Believe Surf & Yoga offers customized surf and yoga retreats that connect body, mind, and nature in the wonderful beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

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Anonymous

from Costa Rica, October 2019

"Met lovely people and yoga was fantastic!"

The other guests made my experience here. They were a lovely group. The yoga with Amelina was some of the best yoga I’ve ever done - well worth the money! I moved to an AC room which was so much better than the dorm. Quite small but clean. Good location for restaurants and beach. Surf lessons were also great - the instructors we’re patient and you really got a lot of tuition given the groups were so small. The hostel staff add guests to an events WhatsApp group on arrival which is useful for booking surfing and knowing if there are social events happening (not that many of the staff came along!)

Louisa Brett

from Canada, May 2019

"So much more than I even hoped!"

The surf instructors were so friendly, kind, patient and focused on the group having fun. Each instructor only had two / three people at one time. They were super flexible and encouraging.

Each day had a different type of yoga and different yoga instructor, and was GREAT for all levels.

I went on this trip alone and it was so easy to meet others and connect. It was so enjoyable and I would happily go back tomorrow!

Michele Osborn

from United States, April 2019

"Blend of Surf and Yoga - Flex schedule"

Overall I thought this was a great “retreat”. The location was amazing, and the staff was very friendly and laid back. The accommodations were more hostel like, a lot of solo travelers there for different reasons. Most people were there for surf over yoga. I had a private AC room which was great! Much more comfortable than the non-AC dorm room. Santa Teresa is absolutely beautiful and very laid back. Pack lightly, bring sunscreen, and be ok with being sweaty and dirty for 23 1/2 hours out of the day. John our surf instructor was patient, encouraging, and supportive! He was great! I am happy to say that I’ll be returning sometime in the near future! I’d suggest booking this if you’re looking to surf, do yoga, chill, and meet amazing like minded people.

Maria Koleva

from Canada, March 2019

This was a great experience. Hostel-like environment brought people from everywhere together which was nice. Surfing location was amazing! Yoga was amazing, Christof was wonderful and challenging.

A/C was much appreciated as it was very hot.

Walking distance to lots of cafes and restaurants, as well as the beach of course.

Flew to TMO which was very scenic, took shuttle/ferry back which took a lot longer than expected but the ferry was a nice experience.

Rob Reinold

from United States, March 2019

"High quality tropical experience, friendly people"

The complex is large and has a lot of space for yoga, pool, and for just relaxing. As a solo traveler, fellow travelers are very friendly and making friends to surf and have dinner with was really easy. I had little yoga and surfing experience coming in, and had a great time learning both. Surfing lessons were incredibly fun, especially with Gustavo. Dinner tokens means you dont worry about local currency when you go out to eat. I’d come back again.

Anonymous

from Canada, March 2019

"Perfect beginner surf camp"

Loved the instructors and the progression of the lessons... surf,breakfast and yoga and overall atmosphere of believe were unbelievable (pun intended).

Amanda Struthmann

from United States, February 2019

"Welcoming, accommodating, good vibes."

From the moment I arrived at Believe I felt right at home.

Surfing- John the instructor was a delightful human being and great teacher. He taught the fundamentals, respect for the water and the people around you, and was constantly engaged. Everyone was surfing on the first day and saw progress every day thereafter. Yoga- I found the classes to be on the easier side, but there are so many levels it’s a tricky position for the teachers to be in. It is what you make it! I found the vinyasa with Rachel to be a spiritual and grounding class, and Melt with Chelsey the most invigorating. Meals- breakfast was delicious!! Healthy, fresh (I swear I’ve never tasted such delicious fruit), and I loved the juice of the day that Tomas would create. I had purchased four dinners, but didn’t end up using them because there were so many social events at night to attend. You can trade some of your tokens in if you don’t use them, so it wasn’t a problem. Just go there and eat all the fish. Trust.

Staff- THE HEART OF THIS PLACE. They are all kind, generous, fun, helpful, amazing people. They work SO hard. I really appreciated how they organized fun events throughout the week. It creates a unique bonding experience with other travelers, and often takes you to places that have a more local vibe.

