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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#1 of 40 Specialty lodging in Nosara
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Surf Simply has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Outside Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and CNN. Surf Simply offer one week, all-inclusive technical surf coaching courses which have revolutionized the way the sport is taught. You can get to know the coaches and coaching methodology by checking out Surf Simply’s video tutorials on Youtube or listening to the Surf Simply podcasts. Our team of 8 ISA and ILSF qualified coaches are surf geeks who work with just 12 guests each week, replacing ambiguous surf lingo with clear, concise, systemized coaching. A week at Surf Simply is all inclusive. So everything is taken care of for you from the moment you land in Costa Rica: transfers, food, drinks, massage, stretch classes, photos, custom video, surf coaching and accommodation at our beautiful new resort, designed by Gensler and completed in October, 2018.
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Paul326 wrote a review Sep 12
Englewood, New Jersey30 contributions12 helpful votes
After an 8 year absence, I returned for my third visit to Surf Simply. This was my first experience at the "new" Surf Simply location, and it did not disappoint. The accommodations are incredible, and the overall experience at Surf Simply continues to be defined as "relentless consistency". The coaching continues to be fantastic, the food is phenomenal, the stretch classes and messages were outstanding, the location is perfect and the videographers/photographers help to capture your experience here for you to re-live as often as you like. The entire staff including the cooks, mixologist, servers, maintenance staff, stretch instructor, masseuse, behind the scenes logistic staff, and the coaches clearly behave like a family, and all 12 guest each week feel like they have been adopted as new family members. I will state without hesitation that Surf Simply sets the standard for what a surf/sport vacation should be, as the coaching and video review provides you with skills that will rapidly accelerate your surfing ability. If you are interested in learning to surf or wish to rapidly improve your surfing in an environment where the only thing you have to worry about is surfing, where everything is taken care of for you, where the food and accommodations are incredible, and you return from your trip with fantastic memories, improved surfing skills and video/pictures to prove it, Surf Simply should be your first choice!!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Paul, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review. The team was excited to see you again and we're so happy you shared your week with us.
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Curtis M wrote a review Sep 5
Bald Head Island, North Carolina2 contributions1 helpful vote
I had a fantastic week at surf simply. This is a well run business that hires some of the best coaches available. Everything about surf simply is 5 star from the coaches, to the chefs, and to the other staff. You will be hard pressed to find a better surfing instruction school.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 2 weeks ago
We are so glad that you were able to have you join us. Thank you for trusting us with your weeks vacation and your kind words.
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Jay M wrote a review Jun 2022
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If you want to elevate your surfing in an elevated environment, this is the place. Surf Simply thought of everything from the positive, supportive, and knowledgeable coaches right down to supplying a bottomless amount of sunscreen. (Seriously, you're gonna need it.) To actually see video of yourself surfing in the theory sessions with your coach makes all the difference in the world. You'll be humbled for sure, but also inspired and then armed with techniques and strategies to do better next time. My coach Teale was awesome at pointing out the little adjustments to make big progress. It was amazing to see what a difference it made from day to day. It is such a fun, immersive week where you get to meet a bunch of like-minded strangers who share your goal of becoming better surfers. And we all did. The staff was so lovely and friendly, the massages were well earned, the food was amazing, and the day off on Wednesday was perfectly planned. I really can't say enough about this experience. I wish I had done it sooner so I'd be an even better surfer now. Surf Simply is, simply put, the best.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded Jun 9, 2022
Jay, we're so glad you enjoyed the week and thank you so much for coming to stay with us. We'll look forward to seeing you again.
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anna wrote a review Apr 2022
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I am not good with online reviews (excuse for long overdue post!) but wanted to make sure I rave about Surf Simply - especially my coach, Jordan! I’ve been surfing actively throughout covid but did not know how many bad habits I had accumulated and how much they were impeding my progress until working with Jordan! She was very observant and honest, but also very kind in delivering her assessment of my surfing. :) She taught me a lot, but the best part about surfing with Jordan was how she got more excited about my waves than i did! Jordan always put safety first - and is very honest about etiquette ;) - but made sure that I was in the right spot to practice whatever I was working on in a given session. She encouraged moving around the lineup so I could get in the priority position without indefinitely waiting for a wave to come to me or hoping someone would miss and knew exactly how much I should angle my board to get the most out of the wave. I still hear her advice and cheer in the water and know that I am having more fun now because of her. Thank you Surf Simply and Jordan! We will be back :)
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Apr 16, 2022
Anna, thank you for the kind words and coaching feedback. We look forward to having you again in the future!
