaside accommodations
• Daily surf lessons with expert, caring female instructors, including a focused surf lesson with your instructor
• Morning and evening yoga sessions
• Therapeutic sports or relaxation massage
• Unlimited use of La Casita, Las Olas’ famous clubhouse complete with surfboards, shower, and bathroom, all just steps from the beach
• Quality surfboards from soft foamies to custom shaped pro boards
• Daily breakfast at the seashore
• Orientation and finale dinners serving local specialties and open bar
• Day safari to secret surf spot by shuttle or boat, including lunch on the beach
• Las Olas beach chairs and umbrellas directly in front of the surf break with restaurant service
• It’s Your Wave surf-centric personal development workshop focusing on positive reinforcement and applying your surf experience in life
• SURF101 après-surf class (and ice cream social) to answer all your burning questions
• Scheduled activities like salsa dancing, turtle rescue, whale watching, and tequila tasting
• Unscheduled activities like Spanish lessons, pom pom making, and more tequila tasting
Even more inclusions
• Your own Las Olas rashguard (surf shirt)
• Your own sports water bottle for hydration
• Bolsa de mandado beach bag
• Unlimited use of yoga mats and beach towels during your stay
• Mid-safari cocktail and tapas mixer
• Daily maid service
• Gratuities included for hotel, shuttles, and restaurant service
• Three lunches and two and a half dinners on your own in the village
• Gratuities for surfcoaches and massage therapists.
“At Las Olas, I broke bad habits, built confidence, and truly took my surfing to the next level.”
La Casita, your private clubhouse
Located right between la playa y la plaza, La Casita is your surf school classroom complete with surfboards, shower, refreshments, storage cubbies, bathroom, wi-fi, and more. Just steps from the surf break and downtown delights. For Las Olas guests and crew only.
“My new surfer girl spirit has changed me, my work, and my life.”
Perched right above the shoreline, most villas offer dramatic views down to the surfbreak and out to the horizon. Your biggest challenge is deciding whether to spend your afternoon on the beach or on your terrace.
Although each villa at Las Olas is unique, they all include the following standard features:
• Ocean or garden views
• Entrance from the beach
• Walk to Las Olas clubhouse, cafes, shopping, and surf
• Pool and yoga patio open all day
• Seaside restaurant and full bar
• Kitchen or kitchenette
• Full bathroom
• Organic bath & body products
• Air conditioning
• Standard US/Canada 110 voltage
• Free wi-fi
• Fluffy bathrobe and beach towels
• Daily maid service
• 24 hour security on property
• Front desk staff at your service
All Las Olas guests will experience the same excellent surf and yoga instruction, meals, and activities. The difference in rates is based on your villa choice. Please consider the options below.
1. Shared or private?
Your villa options are first divided into two main categories Shared and Private. This refers to your bedroom and/or villa arrangement. For example, some guests enjoy sharing a bedroom or villa with friends, old and new. Others prefer privacy in their bedroom or villa. It’s up to you.
2. One or two bedroom?
The next consideration is whether you’d like a one- or two-bedroom villa. For example, if you’d like the kitchen and patio to yourself, request a one-bedroom. Request a two-bedroom if you’re ok with sharing a common area, or if you are attending with friends who’d like to stay together.
3. Comfy? Or comfy and fancy?
Your last choice is choosing your villa quality level. Most villas are offered in Premium, Deluxe, and Standard levels. The differences are explained below.
Villa quality levels
For descriptions, tap PREMIUM, DELUXE, or STANDARD.
“The instructors were REALLY good teachers. The vibe was positive and empowering. So well organized and run like a finely-tuned machine.”
“What an amazing week with really smart, fun women. I’m catching and surfing my own waves now with more confidence than ever before.”
Las Olas surf safari dates
In November, we’ll help newborn sea turtles get their paddle on.
Arrive Sunday, depart Friday
November 4 – 9, 2018 (Sold out)
November 11 – 16, 2018
In February, we’ll welcome the humpbacks… back.
Arrive Sunday, depart Friday
February 10 – 15, 2019
February 17 – 22, 2019
In April, brush off the snow and join us in the sun.
Arrive Sunday, depart Friday
March 31 – April 5, 2019
April 7 – 12, 2019
May will warm your bones and jumpstart your summer.
Arrive Sunday, depart Friday
May 5 – 10, 2019 (Sold out)
May 12 – 17, 2019
“The best camp ever! Awesome instructors with great feedback, progressions, and encouragement.”
Las Olas booklet?
For old-fashioned printed details (or if you’d just like to look at more pretty pictures), we’ll happily mail a Las Olas surf safari booklet.
Includes a sticker for your surfboard (free).
As a Las Olas regular, I can honestly say the surf instruction is getting better every year. I learn more and more every time I’m here.
Over the years, the media has reported some very nice things about Las Olas.
“Las Olas is the Golden Door of surf camps.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“I felt like I had just gone to church, and I’m feeling fortified and more than a little worshipful.”
–O, the Oprah Magazine
“The week I spent at Las Olas truly changed my life.”
“The #1 Surf Camp for Women.”
–The Malibu Times
For advanced surfers, Mas Olas is more waves
We’ve always delighted in introducing women to the thrill of surfing. Over the decades we’ve cheered the joy and transformation each time our guests catch their first wave. But did you know we also offer safaris for surfers who want to explore the next level on their surfing journey?
Mas Olas is more waves, a customized program for returning and advanced surfers. Developed by veteran surf coach Amanda to meet the needs of women who want more time in the water and desire bigger challenges on the waves, Mas Olas lets you polish your surf skills and advance on your journey.
Mas Olas details
• Small groups led by your experienced Mas Olas surf guides
• Surf sessions based on daily wave checks and best conditions
• Full use of Las Olas’ quiver of performance surfboards
• Las Olas photographer tags along to get the shot of that perfect ride
For more info on Mas Olas, tap here.
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The fine print
Since 1997 Las Olas has evolved to be a better experience for all our guests. Although we’ve done our best to be as accurate as possible in our descriptions, we’re always improving. That said, we reserve the right to make changes along the way. If there’s something in our program that’s important to you, feel free to ask about any current details or changes.
Segovia circa 1997
Bev Sanders, founder of Las Olas, has spent decades in the action sports world beginning as a ski instructor at the age of 16. She co-founded Avalanche Snowboards in 1982 greatly impacting the evolution of the new sport and development of women’s boarding gear. Then at age 44, she learned to surf. With the help of a handful of pioneering surfer girls and a few good men, she launched Las Olas in 1997 continuing in her mission to introduce women to empowerment through sports.