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“Innocent Surf Surpasses Expectations!”
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Surf Simply
Certificate of Excellence
Wilmington, NC
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Innocent Surf Surpasses Expectations!”
Reviewed 11 April 2010

We've recently returned from a week long surf camp at Innocent Surf & can not wait to get back! The accommodations, meals, & most importantly-the surfing instruction, truly surpassed our expectations. My friend & I packed up our 13 year old sons, said goodbye to the husbands & the 4 of us headed to Nosara for Spring Break 2010.

We found I.S.'s tasteful chalets roomy, comfortable, private & secure. The resort's lush, tropical landscaping further enhanced the tranquility. Even with meals included, it was so nice to have the well-equipped kitchen, especially with two hungry teenagers.

The overall layout & design of the resort represents the epitome of "attention to detail". At the upper level, along with a very inviting pool, is an outdoor common area, complete with a cozy sectional, surfing library, board games, & a lap-top, just in case you need to check your e-mail. Adjacent to that, is the dining area, complete with a large flat screened t.v., where guests are treated to surfing dvds & video analysis of their own moves. Adjacent to that is Gem's awesome outdoor kitchen, where you can watch her effortlessly prepare your lovely, delicious, & very healthy meals.

As nice as the accommodations were, however, we were there for only one thing: SURFING! Once again, we were not disappointed. The extremely high caliber of the instruction we received at Innocent Surf is what truly puts them in a league all their own.
In addition to being skilled, articulate surf coaches, both in & out of the water, the I.S. crew is warm, witty, & charming.

We truly had an awesome experience, learned so much & thanks to Coach Alex, the boys are now eager to compete in our local ESA contests. Thank you Innocent Surf, for everything!

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Alexsurfsimple, Resort Manager at Surf Simply, responded to this review, 15 April 2010
Thanks guys for a great trip, the boys did really well, glad they are feeling confident to compete now. Make sure they are keeping those crouched positions through both their bottom turns and top turns.....and too you both to. See you in NC sometime. Alex
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NOSARA
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Reviewed 30 March 2010

If you are looking for a top notch Surf School as well as lodging look no further. The staff at Innocent prides itself on the best Instruction available along with gracious caring for the individual. The entire staff is professional and courteous. They use video analysis to show each student where they can improve. The beaches in Nosara have ideal conditions year round. The facilities are very clean and modern unlike most other schools in the area. The staff is well trained and certified and I believe all of them are also certified life guards. I was shocked at how amazing my experience with them was and you will be too!! GO AND BOOK NOW AS THEY ARE VERY BUSY! PURA VIDA!!!

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SBY, MD
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 23 March 2010

This kind of trip is usually over the top for me, but I was drawn to Innocent's approach to teaching surfing. I couldn't find anything comparable and when I got there they more than lived up to my expectations. Surfing everyday with quality instructors that are passionate about what they do and how they teach was very rewarding! On top of that the room, pool and food was outstanding, did I mention the food was outstanding! I also, recommend taking yoga. A great way to say ready for the next surf and Jess is a great instructor!! I truly felt like I got more than my moneys worth! I would definitely go again. Ru, Gem, Becky, Al, Sam and Harry are the best host and instructors you could want. They make it hard to leave!

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 23 March 2010

Had the great opportunity to take a surf lesson with Ru on my recent visit to Nosara. If you really want to learn how to surf, Innocent is awesome! They don't just push you into waves and tell you you're surfing. They really teach you, step by step, how to make it from newbie to riding the green waves! I can't wait to get back to Nosara so I can take a week of classes with them!

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nycsar
2 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2010

I just returned from my second trip to Nosara Costa Rica for surf lessons with Innocent Surf School. Last year I loved the lessons with Innocent so much, I couldn't wait to go back for more, but this time, staying in their new accomodations just exceeded any expectation. The rooms are lovely and comfortable, the pool area and grounds are gorgeous and tranquil, and the food is outstanding! It is so delicious and fresh and beautifully presented, its like dining at a 5 star restaurant. The lessons are fantastic, all the instructors are super encouraging and teach so well. No matter what your level/ability you have fun and learn so much. Plus there are so many amenities, if you want to do other non surf activities they are arranged for you, there are bikes available to go and check out the town, etc. You get the chance to go to some amazing local restaurants. Also if there are any special needs/requests, ie special food diets they are so so accomodating. We went to celebrate a friend's birthday and even a little birthday surprise cake/party was arranged. I can't say enough nice things about every person who works there and the entire experience. Highly recommend checking it out!

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Brooklyn, NY
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2010

My brother and I (26 & 28) stayed at Innocent Surf Resort from March 6-13 2010. We had only surfed once before deciding to book the trip, but we heard great things about Nosara, Costa Rica and quickly became confident in the program after visiting their website and reading so many great reviews of their surf school on Trip Advisor. Ru's podcasts gave us a sneak peak of how knowledgeable the staff was about surfing and how much energy they were willing to put into helping us improve. All of expectations were exceeded and we had a fantastic time learning how to surf, and hanging out with Ru, Gem, Becky, Harry, Alex, and Sam. I really can't imagine a more fun and positive experience!

