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Meters E de la Pops 300 Escuela Del Mundo, Jaco, Garabito Municipality 61101 Costa Rica
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#2 of 104 Specialty lodging in Jaco
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School of the World combines elements of boutique hotel, surf camp, language school, yoga retreat, and photography workshop under one roof. Like-minded travelers from all over the world come here to pursue a passion, learn some new skills, and make lifelong friendships.
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Claudie G wrote a review Sep 11
Krakow, Poland5 contributions1 helpful vote
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The lodging was amazing, a beautiful place to stay for a week or more. Restaurants nearby and a fruitplace on the same street just made the experience amazing. I did double surf and yoga which I would definitely recommend. the yoga and surf combination reenergized me and everyday I was ready for more!! The surf coaches were patient and kind and taking everyone at their level. the group setting enabled me to meet some nice people from all over the world and the spanish courses seemed really cool! The yoga classes are a must!!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Sophie wrote a review Jul 2022
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We took the surfing + Spanish + yoga combo. Had a lot of fun at Jaco. Staffs are very friendly. Surfing instructors are very experienced and makes me feel safe. Spanish teacher took us to different cute places for field trips. Thank you School of the World, I'll come back one day!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jul 27, 2022
Hi, thanks for your visit, great to hear you enjoyed your stay. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon.
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Laleña G wrote a review Jul 2022
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I’ve been here three times since December, 2021. The last time, I was supposed to stay for three weeks; I’m finally leaving after five weeks, and wish I could stay longer. The thing that stands out to me most about SOTW is that their surf instructors are actually qualified teachers, not just good surfers. Everyone, from the people who had never surfed before, to the folks who were looking for more consistent time in the water, to more advanced folks, improved their surfing. I learned how to read waves (not just lay on my stomach until someone pushed me), figure out the best place to paddle out, and do cutbacks. I’d been turning a bit on my own, but now I know how, and more importantly when, to do a cutback, and when to try a floater. Because of the weekly video analysis, I observed everyone improve their surfing; they even would take extra videos if you had a particularly terrible day. Every surf instructor knows what they’re talking about, and does a great job of meeting each student where they are. There’s a variety of folks who come; in the winter and spring, I was the only New Yorker among a lot of European and Australian travelers. This summer, there were several weeks with only Americans and Canadians. No matter the mix, I found people to be friendly and approachable, and open to group outings, whether to the delicious restaurant Koko’s, zip lining, or to the Jaco beach to watch one of our instructors compete in an international surf competition. TLDR: this is a great, pretty affordable, friendly place. There are tons of return students, which says something. Slightly longer: If you want to take the double surf, be aware it’s four hours of surfing, sometimes all at once. It’s great, but if you’re trying to take other classes, that can be challenging, since the schedule is made around the high tide. I find it exhausting, but worth it, but I don’t take other classes. Folks who do, often find that double surf is too much, and switch to single surf if they stay more than one week. Waves are bigger in the green season (May-October? September?); if you’re a beginner, the dry season waves are friendlier. The green season has rain almost every day. It’s almost always in the afternoon, and can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 8 hours. Bring an umbrella, and enough clothes that you don’t have to put a wet bathing suit on in case yours doesn’t dry out in the morning sun. Dry season can get pretty hot, but all the rooms have AC, and the common spaces are super open with fans, so it’s fine. If you’ve been to another surf camp, you might be surprised at how punctual things are; when they say they’re leaving at 10, that means you need to come get your board loaded up at 9:50; the van is actually leaving at 10. The rooms are all nice; the “deluxe” rooms are fancier, but don’t have a kitchenette. The shared kitchen is lovely, and the yoga studio has a super soothing waterfall outside. The classrooms are also pretty nice. Everything is open air, which is why this was my first trip since 2020. The staff is super friendly and responsive. It’s definitely clean and well-maintained. This is one of the few surf camps I’ve been to (and I’ve been to quite a few) that is able to work with intermediate surfers. Often, if you can get to the lineup and catch your own waves, you’re on your own. Here, the instructors will only push you if you need/want them to, will explain how to do more advanced maneuvers, and offer advice that help you take your surfing to the next level.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Jul 27, 2022
Hi, thanks for taking the time to write a detailed review. Thanks for your visit(s) (3) and we hope you can come back again for some more waves. Until then, safe travels, and Pura Vida!
