Aguatibia Surf School

Nosara, Costa Rica

Aguatibia Surf School is a 100% costa rican owned and operated surf school that offer single surf lessons, a variety of packages, and surf trips in and around the Nosara area.

Testimonials 10

  • Mike C.

    TripAdvisor website

    Good guys. Good surf experience. Had a small issue when I turned in my board. Later that day they texted me to say there was damage to the board and I needed to come back and pay for some damage. The board was already rented out again and I was leaving to go home so it was never resolved. I would definitely recommend agua tibia and I feel this was probably a legit mistake. Just make sure to check out the board good on both ends of the rental to avoid any strangeness.

  • Becky C.

    TripAdvisor website

    My husband and his friend had an excellent experience at the Agua Tibia Surf School. After their hour and a half lesson, they both felt more confident about surfing. Their instructor was advanced and showed them a lot in a short amount of time. They couldn't say enough good things about their experience with the surf lesson. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of a pattern "board damage" charges we saw arise with a group we were traveling with. My husband turned his board in and all was good. He was contacted via email the next day saying there was damage to his board at a charge of $60. Our friends saw the same thing happen after turning in their board. Its worth a discussion beforehand...and a walk around the board to look for damages before renting. It seemed a bit shady the way it was handled and should have been something that was discussed when turning in the board.

  • Sabine G.

    TripAdvisor website

    My 9 year old son has had the best experience with Agua Tibia. Adrian was his instructor and simply rocks. He is really good with kids and is flexible enough total them wherever its the best condition. My son advanced so fast within 4 days, that he ended up all the way out with the big guys. He is still beaming. It built his confidence and now he really wants to be a surfer. He won't take off his cool Agua Tibia T-shirt. I can only recommend them.

  • Jeffery K. Texas, USA

    TripAdvisor website

    The experts at Agua Tibia see a variety of individuals every single day and are able to thoroughly assess clients of different ages, levels of physical ability, sizes, and expectations...and still they extract the surfer in everyone, all the while exuding an excitement as if this is the first time they have surfed or the only person they have ever taught.

    My daughters took a few days of lessons from Adrain and JP, and I found both instructors to be flawless. They reviewed the basic physics of waves and tides, emphasized safety, practiced techniques on land, and then hit the ocean where a short time later both girls were surfing. Progress was rewarded with progressively advanced teaching and bigger waves.

    Overall, I found Agua Tibia to be far more than anticipated. In a small beachside community with tourists making up a large percentage of the population, I was not expecting such personalized service. My only complaint was that the trip was not long enough...we would have liked one more day with Adrain and JP.

    Show up a day or two before you want to surf to schedule lessons OR email them before your trip to discuss timing and scheduling of lessons. Do not worry if your Spanish is rusty...they probably speak English better than you!

  • Rose P.

    TripAdvisor website

    Wow, these guys know their stuff. Thorough and professional and unlike the other lessons I received elsewhere. Def recommended!

  • Genevieve U. United States

    TripAdvisor website

    My husband and I recently traveled to Nosara to try out surfing and our host told us that the instructors at Aguatibia are the best in the world. We don't doubt it! We were worried that we would need advance reservations to make sure that we got lessons, given all the fantastic reviews and increasing popularity of Nosara, but we forget that life outside the East Coast is less rigid and uptight; everything is more relaxed. When we walked up, Danny greeted us and said we could have a lesson that day if we wanted (we did). He was everything you could want in an instructor - clear, patient, and encouraging. While there was quite a bit of falling at first, we were able to stand on the board and ride the white water all the way to the beach in one lesson! It was tons of fun, and if we had more time, we definitely would have taken more lessons! Danny was great. Pura vida!

  • Jose S.

    TripAdvisor website

    If you want to make new friends, enjoy life, have a good time, and the best surf experience, come and meet this family.

  • Johanna C. United States

    TripAdvisor website

    Thanks to Adrian and Andrew for a fantastic time and lessons while in Nosara. They are awesome coaches: patient and knowledgable. Flexible to accommodate our schedule. We want to go back for a month to hang out with them. Love you guys!

  • Leanne T. United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    I have just got back from an amazing few weeks in Nosara where I rented my board from Aguatibia and took a few lessons with Adrian. I have only good things to say about my experience. All the guys are great and Adrian is an amazing instructor who helped me get to the next level in my surfing. He is really calming and you feel completely safe when out on the water. I had the best time and highly recommend Aguatibia to anyone looking to learn to surf or improve on your skills. Pura vida. I'll definitely be back.

  • Dana M. United States

    TripAdvisor website

    An amazing experience for a family. Adrian and his team are so patient and the most professional surfing instructors. Thank you for an unforgettable experience! We'll be back to see you. our love to Ax the surfer dog.

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