Surf Bikini Retreat

Nosara, Costa Rica

Surf Bikini Retreat is an all-inclusive “boutique” surf camp exclusively for girls in Nosara, Costa Rica.

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7 Days Girls Surf and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Available from January till August

Instruction language: English

from US$1,999
from US$1,999
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Reviews 1

    • Antje Germany


      I came across Bikini Surf Women Retreat via many extra turns and loop ways and have to say, I am so glad I chose this place more out of a gut feeling. Their key selling point was the free transfer from SJO or LIR airport. It was my first time in Costa Rica, and already during the transfer time from SJO my personal driver Monty made me feel so welcome and comfortable in that country. When finally arriving at Surf Bikini Property I was amazed by the layout, the style, the view, and the accommodation and the also the kind welcome by Adilia, the heart and soul of Casa Monty&Adilia. Both hosts were all the way extremely thoughtful, funny, helpful, and a great company and I enjoyed being around them every second.The place is naturally built into a jungle environment (there will be banana demanding monkeys or tree climbing leguanas), provides a fantastic view into the valley and is therefore the best place to have a strong Costa Rican morning coffee which is always provided just upon waking up. Besides that, the place is very clean, the food is fantastic, plenty, but healthy - unless the flan and ice creams kick in.And now, the actual reason why I came, learning how to surf. Both Monty and Adilia are passionate surfers and have worked out a super program to pass that passion onto their visitors. The selection of surf instructors is very good, the groups small and I highly appreciate Laura's and Adilia's throughout patience, encouragement, and advice in the first week, which made me feel more self secure on the board minute by minute. Also to mention Tiina, who just rounded the surf lessons with her experiences in the second week. And yes, their aim to teach me that good, so I could go and rent a board on my own and try further was accomplished.I stayed all together two weeks, and even if I cant mention all the activities provided, I can assure, all the services organized by Surf Bikini Retreat are fun (dancing), yummy (special dinners or restaurant visits) or at least of high quality (yoga/massages - as both can be painful or exhausting I exclude them from the "fun" section). By the length of my review you hopefully get the feeling that I enjoyed my stay a lot and my overall feeling of my stay is: It was not a vacation in some kind of resort, it was a home stay with friends with lots of activities and fun - I am very relaxed and want to come back as soon as possible. Pura Vida!.

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    • A Traveler Germany

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      From the moment I arrived to Surf Bikini Retreat I felt at home. Monty and Adilia are such lovely people who try everything so that you will have the best time ever. I visited a surf camp in Portugal before and I left there a bit disappointed and thinking "surfing is not my sport, it's too hard". But after spending a week at Surf Bikini Retreat I totally changed my mind. Monty and Adilia are EXCELLENT surf instructors who will teach you with patience and kindness.

      The food is AMAZING. And the cocktails are even better ;)

      You will live in a beautiful house in the jungle and every day you will see some amazing wild life. That was sooo cool!!! :)

      If you want to escape from your every day life and truly experience Costa Rica, this is the place to go.

      There seriously was nothing I could criticize. I came back totally refreshed and full of joy. I want to go back as soon as possible. It was definitely worth every penny.

    • CasWilliams

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      I knew nothing about surfing but wanted to learn. Monty and Adilia were excellent hosts and surf instructors. With their instruction, I now feel like I have a good base of skills to work with next time I go surfing. The food we ate at their resort far surpassed anything we found in town. The yoga was so relaxing. I had the perfect massage in my room. Kayaking with Cacho was awesome! Bring earplugs.

    • Cressida United Kingdom

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      I had the most incredible 10days at Surf Bikini Retreat, I left wishing I had booked longer and I am already planning my next visit! Everything exceeded my expectations... Adi & Monty were exceptional, both as hosts and surf coaches. They made me feel very welcome and as if I was at home. The food was absolutely delicious, the perfect healthy balance and variety. The ocean is ideal for learning to surf, the beach is long and the water is so warm you can stay in for hours. With the small number of us surfing I had very personalised tuition and I left riding green waves, which I never expected. You can decide how much you want to surf/relax which makes the holiday tailored to the balance you would like. I came home feeling energised, fit and healthy. I feel lucky to have experienced what Surf Bikini has to offer and to have met such great people. I went with my friend who had been twice already and now I see why she went back for her 3rd time! This is a very very special place! Thank you so much Adi, Monty & Tamaya! xx

