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Best Surf Spots To Learn: Costa Rica

 Best Surf Spots

Costa Rica is known for its miles of beautiful sandy beaches, amazing landscape and many rich animal species.  With the name Costa Rica meaning the “rich coast”, it of course lives up to its name by having some of the best surfing destinations in the world. From being a beginner to being a pro surfer there is a variety of different surf spots for everyone to have the time of their lives. With Costa Ricas Pura Vida lifestyle you will find waves without a problem. Most of these spots are well known for being uncrowded but during tourist season it could be dangerous surfing locations that you are not ready for. Here on the pacific coast side of Costa Rica we will tell you what the best surf spots are for travelers learning how to surf and or are traveling on a family vacation.

Playa Guiones: Costa Rica

This beach is one of the most consistent beaches in all of Costa Rica. It will break with barely any swell and can hold on the days where there is a lot of swell.  With a sandy bottom this beach break provides perfect waves that are small enough for beginners to learn on. It was considered one of the top surf lesson spots in the entire world- Best Places To Learn To Surf .  Even on a bigger swell there is always waves for beginners to catch but also fun rippable waves for advanced surfers. Not only does Nosara provide excellent surfing conditions, it is located on the coast of a blue zone where people live the longest, happiest, healthiest lives in the world. The water stays around 83 degrees all year round while having the cleanest water in Costa Rica this makes Playa Guiones the perfect choice for a surfing vacation. It’s a perfect small town that has been a well-known surf spot for many years. Nicoya is a center for yoga, alternative healing practices, and healthy living. Homes, shops, and restaurants are spread out in the forest along the coast. The main surfing beach, Playa Guiones, has a beach break surfable at all tides, with multiple line-ups. It’s virtually undeveloped, thanks to a large wildlife refuge that protects nesting sea turtles. Just the water, beach, and grass-covered dunes. It’s one of my favorite beaches for that reason. Go check out our pictures of our customers surfing Playa Guiones @- Playa Guiones Surf Album

Best Surf Spots

playa guiones

 

Playa Tamarindo: Costa Rica

Tamarindo has long sandy beaches for beginners and also reefs for more advanced surfers. The main beach is where all the action is happening, usually consisting of a lot of beginning surfers and also a lot of swimmers. If you want to surf Playa Grande you will have to drive around to get to the beach or paddle across a river mouth, which I don’t recommend for families or new surfers. Playa grande is a more advanced surfers waves and usually isn’t the best place to go if you are new to surfing. A 15 minute walk from Tarmindos main break you will find Playa Langosta. This surf spot is for more advanced surfers that want to surf a right/left point break. Most of these surf spots get really crowded, but if you go at the right time of year then you can score. Also the town of Tamarindo is very very crowded and more focused on the night party scene. If you are going as a family then I wouldn’t recommend these spots but if your a college student it’s a perfect place.  Playa Avellanas is more for intermediate to advanced surfers. It is a great waves for barrels and turns. This is surf spot with reefs and also great point breaks to have on. It does not have a town with shops and restaurants

Best Surf Spots

tamarindo

Marbella: Costa Rica 

Even when there is no swell, Marbella always offers very consistent waves. Marbella can get big and rough, but it’s perfect for advanced guests. Marbella is also a less crowded beach since it is so far away. This break is well worth the trip.

Best Surf Spots

marbella

Ostional: Costa Rica 

Ostional is a wildlife refuge south of Marbella. It’s one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Here you can see thousands of turtles on the beach and surf amazing waves. This is a wave for advanced and intermediate surfers. Ostional is about a 2 hour drive from Tamarindo. When it’s the turtle season, our guides like to go surf and then stay after sunset to watch the turtles.

