7 Days Surf & Yoga for Women in Costa Rica

  • Malpais, Nicoya Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica


Yoga and Surf Camp in Costa Rica

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Be adventurous and transform yourself during a weeklong surf camp in Costa Rica. Come alone or with friends and be a part of a community of like-minded women. Just imagine warm water, great waves, a caring team of highly trained surf instructors, an oceanfront hotel located on a beach, described by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world plus have yoga classes daily.


    • Day trips to secret surf spots
    • Daily yoga sessions in the oceanfront studio
    • Daily surf instruction with sunset surf sessions
    • Snacks, water, and essential beach supplies
    • 6 nights beachfront accommodation
    • Concierge, bellhop, maid service
    • 3 healthy gourmet meals daily
    • Unlimited bottled water


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Pura Vida Adventure Costa Rica offers a beachfront accommodation located at Playa Carmen. It is situated amidst lush tropical gardens that flow onto an expansive white sand beach, combining the best natural elements Costa Rica has to offer. Hidden beneath the colorful foliage, guests can enjoy a swim in the crystal blue pool, or simply lounge in a beachfront chaise or hammock while taking in the beauty of the warm sparkling ocean and deep red sunsets. Just walk out your front door and be on the beach and in the surf in under a minute.

    Pura Vida Adventures accommodations feature Teak and mosaic floors, bamboo beds, wood doors leading to indoor/outdoor decks and custom hardwood finishing which combine modern comfort with local, tropical decor. The beachfront retreat accommodation has private patios with chaise lounges that are the perfect hangout between sessions. The hotel's private beachfront chill-out area is shaded by coconut and almond trees. One can relax or take a nap in one of the hammocks or many lounge chairs scattered about.

    Shared accommodation

    These large rooms have two beds with a large private bathroom and outdoor patio. This is perfect for solo travelers who would like to share a room with another guest and would like us to choose their roommate, or for two friends who want to share a room. Some of the bungalows have three beds, which is a fun option for three friends who want to share a room.

    Private accommodation with private bath

    This type of accommodation is a large room with a queen size bed, private bathroom and outdoor deck. This is perfect for someone who enjoys their privacy.


    • Al Chile Viola restaurant
    • Ocean view pool with Jacuzzi
    • Spa Natural
    • Beachfront yoga studio
    • Air conditioning / ceiling fans
    • Hot water
    • Coffee maker
    • Closets
    • WiFi internet
    • Safety box
    • Mini bar
    • 24 hour security

    Pura Vida Adventures was founded by Tierza Eichner after realizing her passion for surfing to be more than just a hobby. The camp strives to rejuvenate and to empower the mind, body and spirit through surfing, SUP, and yoga - the "pura vida" way. Pura Vida Adventures retreats draw inspiration from the Costa Rican phrase "pura vida," which means "enjoy life." This spirit is infused into every aspect of the retreats. Pura Vida Adventures is about giving you a new experience and a new outlook on life.

    Explore the art of wave riding, find presence in daily yoga, experience Costa Rica's natural beauty and harmonious way of life, enjoy a variety of fresh local dishes, relax under the tropical sun, and share in a community of laughter and fun. Discover the many benefits yoga has on all aspects of your life; soak up the beauty and energy of tropical Costa Rica; awaken your senses during a meditative hike through the jungle; share meals and experiences with new friends; and transform yourself into a more relaxed and radiant you.


    • Yoga
    • Breakfast
    • Surf instruction


    • Lunch
    • Relaxation (scheduled massages, poolside, hammock, and / or siesta)
    • Optional sunset surf session ( depending on surf conditions)


    • Dinner (occasional outings to other restaurants)

    Pura Vida Adventures retreats are situated in the scenic village of Malpais on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Expansive beaches and tropical rainforest surround Malpais, creating a fascinating landscapes, stunning views and unforgettable sunsets. The gorgeous beaches are uncrowded, the ocean is warm, the locals are friendly with monkeys swinging from the trees. There is also a secret waterfall with warm water pools surrounded by jungle canopy, and surf spots.

    • Horse riding/rental
    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Massage
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa
    • Swimming pool
    • Bar
    • Concierge desk
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Multilingual staff
    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant nearby
    • Free! Bottled water
    • Shop nearby
    • Tour assistance
    • Wireless internet

    A balanced, calm mind is much easier to obtain when you nourish your body properly. Combining fresh, local ingredients with culinary inspiration and loving intentions, Pura Vida adventures is committed to creating nutritious meals during your transformational yoga week.

    Start each morning with Pura Vida adventures healthy tropical smoothies to fuel your body with restorative vitamins and minerals. After yoga, brunch consists of a variety of fresh tropical fruits, homemade granola with organic yogurt, and fresh homemade breads. Heartier specialty dishes like tofu scrambles, vegetarian quiche, omelets or banana pancakes will also be served. An assortment of herbal and caffeinated teas as well as gourmet Costa Rican coffee will be available during the entire retreat.

    Three of the six meals during the retreat will be served at Al Chile Viola, Pura Vida adventures hotels beachfront restaurant. Chef Emiliano, from Italy, masterfully prepares dishes using fresh and local ingredients, which express flavor and imagination. The health of our guests remain a cornerstone of each meal and we have carefully selected options to suit vegans, vegetarians, fish and meat lovers alike. Bountiful organic salads will accompany your meals and yummy desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings.

    Eating so good will be well deserved and youll be glad you dont have to go far to enjoy some of the best food in town. To give you a taste of the wonderful variety of cuisine and unique atmosphere that Malpais offers, Pura Vida adventures will take you out to our favorite restaurants in the village for the remainder of your dinners. There will be plenty of options to choose from, such as fresh seafood, curries, local plates and tropical salads, as well as brick-oven pizza and fire-roasted chicken, all served either beachside or within a stones throw from the sand.

