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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 every day 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.
Stay at their 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). The 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, their 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 three accommodation options. Once your check-in and check out dates are confirmed Believe Surf and Yoga will be able to confirm availability for:
Believe. It is Believe Surf and Yoga Costa Ricas lemma, their motto. What has driven them here. Believe in the innate potential we have when we are connected with ourselves and nature. It is more than a beach holiday or a trip across great landscapes. Let yourself go along the whole journey: surfing, enjoying the fantastic beaches of Santa Teresa, and the wonderful nature around, while nurturing your body and mind consciousness, through yoga and healthy food habits. A brief experience may leave a significant trace in our life. And, without noticing, the smallest detail changes our mind. This is the cornerstone of their project; what they seek for, every day.
The objective is that everyone, no matter his or her level, age or previous experience, can enjoy and learn how to surf. Believe Surf and Yoga Costa Rica wants everyone to believe in his or her own capabilities and grow in confidence in the sea. Safety is also their main priority. All their instructors are ISA and CPR certified and the surf classes are defined based on weather and sea conditions. This is to say, they go out surfing only if the conditions are safe for everyone; otherwise the session is rescheduled. Classes are approximately two hours long and will vary according to the level and previous experience of the students.
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.
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!
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.
Believe Surf and Yoga Costa Rica is currently working with Tropico Latino and Nautilus yoga studios as the places where they run the yoga experience. They think that these two places, together with Pranamar, are the best in terms of studio and teachers.
Lucho is a very experienced surf instructor. He is very patient and knows how to evoke confidence as well as dispel any anxiety or fears from their guests so that all will look at waves as something that's fun instead of terrifying.
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.
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In this package 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 always be available.
You can include lunch and dinner for additional USD 30 (plus 15% tax and fees) per day. Believe Surf and Yoga usually suggest guests to include some meals and leave the rest unplanned so that you can explore all the nice places that Santa Teresa has to offer.
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 Airport (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 p.m.). 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.
Take a 25 minutes flight from SJO to Tambor (TMU) in Nicoya Peninsula. Once in Tambor (TMU), Believe Surf and Yoga will pick you up with a taxi (45 minutes) which costs USD 60 + tax for a one way trip.
Direct land shuttles depart from San Jose (SJO) and take up to 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa and cost USD 60 + tax for a one way trip. They leave San Jose early in the mornng (6 a.m.) 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 San Jose, they offer accommodation and breakfast with the shuttle service for USD 105 + 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 a.m. and (sometimes) at 3 p.m. On low season, it requires a minimum of two passengers to depart. The price is USD 60 + tax.