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Corky Carroll's Surf School

Playa Guiones 300 meters west of Hotel The Gardens, Nosara 53211 Costa Rica
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Corky Carroll's surf school is the original all inclusive surf school of the Nosara area. Family owned and operated starting in Huntington Beach California in 1996 than adventuring to Nosara, Costa Rica in 1998. We provide it all; airport transportation, comfortable hospitality, family style cuisine, experienced and professional surf instruction with daily video of your a.m. surf session along with constructive criticism feedback. Complimentary laundry, also beer and natural fruit included in the week's package.
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English, Spanish
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Todd446619 wrote a review Jan 2020
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It has been awhile since I have been back (life gets in the way) but it was great to see Corky Carroll's run so well and how they provided such a great trip. When they claim that you will be part of their family for a week - they are not kidding. From kids having fun, dogs hanging out with you at the beach, and perfect "home cooking" it felt more like visiting relatives (in a good way) than a stay at a hotel. Loved everything about this trip and can't wait to bring my older son on my next visit. Todd
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from corkycarrollsurf, Owner at Corky Carroll's Surf School
Responded May 20, 2020
Thank you for the compliments, reviews like this go a long way for us!!! Looking forward to your next visit, especially if you are able to bring your older son. Thank you. Collin
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Patrick wrote a review Aug 2019
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A bit delayed in posting my review, but visited Collin and team in February for my 50th birthday and a once in a lifetime surfing trip. As a lifelong Midwesterner I had zero surfing experience, but was something I had always committed to giving a shot. Collin's crew were all top notch, teaching me surfing literally from the ground up. This is not a 1 hour hotel resort with instructors pushing you into small waves in return for high fives. These guys treat it will all level of seriousness regardless of skill level but don't lose sight that surfing should be fun. Not only were the instructors and staff terrific but the other guests, who were all veteran surfers, were like long lost friends providing encouragement and a whole lot of beers along the way. The food was always on point and Yaya even made me a cake for my birthday. So as summer begins to wind down in the Midwest my mind turns to a second in a lifetime trip back to Corky Carroll's this winter. Hopefully followed by a third, fourth, fifth....
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Date of stay: January 2019
Mgund wrote a review May 2019
San Francisco, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
Collin and the team at Corky Carroll’s Surf School have put together an amazing travel experience for every level of surfer looking to improve their skills, and a phenomenal travel atmosphere as well. From the minute you walk in the door you’re treated like a visiting friend. The instructors are top notch, amazingly patient, and invested in their students’ success. Pair that with detailed video review sessions each day, and we felt like our surfing improved dramatically in 7 days at the school. One of our favorite aspects was variety of boards you had at your disposal to try. Collin has amassed a fantastic quiver of options to suit various skill levels & techniques you want to practice (e.g. duck diving). The accommodations are great - you are staying literally 100 meters from the beach - and the food is incredible (important when you’re in the water hours a day). You get 3 home cooked meals a day, with juice, fresh coconuts, and cold beer available whenever you want. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience on our trip to Costa Rica!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from corkycarrollsurf, Owner at Corky Carroll's Surf School
Responded May 20, 2019
Thank you for your amazing review and also for joining us for a week in Costa Rica. I appreciate the time you took in writing this review and posting it, I will share it with the rest of the crew. Take good care. Collin
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Kayvossea wrote a review Apr 2019
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I spent 3 nights at Corky Carrols and it was everything as advertised and so much more! I’m an experienced surfer and enjoyed all that they had to offer. My boards got dinged en route and they patched them up for me. Pat took us to a really amazing black sand beach and the surf was amazing! The food was the best I had throughout my entire trip and the beers were always cold. I will definitely be coming back for the family atmosphere provided
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from corkycarrollsurf, Owner at Corky Carroll's Surf School
Responded May 20, 2019
Thank you and your group for staying the 3 nights and getting me out on the town for some live music and local spirits, good times! You now know where we are if you need another "escape of reality", where the waves are warm and the beer is cold. Take good care. Collin
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Susana Cicchetti wrote a review Mar 2019
San Francisco, California7 contributions6 helpful votes
CC Surf School provides an atmosphere that encourages family and friendship like no other. Yes, we all want to surf. Yes, we all want great food...sleep well...maybe party. You get that and more. The Walkers have created a culture that should not be missed. Go join...
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from corkycarrollsurf, Owner at Corky Carroll's Surf School
Responded May 20, 2019
Thank you for this review. I appreciate your time in posting this, well written to the point. After reading this I get a rush of excitement, similar to how I feel while surfing. Thanks for bringing these points to my attention. Let's do another week that was fun. Take good care. Collin
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Frequently Asked Questions about Corky Carroll's Surf School
Which popular attractions are close to Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Nearby attractions include Jungle Escape Nosara (0.3 miles), Nativa Gallery (0.3 miles), and Tennis Club Colibri (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a pool view, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rosi's Soda Tica, Cafe de Paris Restaurant & Bakery, and Robin's Cafe & Ice Cream.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Corky Carroll's Surf School have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Corky Carroll's Surf School offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Corky Carroll's Surf School?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Corky Carroll's Surf School?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.