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Zopilote Surfcamp
Reviewed 19 July 2017

If you are looking for an experience in a real surfcamp - Zopilote is your place. We are both beginner what doesen't matter because the amazing home beach brings conditions for every level. Teachers are local and know about the environment and surfing very well. All people who are working at or for Zopilote are open minded and like to share their passion for surfing, traveling, nature and beautiful Costa Rica. So the athmosphere is easy going and uncomplicated, what it makes easy to feel comfortable and home.
I am a vegetarian and during our stay we had as well people with allergic issues on food. This wasn't a problem for the staff and we always got a special option.
Zopilote ist located in Manzanillo, a beach and nature surrounded place next to Santa Teresa. If you love nature, you will enjoy. The garden is full of tropical plants and you can watch animals like monkeys right next to you. And don't miss all the beautiful, secluded beaches on the way to your next surf! Because we loved our first time at Zopilote Surfcamp so much, this was our second visit. It's a perfect place to relieve stress by surfing, relaxing and enjoying the stunning sunsets directly from the camps garden.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

We had booked a stay for nearly 4 weeks in the realy authentic surf camp in Manzanillo.
First i wanna tell that the food was awesome and always enough even though we are two very hungry guys. The location is in the shade of the forest and u can watch a lot of wildlife on the property.
We are experienced surfers and it´s not naturally to be welcome in a Surfcamp when you´re not booking a course, but i can tell, you are in Zopilote.
The teammates were very friendly and had always a open ear for our issues; after a while it felt like holidays with friends.
The beaches and breaks they brought us were mostly the best decision at that time.
After 2 weeks the owner a well experienced surfer offered us to do a short trip to the nicaraguan coast with him. We had great times surfing the most famous breaks there and always some other activities like golf, boattrip, looking for authentic restaurants, ... .
In that 10day trip we visited more than 20 breaks and surfed heaps of them in gorgeous conditions, it seemed he always know where to go.
Finally i can recommend this surf camp even for beginners or experienced surfers. If u wanna start a surfing carrier thats for sure the right place, they work with certified lokal instructors wich all know what they do.
The camp itself is a awesome place with sunset view, cill lounge, and a miniramp in the forest.
If u are looking for a good, friendly authentic place, go there.
Me and my friend will for sure get back there.

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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

We left early and went to a villa we rented in town because we grew tired of the isolation (there's not much even within walking distance), the hostel-like cabins that are open to all comers, not much control over our food and no real say about the timing of our surf lessons. We also didn't care for the crew running Zopilote at the time because they made use feel we weren't cool enough for them. Even my German pal w/ me said they weren't welcoming in German.

The surf instructors are local and know their stuff--I know them from previous trips to the area. You pile into Zopilote's truck for the daily surf lesson at a local beach and there is a large quiver of surfboards for your selection.

The camp is largely German speaking, so as a native English speaker, I grew tired of not understanding anything at the group dinners. What you eat for dinner is what the volunteer cook decides they're making and the options are basically zero unless you order a cab to come 20-30 minutes to collect you from this spot north of Santa Teresa. The internet is also quite poor so if you have work or anything that needs doing, you're going to have to wait until late at night or early morning when everyone is asleep.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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lobolrc, Owner at Zopilote Surfcamp, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Hi DieHard Traveler, thank you for your feedback.

Upon arrival we ask our guest if they have any allergies or special needs regarding food. We provide a diverse menu to full fill all our guests desires.
We trust in our local surf instructors to decide the time of surf lessons depending on swell direction and tide to ensure our guest are safe and have the most enjoyable time. We offer two daily shuttles to local beaches for those to partake in free surf or just enjoy the beach.
Internet is still an issue here in the jungle, we are patiently waiting the installment of high speed internet next month.. Pura Vida

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Reviewed 11 February 2016

El zopilote is located in a great place in ometepe 100% ecofriendly and the restaurant is amazing they grow their own food, I stayed at the hammocks and it was a great experience they have such a good vibe everywhere.
really like this place, they have free yoga for guests and macrame workshops. the place to stay at santa cruz

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lobolrc, Owner at Zopilote Surfcamp, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Hi Bianca,
you posted your review on the wrong business. We are Zopilote Surf Camp located in Costa Rica not in Ometepe/Nicaragua.

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Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

We had such a good time here; it's a beautiful spot (especially in rainy season) and run by people who want to run a fun camp. Our experience here was in stark contrast to our stay at one of the larger, more commercial and more sterile surf camps (situated nowhere near witch's rock FYI). The choice of equipment and depth of intermediate coaching could be improved however if you can live without air conditioning, heaps of nachos and in depth video analysis of your pop up, I'd highly recommend going to this amazing surf camp. Thanks for a great stay. El ninos

Stayed: August 2015, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Zopilote Surfcamp

Address: | Playa Manzanillo, Mal Pais 60111, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Mal Pais
Price Range: $92 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zopilote surf camp is located on the coast at the beach of Playa Manzanillo - just north of more touristic and famous Santa Teresa & Mal Pais. Great ocean view house and bungalows in front of empty lineups surrounded by the jungle and the ocean. ... more   less 
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Zopilote Surfcamp Hotel Mal Pais

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