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In todays world, people are placing a higher priority on pursuing active recreation and adventure as a part of their vacation. Although interest in quality and comfort still exists, more people are looking to stay fit, active, and healthy. Enjoying your vacation through movement in hiking, climbing, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, high intensity interval training, and yoga are more appealing as an active lifestyle yoga retreat. Just push pause and get away with a Surf Inn Hermosa yoga retreat!
Stay steps from the Pacific Ocean in Playa Hermosa Costa Rica, one of the top surfing beaches in Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa is located 10 minutes away from Jaco Beach. While you will visit Jaco Beach a few times during your package - if you want to go into town on your own: it is a $10 taxi ride away. Each package is customized according to the participants, the ocean conditions that day and the tides. Meals are also coordinated around the tides - this means that meals could be on site - or could be off-site at local area restaurants in the Central Pacific zone. Beer, wine and liquor are not included. Other activities - including yoga - are coordinated around these conditions which mean that yoga could be performed onsite or at local area yoga studios or locations. As well, if you choose to do an add-on activity; you may miss out on a scheduled yoga class or other fitness activity - depending on which add-on activity you choose. Either way, there is plenty of time to take in the gorgeous beaches of the Central Pacific coast and the nearby national parks, or explore the hip town of Jaco Beach.
Shared accommodations in a studio room that is steps to the Pacific Ocean. Each studio has a queen bed, a bunk bed, and an individual bed. Clean modern bathrooms with strong water pressure and hot water are also available. Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a small kitchenette are also provided if you need to customize your own snacks.
Surf Inn Hermosa is based oceanfront on Playa Hermosa, just south of Jaco Beach in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica in the district of Puntarenas. The beach is steps from your door.
The oceanfront lawn is a perfect place to relax and watch the entertainment of local and international surfers on one of the best surf breaks in Central America. Surf Inn Hermosa is just south of Jaco Beach which offers many modern day conveniences including banks, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. There is always something happening in Jaco.
You will go to one yoga class per day - which could be offered on site, at local area yoga studios or in a beachfront or mountain location. There will also be daily fitness activities included in the program which could be surfing, SUPing, hiking, or HIT interval training.
From the San Jose Airport (Juan Santa Maria) exit, turn right and go under the overpass. Turn right and go over the overpass to Alajuela. Do not go to Alajuela, but head north on highway 1 towards San Ramon. Travel approximately 8 miles (14 kilometers) along this highway, looking for a sign on the right that says Marriott. When you see this sign, exit the highway towards the right. The road will go uphill towards an overpass, you take a left and drive over the bridge. After you pass the bridge, you will see a gas station and mini-super called Media Luna. You make a left at a large blacktop intersection less than 5 minutes down this road.You will go downhill through a small area called La Garita and in just a few minutes you will arrive at the new highway.Getting on the new highway is actually kind of tricky, you drive up the overpass or drive under the overpass and take the next two lefts.
Stay on the highway. You will pass by Orotina and several toll booths then eventually see an exit sign for Playa Jaco, take this exit. You follow this highway for about 30 minutes. You will know your heading in the right direction when you pass a long bridge that spans the Tarcoles River. After that, keep going until you start to pass through Playa Jaco. Stay on the highway. Hermosa is 5 minutes past Jaco. Once you are in Hermosa, the hotel is 500 yards past the soccer field on the right hand side. They have a big painting on the front of the building and the name Surf Inn Hermosa painted on the front. The building has a giant mural shown here on the right, easily visible from the highway.
From the San Jose Airport (Juan Santa Maria) exit, turn right and go under the overpass. Turn right and go over the overpass to Alajuela. Do not go to Alajuela, but head north on highway 1 towards San Ramon. Travel approximately 8 miles (14 kilometers) along this highway, looking for a sign on the right that says Marriott. When you see this sign, exit the highway towards the right. The road will go uphill towards an overpass, you take a left and drive over the bridge. Go over the overpass and follow the road through the mountains. You will first pass through Atenas. There is a turn to watch out for in a town called San Mateo. You enter the town, but the 2 way part splits for a second as your lane veers to the right. At the next road, you make a left and drive by the city park which should be on your right hand side. Stay on the road as you begin to enter Orotina. Keep going, a few blocks later you will see a sign for Playa Jaco, follow the ramp to the right to merge with the highway.
