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5 Days All-Inclusive Surf and Yoga Costa Rica

  • Believe Surf and Yoga, Santa Teresa, Puntarenas Province, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Overview

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Based in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Believe Surf and Yoga offers customized packages for anyone who wants to make a break in their daily routine and experience something new. The aim is to enable and empower everyone to believe in themselves, to learn to surf connecting with nature and the sea while practicing yoga everyday generating the habit of connecting to the body and mind. They lead the surf lessons with certified instructors and they provide guests all the organization of yoga classes, accommodation, meals, and other activities.

Highlights

  • 2 surf lessons
  • 3 yoga sessions at Nautilus Yoga Studio
  • 4 nights accommodation at the partner lodge, the Funky Monkey in a private room
  • Hotel features swimming pool, yoga studio for self-practice
  • Restaurant and chill out area to enjoy during the day and evenings
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch or dinner (beverages not included) at the Funky Restaurant
  • Surfboard, lycra, hydration, and season fruits during surf lessons
  • Transportation to the surf break during surf lessons

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English, Spanish
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Stay at Believe Surf and Yoga partner lodge, Funky Monkey, walking distance from the beach (250 meters) as well as almost everything in town (supermarket - credit card accepted, cafes and bars). Our lodge features a swimming pool surrounded by natural forest, a chill out area with billiards, pin pong table and hammocks to relax at any time. At the Funky Restaurant, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and great smoothies while meeting the rest of the guests and the local expat community. There's free Wi-Fi at the lodge so you will be able to connect whenever you need to. On a weekly basis, the chef puts together Sushi Nights, Catch of the Day and Barbecues, which are not only tasty but also very fun and good opportunity to socialize. You can always choose to go out and eat elsewhere and Believe Surf and Yoga will suggest you the best places to do so. There are very nice cafés, restaurants and bars walking distance to enjoy.

There are four accommodation options. Once your check-in and check out dates are confirmed Believe Surf and Yoga will be able to confirm availability:

Garden View Private Apartment

A king size bed, private bathroom with hot water, fully equipped private kitchen, air conditioning, private veranda surrounded by tropical forest, daily cleaning and security safe.

Sunset View Apartment

A double bed and two single beds, private bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, a private ocean view veranda with great sunsets, daily cleaning and security safe.

Private bungalow or suite

A double bed and two couch beds, a private bathroom with hot water, small kitchenette and mini fridge, ceiling fans, daily cleaning and security safe.

Private (or Shared) Dorm Room

Four couch beds, shared bathroom with natural water, ceiling fans, shared kitchen, daily cleaning and security safe.

Learn to surf in Santa Teresa

The beaches of Santa Teresa are one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica and they are the perfect starting point for the surf lessons. Gentle foams will let you have the first sensation of this wonderful sport. The challenge is to develop your skills so that you can gain independence and confidence in the water.

Believe Surf and Yoga Costa Rica will focus on your balance on the board and make sure that you have all the necessary safety tips to get into the water: handling the board, managing wipeouts, etc. The policy is to have no more than three surfers per instructor, this is important to make sure that you are properly observed and receive a personalized feedback in the water.

The aim of the surf camp is to develop your skills

Intermediate surfers will be introduced in the art of catching waves and developing the surfer instinct. First of all, your surf instructor will look for the best surfboard size according to your level (you will usually be using a smaller board than beginners). You will focus on your paddle technique, on how to observe the sea and read the upcoming sets so that you are in the best spot, and on developing a fast and proper pop up. Furthermore, the instructor will be coaching you on how to turn to one side or another according to the wave, and evaluating your position on the board, your style, and your balance so youd better get ready!

Are you an advanced surfer?

Advanced surfers will have an initial surf session with an instructor so that they can set a common objective to target along the week together (i.e. improve your pop up technique in faster waves, develop certain surfing and take advantage of the wave, etc.). Based on this first day - and on surfing conditions - they will decide which beach is the best to make sure that you make the most out of it.

Believe Surf and Yoga Costa Rica will always seek bigger and steeper waves and will look to take you to the next level: they want you to have a safe surfing session with a lot of adrenaline and make sure that this experience drives your will to keep on developing yourself in this sport. For advanced surfers there will be one instructor for two people for a safe session and better feedback.

The yoga lessons in Santa Teresa

It will not be all about surfing. The proposal is to discover the many benefits a mind-and-body balance has on the daily life. Yoga is a one-of-a-kind discipline that awakens a new lifestyle, far beyond your surf and yoga vacations in Costa Rica. The aim is to explore different types of yoga practices; which on one hand will enhance your strength and flexibility, and benefit your surfing. On the other hand, it will give space to improve your breathing and the connection with your inner self, through meditation techniques. Believe Surf and Yoga provides you with daily group yoga lessons, and more personalized guidance, tips and suggestions - so youll feel more confident when it comes to independent practice at the beautiful beach during sunset, or just after your last daily surf session. Experience the peace and beauty that Santa Teresa, Costa Brava offers on a yoga retreat with a difference.