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John F wrote a review Apr 2022
Ossining, New York9 contributions2 helpful votes
Just book the trip! Whether you are an expert surfer or have never surfed before, or anything in between, you will absolutely not regret spending a week at the unique and fantastic Surf Simply. Every aspect of this experience is exellence! Just do it.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Robin Bass, Other at Surf Simply
Responded Apr 4, 2022
John, we are so glad that you were able to have you join us. Thank you for trusting us with your weeks vacation and your kind words. We can't wait to see you again.
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Linda S wrote a review Jan 2022
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My week at Surf Simply exceeded every expectation and I experienced so much more! The week was riviting! Filled with not just amazing surf, but amazing people, from my surf mates to coaches to the staff. It was family from day one. A learning experience compared to none. If you want to learn to surf better quickly, have a deeper understanding of this sport, the ocean and waves, build your confidence, be physically and athletically challenged, AND have a blast, so much fun, there is simply no better place in the world. Really, best week ever. I can wait to retun in December!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded Jan 31, 2022
Thank you so much, Linda. We look forward to having you again soon.
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Britt F wrote a review Jan 2022
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This was one of the most magical weeks of my life. If i could give ten thousand stars I would. Surfing was one sport I swore I would NEVER try, but everything about their approach made the impossible possible - thanks to my fantastic coach Gabriel, I was standing on the board by day 2! I think he was more excited than I was! The food was spectacular, the facility immaculate, the staff friendly and accommodating as can be, and from the moment I landed in Costa Rica until I left I felt taken care of and supported in every way possible. THANK YOU. Will definitely return!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: You might just be sharing your balcony with the monkeys!
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Responded Jan 31, 2022
Thank you so much for your thoughtful words and for sharing your week with us. We look forward to having you again in the future.
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Andrea C wrote a review Dec 2021
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This is truly amazing and transformative program. If you want to learn to surf, eat insanely good food, sleep in a bed that will rival your own, be treated like a cherished friend, work out like an athlete, and learn how to grow your ability as a surfer for years to come... then don't waste your time on other places. Surf Simply is in a galaxy of its own. I have been twice and will definitely go back.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: All rooms are awesome
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Responded Dec 13, 2021
Thank you so much, Andrea. Everyone was so excited to see you again. We'll look forward to seeing you again.
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Ged B wrote a review Nov 2021
New York City, New York2 contributions
A week at Surf Simply is an absolute treat. The method and professionalism of the coaching is unparalleled in my opinion - truly tailored to the level and desires of the individual. If the surfing aspects were all the week were about, that would be enough. However, every detail from arrival, to accommodation to the utterly superb food is thought through to the nth degree. Our week was a combination of highly exhilarating time in the water with the comforts of a beautiful place to stay. All members of the Surf Simply team are talented, generous with their time and highly professional. Like so many others, I will be booking immediately for a return trip.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: All the rooms have the same aspect and are lovely.
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Response from Robin Bass, Other at Surf Simply
Responded Nov 28, 2021
Ged, thank you so much for your thoughtful words and coming to stay with us. We're all looking forward to seeing you again soon.
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Cew wrote a review Sep 2021
Winston Salem, North Carolina7 contributions3 helpful votes
I had been on the waiting list for two years and then COVID struck. I waited another year and just recently returned from Surf Simply. All I can say is that it was definitely worth the wait. Every part of the stay was carefully and thoroughly thought of and executed. The surf coaching is incredible whether it's your first time or you are an experienced surfer. I thought I was a half decent surfer, but learned so much and was able to refine my technique and understand my trouble areas. I now have drills and skills to work. Tealle, my Coach, was awesome and was able to push me while being encouraging. I knew she was genuine in her desire to make me better. The food, staff, accommodations, the people you meet, the curriculum, etc. etc. were incredible . I would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Responded Sep 28, 2021
We are so glad that you were able to host you. Thank you for trusting us with your weeks vacation and we can't wait to see you again. Thanks so much.
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Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteNosara
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Frequently Asked Questions about Surf Simply
Which popular attractions are close to Surf Simply?
Nearby attractions include Playa Guiones (0.5 miles), International Animal Rescue Costa Rica (0.7 miles), and Nosara Kids Camp (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Surf Simply?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Surf Simply?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Surf Simply?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rosi's Soda Tica, El Manglar Restaurant, and Cafe de Paris Restaurant & Bakery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Surf Simply?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Surf Simply have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Surf Simply offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Surf Simply have airport transportation?
Yes, Surf Simply offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.