Stay on the highway. You will pass by Orotina and several toll booths then eventually see an exit sign for Playa Jaco, take this exit. You follow this highway for about 30 minutes. You will know your heading in the right direction when you pass a long bridge that spans the Tarcoles River. After that, keep going until you start to pass through Playa Jaco. Stay on the highway. Hermosa is 5 minutes past Jaco. Once you are in Hermosa, the hotel is 500 yards past the soccer field on the right hand side. We have a big painting on the front of the building and the name Surf Inn Hermosa painted on the front. Our building has a giant mural shown here on the right, easily visible from the highway.
There are two airports located in Costa Rica: San Jose International Airport (SJO) is located about 90 Minutes from Surf Inn Hermosa. The major airlines serving San Jose airport are: Air Canada, Delta Airlines, Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, Iberia, United, Condor, JetBlue, and US Airways. Liberia Costa Rica Airport (LIR) is located about 5 hours from Surf Inn Hermosa.
The major airlines serving Liberia Airport are: AirBerlin, Air Canada, America Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Nature Air, SANSA, Taca, United, US Airways, and West Jet. Transportation to and from both airports can easily be arranged - All Surf Inn Hermosa needs is your flight itinerary and a driver will come pick you up for an arranged fee.
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Transfer from and to San Joss Juan Santamara International Airport (SJO) are available on request. The cost is 80 USD per person.
Extra days can be added upon direct request to the coordinator.
Costa Ricas seasons are defined by how much rain falls during a particular period and not to the four seasons in the northern hemisphere. The year can be split into two periods: the dry season known to the residents as summer and the rainy season known locally as winter. The summer or dry season goes from December to April and winter or rainy season goes from May to November. This almost coincides with the list of Atlantic hurricane seasons and during this time, it rains constantly in some regions.
Here are some suggestions that have come up to help you better plan for your stay. For traveling, packing your favorite power bars and dried food is always a good idea. These items are harder to find here. Keep some in your carry on to avoid paying extra at the airport for food. You may also bring reading materials such as books, phrasebooks, local guides, and magazines. Depending on how much cooking you plan to do, here are a few suggested things to buy for your first trip to the store: large bottles of water, coffee and filters for the coffee makers, paper towels or napkins, granola, cracker, cookies, fruits, liquid dishwashing soap, sponges, cooking oil, butter, and salt.
Most visitors can get into Costa Rica without the need of a visa and can stay in the country for 90 days. Costa Rica requires Indian citizens to be in possession of a valid visa when they arrive. However, people of ANY nationality holding valid US, Canada, Japan, South Korea or Schengen visas do not need a prior visa. The only conditions being that the visa must be valid for 3 months and should be stamped in your passport.
Courses or boosters that are usually advised to take prior to entering Costa Rica are Hepatitis A. Other vaccines to consider are Diphtheria, Rabies, and Tetanus. Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 9 months coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission (with the exception of Argentina, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago) and for travelers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Photographs: Surf Inn Hermosa reserves the right to use all photos for promotional purposes. If you do not want your photo used for promotional purposes: it will be necessary for you to indicate so before arrival.
For more information ask your questions directly to Surf Inn Hermosa who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.
Christina Truitt, your retreat coordinator is a resident of Costa Rica, a certified yoga instructor, an active lifestyle coach and has received the Reiki One Attunement, and attained the first degree in the Usui Method of Natural Healing. You will also experience a variety of local certified yoga instructors from all over the world in some of the best area studios here in the Central Pacific zone.
Meals are also coordinated around the tides - this means that meals could be on site - or could be off-site at local area restaurants in the Central Pacific zone.
Lunch, beer, wine and liquor are not included in the package price.
Playa Hermosa is famous year-round for its surfing, yoga, and laid-back vibe. Within walking distance are two local bars, 6 local restaurants, one bakery, and two little stores.
The location of Playa Hermosa makes it easy to arrange add-on activities and other adventures. The town of Jaco Beach is just 5 minutes away and the Manuel Antonio National Park is one hour away.
