Guest Reviews & Testimonials

Find out what our guests are saying about their time with Surfing Costa Rica Pura Vida.
Don't just take our word, see first hand how guests felt about the waves in Santa Teresa, their instructor and their overall time in Costa Rica. If you would like to see more reviews, find out what guests are saying on Trip Advisor.

Scott from Montana

surfing groupsCesar and the rest of the crew at Surfing Costa Rica Pura Vida were awesome! They were energetic, friendly, and extremely good at what they do. They were able to get our whole family, six kids ages ranging from 9 to 18, me and my wife, up and riding the waves almost effortlessly. Our kids came away with huge smiles on their faces and feeling like they had just conquered the world. We also appreciated Cesar’s wealth of local knowledge and advise on restaurants, activities and driving routes. Cesar runs a top-notch operation!
-Scott from Montana

Hanna from Norway

santa teresa“Santa Teresa is a Great Place to Surf, Cesar is a very good teacher! He taught me how to stand up on the board and paddle out, i really felt i was learning a lot everyday. At the end of the lessons Cesar had some fruits and water for us, that was a really nice detail. I saw a lot of people trying to surf by themselves, but not success. By the end of the week I could actually catch my own wave.”
-Hanna from Norway

Karl, Washington, DC

surf camp santa teresa

Surfing with Cesar started with a single family vacation to Costa Rica, where my son and I were going to learn to surf. Because of the fantastic experience that first visit, we now make semi—annual trips to surf with Cesar.Best experience ever. We also had the opportunity to experience several activities when not surfing. The most memorable for me and my son was the zip lining through the jungle. My wife fell in love with the horseback riding excursions in the foothills, but it was the riding along the beach that has been her most enjoyable activity during our visits. I can’t recommend Cesar enough!! Just fantastic.
Karl, Washington, DC

Laura Gnau from Germany

surf campReally loved this vacation. It was always sooo much fun to go on a lesson with Cesar, because you learn so much from him and you always have a great time together! He always takes really good care of his students and makes you feel secure! I can’t wait to go back next year.
-Laura Gnau from Germany

Luis Freire from London, England

santa teresa surfing“I really enjoyed the surf lesson, it was really good fun.The boards are really awesome to ride on. Cesar is an amazing teacher and he doesn’t make you do anything you are not sure about, I felt really safe learning to surf with him.Surfing is really good fun”
-Luis Freire
13yrs old from London, England

Chip from Alabama

SAM_0027My wife and I wanted to go somewhere off the beaten path and we discovered Santa Teresa. After a day of watching surfers we decided to give it a try. We found Cesar and Surfing Costa Rica Pura Vida and they were awesome! We didn’t have to meet them somewhere. They picked us up at our hotel, gave us lessons on the beach and went out in the water with us. It’s extremely difficult to catch a wave on your own. Cesar and his team would line you up on a wave and then give your board a push so that you could catch every wave. While we were out surfing Kenneth was on the beach taking pictures that they didn’t charge us for. After each lesson he served us fruit on the beach. We surfed with them for several day and had a blast. Cesar made it a point to show us a great time. We do not speak Spanish and it was very helpful that Cesar spoke perfect English. He was not only a great surf instructor, but a great help in assuring we had a great vacation. I would absolutely tell anyone that’s wanting to learn how to surf to get in touch with Cesar. He takes hospitality to a new level.

-Chip from Alabama

Lindsay & Jenny from Dallas, Tx.

testimonial-1“We decided we wanted to learn how to surf for our 40th birthdays and chose costa rica. The first person we met was cesar . He made us feel comfortable and confident right away. The daily surf lessons were humbling… But cesar made it fun and we were both up surfing pretty quicky. Our experience was life-changing! Best birthday present ever!” – Lindsay & Jenny from Dallas, tx.

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