Best Surf Spots

ostional

Our most favorite spot to learn how to surf is Norsara, Playa Guiones. With how consistent the waves break, the small easy conditions, the quiet beautiful town, and the jungle atmosphere this is our #1 location to learn how to surf and or take family vacations. Check out our Costa Rican Surf Resort at All Inclusive Resort Costa Rica

 

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Traveling to Costa Rica: Liberia or San Jose Airport

What Airport to fly into when going to Costa Rica?

Traveling is all about location, location, location and every journey begins with the airport you land at. In Costa Rica, there are two main international airports for travelers to choose from: San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR). We recommend selecting the one that best suits your budget and geographical needs based on what area you plan to spend most of your time. Since these two airports are located far away from each other and offer different benefits for travelers, here’s a quick breakdown to help you decide which one you should fly to when visiting Costa Rica. If  you are trying to get to Corky Carroll’s Costa Rica Surf Resort Liberia International Airport will be closer than San Jose International Airport.

Here is the two main airports and the difference between locations.

Map of Liberia to San Jose

Airport to Airport

Liberia International Airport

 Located in northern Costa Rica within the Guanacaste Province and near the Pacific Ocean is Liberia International Airport. “LIR” is the second main international airport in Costa Rica and is situated right next to Liberia City. Just over an hours drive from some of the most picturesque and popular beaches in the country, Liberia is an excellent choice for those looking to soak up the sun with perfect surf breaks and miles of soft sand.

Over the past 10 years, the Guanacaste region has grown to be a top tourist destination for travelers visiting the scenic and less crowded Northwestern coastline of Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean. This is where you’ll find some of the best all-inclusive resorts, laid-back boutique hotels, and affordable surf hostels that Costa Rica has to offer, along with biodiverse national parks and watersports. It’s also the closest and most convenient airport for guests staying at our privately-owned surf ranch in Nosara, as the drive takes around 2.5 hours (compared to 5-6 hours if transferring to/from San Jose).

It’s worth mentioning that this airport recently underwent major renovations and improvements in 2012 and 2018 to make traveling even easier. And unlike the rough unpaved roads around San Jose, the well paved roads near Liberia make for a smoother ride with less traffic. If you’re headed to Guanacaste for the beaches, resorts, mountain corridor, or Nicoya Peninsula, the Liberia International Airport is the one to consider.

Best Choice For:

  • Beaches & Surfing
  • Avellanas
  • Coco
  • Flamingo
  • Grande
  • La Fortuna
  • Montaverde
  • Nosara
  • Ocotal
  • Playa Conchal
  • Playa Hermosa
  • Riu
  • Tamarindo
  • BoardMembers Surf Ranch – Nosara
  • Four Seasons Resort
  • The Hilton
  • The Westin Golf Resort – Playa Conchal

San Jose International Airport

Centrally located near Costa Rica’s bustling capital city of San Jose is SJO, the prime airport for tourists visiting the Central and Southwest regions of the country. This airport provides easy access to nature, local culture, and beaches set on the south end of Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean. It’s also about 30 mins away from a variety of accommodations from budget-friendly hostels to high-end resorts.

If you’re flying on a budget, you might want to consider SJO as an alternative to the smaller and sometimes pricier LIR airport mentioned above. Flights can be $300+ cheaper than flying into Liberia but the price of cheaper flights is often times offset by the high cost of local transportation like bus or taxi transfers to and from the area, which can cost upwards of $200+ per ride.

If you are staying closer to Liberia or Nosara, it will take 4-6 hours of riding on busses or driving on hectic, high-traffic, rough roads to reach your destination from San Jose. SJO is also a 5 hour drive from our surf ranch which is nearly twice the distance as Liberia airport. If you’re tight on budget but have extra time to spare getting around town, than San Jose International Airport could be the better option.

