When we arrived at Manuel Antonio Beach for surfing lessons, Dante suggested that we travel 30 minutes south to another beach where waves would be better. I was skeptical at first, thinking "what's this gonna cost?" My mistake. The recommendation was made with our best interests in mind (as beginner surfers). Dante didn't charge a penny more, even though this trip usually costs double what we paid. And it was more inconvenient for them (packing up the boards and gear, travel). Boy was I surprised when we arrived at the beautiful black sand Matapolo beach that stretches for miles until it fades into mist. And the added bonus of being relatively spectator free.
I give 5 stars for several reasons:
Dante was clearly supervising the instructors to make sure we had the best experience. He was laid back, but not overly so. It seemed that we all (students and instructors) had fun. Pura Vida!
Instructors were awesome. We were engaged in conversation with them during the 30 minute drive and they were informative and knowledgeable about Costa Rica beyond the surf. Felt like we made new friends. We even stopped to say goodbye on our last day.
Every one was able to stand up!
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