I had a fun week in Dominical but I left with mixed views of this business. I feel a little bad even writing in with this because I think my experience was atypical, but I picked this place based on a strong review from the Lonely Planet guidebook and I don't think my experience matched up. I booked this as a complete package with airport pickup, hotel lodging, surf lessons, and board rental, and that part worked well, even customized to my needs. But I don't feel like I got a good value for my money. I had one instructor for the full week. He was a nice guy but he was fairly absent for the "lessons." The promised 2:1 ratio of students to instructors is great in concept but didn't do much in practice. I got some simple instructions in the first day, some attention in the water on the first day, some modest feedback on the second day, then I hardly saw him on some of the other days. I spent much of my time in shallower areas on the beach breaks and he encouraged me to go to deeper areas, and when I didn't want to go there he went without me and I only saw him when it was time for a snack break or time to leave. I don't think I really got five lessons, more like two lessons and three rides to some beaches, and on the one day when a second instructor came along for a group of three, he spent a few minutes with me and I got a lot out of that. I suspect other instructors are great, too. I did get to surf at multiple beaches. As for the lodging, I'd asked for alternate options to save money and they did offer shared dorm housing a 10-minute walk from the regular hotel for a small savings one but I ultimately picked the main place because I wasn't looking for a big shared room with random people. It was far fancier and pricier than I needed as a solo traveler looking to stretch my budget, in a little town where beds start at $10-20/night, so I felt oversold: the "large" pool is cute, not big enough to swim laps, the pool and pool bar are closed in the evenings, and the place was nearly deserted. Incidentally, I met Dylan Park, the head of Sunset Surf, the other well-reputed surf camp in town, and he seemed like a very thoughtful, committed teacher, and generally a good guy. Lonely Planet also speaks very highly of that camp, at a similar price, so for anyone hoping to head to this cute surf town on a package or piecemeal, I might steer them that direction instead even without having been there. I realize plenty of other people have had good experiences with Costa Rica Surf Camp and a lot of my view rests on an absent instructor and overvalued lodging but I felt compelled to write to let folks know that your experience with these folks may not be quite as stellar. To their credit, I also emailed the CRSC folks afterward and they took my comments seriously. I think things will change for the better. The package cost is mostly the hotel and the transportation and when I got to Dominical I realized that I didn't need to buy the package to do lessons with these folks, which wasn't so clear from the website.
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