Best Choice For:

  • Budget-conscious traveling
  • Exploring the hub of local culture and city life
  • Close to nature & wildlife activities
  • Beaches in the South
  • Dominical
  • Jaco Beach
  • La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Montaverde
  • Puerto Viejo
  • Punta Arenas
  • Tortuguero
  • Uvita
  • DoubleTree Resort – Central Pacific
  • Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
  • Radisson San Jose

Inside San Jose Airport

If you’re still not sure which Costa Rica airport is best for you to fly to, the two most important factors to keep in mind are time and budget. Liberia is closer to some of the best surfing beaches in the country but flights can be more expensive. San Jose is closer to nature activities and the hustle and bustle of the capital city with generally cheaper flights but more expensive local transportation. Regardless of which airport you choose, you’re bound to fall in love with everything the spectacular country of Costa Rica has to offer! Go check out our Surf Resort details for transportation to the resort at Transportation to Corky Carroll’s Surf Resort 

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Stingrays! Good-Bad-Neutral?

Stingrays! Bad or Good?

If you’re unsure about your stance on stingrays, we don’t blame you. They’re often portrayed as deadly, cold-blooded creatures who wield their venomous tails like a weapon. They’re also 99% of the time not hurtful or mean creatures. The best way to form an opinion is by learning a little more about the stingray.

When people see stingrays in the water the first reaction people make is get me out of the water! But they usually act kind and gentle around humans. Its only when a stingray feels threatened that beach-goers have to worry. Most of the stingray attacks in California happen when a human swims above or in front of them, either creating no escape route for the stingray or they accidentally step on them. Of course any animal that is cornered or scared can be dangerous, just as a stray dog can be dangerous if backed into a corner.

Trying to learn how to surf Private Surf Lessons

The stingrays do not want to eat or hurt you!

The diet of these creatures consists of small animals that live in the sand – mostly shellfish, small worms. The stingray feeds by hovering directly over the sand and fluttering the wing-like edges of its body disc to clear away the top level of sand. This exposes the little creatures that live just under the sand, and the stingray plops on top of them and eats them.

stingrays

How to Avoid Stingray Attacks

Stingray Attacks  are more likely to happen to swimmers or surfers who are entering or exiting the ocean through shallow water and accidentally step on a stingray.

Naturally, the stingray will react. When the stingray is stepped on, it quickly whips its long tail forward and down, which jabs the stinger at the base of the tail into usually the foot or leg of the person. This is a defensive maneuver designed to remove the beachgoers foot from the stingray’s body, and it works. To avoid stepping on top of a stingray, beachgoers can shuffle their feet when entering and exiting the water. We call this the stingray shuffle! The Stingray Shuffle is simply sliding your feet along the sand instead of taking big steps. To a stingray, these sliding movements feel more like vibrations, which scares them away. If you take big long steps the stingray will not feel these vibrations and will stay put until you step on their backs, which most the time ends up in getting stung. Here is a video that will show you how to stingray shuffle. Go watch this video that demonstrates how to do the stingray shuffle and what to do if stung https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a6QRcSBQec

ray shuffle

How to Treat an Injury

Treating stingray wounds requires submerging the affected area in water as hot as the individual can stand, around 110 degrees. If parts of the barb are not lodged into the wound, this type of treatment can easily be done at home instead of the doctor’s office; however, it’s important to note, if the barb is deeply lodged into the skin and/or the area does not seem to be healing, a trip to the emergency room and some antibiotics are in order. Carefully remove any surface debris from the wound with tweezers and continue to soak the area in hot water until the

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Packing For Costa Rica

What to Pack FOR TRAVELING TO COSTA RICA
The Essential Packing List

Once you’ve reserved a private bungalow at our all-inclusive beachside surf ranch in Nosara, Costa Rica, all that’s left to do is pack your bags! Let’s face it, deciding what to pack for a vacation can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what to bring. When traveling internationally, the list of items is a bit different than a local weekend getaway and things can get confusing. Luckily, I’m here with answers to some of the most common packing list questions and also to give you a simple breakdown on what to bring and what not to bring on your trip to Costa Rica.

Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica?
Yes! Anyone traveling to Costa Rica from outside the country needs the following documents to enter:

  • Current passport: Valid a minimum of 3 months after arrival date (U.S. passports must be valid a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica).
  • Proof of Departure (flight itinerary)
  • Color photocopy of your passport
  • Government issued photo I.D. is strongly recommended

What clothes do I need for Costa Rica?

The big question of what to wear during your vacation can lead to overpacking the wrong items or leaving out important ones. Climate and activities can be the biggest deciding factors of what to wear. Depending on what season you’re traveling and what you plan to do while there, you may need to pack more or less. Keep in mind, the weather is always warm (85- 95 degrees in the afternoon and 75 degrees at night), the atmosphere is very casual and packing light is a good idea. Here are some essential clothing items to include :

  • Shorts, Shirts, Tank Tops, Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Board Shorts / Swimsuits
  • Long Sleeved RashguardLight Jacket (Rainy season is May-August and November)
  • Ladies’ Cover-up (Sarong or Sundress)
  • Underwear & Extra Socks (in case feet get wet)
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Sandals (it’s a good idea to pack an extra pair)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Optional Lightweight Pants or Surf Pants

Toiletries

  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Antiperspirant
  • Bodywash
  • Face / Makeup Remover Wipes
Costa Rica Packing List

Packing for Costa Rica

First Aid Kit

  • Prescriptions
  • Bug Repellent & Anti-itch Cream
  • Advil (muscle relief)
  • Vaseline (for ocean rash protection)
  • Aloe Vera for sunburns
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+ (We love Sun Bum Zinc & Headhunter!)

Electronics & Miscellaneous Items

When traveling out of the country, home can seem very far away but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the creature comforts. Guests can enjoy TV with cable and free wifi in our open air rancho and lounge. We also use standard US outlets so no adapters are needed. Below are some important items to pack for a more enjoyable trip and for the downtime when you’re ready to retire to your private bungalow…

  • Cell Phone
    International Cell Phone Plans
  • GoPro and/or Camera
  • Chargers for Phone and Electronics
  • Flashlight for Nighttime Excursions
  • LUCI Light in case of power outage: Check them out!!
  • Favorite Candy & Snacks
  • Books and Magazines
  • Cards, Small Board Games or Puzzles
Packing essentials

Electronics In Costa Rica

Money

  • Cash is recommended, especially for nearby activities and same day tours
  • No need to change your money at the airport, Costa Rica accepts U.S. currency (make sure they are unmarked and not torn).
  • Small bills/$20 are best to carry around
  • ATM/Credit Cards are accepted in most places
  • The average exchange rate is 550 Colon to $1.
  • Activities in Nosara include; Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Zip Line tours, Fishing tours, Tennis, Mini Golf, Quad rentals/tours, yoga & massage. Average outside vendor costs $60-$150 per activity. Yoga classes vary between $10-$20. Zip line is $50 for kids & $60 for adults (+$120 roundtrip transportation)

Important Reminders

  • Contact your bank to inform them you will be out of the country
  • Contact cell phone carrier for international travel pass. Read more about International Cell Phone Plans.
  • Each bungalow is equipped with a small safe that can hold small items and a tablet or 13” laptop but please leave jewelry and valuables at home!

Our 2nd generation family business has hosted guests for over 20 years and if there’s anything you need, our friendly staff are available to help. There is also a local Super, the equivalent to a small grocery market (like 7-Eleven), that most likely has any items you may have forgotten, such as toiletries, beverages and snacks .

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, romantic getaway, or epic Costa Rica surfing trip, we combine hospitality and the perfect location to help make the most of your vacation getaway!

By: Alexis Folden

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2018 Resolutions: A New Year For A New You!