Half day adventures ranging from zip lining, ATVing, horseback riding to fishing, waterfall rappelling, or kayaking are all possible.
There is an 18 hole Par 72 golf course located 15 minutes north of Surf Inn Hermosa. The course is nestled into the tropical rainforest along the Pacific Coast. Playing this course is an ecological experience as well as a spectacular day of golf. Rentals and lessons can be arranged.
There are several small gyms wothn a 15 USD taxi ride away and they are equipped with a variety of exercise machines and equipment. The cost is 10 USD per person to enter. Personal training sessions can be arranged.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a form of surfing that provides a strong core workout. It is a great way to perfect your surfing skills while sightseeing in the area. SUP tours are arranged in Herradura Bay, just 15 minutes north of Surf Inn Hermosa. On a calm and clear day, there is no better way to spend the time in the water.
There are several different tennis courts in the area that can be reserved for you to play a game of tennis. Professional private instructors are on call and can be arranged.
With spectacular views, adventurous terrain and a delicious Costa Rican meal, this 4 Hour ATV Tour of the "7 Pueblos" includes a 30 foot jump and swim in a waterfall. Experience 100 kilometers of rainforest, beach views, cool waterfalls and exciting guides.
Costa Rica is known for its sport fishing in the main marina, Los Suenos, just 15 minutes away from Surf Inn. The Central Pacific zone is known for fishing for sailfish, black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, dorado (mahi-mahi), yellow fin tuna, wahoo, and more.
Surf Inn is conveniently located near two Pacific Coast marinas, the Pez Vela Marina in Quepos and the Los Sueos Resort and Marina in Herradura. A fleet of world-class fishing boat captains are based here. They also offer a smaller fleet of experienced local fishermen.
Inshore sport fishing along the beaches, cliffs, and rock formations of the Central Pacific coast offer an abundance of local species such as roosterfish, cubera snapper, African Pompano, mackerel, and more.
Whether it is a leisurely horseback ride through Costa Ricas jungle or a sunset ride on the beach, horseback riding is an enjoyable way to see the zone. Several operators host tours through the tropical rainforest to the top of the mountains that offer breathtaking views of the entire Central Pacific coast. All horses are well trained and saddles and equipment are professionally maintained.
Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation is located in the Central Pacific rain forest 10 miles east of Quepos overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park. The plantation includes 27 acres of agriculture production and 125 acres of primary and secondary rainforest. Cash crops include our major spice vanilla, plus true ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, black pepper, allspice, turmeric, and a variety of exotic fruits, essential oil and medicinal plants. We also showcase our unique collection of
epiphytes (airplants) including orchids, bromeliads, and tilandsias.
Vanilla is the most popular flavor in the world and is the plantations major crop. Native to Central America and Mexico, it is also the second most expensive flavoring agent and the reason for its high cost is the labor-intensive nature of vanilla cultivation and processing. Each vanilla orchid is carefully fertilized by hand and during pollination season, visitors learn how to pollinate vanilla flowers. Vanilla is the only edible member of the orchid family, the largest plant family on the planet.
The Spice Plantation Tour is a half day tour and is available in the morning or afternoon. You will experience the sights, tastes, and aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, pepper and other tropical spices, essential oil plants, and a wide variety of tropical ornamental plants.
The rappelling tours are like no other. Located 20 minutes south of us at Ocean Ranch Park, you can choose to do a combo of canopy zip lining, horseback riding, and waterfall rappelling. Experience amazing views of the coastline while being immersed in nature.
The zip lining course is located here in Playa Hermosa. There are over 10 platforms, with cables to slide across over the top and through the Costa Rican Jungle. Amazing views and wildlife, make this zip line tour a must do on your trip to Costa Rica.
"We ended up at Surf Inn after our original condo fell through. The black sand beaches are beautiful and right outside the hotel. It is small but nice and everyone was super friendly and accommodating. We plan on returning to Costa Rica and would stay here again."
