Jared has been with Lucero from day one and therefore, he has been able to give a lot of his guests their first surf experience in Costa Rica. He knows how to make you laugh and fall in love with surfing!
Mark will show you the ropes of surfing in Santa Teresa. He'll get you comfortable in the water and teach you how to catch waves. He has surfed his whole life and teaches both beginners and intermediates.
Jared is the co-founder, co-host, and instructor of Lucero Surf Retreats.
Karlijn Van Lammeren
from Netherlands, May 2017
"Heerlijk relaxte vakantie"
Marieke en Jared doen er alles aan om je verblijf zo fijn mogelijk te maken. Super fijne ontvangst, persoonlijk programma met het beste wat Santa Teresa te bieden heeft en altijd bereid om te helpen. Zonder het gevoel te hebben dat ik op een "georganiseerde reis" was. Heb een heerlijke week gehad en blij dat ik heb leren surfen! Dit was zeker niet de laatste keer!
a traveler Georgia, USA
My family of six chose to go to Costa Rica to have an active vacation and learn to surf. We were not disappointed. Marieke and Jared are super helpful and my kids absolutely loved it. We had so much fun that we extended our vacation for six days. The travel out to Santa Teresa was challenging so I highly recommend flying from San Jose to the nearby airport. Lucero will arrange all of this for you. Santa Teresa is fairly rustic with its dirt roads so it takes some getting used to, but the community and the beach are worth it.
Marieke and Jared made our trip incredibly easy and convenient, while giving us the security of having local community experts in our corner. We knew which places to go to, how to interact with our surroundings, and had the best possible vacation that we could have asked for. A hundred thanks to Marieke and Jared, our new friends that we'll most definitely be returning to at the next opportunity. I know I can be picky and annoying at times, but every question and request was answered and fulfilled without missing a beat. I call them the Zen masters of customer service! Please do yourself a favor and have the best possible people in your corner for a personalized, professional, and ridiculously fun Costa Rican adventure!
While I never imagined having someone who I never met before provide me with all the information, and hold our hands through any and everything we wanted to do, that was exactly what we got from Lucero. Jared and Marieke ensured that my friends and I had a trip that we would never forget. If you want to truly have quite the Santa Teresa experience, then this is your one-stop shop.
Brian New York, USA
I travel a lot for work, and I get to meet tons of people from all different walks of life all over the world. Marieke and Jared were two of the kindest and most helpful people I have ever come across. From the moment I first reached out to Marieke via email, she was responsive, polite, and very knowledgeable about the Santa Teresa area.
I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica, and I did a whole bunch of research to figure out what the best spot would be. I chose Santa Teresa because it sounded remote, beautiful, adventurous, and great for surfing. It really and truly was a beautiful place. I traveled to Costa Rica with six of my best friends, and came across Lucero via TripAdvisor and random google exploration.
As it turned out, we ended up utilizing Lucero for a surf and yoga vacation and not lodging since we had a big group and it was a busy time of the year. Marieke was totally okay with this arrangement and still helped throughout the booking process. She set us up with both flights from San Jose International to Tambor, as well as with transfers to and from the airport and our house rental.
The surf lessons were an absolute blast. We were all first timers and we were all standing up and riding waves the very first day. I was lucky enough to have been chosen by Daniel to be his student on the first day, and he was probably the best skill development teacher I have ever had in my entire life. He was extremely talented and I could feel that he truly wanted me to both succeed and to feel the same love for surfing that he obviously holds in his heart. I'm totally hooked!
On the yoga side, Lauren was an amazing instructor as well, and she put up with my groups' continuous "early morning flu" symptoms as well. When we were sore and beaten from surfing, she would let us practice yin yoga to stretch our tired bodies.
Jared acted as a hands-on concierge throughout the entirety of the trip. He took us on a ridiculous day trip to Montezuma where we got to go swimming and cliff jumping at the waterfalls, and we hiked through the jungle canopy on suspension bridges as well. Originally from New Jersey, Jared has had his fair share of travelling as well, and its readily apparent that he has developed a deep appreciation for Costa Rica. We were lucky enough to get to spend time with him and Marieke after hours and to meet their two adorable daughters also.
Lucero also set my group up with quad rentals to get from our house rental in Mal Pais around the town and to Playa Hermosa and Santa Teresa where we were surfing every day. When I go back to Costa Rica, which will be sooner rather than later, I will most definitely utilize Lucero again because it truly was one of the best customer service experiences I have ever had. I am happy to call Marieke and Jared my friends.
It means a lot to me to not only travel and seek out new adventures, but also to meet great people along the way. Marieke and Jared are an awesome couple who went out of their way to provide clients a once in lifetime experience surfing and exploring Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and Montezuma in Costa Rica. Jared was an amazing surf coach. He was super patient and very knowledgeable about the best waves for us to catch. Marieke had a great itinerary ready to go everyday, complete with great dining options and places to view the sunsets. I am very excited to go back.