What an awesome experience! First off, it was very easy to make a reservation just a week before my trip. Rafael suggested that I go early in my trip. And, I was very glad I did. I twisted my knee the day before my reservation and was unfortunately, not able to get up on the board. This was like the first time this had ever happened to one of their guests. But, after a few days my knee mended enough for me to give it another try and I was able to get up on the board and surf. I simply gave Rafael a call and arranged for someone to pick me up the next day. Best way to contact is email: email@example.com. From there, Rafael will give you his number.
As mentioned in a previous review the cost is $80 for about 3 hours. But, that rate goes down if there are more people in your group going. I think $70 for 2 or 3 and $60 for 4 and up, each.
Daniel and his girlfriend Beth, picked me up at Now Larimar Resort at 8:30 a.m.. From my hotel it was about a 15 minute drive to Macao Beach. Daniel speaks fluent English, and it was really great to talk to someone who knew the area and surfing. Beth also spoke English. She was a lot of fun to look, er I mean, talk to. I believe Daniel also speaks some French too. Gustavo, his father and co-owner of the camp, has a strong and friendly personality. I liked him immediately. He gave about a 15 minute instructional lesson that basically covers getting up on the board, turning, and safely getting or falling off. That's all you need! Then, your personal instructor walks with you and the board down the beach to catch some waves. He helps give you a push when a good wave comes along. After the 15 minute lesson and maybe 15 minutes in the water, you're surfing! A young man, and I can't remember his name, takes photos of you while you surf. They're great shots, and well worth the, optional, $25. You don't have to get the photos, but it's well worth it!!! They have a dog named Jack that surfs too. The beach, itself, is gorgeous, and recedes very gradually into the ocean. There's a cliff at the edge, and when I was there, there were several couples getting professional photos taken of them. There's no one hounding you to buy stuff. Just a beautiful beach, with a few surfers, hanging loose and trying to catch some waves. First time surfing was hell of a rush! Once you get up for the first time, it's really quite awesome! I would go back again and again.
It's basically a family run business. And, that's how they treat you. Like family.
Thanks to all of my new friends at Macao Surf Camp! You helped make my vacation, one to talk about and share with all my friends back home!
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