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Believe Surf and Yoga offers customized vacation packages for anyone who wants to make a break in their daily routine and experience something new. Their aim is to enable and empower everyone to believe in themselves, to learn to surf, and connect with nature and the sea while practicing yoga everyday in order to generate the habit of connecting to the body and mind.
You will be staying at the new Believe Beach House, which is only a three-minute walk to the beach and ideal for those who love to have their own kitchen, routine, and the possibility of meeting others. Believe Beach House features three rooms, each of them with double beds and two bunk beds, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and ensuite bathroom. Downstairs there is a very nice open space with communal kitchen, dining table, and hammocks to relax during the day. Daily cleaning and Wi-Fi are complimentary. You will not have to rent a car since everything is nearby.
The aim of your stay will be focused in surfing as a top priority and everything else will be subordinated to it. You will have three surf lessons during stay which is a the ideal load of classes if you do not have previous experience or if you have not been surfing during the last months. Once you are here and after the first days, you can decide to have an extra surf lesson during your last days.
Surf lessons are fully personalized. They never mixed up surfing levels. The maximum is three surfers per instructor, but if none of the guests is starting its surfing week like you so you may have a one-on-one instruction during your whole week. The lessons last 90 minutes and they provide high-quality long boards, rash guard, and hydration during the session. If weather and swell conditions require to move to other beach breaks, they will do so with your own 4x4 transportation.
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 you 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 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.
Lucho is a very experienced surf instructor. He is very patient and knows how to evoke confidence as well as dispel any anxiety or fears from their guests so that all will look at waves as something that's fun instead of terrifying.
Santa Teresa is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, on the west coast of Costa Rica, very close to Malpais and some hours south from Nosara and busy Tamarindo. Santa Teresa hosts a unique mix of Ticos (Costa Ricans) 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.
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Daily breakfast is included in this retreat. They serve coffee, tea, tropical fruits, pancakes, toasts, and eggs, as well as butter or jam. If there is any special request, they will be glad to address it and include it.
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.