We returned to visit Tito and continue to improve our surfing skills again this year. We went out with the Uvita Surf School 3 times and surfed on our own once. Always, they take us to a Maria Ballena park beach. Dominical is very crowded and you are sharing the waves with a lot of surfers. So, if you aren't really good, it can be intimidating and scary that you'll hit someone. The Maria Ballena beach is almost empty except on weekends. We surfed on a Saturday and there were a lot of people on the beach, but less in the water. There were only a few other surfers that were easy to avoid. There are big and little waves depending on how far you go out. So there is something for everyone. The park ranger is really nice and will watch your car for you to keep it safe. There are fresh water showers and new bathroom facility.
This year Tito brought along his fellow instructor, Diego too. My husband and I are now easily popping up, can surf most waves (even the bad ones), turning the boards, and getting better at judging waves. Since I'm in my 40's and my husband is in his 50's, and we only surf once a year, we're not the easiest to teach since we almost start over every year. They are patient, fun, and share their love of surfing. They speak English well and are able to explain things in many ways - which can be crucial for learning. We are addicted now. My husband wants to get a wet suit so he can surf in the US more often.
Tito and Diego set up an umbrella and some camp pad/chairs for you. They also bring you water and some cookies as a snack. They have rash guards for you too if needed.
We also hired Tito's girlfriend, Marcela, to give us massages on the beach. For $120 we got two 1 hour massages. Marcela and Tito set up the table in a quiet area in the shade near the surf. The sound of the surf is so soothing. She is a great masseuse and it was needed after all our surfing. She looks like such a sweet, tiny woman that you would never guess that she can do deep tissue massage (my request) so effectively. She worked out some muscles that were really sore before I even arrive in Costa Rica.
We also went to his mom's restaurant, Los Almendros. The restaurant is in Bahia/Uvita right next to the Uvita Surf School. She makes a variety of tasty dishes and the prices are very reasonable. On Friday and Saturday nights, Tito's dad is the dj for karaoke. The locals sing to various popular songs (all in Spanish). It is a lot of fun to watch. Tito's mom is an excellent cook and the food is excellent. While you are there, you may as well check out some authentic Costa Rican food and fun.
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