My friend and I just got back from a surfing vacation in Dominical, intimately taken care of by Jeanine. There is too much to praise so I will break it down to make it more palpable.
From the minute we sat in the taxi to drive to Dominical, our experience grew more and more amazing. Jonny the taxi driver was super sweet, genuine and very accomodating. Stopping twice for us to buy fruit and groceries and even giving us a little gift as we arrived at Costa Paraiso. Jeanine and her husband Andrew were waiting and gave us a warm welcome and a printed out schedule of our surfing lessons for the week. It is really hard not to fall in love with Jeanine, she is so dang cute and full of enthusiasm. You immediately understood her love for surfing and Dominical and her only goal was for us to end the week with an incredible experience, Which we did-two fold.
Costa Paraiso- It is a little oasis, full of plants, trees, hammocks to get lost in reverie , and a view you only see in images. We bought most of our food, but Sandra the manager was very helpful with anything we wanted. The rooms were clean and spacious. Would definitely stay there again!
Jossue Vanegas! The bestest surf instructor ever! Exactly what you need to learn to surf. He was patient, thorough, enthusiastic, careful, and most importantly calm. He made the whole experience exciting and challenging and you could easily see his genuine love for surfing and his entire effort was to provide you with an incredible experience and get you up on the board! He is also a lifeguard, which of course makes any newbie feel that much safer with him next to you. I can't recommend him highly enough!
We did a few excursions, but the real highlight was the surfing. Jeanine took us around one day and we swung on a rope over a waterfall. Everyone we met through her was truly a gem. A reflection of the way she runs her business-only allowing the best and quality people to be associated with Dominical Waverider. My friend and I both will keep this vacation very close to our hearts, the surfing, Jossue, Jeanine, Costa Paraiso- it was all magical. I have been to CR before, but this was definitely one of my favorite if not the favorite vacation I have taken and I have traveled the world!
I only hope to visit again...soon!!
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