The proposal is to have two surfing lessons throughout your stay. Believe Surf and Yoga will provide you with all the equipment you will need (surfboard, rashguard), hydration during the session as well as the transportation to the best surf breaks based on weather conditions. There will always be a maximum of three surfers per instructor for a better feedback and in order to make sure you are well taken care of.

Believe Surf and Yoga always empower their guests to have daily yoga classes as this habit is an asset that you can take back home. They suggest in their packages to take three yoga classes throughout your four nights stay. The time of the yoga classes can be 9 am in the morning or 6 pm in the afternoon based on the final surfing sessions' schedule.

Santa Teresa is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, on the west coast of Costa Rica, very close to Malpas and some hours south from Nosara and the busy Tamarindo. Santa Teresa hosts a unique mix of Ticos (Costa Rican people) and immigrants from all around the world who have turned this place into a very special spot on Earth. When you arrive to Santa Teresa, the wonderful beaches will amaze you, most of them are still virgin and as natural as earthly possible, as well as the heart-stopping sunsets every evening. It is also a must-live experience for anyone who loves to explore and discover new places. Furthermore, the incredible biodiversity and great weather offers a great variety of activities to enjoy, such us hiking, horse riding, diving, and fishing.

Activities
  • Bike rental
  • Car rental
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Supermarket
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Take out
Services
  • Bar
  • Daily cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Security safe
  • Tour assistance

Breakfast is complimentary and very tasty. You will be able to choose between granola with yoghurt, eggs with toast, ham and cheese croissant or anything that the chef has prepared especially that morning. Fresh fruits and American coffee will be always available.

One meal per day (lunch or dinner) is also included in the package, with a variety of dishes and alternatives veggie friendly. Wednesday and Saturday are sushi nights!

  • Additional surf lesson: USD 50 + TAX
  • Additional yoga lessons: USD 10 + TAX.
  • Liberia LIR Airport Pick Up or Drop Off: USD 60 + TAX for a one way shuttle bus (5-hour drive).
  • San Jose SJO Airport Pick Up or Drop Off: USD 60 + TAX for a one way shuttle bus (6-hour drive).
  • Surfboard rental: USD 12 + TAX per day.
  • Tambor TMU Airport Pick Up or Drop Off: USD 60 + TAX for a one way taxi (1-hour drive).
  • Zip Line Canopy Tour at Malpais (including transportation): USD 50 + TAX.
  • 60 minutes full body massage: USD 60 + tax.
  • 2 Surf lessons: surfboard, rashguard, transportation to the location and hydration during session
  • 3 yoga classes at one of the best yoga studios in town
  • 4 nights accommodation at our partner lodge, the Funky Monkey in a private room
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch or dinner (beverages not included) at the Funky Restaurant
  • Hotel features swimming pool, yoga studio for self-practice and a great restaurant and chill out area to enjoy during the day and evenings
  • 15% local taxes and fees
  • Airport pick up and drop off is not included, but Believe Surf and Yoga can arrange this for you
  • Beverages are not included
  • Local flights are not included but Believe Surf and Yoga can arrange this for you

Arrival by airplane

  • The best option is to arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. From SJO you have more options of land shuttles and local flights to make it to Santa Teresa or anywhere in Costa Rica.
  • The second option is to fly to Liberia (LIR), in the northwest region of Costa Rica, one hour away from Tamarindo and seven hours away from Santa Teresa.
  • Transfers from and to Liberia Airport (LIR), San Jose Airport (SJO), or Tambor Airport (TMU) on request.

Before booking make sure you have planned your logistics from your arrival airport to Santa Teresa. Avoid misunderstanding and incurring in costs that you can avoid if you plan accordingly. Plan your arrival flight as early as possible, in order to make it to the land shuttles or local flights. Otherwise it may be necessary to schedule a night in SJO, as there are no shuttles nor flights during the evening (i.e. after 3 pm). Similarly, your departure flight should be planned the latest you can in your departing day so that you can leave your hotel in Santa Teresa early in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon to SJO for your international flight. Otherwise you should plan your last night in San Jose and not in Santa Teresa.

Arrival by shuttle

  • Take a 25 minutes flight from SJO to Tambor (TMU) in Nicoya Peninsula. Once in TMU Believe Surf and Yoga will pick you up with a taxi (45 minutes) which costs USD 60 + tax for a one way trip. Airlines: Sansa or NatureAir.
  • Direct land shuttles depart from SJO and take up to 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa, and cost USD 50 + tax for a one way trip. They leave SJO early in the mornng (6 am) and arrive at midday. This shuttle will take you to the port of Puntarenas, on a Ferry to Paquera, and from there all the way to Santa Teresa. In case you need to stay overnight in SJO we offer accommodation and breakfast with the shuttle service for USD 95 + tax per guest (one way trip).
  • If you are flying to Liberia (LIR), you will have to take a land shuttle to Santa Teresa (5 hours). This service departs every morning at 8 am and (sometimes) at 3 pm. On low season it requires a minimum of two passengers to depart. Price is USD 60 + tax.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Believe Surf and Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Alena
    10 out of 10