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"There are not enough words to describe how wonderful my stay was at Surf Inn Hermosa. After a two-week volunteer trip, I decided to treat myself to a Surf and Yoga Package and I could not have made a better decision on where to stay. Christina (the owner) is amazing. From patiently answering countless emails to adding special extras that made me feel so comfortable and welcome-Christina made my trip better than I could have ever imagined. I stayed on the top floor in the Ocean Front Room. It was HUGE and was everything I wanted. Comfortable bed, comfortable couch, private balcony with chairs - the perfect spot to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee or the sunset with a cold beer. There was a full kitchen just across the breezeway and a mini fridge in the bedroom. Three restaurants within a 3-minute walk provided great oceanfront casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. "
"I would highly recommend the Surf and Yoga Package. Breakfast and Dinner at local restaurants are included and completely tailored to your preferences. Yoga every day and Surfing lessons every day with Oscar (who is amazing). Adding extras on is easy as well - just let Christina know what you want to do and she will set it up for you. If you want a stress free and relaxing week in Costa Rica, this is the best place to go. I am already planning my return trip."
"Room Tip: Ask for an oceanfront room."
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"Yoga was relaxing, but at the same time challenging. The instructors, especially Melanie, were there to correct and push us. After leaving surf inn, both my friend and I feel rejuvenated, healthy, and relaxed. The location of Surf Inn Hermosa is paradise. So many exotic animals, with the beach of playa Hermosa at the back door. Rooms were cozy, pool was invigorating and the entire staff was helpful and fun to talk to. Our drivers and surf instructors were some of the nicest and sweetest guys we have met and they made us feel comfortable from the start.Christina certainly knows how to run her business and coordinate to meet her guests' needs. I'm thankful to have met her and everyone else on her staff."
"Everyday, I would do Yoga (at least once) in an urban studio or in the jungle studio. The yoga teachers were very good and I got to practice different styles of yoga. I felt very relaxed after each yoga session. I really appreciated the attention we got from the yoga teachers in making sure we had the correct alignments. They would also give us little messages and used essential oils. It was such a good experience. And one night, during our yoga practice in the jungle studio, it started to thunder storm... it was magical!I also had 3 Surfing lessons during the week and did one Stand Up Paddle Board activity. It was a lot of fun! The surfing / SUP instructors, Esteban, Anthonny and Beto (Jaco Guides), were awesome teachers and very patient. I was nervous to surf, since I had never done it before but the guides were very encouraging. I was given a lesson on the beach before heading to the water and when it was time to actually surf, I got up on the board on the first try! I was very happy to surf on the beginner waves at Jaco Beach.Also, everyday, we would go to different restaurants for Breakfast and Dinner. The food was delicious! I wanted to try typical Costa Rican food. Therefore, Christina and the staff brought me (and others who wanted to join) to different local restaurants in Playa Hermosa and in Jaco where I got to try Costa Rican dishes such as Gallo Pinto, Ceviche and Platanos Maduros. It was very good! I also really enjoyed the fresh fruit smoothies at Breakfast... what a great way to start the day!The room was very nice and clean. It had air conditioning, wifi and a tv. The beach is also beautiful. I would get up every morning and go for walks or sit on the beach and watch the surfers surf the big waves on the Playa Hermosa Beach. I could've watched them all day.I met a lot of great people during the week and I am definitely going to return to Surf Inn Hermosa! Many thanks to Christina and all the staff... you made my trip truly memorable!"
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"Overall, highly recommended and I look forward to another trip in the future!"
