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Surfcamp Guanico
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

There were a few minor things that we didn't like, but there was one thing that was absolutely unacceptable. When we arrived Nic told us that we made an invalid reservation. We made a reservation through hostels.com, like we always do, but Nic said that this was impossible.
After a long day of travel and glad that we finally arrived, the manager accused us of being two days late before even asking our names. Never did we experience such an unkind reception. When he finally got his laptop and looked up our reservation he told us our reservation was invalid and he did not have anything available because he was fully booked. When we tried to talk to him or tell him our side of the story he simply would not listen. Our deposit was gone, he would never receive any of it and we were stupid using a website like this (we never experienced any trouble in three months..) Then he offered us a more expensive room (so he did have beds available?) when we asked if he could make us an offer because of all this trouble he looked at us if we were the dumbest thing he ever saw and said he also could give us a room with ocean view and more expensive (even more rooms available, so strange..) so we should be glad he even gave us a room. We had no choice but to accept the room since it was already getting dark and this was the only hostel there in the middle of nowhere. We didn't let him spoil our stay and decided to avoid him as much as possible.

Minor problems:
- There would be a swimming pool, which was empty
- There would be a restaurant, which was closed
- The kitchen smelled terribly
- Surfboards were a staggering $25 a day, normal price for this region (panama, costa rica, nicaragua) is $10 a day

I would recommend this place if you bring your own vehicle and surfboard, and if you're lucky enough to somehow have made a valid reservation. The waves are really good and the location is incredible. But I can't reward this kind of management to leave a positive review. Nic really needs to sort these things out and learn how to work with online booking agencies, otherwise more negative experiences will occur. Nic even said that he was so fed up with these stupid people booking through hostels.com etc. that he was thinking of charging them 10% extra.. You really can't do that! Furthermore, I told him that I thought $25 for a board is quite a lot and that most hostels charge around $10. His response was that those places are located at worthless surf spots with poor waves and that you would get a sloppy board. Later experiences however taught me that this is not at all the case. Nic even said that he was incredibly cheap.. I hope he will realize these things, otherwise it will be a waste of a potentially great hostel.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Edgar N
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Great Place! peaceful, beautiful, and it has uncrowded waves. What else can you ask for? Is the perfect getaway! The place has good accommodations, the rooms and bathrooms are super clean, the common areas are nice and well kept and "YOU ARE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BEACH". Nick the owner, what a great guy!!. Great vibe from this guy. He makes you feel like " su casa es tu casa ". I'm glad that I stayed there. I would definitely come back to Surfcamp Guanico. Thanks Nick for the great time!!

Zeus

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank ZeusFerrini
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Wow, what a little slice of heaven! My boyfriend and I have been living in Bocas del Toro for the last 3 years and were looking for something super simple and relaxed and away from crowds. We found it here! Amazing location in a mostly private bay with great sunrises AND sunsets. Our room was perfect for a couple with a private bath, oceanside balcony, and my boyfriend could check the surf right from the outdoor shower! Sweet!

Owner and doggie are really nice and the surf videos make a nice chill zone at night. You can cook for yourself in the little kitchen (restaurant was still in the making) or you can go the restaurant down the way for a killer whole fried fish and some beers.

This was the perfect lil no-frills getaway we were looking for. Clean and friendly with a nice open layout. Highly recommended for anyone looking to relax on the beach whether you surf or not!

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank JungleCoati
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Amazing place! Right in front of the break, uncrowded waves, perfect destination for a surf getaway and relaxing time. Nick, the owner is super cool and makes your stay feel like your staying at a buddy's place instead of hostel. Rooms are clean, accommodations are simple but well kept and the vibe is very chill and super safe. I'm very happy with the time spent here, we even went to bocas del toro and decided to come back and stay a few extra days.

-Isaac

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Iseek
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Nice place we stayed 8 days
At surfcamp and was heaven just amazing place we when on a tour around the beach and we discover the beauty of playa
Guanico with Nicolas one of the owners he is such a lovely person and was very helpful
But I particulaly enjoy talking to
Him he knows how to make someone right at home and he is fun to be around We recomend this property and we will comeback again for sure thanks Nicolas for making our
Stay a pleasent one .
Mildred & Luis

  • Stayed: March 2014
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3  Thank Celuis
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