    "From beginning to end the whole experience was stress-free. Martin and Lucho have a great thing going there. The accommodation was adorable, clean and modern. There was also a kitchen which was great for if you didn't want to venture out for food. The atmosphere is relaxing and rejuvenating. A 5 min walk to the beach and 15min walk into town although there were some great restaurants just a few min walk away. "

    "The surfing was awesome! The guys were professional, patient and fun. I felt super safe during the whole experience. Santa Teresa was gorgeous! I hope to get back again soon :)"

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  • Review by Emanuela M
    10 out of 10

    "I decided to book a Yoga&Surf retreat in Santa Teresa because I really needed to try a new experience on my own and have some time for myself... well, that was a great experience with Believe Surf & Yoga! Martin was extremely professional in providing all important information and recommendations, and also very patient to manage all my different requests :) Lucho, who I met in Santa Teresa, was a great surf teacher, very caring of safety but also very encouraging, beside being such a joyful person that you can't help but be happy with him :) I stayed at Meli Melo, which was a cozy and central accommodation, while I took yoga lessons at Nautilus (being a beginner, I particularly enjoyed Jessica's lesson). I'm writing this review almost 6 months after I left Costa Rica and I guess that it's even more valuable thanks to the memories and the good feeling that this experience has left in my heart. It's a well-being mindset that will come back every time I think of that trip and of course I can't wait to go back there. Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by Maja M
    10 out of 10

    "WOW! Martin and Lucho are a dream team and the whole experience from the initial contact to the last day blew me away. Martin was extremely responsive and made sure our stay and surf camp were carefully organized and Lucho was the perfect host and instructor. "

    "We stayed at Lucho's/Alesandra's Ohana villas and felt like we were immediately part of the family. The villas are quiet and beautiful and one day we sat and watched a family of howler monkeys swinging in the trees. Alessandra has a beautiful candle/sculpture shop right at the property and we left having bought some gorgeous souvenirs to take home."

    "Lucho and Alessandra always checked in to make sure we had what we needed and made recommendations to amazing restaurants and activities in the area. "

    "We will be back for sure!"

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  • Review by Emanuela Mangini from Düsseldorf, Germany
    9 out of 10

    "I decided to book a Yoga&Surf retreat in Santa Teresa because I really needed to try a new experience on my own and have some time for myself... therefore I booked a retreat of 5 days with Believe Surf & Yoga and it was really a great experience! Martin was extremely professional in providing all important information and recommendations, and also very patient to manage all my different requests :) Lucho, who I met in Santa Teresa, was a great surf teacher, very caring of safety but also very encouraging, besides being such a joyful person that you can't help but be happy with him :) I stayed at Meli Melo, which was a cozy and central accommodation, while I took yoga lessons at Nautilus (being a beginner, I particularly enjoyed Jessica's lesson). I'm writing this review almost 6 months after I left Costa Rica and I guess that it's even more valuable thanks to the memories and the good feeling that this experience has left in my heart. It's a well-being mindset that will come back every time I think of that trip and of course I can't wait to go back there. Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by Letitia Mazzaferro
    10 out of 10

    "Hi, I just wanted to share what a wonderful experience I had in Costa Rica with Believe Surf and Yoga. The lodge where I stayed, The Funky Monkey, was extremely welcoming and comfortable. The staff was attentive and genuinely concerned with how my stay was going. The food there was super fresh, with many healthy options and extremely delicious. When I was booking I had many questions and emailed Martin quite a bit and he always was quick to respond. When I arrived Lucho made sure to greet me and was always available via whatsapp to answer any of my questions. He would even message me just to see if surf went well or if I needed anything, far beyond anything I would expect. The surf and yoga were great. I had never surfed before and was somewhat nervous but I had an amazing experience with my surf instructor. The yoga studio was beautiful and the instructors held some solid classes. I also took the opportunity to zip line and horseback ride, both activities I would recommend. I highly recommend Believe to anyone looking to reconnect with nature, seeking some adventure, or a friendly place to travel solo. I would go back in a heart beat. "

    "Letitia Mazzaferro"

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  • Review by A traveler from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I booked a surf and yoga package with Believe and couldn't be happier with my experience. Throughout the communication with Martin, Luciano and Co. was clear, warm and extremely helpful. They assisted with setting up my surf lessons (Mickey was a super instructor), yoga classes, canopy (zipline) excursion, flights and car bookings. There was literally not a single hitch in the entire process and I left Costa Rica a happy girl. Extra recommended. I travel a lot and expect a certain amount of difficulty in trips to more off the beaten path locations, but I had absolutely no issue in my dealings with Believe and they went out of the way to assure me that they had everything in hand. They also rec'd a couple of local sodas that I really enjoyed. Would definitely ask them to help again if I return (fingers crossed) to Santa Teresa."

