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Reviewed May 4, 2011

I just returned from my trip to Corky Carroll's Surf School, but I already want to make plans to go back.

We (two young females on our first trip to Costa Rica) were a little nervous about things at first, but staff at this school make it all so easy. Just get to the airport and everything else is handled. We felt safe the entire time and we are excited to go back as soon as we can.

The site is absolutely gorgeous, the food is to die for (believe me, I love my food), and the staff is awesome. The school is set-up so that become good friends with the staff and fellow students. The surf lessons are great, too. I had no surfing experience at all (hell, I just learned how to ride a bicycle), but by the end of the trip I was able to consistently stand up on my waves.

This type of trip isn't for everyone: there is no air conditioning, you encounter a fair amount of wild life, and the town is pretty rustic. However, everything you need is on site (food, water, and beer) or a short walking distance away (additional snacks and internet access). If you are looking to learn to surf or just go off the grid for a while, this an ideal place to go!

For more pictures and information, check out the articles I wrote for Patch.com: http://patch.com/A-gMjW. The articles include some of the local businesses you can visit during your stay at Corky Carroll's. Day 3 even has video of the monkey noises you might hear from your room!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank CassieRockYou
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Reviewed April 20, 2011

The other reviews have it right the rooms are comfortable, the food is healthy and great, and the people who run it are awesome. They can teach beginners to surf with no problem. They absolutely excel at helping intermediate surfers get better. Giving them the confidence to go for bigger waves and do more with them once they catch'em.

If you get stuck on the beach when the big swell hit. this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

I've already been to this slice of heaven 3 times and many more to come. Like others have said, get to the airport and they do the rest! The rooms are very comfortable, the food is great and plentiful, and it's just the most chilled out, down to earth place you could ever want to go. Rick, Collin and the entire staff make you feel like you're part of the family.

The surfing instructors are top notch, and multiple daily surf sessions are just the beginning. I've had some amazing adventures in and around Nosara - hiking to waterfalls, zip lines and running around bull rings (inside, with a bull) to name a few.

Go, experience the pura vida, then go again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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Thank jcamhi
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

This is the place to go if you truly want to learn how to surf. it is also the place to go if you are an experienced surfer and want to improve, or just want to find consistent uncorwded waves.
2 minutes walk from the beach, with a fantastic staff and everything you need. Don't expect luxury. Expect very comfortable rooms with great food included. The surf community is friendly and the whole area has a great vibe.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

Have stayed here two or three times a year since 2008. Comfortable, clean, spacious rooms with ceiling fans & mini-fridge, bathroom with shower. Private patio. Lush garden surrounding swimming pool. Laundry on Wednesdays. Excellent meals provided by local cooks - breakfast made-to-order, family-style lunches and dinners. Surf beach is literally steps away from the property! Huge variety of surf equipment available. Excellent surf lessons from caring local and American surf instructors. Caters to all levels. My surfing has progressed noticeably since I started going there. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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