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“Fantastic time” 5 of 5 stars
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“Fantastic time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Bob witty runs a class act surf camp. He's a great host,cook and surfer. His staff is awesome as well.had the best time and would go again in a heartbeat. Bob always knows where the waves are and other cool places to go.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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English first
Twickenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This was such an amazing experience! I didn't stop having fun from the moment I entered the house till the moment I left! Everyone is so chilled out, friendly and easy to get along with. Bob is such a nice guy, he makes you feel really welcome and makes the most amazing breakfasts and Joey's dinners are to die for!

The surfing is incredible! I came as a beginner and had surf lessons everyday with one day rest. The instructor was so lovely, always smiling and very patient! He made the lessons fun and gives you all the instruction you need to make huge amounts of progress!

There are the most breathtaking views with beautiful beaches as well as lots of different wildlife to admire! Theres also loads of trips you can go on, if you want a change of scenery, which are all so much fun!

I miss it so much and will definitely be going back there!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

What an amazing time we had. The house is as nice and as comfortable as you would ever want anywhere in the world. Bob and Tony are extremely knowledgeable about the area. Tony is a world renowned photographer who is there when you need him. Bob is a great guy to hang out with and is always ready go surf! The town is quiet and super safe to go for a mid day walk. Everyone is happy and willing to have a conversation. I was surprised that most people speak English. Of course Spanish is very helpful but not a necessity. If your looking for a surf trip for just the boys or a trip for the whole family, these guys will exceed all your needs! I'm going back!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mountain View, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

What a great surf trip. The owner and Real Surf Trips crew are super solid. They went out of their way so I could surf as much as possible and on the best waves each day. If you're flexible and willing to look around, you can score world class waves on some days with few people out.

The house is very clean and quite nice. I had plenty of room. Food was excellent and much healthier than what I eat back at home. Fridge was well stocked with delicious fruit, for instance. As far as safety, I've never felt so safe on a surf trip...the house is in a gated community. Around the beaches and town, everyone seems to know each other. All around good vibes. Already trying to plan my next trip back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

If you go to Costa Rica, hit this place up. The house and pool are in great condition, and you cannot beat the location. You can walk to Playa Negra and surf there or hop in the van for five minutes and surf at . The entire Real Surf Trip crew is down to earth and bends over backwards to make your trip memorable. Five of the best days of my life, without a doubt. Already saving up my pennies for the next time I head down there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hermosa Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This place exceeded my expectations. If you love to surf, this is the place to be.There is a wide variety of breaks within a short distance. So there's plenty to explore. The house is beautiful, clean and so close to the water you can hear the waves crash. The vibe is so mellow and friendly that you feel like your visiting an old friend. The whole Real Surf Trips family have such an intimate knowledge of the local community as well as the local breaks, that you're guaranteed to score. I caught some of the best waves of my life thanks to Real Surf Trips. I couldn't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My family was looking for a house rental to stay with all our party, and we always prefer Guanacaste no matter the long distance from San José (5 hours by car), but if you arrive by airplane to Liberia it would be a shorter drive by far.

This is my review as a local to all you visitors to my beautiful country.

PROS
1) Rural Costa Rica: you are in the middle of a small rural town with its soccer field, a few restaurants and unpaved streets (great condition 15 min to paved streets), you can walk to buy some basic groceries or to visit some restaurants, let me tell that I have some years of not enjoying my stay like this in a Guanacaste town.
2) Lot of Beaches: you are between 10 to 45 minutes by car from great beaches, some with a lot of tourists restaurants, shops and super markets. Some of the beaches are Avellanas, Junquillal, Playa Grande, Tamarindo (the most tourist and crowded), Flamingo (kind of white sand beach), Brasilito, Conchal (shell beach really different) Playa Grande, and as everything in CR all are unique
3) It's a gated community and 5 min walk (inside the property) to Playa Negra.
4) House: in great conditions, 5 rooms, 2 kitchens, high ceilings, lot of space.
5) Pool: The photos in their website don’t make it justice is more wide/big with some parts really depth.
6) Owner: what great person, we didn't meet him but he helped us with everything we need it.
7) Price: you can get more luxury house options but with really higher rates, in my opinion you have a great rate with a great house.

CONS
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If you are looking to be in the middle of the party this is not the best option because you may need a car and drinking and driving it’s a bad decision, but if looking for a big house with a pool, at the Rural Costa Rica but with lot of beaches and restaurants close (some walkable) this is your perfect place.

I didn't practice the surf but this zone is recognized as a paradise for it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Los Pargos, Playa Negra, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Negra
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Playa Negra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Search for Your All Inclusive Costa Rica Surf Trip Is Over. Welcome to Real Surf Trips, home of the most swell exposed and wave-rich surf zone throughout Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast. From beginner surf packages to the most perfect waves for experienced surfers looking to progress to that next level; this is exactly what an all inclusive surf trip is supposed to be. Whether you're looking to book a vacation rental for the entire family, or you just want to add in a few yoga classes to your Costa Rica surf trip, Real Surf Trips features every amenity and experience Costa Rica has got to offer! Nestled deep in the confines of a quaint and comfortable community whose charm can't be duplicated, all you have to do is show up at the airport and we take care of the rest: first class accommodations, one-of-a-kind service and over 20 years of local surf knowledge, guaranteed to give you the Costa Rica surf Trip you've been dreaming of! ... more   less 

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