The staff works non stop to make sure you have a wonderful stay. I didn’t want to leave and will definitely be going back!!! Thanks to Uki, Sandri, and the amazing volunteers! 🥰

Anonymous

from United States, January 2019

Believe has a very positive and communal atmosphere. Staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful.

Lorraine Mcpherson

from United States, December 2018

Staff was very accommodating and nice.

Daniela D'ambrosio

from United States, November 2018

"See your Pinterest board come to life"

So I work a lot. Like, way too much. If I take time off of work, I am totally going to pay for it when I return in backlogged e mails and whatever. So when I go away, it needs to count. My experience at Believe blew my mind! The villa looked like something off of my Pinterest boards, for real. The staff made me feel completely at home by being available 24/7 and patiently answering any and all silly questions I had. Other areas of Costa Rica are more touristy but Santa Teresa still feels untouched. This was the ideal vacation to relax and recharge. Yoga classes were held twice a day. I do yoga often back home but still learned so much from the wonderful instructors. Surf lessons could be scheduled as you liked. Jhon was my teacher and as someone who isn’t a great surfer, if was nice that he was so easy going and made the lessons fun. The ocean is less than a 2min walk from your room. Make sure to go for sunset. I traveled solo but was able to connect and disconnect from other people as much as I wanted. I would strongly recommend booking with this group.

Regina Hammock

from United States, November 2018

Very laid back and felt like home. No one pushed us, just let us know when things were happening and kept us aware of any scheduling changes. Instructors were accommodating and supportive.

Pauline Hoarau

from France, August 2018

"Pura vida!!! "

I felt at home as soon as I arrived. Uki and Lucio were so welcoming !! They were available during my entire stay, with good advices and checking eveything was ok. I stayed at Ohana and loved the place, quiet, in a perfect location, close to all restaurants and bars.

I ended up not being able to fit in all the yoga classes though as I fell in love with surfing so much!!

Santa Teresa is such a special place!! It’s calling me again already.. Pura Vida!

Leslie Gebhardt

from United States, August 2018

"Amazing Experience"

Franca was very responsive from the time I made the reservation. She ensured I was set with my travel and transportation plans then linked me up with Uky, my host. Uky greeted me upon arrival, helped me get situated then let me do my own thing. Uky was very attentive and went above my expectations. I was lodged at Funky Monkey with other solo travelers who quickly became friends. The staff at Funky Monkey were very helpful and friendly. Food there is really good!! Accommodations are very comfortable. Uky checked in with me every day and was quick to respond to my requests for transportation, extra surf lessons, and changes to my schedule.

Everything about this trip was amazing.

Stephanie Arata

from United States, July 2018

"A little slice of heaven"

Santa Teresa is a beautiful area for beginner surf! The roads aren’t paved so everyone is forced to slow down, which Instantly became our pace of the trip 😊The Believe staff is gorgeous, super knowledgeable, accommodating, patient, helpful and supportive through our whole stay. Accommodations were comfortable, peaceful, very nice, clean, amongst beautiful surroundings, a gorgeous pool and full kitchen for our breakfasts. Surf instructors were friendly, patient and supportive. Yoga facility was nice and open-air with decent instructors and yoga styles to offer.

Briana China

from United States, July 2018

"3/5 Overall, good experience."

The food was amazing. Our surf instructor, Esteban, was knowledgeable and an overall great teacher. I felt incredibly safe with him in the water, especially with the changing weather and tides this time of year. Would have liked a more in depth yoga experience and better accommodations. However, most of the staff were pretty accommodating.

Alexandra Shankster

from United States, June 2018

"Great team, wonderful vacation! "

The surf instructor, John, was the best I've ever had, the Believe team helped us with multiple travel snafus, made sure everything was smooth and easy for us. Uki is such a gem!

