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Playa Grande Surf Camp
Austin, Texas
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“Gerry G's the best!”
Reviewed July 22, 2011

Just got back from 9 days at Playa Grande Surf Camp, and could not have had a better time. Not only is PGSC clean and fun, it's about a 45-second walk to the beach. The best part of the stay though is the owner, Gerry G. He's about he easiest guy to get along with in the world, and as passionate as they come. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

This was probably the best vacation I've ever been on. Was just reliving the trip looking through some photos and brought back incredible memories. Gerry is the man and will make sure you have a great time. 3 friends and I (1 girl, 3 guys) did the week long surf package and it was an incredible value. The surf instruction was great and the beach is pristine. Only a half mile down the way the beach is packed, but at Playa Grande it's basically deserted! No one in our group had any surf experience but we all were standing up and riding waves into the beach only a few days in. We enjoyed lounging by the pool, hitting up the fine local eateries and cooling down with some Pilsens. This place is worth every penny and more, I will definitely be going back.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

The best time i had for long!! Thanks to Gerry and Kevin for the great time we had.

Great spot for everyone of you guys! Nice pilotis, nice cabanas with AC, nice (and clean) pool to cooldown after the surf sessions, "nicest" beach at 30 sec of walk!
You will have fun for sure, Gerry is a crazy guy and he will take good care of you!!

Yeah boy!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 15, 2011

Took four days of lessons at PGSC. They were very accommodating. Kevin was particularly excellent. My friend and I are at very different levels, but he was able to take us both out and give us things that really moved us both forward with our surfing.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Traveled with friends and my 12 year old, we showed up and fell in love with this place. Very friendly people, in a laid back neighborhood, At the surf camp we were greeted by Kevin and Gerry and a very tropical guest area including mango and coconut trees as well as several hammocks and a well kept pool, Slept very well in a poloti without ac, with a fan. Our friends opted for the cabina with ac for a few bucks more and were very happy as well. The surf was across the street, consistent and very good for learning as well as uncrowded.
There were two resturants within a short walk as well as a small store. There are a few other dining choices within a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk.
If you want nightlife you can cross the river to tamarindo by either a short walk and $1 boat taxi or just drive. We did that twice and had fun in the touristy city but were happy to get back to a more relaxed pace in Grande. We enjoyed the place the people and our surf lessons and will go back..

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

Not only are you experiencing a remote relaxation spot just off An extremely beautiful and clean beach, you are also located close to the wonderful town of tamarindo known for both good shopping and eventful nightlife. These characteristics are the generic ideals when looking for a perfect vacation place, but playa grande surf camp also offers something exclusive, the amazing surf break a 5 second walk from your bed. I CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN TO MY FAVORITE VACATION SPOT FOR MANY YEARS TO COME!

  • Stayed July 2010
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

I travelled solo to PGSC and had an amazing time. I loved my 4 bed cabina which came with mosquito nets on each bed and I woke up every morning to sunshine and the sound of birds. Gerry, the owner, treats people like family and is very casual making me feel comfortable and welcome at his place. I love the communal kitchen and the central table in the middle of the camp where everyone hung out during siesta time and at night. You meet so many people at this camp and you are never alone--unless you want to be. A fantastic time and very budget friendly.

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Additional Information about Playa Grande Surf Camp

Property: Playa Grande Surf Camp
Address: Playa Grande, Playa Grande 011, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Playa Grande Surf Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Playa Grande Surf Camp is located only footsteps from one of the best beach breaks in all of Costa Rica. This beautiful beach is perfect for surfers of all levels and all types of boards. We offer both private cabinas with AC and dormitory-style pilotis without AC at budget prices. Both surf packages and surf lessons are available. Amenities include a pool, kitchen, and BBQ, PGSC offers the perfect mix of relaxation and fun. ... more   less 
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