Costa Rica Surf Camp X Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find our most frequently asked questions relating to both Costa Rica Surf Camp X and Costa Rican travel in general.

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Do I Need to Arrange Transportation?
No, we have a modern, air-conditioned 9-passenger van. Transportation to and from the airport is included. Transportation to local restaurants, shops and grocery stores is also included but according to the days schedule. You will be notified of the times and destinations of daily trips once you arrive. Of course, you are free to arrange your own transportation if you prefer, but that is not included in our pricing.

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Is internet access available?
Yes, a computer with internet access is available for your use.

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Are the rooms air-conditioned?
All bedrooms are air-conditioned. The rest of the house is open and airy.

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Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica?
Yes, you MUST have a passport and anyone (including minors) traveling with you also needs a passport. Contact the U.S. Department of State to obtain a passport.

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What should I bring?
A relaxed attitude and a willingness to have fun. If you mean clothes, light airy shirts and pants with sandals for the day and some warmer clothing for the night as it can get a little cool at night. Of course, your medications, toiletries, swim suits and sun block are a must. A pair of hiking/walking shoes if you plan to explore the rainforests, water falls and/or volcanoes. Spending money for groceries, dining and gifts (for the folks back home) is always a good idea. Travelers checks and American Dollars are accepted almost everywhere. We have a great assortment of surfboards on hand but intermediate or Advanced surfers may want to bring the boards they're already comfortable riding.

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Do I need to know Spanish?
You don't need to know spanish. Your guides and instructors are fluent English speakers and almost all Costa Ricans speak at least a little English. However, knowing a little spanish will only help to enhance your experience during this exotic adventure.

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Are the locals friendly?
Local Costa Ricans (Ticos and Ticas) are very friendly. The welcoming spirit permeates Costa Rican culture which might explain why tourism is such a huge part of the economy.

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Can I Wear Contacts While Surfing?
Yes, but if you open your eyes while under water there is a possibile to lose them. We recommend wearing disposable contacts in your surf sessions and other water related excustions.

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Do I need to know how to swim?
In a word YES! You don't need to be an expert swimmer, but you need to be comfortable in water that may be above your head. The paddle stroke used in surfing is very similar to the "front crawl" swim stroke (minus the kicking). Anyone who will be participating in physical activity should seek the advice of a doctor prior to doing so. Our recommendations are not medical opinions, they are for imformation only.

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What exercises will help my surfing?
Surfing is one of the few "Complete" sports in that it uses almost every muscle group in the body, plus its aerobic. So in adddition to enjoying a super fun and exhilerating adventure, you'll leave Costa Rica Surf Camp X looking more fit than when you arrived! Ok, back to the question...any aerobic exercise will prepare you for surfing: swimming, jogging/running, biking. Yoga and high repition-low weight workouts are also beneficial. Beginner surfers don't need to be overly concerned with conditioning but we do expect advanced surfers to be in good condition. Anyone who will be participating in physical activity should seek the advice of a doctor prior to doing so. Our recommendations are not medical opinions, they are for imformation only.

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Can I be injured while surfing?
Yes, as in snow skiing, water skiing, skateboarding, running, soccer, footbal, etc. you can be injured while surfing. We do take every practical precaution to ensure the safety of our students by including extensive "on-beach" instruction, soft boards and a very 4-to-1 student to teacher ratio. Our instructors were/are ocean lifeguards and have extensive and on-going life saving training. We are happy to report there has never been an injury during any of our lessons. Advanced surfers and anyone free surfing does so completely at their own risk.Anyone who will be participating in physical activity should seek the advice of a doctor prior to doing so. Our recommendations are not medical opinions, they are for imformation only.

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