Believe Surf and Yoga offers customized vacation packages for anyone who wants to make a break in their daily routine and experience something new. Their aim is to enable and empower everyone to believe in themselves, to learn to surf, and connect with nature and the sea while practicing yoga every day in order to generate the daily habit of connecting to the body and mind. Add to that the fact that you will have a local host to be your first friend in Santa Teresa as well as give you tips and tricks for all the best things to do and you are sure to have the holiday of your life!
Believe lodge is located in front of La Lora beach trail, three minutes walk from the surf and walking distance to the best and newest restaurants, cafes, and bars and one of the local supermarkets (credit card accepted). The lodge features 11 rooms, swimming pool, yoga studio, surf rack a shared kitchen for the exclusive use of guests, daily cleaning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. At the front of the lodge, they run El Patio Cafe from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cafe is open for both guests and visitors to enjoy breakfast, smoothies, and lunch and it has become one of the classic after-surf meeting points in town, for both residents and visitors.
The beaches of Santa Teresa are one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica and they are the perfect starting point for your surf lessons. Gentle whitewater will let you have the best 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 personalized feedback in the water.
Intermediate surfers will be introduced to the art of catching waves and developing the surfer’s 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 you 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 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.
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. Whether you are a beginner or have experience in the art of yoga, you will have amazing teachers who will guide you during the entire week.
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 you 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 you will 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 Rica offers on a yoga retreat with a difference.
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 Malpaís and some hours south from Nosara and the busy Tamarindo. Founded by local communities only some decades ago, and slowly grown into Surf and Yoga community, 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.
It is an ideal destination for those who are looking to connect deeply with nature and themselves. Whether you are looking for great surfing, get deeper into yoga, a romantic beach vacation, a family-friendly destination or you enjoy traveling safely on your own, this is definitely the destination for you.
Every morning, you can choose one of the following:
Doing canopy in Costa Rica is a no-miss experience, an ideal activity to enjoy it with your family or friends, as there is neither age limits nor especial conditions to be able to participate. Slide from one tree to another above the green cushion of the jungle is unforgettable and vibrant. Guides are experienced and very gentle so that everyone will feel at ease and comfortable.
Visiting new places is also something that Believe Surf and Yoga encourage everyone to do. A few minutes away from Santa Teresa, there is a magical spot surrounded by pure nature. You will enjoy the waterfalls, fresh water, and a wonderful small town to hang out after the refreshing experience. This is the perfect rest day in the middle of your surf week.
Definitely an experience not to be missed. It is always part of the schedule, discovering and enjoying every corner of Santa Teresa beach on horseback during sunset.
Stand up paddle is a great discipline to continue to nourish the body and mind balance and to go deeper into the wilderness.
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). From this airport, you have more options for land transportation and local flights to make it to Santa Teresa or anywhere in Costa Rica. Take a 25-minute flight from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to Tambor Airport (TMU) in the Nicoya Peninsula. Once in Tambor Airport (TMU), Believe Surf and Yoga will pick you up with a taxi (60 minutes drive) which costs 60 USD and tax for a one-way trip. For airlines, as from 2018, they suggest to choose FlySansa and to avoid NatureAir.
The second option is to fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in the northwest region of Costa Rica, one hour away from Tamarindo and six hours away from Santa Teresa. 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 Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) as there are no shuttles nor flights during the evening (after 3:00 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 Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) for your international flight.
Otherwise, you should plan your last night in San Jose and not in Santa Teresa. You can book all your local flights and land transportation with Believe Surf and Yoga. Let them know your flight schedule and they will help you plan your logistics in the most cost and time efficient way.
Land shuttles depart daily at 6:00 a.m. (and 2:00 p.m. in high season) from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and take up to six hours to arrive at Santa Teresa. The one-way trip costs 60 USD. It takes two hours to arrive at the port of Puntarenas, where you will take a two-hour ferry trip to Paquera, and from there, two more hours to Santa Teresa. In case you need to stay overnight in Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), Believe Surf and Yoga offers the accommodation and breakfast with the one-way shuttle service for 105 USD.
If you are flying to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR), you will have to take a land shuttle to Santa Teresa (seven hours). Daily shuttles depart at 8:00 a.m. (and 2:00 p.m. during the high season) requires a minimum of two passengers to depart and usually costs 60 USD and tax.
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