New Year Resolutions

Congratulations, you survived 2017 and you’re ready to surf into 2018 looking, living and feeling better than ever! You made your list of New Year’s resolutions and now it’s time to get started and conquer those goals to make a lifestyle. Read on to learn how the sport of surfing can help you Get Fit, Learn Something New and Travel this year…

Resolution #1: LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Looking to make a lifestyle change or find a new passion? Let our Huntington Beach surf school introduce you to an active, healthy, fun learning experience through the sport of surfing. Our professional coaches provide private lessons that teach you ocean awareness & safety, step-by-step instructions and proper techniques, taking you from curious student to enthusiastic surfer. Our programs are perfect for kids and adults of all skill levels. Learning how to surf is a great way to start your year off right.
For more information about our program please visit our all – inclusive page.

New Year Resolution

Resolutions

Resolution #2: GET FIT
If you hate the gym and are looking for another way to get into shape, look no further. Surfing incorporates a whole-body workout and can help you burn calories, lose weight, tone your muscles and improve balance, strength and flexibility. This is achieved through a combination of cardio exercise and yoga-like stretching before and after sessions. Paddling, pushing up, standing and staying on the board requires your body to wake up and work out. Upper body, lower body and core muscle groups in your arms, legs, back and abs are all targeted when surfing. It doesn’t just benefit you physically either but also mentally, as surfing pulls you away from the stresses of everyday life and connects you with nature and the outdoors.

 

new year to learn something new

Resolution #3: TRAVEL
You made a promise to yourself that this year you’re finally going to take that vacation and explore a different part of the world. Keep your promise, pack your bags and let us take care of the rest! Our all-inclusive surf camp and ranch is hidden away in the beautiful and exotic destination of Nosara, Costa Rica. Private bungalows, freshly prepared meals, surf lessons, a lagoon-style pool and transportation to and from the airport are all included! Our private property is located just minutes from the stunning white sand beach of Playa Guiones where there lies a perfect, uncrowded, sandy bottom beach break. There’s also plenty of nearby entertainment and activities to soak up including world class yoga studios, fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, turtle watching and ziplining to name a few.
For more information, please visit: https://www.surfschool.net/costa-rica-package/inclusive-costa-rica-surf-camp/

What are you waiting for? Give us a call and get started on your New Year’s resolutions today!

By: Alexis Folden

The Ultimate Holiday Destination

Nosara, Costa Rica: The Ultimate Holiday Travel Destination

The holidays are upon us and the 2017 year is coming to an end. Why not give the best gift of all and celebrate in style with an unforgettable journey to one of the most picturesque and sought after surf destinations in the world? Have the Ultimate Holiday, Come surf and stay at our private, all inclusive ranch in the relaxing and scenic beach town of Nosara, Costa Rica for an epic and memorable experience the whole family will enjoy.

Surf, stay, play and eat while you enjoy the climate and culture that encompasses the essence of Costa Rica. Come and experience true Pura Vida! https://www.surfschool.net/costa-rica-package/inclusive-costa-rica-surf-camp/

SURF
Travel to the warm, sunny, white sand beach of Playa Guiones where we provide our guests with daily step-by-step surf instruction for all experience levels. There you’ll discover an uncrowded, pure sandy bottom beach break with consistent glassy peaks. The water temperature stays around 80 degrees and offers ideal surfing conditions with a variety of waves and swell directions to suit any surfer, from beginner to advanced. We film each morning session from the shore and the water to help capture and improve individual progression. Guests will also take home a highlight reel of their surf lessons. And there’s no need to bring a board since we have nearly 100 to choose from!

Ultimate Holiday

STAY
Our surfing camp and ranch is ideally located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica’s “gold coast.” It is situated on a privately owned half-acre of lush tropical land that rests just a quick 4 minute walk from the breathtaking shoreline of Playa Guiones and minutes away from the village of Nosara. The property consists of 6 well acquainted private bungalows, a lagoon style pool (open 24 hours), chaise lounges, outdoor showers, a jungle garden and an open-air dining area with TV and WiFi.

