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“Great Little Shop in Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Uvita 360 Adventures

Uvita 360 Adventures
50 metros sur Rest Los Delfines, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica
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Ranked #2 of 21 Activities in Uvita
Type: Surf Camps, Adventure
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Owner description: Uvita 360 adventures provides Stand up paddling tours and lessons, Surfing lessons, kayak tours, all inclusive packages for your vacations and community service enrollment for large groups of students. Uvita 360 unlike any others. For the best in Stand up paddle tours, surf lessons and kayak visit Uvita 360 and learn THE REAL COSTA RICAN EXPERIENCE with the pioner ocean adventures since 2004. PURA VIDA!
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Castro Valley, California, United States
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Little Shop in Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

It took a little effort to find the tour location at Uvita SUP & Surf (SUP=Stand Up Paddle) because it is a very small shop. Our guides Carlos and the other guy whose name started with a D had things ready to go for the short 3-4 minute trip to the beach. We were in a two person ocean kayak while each guide had a single. The beginning of the trip was a row out to a formation of rocks and a sand bar in the shape of a huge whale’s tail (Ballena Whale’s Tail). Since we were going against the seas and there was some wind and choppy water, the paddling was a bit laborious, but we managed just fine.

Since a storm was sneaking in on us, the seas started to chop up pretty good. This was especially true after we started snorkeling. We were in the water near the rocks that formed one fluke of the whale’s tail when the rain and lightning started. The visibility of the reef was extremely poor due to the storm. That combined with the lightning forced us to the sand bar a little sooner than planned. We had a snack of fresh mango, pineapples, and apples in the pouring rain. The rain was coming down on us pretty hard but that really wasn’t an issue; the lightning on the other hand was a little un-nerving at times.

The ending of the tour and our favorite part was when we got back to the beach. We took the two single kayaks out to do kayak surfing. It was really a lot of fun even though we took a few tumbles in the surf and ended up with some salt water intake and sand in places where sand doesn't belong. The last ride in on the waves was successful for both of us with neither getting flipped over.

After getting back to the tour shop we rinsed off with fresh water, thanked and tipped the guides, changed to dry clothes and were taken back to the hotel by the tour shop owner. It ended up being a great day for one that started with no plans. Great shop and staff. Next time we'll do the surfing.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Livingston, New Jersey
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The Best Day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

If you want to have a great day, with a great guide, go to Uvita Surf Camp!! Tito spent the first part of our day explaining and teaching on the beach, what we would do, how to react and how to be safe while we surfed and had fun. We put his teachings to work in the water and we had simply an amazing day.

My wife and I came to Uvita (staying at Rancho Pacifico) for our 20th wedding anniversary. We had never surfed before but it has been something i wanted to do for about 35 years. We gave it a try. My wife was worried that it would be dangerous or she would not be able to get up, but by her third wave, she was surfing! I was too...

We surfed for about 3 hours. It was an amazing experience and something we plan on continuing when we get back to the states.

Visited July 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Really enjoyed the surf school, Diego's patience, professional attitude and laid back ways. . . . Highly recommend it !

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic time with Diego”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

A group of us traveled to Costa Rica for a college reunion and were looking for one fun activity during our stay. We had a three-hour surf lesson with Uvita Surf Camp - Diego was our guide - and we had a fantastic time. Diego was great company, but serious about his job teaching us first time surfers and he spread himself evenly across a range of abilities. The setting on Playa Uvita was gorgeous. I would highly recommend Uvita Surf Camp.

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Super Stand Up Paddle Board Clinic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I live in California and have always wanted to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP as they refer to it at the Uvita Surf Camp. My everyday commute takes me along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Venice Beach to Pacific Palisades where my kids go to school, so I've been able to admire the people who practice this sport almost on a daily basis but have never found the time to try it out. Back to Uvita, having just finished building a house here, with 2 months to spend in the area and 2 kids, ages 9 & 15, we decided we wanted to try it out and I had heard good things about Uvita Surf Camp. I looked them up online, they have a very informative website and the kids and I popped by to make reservations. We were met by Diego, one of the partners, always with a friendly, smile... he speaks english and spanish, who helped set up the lesson. Their lesson times are based on the tides, so we returned on a Saturday to try it out. The school is located walking distance form one of the entrances to Marina Ballena National Park. We walked down while the boards were taken by car into the park, where we met up with Tito, the owner. For 15-20 minutes we were given the basics on the beach, the instructors are ceritifed to teach and take great pride in making sure everyone knows what to expect. After the basics, we carried our boards to a small river with Mangroves located close by where the water is calmer, to practice before going out on the ocean. This part was fun and very scenographic. We all did well, there were 6 of us in the clinic with 2 instructors. Next, we headed back, carried everything out to the beach and were helped one by one to pass through the small waves in one of the calmer areas that face what is known as , the Whale's Tail, a coral and sand reef in the shape of a Whale's tail, that is exposed at low tide. For the next 1 1/2 hours or so, we paddled around the gentle waters of the pacific, taking a short water break on the beach, then heading back to the spot where we began. We all had a great time, all in all it is pretty easy to do, provides a super work out, and we enjoyed ourselves so much we intend to do it every weekend. This activity is a bargain at $20, running 2-3 hours total. They offer many different destinations in which to practice as well. We will be back and send all our friends and visitors! Thanks Diego and Tito for a great weekend! To be continued in the surf lesson review......

Visited June 2013
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