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"Surf Inn Hermosa was great! I highly recommend the yoga retreat there. I wish I could have stayed longer!. My room was very comfortable and very clean.Christina (the owner) was awesome! She did a great job of organizing my schedule and fitting in the excursions that I requested. She also organized a spa day for me on my last day before I had to leave for the airport in the evening. She was really friendly and had a great attitude.I had a yoga class every day except for when I had a full day excursion booked. The yoga classes were in all different locations (urban studios, beach, jungle) with different instructors, so there was some great variety. Each instructor had their own uniqueness in how they taught their class. It was great to experience the different classes and teachers, and it opened my mind to trying different types of yoga when I got back home.I had surf lessons on two of the days I was down there. I had never surfed before, and I don't consider myself to be a strong swimmer, so I was really nervous about the surf part of the trip, but the surf instructors I worked with did such a great job. They started with a surf lesson on the sand, and made me feel really comfortable once I got into the ocean. I really amazed myself by actually standing up and surfing during my first lesson. I never thought I would be able to do that!A couple of the surfing instructors were also my guides on a snorkeling excursion, and another excursion to a volcano and waterfall. They were awesome guides. They made the trip a lot of fun, and were very knowledgeable. The retreat included breakfast and dinner, and each day it was at a different location / restaurant. All of the food was delicious, and there was a lot of variety. Overall, I had an amazing time. I felt very comfortable traveling alone there. I really hope to go back some day! "
"This was my first time in Costa Rica and I couldn't have chosen a better place to stay at! I traveled solo. Christina, the owner, is awesome! Very efficient, competent, kind, generous, and genuinely cares about her guests, Surf Inn, what she does as well as the local community. I informed Christina just before arriving that my knee started bothering me so I was hesitant to surf. She was so flexible and helpful in finding other low-impact activities for me at the last minute (hiking, training at the gym, massages)!Christina really listened to what I truly wanted to experience during my stay (balance of rest and activities) and she made it happen. She was also very generous with her time (she drove me every day to the morning activities) and her spot-on life advice. I highly recommend the package (vs just renting a room) as Christina arranges everything using only trusted and top-notch individuals. Very personalized service and you really feel taken cared of. And Christina is very flexible and full of suggestions (she's very well-connected in the community). I also did the ATV and zip line at Ocean Ranch Park which Christina arranged - awesome experience!Accommodations were top-notch as well, modern but still staying true to a surf vibe. Spacious rooms, hot water, A/C, drinking water, welcome fruits, Wi-Fi, cable TV, right on the beach with ample shaded nooks and crannies scattered throughout. Kitchen was awesome and I used it to cook almost all of my brunches (there's a nearby small grocery store amidst several restaurants). All the hotel staff were super friendly and very helpful! Overall, I had an amazing stay and look forward to returning."
"No matter what you're after from your holiday, Christina has extensive knowledge of Costa Rica and can organize whatever you want to do, whether its something locally or further afield, such as hiking, surfing, paddle boarding, evenings out, spa days or day trips. We went on some really fun excursions including paddle boarding followed by an evening out at a local restaurant / bar. I'm really missing my early morning strolls along the stunning beach and everyone I met during my stay, Playa Hermosa is beautiful and I would thoroughly recommend you stay here. I'll definitely be coming back!"
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"Yoga was fantastic. Great teachers! We did dynamic Vinyasa every evening. Both the teachers helped me adjust and improve on some of my asanas. Christina made sure we experience the true Costa Rican food as she took us to local places for breakfast and dinner. If you go, don't forget to do some snorkelling, SUP, to watch an amazing sunset, to wake up every morning and watch the surfers in front of the Hermosa Inn, and go to the Ocean Ranch National Park. Oh and I recommend booking 6+ nights as 5 is not enough. Christina and the team did a great job to make my holiday Pura Vida. I highly recommend this retreat."
"I had a really fantastic experience for my yoga/surf retreat at Surf Inn Hermosa. Christina was amazingly supportive and well organised. I was met well at the airport by Esteban the surf guide and shown all that I need to know. Playa Hermosa is a wonderful setting just South of Jaco so wasn't too far to go into town but we did need a ride from time to time. The package was active, well-balanced, and entertaining. We had choices in what we would do in our free time as well which included stand-up paddle-boarding, massages, treks etc. It was very flexible. They also considered the best time and places to go surfing and made arrangements for other activities dependent on that. The surf guides were all brilliant, they were instructive and supportive, so we were well looked after as the group was small it was even better. I really enjoyed my stay that I stayed on for a few more nights. I would recommend to anyone who wants an active break, it really kick-started my fitness again!"
"I had an awesome time. Christina was an amazing guide and very knowledgeable of local customs. For someone who's never been to the country before, I can say she's the ideal person for the job. The itinerary she had planned was followed to a T and there was never a dull moment. Accommodations and amenities were fantastic. I would definitely do it again and stay at Surf Inn Hermosa. Pura Vida!"