    • Carrie Harting Missouri, USA

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      I've been dying to learn to surf for some time now and have researched a ton of places...came across Surf Bikini Retreat and could not find a negative review (besides one, and DO NOT LISTEN TO HER!) so decided last minute to book! Best travel decision I've made, hands down! From the moment Adilia wrote back (super fast) I could tell just by her sweet personality and energy this was the perfect fit for me. Monty then called and explained all of the details and what to expect, and he too was so awesome! I came from MO by myself which was a slight worry of mine, but rest assured, super safe and Monty picked me up personally! The drive from San Jose was a bit of a journey--but well worth it. I will try to land in Liberia next time bc it cuts the drive in half. AND THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME!! :) The food was soooo fresh, and yummy, and healthy!! The rooms were great- AC and hot water- and they cleaned it every day for you while we were out surfing. Surfing......AMAZING!!! The waves were consistent so it's seriously the best place to learn! And the water was warm which was huge for me. Monty, Adelia and Eki were so awesome, super patient- I'm so grateful for them!! We surfed 4-5 hours a day which sounds like a ton and it is, but you get lots of rest in between if needed and lots of food to fuel. It's addicting, I couldn't wait to get back out each time! The beach was beautiful, we had bonfires, rode bikes down to the beach and along the beach, horseback rode during the sunset (you have to do this!!) but don't forget to do the zipline-- what an experience!! One excursion is included so I paid $75 for an extra- again, well worth it. Also included is the best massage I've ever had! And I've had a ton. I did it late in the week which was nice before you head home. The town was cute and safe and I went during a holiday so got to enjoy the nightlife in Nosara. I am completely in love with this place and the people....everything about it was an absolute dream. Just go, you won't regret it! Thank you so much Monty and Adelia, you truly are wonderful people and I can't wait to see you again!! Experience of a lifetime!

    • a traveler

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      If you really want to learn to surf, this is the place to go. It is the perfect surf break to learn to surf and the instruction is second to none, complete with video analysis twice weekly. Nosara is also my favorite place in the world to do yoga with its outdoor jungle platforms, some even in the treetops.

      The accommodations are very comfortable and with private bathrooms, in room safe, mini fridge, ceiling fans and air conditioning. They also have outdoor balconies in front of each room with furniture. There is an outdoor shower making it convenient to rinse the sand after surfing. The location of the retreat is elevated allowing spectacular views.

      The food is healthy and delicious, making sure that you are provided the proper energy to surf twice daily and do yoga. They also make delicious smoothies after surfing and Adilia's delicious homemade energy bars are always available.

      The family, Monty, Adilia, their daughter Tamaya, their dog Pipeline, their cat Arena are wonderful hosts. As you can see for yourself in virtually every review, it would be very difficult to say enough good things about them. They are pleasant, helpful, accommodating, encouraging...everything you could possibly want.

      An additional bonus is the provided transportation to and from the airport. If you fly into San Jose, where the airfare is usually less expensive, it is a four hour drive to Surf Bikini.

      If you still are not convinced, I would like to share with you that I am not on social media at all, I don't blog, and I have never written a review for any website or establishment online even though I am a frequent traveler. So why am I writing this review? There are two reasons. The most important reason to me is to appeal to the person who would really like to do this but is afraid, who thinks they can't, who is so far outside their comfort zone. Please trust me, if it is really in your heart to learn to surf, there is no better place...on so many levels. FEAR MEANS GO. The other reason is that Monty and Adilia go so far above and beyond and provide such an excellent product that it left me with the desire to acknowledge their excellence publicly and honor them.

    • Samantha United States

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      If you really want to learn how to surf and not just get the picture because you can stand on a board this is the place for you. You'll get great pics, don't worry. But that is because you will be actually surfing. It's a lot of work, but aren't the things you work hard for worth it? You'll learn how to read waves, the wave reports and all those details other places forget or just don't teach you. You will also be taught by locals which really does make a difference. For me, I had been researching surf and yoga trips for years while making excuses that life was too busy or this or that was stoping me. I finally got over that when I found this place. It felt right and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I went solo and ended up being the only person there for most of the week. It was an amazing break and a life experience that truly was priceless.This is not just a place you stay but a home. Monty and Adilla welcome you into their family and little Tamaya certainly made me smile a lot (and helped with missing my daughter back at home). The rooms are great, super comfy, and spacious. I had no problem with the wi-fi either which was nice as I turned off my phone network (just communitacted via e-mail and messenger). I spent as much time as available on my breaks in the hammock. Either watching surf videos, movies or reading, maybe even a quick nap! The fresh and amazing food, I'm just not going to start because I won't stop. I will add that I don't eat gluten and had no trouble the entire week. The white face monkeys are entertaining breakfast companions. I highly recomend the zip lining as well. So much fun, totally safe, and the views were priceless.So I came into this trip wanting to be pushed. Monty and the other instructors certainly did just that. Made it out to the green on the afternoon of day one and the morning of day 2 was catching waves. It was great to learn how to see sets, know which ones to pick and actually be able to catch them (and turn!). Plus, a fresh pipa from Juanita was such a treat after a good session! This trip exceeded my expectaions. So much that I want to come back with my daughter when she is a little bit older. You won't regret it and will also end up missing your surf home away from home too!