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  • Review by A traveler from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "It was very easy organizing our surf & yoga retreat thanks to Martin and then Luciano once we were on the ground. We loved our accommodations at Otro Lado, our diverse yoga teachers (merci beaucoup Christof!) and especially learning how to surf! As first-timers, Luciano made it super straightforward and tons of fun. Also made great recommendations in the area to eat, beach, etc. Thanks to them we had an amazing time in Santa Teresa living the pura vida :)"

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  • Review by Petrie from Aurora, Colorado
    10 out of 10

    "Where to start? From our first email to the end of our stay, Martin and Lucho treated us like VIPs every step of the way. Communication was fast and easy, their accommodations are beautiful, the surfing and yoga were amazing, and we left feeling energized and refreshed. "

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    "My wife and I did our booking through Martin for her birthday trip. He was very accommodating and easy to work with. His friendliness and enthusiasm were what convinced us to book with him and not another group. We are so glad that we did!"

    ""

    "Believe booked our ride to and from the tiny airport in Tambor to the apartments in Santa Teresa. We met Luciano (Lucho) at the gates and he was so warm and friendly that we knew our stay was going to be epic. We had booked 3 surf lessons and five yoga lessons but ended up surfing all five days it was so much fun. If Lucho is available to teach you how to surf, he really knows his stuff. We had only taken one lesson previously, but before we knew it, we were up and surfing! He even got us some great shots on our GoPro so we could show our friends! The restaurant recommendations were all spot on. For such a tiny town, they have some amazing restaurants!"

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    "If you could give more than five stars for our stay we would not hesitate. We highly, highly recommend Believe Surf and Yoga to all of our friends. In fact a week after we got back, a friend of ours decided to book with them as well! We know they will not be disappointed."

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  • Review by A traveler from Mexico City, Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "I found out about Believe through their Instagram account and from the moment I reached out to them we were in constant communication (skype and email). They helped me tailor the sort of trip I wanted: surf and yoga lessons and a nice room that made me feel like I was in the middle of the jungle. Lucho is a great surf coach, from safety tips to technique and enthusiasm! You surf on a beach 15 min away from Santa Teresa. There is nothing there but jungle, sand and the ocean. The water is warm. The boards are designed for you to really learn how to use them, like where to stand and very stable so you can actually pop up. Lucho and Martin make sure that your needs are covered. They contacted me with an excellent massage therapist and recommended places to eat.I had the BEST TIME and considering going back next year. If you want to be in a magical place, get great surf coaching, eat good food, do yoga surrounded by tree tops then I HIGHLY recommendyou book Believe. Son lo máximo."

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  • Review by A traveler from Houston, Texas
    10 out of 10

    "he lodge was awesome. Went with a friend and we had a great time. Morning breakfast was awesome. Area was serene and clean. Pool was great. Very good location. Yoga facility was on a rooftop and amazing. Lucho was the best surf instructor out there!!!!"

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  • Review by Jame
    10 out of 10

    "Great surf & yoga. Luco is very professional , always on time , make sure you are all set and a great instructor. The hotel was beautiful clean close to water but far from the local downtown. But still close to some bars. Make sure you know if you like to be close to water or to the restaurant & bars. "

    "So ask for location of where you stay. They are very Honest and there is no surprise. You enjoy your stay for sure. Thank you Lucho :)"

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  • Review by A traveler from San Francisco California
    10 out of 10

    "Lucho was super helpful from the get go, he came to meet me at the funky monkey lodge the day I arrived and set me up with my yoga classes and surfing lessons. The lessons were really well done and Lucho is a wonderful teacher. I was doing pop-ups on the regular by the end. We even saw turtles hatching on the beach and breaching the ocean, special indeed. Overall, I'd suggest taking up Believe surf and yoga any day - they are run by good people who want to make sure visitors appreciate Costa Rica for its beauty and richness. Pura Vida indeed!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "It was very easy organizing our surf and yoga retreat thanks to Martin and then Luciano once we were on the ground. We loved our accommodations at Otro Lado, our diverse yoga teachers (merci beaucoup Christof!) and especially learning how to surf! As first-timers, Luciano made it super straightforward and tons of fun. Also made great recommendations in the area to eat, beach, etc. Thanks to them we had an amazing time in Santa Teresa living the pura vida :)"

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  • Review by A traveler from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I booked a surf and yoga package with Believe and couldn't be happier with my experience. Throughout the communication with Martin, Luciano and Co. was clear, warm and extremely helpful. They assisted with setting up my surf lessons (Mickey was a super instructor), yoga classes, canopy (zipline) excursion, flights and car bookings. There was literally not a single hitch in the entire process and I left Costa Rica a happy girl. Extra recommended. I travel a lot and expect a certain amount of difficulty in trips to more off the beaten path locations, but I had absolutely no issue in my dealings with Believe and they went out of the way to assure me that they had everything in hand. They also rec'd a couple of local sodas that I really enjoyed. Would definitely ask them to help again if I return (fingers crossed) to Santa Teresa."

