Blue Trailz Surf Camp
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- Blue Trailz Surf CampAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 03, 2014
One of the best hostels in Tamarindo, that also acts as a surf school and camp. Cool spot for surfing junkies to hang out and rent out boards, but a bit too hyped up for what it offers as a hostel. The private rooms have a private bathroom, as well as a kitchen, but the hostel itself is quite small and therefore, limited in what most other hostels offer: meetings other travelers, common areas, movie nights etc.
- Blue Trailz Surf CampFirst to ReviewAug 13, 2012
I spent 10 days in Tamarindo hopping around different hostels and hotels just to get a feel for the place. Blue Trailz isn't a hotel but of the hostels, they were definitely the cleanest, most convenient, and had the friendliest owners. They were Canadian, so I guess that comes with the territory!
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
This was the MOST convenient location amongst the hostels and very up there amongst the hotels as well. This is in terms of proximity to everything else in town (night life, food, and beach). It is located almost in the center of main street right across from the pizza hut, and next to an alamo rent-a-car. It's across the street diagonally from a large beach entrance, about 25 meters away. It's pretty much in the center of all the night life as well (which is all on one side of town or the other. The other convenient part is that you can pretty much leave your surfboard in the courtyard amongst their surf racks and it's secure. You can wake up, grab your board on the way out with barely a pause and be on the beach 90 seconds later.
Their prices are right along the lines of other hostels in the area, and a little cheaper than some. Just like everyone else, free wifi. Their private rooms are huge! They can sleep 6 with 2 queen beds and 2 bunks with your own fridge, kitchen, bathroom, and balcony. The dorm facilities sleep 6 each, I believe, with bathrooms in each dorm room. The quarters are tucked away right behind the surf shop so it's safe and strangers will not have an easy time snooping around because of the way it's setup. It's a little quieter than some of the other hostels because the common area is a courtyard and you feel safer. It also helps that there is a gate and a night guard.
They have a great board selection and a ton of boards. They have a lot of epoxy boards so you don't have to worry AS much about breaking them. They are also the only ones I saw that really rented stand up paddle boards.
I didn't take surfing lessons from them, but I did meet the instructor they use. He is very talkative and friendly. As a local, he knows all the good surf spots and is willing to take you to the more private ones that the locals tend to be territorial about unless you are with another local.
Um... They have them. That's all I can really say because I didn't rent any. It is convenient to have it all in one place though.
From the looks of it, they can handle most things for you. Surfing, bikes, canopy tours, horse back riding, surf tours, etc. From what I understand, they will also be doing yoga soon as well as other activities to become a full service hostel. Basically what all the pricier hotels would do for you but at a hostel room rate!
are a Canadian couple who recently took over the hostel in 2010. They were some of the nicest people that I met in Tamarindo. They are willing to help you and work with you. Steve even offered to book a local flight for me back to san jose and drive me to the airport so that I wouldn't have to take a bus. I didn't accept, and took a shuttle anyways but it was awesome that he offered. They were even kind enough to catch us in town and say AND recommend other places to stay even though they ran their own hostel. I only left because I had the intention of trying different places all over town.
I definitely recommend that anyone stay here, and if you are with a few people, try a private room. This is one place where you can feel pretty safe and the owners will definitely not cheat you. Deal with them directly when possible.
It IS still a hostel, and if I were to compare them to only other hostels, I'd definitely give them 5 stars in cleanliness, services, rooms, and sleep quality. But because they aren't a hotel, you can't expect them to have super nice rooms. They are quite a value though! If they were directly ON the beach, I'd give them 5 stars for location. 50-75 feet is close enough though!