    • Natalie United Kingdom

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      I don't know where to start about this place! I arrived stressed out and left a different person. Everybody writes reviews about how incredible Monty and Adilia are, and with good reason. They welcome you into their home and their family, nothing is too much trouble. I went with my sister who is basically a pro surfer, and despite the fact that I'd never been on a surf board in my life I left after a week full of pride having caught a green wave. Their instructors are patient, encouraging and so much fun to hang out with. I learnt so much and finished the week feeling healthy, energized and like I had accomplished so much in such a short space of time. The rooms had everything you could need (and I'm a bit of a princess!) and were spotlessly cleaned very morning. The food was fresh, delicious and healthy and the extra activities were beyond, from horse riding along the beach at sunset to the best massage I've ever had, I would 100% go back here. It is a special place, you wake up to the sound of monkeys, the smell of incredible Costa Rican coffee and a view of the sunrise over the jungle. I feel so lucky to have spent time here and would highly recommend it to anybody, writing this makes me wish I was there again!

    • Hannah United States

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      This place was spectacular! I went into it really wanting to surf, and that is exactly what we did. Monty and Adilia are warm, welcoming people. You instantly feel part of their surfing family. They have a beautiful tree top compound that has an amazing view of the jungle and mountains in the distance. The scenery of Nosara is simply breathtaking and the waves are great! Because of Monty and Adilia's patient instruction, I went from a person who enjoyed the idea of surfing to an actual surfer! It was amazing how much they thought me in a relatively short time. I have already planned my second trip to Surf Bikini and am counting down the days!

    • Sophie United Kingdom

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      So this was my second visit to both Nosara and Surf Bikini Retreat. Often you wonder if you can recreate the magic of a trip that literally blew your mind and was a 10/10 already, bringing in tow with me my sister and friend, both of whom had been excitedly convinced by myself that they had to experience the all-round stoke experience of surf, yoga, pura vida, monkeys, margaritas, dancing, and righteousness that is the Surf Bikini Retreat. I am happy to report that this 2nd trip was as much, even more nay, of a mind blower than the 1st! If you are serious about surfing, this is where to come. I am surpassing my expectations every time I surf with these guys. Their tailored, encouraging and 1-1 surf coaching is incredible.From beginners like my sister going from not even having touched a surf board to 4 days later catching good size green waves, to surfers like myself with a bit more experience, I just progress so much here and this is without a doubt the place to visit for bespoke tuition that will have you riding waves and beyond. But that's just a small part of what these guys offer. From the rainforest-nestled villa surrounded by colourful plants and verdant trees to the jaw-dropping sun-sets at Guiones beach with bonfires and crisp beers (a 5 minute ride down the villa), hand-rolled sushi feasts, yummy passionfruit daiquiris, big bedrooms with free rash vests, hats, candles and bags, latin dance nights, incense soaked post-surf yoga sessions beneath the jungle canopy and genuine friendship, experience, love and helpfulness the owners are on-hand with constantly, this place almost shouldn't be talked about lest the secret gets out, seriously.I have traveled all around the world, have lived in multiple countries and been to multiple surf camps and also work in the surf industry. This place is the bomb, all-round, and you will have experiences like no other, which is what I felt tearing down the beach surrounded by glinting peachy pink melba skies on horseback. My sister and friend also had an experience like mine, and I can't thank the guys at Surf Bikini enough. You will be seeing me for round 3 very soon! Thank you guys!

    • a traveler United Kingdom

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      I had the most amazing time at the Surf Bikini Retreat and will definitely be going back again. Monty and Adilia are incredible hosts and really take care of every need you might have. I spent 2 weeks with them and just had the best time at the lodge, meeting other awesome people, eating wonderful food, and having the most dedicated surf lessons I've ever had. They were often on-on-one that really got my confidence levels up quickly and I can now call myself a surfer after their incredible tuition. All of the other activities outside of the water are so great; horse-riding on the beach at sunset, really good yoga lessons, visiting the town and being taken out for amazing meals and nights-out. The lodge itself is beautiful and picturesque and the rooms are huge, comfortable and the bathrooms are lush with a massive, gorgeous shower. I couldn't recommend this place more as a fantastic, adventurous, surfing, healthy, and sociable experience!! Book now!!

    • Christina United States

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      What a wonderful place to visit while in Nossara. It's absolutely breath taking being able to wake up in the mornings and look out over the mist covered mountains from your cabina while watching the sun rise. The cabinas are just the right size and add to your tropical island feel while staying at the Surf Bikini Retreat. Not only are the accommodations perfect, but the hosts are even more spectacular. They are extremely knowledgeable of the area, kind, helpful, and entertaining. It's clear to see they take every necessary step to make 100% sure your stay at the Surf Bikini Retreat is absolutely perfect.

