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“Great Surf Store, but Substandard Lodging”
Review of Peniche Surf Camp

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Peniche Surf Camp
Reviewed 26 May 2013

Baleal is a beautiful destination, especially if you are interested in surfing. My wife and I stopped here for two nights on our honeymoon to try to improve our surfing skills. The surf rental place is friendly and reasonably priced, but the accommodations were rather lame (clogged/cramped shower, really uncomfortable beds, and a door that was hard to unlock). Had we not been so exhausted at the end of each day, we probably would not have slept much.
We would definitely go back to Baleal, but would have to find a nicer room somewhere.

By the way, don't eat at the Brazillian restaurant ten minutes away from the store. They served us the worst meal we had on our entire 10-week honeymoon--disgusting and overpriced food paired with contemptuous service. All we could was laugh!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank James M
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

This camp just wasn’t for me, the buildings provided by camp had the potential to be nice, but weren’t that well-kept. The bedrooms were clean, but the common areas and kitchens were pretty disgusting and not really inviting to use. It was too bad that the building were so spread out as well, because it was hard to meet anyone. The surf houses would have probably been better for groups than solo travellers, but since construction on their main house had been greatly delayed, this was the only option for solo backpackers. The camp its self was the biggest disappointment, coming to Peniche, I had learnt the fundamentals of surfing and was hoping to just get a refresher on skills and then have an instructor educate me on how to deal with the beach break in the bay we were in (especially since I was used to a reef break). This interaction with my instructor didn’t occur, actually I got no instruction from my instructor, and really felt this camp was the biggest waste of money, since all I was doing was catching wave on my own. Which I could have easily done without paying money for lessons. I was greatly disappointed with my instructor and it actually really ruined my experience in surfing that I only stayed the one night in Peniche and left that afternoon for Lagos, a much better choice. Also another note, Peniche surf camp is not in the main town, it is in Balael, the town next to it, and if the surf sucks, there really isn’t ANYTHING going on in the town. Overall this surf camp was a disappointed, I was really expecting more.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

The shared dorm we had was what you would expect for the price (bunk beds, 4 person shared rooms). Very nice people and great group activities though. Our apartment had a very nice fire place.

Had much more fun than expected initially (was my first time surfing). If you have a chance, go for the BBQ they organize!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank ChristianZH
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2016
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled with friends
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Thank Federica B
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Additional Information about Peniche Surf Camp

Address: Avenida do Mar 162, Baleal, Peniche 2520-050, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Leiria District > Peniche > Baleal
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Ranked #5 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Baleal
Price Range: £18 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 90 Km from Lisbon, in the beautiful surfing vilage of Peniche. Beach front, self catering apartments. ... more   less 

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