Where do I begin? OH YES with Pura Vida !!!
Let me first give you all my quick background: mid-40's woman, overworked with many responsibilities continually resting on my shoulders. I was looking to get away (traveling alone) for some "mental & physical" transformation of my body and soul. I was at my lowest energy with burn out.
I "surfed" (excuse the intended pun) the internet for a SUP vacation, all included as not to tax my mind with any additional details. I came across "Vista Guapa Surf Camp" and immediately emailed and received an almost immediate response. I felt the need to speak with someone about traveling alone (as a female) and called "Wendy Solano" right at the camp in Vista Guapa Costa Rica. After a 10 minute conversation with the "beautiful and ever gracious" Wendy all my fears melted away about traveling alone, and in trying "surfing" as well as "SUPing" while enjoying Vista Guapa on my own. Wendy's soft and sincere (very good English) was comforting. My mind was decided and just a short conversation with Wendy. I booked my whole trip in minutes and left in a couple days without a worry trusting Wendy's words.
As promised, from the moment I landed in San Jose I was in the "Best of Hands" from being picked up at the airport to arriving at the camp to becoming a part of the "Solano Family". I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH POSITIVE WORDS about Vista Guapa Surf Camp and the Solano Family (Alvaro, Wendy, Denis aka Titi and staff)!
Upon entering camp late in the afternoon I was immediately brought in as a "family member"; I barely unpacked when the "Master of the surf" Sir Alvaro Solano asked if I wanted to grab a SUP board and SUP until sunset and grab an immediate bite of dinner right out of the water and across the street at Juanitas. I couldn't believe my late afternoon of SUPing in the warm Pacific with the "silent grace and knowledge" of one of the world's finest and inspirational surfers "Alvaro Solano"!
He is MUCH MUCH MUCH MORE than just a "world class surfer" he has a "quiet inner goodness of spirit" about him that "radiates" out and is soothing and contagious. He walks and surfs quietly amongst his peers as if it was his first day in the water (always curious always thankful to be there) and never ever looks to prove who he is (a world class surfer). Alvaro is more interested in how the surf "sings" and he "whistles" to Neptune in the sea for "waves" and I can tell you from my experience he is connected with the sea as "waves" DO APPEAR once he arrives. It is almost like his "spirit" is one with the sea.
It dos not matter if you have NEVER stepped a foot on a surfboard (yours truly) or have traveled the world catching the biggest of waves. Alvaro effortlessly equips you with the knowledge of his "lifetime" to quickly get you UP & RIDING WAVES! Seriously, I do not know how he does it! First day and I am actually standing and riding in waves.
At first I thought I was just LUCKY how I could ride a wave paddle back out jump on another wave and again and again and again with out pausing. I looked around me and saw others still sitting on their boards as I just caught wave after wave. My thoughts of being "lucky" were quickly disproved as this happened day after day after day! The realization was Sir Alvaro was so in touch with knowing, reading, and picking the correct waves for me to ride as others I saw in the water were just sitting on their boards as I have just ridden in a dozen waves in an hour. Alvaro KNOWS THE SEA and is willing to share his knowledge of it.
Alvaro has a "warm and gracious spirit" so while you are sitting on your board catching your breath and just absorbing the atmosphere in the middle of the Pacific next to a "World Class" surfer you just feel like "Alvaro" is your brother, a family member you are out with talking about "life tribulations" or just "whats going to be on tonight's dinner menu". He is so EASY GOING you do not stress and if you are a "type A" high stress personality like myself (that usually holds ones breath in tense situations) the "son of neptune" (as I have come to call Alvaro) quickly steps in and calmly has you breathing, smiling and laughing :D as the big waves (which you never in this lifetime thought you could ride) gently pick you up and smoothly delivers you to the shore.
I could go on & on & on as Alvaro's other instructors have the same "easy" gift of teaching and how his own "Titi" 14 year old prodigy is knowledgable and helping me (physically lending me a hand) in the water, as he is also well beyond his years in wisdom. I could try to describe how when Alvaro arrives at any location (town, beach, or sea) the citizens "smile' "wave' "whistle to" or "yell a quick hello" to his "ROCKSTAR" status but you must see and feel it firsthand.
Alvaro has given me a new "mental clarity" & "physical accomplishments" in one short week then I have gathered on my own in my lifetime so far.
So, if you are looking for the "most personal" attention from ALL the STAFF at Vista Guapa Surf Camp with the personal touches from one of the "Best People" I have ever had the pleasure of meeting you MUST leave right now to Vista Guapa! Just be prepared to NEVER want to return home! I sincerely mean that.
If anyone has any specific questions I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Best to You All,
PURA VIDA!!! Kim :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our surf camp features three lovely guest bungalows, each with an unobstructed view of the ocean. Each of the bungalows has two individual rooms with private baths, air conditioning, two single beds or one queen-sized bed and large porches. The porches are ideal for relaxing in hammocks and watching the sun rise and set over the Pacific Ocean. Our bungalows are equipped with small safes for the storage of valuables. However, our rooms do not have TVs, telephones or Internet connections, enabling our guests to leave the daily stresses of home behind and to enjoy the Pura Vida of Costa Rica. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vista Guapa Surf Camp Hotel Jaco
- Vista Guapa Surf Camp Costa Rica/Jaco