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About Costa Kite
Costa Kite is a kitesurf school in Costa Rica where our main goal is teaching our students this amazing and fun sport. Our kiteboarding School is located in breathtaking Salinas Bay, one of the top beaches in Costa Rica (Central America), famous for its consistent strong winds.
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Zach H wrote a review Mar 2020
Missoula, Montana4 contributions
I’ve been back packing in Central America for the past 6 months and I decided I would splurge and try something new. I did the Zero-Hero program 3 days, 9 hours of kite surfing lessons. Kite surfing was a lot of fun, and the lessons were alright, minimal but okay. I chose Costa Kite because it was the cheapest place I could find to learn how to Kite Surf in Central America, and it was cheap for a reason. The house itself is minimal, and the instructors are cold, not offering much help in any aspect. I walked back from one of my lessons 5km because no one came to pick me up as was arranged. There was one shared vehicle between the instructors but they were not helpful to drive me to the nearest store or restaurant or even ATM (so I could pay them). The instructors made up most of the people there and they tended to keep to them self’s not inspiring what I imagined was the heart of traveling, adventure, and backpacking. As so much of what I do is effected by the people I share the experience with I would not recommend this place. Pay a little extra and go to the other Kite School nearby. After I finished my course I was making plans for where to go next and the instructor (Fernando) told me that if I needed to spend one more night not to worry it was no problem. Several hours later he told me it would be $20 to stay an extra night. As I was on a tight budget I told him I was sorry but in that case I would have to leave. He told me it was passed checkout and I would have to pay $20 anyways. As I did not have $20 on me Fernando was prepared to fight me, demanding I leave him some of my clothes to compensate for a late checkout. The other instructors were pretty chill, but not lovely to be around. TRUST ME, if you you want not only to learn kite surfing but also have a fun and inviting experience go to another spot. -Zach
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Fernando852014, General Manager at Costa Kite
Responded Apr 14, 2020
HI Zach, I am sorry you had such a bad experience. As I can see from your review your main problem is that you had to pay and that we asked for it, several times (with no success I must say). As we say before your arrival (by email), you have to pay at check-in time like most places. We asked the payment the first day, the second day and the third day. I think we were pretty flexible (many hostel will just not let you in). We drove you from and to the beach everyday, and offered to pass by the supermarket and ATM many times (on the way to the beach). If you want to drive just when you wake up from your nap, then my friend you will need to call a taxi. In the end we ended up arranging a taxi for you to go back to your country and also to the ATM, you were so late on paying that had to give the money to the taxi driver to give it to me. About the extra night, of course you could stay one more night (if there was availability)!!, BUT you were thinking it was for free??? And at 21h you decide you were not staying, that is not late check-out (not in costa rica, not in any place in the world) Well, not surprised on your review. I am sorry but we are professionals not an NGO, we were really flexible and understanding with you, sorry it was not enough...
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333rollerblader wrote a review Mar 2020
Dublin Ohio2 contributions
First let me say I am a 59 year old woman, so you will have a frame of reference. The first day it was not windy (which is VERY unusual) so we learned how to set up the kite, and the basics of wind direction, this took about an hour. If you are a woman WEAR A ONE PIECE, I will explain why later, also BRING SUNSCREEN, SUNGLASSES with a BAND so they stay on, a jug of WATER, and VERY important water shoes or water clogs. This will be explained later too. We did stay at Costa Kite, the $5 breakfast was good, scrambled eggs, coffee toast, fresh pineapple and bananas, please know this is a 'rustic' stay, there is no A/C (they said typically this is not an issue because there is a breeze, but there wasn't a breeze so we were hot, we paid for private bedroom and bathroom, downstairs bedroom with private bath where my BIL and SIL was much cooler . There is no hot water, and shower pressure pretty minimal, but again this is not resort living, this is about young adults having a great time teaching lessons, they were all so nice to the four 'old' people. My young adult children would have LOVED the place! They did have a pool. Second day the wind was back, so it was to be a 5 hour lesson, we paid for two days of lessons 3 hours each day. After a couple of hours my BIL who is 67 was too exhausted to continue, as one has to get into the water and practice being dragged by the kite of your side while learning to control your kite, it can be exhausting and frustrating. My husband 61 years old hung in for about 3.5 hours (he had stepped on a sea urchin (no water shoes) and being dragged hit his toe on a rock and broke it. I did the entire 5 hours , I am pretty physically fit, Fernando said most people do not get up on the board until day 3 or 4, so somewhere between 6-9 hours of lessons, I wish I had known that going in, we would have planned to stay a third day, I did say I wanted to try the board so Fernando said OK and I was able to get up the second time pretty easily, but I still need more time to practice with the kite control, it was a RUSH to be able to do it though. Women wear a one piece, it will protect your rib cage from the harness, and also many times my bottom of my bikini did not want to stay on while being dragged in the water. I did buy water clogs for the second day and they worked GREAT! We also went out swimming the first morning around 10:30 and we were literally surrounded by HUGE sea turtles, it was magical, we were about 100 yards off shore just hanging out. We ate at an amazing place in town, Alonzo owner and server, I think it was called Tae Tae seafood. Have them make you whatever fish was brought in that morning you will be amazed. Also get fried plantains they are made very well, perfection actually...the lobster was slightly overcooked , go for the fish. I would say if you are considering it, DO IT, had we had three days I know we would have all conquered it. Stay at Costa Kite, and go in with the attitude that young adults are interesting, they are from Spain, Russia, Czech Republic , sit on their large deck upstairs and talk, they are smart interesting young people, you won't regret it, go OUTSIDE your comfort zone!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Björn W wrote a review Mar 2020
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They provide both kite training, rentals and accommodation. The equipment and accommodation had basic standard but fully functional. Super friendly crew, good at giving instructions. Really enjoyed my stay
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Dan D wrote a review Feb 2020
Dublin, Ohio9 contributions5 helpful votes
We booked 2 days of lessons with Costa Kite. The wind was not too accommodating but the instruction and the people made it great, Fernando, Alex and Alex and the team were great and a lot of fun to be around. We were a group of 4, all around 60 years old trying Kite Surfing for the first time. We found it difficult but not too much so, with more than 2 lessons I think we all could have figured it out. The accommodations were rustic but clean. The breakfast was very good. It was very hot when we were there and there is no AC but it did cool off in the evening. The location has a beautiful view! Thanks to the team at Costa Kite and good luck on all your future plans and adventures! Dan, Ann, Joel and Christy
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Susanne Maria wrote a review Mar 2019
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Great spot to learn kitesurfing, great place to stay with a beautiful view, great lessons and great people (...and great karaoke)! There is really nothing more you can ask for.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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