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“Una experiencia maravillosa - A wonderful experience.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Del Mar Surf Camp

Del Mar Surf Camp
Santa Teresa 154, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
506-2643-3197
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Ranked #14 of 29 activities in Santa Teresa
Type: Water sports
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Owner description: Del Mar Surf Camp is the premiere surf camp in Costa Rica with over nine years of experience teaching people how to surf. We provide a maximum of 2 to 1 student to instructor ratio with local Costa Rican surfers providing a safe and quality surf instruction guaranteed for everyone to catch waves. Our all inclusive surf camps include everything from daily yoga classes, daily nature walks & healthy meals to create the perfect vacation in paradise. Owned & operated by local Costa Rican, you can be rest assured that your experience will exemplify all the "Pura Vida" culture Costa Rica has to offer.
Madrid, Spain
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“Una experiencia maravillosa - A wonderful experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Fuimos a una boda y de paso a aprender un poquito de surf, la verdad es que la experiencia no pudo ser mejor, tanto como el instructor como Berni, son personas increibles y muy simpaticas que te ayudan en todo y hace que tu primera experiencia sea inolvidable y con ganas de repetir. Recomiendo a todo el mudno que si puede, realice esta actividad con ellos. Su vuelvo a Costa Rica, desde luego seguire mis clases de surf con ellos. Mil gracias por todo.

We went to a wedding and happened to learn a bit of surfing, the truth is that the experience could not be better, as well as Professor and Berni, are incredible and very nice people that help you get around and make your first experience is unforgettable and eager to repeat. Mudno enjoyable stay if you can, do this activity with them. His back to Costa Rica, of course I will continue my surfing lessons with them. Many thanks for everything.

Visited December 2012
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Del_Mar_Surf_Camp, Owner at Del Mar Surf Camp, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
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Saludos desde Santa Teresa!

Muchas gracias por tu comentario, nos da mucha alegría saber que disfrutaste con la experiencia de surfing con nosotros y además que fue tan natural el aprendizaje para ti, no dejes de practicarlo!

Esperamos tenerte pronto por Costa Rica,

Pura vida
Del Mar Surf Camp Santa Teresa
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Great time and wonderful instructor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Had a great time learning to surf with Del Mar. We stayed at Pranamar and had Ismael as our private instructor. He was great! The surfing was a short walk from the hotel, just down the beach.

To be honest, i was a bit apprehensive, but Ismael made the entire experience a pleasure!

Visited December 2012
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Del_Mar_Surf_Camp, Owner at Del Mar Surf Camp, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Greetings from Del Mar Santa Teresa,

Thank you so much for the review. We are delighted to know that you had a good experience surfing with Ismael!

We look forward to see you again on the future surfing with Del Mar!

Pura Vida,
Del Mar Santa Teresa Team
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Byron Center, Michigan
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“100% Professional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Like reviewer BoulderJen, I also stayed at Pranamar Villas and was part of a group of 15 that took surfing lessons with Del Mar Surf Camp. We surfed every day for 6 days straight. Our group had 2 people who had taken surf lessons before, and the rest were complete novices. Del Mar's surf instructors emphasized safety first. Then they gave you the basics on land before you got in the water. Once in the water, we surfed "baby waves." We had one instructor per 2 guests, so we had very personalized service, especially since there were so many different ability levels in our group. When some of us had mastered the "baby waves," our instructors offered to take us "outside." I felt completely safe the whole time. My instructor, Luke, gave me plenty of instruction on how to keep myself from getting smacked with the board, and how to "turtle roll" on the outside so the waves would wash over me. I could tell he was always watching the other surfers around us, and keeping an eye on me and my board, for the safety of all of us surfing. He challenged me to get the most out of the lesson, and kept saying, "If you're happy, I'm happy." I had a great time and I felt like all the Del Mar instructors cared about us getting the most out of it - whether that turns out to be surfing a couple of baby waves or going outside and learning to turn the board, they were ready to help us do it. Highly recommended!!!

Visited November 2012
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Del_Mar_Surf_Camp, Owner at Del Mar Surf Camp, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Pura Vida!

Thank you so much for giving us such an amazing review. Ismael is by far one of our best instructors and we are so excited to know that you improved your surfing skills through the week.

Come back and visit us! We would love to have you again.

Good vibes and energy sent your way from beautiful Playa Hermosa!

Del Mar Surf Camp team.
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“Great instructors - made my like it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I was at my first experience and being with an instructor (Ismael) made me like the sport and enjoy it right away.

Visited November 2012
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Del_Mar_Surf_Camp, Owner at Del Mar Surf Camp, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Greetings from Del Mar Surf Camp,

Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your surfing experience with us!
We look forward to see you again at one of Del Mar three locations!

Pura Vida!
Del Mar Surf Camp Team!
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“Exceptional instructors and beautiful Playa Hermosa are perfect for experienced and first-time surfers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

I recently spent 11 days at Pranamar Villas, just north of Santa Teresa. Del Mar Surf Camp operates out of Pranamar. I spent my first week at Pranamar on a yoga and surfing retreat with Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures (AMAZING retreat!). Twelve people on our retreat surfed in the mornings. We were paired up with six instructors from Del Mar. Ismael, the head instructor, gave us a quick, but precise, group lesson and then we hit the waves (gentle and rolling close to shore on Playa Hermosa) to work closely with our instructors.

I was lucky enough to work with Ismael, my surfing guru. During the retreat, I surfed for the first time in my life. I was hooked immediately! After four lessons during the retreat, I took two more private surf lessons with Del Mar's amazing Ismael. He is truly a gifted teacher that reads his students perfectly. He knew just when to push me and when to take things back a notch. I can still hear him calmly telling me, “Eyes forward. Relax.” Whether I took a tumble or rode a wave to shore, he was there clapping or waving the shaka sign and grinning like a proud parent. I had Ismael’s undivided attention for two hours during my lessons. He taught me to surf (on shorter and shorter boards), and he taught me a thing or two about life, and I left every lesson feeling like I'd just been given an amazing gift.

While on the retreat, I only heard positive things about all of the Del Mar instructors. We all enjoyed the instructors that were assigned to us and we were able to continue to work with them throughout the week. Everyone on the retreat was surfing for the first time and everyone was up on their board on their first or second wave. Many of us were nervous and apprehensive before our first surf lesson, but the instructors are so attentive in the water, fears quickly melted away and we were all left smiling and exhilarated. Del Mar Surf Camp is professional, fun, organized, and an all-around exceptional surf school.

Visited April 2012
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Del_Mar_Surf_Camp, Owner at Del Mar Surf Camp, responded to this review, May 6, 2012
Hi,

Thank you so much for your amazing review.

We really appreciate the time you took to write about our surf instruction. We agree that Ismael is an amazing instructor and we look forward to see you again soon,

Pura Vida
Del Mar Surf Camp family!
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