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“Got up several times during first ever lesson”

Coconut Harrys Surf Shop and Surf School
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Owner description: We are a full service surf shop that offers surf lessons, rental boards, adventure tours, new and used boards for sale, surf accessories, awesome beach clothes, and gift shop. We have been teaching people to surf in Nosara for more than 10 years. Our Costa Rican surf instructors are ISA certified surf coaches and are excited to teach you to surf in a safe and fun way. We offer private, group, kids, and multipole lesson packages. You can see all the positive reviews from our customers.We also have the biggest supply of quality rental boards to suit every type of surfer. Our beach location is the closest to the sand in town giving you a short walk to the waves with your board. You can also leave your board with us during your stay saving you the hassle of lugging them around town.Our number one goal is to help you have the best surf vacation in Costa Rica. We are your one stop for everything you need and want to do in town. Let us save you the hassle of planning and coordinating. It's our pleasure. Thanks for visiting our Trip Advisor Review page. We hope to see you down for a visit. Pura Vida!!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Got up several times during first ever lesson”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

The gentleman who sits at the desk wasn't very warm, but knows what he is talking about. We got a lesson the next day after visiting the booth. The instructor we had, Jose, was wonderful! Very encouraging and helpful. I expected to spend more time on land during the 90 min lesson, but we spent most of the time in the water practicing. So glad I took the lesson, recommend it for any beginner. Great value to get a board rental for $5 the next day to practice on our own!

Visited March 2013
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“We love Coconut Harry's”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were on a family vacation in Costa Rica for nearly 2 weeks and that last 8 days was spent in Playa Guones. It was the most perfect place to be and part of that reason was the wonderful staff of Coconut Harry's. Everyone there was friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgable. Jose and Luigi looked after two of our children out there in the waves. They were fantastic and we felt secure in their ability to guide and teach the children whilst protecting them in the ocean. In all honesty they truly made the trip as special as it was because they are truly special people. Next year it'll be the full 2 weeks right there with Coconut Harry's in the fold!

Visited February 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Surfing lessons great, plus kayak and paddle boarding in the mangrove”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

2 younger members of our party wanted to go surfing, so we ended up here to rent boards. The next day, they went back, and had a lesson with Jordan, who earned rave reviews from them. The next day, all four of us went paddle boarding and kayaking in a mangrove. This water is calm - an easy way to learn paddle boarding, and an easy kayak if you would rather sit down. You don't have to be particularly fit to enjoy the kayaks, which are very stable, with light paddles. The mangrove, with its salt water trees with their amazing networks of roots, was fascinating, even though we didn't see any crocs. We did see egrets and herons, and a black sand beach where the tour stopped for an ocean swim. There were young children as well as older people in our tour, and all did just fine. We found this tour a bit expensive ($60 each), but interesting nonetheless.
Marq Benoit, the manager, is a laid back, polite and helpful man who seems to do a bit of everything from holding the fort at the shop to real estate sales.
Coconut Harry is no longer the owner of the shop, but it appears to continue to be in great hands. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2013
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new york
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“excellent lessons and service”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

I went to Costa Rica to learn how to surf (at age 54) and was lucky enough to get Jordan at Coconut Harry's as my instructor. He was easy going, thorough, knowledgeable and fun. Easy to trust. While I didn't become an excellent surfer in three short days, I did get up on the board a few times, and that just made me want to learn more. I plan to return in a few months for a full week of lessons. Totally great place.

Visited January 2013
Thank stephen w
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Love Coconut Harry's”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Had such great interactions with the staff at Coconut Harry's. Marc paired me perfectly with my instructor Nelson for a little refresher on surfing. Got to spend a solid 90 minutes in the water with the coolest Costa Rican dude ever (Nelson), got to surf with the man (Harry) himself, and rode waves all morning long. They instilled the confidence I needed to get back up and enjoy surfing after a scary experience in El Salvador. I cannot WAIT to get back to Nosara and surf more.

Visited February 2013
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