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  • Review by A traveller from Denver, Colorado
    10 out of 10

    "From the first inquiry to Believe Martin was a star! I was traveling with 5 people of varying interests and skill. The task of pleasing everyone seemed effortless working with Martin, which made my whole vacation! He managed to organize our every desire in a few short emails. Believe is better than rest for many reasons, but this is the most important: They understand that there is no 1 trip package that is good for everyone, so they build your vacation around your wants and budget. AMAZING! "

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    "Martin and Lucho made us feel welcome, were accommodating to our every whim and always made sure we were having the most satisfying experience possible. What more could you ask for, really? Lucho organized surfing, deep sea fishing, zip lining, Montezuma, recommendations and rides to restaurants, etc. The care and dedication to your trip is TOPS."

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    "Lucho is the best surf instructor!! My experience with extreme sports and putting myself in harms way, especially in the water, made me a little more cautious than I needed to be, but Lucho was patient and confident in the water and my fears were dispelled by the second wave. I BELIEVE!"

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    "If you have a chance to go to Santa Teresa, go! And when you do, contact these guys and let them make your experience the best trip you could possibly imagine! "

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  • Review by Shawn M from Montreal, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "From helping me plan my trip to suggesting places to see and activities to do, Martin and Lucho from Believe were amazing. Could not ask for more. They greeted me when I arrived and grabbed a bite and a drink with me and made sure that all my needs were met along the way. Lucho was a great surfing teacher and surfing in the morning with Lucho and Alex was really cool. I recommend Believe to anyone looking for an amazing time in Santa Teresa. Thanks again guys! See you soon!"

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  • Review by Reesa Riley
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great experience with Martin and Lucho, many thanks for making a solo trip to a foreign country as easy, enjoyable, and safe as possible. I highly recommend using Believe for visiting Costa Rica as I will use myself again when I come back. Thank you !"

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  • Review by Felicitas B. from Buenos Aires, Argentina
    10 out of 10

    "I can not wait to go back! Paradise itself! People, beaches, the food, everything is amazing. I recommend it 100%!"

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  • Review by Stefania and Nik from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Martin and Lucho at Believe are a dynamic duo, who are not only exceptional at what they do but are also great guys who have a genuine love of the pura vida! They helped make our experience in Santa Teresa as authentic as possible, recommending restaurants, bars, outdoor activities, etc, and were available to us any time we needed them, both before and during our trip. We fell in love with surfing in great part due to Lucho's personable teaching style and extensive experience with Santa Teresa's surf. Believe's customized service model and blend of surf, yoga, and outdoor activities was exactly what we were looking for. We would recommend Believe and Santa Teresa more generally to anyone looking for an authentic, adventurous trip in a stunning location! Thanks again Martin and Lucho! "

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  • Review by Elisa
    10 out of 10

    "Will start by saying that this was the most memorable and best life experience I have had (and needed). Martin and Lucho from Believe Surf and Yoga Retreat go above and beyond in every aspect to make sure you enjoy your stay from beginning to end. Right from the beginning when booking your holiday, Martin is there helping you plan out your vacation and making sure you are ready to arrive in Santa Teresa with everything you need. Martin made sure to check in via email/sykpe right before our arrival to make sure we had what we needed and we knew where to go. I knew that we were in good hands and that the guys had our best interest and mind and wanted to ensure we would have the best experience ever! And when I met Martin in person it felt like old friends saying hello. Lucho, the best surf coach and such a positive person who encourages you to be the best that he knows you can be. Very professional, helpful, encouraging and dedicated to his clients. He had me up on the board on my first lesson! I was addicted to surfing instantly. With each lesson Lucho pushed my limits and he was as determined as I was to see me succeed, and I did! Lucho picked us up everyday for surf with water and snacks for after our lesson, which is great because you are thirsty and hungry after a great workout in the water! But aside from that, if you need anything, Lucho is there to help you and make sure you have what you need. We appreciated everything he did for us. It really was like hanging out with a friend. He's always smiling and laughed at my jokes, which are not always funny :) Tule is a master of photography capturing my best moments on the board as well as the funny little moments in and out of the water. Having him there taking your photos you can be sure that you will walk away with the great memories of learning to surf with Lucho. Not to mention that he has a great sense of humour and an overall good person. If you decide you want to take home these photos, make sure you take care of him for his great work! Yoga first thing in the morning with Daniel really put my day on the right path. I am a beginner with yoga and Daniel's classess accomodate all levels. So don't worry if you're not a yogi. You can do it! And trust me, yoga helps with your focus and surf! Highly recommend! I cannot say enough about the experience I had in Santa Teresa and with Believe Surf & Yoga. I will definitely return and use Martin and Lucho's services again. Pura vida!"

