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“Amazing!!!”

Tortuga Surf School
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Owner description: Tortuga Surf Camp is the choice for the traveler who wants to enjoy and discover the wonders of surf at an affordable price.Located strategically in the south end of Jaco Beach, this calm mellow beach breaks will be the classroom where our ISA certified instructor will lead you trough the this Costa Rican surfing experience.
Little Elm, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Amazing!!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

This excursion was one of the highlights of our trips! We were picked up at our condo on time by an air conditioned, comfortable van. When we arrived at the dock for the boat, we were transported by smaller boats. Once aboard, we were served breakfast and rum punch! We also had the option to take a snorkeling tour before going to the island. The snorkeling tour was cool, not too many fish but it was around a rock in the middle of the ocean so that was cool. Once we got to the island, you could rent activities (paddle boarding, jet ski's, etc) or just relax on the beach or in the water. While on the island, we were served a great bbq lunch. The captain, staff and the others on the island were all extremely friendly, fun and awesome! Definitely recommend taking this tour if you get the chance!!!

Visited June 2013
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TortugaSurfCamp, Manager at Tortuga Surf School, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to rate our services, and we are more then proud to see a reviewer who mentions our alternative activities, Tortuga Island is one of the most visited area on our region and our aim its to provide first class services every time. Already looking forward to your next visit! (happy juice anybody!?)
TS CREW!
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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
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“Great people! Amazing Lesson!”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Michael, Dougie and the team were so helpful, so clear, and lent a hand with everything from board rentals, to great lessons, to surf location and tips depending the swell size and direction at any given day and time! I couldn't have asked for more from these guys, and I can't wait to get back down and visit them again. Oh, and they have a great hotel right near by, Hotel Perico Azul! It's top notch!

Best,

Micah

P.S. And they will also help you get some great surf pictures!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Micah W
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TortugaSurfCamp, Manager at Tortuga Surf School, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you M, for keeping up with us during you camp and for entertaining us with your great talent on music! people like you it the one who help us compliment our humble service to be one of the most popular in the country!
We hope you do visit us again and we promise this time we would sing along with your music, since we know by then most likely you would be already famous!
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Carlsbad, California, United States
1 review
“The Premire Surf Camp with a Friendly and Professional Staff”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Tortuga Surf School is the premier school for those who truly want to become surfers, or for surfers who want to improve their skills. Mike, the owner and head instructor, is an ocean lover with a gift for teaching who will ensure that you leave the water with the utmost appreciation for the ocean and a newfound or renewed love for surfing.
My Tortuga Surf Experience began with an email to the school expressing my initial interest in the 5 day surf package. Mike quickly followed up with inquiries regarding my age, fitness ability, and goals, to which he created a custom training schedule based around my anticipated travel dates and tide forecast. I was immediately impressed with the level of detail and effort put into his plan. He even recommended pre-training that included tide studies and cardio training to ensure I was best prepared for the school.
I could write for days about my many great experiences learning to surf with Tortuga Surf School. Mike and his crew are great people and phenomenal instructors who take personal interest to ensure that you reach your surfing goals whether it be simply surfing for a day to stand up on a wave, or to become a life-long surfer. The instruction was always safe, one on one, and on many occasions the surf instructors outnumbered the students. The focus was more than simply standing up on a wave; it was focused towards imparting the proper techniques necessary become a surfer such as water safety, paddling, pop-ups, wave reading, timing etc. There was so much to the instruction I ended up staying an additional two days (I would have stayed even longer if I had the vacation time).
I now surf daily both on a shortboard and longboard and thanks to the instruction I received at Tortuga I no longer watch from the beach. Thank you Mike, Celine, Dougie, Alonzo, and crew for treating me like family and welcoming me to the tribe. I hope to be back soon and look forward to my next Tortuga Surf Experience .

Visited July 2013
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TortugaSurfCamp, Manager at Tortuga Surf School, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
For us it was an honor to have you here, its truly refreshing to have students that commit all in all during such extended time frame!
During you entire week with us a Tortuga Surf Camp you proved to be a true soldier and a future great surfer, we are really happy that you decided to stay in touch with us and keep us up to date with you progress as a surfer on your local spot!
We will wait for you to complete your training and help you improve more for we know you will be back ! SR yes SR
Thank you Very much
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“excellent”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Great staff, best price in jaco , also includes free drink and fruit which is well needed after a couple of hours surfing

Visited August 2013
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TortugaSurfCamp, Manager at Tortuga Surf School, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank You very much for taking the time to give us your opinion about our service!, Out staff really loved having you around and we really hope you come back one day and surf us a little more! in the mean time you can use your photos as a remainder of the awesome time you spend with us!
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Fantastic experience for our 2 boys”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This surf school is run by Celine and Michael, who are very hospitable hosts. Due to complications we were not at the pickup spot on time, but because of Celine's diligence she was able to track us down and drive us to the camp's spot on the southern end of Jaco beach. We were met by the very personable Micheal who quickly connected our boys (10 & 12) to their excellent instructors, expat Jason and Dougie, a native of Nicaragua. Both instructors were very skilled and able to get the boys up on their boards quickly. The instructors challenged the kids appropriately as they progressed, and seemed to infuse the kids with confidence. We couldn't be happier with the experience, and would recommend this friendly, efficient and well run business to all who are interested in learning to surf in a smart way.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Kborg22
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TortugaSurfCamp, Manager at Tortuga Surf School, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you very much for your input, its in situations like this where out team is put to the test and i would say we did pretty good! Even though our all in one girl had to move around a little she manage to get you guys in time and safe to be able to get your boys in the water.
You kids where beyond awesome during the entire program and helped us making them program at a fast beat, we hope you guys visit our country again and now you know where to find us : )
Thanks again!
TS crew
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