“Amazing experience and wonderful people – I’ll be back soon!”
5 of 5 stars
So from a practical perspective Surf Bikini Retreat is superb. The cabinas are spacious and well appointed – lovely hot showers and air conditioning, as well as lovely little extras like your complimentary rash vest, board wax and fresh fruit welcome drink. My FAV was the hammock which I spent pretty much all my time in when I wasn’t surfing or chatting to Monty and Adilia! I could get the WiFi from there too so it was great to post pics while swinging away in the breeze…
The food is excellent! Adilia’s sister is a wonderful chef and the quality of fruit in Nosara is divine! I was always full and especially enjoyed Adilia’s smoothies which were so yummy and healthy! Surf Bikini Retreat also has a pool to have a cool dip in after a day out in the surf and some lovely loungers to watch the jungle and monkeys and iguanas from 🙂 Which you will see because you’re up in the hills above Nosara with beautiful views out over the valley and distant mountains.
The program is awesome too, surf surf and more surf, interspersed with yoga to stretch those stiff muscles and some fun dance lessons from the lovely Angie. You also get a choice of different activity with the program – I chose the canopy zip-lining – and it was awesome! I recommend you wear long-ish shorts and trainers if you go with this option… and be warned there is a little bit of a hike at one point, but the scenery is beautiful and makes it worth it!
But back to the surfing… well… I didn’t have very high expectations of myself when I arrived at Surf Bikini Retreat. I’d said in the surfer profile I completed for Monty that I’d be satisfied if I could get some pics of me standing up on the board at the end of the week. Well let me tell you that not only was I standing up, but before I left (I stayed on a few more days) I was paddling out into the green water and catching waves!! Adilia has got the most wonderful, patient way about her and she was such an inspiration to me. Monty has a brilliant sense of humor and clearly lives surfing… both are so passionate about what they do… it’s not just a business for them, it’s a way of life and when you come to Surf Bikini you really do get welcomed into the family.
As a solo traveler I never felt unsafe and Adilia took me under her wing, introduced me to her lovely friends, other surfers, and took me out to some of the hot spots in town. I had a great time and really feel like I’ve made a friend for life 🙂
I was so sad to leave Monty, Adilia and the Surf Bikini family and the beauty of Nosara – who now all have a special place in my heart. I’ve have enjoyed every second of my holiday and will 100% continue to surf and come back Nosara to surf with them again very soon.
If you’re on the fence about whether you should go, don’t be! It is an amazing experience, in a beautiful place with wonderful people… you’ll love it, GO!
Room Tip: Ask for the cabina with the hammock! It’s a little more private and has a hammock… can you tel…