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“You will want to go back” 5 of 5 stars
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Surf Simply
Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Nosara
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“You will want to go back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Second time at Surf Simply. I can't think of a better way to spend a holiday. The coaching is tops, the weather is perfect, and you almost always get waves. I had heard that Surf Simply had its act together, but I continue to be impressed with how well run the operation is. It's obvious that they put a lot of thought into the details of the entire experience. Each staff member plays a part; from Sarah's amazing cooking, to the unexpected and much appreciated photos and video Laura puts together (she can make you look like you are on the tour, or not so much ;).

The unexpected treat is that after only a week; the coaches and guests, galvanized by the sun, some big waves, hard work, and lots of laughs, all feel like family.

I wouldn't be surprised if we all get to hear Pete sing "5 Golden Rings" one more time...Thanks Surf Simply

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Surf Simply has taken the standard surf school to a whole new level in order to take your surfing to the next level - whatever your surfing level. I second all of the rave reviews about Sarah's cooking, the beautiful location and bungalows, the friendliness of every Surf Simply team member and the beauty of Playa Guiones. Having been a happy customer of two different surf schools in Costa Rica, I chose Surf Simply because of the more focused surf coaching that was promised (and delivered.) What sets Surf Simply apart in my book is the level of professionalism that Ru has created. Unlike some other surf schools where the coaching can be inconsistent and sometimes frustrating, Surf Simply has a curriculum of skills to learn that builds up to get you to the next level. At Surf Simply, you are assigned a primary coach for the week and they are responsible for your progress. I've been to other surf schools where you have a different instructor for every lesson which can be very frustrating. If you end up switching groups mid-way, the Surf Simply coaches communicate amongst themselves so your new coach knows exactly where you are and what you are working on for the day. All of the coaches use the same terminology and are teaching the same curriculum so you get very consistent messages and feedback which is important when it seems like there are hundreds of things to think about in a few seconds. The video feedback is very helpful and the theory classes are well thought out and delivered with enthusiasm. All of that goes to say - Oli, Harry, Jessie, Graham and Kerianne are the best surf coaches you can find around. Their professional also extends to the overall experience - it is 100% client focused. Every need is anticipated at the resort and every single person at Surf Simply genuinely tries and wants you to have fun, feel safe and have a great time in the surf and around town. Really, the only thing you have to think about while you are there is the surfing. It is the perfect place to switch off, relax and learn as much as you can from a great group of people. The only question you have when you leave is when can I come back???

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

If you want to truly add surfing to your life, stop looking and just book a trip. OR, if you already enjoy surfing, want to get better, and just need a vacation... stop looking and just book a trip.

Ru has built an incredible experience down in Costa Rica. Everything has been considered; every detail is spot on. From the moment you get off the plane, the only thing you need to worry about is your surfing.

The chalets are immaculate and spacious, and the resort's common kitchen, lounge, and pool area is the prefect place to rest and recharge between sessions. It's quite amazing how quickly you feel right at home.

If you've read some other reviews or watched a few of the videos, Yes the food lives up to the hype. Breakfast, coffee, and tea is ready each morning when you wake up. Then, Sarah makes amazing lunches that hit the spot after a morning in the water. Finally at night, the team takes you to various restaurants in the area, which are spectacular.

At the core of the week is the coaching and instruction. The camaraderie and passion of Ru's team is contagious. It was quite impressive how our group was perfectly split up and assigned dedicated coaches based on our ability. Your training for the week is therefore tailored for challenging but attainable goals each and every session.

If you've read this far into my review, just book. You're clearly interested.

My only word of caution would be to take your personal fitness quite seriously before flying down. A week of surfing three hours a day is very strenuous. If your fitness doesn't hold, you won't be able to maximize the experience. I left with quite a few bumps and bruises but also had a giant smile on my face. I can't wait to get back in the ocean.

-Mike
“Team SCW”

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Hidden Hills, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Learning to surf was a sort of bucket list item for me. A close friend had two words of advice: learn in warm water, and learn at Surf Simply. I took him at his word, and I'm thankful to him for the advice. The trip and the experience exceeded my expectations. I have very fond memories of the entire experience. Great coaching, a great getaway off the beaten path in Costa Rica, and a great bonding experience with a dozen fellow campers. If you want to learn to surf, and you have the time, resources, and wherewithal to enroll at Surf Simply, you'll thank yourself. I'm still glowing from the trip, and I'm already trying to figure out when I can return.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

You’re probably reading this wondering if Surf Simply is the right choice. How do you know? IT IS!!!

A 9 day trip (with a night on each side of the trip in Liberia) away from our kids was a huge opportunity and we wanted to maximize the choice. We both had very little experience on a surf board, although none is necessary.

Everything was perfect. Surf Simply makes the entire experience incredible. From the entire team of coaches, to Sara the chef, to the unbelievable massages, Francela is a beautiful person who led our sore bodies through (mostly restorative) yoga and Dani pulls it all together with her energy and attention to detail.

Ru’s passion for teaching surfing is unmatched and contagious. The curriculum he’s created will make a surfer out of everyone. It’s so methodical and intentional while at the same time fun! The coaches teach you how to teach yourself so you can work on your skills with confidence once you leave. Lot's of video analysis accelerates this process (and provides lots of laughs and keeps you humble!)

The chemistry of the staff and fellow travelers created international lifelong friends for my wife and I. The chalets were the perfect retreat to get some very necessary sleep.
Playa Guiones is a magical little town at the edge of the jungle on the beach with really great food and people and the waves were almost perfect every session, almost as if there was a wave machine creating them.

I didn’t understand how with so many places in the world why so many visitors return to Surf Simply. Now I do, and we will be back.

-Ryan

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Myself and my husband did some surfing in the past but no one has ever given us such spot on feedback which enabled us to notice our bad habits and understand what our level of surfing was in general. Excellent detailed instructions, photos and video analysis delivered in fun atmosphere by articulate Surf Simply coaches helped us to advance our surfing abilities at much faster pace than before.

Immaculate conditions and family atmosphere which these guys managed to create in the middle of the jungle made the whole experience even more enjoyable. They took care of absolutely everything so that we could just relax and focus on surfing.

We are definitely coming back next year!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Quebec, Quebec, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

If you are looking for adventure and not having to care of anything...and if you are not the kind of person that like to stay on the beach and drink all day...you are at the wright place. You will be in the hands of professionals....

I am working in the hospitaly industrie and I am telling you will be served and you'll learn how to surf.

This trip was a dream and would never think that this kind of place would exist....I took the chance and this has been one of the best experience of my life... I am definetly going back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
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Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf Simply has broken the surf camp mold by providing coaching of a standard one would usually expect to receive in more mainstream sports. The makes of the Surf Simply podcast (available on iTunes) offer all inclusive package from their beautiful boutique surf coaching resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. You stay incorporates not only - video analysis, theory sessions on everything from board design to surf forecasting, pool training and in water coaching during your two fun surf session each day; but also transfers, accommodation, yoga classes, massage, fresh home cooked food and a variety of destinations in the evening from beach BBQs to stunning cliff top restaurants. ... more   less 
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