    "Some helpful tips in Santa Teresa:"

    "Transportation: I recommend having Believe coordinate your private shuttle to and from Sanata Teresa. It was once less thing to think about. Getting around Santa Teresa...walk where you can but if you need transportation you can rent an ATV or use taxis. "

    "Food: You have the option to have your meals included in the package. I did opt in for breakfast, lunch and a couple of dinners. Next time I will go without. There are so many cafes and restaurants in the area. Mafra's cafe in the morning for the best coffee and pastries. Fresh pizza is made everyday which is very yummy! There is also the Ginger Cafe which is further down the road. Special dinner out perhaps? Check out al chile viola. Italian owned restaurant with fresh pasta made daily...most amazing food and atmosphere! Staff was really friendly...even met a Canadian that worked there! Katana is a great Asian cuisine. The food really is spectacular! Very comfortable and fun atmosphere. And don't forget the local food. There are little restaurants around that serve real Casado and are much less expensive than the tourist places."

    "Grocery: The super's (market) are located throughout the strip. Wine, bottled water and snacks for your room...anything you need you will find it there. The one I found with the most selection is located across the street from Hotel Tropico Latino."

    "Banking: There are two ATM's in the main part of town. BCR will allow you to withdraw either US dollars or Colones. If you need to go into the bank for any reason make sure you have your passport with you. Also if you are going to use your credit card ;) Oh and to get back from the ATM to your hotel...around the corner from BCR are taxi's. The guys will be sitting at the corner....just ask."

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  • Review by A traveller from Halifax, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Martin and Lucho took care of every detail to ensure my friend and I had an exceptional holiday in Santa Teresa from the hotel details, transportation, surfing/yoga, dinner recommendations and more and more! This trip was so amazing thanks to these two that both my friend and I started planning our next trip there almost immediately after returning home! Can't say enough great things, thank-you Lucho and Martin and see you soon!"

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  • Review by Valeria O. from Buenos Aires, Argentina
    10 out of 10

    "This is my second year in Santa Teresa and don't regret it! I went there specifically to improve my surfing. My instructor this time was Miki and he's great. He pushed me to the limit, I loved it! Thank you Lucho for accomodating us again, for your endless smile and great service. I hope to see you again next year."

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  • Review by Jose P. from Hamburg, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Lucho classes were exactly what I needed to learn to surf. They have a lot of patience, but at the same time they want you to learn and enjoy the full experience. Meet unique beaches! Also, we were in Ohana they are an absolutely dream towns in which I struggle owns. I met many parts of Santa Teresa, and really Ohana is the BEST."

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  • Review by Fede
    10 out of 10

    "Nothing to say, only praise OHANA and all his crew, a success, it is difficult to leave. Thanks for everything!! Big greetings. Pure Life!"

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  • Review by Dennis from Tel Aviv, Israel
    10 out of 10

    "We had our first 5 lessons with Luciano really professional and fun, taught us a lot and managed to surf on big waves after just 2 lessons! He also picked us up from our hotel and we met with him again just for fun. Will take him again next time I visit here for sure! Highly recommend to surf with him."

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  • Review by A traveller from Capital Federal District, Argentina
    10 out of 10

    "Martin and Lucho thank you very much for the best holidays ever. I stayed for 15 days in Santa Teresa and I still feel that was not enough. Great life experience, best beach ever! Thank you again for all your dedication, I felt like home! Wonderful people. Ohana Village, 5 stars, NBA!"

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  • Review by Jennifer P. from Thousand Oaks, California
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful people, great surfing, yoga and more. Lucho is a superstar! Went on a girls trip and had a wonderful time."

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  • Review by Ginny from Alaska, USA

    "I contacted Believe Surf and Yoga as a last minute solo traveler and they gave me the trip I was hoping for and more! I achieved my surfing goals, thanks to Lucho's fabulous instruction and had a great time in Santa Theresa thanks to them arranging my stay from Canopy tour to a roof over my head, yoga and massage. I would strongly recommend contacting them and I look forward to using them again on my next trip to Santa Theresa. Thank you Martin and Lucho!"

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  • Review by Carl Svangtun

    "A huge thanks to Martin and Lucho for organizing our customized yoga, surf and relax vacation in Playa Santa Theresa. It was cost effective and everything we expected and more. Martin took the time to understand our wants and delivered. I have been told that if you are going to learn how to surf (especially as an old man) you better have a good teacher. Well Lucho had me up on the board the first day and by day three I was consistently paddling and catching waves on my own! Thanks Lucho, you're the best! Video to follow!"

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  • Review by Michelle from California, USA

    "The team at Believe exceeded all expectations from beginning to end! What an amazing and relaxing balance of yoga, surf, and delicious food recommendations. Surf instructors, transportation and hotel accommodations were all on time and prepared with everything we needed allowing us to relax and have fun! Couldn't have asked for a better trip. Can't wait to go back!"

