8 Days Tropical Water Costa Rica Surfing and Yoga Retreat

  • Casa Cristal de Mar, Nosara, Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Unforgettable Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

  • 7 days with instruction
  • This retreat will take place in Nosara, Costa Rica. It includes a comfortable accommodation and professional yoga and surfing instructors. Dare yourself to ride the wave in an unforgettable retreat and surfing under the guidance of Richard and his staff. Experience one of the world’s Blue Zone areas where residents are known to live longer and healthier. It is warm and sunny during this time with offshore winds and waves to surf everyday!


    • Daily yoga
    • Sport massage
    • 5-1/2 days of solid surfing
    • Surf video review & coaching
    • Photos and videos documentation
    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • Breakfast and lunch
    • Surfboard rental

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Richard Schmidt Surf School has a main house, Casa Cristal de Mar (Sea Glass House) / Lot J-47, that serves as base camp. You may share rooms at this location or request a private room for a little extra money. The house is conveniently located near the beach.

    Casa Cristal de Mar amenities

    • 3 bedrooms in main house all with their own bathroom
    • A detached studio
    • A rancho with 3 double beds
    • Outdoor showers
    • Swimming pool
    • Safes in each room
    • Air conditioner in each room
    • Washer and dryer

    Accommodation information

    For those who want to stay in an own room, you can pay extra and stay at the Harbor Reef Surf Resort, which is about 100 yards south or about one minute walk up the street from the main house. All Harbor Reef rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, a wet bar with refrigerator, plenty of closet space, a large bathroom and a private porch or balcony. For more information, please send Richard Schmidt Surf School an inquiry.


    • 15:00 Orientation (meet at the main house)
    • 16:00-17:30 Beach time
    • 17:30-19:00 Free time
    • 19:00 Welcoming dinner

    Sunday - Thursday

    You are on your own program in the evening. You could walk to dinner at a local restaurant or bar. Often, there is plenty of food left over from lunch if you want to warm up some leftovers and relax around the house. The daily schedule from Sunday - Thursday is described below:

    • 07:30-08:00 Yoga and morning stretching
    • 08:00-08:30 Breakfast
    • 09:00-12:00 Beach time
    • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
    • 13:00-14:00 Video review and coaching
    • 14:00-15:30 Free time
    • 15:30-16:00 Beach time
    • 18:00 Free time


    On Friday, you are welcome to use the surfboards. The instructors, however, will either be taking the day off or surfing for fun alongside. It may be a day to take off from surfing and enjoy another activity the area has to offer. The Friday's schedule is as follows:

    • 07:30-08:00 Yoga and morning stretching
    • 08:00-08:30 Breakfast
    • 09:00-12:00 Free time (surfing)
    • 12:00-12:30 Lunch
    • 12:30-14:00 Video review and awards ceremony
    • 14:00 Free time (surfing) and prepare for Saturday departure
    • Marisa

      Marisa has a BFA in dance, and is certified as an interdisciplinary yoga Instructor with the Nosara Yoga Institute of Costa Rica. She is also a registered yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance. She has developed and encouraged the yoga and stretching portion of the surf retreat.

    This retreat will take pace in Nosara, Costa Rica.

    • 5-1/2 days of solid surfing, 2 surfing sessions a day
    • 7 nights’ accommodation
    • A link to Richard’s “Learn to Surf & Ocean Safety, vol. 1” full video online
    • Airport transfer
    • Daily breakfast and lunch
    • Daily complimentary juice and 2 beers
    • Daily yoga session
    • Dinner on the first night
    • Photos and videos documentation
    • Sports massage
    • Surfboard rental
    • Video review and coaching
    • Airfare
    • Dinner

    Arrival by airplane

    You are suggested arriving at arriving at Liberia International Airport (LIR) or San Jose International Airport (SJC). If arriving into San Jose, the best way to get into Nosara is by a 45-minute shuttle flight on local airline, Nature Air. From Nosara Airport (NOB), Richard Schmidt Surf School will pick you up and drop you off. Just be sure to give Richard Schmidt Surf School your flight itinerary. The main house is a 10-minute drive away. The round trip price for the shuttle is around 160 to 175 USD.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Richard Schmidt Surf School an inquiry.


    • Review by Moni Perkins

      "Richard Schmidt's is the bomb! Did his surf camp in Santa Cruz several years back, the absolute best vacation in my life! His wife's yoga, and meals were awesome as well. Subsequently, took a couple of surf lessons throughout the years, always a blast and learn something new with every session. I just wish I could take the time off to go to Costa Rica with his team, one of these days."

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    • Review by Eli EK

      "Raddest surf school and Richard Schmidt is a Legend. No matter what level of surfing you are whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced surfer, he will take your surfing to the next level. I learned a lot about wave reading and advanced techniques from Richard. I can't recommend it enough!"

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    • Review by Justin

      "We just wanted to thank Richard Schmidt Surf School again for the wonderful time we had in Costa Rica. The week we spent in Costa Rica was the best vacation that Ami and I have ever had! We already miss Costa Rica."

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    • Review by Lisa

      "Hi Richard, thanks for sending the picture of the wave you helped me get on. We got home safely and the first hours back I felt a bit at a loss not being near the ocean, no waves, no yoga, no surfing. I never got a chance to say goodbye to you, or thank you for sharing your special gift with me this last week in Costa Rica. Thanks for a wonderful time in Costa Rica and for taking such good care of us."

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    • Review by Rikki

      "Thanks so much Richard. We had a wonderful time with Richard Schmidt Surf School! Thank you! I’m in a crazy meeting in Ventura and dreaming of Costa Rica. You are an incredible teacher."

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    Santa Cruz, United States

    Richard Schmidt Surf School is Santa Cruz's surf school since 1978. It organizes surf and SUP lessons, surf camps and yoga retreat for all ages and levels.

    Speaks English

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