I just got back from an amazing week at the Surf Bikini Retreat & miss it dearly already! Adilia & Monty are a dynamic duo who are so passionate and knowledgeable about surfing. They truly love spreading that joy & teaching others. They are very well loved & respected in the community, and the locals are welcoming to their guests. I was there with a friend, but I highly recommend it to any solo traveler as well. We got to know Adilia and Monty so well & had a blast. All communication prior to arrival was very professional, helpful & prompt. This was my 3rd weeklong surf camp in 3.5 years (and the total extent of my surfing experience), and by far I learned the most at Surf Bikini. They both (along with Laura) really helped me progress throughout the week with instruction in the water, theory lessons off-site, and video analysis. And by the end of the week, I was able to transition from a long board to a fun board, improve my paddling and learned the proper way to make turns.
The accommodations are comfortable and super clean. The food was delicious and diverse…lots of seafood, arroz con pollo, salads, homemade energy bars, pasta & smoothies. The house is made for relaxing with the jungle views, pool, lounge chairs & wildlife (birds, monkeys, frogs, house dog & kitten). There were so many other activities to fill your time during the week when not surfing like zip lining/canopy tour, massage (the best), yoga classes w/ Pao (so good), checking out local bars & restaurants, watching sunsets, dance class w/ Angie (her energy is contagious) & shopping (awesome jewelry & surf bikinis). But at the same time, you’re free to relax if that’s what you want to do.
Nosara is a very special place and Playa Guiones is the perfect beach break for beginners and surfers of all levels. I was hesitant at first about going in August, but it worked out better than I imagined. I loved the rain & thunderstorms, and it didn’t really interfere with surfing…it was beautiful, helped me sleep at times and a welcome break from the heat.
That said, I can’t wait to go back to Surf Bikini Retreat. Pura vida!