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  • Review by Sarah

    "I planned to go on a solo trip to Santa Teresa and spent 6 days there. Lucho coordinated everything for me for my stay, including surf lessons, yoga classes, zip -line, and my stay at the Funky Monkey Lodge. He ensured there would be many friendly faces at the lodge, and I met another solo traveler there who I became friends with. We were able to do most of our activities during the week together and have a lot of fun. "

    "Lucho was there to greet me the day I arrived. He gave me all the information I needed about where to go and what to do while I was in Santa Teresa. He also taught my surfing lessons and arrived each day to pick me and my fellow solo travel companion up for our quick trek to Playa Hermosa. He came each day with a warm greeting, water, snacks, and a lot of enthusiasm. We were up and surfing during the very first lesson! "

    "Lucho is passionate and inspiring. If you book with Believe Surf and Yoga you will feel as though you already have a friend in Santa Teresa."

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  • Review by Emilie from San Francisco, USA

    "I went with a group of friends for a week of surf, yoga, and relaxation. Lucho and Martin were excellent guides and hosts; everything ran so smoothly! I have been recommending everyone I know to use them for their next trip to Costa Rica! The dinner recommendations from Lucho were also a highlight of the trip!"

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  • Review by Gweneth

    "Believe Surf and Yoga made my trip to Costa Rica amazing! I went with five girlfriends to surf, do yoga, and relax on the beach, but I got so much more. Martin and Lucho were incredible hosts and guides. From setting up surf lessons, providing surf boards and rash guards, to dinner recommendations (which were all delicious). These guys do it all! I came back from my trip wanting to go right back to Santa Teresa. I highly recommend going to Believe Surf. They will help you plan everything and make sure your stay in Costa Rica is one you will never forget."

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  • Review by Blaine Anderson, New York City, USA

    "The Believe team helped me plan a comprehensive trip for myself and 5 girlfriends to the beautiful Santa Teresa! Our trip included our hotel, transfers, surf lessons, zip lining, spa services, and yoga - everything went seamlessly. They were so helpful throughout the planning process and while we were traveling, they even assisted in making dinner reservations, by the way, all the meals we had were delicious. Our surf instructors were awesome and we all left with a greater knowledge of surfing and yoga. I couldn't say enough great things about this trip, Santa Teresa, and the Believe team (shout out to Martin and Lucho!). Overall, best girls trip ever!"

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "Recently returned from a 7-day Costa Rican ladies vacation. Bottom-line, I have never felt so relaxed in such a short time, while also challenging myself to new experiences. Martin helped 2 friends and I arrange our trip. He was very prompt and answered our million questions via email and skype. We arranged a modified tranquility package, staying in a 3 bed garden bungalow for the week, including surf and yoga lessons, canopy tour (zip-lining), massage, meals, and more. Once on the ground and in Santa Teresa, Lucho was our go-to guy. He is charming, knowledgeable, and prompt. Lucho was also our surf instructor with two other great guys (Esteban and Lorenzo). They were patient and calming. While I never was able to stand up, I never felt bad or in competition. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Believe with Martin and Lucho! I am trying to figure out when I can get back to Santa Teresa as I write! Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "The Believe guys only have five star reviews for a reason. They absolutely make any trip the best it could possibly be. Martin organized my accommodation and activities via email and Skype in the months before I arrived in Costa Rica and I already knew I would be looked after. In Santa Teresa Lucho was the best host ever"

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  • Review by a Julaylay from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    "Believe makes your holidays the best one! I visited Santa Teresa some weeks ago. Before going, I contacted Believe, they planned everything for me: accommodation, logistics, surf, and yoga lessons. They share several holidays packages and I chose the one that better fit my timings, will, and budget. Thanks for helping me learn to surf, as I thought I was never ever going to learn it!"

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  • Review by Simon Lowe from Bristol, UK

    "Favorite place ever! I had the best experience at Believe Surf and Yoga. Everyone is so friendly and accommodating. Its suitable for surfers and yogis of all levels. The setting is so beautiful and picturesque, I will most definitely be returning as soon as possible. Thank you so much to all the brilliant hosts!"

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  • Review by Flor C. from Buenos Aires, Argentina
    10 out of 10

    "I fell in love Santa Teresa! The combination of yoga and surf in these divine beaches, is perfect and makes you want to never leave. It was the first time I went surfing, and Lucho classes were excellent! I can not wait to go back, and recommend it to everyone. The experience is magical! Thanks for all the recommendations Believe - Surf & Yoga. Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by Flor C. from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    "Its pure life and pure magic! I fell in love with Santa Teresa. The combination of yoga and surf in these divine beaches is perfect and make you want to never leave. It was the first time I was surfing, and Luchos classes were excellent! I cannot wait to go back, and recommend it to everyone. The experience is magical! Thanks for all the recommendations Believe - Surf and Yoga. Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by Gianpaolo from New York City, New York

    "Best surfing in Costa Rica. Ask for Lucio, fun, great attitude, amazing with kids, and great instructor. Pura vida"

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  • Review by Erin T. from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "We took surf lessons with Lucho and were very satisfied and impressed with the level of service - he is a talented teacher! There were three of us and all of us were able to make it up onto the board on our first tries in the water and by the second lesson we were able to surf completely on our own. He was also very helpful when it came to suggestions about what to do and where to go in Santa Teresa and pointed us in the right direction when we wanted to rent boards and try a solo surf. If we are ever lucky enough to return to Santa Teresa we will absolutely get in touch with Lucho for a refresher course. Pura vida!"

