At Kalon Surf Resort in Costa Rica, families can get a taste of both luxury and adventure. This premium resort is nestled in the space where wild jungle, majestic mountains, and pristine beach meet.
“Just picture your family bonding on a private, white-sanded beach and tackling the waves together,” says Silene Vega Delgado, one of the resort’s owners and founders. “Both adults and kids receive world-class instruction, whether they are expert or first-time surfers. At our resort, your family will find excellent surfing conditions and friendly instructors for all skill levels.”
In addition to Kalon’s surf lessons, families enjoy Costa Rica’s stunning scenery, fascinating culture, 5-star lodging, and delectable cuisine.
In 2011, Vega set out to build the premier surfing academy in Costa Rica, ditching the business world to pursue her lifelong passion for surfing. Now, every year, surfers of all ages and abilities are drawn to Kalon Surf by the same siren song.
The resort pairs each family with a professional instructor at check-in. Each surf coach works with a maximum of three students — or one family — per lesson, ensuring that parents and kids receive the individualized attention they need.
“We focus a lot on beginners and intermediate, but those with a higher skill love to fine-tune their skills with video analysis and one-on-one coaching sessions here at Kalon Surf,” Vega remarks. “Here is your chance to get all your surfing questions answered and to pick up some sweet riding skills that will set you apart from the pack. Join our surfing instructors to make memories and friendships that last a lifetime.”
Families are bound to burn calories after a few hours on the waves. With that in mind, the chefs at Kalon Surf make delicious meals and offer constant access to complimentary snacks and beverages, such as coffee, tea, juice, and tropical fruits.
“Stop by the kitchen for a bite to eat before taking the kids surfing in the morning, or return there for a refreshing beverage to accompany your lunch after a day at the beach,” Vega invites. “Enjoy the spectacular ocean views from our wide picture windows while you dine with other families and make new friends at our shared table.”
Kalon Surf never permits families to leave hungry. In fact, the resort puts the same value on eating well as it does surfing.
“To perform well on a surfboard, your body needs nutrition, and we’ll give it to you,” says Vega. “We offer a farm-to-table eating experience that you and your family won’t soon forget. We source organic ingredients straight from our gardens and local providers whenever feasible.”
From gourmet coffee, freshly baked bread, French toast, a variety of fruits from the jungle, and fresh juices that greet guests for breakfast, families can choose to eat a home-cooked meal on the beach or in the mansion at lunch. Plus, every night, the resort serves a delicious three-course meal.
After a workout on the waves or a day of sightseeing, Kalon Surf’s spacious and elegant mansion is the perfect place to unwind. Parents and kids can relax in hammocks on the balcony, picnic on the grounds, swim in the infinity pool, or stroll into the tropical jungle on the resort’s exclusive hiking trails. Finally, after each gorgeous sunset, nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of the ocean.
Kalon Surf incorporates Costa Rican culture wherever possible, and the delicious meals are no exception. “Local cuisine is a window into a people’s culture,” Vega explains. “At Kalon, we provide genuine immersion into the flavors of Costa Rica. Each morning, you’ll wake to the smell of Costa Rican coffee and the national meal of Costa Rica, Gallo Pinto.”
It’s a lot of fun to go surfing, but families are not in the water the whole time. At Kalon Surf, guests partake in cultural experiences on numerous tours and activities. They can explore the Costa Rican jungle by rappelling down waterfalls, zooming through the canopy on ziplines where they can learn about local flora and fauna, and swinging across the treetops via suspension bridges.
Guests can also visit Dominical — a nearby small town — to pick up snacks and souvenirs, or rent an ATV to explore the nearby highlands and jungles. Depending on the time of year, they may even be able to spend a day whale watching.
A family vacation to Kalon Surf is indeed difficult to sum up in mere words. Travelers immerse themselves in a foreign culture, challenge themselves by taking surfing lessons from top professionals, marvel at the stunning scenery, and rest easy in first-rate lodgings.
“We guarantee your family’s stay will be filled with unforgettable moments,” Vega concludes. “Leave your cash and credit cards at home — everything from your lodgings to your surfing lessons to your meals is covered — just relax as we dote on you and your loved ones. When it’s time to go home, everyone in your family will feel completely refreshed. The only problem will be that you won’t want to leave!”