      They will treat you to gourmet meals while at their home and take you to the most popular restaurants around town to add to your entertainment while on your vacation. Another fantastic part about staying at the Surf Bikini Retreat is the awesome surf lessons and beautiful beach just down the road from the cabinas. Every night you'll have the opportunity to stand on the beach and watch the most beautiful sunset you've ever seen. If you are ever looking for a place to stay while in Costa Rica this is the perfect place to have the most memorable vacation of your life.

    • Carlea Canada

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      I spent 10 days at Surf Bikini Retreat and it exceeded all my expectations. This is where you want to be if you want to learn to surf, feel safe, have fun, eat great food, be surrounded by good people and positive vibes. Monty and Adilia will bend over backwards to make sure you are having the time of your life and you are 100% guaranteed to leave with some serious surfing skills. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions about my stay!

    • Nicole United States

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      My first solo adventure. What a perfect place to start! Surf Bikini couldn't have been a better place to meet some amazing new friends in a safe environment, and learn so much about surfing and the "Pura Vida" Costa Rican culture. Mony and Adilia are some of the most genuinely kind people I have ever met. Bringing me, and the other women from across the globe, into their home, their hospitality was over and beyond what I expected. Whether it be from waking up in my perfect little bungalow to holler monkey calls, the amazingly fresh local food, learning to surf with one-on-one attention or exploring the town of Nosara with the locals, this trip was one of the best things I have ever done. Most important learning new things in a safe environment with other encouraging women. It was the best trip! If your looking for a unique adventure to look back on when your older and say: "Yeah, I did that", Surf Bikini is for you.

    • a traveler United States

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      I just got back from an amazing week at the Surf Bikini Retreat and miss it dearly already! Adilia and Monty are a dynamic duo who are so passionate and knowledgeable about surfing. They truly love spreading that joy and teaching others. They are very well loved and respected in the community, and the locals are welcoming to their guests. I was there with a friend, but I highly recommend it to any solo traveler as well. We got to know Adilia and Monty so well, and had a blast. All communication prior to arrival was very professional, helpful, and prompt. This was my third weeklong surf camp in 3.5 years (and the total extent of my surfing experience), and by far I learned the most at Surf Bikini. They both (along with Laura) really helped me progress throughout the week with instruction in the water, theory lessons off-site, and video analysis. And by the end of the week, I was able to transition from a long board to a fun board, improve my paddling and learned the proper way to make turns.The accommodations are comfortable and super clean. The food was delicious and diverse, lots of seafood, arroz con pollo, salads, homemade energy bars, pasta, and smoothies. The house is made for relaxing with the jungle views, pool, lounge chairs, and wildlife (birds, monkeys, frogs, house dog, and a kitten). There were so many other activities to fill your time during the week when not surfing like zip lining / canopy tour, massage (the best), yoga classes with Pao (so good), checking out local bars and restaurants, watching sunsets, dance class with Angie (her energy is contagious), and shopping (awesome jewelry and surf bikinis). But at the same time, you're free to relax if that's what you want to do.Nosara is a very special place and Playa Guiones is the perfect beach break for beginners and surfers of all levels. I was hesitant at first about going in August, but it worked out better than I imagined. I loved the rain and thunderstorms, and it didn't really interfere with surfing, it was beautiful, helped me sleep at times and a welcome break from the heat.That said, I can't wait to go back to Surf Bikini Retreat. Pura vida!

    • Sara Germany

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      I stayed at surf bikini retreat and it was awesome, just wonderful. Great people, a great house and a perfect view! The cabinas are super nice and clean! The place and the people are very nice. They provide delicious food as well! You just have to be there and see it! I want to go again to the place for sure!

    • Stacie Kvanvig Costa Rica

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      My daughters and I just returned from Surf Bikini Retreat and had the week of our lives. We spent the week learning to surf and saw the best of Playas Guinones, Palada, Ostional and the Nosara area.Monty and Adilia are amazing surf coaches. I am a very novice surfer and they were able to get me on my feet quickly. My daughters also improved their skills and left with new tools to continue their surf adventures.Our week was very well organized with surf lessons, yoga, dancing, massage, zip-lining, horseback riding, a beach bon-fire, sunsets, and incredible meals. There was never a dull moment. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.This is one of the best vacations we have ever had. Monty and Adilia made all of us feel like we were life-long friends. We felt very welcome and comfortable. I look forward to spending another week at Surf Bikini Retreat and learning more from the best surf instructors in Costa Rica.

    • Rubinana United States

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      The beaches are close and just beautiful, from the retreat you have the most beautiful view into the valley, we sometimes walked to the beach, about 20 to 25 minute relaxing walk or you can drive it in 5 minutes. Early in the morning, you can hear the monkeys howling into the valley. The area has many good and fun places to eat over all a great place to stay we spent a week and disconnected from the rest of the world. We will return!

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