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“Frijol Feliz Day Spa”

Frijoles Locos Surf Shop & Spa
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Owner description: Frijoles Locos Surf Shop provides fun, safe and professional surf lessons for the whole family. Our store is packed with retail surf and resort wear, board shorts and bikinis are an essential item for around here! We offer quality surfboard rentals, snorkel equipment, bike rentals, boogie boards, SUP Stand Up Paddleboards and other beach rentals including beach chairs and shade. We offer personalized surf vacation packages for couples, small groups or families (surf guiding, surf lessons, massages, yoga, adventure... see website)....We offer concierge services prior to your arrival, to help organize your activities, tours, ground transportation, everything you need to make your week go smoothly. If you are traveling to Costa Rica with children, contact us, we have pack n plays/ cribs for rent, a portable high chair and plenty of good advice for families. Upstairs from the surf shop we have two vacation rental apartments perfect for individual families of 4-5 people, or two families on vacation together. There is an adjoining door that means you can have your own privacy when you want it. The condos upstairs are very comfortable, with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, sized around 1250 sq. feet. Just email us for more info/ photos. Also located onsite is the El Frijol Feliz Day Spa for amazing massages, spa services, pedicures, and more. Recently under new management the Day Spa contact is separate to Frijoles Locos however we are happy to connect you. Frijoles Locos are your one stop shop for everything you need for your Playa Grande family/ surf/ vacation! Please contact us prior to arrival so we can best help you for all your vacation needs.
Reviewed February 12, 2013

I received a deep tissue massage at the Frijol Feliz Day Spa located at the Frijoles Locos Surf shop in Playa Grande a week ago and it was excellent. What a great way to enhance a great vacation. Corynne and her staff were very professional and the massage was so relaxing, I think I probably scared the therapist with my snorts as I drifted in and out of sleep. I would certainly recommend it to everyone! I was in a dazed state of bliss for the rest of the day!

I also rented a bike from the surf shop that was a great deal and purchased several great t-shirts. Everyone was incredibly friendly and nice!

Thank Ben W
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I broke my board twice while visiting Playa Grande and these guys had me right back in the water for a reasonable price. They obviously took pride in the quality of their repairs, too.

Thank Corey B
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is the 3rd time i have been to playa grande in the last year. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet relaxing place to unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of a beautiful tropical destination. Ian and Corynne could not be more welcoming and friendly and are always around to help with anything you may need. From a fish order, directly from the fisherman, to which board to rent for the day/week/month they will always do their best to accommodate and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The beach is beautiful and even during high season basically empty. The surf is epic and has a great range of size for beginners to advanced surfers. I will continue to go back to grande and frijoles locos surf shop for years to come. In fact i am counting the days till i return again.

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We had a great time visiting Costa Rica particularly Playa Grande. One of the reasons was certainly the helpfulness and assistance we received from the people at Frijoles Locos. Everything from getting help renting a car to booking an adventure trip or a taking surf lesson (with our 6 year old!), Frijoles Locos is second to none. Everyone there was great, but if you get a chance to work with Krizia, she is the best.

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We (family of 4 from Montana-boys aged 11 and 9) are already scheming of ways to get ourselves back to Playa Grande and Frijoles Locos.

The shop is Modern,Clean, Well Equipped with gear of all types to rent or purchase. It doesn't smell like someone smoked something funny or have posters of bikini girls plastered all over it but in residence is a sweet chocolate Lab named Loca.

Shop staff Tatiana and Krizia are Lovely, so Friendly, Helpful, Genuine. They both Smile and Laugh a lot.

Instructors, Rob, Doug, Marcos. Professional, Competent, Fun, Encouraging, Miracle Workers. They don't use any foul language or make any questionable comments but apparently enjoy a good game of poker and classic surf movies with quotable lines like "North Shore" and "Point Break.".

Message Therapist Cristina. "I felt like the most relaxed, happiest, drunk person when I was done with my message." That's what my husband says about Cristina. This girl has skills.

Owners of Frijoles Locos Ian, Corynne, and (son) Finn. We were lucky enough to get to surf with Ian on our last day. He has this very Jedi way about him calmly giving instructions and sending you on your way into the whitewater with an odd confidence that you don't have to look for droids and instead you will surf. Corynne was Organized, Communicative, Trustworthy, completely and utterly Charming. You want to pick her brain and be her best friend at the same time. As far as Finn goes... if we could have gotten away with sneaking him home with us in a carry-on we would have.

We were smart enough to take advantage of the 2 bedroom condo above the shop. An amazing bang for your buck, well equipped,clean, secure, air conditioned, and private. We had plenty of hot water, towels, and the beds were comfortable. There is a simple array of spices, S&P, and oils on hand. There are plenty of dishes and pots and pans. We used the pool in back of the shop a few times a day. Heard the Howler monkeys most mornings and loved the resident bats and iguana that seemed to like the big trees next door. We rented bikes for our entire stay and made the easy trip from the shop to the beach each day.

There is this Cute Enterprising couple, Blake and Tegan that you notice hanging around the shop spending a lot of time on their computer. Come to find out they are surf photographers of Ramblin On Photography and will they get the shots of you surfing that you may or may not want to remember! Great service to provide to people and we appreciated their ability to catch our memories on film.

Corynne hooked us up with Christian from Boos Adventures for a half day of fishing. Not only is he muy guapo but he, his boat Captains and boats provide an exceptional service and product. Brought in several Tuna, saw rainbows, dolphins, and schools (flocks? herds?) of big rays flinging themselves out of the water celebrating something.

Went on a turtle tour one early morning. Be ready for a bit of unorganized structure and when you see your guide hustling down the beach not saying much keep up with him because he knows something you don't know. The turtles are amazing and we were even lucky enough to see a baby.

Hitched a ride with Corynne to Playa Danta one afternoon. Completely different type of beach, rocky-er. Resorty type feel. Water was smooth and good for Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Lola's was yummy and fairly reasonably priced.

Ate at Rip Jack, and El Huerto. All an easy walk or bike ride from the condo. Good and good.

Rode our bikes (on the beach, the pokey shells can pop your tire so FYI) one morning to Tamarindo at low tide just to see it and have some breakfast. (Fun to ride on the beach!) Breakfast good- Tamarindo obnoxious.

We have been pretty lucky to travel as a family and have had some wonderful trips but we have never felt as we did at Frijoles Locos. The location and lodging alone would have made the vacation great but it was the people (all mentioned above) that really made it so special. We felt immediately comfortable, like we had known them all of our lives. Welcomed without hesitation into what can only be described as a family.

Thanks everyone for the beautiful memories~!

Thank Mary B
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