"I had a wonderful experience on the 6-day budget yoga retreat at the Surf Inn. I'm an active female in my late 20s who was traveling alone. Christina, the hotel owner and retreat guide, was very welcoming, flexible, and fun. She made me feel safe, and arranged and accompanied me on an action-packed itinerary.Activities - Christina tailors the week's activities for each traveler. Because I was there during low season, I was the only person doing my particular package (although the rest of the hotel was filled with surfers). Each day consisted of 1-2 fitness activities and 1 yoga class. Fitness activities included HIIT, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing lessons, and hiking (all of which were held within a 15 minute drive of the hotel). We attended yoga classes at local studios, providing some nice variety in terms of yoga type, instructor, studio feel, etc. We also visited a nearby resort to use the huge pool and spa, which was a nice way to relax midweek.Food - We ate several good meals at the Surf Inn - all featured fresh fruits and vegetables from Costa Rica, as well as healthy grains or proteins. We also ate a few delicious meals at Christina's favorite local restaurants, which was a great opportunity to try to local cuisine and see the scene.Compared to other more traditional yoga retreats that I have attended, this retreat is much more personal (however, this also means you can't get lost in the crowd if that's what you're looking for), and includes a much broader spectrum of activities (and no lectures or chanting, which were sometimes challenging to sit through for me). Overall, I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for an active adventure week where all of your activities have been planned for you."
"My son who was a regular visitor of Costa Rica saw this place while surfing a few years ago. Now, that he was bringing his family, he wanted to make sure we had a nice and safe place to stay near his surf spots. Well, the Surf Inn Hermosa did not let any of us down! Our 2 bedroom apartment was perfect for us with an oceanfront porch and big glass windows to see the Pacific Ocean up close and personal. The owner, Christina, was very attentive and full of information and recommendations. This was our first trip and we felt very safe staying here with their nightly security guard.Mary Sol was very friendly and always around and did a great job with our laundry and anything else we needed. The air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and hot solar water has never let us down. It is also a great location for eating for Bowie's Point is only one door away. I highly recommend it for all meals, especially during nights for "hanging out". The pool is small, but very refreshing after hiking to the great waterfalls close by. Location is fairly central and you can head both south (Manuel Antonio NP: Rainmaker: Dominical) or north for day trips (Paos: Tortuga Catamaran: Villa Caletas). I would definitely stay here again! "
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"My girlfriend and I had a wonderful five-night stay at Surf Inn Hermosa. Upon arriving, we were met by the wonderful Marysol, who got us settled in, then introduced us to Christina, the friendly innkeeper. Christina was fabulous and sat down with the two of us in their lovely top-floor outdoor dining/party area to help us plan out our stay.Christina was full of recommendations and greatly assisted us by calling tour operators, etc., to check availability and book tours. We wound up doing the standard variety of activities, including an ATV tour, ziplining, horseback riding, and of course, surf lessons. (I'm not a surfer but I gather the waves at Playa Hermosa are for the intermediate and above surfer so Christina sent us to Jaco Beach for our beginner lessons, which were a blast!)Surf Inn is situated directly on Playa Hermosa and thus has a wonderful view of the beach. The building is itself is modern and well-maintained. The rooms were clean and contained everything we needed for a comfortable stay. If you want to eat in but don't feel like cooking, they offer reasonably priced meals that need to be scheduled in advance. They have a small pool perfect for cooling off and a beachfront lounge area with beach chairs atop golf course-quality grass.We didn't have a vehicle for our stay, but they do have a small parking lot with a night-time guard to watch your vehicle. While Hermosa is fairly small and "tranquilo," there are a number of quality restaurants and a small corner store within walking distance. Downtown Jaco is just a short 6-10 USD cab ride away. While we are not the hardcore surfers Surf Inn Hermosa clearly caters to, we still found it to be a great place to stay. If you seek a comfortable, reasonably priced stay with a "tranquilo" vibe, Surf Inn Hermosa is your place! "