Belinda Suos

from United States, May 2018

I was a bit nervous because it was my first solo trip and first experience in a hostel. It was actually a well organized trip and the staff were communicative from the beginning to end. Upon arrival, I was given a map of the town and suggestions of things I can do-- bonfires, tidepools, waterfalls etc. Renting a quad was fun! There were times where I had the yoga studio and pool to myself which was nice for at times I wanted to be alone. I attended a Vinyasa and Surfit Class which was really fun. The surf instructor John was really entertaining and made the class enjoyable. Super chill guy!

Jessica Wenger

from Canada, May 2018

"A must see location and experience!!!"

The Believe team genuinely cares and goes above and beyond to make sure the guests are taken care of and know what is happening in the town around them.

Over all I couldn't have asked for a better!

Lucie Marquis

from Canada, April 2018

"Amazing time in Costa Rica!!!"

I really enjoyed my stay at Funky Monkey. The place was beautiful and had everything I needed to make my stay perfect. Compared to the other lodges, I honestly think that it was the best. The staff was very friendly. The food served at the restaurant was also tasty. The yoga studio was beautiful, right in the middle of the jungle, where we could hear the waves. I could also hear the waves from my bungalow, which was so relaxing. The location of the lodge was perfect. I injured myself during my stay and the staff did everything they could to help me, which was very nice of them. I definitely recommend Funky Monkey and I would come back here anytime. I am already nostalgic!

Sunne Kuo

from United States, April 2018

"Believe surf/yoga retreat"

Responsive and helpful hosts who care about your experience. Activities are fun and the people you meet are awesome. I liked how freestyle the experience was.

Hardeep Johal

from Canada, February 2018

"For the open minded and adventurous soul"

The food was delicious. The assortment of breakfast dishes at the Funky Monkey Lodge, the smoothies a few doors down, and all the restaurants that I visited had amazing food. A variety of fresh veg/non-veg, gluten-free, and vegan options.

The activities were so much fun. Renting the ATV's and driving to Montezuma waterfalls was one of the highlights. The food trucks on the beach followed by entertainment and a walk along the beach at night were memorable. The beach was beautiful and it was very close to the Funky Monkey lodge, There was a nice pool at the hotel if I wanted.

The yoga was so perfect and there were so many classes to choose from. The restorative classes were the best and Kiki was a great instructor!

Meeting all the people that worked at Believe, as well as all the other people traveling.

I was lucky to have a private room with a hammock and a mini fridge. It was wonderful.

Believe planned my transportation from San Jose to Santa Teresa and everything was on time. That helped take off so much stress....thank you!

The people at Believe are very professional. If any issues arise, they do their best to attend to it as soon as possible and fix it.

Towa Swärd

from Sweden, February 2018

"4 nights, 3 yoga och 2 surf lessons"

We had a great time! John was a great intructor and Uki helped us with were to eat and where and how to go! Uki helped us whit all our questions 💛.

Anonymous

from United States, January 2018

"Go to this retreat! You will not regret it!!!"

Amazing and fresh food, great yoga, awesome surf instructors and classes, beautiful weather, positive and kind staff and visitors from all over the world, and ideal location to the beach.

Anonymous

from United States, November 2017

"Fun but not without hiccups "

The food was delicious and the town is really great. Outdoor bathrooms at the funky monkey are awesome and Uki is an amazing host. The yoga classes were all very different and wonderful in their own way!

Olivia Craven Carden

from United Kingdom, April 2017

"Fun & relaxing"

I loved that Believe organised everything & were always there to help me with my questions! The surf & yoga was great, the accommodation was lovely & the area is stunning.

Sylvie Bernard

from United States, January 2019

"Seulement pour le surf, sinon a eviter"

Grande chambre, mais deco minimaliste. Une cuisine partagée mais peu d espace

Marie-helene Lapierre

from Canada, June 2018

"Best trip ever"

Really enjoyed my stay. Uky was really helpful with everything. The activities were amazing. Couldn’t ask for more! :)

Anne Fritzemeier

from United States, March 2018

"Hier muss man hin! "

Uky ist immer verfügbar und kümmert sich super um die Believe Gäste. Ist alles sehr familiär.