Ultimate Holiday Resort

Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are freshly prepared each day with Costa Rican coffees, juices and beers and are included in your stay. For photos and more information visit: https://www.surfschool.net/costa-rica-package/nosara-costa-rica-surf-camp-accomodations/

PLAY
When it’s time to take a break from surfing, soak up the local culture with plenty of nearby entertainment options that will surely appeal to everyone in your group. Enjoy a relaxing day in the village with an array of fantastic restaurants, retail shops, local arts & crafts on display and some of the top rated yoga studios in the country. Tennis, mini-golf, a skatepark and the world’s largest Olive Ridley turtle nesting site (located near Nosara at the Ostional Wildlife Refuge) offer fun, family-friendly options. For the more adventurous travelers, explore all that Costa Rica has to offer with paddleboarding, legendary sportfishing, turtle watching, horseback riding, zip lining, and quad rentals!

EAT
Our in-house cooks prepare delicious family style cuisine in our state of the art kitchen, using only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. Traditional meals including rice, beans, local fish, meats and produce provide guests with a variety of enticing options. Freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee and fresh juices are served with breakfast. “Bocas” (appetizers) are provided after sunset with a selection of local Costa Rican juices and beers. Local organic cafes and restaurants provide expanded dining options to visitors.

CLIMATE
Winter is approaching in California but it’s summertime right now in Costa Rica! Put your parkas down and grab a bathing suit because the sun is shining, the water is warm and the waves are breaking. Daytime temperatures stay in the mid to high 80’s with nighttime hovering around the cozy mid 70’s. The beauty and warmth of this tropical paradise remains throughout the day with stunning sunsets and an exotic backdrop.

CULTURE
Located just a couple miles inland from the sea and still somewhat undeveloped, it’s no surprise that the small beach town of Nosara is one of the most popular in Costa Rica. The village has become well known for its endless yoga options, exotic beaches and amazing surf. The primary spoken language is Spanish, although Nosara’s community is a multicultural mix of locals and expats, many arriving from America, Canada, and Europe. With plenty to see and do, there’s never a shortage of entertainment in this town.

Our 2nd generation family business has hosted guests for over 20 years and whether you’re planning a family vacation, romantic getaway, or epic Costa Rica surfing trip, we combine hospitality and the perfect location to help make the most of out of your holiday getaway!

By: Alexis Folden

 

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Cell Phone Service in Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica Cell Phone Service

Traveling to Costa Rica just recently became even easier as you can now use your US cell phone and cell phone plan while here!

How it Used to Be

Previously, you could either bring an unlocked phone to Costa Rica and then buy a SIM card and a temporary service plan for that phone, or buy a cheap phone in Costa Rica, complete with SIM card and temporary service plan. Those options still work of course, and you can buy everything you need at the airport in Costa Rica, or from one of hundreds of stores, kiosks, or street vendors all over the country.

The four cell phone carriers in Costa Rica are Kolbi (state-owned), Movistar, Claro and TuYo (all private companies). You can buy a low-end phone from any of these carriers for around $25, then buy a prepaid SIM card for texting, calling and internet use. Often a 5000-colon (US$9) prepaid SIM is sufficient for your average vacation, as long as you don’t make many international calls.

Cell Phone Service Sim Card Gsm Vs CDMA

How It Is Now
If you want to bring your own locked cell phone from the US and use it in Costa Rica, here’s what you need:

1. A cell phone that operates under (or can be switched to) DSM mode.
A Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone, for example, can operate as either a CDMA phone (the mode used on Sprint in the US, with a Sprint account) or GSM (the mode you should switch to in Costa Rica). Once you land at the airport, you can switch to GSM mode (settings/connections/more networks/ mobile networks/network mode/chose “GSM”).*

OR

2. A US cell phone with an international plan that you are good with.
AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile cell phones all have different options for international travelers, none of them free. The best bet seems to be paying $10/day to have full use of your domestic plan with the same benefits. This is easy, and takes only a 5 minute cell phone call to your carrier. Be sure to check with your individual carrier to be sure as plans and features can change quickly.

