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This retreat is perfect for you if you are looking for hassle-free tropical escape. Treat yourself to the ultimate yoga vacation in Costa Rica. Experience a blissful mix of adventure, relaxation, and escape. Lounge in a hammock surrounded by the lush jungle, where you may spot native birds and monkeys that call the tranquil property their home.
The accommodation options are on private and double room basis. Nestled in a tropical garden of native trees and wildlife, the spacious villas provide the perfect environment to relax after a day of surfing. Designed by local architects, the villas provide views of the gardens as well as the comforts of modern amenities such as air-conditioning and hot water. Not to mention your own private hammock.
Unwind in the privacy and tranquility around you. The communal area, an open-air palm-roofed rancho, is also an ideal place to unwind until you are ready to paddle out again. Plug in your iPod to listen to your own music or pass the afternoon listening to the sounds of nature around you.
Whether you are a solo traveler or coming with a family member or loved one, you will find the villas spacious enough to suit your needs.
Situated at the base of the property, Shaka Beach Resort's private yoga studio is nestled in the tropical surroundings of the jungle. Expand your practice while taking in the sights and sounds of the local habitat and wildlife. Do not be surprised to find the local family of monkeys assessing your asanas.
Shaka Beach Retreat offers a Vinyasa style yoga practice in which movement is synchronized with the breath. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next, in time with an inhale or an exhale. At the end of a tiring week of surf, restorative sessions are focused on the breath with gentle movement and hands-on adjustments, which are perfect for strengthening and stretching tired surf muscles.
There is usually a mix of abilities and classes are tailored to guests' needs. Request for an active session if you are feeling pumped and ready to go. Ask for something more gentle if you are tired after a heavy week of surf.
The retreat will be held in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Shaka Beach Retreat is located in northern Santa Teresa, a quaint, funky, and fun town with abundant cultural opportunities, delicious cuisine, and night-life.
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All meals at Shaka Beach Retreat are prepared by the resident chef, José Muñoz, using locally-sourced produce. Before your morning surf session, you will enjoy a delicious sunrise snack of fresh fruit and granola. When you return, José will serve a hearty dish of a typical Costa Rican breakfast including gallo pinto, omelettes, tortillas, and banana pancakes.
For your dinner, you will be served a daily special using fresh fish, poultry, meats, and locally grown vegetables. You will enjoy a range of typical Costa Rican specialties which will keep you feeling full but light and energized during all of your daily adventures. If you have specific dietary requirements, simply let Shaka Beach Retreat know so they can tailor the menu to suit your needs.
On Saturday, José is given the night off and you will have the opportunity to sample one of the local restaurants. There are a couple of options within walking distance from Shaka Beach Retreat and an array of alternatives a taxi ride away in the town of Santa Teresa. The various offers will suit any budget from a cheap and tasty taco to gourmet dining.
There is no better way to explore the peninsula than on an ATV. Great for all day getaways or just to run down to the market, ATVs are the preferred mode of transportation for most of the locals. There are several ATV rental shops in Santa Teresa and Shaka Beach Retreat will happily line one up to be delivered for you.
Cabo Blanco is Costa Ricas oldest nature preserve. Just 30 minutes away, this is a very special place to go for a hike.
Spend an afternoon riding on the local beach.
There is a new sailboat in town that will take you on a half or full day tour to enjoy the breathtaking views of Southern Nicoya from a new perspective, the ocean.
Shaka Beach Retreat has snorkeling gear available for your use during a guided tour to the local tide pools. Cabuya island is well known for its abundance of fish and there are several tidal pools and rock lagoons around Manzanillo worth exploring. They can also set you up with an all day boat excursion to Tortuga Island if desired.
There are two locations that you can take off from, Mal Pais and Montezuma. The boats can hold up to four people with two people fishing at a time. The waters are heavy with tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, Spanish mackerel, snapper, sea bass, and Dorado.
The tour in Montezuma takes around four hours and is a ton of fun. After a brief introduction and some training, you harness up and take off. After three or four zip lines, you will hike down to the river and get to play in the waterfalls before taking three more zip lines. This is a great afternoon tour so bring your camera.
Relaxing massage treatments can be scheduled at the comfort of your villa. The local experienced massage therapists can perform a variety of therapeutic massages to meet your taste, including deep tissue, Swedish, relaxation, or sports massage. Santa Teresa is also home to several spas that offer luxurious ocean-front services such as facials and body scrubs.
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU).
Departing from the bus terminal in San Jose, the direct bus makes the same journey as the private shuttle buses, from San Jose to Puntarenas for about one and a half to two hours, to Paquera via the ferry for one and a half hours, and then to Santa Teresa for one and a half hours via the same bus.
The bus leaves the depot twice daily, on 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., in order to meet up with the ferry's twice daily crossing. Upon arrival in Santa Teresa, get off the bus and take a taxi to Shaka Beach Retreat in Playa Hermosa, approximately 15 minutes and cost 12 to 15 USD.
There are a number of companies that provide a private shuttle service to Shaka Beach Retreat. You will be collected from San Jose Airport (SJO) and driven in a small air-conditioned van to Puntarenas for approximately one and a half to two hours. At Puntarenas you will leave the van and board the ferry, taking your bags with you.
The ferry crossing is approximately one and a hald hours and upon arrival at Paquera, on the other side, you will be met by another van, which will drive you the rest of the way to Shaka Beach Retreat in Playa Hermosa for approximately one and a half hours.
Upon arrival at Tambor Airport (TMU), get a taxi to Playa Hermosa, which is approximately 40 minutes and costs 60 USD.