Selbst für das etwas ältere Kaliber (35+) ist es nicht zu spät anzufangen. Ich hab mich hier als 40+ gut aufgehoben gefühlt

Das Funky Monkey ist ein schöner Ort der Begegnunung und sehr familiär. Die yogaplattform ist toll, der Pool ist cool, schöne Live Musik an mehreren Abenden der Woche, tolles Frühstück, sehr nette Familie. Absolutes Highlight ist der regelmässig einfliegende ‘Haus’ Papagai Silvio, der auf Italienisch/ spanisch in 2 Tonlagen wie ein Rohrspatz flucht.

ANNE-JULIE & ELISABETH

from A Traveler,

Believe... Unbelievable!!!

It has been an incredible trip thanks to Believe! They took care of everything including our taxis,

ac>vi>es and our plane to get back to San Jose! The night we arrived, Mar>n and Uky kindly

invited us to a great restaurant to welcome us! But most of all, Uky took extremely good care of

me when I got sick. I felt more than secured and I can not thank him enough for all he has done!

Believe is lucky to have an amazing team and we wish them all the best!

Pura vida!

Anne Julie and Élisabeth

CELINE HELIAU

from A Traveler,

I had a breathtaking experience at Believe !! I stayed at the Funky Monkey Lodge where Uky was wai>ng for me from the very first day :) He was making sure I was ok throughout the week and gave me lots of advice for things to do. The staff at the lodge was very friendly. Surf lessons were great !!

Esteban was my surf instructor and he was amazing ;) The yoga classes were awesome. I fell in love with ashtanga.. Look for Christophe's classes :) Believe staff made me feel at home having dinner and par>es together. Lucio, Mar>n and their lovely girlfriends are warm and passionate people :) I met

new friends too ;) I will definitely be back !!

MARIA INGRANDE

from A Traveler,

Magical!

I had the best time of my life. What a great experience! Uky with Believe Surf & Yoga took care of

everything that I needed. What a great host. He checked in after each adventure to see how my

experience was, made sure my accommodations were perfect and took care of everything I could

think of. Thank you, Uky. I'll def be back and send my friends. Now I really now what Pura Vida

means. :)

SARAH & MOLLY BASTA

from A Traveler,

Perfection Vacation!

From the moment we sent the first email inquiring about Believe we were impressed. Lucho and

Martin helped us to plan every detail of the trip including shuttles and taxis so that we could relax

and enjoy beautiful Santa Teresa. Once we arrived Uky made sure we were well taken care of and

knew about all of the happenings in the area. I can't recommend them enough!

KEVIN QIU

from A Traveler,

Spring Break - surf & yoga

I had an amazing experience with Believe - Lucho was very helpful and accommodating from the very

beginning of the trip right until the very end. He arranged all of the shuttle buses, taxis and hotel stays so it

was effortless travel to and from Santa Teresa. He kept in close contact with me throughout the trip giving

me lots of advice and suggestions for things to do in town.

I really enjoyed my stay at the Funky Monkey Lodge. It felt like I was living in a tropical forest with all animals

hanging around. I lived in the hostel bungalow and it was one of the nicer hostels I have stayed in. It had a

deck with the comfiest hammock. The yoga studio at the lodge is a tall wooden gazebo on the hillside - you

can see the monkeys in the trees and you can hear the ocean while you practice! The staff were very friendly

and humorous and the food was super fresh, healthy and delicious. My favourite breakfast item was the chia

pudding bowl with fresh fruit.

I am definitely visiting Santa Teresa again hopefully in the near future!

CAMILLA BARRET

from A Traveler,

Incredible experience!

Wow, I can't praise this company and the experience enough! It was the first time I travelled solo and I booked it

very last minute, and I felt reassured at every step. Believe are always in contact with you on what's app if you

need anything at all.

Unfortunately I got ill during my stay (a bad reaction to a bite) and Lucho came to the doctors to see/ help me

which was so reassuring being thousands of miles from home.

I loved the freedom of doing your own thing in the beautiful surf town of Santa Teresa, but also the opportunity to

meet some fantastic new friends also doing the same programme and from all over the world.