If you have Sprint, it works a bit differently. For example, if you sign up for their Open World program (at no charge) you get free calls and texts within Costa Rica and from Costa Rica to the US. The plan also comes with 1 GB of data (you can pay for more). With the Open World plan, if you’re in Costa Rica with your US phone, and want to dial a Costa Rican number, you dial 506 (the country code), then the 8-digit Costa Rican number. Although you are dialing from a US number to a Costa Rica number, you don’t need to bother with the international access code from the US (011) if you are physically in Costa Rica.
If you’re dialing from your US cell phone in Costa Rica to a number in the US, you don’t need the international access code (001) from Costa Rica; just dial 1, the US area code, and the US cell phone number.

If someone is calling you in Costa Rica from the US, they just dial your US area code and your number; no international access code needed.

*Side note: In the US, two of the four major carriers (Verizon and Sprint) use CDMA while the other two (AT&T and T-Mobile) use GSM. Many phones are compatible with either GSM or CDMA, but not both.https://www.surfschool.net/costa-rica-package/typical-day-faqs/

Cell Phone Service GSM Vs CDMA

Choosing A Surf School in Costa Rica

Property: Are you staying in a hotel or someone’s personal “resort”?

Our guests stay with us on our private land. We have 6 bungalows that wrap around our own private pool. Great picture of the pool and rooms on our homepage of the site. We are not open to the public for walk up 1 night guests. It becomes a real family and friends atmosphere for all of our guests. Our private kitchen/restaurant/rancho is only open to OUR guests. 90% of all other Costa Rica surf schools put their GUESTS in random hotels that are also open to the public. The other surf schools will then drive over to these places and pick up their guests to take them to go surf. We are in Nosara Costa Rica (the Guanacaste Peninsula).

Beach Access: How close is the property that your staying at to the beach??? We are located just a 4 minute walk to the beach. Good picture of the beach access trail on our site.

Lessons: Does the surf school do group lessons (these are not good) or private 1 on 1 lessons, We offer unlimited 1 on 1 lessons. We do no group lessons. WE also Video tape every 1 on 1 lesson in the morning. We than do video critique after lunch as a group on our 50inch Sony flat screen. We have a Apple TV to do extra edits.

Surfboards: What type of surfboards do they have?? We are one of the Few schools that have real Authentic hand shaped surfboards. Most schools use the Costco models or some other China mas manufactured model (neither are real boards). We have over a 100 surfboards on hand for our guests to use. This allows them to pick the board that not only fits them but also fits the wave conditions that are happening that day. We also have Authentic hand-shaped SOFT surfboards as well (Liquid-shedders &storm blades).

First timers or seasoned surfers: 75% of our guests are return customers. Which means we have and are taking their surfing out of the beginner level. Our family and friends atmosphere allows for return/ more seasoned surfers to enjoy it and our first timers/ beginner surfers to learn from our past guests how it is to learn how to surf. We get seasoned surfers from our Huntington beach location to First timers from South Dakota. We get people from all over the world.

Outside activities: Zip line, horseback riding, quad rental, car rental (National & Alamo walking distance from us), bicycle rental, shopping, yoga, message / spa, minute golf. The 19 years of doing business in costa Rica allows us to have the best knowledge on all the outside activity companies. We book all your outside activities and we organize your transportation to the activity.

Surf Camps in Costa Rica

Surf camps Costa Rica – Make the most of the unique getaway destination.

When visiting Costa Rica, joining local surf camps Costa Rica is one of the best ways to fully enjoy the island life. Not only can you learn to surf from some of the world’s best instructors, but can enjoy the ultimate Costa Rica surf vacations when visiting the country. Whether it is a first time visit, or repeat trip, planning and booking with the best surf camps Costa Rica in advance, ensures a spot with the top camps, and allows you to save when booking your trip and camp instruction.