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  • Review by traveler from Zurich, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Best vacation ever! Perfect organization of the whole trip and very good recommendations. Hotel Tropico Latino, where I stayed, is a beautiful boutique hotel next to the beach. I had great yoga lessons, every day at the beach of the hotel. Lucho is the perfect host, you get a local cell for calls, and he knows everything about and around Santa Teresa. He is the perfect surf coach, a lot of patience also for beginners! Taxi to the beach, water, snacks, and la pipa (coconut) included! Santa Teresa is a nice little town where you find all kind of restaurants, cafes, and bars, very relaxed! I can only recommend Believe Surf and Yoga, the guys made my stay a fantastic experience and I will definitely go back!"

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  • Review by Morgan T. from Chalong, Thailand

    "Amazing! We booked the Hang Out package and Martin was so helpful to organize as much as possible before our stay. He gave us loads of information and was really great at customizing the package to our needs and interests, especially as we were quite picky! Santa Teresa is a beautiful place, truly paradise and it was even better than Martin and Lucho said it would be, we cant wait to come back. We saw monkeys and birds and iguanas from our room! The accommodation that the guys booked for was exactly what we wanted; close to the beach, great amenities and lots of privacy, personally the hammock was my man cave to retreat to after surf. The welcome pack was a nice touch too. Lucho really made the week for us. He gave us a great overview of the town and advice on food and coffees etc. He also gave us a local phone to contact him on which was super helpful when we jumped in the wrong taxi and Lucho had to translate as we negotiated with the driver! He also arranged other activities like canopy zip lines for us and transport. The surf lessons, amazing! Lucho is a fantastic instructor, very patient and really positive which is as important for something as tricky as surfing! I had some experience and he stripped all of my bad habits away, I've been carving up the waves ever since! My girlfriend was a complete beginner and Lucho had her surfing consistently within four or five attempts! We also had a few snacks during the lessons for energy. The yoga classes were in a little hotel nearby and the variety of yoga instructors was great for us. We came away from our stay with the skills of surfing and yoga, a great week, and surfing pictures and memories that we'll always treasure. I would definitely recommend Believe to anyone interested in an amazing beach holiday. Martin and Lucho made our stay far better than we imagined, if you're thinking about booking with Believe, hurry up and do it!"

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  • Review by Kmishe from Buenos Aires, Argentina
    10 out of 10

    "Great experience! Personally, I'm not the athletic type of person and thought this extreme sport would be too much for me, but Lucho proved me wrong! He clearly, patiently explained the surfing technique and safety guidelines, and on the first class I could already surf some waves! After just 5 classes, this is now one of the few sports I truly enjoy and will continue practicing whenever I'm given the chance. Surf is very fun to do with family or friends. 10/10 would recommend and will definitely be coming back for more."

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  • Review by Hernan VW. from New York City, USA

    "An amazing experience! I was fortunate enough to have Believe Surf and Yoga on the planning of my Costa Rica surfing trip. Martin and Lucho are both incredible hosts and know very well the area (adding to their great surfing skills). This is the perfect way to travel, relax, meet friends, and have an amazing time. Its always comforting to know one can travel in paradise with everything taking care of. Believe and you'll end up surfing and doing yoga like a pro! Pura vida"

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  • Review by Agancedo

    "Best trip ever. Although our trip wasn't planned with many expectations being the first time traveling to Costa Rica, we had the time of our lives. The combo of experiencing the deep surrounding wilderness with the comfort of perfect accommodations was unique. It gave us, as a couple, the possibility of being adventurous while keeping all the luxuries in hand. And this, believe me, is the key to success in a couples trip. Our aim was to find a place to rest our minds and bodies from everyday life. Of course, I began surfing, fishing, and hiking while my wife was practicing yoga, reading, or sun tanning. By the end of our trip, she was surfing, fishing and hiking by my side, and me practicing yoga, reading and sun tanning by hers. The friendly staff was fantastic at all times which made our stay even more relaxing and worries-free. I've been surfing for 24 years now, traveling with my wife around the world for the past 15, searching for perfect waves. In all these years, she had never even tried surfing. As Santa Teresa has a very broad variety of wave types, suitable for beginners or advanced surfers, she finally took the big step of trying a couple of lessons with some of Believe's instructors. She was amazed, and quickly became addicted to this mind blowing sport. From now on she no longer accompanies me in my surf trips, we live them together. I recommend Believe Surf and Yoga as a must do experience."

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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

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