Caribbean Surf School & Shop

Caribbean Surf School & Shop

Caribbean Surf School & Shop
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We love to surf and we surf with love. Learn how to surf with Caribbean Surf School. We have waves for all levels, from Salsa Brava, the heaviest wave in Costa Rica, right outside our Surf Shop, to the perfect beginner waves of Black Beach to the fast beach break at Cocles and the classic longboarding waves of Punta Uva. Just come and try it!
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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(13 reviews)

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5.0 of 5 bubbles160 reviews
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Hannah D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Hershel was an amazing teacher. He made the experience so personalized; he waited for proper weather conditions and took me to a beach a little further away with better waves. He was the perfect mix of tough love and support when teaching. Had me catching waves in first couple tries. It was really nice hearing about his goals and I hope to come back to visit his future farm! You will feel like a local hanging out with Hershel.
Written October 24, 2022
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Nina K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I had a beginner lesson with Hershel and it was amazing! I had never surfed before and I’m not very fit but he got me standing on the board by the second wave. He was really encouraging and it was a lot of fun. Would 100% recommend him if you are in Puerto Viejo
Written January 28, 2020
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Scott
Denver, PA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Spending the morning with Herschel was a fantastic experience. I had never surfed before and was a little nervous but he made sure I was able to get outside of my comfort zone and rode my first wave. He will help you be less tense, feel more confident, and improve a lot in a little bit of time. He’s a great guy with a good sense of humor and I learned a lot. Highly recommend.
Written July 6, 2021
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Lena S
Essen, Germany13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Me and a friend took a two hours lesson at Playa Negra with Hershel and we had a great time. He adopts to your surfing skills, gives you tips and helps you to catch the waves. So I was able to improve my surfing a bit and my friend, who tried for the first time, stood some waves as well. We had a blast and felt save and good all the way in the sea. Can only recommend to take classes! Pura Vida!
Written March 8, 2020
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Gillian F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
This was such a fun, unique experience and my boyfriend and I both had a blast. Neither of us had ever surfed before, but the instructors were so helpful and motivational and patient and both of us were able to get up on our boards—my boyfriend on his very first try. It took me longer but when I did the instructors were so happy and they made me feel awesome. And they gave us beers at the end! It felt like hanging out with friends while still learning, which was such a cool vibe. Honestly couldn’t have asked for a better experience, Herschel and Beto were both absolute gems and we had an amazing time. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.
Written March 22, 2022
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haley c
New York City, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
My boyfriend and I took lessons with Hershel. It was our first time ever surfing. We went to Playa Grande and it was so much fun! Hershel did a great job teaching us how to paddle, getting up on the board and riding the waves. Within 2 hours, we were out there with the experienced surfers! He made learning how to surf easy. Highly reccomend these lessons with him.
Written October 16, 2020
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the_travellin_fool
Liverpool, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Hershel is phenomenal with my 5 year old. He strikes the balance of being super professional whilst at the same time he has forged an amazing learning chemistry with my son. His sessions are very varied, ultra fun and unbeatable value. Hershel Lewis is an outstanding surf teacher
Written September 17, 2020
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Sandy F
Claye Souilly, France12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
It was a wonderful morning, I was with a friend it was our very first lesson. Hershel was very kind, smiling, toughtful and he has very good teaching skills.
He is always positive and very motivating ! And it reflected on us.
He was available on WhatsApp to make a reservation even after 6pm.
Surfing lessons with Hershel is a must do when you are on the Caribean Coast of Costa Rica !!
Written November 20, 2021
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CR R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Surfing with Hershel was absolutely amazing! Great person and and great teacher. He takes the times to not only teach the mechanics of surfing but the mindset as well. Spent a day with him taking other tours as well (highly recommend the chocolate tour!). Do yourself a favor and book with Hershel and get the most out of your time in Puerto Viejo
Written October 24, 2023
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Layton W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

I met Hershel several years ago when me and the family were visiting the area on vacation. Hershel is an amazing surf instructor with good vibes ( always happy, laughing, and smiling). Since moving to the area we have become good friends and I now have my kids learning from him as well.
Written November 2, 2023
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