Choosing the top camps –
A Costa Rica surf camp retreat is a great way to enjoy the beaches, the island life, and learn how to surf from some of the world’s top instructors. With many local surf camps in Costa Rica, it is a good idea to use surf camps Costa Rica reviews, to help you choose one of the top camps. Reviews online, as well as from others who have visited the camp, are a great way to find out about it. From the type of instruction, to the lessons offered, and the best instructors, you can find plenty of information relying on reviews, when choosing a surf camp in Costa Rica.

Book together to save –
Booking all inclusive travels is the way to go if you want to save. When booking your hotel, air fare, and other accommodation needs, many online sites will allow you to book your surf camp retreat package as well. Doing this allows you to save on the cost of booking, allows you to ensure a spot in the camp, and allows you to save on the entire price you will pay for your Costa Rican getaway. Booking early, and booking online, is the best way to plan for your surf camp retreat to the island.

Setting the dates –
With the surf camps, you also have to know when to visit. Costa Rica is always a busy tourist season; but if you wish to book during peak seasons, you have to set the dates and book far in advance. If you wish travel during slower seasons, you can likely save on the price of accommodations, as well as the camp, due to the limited number of travelers. Regardless of when you plan to visit, if you are choosing a busy, well known surf camp, you should book early, so that you are guaranteed a spot in the camp of choice when you visit.

There are several local surf camps for you to choose from when visiting Costa Rica. Planning your trip early, booking in advance, and making use of online reviews, are all things which will allow you to not only save on the cost of the camp, but to ensure a spot, and to ensure you are choosing the best camp. Consider all of these relevant factors prior to booking your trip, if you wish to make the most of your vacation getaway, and enjoy your trip when you want to visit Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Family Resorts

Making Most of the All Inclusive Family Resorts in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country, situated in the heart of Central America between Panama and Nicaragua, known for dense rain forest, immaculate tropical beaches and towering volcanoes. Lots of vacationers and families visit this place every year to explore its history of rich culture and unexplored land. Most of the families coming here usually search for Costa Rica family resorts and specially Costa Rica all inclusive family resorts to save their time in planning their tour program. Though Costa Rica resorts kids can be another option for you, if you have kids with you, but you can also enjoy the most with your kids at Costa Rica family resorts all inclusive if you follow the following tips.

Tips to get the most of your Costa Rica family resort

Arrange enough eatables: After checking-in one of the family resorts Costa Rica you should collect information about the snack bars and restaurants at your disposal and their working hours to arrange suitable eatables for your kids before going o a trip. In fact you cannot enjoy your trip if your kids are hungry. You pack the snacks and fruits of their choice in handy containers or zippered bags so that they can eat them throughout the day until dinner, if it is expected to be late.

Offer tip: While going on Costa Rica family vacations you should not hesitate tipping the people working at the resorts as few dollars spent on them make no difference to you but to them indeed, though most of the Costa Rica all inclusive family resorts claim to include tipping. You must adjust some extra dollars for this purpose while planning your trip but you should not overdo it otherwise it can disturb your budget. A buck or two to the housekeeping or at meals can help you in getting good service at any stage.

Manage your habits: When you are travelling with your kids then you should make up your schedule according to them as your punctuality of time may not work here. There are chances that you get in to the dining room at the same time every night so you should be ready for it. It can be a beneficial situation for you. If that really happens to you in Costa Rica then you should fix your table in the restaurant of the resort so that you are served by the same staff who is pleased from your tipping habit. You will find that your table is well arranged for you, whether it is dining time or breakfast time in the morning, if you have fixed your table and time according to your kids. Though some Costa Rica family resorts all inclusive may offer other options to make it convenient for you but still you can do as you feel suitable, if your kids are choosy in this regard.

Thus the tips provided in this write-up can help you to enjoy the most at any of the Costa Rica family resorts with which you have planned an all-inclusive trip.