    The first and last night of the retreat there will be a ceremonious gathering during dinner. For your final night Pura Vida adventures will hold a special event beach bonfire to seal in the magic of the retreat. Dancing under the stars, sharing songs and stories, and the laughter of friends are ancient traditions that make this life, and your vacation, rich and memorable.

    Free time, options, and extra activities

    Below are some options for your free time and extra activities. Some of these options may include additional costs. If you have any inquiry or you would like to make further arrangements, you can do so by contacting Pura Vida Adventures. Simply click on Send Inquiry button to send a message to Pura Vida Adventures.


    • Hike through the jungle to the Montezuma waterfall
    • Salsa dancing lessons
    • Beachside BBQ and bonfire
    • Live concert from Annie Bethancourt
    • SUP (stand up paddle) camp celebrate as you soak up the fun and adventure of beautiful Costa Rica! Glide on water, explore the stunning coastline, find balance in daily yoga, experience the local culture, taste tantalizing cuisine and make great new friends; while discovering the fun in each and every moment.
    • Zip line canopy tour Fly through the forrest canopy over creeks and canyons with amazing vistas and panoramic views of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean below
    • Horseback ride Gallop along the shore and visit other beaches via horseback.
    • Fishing tour Cruise the Costa Rican coast-line and explore the underwater volcano and Cabo Blanco National Park. Catch tuna and Mahi Mahi and see an abundance of natural wildlife.
    • ATV tour Explore the Costa Rican countryside, villages, and the breathtaking beaches in the area through an exciting way.
    • Cabo Blanco nature hike Guided or unguided nature hike through Costa Ricas first nature reserve, Cabo Blanco. A great way to experience the peaceful nature and animal life for which Costa Rica is well known.
    • 6 nights beachfront accommodation
    • 3 healthy gourmet meals daily
    • Concierge, bellhop, maid service
    • Snacks, water, and essential beach supplies
    • Surf instruction with sunset surf sessions daily including day trips to secret surf spots
    • Unlimited bottled water
    • Yoga sessions in the oceanfront studio every day

    Arrival by airplane

    International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), 17 km outside San Jose, the capitol of Costa Rica.

    Airlines: American, United, Frontier, COPA Panama, Delta, US Air, Continental, America West, LACSA, Mexicana, and Taca airlines fly to Costa Rica.

    Departure tax will be charged.

    Domestic Flight: The closest airport to Malpais is Tambor. Once in Tambor, expect a 1hr taxi ride. Taxis cost approximately $50 for 1-4 people and $10 for each additional person. We will schedule a taxi to pick you up in Tambor, so look for a sign with your party's name, and ask for Miguel.

    There are a limited number of flights and seats to Tambor, so make your reservation early. The two airlines that fly from San Jose to Tambor are Sansa and Nature Air. If you are planning on bringing your surfboard, please contact the airline regarding their size restrictions. Flight schedules change periodically, so please check with the airlines for exact times.

    You are advised to have 2 hours between your international and domestic flights for customs, baggage claim and ticketing.

    Arrival by shuttle

    We have partnered with Montezuma Expeditions to provide you with shuttle bus services to/from Malpais.

    The shuttle bus leaves San Jose and Malpais daily once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport or your hotel. The price is 45 USD/per person each way. The shuttle ride is an approximate 7-hour drive through Costa Rica's picturesque countryside, including a 90-minute ferry ride on the Golfo de Nicoya. Please contact Montezuma Expeditions directly.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Pura Vida Adventures an inquiry.


    • Review by Anna Davies from Cosmopolitan Magazine

      "Surfing was something thats so different than what I do in my normal life. Pura Vida Adventures taught me to slow the "eff" down, enjoy life, and just chillall while hanging out in an incredible place, eating fantastic food, and having conversations that made me laugh so hard I snorted pineapple-smoothie out of my nose. And the second time was even more incredible than the first. As soon as I walked through the gates of the hotel I had a smile on my face and literally did cartwheels and handstands on the beach my first afternoon there. I fell even more in love with surfing, and more than that, definitely consider Pura Vida my safe haven and happy place. I love the people it attracts, the positive attitudes everyone brings, and the fact that it creates connections that last long beyond the trip. And yeah, Im already planning on heading back for round three in the not-so-distant future! I love you guys!"

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    • Review by Arpita from Essex Junction, VT

      "The best moment was the first time I caught a solid wave. Amazing!!! I cant believe that just two and half months ago I couldnt swim and now I am actually surfing and loving it!! There is nothing like facing your fears. After that, I was like, bring it on, I can do anything. This adventure was revitalizing, relaxing, and healing all in one and went far beyond my expectations. Im a changed person since this trip and have come back a far better person. I wish I could share this experience with everyone."

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    • Review by Ako Matsuzaki from San Francisco, California

      "Pura Vida gives you the whole experience - the surf, the food, the bonding. Most importantly though - I would like to really highlight how AWESOME your staff is. They were all professional in and out of the water but at the same time, super fun. They really looked out for us and we could all tell that they really wanted us to learn and do well. I honestly can not say enough about how great this camp is... SO worth the bruises and cuts, the bug bites and the tacky bathing suit tans we all come back with. I'd do it all over again in an instant."

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    The camp strives to rejuvenate and to empower the mind, body and spirit through surfing, SUP, and yoga - the "pura vida" way.

    Speaks English

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    Special discount

    If you pay in full 45 days prior to your surf adventure date, you receive a discount of 200 USD per person off the regular retreat rates.

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