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Jay wrote a review Apr 2022
San Diego, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
Such a cool spot. All the rooms are great and the communal kitchen is awesome. I was the only USA resident the weeks I was there. Everyday the conversation amongst the students was about how awful US Americans are (I get it to an extent) and I was confronted by the group about my thoughts on guns and polotics constantly. I don't like either of those things!, and I didn't appreciate shouldering the blame of what my country was perceived to be every night. I have zero negative thoughts about any other nation or person so I was really bummed on this experience. I was uncomfortable at this space, but had to be there for 2 weeks. I will stay somewhere more private next time.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from b phelps, Owner at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded May 9, 2022
We’re so glad that you enjoyed the School, kitchen and rooms. Although, we’re very sorry that your experience with the other students made you feel uncomfortable. For 25 years, our mission has been to create a place where people from different countries and backgrounds can come together to pursue new passions. Our campus is designed to create an inclusive community with opportunities for students to interact, get to know each other and become friends. Our intention is for students to learn more about other parts of the world as they share stories from each other’s country, background, and culture. Sometimes diverse opinions and beliefs may cause the opposite effect. We’re sorry that you were put in a situation where you felt you had to explain and defend things that you have no control over. We hope their conversations with you helped them realize and learn some positive aspects about your home country. We wish you the best of luck on all of your future adventures and thank you so much for your feedback. Pura Vida!
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Ophelie wrote a review Jan 2022
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The school is very clean and beautiful! One of the nicest place to stay in Jaco. We stayed only one week, which was not enough! The surf instructors are very good. We were able to surf the big waves in only 2 days with them! Same thing with our yoga instructor; the yoga sessions after surf lessons were perfect to relax and stretch. The instructor knows how to adapt the lesson depending on how we feel/what we need. I recommend it to people who want to meet many people from around the world, while learning either spanish, yoga, surfing or photography.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Levesque M wrote a review Jan 2022
Montreal, Quebec, Canada4 contributions4 helpful votes
What a nice experience with interesting teachers, students and environment. I went with my 19 years old daughter, she loved every single of it !!! LOVE this organization !!! I recommend it to everyone at any age !!! Marie-Josee and Ophelie from Montreal Canada
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Vinzenz wrote a review Dec 2021
Europe4 contributions4 helpful votes
The school of the world is great for people who want to get slowly into what the country has to offer. Surf lessons are marvellous and there is one guide for 3-5 people, and they often give 1:1 Coachings. The building has a laid back hostel atmosphere, minus the young party all night long people. People come here not to get wasted, but to learn (Spanish, surfing, photography, Yoga…) and to to have a chill-out time. Jacó is not the most beautiful town and in some few corners can get dangerous - keep your eyes open. But after some days you get used to the vibe. The beach is beautiful and a 40 minutes hike up the hill south from the beach gives you a great view (with fresh coconuts served and monkeys around).
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 11, 2022
Thanks for coming. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again one day. Happy travels and Pura Vida!!
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B C wrote a review Oct 2021
Los Angeles, California16 contributions4 helpful votes
I spent a week taking Spanish with my fantastic teacher Fernanda. She was friendly, kind, patient and fun. I learned a lot from not knowing any Spanish at all. I want to learn Spanish for both work and travel and this was the perfect relaxed and focused environment to do it. I am returning in February for another week! I would also like to try surfing , yoga and photography on future trips. I took one surf lesson with Juan and he got me up on the board riding my first (small) wave. It was a blast and Juan was a great coach. I stayed at a different hotel but would absolutely stay at the school. Its a clean and beautifully designed high-ceiling building filled with art and everyone there makes you feel like family. The classrooms all have large sliding doors on both sides so you almost feel like you are learning outside. I loved my week there and can't wait to return in three months!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from b phelps, Owner at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded Oct 27, 2021
Thanks for taking time write a review. We are happy to hear you had a fantastic time. We look forward to seeing you again in three months. Until then, happy travels, and Pura Vida!!
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Cate wrote a review Oct 2021
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I had an amazing time at School of the World! There were not too many guests there while I was there which was actually fun because I ended up with my own room and the surf lessons felt a lot more private. I ended up staying an extra week and a half because I had such a blast! Everyone is so friendly and accommodating and made my time there perfect. Also the wifi is really strong so I was able to do work while I was there. I'll definitely be back!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from b phelps, Owner at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded Oct 15, 2021
Thanks for coming and great to hear you had a blast. We hope to see you again soon. Pura Vida!
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Wildina wrote a review Jun 2021
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The best, and unique experience of my life. Everyone made me feel at home, like a family. I was able to learn while enjoying my vacation. School of the world gave me memories to treasure forever. I would come back here in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Jun 15, 2021
Thanks for your visit! We enjoyed having you at the school and hope to see you again soon. Pura Vida!!
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Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasGarabito MunicipalityJaco DistrictJaco
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about School of the World Surf Camp
Which popular attractions are close to School of the World Surf Camp?
Nearby attractions include Tico Pod Art House & Gifts (0.2 miles), Fruity Monkey Poop (0.3 miles), and Bikinis Love Designs (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at School of the World Surf Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at School of the World Surf Camp?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at School of the World Surf Camp?
Yes, free public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to School of the World Surf Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Beer House, Sabress Kosher Restaurant, and Cafe Bohio.
Are there opportunities to exercise at School of the World Surf Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does School of the World Surf Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, School of the World Surf Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does School of the World Surf Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, School of the World Surf Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is School of the World Surf Camp located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Jaco.