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School of the World Surf Camp

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Meters E de la Pops 300 Escuela Del Mundo, Jaco, Garabito Municipality Costa Rica
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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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It was my second visit to the School of the world, and I loved it even better than the first one. The staff there is a true family! I fell in love with surfing and Costa Rica because of these people! The surf instructors are very professional and can accommodate any level surfer. They even video-record you, so you can look at yourself from aside, reflect and adjust your surfing technic. Constant feedback, dynamic training. Besides that, I was very happy with the amenities like internet, hot and cold water, filtered water to drink, a kitchen with lots of appliances, AC, tv lounge, pool, a close-by store with fruits and vegetables, affordable soda place (local food), no need to walk to the beach for surfing, etc. If you are looking for a great experience, this is the place to visit! Much of love to the School of the World!
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Response from kirsten w, Front Office Manager at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for writing this review, it helps us a lot. We're very happy to hear your second visit was also a big success. We can't wait to see you back for a third time ;-) Big hug from all of us.
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Property's Favorite Review
I originally booked my stay for 4 weeks at the school and I ended up staying 2 months! I stayed in a shared room, and everything was clean and well-maintained. The a/c there works well, there's a mini fridge and plates/utensils in the room by the sink, and the bed was comfortable. When it comes to the classes at SOTW, I never thought I'd surf a day in my life, and I've completed 8 weeks of surfing with the school now. Before you hit the water, an instructor will go over popping up on your board, staying safe in the water and with your board, and setting your expectations for your surf experience. About half way through the week, one of the guys films the students surfing, and then everyone gathers later to watch the video and an instructor goes over mistakes and how to improve your surfing. The instructors were absolutely fantastic; they gave great advice and were very encouraging. I felt safe every moment surfing with them, and my surfing overall improved greatly under their instruction. The school takes pride in employing great people who love what they do, and it really shows. Carlos in particular was an amazing instructor to work with. I had surf and photography with him, and I found that he's very knowledgeable and passionate with both. Getting to learn from him was a highlight of my trip for sure! A tip for an incoming student would be sign up for surf, don't just do Spanish/yoga/photo. Also, bring sunscreen and bug spray. I know I'll be back and I will 100% recommend the school to friends. Pura vida.
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Response from kirsten w, Front Office Manager at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded Apr 1, 2019
Dear Taegen, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, it's very much appreciated. We're very happy to hear you had such a good experience at the School, we miss having you around here. Please keep up your positive vibes and we can't wait to see you back in the future! Big hug from all of us.
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Everyone from the administration to the teachers to the surf instructors is great. Perfectly located for everything you need in Jaco. Clean rooms. Def recommend to anyone thinking of doing a surf + Spanish trip in Costa Rica
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Response from kirsten w, Front Office Manager at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, it is a big help for us and other (future) students. We're happy to hear you've had such a great time with us and we hope to see you back in the future!
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I stayed at School of the World first for 6 weeks (around 2007 i think) and then went back two years later for 8 weeks.. I work remotely so it was wonderful to hunker down in the second floor larger rooms and have my own environment while doing double surf sessions. Got into amazing shape and loved the team, vibe, program, service and setup. It was great to meet Zach the owner who joined us on a few glassy waves! Nice guy which trickles through into his company. My coach was mostly Ricardo who is awesome and also was with Carlos sometimes. Following my trip I visited many other surf camps, mostly in Asia, as a way to see new places and continue surfing. This opportunity was 16 weeks of back-to-back surf camps, in India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Therefore I'm really confident in saying that School of the World is the best out there... they were my #1 of the 4 that I've stayed at long term. One stand out gesture that showed their level of care was a few years later, when normally the customer base would be forgotten anywhere else, the office reached out to me to send a tee. They'd just got them made. It's been 10 years, and its' still one of my most worn. I highly recommend School of the World, and am proud of them for making it to the big twenty year mark. Maybe you'll see me again one day! All ages can find their vibe there... that's one of the beauties of this camp. Thank you.
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Response from kirsten w, Front Office Manager at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded 4 weeks ago
Many thanks for your review. It's extra special to hear that - after all the years that passed - you are still thinking back on your time at SOTW. It makes us proud to hear you've had such a great experience with us. Thank you for sharing this, it makes us very motivated to continue what we love to do! We hope to see you back one day in the future. We will have a really nice, new tee waiting for you ;-)
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My sister, husband and I went to SOTW for a week and it was an incredible experience! We did the surf lessons and the instructors were fantastic - we were standing on the board on the first lesson! The space itself was beautiful, calm and could not have been more perfect. There was a great kitchen so we could cook many meals! Staff was great/super helpful and kept the facility very clean! The best part was meeting so many interesting people from all over the world who created a great community at the school! One of the best trips we have done - highly recommend!
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Response from kirsten w, Front Office Manager at School of the World Surf Camp
Responded Dec 23, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, it's a big help to us and highly appreciated! We are very happy to hear you've had such a great time. We hope to see you all back one day in the future! Big hug from all of us at SOTW :-)
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Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasGarabito MunicipalityJaco DistrictJaco
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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 Jaco Bar (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.
What are some restaurants close to School of the World Surf Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Costa Juice, The Beer House, and Sabress Kosher Restaurant.
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.
Is School of the World Surf Camp located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Jaco.