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“great accommodations for surfers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Costa Rica Surf Institute

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CRSI Tamarindo Main Road | Across from Hotel Zullymar, Tamarindo 506, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #31 of 36 Tamarindo B&B and Inns
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“great accommodations for surfers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

I came to CRSI after hearing that Tamarindo was a great place for surfing and looking for a place to learn spanish and surf. It turned out to be the perfect spot. The lodging is perfect, you stay in apartments that provide everything you need. There are kitchenette's in each apartment which allow for doing your own cooking if you prefer rather than eating every meal out with can be expensive in Tamarindo. They also have living areas so we ended up mainly staying in the apartments in the evenings having friends come hang out, making food and being able to watch TV or use the internet there. Everything is very clean, safe, and comfortable. It's a much more fun way to stay somewhere and meet other people while traveling that enjoy the same things. The surfing program was great, being a beginner it was a great place for learning but there were definitely enough waves for advanced surfers, there were many really good surfers at the school. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in a surfing or spanish vacation!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011 via mobile

Tamarindo is the perfect place to learn how to surf! The waves are very consistent, its a big beach break with very few rocks to worry about, the wave itself is not very heavy. Once your surfing skills start excelerating you can always walk to playa grande to test you ablity on some bigger waves. The surf instructors are very knowledgeable and enthusiatic about teaching you how to have fun and be safe in the water! I spent two summers in costa rica and did the surf intitute for two weeks. Now I am a surfer for life! Costa Rica is an awesome place and so is the program!

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 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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crsi, Director of Sales at Costa Rica Surf Institute, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Thanks for the positive feedback Chris. We look forward to seeing you next time you are in Tama! Pura vida.

-Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

I didn't really know what to expect when I arrived here. I was surprised, but not at all disappointed. The rooms are shared here, like a hostel, but nicer. The rooms are located on the edge of the campus (the grounds are mixed use, housing a Spanish school as well as the surf camp) and right above the surf desk and all the boards. The whole place is perched in the trees and kind of has a Swiss Family Robinson vibe going (with monkeys and everything)

Each room has two bedrooms/bunkrooms that sleep 2-3 people and then there is a large shared living room, kitchen, bathroom and patio. The cool thing is that each of the rooms is really a large (1300sf?) custom condo, so they are each unique.

free wi-fi, lockers, security guard, satellite tv and proximity to the surf school, and the waves was a huge plus. Not to mention, being located on a school campus really introduced us to a ton of cool people, most of whom we ended up surfing with, going out with at night and forming lasting relationships with after our CR trip.

I can't remember if the staff cleaned every day or every other day but our place was always super clean. Also if you are staying long term, the full kitchen, bbq and grocery store down the street really help you save your colones.

Definitely a fun place for someone that likes activities. During our 4 week stay, we ended up surfing, taking Spanish courses, traveling to Nicaragua, Arenal volcano and whitewater rafting the Pacuare River in the middle of the rainforest.

Like their description says, I would agree its not for loungers who just want to hang by the pool and sip drinks. However if you are a long term traveler, looking to meet great people and make the most out of your time in Costa Rica, i wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Address: CRSI Tamarindo Main Road | Across from Hotel Zullymar, Tamarindo 506, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Costa Rica Surf Institute offers surf camps, family surf camps, advanced surf tours, yoga, and surfing and Spanish programs in Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande Costa Rica.We'd love to host you, teach you to surf, and share the Pura Vida. ... more   less 

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