Surf:
We chose Innocent because we figured, that if we wanted to go to Costa Rica to learn to surf we wanted to go all out. We knew Innocent would give us the most instruction we could get in one week (two surf sessions a day, plus classroom-style video instruction). Ru, former coach of the British national youth surf team, supervises all of the instruction for the week. He's super-upbeat, friendly, and loves surfing more than anything in the world. Ru leads most of the pre-surf discussions. He also videotapes the surf sessions and breaks down your performance on the waves. Harry, Alex and Sam are the instructors that will do most of the teaching on the beach and in the water. They're all intelligent, hilarious and fun to be around. They provide you with the perfect environment to learn to surf to improve your skills. The beach is very consistent and good for both beginners and more advanced surfers, and the instructors will make sure you're out there with the waves that suit your experience level. It's also more beautiful than it looks in pictures!

Accommodations:
Each chalet had two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a bathroom w/ shower, a small living room, and a porch area. The bedrooms had fans and air conditioners and were very comfortable. The grounds at the resort aren't terribly large, but the pool is priceless. The water is both refreshing and comfortably warm, and there are spots where you can sit and sunbathe happily without completely submerging yourself in the water. Surf movies play all day by the dinner table, and there's lawn chairs and a comfortable couch/lounge area.

Food:
Gemma, a successful cook and restauranteur in England, did an amazing job preparing all of our meals. Each meal was unique and delicious. They featured the freshest organic meat and produce available. Gem often supplemented the meals with wonderful freshly-squeezed smoothies, and topped them off with artful deserts. She was great about preparing meals for people with special dietary restrictions. Half of the nights the staff took us out for dinner at local restaurants, all of which had their own personalities. Some had bonfires, some had great views, and others featured live music, but all were delicious. One of the plusses of the all-inclusive experience was that it was great to not have to worry about where to go, and what to eat every day.

Extras:
On Wednesday the guests have the day to do whatever they want and eat wherever they want. When you book the trip you can choose an activity for that day (we all chose the Canopy Tour), and if you decided to include a massage in your trip instead of doing yoga, the massage would also be on Wednesday. I chose to have a massage with Jessi at Buddha Massage. It was very relaxing and she was fantastic. The MissSky Canopy Tour (definitely a uniquely Costa Rican experience) was fun, but because it was so hot it felt a little bit long. It was more of a series of zip-line rides high over the mountain range. It really wasn't a guided tour of the plant/wild life.

Here's why you should go to Innocent Surf School:
-they'll teach you the right way to surf / they'll make you a better surfer
-the staff gives you the personalized attention that you've probably never gotten at any other hotel or resort
-the rooms are comfortable and the food is great
-the staff is a ton of fun to be around, and overall the experience is fantastic!

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Calgary
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2010

Was at the Innocent surf camp/resort from March 6 to 13th - absolutely loved it!! Ru, Gem, Becky, Sam, Al and Harry are wonderful hosts and teachers, all are friendly, funny and professional. Their passion for surfing, and their joie de vivre in general are obvious and infectious. Our group included solo travelers and those who came together, male and female, with a variety of ages, and, thanks to the charm of the Innocent team, we all felt welcomed and comfortable together immediately.
All surf instructors are excellent surfers who have many years of experience as teachers as well. I very much appreciated the enthusiastic, patient, positive and specific feedback I received in every lesson. Some of us were complete beginners, others were more experienced, and the instruction was targeted to each person´s level of ability. I felt challenged, but never un-safe. Really, it´s difficult to imagine more knowledgeable or in any way better instructors.
The surf resort/camp experience was terrific: I really enjoyed staying there with all other students and having lessons twice a day. It was very organized and professional in every respect, while also being great fun. The food was wonderful, a treat for the palette and the eye. The common pool, lounge and dining areas are swanky and conduciive to chilling out, chatting and laughing after lessons - the pool in particular is epic, especially on a hot afternoon.
The accomodations are also very nice. I shared a cabin with a friend (1 bedroom each), which was perfect. (Note: if going solo, I'd recommend paying extra if you can to have a room to yourself, as the twin rooms are a bit cozy to share with a stranger for a full week.) The beach, Playa Guiones, is absolutely gorgeous, not crowded at all, and with stunning sunsets nearly every night. I opted for the yoga lessons, which were also wonderful; Jessie is a great teacher. We did sunset yoga on the beach one evening, so beautiful.
Before I´d booked, I´d thought the price was a bit high, but now I think it is excellent value for what you receive (and because I´ve realized that Costa Rica in general is not an inexpensive place to travel; prices for food and many other items are similar to those in Canada or the US).
I´d definitely recommend Innocent Surf School to anyone wanting to learn to surf, or advance their surfing skills, while having a really fun and unique vacation experience!!

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Additional Information about Surf Simply

Property: Surf Simply
Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Nosara
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf Simply has broken the surf camp mold by providing coaching of a standard one would usually expect to receive in more mainstream sports. The makes of the Surf Simply podcast (available on iTunes) offer all inclusive package from their beautiful boutique surf coaching resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. You stay incorporates not only - video analysis, theory sessions on everything from board design to surf forecasting, pool training and in water coaching during your two fun surf session each day; but also transfers, accommodation, yoga classes, massage, fresh home cooked food and a variety of destinations in the evening from beach BBQs to stunning cliff top restaurants. ... more   less 
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Surf Simply Costa Rica/Nosara

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