Q. I have never surfed in my life. Is this trip for me?
A. About 30 to 40% of our travelers have never touched a surfboard. We are here to help beginners learn how to surf, and help intermediate surfers progress faster.
Q. How are the waves/temperature during month X?
A. Barefoot is open during the best months for both temperature and waves in each of its destinations. We avoid opening during rainy season and choose the best surf spots according to your level.
Q. I am planning to travel alone on this trip. Will there be any other lone travelers on my trip?
A. About half of our travelers are “lone travelers”, so you will most probably not be the only lone traveler in your group. Whether you are traveling with other groups of friends, couples or lone travelers, you can expect to meet new friends with who you will have a great time!
Q. Do we need a visa to enter the country?
The answers below apply to North Americans, most of Europe and Australia. Please verify online to be 100% certain about your personal situation. More details will be available in the travel guide you will receive after booking your trip.
A. Nicaragua: No. Just a $10 USD fee to pay at the Managua airport.
Indonesia: Yes. you can get your Visa directly at the airport in Denpasar, Bali. Since 2015, it is free for Canadian and American citizens.
If you plan to travel for more than 30 days, we recommend you to apply for a Visa online. Depending on where you are from, you might be able to apply for a 60-day Visa.
Costa Rica: No.
Q. What are the necessary vaccines?
A. Indonesia, Nicaragua and Costa Rica: Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and Tetanus. (Extremely low risk of malaria).
If you plan to travel at other spots then the ones visited with Barefoot, we recommend you consult a health travel clinic to be sure to get all the vaccination needed.
Q. Is it possible to stay 2 weeks in a row?
A. Yes it is possible, but not two weeks straight. We normally have 2 to 4 days separating weekly groups. You would then need to travel for 16 to 18 days and plan 2 to 4 free days between your two surf weeks. (Contact us to know the specific dates for a period)
Q. What airport should I land to?
Nicaragua: Managua (MGA)
Bali: Denpasar (DPS)
Costa Rica: Liberia (LIR)
Mentawais: Padang (PDG)
Q. What’s the best website for plane tickets?
A. In the majority of cases, our travellers find better prices for plane tickets online than they would through a travel agency. Since we can’t offer better prices than the ones on the Internet, we highly suggest the following websites to buy your plane tickets: Skyscanner.com , Kayak.com and Flighthub.com.
Q. How does the airport transportation work?
In order to benefit from the free shuttles included in our packages, you must arrive and leave on the same dates planned in our camps. For example, if you have booked a surf trip from January 4th to 11th, you must land on the 4th and leave on the 11th to catch our free shuttles. Outside of these dates, transportation from the airport is not included.
If you decide to arrive in advance to one of our destinations, it is sometimes possible for us to accommodate you (additional fees), or we can also advise you on places to stay prior to your trip with us. Just write to us if you are interested.
Q. What’s the ideal currency?
A. The US dollar is accepted almost everywhere. We recommend you bring between 100 and 150$ and a debit/credit card to be able to withdraw local currency in an ATM if needed.
Q. Is there a minimum age to on a surf trip?
A. You need to be 18 years old to book a trip. If you are 17, you need a parental proxy.
Q. Is it safe to travel to these countries?
A. In each of our destinations, you will be led by experienced surf guides, who have a deep knowledge of the area and the surf spots. We also choose very secure spots to accommodate our travelers.
This being said, we leave our travelers the freedom of exploring and experimenting each destination as they wish, as we believe in the beauty of traveling. We give basic security advice for each trip. If these are respected, the risks of any trouble is very low (robbery, accidents, etc.).
Q. What type of travel insurance should I get?
A. We recommend our clients to get a quality travel insurance with a well known company: Blue-Cross, Manulife, Escapade, RBC, TravelGuard, etc. Make sure the insurance company covers surfing as an activity.
Click here to buy travel insurance online with our partners Escapade Travel Insurance. (They do not provide insurance for travellers from the USA)