Where do I begin?
In my 41 years, I've traveled far and wide for business and pleasure to places ranging from Iceland to Cuba and all over Europe and North America. Looking back on it all, it is this unique little spot on the edge of a surf town in Costa Rica that takes the cake in so many ways.
Millions of resorts offer service with a smile, clean, comfortable rooms, beautiful views and the opportunity to make a lifetime of memories. WRSC delivers on all of that and does it in a way that is substantially more genuine.
From the moment I was picked up at the airport (transportation included in the price of the stay) I was met with a sense of comfort and friendliness that only increased as the week went on. Because of the size of the place, the proximity of the rooms, pool, bar/restaurant, beachfront path, etc..., and the nature of the like-minded clientele, by the end of the 2nd day, I felt like I was on vacation with a group of good friends. In fact, the more I saw of the few large, luxury resorts in Tamarindo, the more I appreciated my little home away from home that was Witch's Rock Surf Camp. Over the course of the 7 days that I was there, I never felt the need to stray far from my beachfront bar stool :)
Having said that, if you do get the urge to explore a bit more of the country, the happy and knowledgeable staff is at the ready with excursions covering big time fishing trips and zip lines over the rain forest to boat rides up the estuaries in search of crocs and monkeys. Prices range to suit just about any budget.
Now, I'm sure that crocs and monkeys are great, but main reason I attended the camp was to fulfill a long time dream of learning to surf. Again, WRSC came through. The proximity to the "perfect learning wave" is second to none. The boards are right there as well, and will be waxed and ready to go whenever you are. Most importantly, and most of all are the surf instructors. I can't overstate how great these guys are. Friendly, knowledgeable, safe, patient and encouraging are a few good descriptors. With some technique tips specific to your skill level, a little hard work, and a good sense of humor, these guys had all of us standing up in no time (I even have the diploma to prove it :-). One endearing quality that was consistent among all of the instructors was that they seemed as excited as the students when we did well. At the same time, they were even more determined to identify an area of weakness or a flaw in technique and correct the problem when things were less than perfect. For my money, that is a rare and most admirable quality for a teacher in any area of learning.
For you more advanced surfers that are interested in bigger and faster waves, I'm pretty sure they've got ya covered. At least that was the general consensus of the clients that returned each afternoon from being shuttled to the best swells in the surrounding area. All with big smiles and what was repeatedly referred to as "the good kind of tired".
At the end of the day (cue the amazing Tamarindo sunset) I made some good friends, had some super fresh and tasty food (I could write a ton of good stuff about the restaurant alone) and left there wondering how soon it will be before I can get back to do it all again. Oh...and I LEARNED TO SURF!!!
Thanks Joe, Flash, Edgar, Rigo, Max, Valerie, Larry, Luis, Charlie and the rest of the Witch's Rock Surf Camp gang for creating and cultivating a wonderful vibe. In an era of bigger is better, you've got it just right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Witch's Rock Surf Camp is a small beach front hotel in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica. We have 18-rooms on the beach directly in front of the best surfing waves in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. We are located 45 minutes away from Liberia (LIR) Airport. We cater to surfers and anyone that wants to learn how to surf in Costa Rica. Come and join us for the surfing vacation of your life. Call Now! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Witch`s Rock Surf Camp Hotel Tamarindo
- Witchs Rock Surf Camp Tamarindo
- Witchs Rock Surf Camp Hotel