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" The location is key. Playa Hermosa is a mellow little strip - removed from all the noise and chaos of Jaco, but with its own quiet scene. There's still a bar (The Backyard), restaurants, yoga classes, and great cheap massages, so I never felt the need to go to Jaco. You can watch great surfing right off the decks of the 2 bedroom condos, because the best waves are right out there in front of you. As beginners, we opted not to surf here, but we still found it a great place to settle for a night.Scarlet macaws make their rounds right over the hotel and seem to love the trees right on the property. Several restaurants just a few steps away, as well as a small market. Vista Hermosa, 2 doors down and right on the beach, was one of our favorite places to eat, although you don't need to go any farther than Surf Inn's own roof cafe for breakfast. The pool is small, but well shaded and very refreshing. And the lawn out front is Great!My daughters both have sensory issues and that grass made it possible for all of us to enjoy some lounging time outside with the waves just beyond us. There were plenty of chaises and it was nice to have that alternative to sand for a change. The rooms are comfortable and well air-conditioned. The 2 bedroom condos have 2 large, clean bathrooms, and a great living space with really comfy couches (one of my kids preferred to sleep on one). Towels were a bit crunchy from being dried in the sun, but I appreciate the eco-friendliness of it.Christina, who runs the place, is really great. We mentioned when we made our reservation that we might be interested in setting up surf lessons for our son. She e-mailed us the night before our trip to let us know that the swells might be a little much for him and recommended instead that we enjoy a surf competition that was taking place close by. It's this kind of thoughtfulness that really makes the difference on these trips. "
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"The actual rooms were perfect and clean with much appreciated air conditioner and Wi-Fi! I Had the best New Years Eve ever with this gang and highly recommend it if you come to Hermosa! There is also a very nice grassy area for you to hang out in right off the sand at the beach. Although this my seem like nothing, the sand gets so incredibly hot some days and the soft grass is the perfect solution.Thank you guys!"
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"By the end of the trip I could surf on some decent, but beginner-level, waves! Every day we either did yoga, Zumba, stand-up-paddleboarding, or some other form of physical exercise. We would usually surf in the morning, eat breakfast, have free time, do yoga/exercise, go to dinner, and then go to bed. It was so much fun! Christina also lets you know about additional trips/excursions you can pay for which include a coffee farm, ATVing, Ocean Ranch park, visiting waterfalls, visiting the national zoo, zip lining, and horseback riding. I did Ocean Ranch which was incredible, it included zip lining, riding horseback, and rappelling down a waterfall. Overall, the experience with Christina, Christina's employees/contacts, and at Surf Inn in general was incredible. I already miss it and can't wait to go back!"
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"I had a fantastic time on the 6-day Budget Oceanfront Yoga Retreat at Surf Inn Hermosa. I spent the first week of 2015 there and was far better than I could have anticipated, a really invigorating way to start the new year! I'm a twenty-something media professional living in NYC and I decided to take my first solo vacation in Costa Rica. I spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica, the last of which was at Surf Inn. I spent the first week camping so when I arrived at Surf Inn I was thrilled to find a comfortable bed, AC and a working WiFi! The inn is intimate, it feels more like you're staying in a friend's guest house than at a resort. Each room has a kitchen (fridge, stove and cookware), it's own WiFi, 3 beds and a futon. It was incredibly comfortable. I had opted for a shared room (which is a lower cost than a private room) but when I arrived was told I was upgraded to private at no charge. Lucky me! The grounds are beautiful! There is a pool and a private grassy area with beach chairs before you hit the sand.Before I even got to Costa Rica, Christina kept in close contact with me via email. She asked my dietary restrictions, what activities/excursions I'd like to try (made suggestions and gave pricing etc). Two days before check in, she had already sent me a detailed schedule for day 1 - which included lunch, a surf lesson, and a sunset yoga session. Upon arrival, I received the itinerary for the rest of my stay. We did yoga and surfed every day, along with some SUP or other excursions of your choice. It was a very active week - we were always moving! There would be a couple hours of break set aside mid-day, which was a perfect chance to relax on the lawn or do a little extra surfing on your own. Everything was thought out - I really didn't need to make any decisions. It. Was. Fantastic."
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