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Based in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Believe Surf and Yoga offers customized packages for anyone who wants to make a break in their daily routine and experience something new. The aim is to enable and empower everyone to believe in themselves, to learn to surf connecting with nature and the sea while practicing yoga everyday generating the habit of connecting to the body and mind. They lead the surf lessons with certified instructors and they provide guests all the organization of yoga classes, accommodation, meals, and other activities.
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Stay at Believe Surf and Yoga partner lodge, Funky Monkey, walking distance from the beach (250 meters) as well as almost everything in town (supermarket - credit card accepted, cafes and bars). Our lodge features a swimming pool surrounded by natural forest, a chill out area with billiards, pin pong table and hammocks to relax at any time. At the Funky Restaurant, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and great smoothies while meeting the rest of the guests and the local expat community. There's free Wi-Fi at the lodge so you will be able to connect whenever you need to. On a weekly basis, the chef puts together Sushi Nights, Catch of the Day and Barbecues, which are not only tasty but also very fun and good opportunity to socialize. You can always choose to go out and eat elsewhere and Believe Surf and Yoga will suggest you the best places to do so. There are very nice cafés, restaurants and bars walking distance to enjoy.
There are four accommodation options. Once your check-in and check out dates are confirmed Believe Surf and Yoga will be able to confirm availability:
A king size bed, private bathroom with hot water, fully equipped private kitchen, air conditioning, private veranda surrounded by tropical forest, daily cleaning and security safe.
A double bed and two single beds, private bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, a private ocean view veranda with great sunsets, daily cleaning and security safe.
A double bed and two couch beds, a private bathroom with hot water, small kitchenette and mini fridge, ceiling fans, daily cleaning and security safe.
Four couch beds, shared bathroom with natural water, ceiling fans, shared kitchen, daily cleaning and security safe.
The beaches of Santa Teresa are one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica and they are the perfect starting point for the surf lessons. Gentle foams will let you have the first sensation of this wonderful sport. The challenge is to develop your skills so that you can gain independence and confidence in the water.
Believe Surf and Yoga Costa Rica will focus on your balance on the board and make sure that you have all the necessary safety tips to get into the water: handling the board, managing wipeouts, etc. The policy is to have no more than three surfers per instructor, this is important to make sure that you are properly observed and receive a personalized feedback in the water.
Intermediate surfers will be introduced in the art of catching waves and developing the surfer instinct. First of all, your surf instructor will look for the best surfboard size according to your level (you will usually be using a smaller board than beginners). You will focus on your paddle technique, on how to observe the sea and read the upcoming sets so that you are in the best spot, and on developing a fast and proper pop up. Furthermore, the instructor will be coaching you on how to turn to one side or another according to the wave, and evaluating your position on the board, your style, and your balance so youd better get ready!
Advanced surfers will have an initial surf session with an instructor so that they can set a common objective to target along the week together (i.e. improve your pop up technique in faster waves, develop certain surfing and take advantage of the wave, etc.). Based on this first day - and on surfing conditions - they will decide which beach is the best to make sure that you make the most out of it.
Believe Surf and Yoga Costa Rica will always seek bigger and steeper waves and will look to take you to the next level: they want you to have a safe surfing session with a lot of adrenaline and make sure that this experience drives your will to keep on developing yourself in this sport. For advanced surfers there will be one instructor for two people for a safe session and better feedback.
It will not be all about surfing. The proposal is to discover the many benefits a mind-and-body balance has on the daily life. Yoga is a one-of-a-kind discipline that awakens a new lifestyle, far beyond your surf and yoga vacations in Costa Rica. The aim is to explore different types of yoga practices; which on one hand will enhance your strength and flexibility, and benefit your surfing. On the other hand, it will give space to improve your breathing and the connection with your inner self, through meditation techniques. Believe Surf and Yoga provides you with daily group yoga lessons, and more personalized guidance, tips and suggestions - so youll feel more confident when it comes to independent practice at the beautiful beach during sunset, or just after your last daily surf session. Experience the peace and beauty that Santa Teresa, Costa Brava offers on a yoga retreat with a difference.
The proposal is to have two surfing lessons throughout your stay. Believe Surf and Yoga will provide you with all the equipment you will need (surfboard, rashguard), hydration during the session as well as the transportation to the best surf breaks based on weather conditions. There will always be a maximum of three surfers per instructor for a better feedback and in order to make sure you are well taken care of.
Believe Surf and Yoga always empower their guests to have daily yoga classes as this habit is an asset that you can take back home. They suggest in their packages to take three yoga classes throughout your four nights stay. The time of the yoga classes can be 9 am in the morning or 6 pm in the afternoon based on the final surfing sessions' schedule.
Santa Teresa is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, on the west coast of Costa Rica, very close to Malpas and some hours south from Nosara and the busy Tamarindo. Santa Teresa hosts a unique mix of Ticos (Costa Rican people) and immigrants from all around the world who have turned this place into a very special spot on Earth. When you arrive to Santa Teresa, the wonderful beaches will amaze you, most of them are still virgin and as natural as earthly possible, as well as the heart-stopping sunsets every evening. It is also a must-live experience for anyone who loves to explore and discover new places. Furthermore, the incredible biodiversity and great weather offers a great variety of activities to enjoy, such us hiking, horse riding, diving, and fishing.
Breakfast is complimentary and very tasty. You will be able to choose between granola with yoghurt, eggs with toast, ham and cheese croissant or anything that the chef has prepared especially that morning. Fresh fruits and American coffee will be always available.
One meal per day (lunch or dinner) is also included in the package, with a variety of dishes and alternatives veggie friendly. Wednesday and Saturday are sushi nights!
The best option is to arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. From SJO, you have more options of land shuttles and local flights to make it to Santa Teresa or anywhere in Costa Rica.
The second option is to fly to Liberia Airport (LIR), in the northwest region of Costa Rica, one hour away from Tamarindo and seven hours away from Santa Teresa.
Transfers from and to Liberia Airport (LIR), San Jose Airport (SJO), or Tambor Airport (TMU) on request.
Before booking make sure you have planned your logistics from your arrival airport to Santa Teresa. Avoid misunderstanding and incurring in costs that you can avoid if you plan accordingly. Plan your arrival flight as early as possible, in order to make it to the land shuttles or local flights. Otherwise it may be necessary to schedule a night in SJO, as there are no shuttles nor flights during the evening (i.e. after 3 p.m.). Similarly, your departure flight should be planned the latest you can in your departing day so that you can leave your hotel in Santa Teresa early in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon to SJO for your international flight. Otherwise you should plan your last night in San Jose and not in Santa Teresa.
Take a 25 minutes flight from SJO to Tambor (TMU) in Nicoya Peninsula. Once in Tambor (TMU), Believe Surf and Yoga will pick you up with a taxi (45 minutes) which costs USD 60 + tax for a one way trip.
Direct land shuttles depart from San Jose (SJO) and take up to 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa and cost USD 60 + tax for a one way trip. They leave San Jose early in the mornng (6 a.m.) and arrive at midday. This shuttle will take you to the port of Puntarenas, on a Ferry to Paquera, and from there all the way to Santa Teresa. In case you need to stay overnight in San Jose, they offer accommodation and breakfast with the shuttle service for USD 105 + tax per guest (one way trip).
If you are flying to Liberia (LIR), you will have to take a land shuttle to Santa Teresa (5 hours). This service departs every morning at 8 a.m. and (sometimes) at 3 p.m. On low season, it requires a minimum of two passengers to depart. The price is USD 60 + tax.
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