Leonard G New York
The name, Surfers' Garden, says it all. Beautifully located overlooking the Pacific, surrounded by palms, the Surfers' Garden is an oasis for surfers and other ocean-loving adventurers. Sunset and sunrise views are fantastic, as well as views of the neighboring islands and mountains. The accommodations are a bit basic, ranging from shared dorm rooms to private doubles with ocean views. My wife and I stayed in an ocean view double. The air conditioned room was adequate, the bed comfortable, and the view very nice. It was also nice to be able to check the surf from my bedroom and walk a few steps down to the waves! Surfers' Garden has both a communal kitchen and restaurant. Like many hostels, the Garden's communal kitchen could use more utensils and cookware and a little more attention to housekeeping, but it was nice to have access to a fridge and stove. Vegetarians, my wife and I did our own cooking, but the Garden's menu looked appealing, a nice combo of international offerings, and at very good prices. The breakfasts also looked like a good bargain. The owners are great, friendly, courteous guys. They are environmentally aware and make a real effort to run an environmentally friendly business. It was also a pleasure to surf with them and share some old school surf etiquette. One thing to be awre of: the town of Mariato has had problems with adequate water supply during the dry season. The Surfers' Garden has its own well, but it's good to check the water situation when you book.