The yoga was varied- taught at two different studios close to each other and great classes for all levels.

Our surf instructor Micky was brilliant- and I felt very safe and had a great time!

I loved Santa Teresa and the food available throughout the town and the vibe of this place.

Funky Monkey is a fantastic hostel with welcoming/ friendly staff that feel like friends and delicious food. It's also

in an excellent location- two mins from other restaurants/ the beach.

I also loved the chance to try other sports - horse riding on the beach/ paddle boarding.

I literally can't rate my time here highly enough, don't hesitate to go- it's a special place!

Christie Eppler

The vacation was a 10. Believe Yoga made the whole getaway including getting to the villa easy. They communicated clearly and helped arrange transport. Martin and Lucho were kind and answered questions. They even arranged for a dinner to help folks mingle with new friends. They are invested in their community. Lucho introduced us to a family who lives nearby and we got to talk and play with the local children for a bit. Martin and Lucho arranged for us to visit a "rodeo" - it was great to participate in games and dances alongside Costa Rican ranchers. The only thing I would change is that it would be nice to have gone to another beach to surf. It was our first lesson and the waves were tubular. We talked to other beachgoers and they suggested going to the next beach, but we stayed on the beach near the villa. However, I met my goal of being able to stand up a few times! The nearby yoga studio had a good vibe and excellent yogi instructors. It is atop a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that has excellent smoothies. This vacation is well suited for folks who want to get out in the community and not just stay at a yoga retreat center. I liked having many options for dining and we even found great coffee at the nearby Ginger Cafe. There is a great nightlife scene nearby, but the town is quiet and safe if you just want to relax. I highly recommend this yoga retreat! And I send gratitude to Martin and Lucho for an excellent, relaxing, and invigorating week.

NATALIE HAAGAR

from A Traveler,

Good way to reboot and recharge

First of all, everyone that I met in Santa Teresa were lovely. The town is extremely easy to get

around and made for travellers of all kinds. Yoga instructors had many years of experience and

corrected your posi>ons. Surf lessons were really fun. Great and healthy breakfasts in the morning.

I recommend!

MARIA HOJGAARD

from A Traveler,

This is truly one of my best vacations.

Marian and Luccio are not only great surf instructors, they also go out of their way to make your

stay comfortable and memorable. Helping with restaurant recommenda>ons and bookings. We

even went out to dinner with them and their lovely families.

I can't wait to go back.

ISALINE BADET

from A Traveler,

Hola ! Booking with Martin and Lucho was an amazing idea and deal. The yoga

studios are both excellent and the surf teacher cool! The stay in the lodge is nice, the

best food ever!!!!! And the atmosphere is relaxing and very nice. I only paid too

much by booking the transfer with Believe so i m disappointed about that but other

than this they take good care of you and always check how you feel. Thank you

ANGELA WILDER

from A Traveler,

I was a liOle apprehensive about traveling alone to Costa Rica, but I immediately felt welcome and safe

with Mar>n and Lucho. They both met me at the Funky Monkey on arrival and went over what to expect

and made sure I had everything I needed. They were always available for any ques>ons or concerns I

might have and exuded the pura vida vibe which was contagious! My surf lessons with Mickey and Lucho

were awesome and the yoga studios were beau>ful! The crew at the Funky Monkey were so kind and

welcoming, and the meals were always fresh, made to order and were fantas>c. I leR feeling revitalized

and inspired to go with the flow and follow my passion. It's so fun to be around people who love what

they do and where they are. I absolutely recommend Believe and really hope to go back to Santa Teresa

soon!

Chantale

from Canada,

Nous revenons de notre séjour organisé par le Believe. Lucho et Martin nous ont organisé une semaine de vacances en un temps record.Tout était au delà de nos attentes. L'accueil est chaleureux et personnalisé. Lucho s'est assuré que tout se déroule bien tout au long de notre séjour. Nous avons résidé au Funky Monkey qui est un endroit plein de charme et les employés sont attentionnés. Notre séjour a été formidable et mémorable. Vraiment Pura vida.

Chantale et Alex