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“Great People, Great Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa Surf

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Casa Surf
Taunton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Great People, Great Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Me and a friend stayed here for just under 3 weeks and had an awesome time. The surf is about a 5 min away along a boardwalk through a mangrove forest.

Dan and Erica are the best hosts you can hope for, always super friendly and are ready to help with any planning/advice for the rest of your trip.

Probably the most 'pura vida' hostel you'll ever find, if you want to chill out this is the best place to be, your average day will be early surf, hammock all day, evening surf, sleep.

Erica makes really great food, there's a small food shop a 10min walk away that's relatively expensive but has all the essentials to cook, there is also a fruit truck and bakery truck that stop off at the hostel. There's also a really good burrito place close to the beach, that sells huge burritos at a decent price.

There's no wifi at the hostel but I wouldn't say that it's a bad thing as it causes people to be more social, across the street there's a hotel with wifi that you can use if you buy a drink at the bar.

Huge thanks to Dan and Erica, one day we will be back!

Henry & Sam (the brits)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

Wanted to share another review on Casa Surf to let the TripAdvisor world know that they have recently done a huge reno on the place and its looking amazing!! I've posted a couple of pictures so that you can see the difference. As if Casa Surf wasn't the chillest place already, Dan and Erica have added a tiki beach hut facade that truly sets the Pura Vida vibe! If you haven't visited Casa Surf yet, now is the time - and if you've been before, time to head back to check out the new look!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Zierikzee, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Great place if you like to surf and relax afterwards.
I've first spend a couple days here, then went travelling on a little and came back to spend another month here. I returned last year for another 2 weeks and I'm sure to come back!
The place is about 5 mins walking distance from the beach on a path that is surrounded by awesome mangroves! there's hardly a day without surf and if the one break is not working yet, there is always another one which is. ( for experienced surfers there's Playa Negra 10 mins away)
Don't expect to find a 5 start hotel OK? It's not. This place is clean, they serve you great local food if you like, there are plenty hammocks and I'm sure Dan's got the biggest stock of boards for rent or sale in the whole area..
Except surfing we did some road trips to other beaches, snorkeling and diving with Dan.
With Dan as your tour guide and host and Erica as your cook and hostess you can't go wrong. Just ask them what your up to and they'll help you the best they can.
Next time in Costa Rica I'll be back at Casa Surf for sure!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

Casa Surf is EXACTLY what I was looking for. If you want a place to stay with wonderful owners, great food, awesome board selection and company... this is the place for you. Dan and Erica could not be more inviting, generous and mellow if they tried.

I love that there is no internet. If you can't live with out internet.. go somewhere else. One of the nicest things about hanging around the hostel is that you get to talk, read and hang out with other travelers and people aren't obsessing over social media.

Casa Surf is home away from home. The beach is 5 minutes down the boardwalk and then it opens up to a surfers paradise. Dan will hook you up with a board depending on your level and let you try out different options until you find the best fit. He is incredibly knowledgable about surfing... you can ask him just about anything and he knows the answer. Erica is a wonderful cook and always down to chill, talk and share stories.

Bring books down and leave them there! Nothing like expanding a hostel library :)

I could rave about this place for days .... but if you are a relaxed, go with the flow, kind and open person... head down to Casa Surf. If you don't fit that description... then I suggest you go elsewhere.

I will be heading back in the future and am already looking forward to my next trip to Casa Surf.

Juevona.

Room Tip: If you're lucky enough to stay with Dan and Erica ... it doesn't matter what room you get...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Whidbey Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

I first stayed at Casa Surf Nov-Dec 2012. My friend Tim Meek introduced me to Dan and Erica. More than likely two of the nicest people you will ever meet. We stayed 2 days, and we always stop and say hi when we are in the area, Avellanes, Costa Rica. The walk to the beach is great and when it' on, IT"S ON! The hostel is small buy very nice and Erica is an excellent cook. You feel right at home the moment you walk in. I've recommended it to quite a few people and I know a couple have stayed and enjoyed Casa Surf. Don't pass up an opportunity to stay there. IT is close to the surf and comfortable beds for a good night's sleep - after a delicious meal of course!

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

hey there,
i've recently been at casa surf for almost 2 weeks and i found a home far away from home. erica and dan are so lovely, smart and welcoming. i already miss the relaxed evenings in the hammoks. erica cooks delicious food, dan is a very patient surfinstructor and the pets are adorable (OK, the cat is way too lazy, but the dogs are great).
if someone reads the (very few) bad reviews, don't belive them. it's not dirty at casa surf, but it is a surf hostel (there must be some sand!). and the kitchen is an outdoor community kitchen, so you can't blame erica and dan for the mess of other guests.
so, if you love to surf and to meet interesting people (and dogs), go to casa surf and bring some time. you will need it!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Newquay, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

Had a nice few chilled days here in Avellanas, with some fun waves, filling good food and interesting conversations :) Dan and Erica are Super hosts full of information and always smiling, even the dogs are really welcoming, Its also really good value.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Casa Surf

Property: Casa Surf
Address: Calle Principal | Opposite las Olas, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Playa Avellanas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Surf is a laid-back hostel/ surf camp perfect for travelers on a budget looking for a clean, safe place to sleep, surf and make new friends. Surf lessons can also be provided by our patient and experienced instructor. Casa Surf is located across the street from Cabinas la Olas, only a 6 minute scenic boardwalk stroll from the untouched beach of Avellanas. We are a far cry from the tourist mecca of Tamarindo, and we love it that way. We believe in providing a pure travelling experience for those who appreciate it most, and our accommodations reflect that. If you are looking for air conditioning, hot showers and isolation from other guests this is probably not the place for you. If you want to surf world-class waves, meet amazing friends for life and experience the true Pura Vida style of Costa Rica, you'll find all that and more at Casa Surf. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Casa Surf Costa Rica/Playa Avellanas

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