Barefoot Surf Travel
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Beginner? Intermediate? Surfing is more fun the better you get. We help you surf better, faster. - tailored surf coaching - 6 coaches for 12 students - authentic travel experience - only the best surf spots for your level
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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Katy B
Boulder, CO5 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
Barefoot Surf did an excellent job! From the traveling to the surfing, Barefoot has everything planned to perfection. We loved our experience and the people behind it. And we’re better surfers! Mahalo, Barefoot! We will book again!
Written June 28, 2022
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Matt D
1 contribution
May 2022
Had a great time, will be back. The people that work for Barefoot are absolutely amazing. Super friendly, encouraging, and totally knowledgeable about everything about surfing. Getting to know the Barefoot people and the local surf coaches was one of the best parts of the week. My 13 year old and me were up on a board on day 1 and it only got better from there. The villa we stayed at was great, had an awesome breakfast waiting for us every morning. If you want to learn how to surf, this is the place to go.
Written June 15, 2022
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Larry T
Carmichael, CA3 contributions
May 2022
I am 67 and a non-surfer my wife is 55 and a Non swimmer; They took excellent care of us. We felt safe and learned how to surf. They fed us gourmet breakfasts and surprised us with yoga and an excellent restaurant overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful experience!
Written June 9, 2022
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Vida D
2 contributions
May 2022
Just completed Barefoots Surf Camp in Nicaragua last week. I am not one to book organized trips, I usually try and figure things out on my own. But I could not have been happier I committed to this one. It was amazing! The beaches were beautiful and the waves were great. The accommodations were beautiful as well. We had a huge open air living room/dining room area with an infinity pool that we all loved. The breakfasts were incredible every morning with fresh fruit, banana bread, eggs, smoothies, sausage and more. The coaching team showed us fun restaurants in town, and spent time getting to know us all as a group. You could tell they were passionate about surfing and about sharing their passion with us. They were a great team, fun and energetic. They were just as excited as we were about all of our successes on the waves. They partnered with wonderful local Nicaraguan coaches that made our experience in their beautiful country even more authentic as we got to know them throughout the week. The instruction with video analysis was unbeatable. I learned so much, and saw huge gains in my surfing. There was so much I loved about this trip. So go ahead and book your trip with Barefoot soon! You won't regret it.
Written May 23, 2022
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Justin P
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
Want to thank the Barefoot Team for an amazing experience! The team and fellow travelers are amazing people and I hope to cross paths again! I attended the Nicaragua retreat. If you’re an intermediate surfer who has struggled with progressing, this trip is for you! The combination of video analysis, in water coaching, and surf theory classes has pushed my surfing to the next level. The coaches were able to break down my deficiencies and give me drills and things to work on. Saw a jump in improvement from my first to last surf session! The coaches give you the tools to take home to continue to improve. After a few sessions back in the water in San Diego, I was surfing quicker with more confidence! I knew exactly what to work on! Grateful for my time there!
Written May 22, 2022
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Jamie S
1 contribution
Feb. 2022
The mornings begin somewhere between 5-6am. You don't need the alarm clock. Kitty cats meowing, monkeys chiming in, and the birds singing along. The filtered morning light through the curtain. You slowly wake up, with sore back from surfing the day before, and with a big smile, excited for another perfect day ahead. Surfboard tucked under your arm, local coaches greet you with big smiles and high-fives at the beach, a 5min quick walk from the hotel. Beautifully peeling waves of various sizes, sometimes dumping over your head as you tumble under the water, sometimes letting you glide on forever as the nearby fellow surfers in the water and the Barefoot coaches on the beach filming you cheer you on, YEW!! Delicious orange juice, coffee, and wholesome breakfast awaits you at the end of your surf session. The rest of the day is filled with surf theory, video analysis, yoga, chilling by the pool, exploring the streets of Guiones, sharing beer with the team watching the stunning sunset, making bonfires, spotting shooting stars and gasping at bioluminescent creatures glittering your toes under the star studded night sky. Countless memories to be cherished. Thank you Gabe for overseeing everything and beautiful pictures, Jodi for your bright vibes and unforgettable yoga sessions, Chris for organizing every details so we could enjoy our days seamlessly, Laura for capturing hundreds of our rides from the beach and pouring all your surf knowledge over us! Goodbyes are never easy, but I'll be back so it wasn't too sad :) Writing this review, I can't help but smile ear to ear. Can't wait to repeat all over again with Barefoot.
Written February 28, 2022
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Andy D
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
Feb. 2022 • Solo
I can't stress enough how fulfilling this experience was. Everyone is welcoming and encouraging, including to beginner surfers like me, and I learned and progressed a lot with the hands-on coaching and indepth feedback Barefoot provides. If you are on the fence about going, do it!
Written February 27, 2022
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Patrick S
1 contribution
Jan. 2022
Barefoot is 100% focused on making you a better surfer - and the entire trip revolves around that. Patient, understanding coaches walk you through what you're doing correctly (and incorrectly) in the videos they take of you, and then help you in the water to correct those mistakes.

Can't recommend this enough - everything else is cleared out of your way to help you focus on improving as a surfer.
Written February 8, 2022
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Susana C
Portugal1 contribution
Feb. 2022 • Friends
First of all, WHAT A TRIP to Costa Rica!
I loved every minute of it. It was one of the best trips I’ve been so far in my life.
Naomi, Jodi, Laura, all of these amazing people that know so much and don’t mind sharing their knowlodge. All the coaches in the water… What a blessing!!
This trip completely exceeded my expectations and I want to thank you for every minute of it.
I’ll for sure book some of next year’s travels.
Written February 6, 2022
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Terry W
Dillon Beach, CA2 contributions
Jan. 2022
I’m also 62 and have been surfing for many decades. I’ve never had any formal instruction, and was interested in 2 specific things: Improving my pop-ups that had suddenly gone to crap, and learning the do turns rather than focusing down the line. The very first video identified that I was grabbing the rails on my pop-up. Yikes. I had no idea and frankly was embarrassed. The rest of the time they helped my re-wire my “down the line” brain, a work in progress. I never once felt like I was being treated as a “senior”. I loved the people, loved the food, and have nothing but glowing things to say about the experience.
Written February 5, 2022
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