a traveler United States
We arranged surf lessons through Nosara Surf Shop on the first day of our trip, and felt confident enough afterwards to later rent boards and try surfing on our own. We were in the shop 5 or 6 times over the course of our trip, and every time was a great experience. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend them!
We rented a quad in the morning and the guy working there suggested us to go to playa San Juanillo. ( don't go to this beach with the small quad they have, horrible roads and the worst suggestion during our holiday ) He gave us the keys and apparently he checked the quad. Brakes stopped working after an hour and we ended falling from a little bridge in the afternoon. We had lots of injuries, but we could easily have died. A guy helped us to take the quad out and we went to the pharmacy in Nosara. The sun went down and we realised one light wasn't working. Can you imagine coming back in the dark, with those horrible roads, no breaks, with only one light working and plenty of injuries? Well, the day after, when we left the quad we also have to pay 140$. Half price of the back bumper that was a bit twisted. We paid because we were on holidays and we had a doctor appointment one hour after and we didn't have the strength to discuss with the owner. If you still want to rent a quad from this shop I suggest you to doble check the conditions.
Prior to heading down for a family surf vacation to Nosara, I emailed many of the local surf shops to get an idea of pricing, inventory, and tips for a first time visit. While many got back to me right away (Tico hospitality), Gary at NSS went way above and beyond to help with our planning. First of all, the inventory and pricing was better than what other shops had to offer and the ability to swap out boards at any time to match conditions was a great perk. The price of their premium boards matched other shops pricing for regular boards. While this was a great start to feeling comfortable with working with NSS, Gary went on to answer a variety of questions about local customs, places to eat, where to get fuel, best supermarkets for our needs and so forth. By the end of our conversation I felt like I had visited the region in advance. Our experience with the surf shop was awesome from the time we arrived until it was time to turn the boards in at the end of a great week. Unfortunately for us, Gary was in the Northeast and we never got to meet but his staff spoke volumes to the type of business he runs. Every recommendation (especially the places to eat) was spot on and we will go back without question on our next visit to the region.