Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose us over other surf resorts?
There is good reason why we’ve been ranked the best surf school in Costa Rica. We are a 2nd generation family business, hosting guests for over 20 years. Our half-acre private property allows you to immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture. You are not treated as another tourist; you are part of our surf family. We are passionate about increasing your ocean awareness and helping you learn the fundamentals of surfing. Our years of experience have given us in-depth knowledge and our own unique style which guarantees you’ll walk away with increased surfing skills and an appreciation for true Pura Vida.
How do I book my trip?
Once you have verified that your chosen dates are available, Kelsey will send you our booking request form. After receiving your information, we require a non-refundable deposit payment of $500 to secure your room. Your final balance is due 30 days prior to your trip. We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and checks. Visit our Pricing and Dates page for more details.
What is your booking policy?
We are a small family business and only able to offer six rooms on the property. Each room counts for us, we appreciate your understanding of the polices below.
- Corky Carroll’s Surf School requires a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500 to secure each room for the reservation.
- The guest’s remaining package balance is to be paid no later than 30 days prior to departure date and is non-refundable or transferable beyond that time.
- If you cancel your reservation 60 days prior to your reservation date, we will credit your deposit for a future trip. We want you to come on our trip, we will work with you to make it happen.
- For any reservation cancellations made after 60 days prior to your trip and we can sell your room, we will issue you a credit of your deposit paid. If we are not able to resell your room, then we will not be able to credit the deposit paid.
- If your stay is cancelled by us, but due to reasons beyond our control (like a natural disaster for example), Corky Carroll’s Surf School is not liable for any refunds or travel costs.
- We do not give cash refunds under any circumstances
Where is the surf school located?
Our private half acre property is a four-minute walk from Playa Guiones beach. Playa Guiones is situated a few miles south of the town, Nosara. Nosara is on the pacific coast and part of the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. We are about 2 hours south of Tamarindo.
What airport should I arrive/depart?
Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) is the closest airport to us. Please plan 2-3 hours to get to us when arriving from Liberia. If departing from Liberia, please allow three hours for travel time from our resort to the airport and two hours for flight check-in. When arriving into San Jose (SJO), please plan 4-5 hours to get to us. If departing from San Jose, please allow five hours for travel time and two hours for flight check-in. For more information check out our post on flying to Costa Rica.
What is the best arrival/departure time?
We like to maximize each guests time with us. There is no standard check in, check out policy, but we do need the room vacated by noon on your departure Saturday. We suggest early morning/afternoon arrival time and afternoon/ early evening departure time. You must arrive into Liberia, Costa Rica by 4pm and San Jose, Costa Rica by 3pm. If your flight arrives after that time, you will need to spend the night at a hotel and we will pick you up in the morning on the next day.
How do I get to you and then back to the airport?
Once you have booked your flights, we handle the rest. Kelsey will book your round-trip van transportation. After you have landed in Costa Rica, transportation is provided to and from the airport by way of CRIC (Costa Rica International Connections). The air-conditioned vans are spacious enough to accommodate both small and large groups. The drivers speak English and Spanish and will wait for you to arrive, even if flights are delayed. Each flight is also tracked by CRIC and our facility host. Upon departure, guests will be picked up from our property and driven directly to the airport.
Are you able to surf on the day you arrive?
Yes! If you arrive in the morning, we will be able to get you in the water. If you have an afternoon arrival, we can’t guarantee to get you in the water for a surf lesson, but if you arrive to us before 5pm, you can enjoy a quick dip in the ocean and beautiful sunset.
What are the waves like at your location?
Playa Guiones has the most ideal waves for both long and short boarders. It is a sand bottom beach break, without rocks and is open to a wide range of swell direction. People seek this area as a world travel break due to consistent offshore winds and year-round 80-degree water. Please refer to our YouTube channel to get video clips of surf conditions for each month. We have stayed in Playa Guiones for over 20 years due to all the above.
Are you family friendly?
Yes! Being a family business, we have created a family friendly atmosphere. We understand what a family needs to have a great time. and love being able to be a part of the amazing memories that will be created on this once in a lifetime trip.
How many bungalows do you have on your property?
We have 6 bungalows. Each bungalow has a private bathroom (you do not share with another guest) with both hot/cold water shower. All rooms have 2 double beds, a mini fridge to keep water/snacks, safe to store valuables and a porch overlooking our pool. Take a tour of our bungalows on our surf resort accommodations page.
Do you have AC?
We do not have AC. Each bungalow was built with 14 foot vaulted ceilings to allow great airflow. Commercial ceiling and floor fans will provide a comfortable night of rest.
What is the best time of year to visit Costa Rica?
Our season begins each November to mid-August. We feel the weather/wave conditions are the most ideal during those months. We are closed during the end of August till October; the weather can be severe and unpredictable.
Do I need a passport to enter Costa Rica?
Yes, your passport must be valid for duration of stay. Immigration may deny entry if passport is damaged or expired within 90 days of travel. For visa and other requirement information check out the Costa Rica embassy site. (Note: U.S. citizens do not need a visa to visit Costa Rica.)
What do I need to pack for my trip?
Let’s face it, deciding what to pack for a vacation can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what to bring. Luckily, we have a simple breakdown of what to pack and leave behind for your Costa Rica trip! Check out our detailed list of what to pack for Costa Rica here!
Is it safe to drink the water?
Yes, we operate on our own water well system, so you can drink the water. We recommend you bring a water bottle or take a walk to the mini super to purchase a few water bottles to keep cold water in your mini fridge.
Is it safe to walk around at night?
Yes, we recommend bringing a flashlight, the jungle does not have street lights.
Do I need to rent a car during my stay?
No, the beach is a 4-minute walk and the town is within walking distance. We are centrally located, so you can find shops/restaurants by going in either direction. We recommend that if you want to explore beyond the town of Guiones, you can rent a Quad. Tuk Tuk’s have become quite popular in the last year, they provide an inexpensive way to get around town.
Key Words to Know for Costa Rica Travel
- Mini Super: a local store that provides food, liquor, household and toiletry items.
- Bocas: appetizers
- Pura Vida: Spanish for “pure life”. The law of the land in Costa Rica. The expression is used in many forms, from a greeting, to a synonym for excellent.
- Tico: a term for a native of Costa Rica.
- Tico Time: a somewhat affectionate reference to the Costa Rican habit of arriving late.