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Costa Rica Surf Camp and Yoga Retreat

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 10 participants
Breakfast & lunch included

You will love a surf vacation with Lucero Surf Retreats because they provide a comfortable stay with a personal touch and friendly learning atmosphere for surfers and yogis of any level with the perfect balance between surf, other activity, yoga and individual free time in a tropical paradise. They started exactly ten years ago and have enjoyed the company of so many beautiful people that came and stayed with them. Lucero Surf Retreats is determined to make every vacation one to remember.

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Highlights

  • 4 fun surf lessons
  • 5 morning yoga sessions
  • Photography session of you while surfing
  • ATV day trip to Montezuma waterfall
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Daily breakfasts and lunches
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Restaurant

During this retreat, you will be staying at the newly launched boutique hotel by Lucero Surf Retreats. It has four private rooms, a private home on top of the hill, one small apartment, and a restaurant with pool. The hotel is built on a hillside, situated in the middle of town just off the main street and walking distance to supermarket, restaurants, and the beach. The lowest level is a communal restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Moreover, there is also a pool in front to cool off during hot weather.

On the second level, there are four rooms looking over the pool, along with a cool little garden on the side for you to hang out. On top of the hill, there is a main house that usually rented to families. While on the back side of the hill, there is a small apartment with a view of the jungle.

Each of the room is equipped with therapeutic matrasses, air-conditioned, ceiling fan, mini fridge, safe, and a comfortable hammock. The style of the hotel is a combination of old Spanish on the outside with white brick walls and Spanish tile on the. There is also Balinese touches on the inside with finished concrete, beautifully finished wood, as well as items shipped especially from Bali. Last but not least, the most comfortable linen sheets are all the way from a small company in Australia.

Program

For surfing, you need focus, a clear mind, and a strong body which are also three benefits of yoga. Learning to breathe, clear your head, and hold poses to strengthen muscles is a perfect out-of-water practice for catching that ride in the ocean. The Lucero team has found the perfect balance between the two so you can enjoy both activities to the fullest during your time in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, a town that is truly a surf and yogi mecca.

Surf

The surf lessons will include paddling, duck diving, catching a wave, positioning, and more. A certified and experienced surf coach will give you the personal attention you need, and it does not matter if you are a beginner or already a bit more advanced surfer. During the final surf lesson, the Lucero team will go to the beach for your photography session, capturing you in action with the waves. These photos will be sent to you by email after the trip.

Yoga

Yoga trains your mind to be still so that you can see things clearly. Nature will intensify this experience and heighten your awareness. When you practice yoga outdoors, it will give a different dimension to your practice. During this retreat, there will be a total of five yoga sessions. Four sessions will be held at a beautiful outdoor yoga deck nearby, and one session will be at a breathtaking yoga studio out of town, which the Lucero team considers as a secret spot in the area.

There are different classes to choose from and you can choose when you want to join. You can either start your day with a yoga session while the jungle around you is just waking up, feeling the soft morning breeze on your face, or end your day with an evening class around 6 p.m., where you can rejuvenate after tiring activities under the sun.

Sample schedule

Thursday

  • 11:00 Shuttle pick-up at the airport
  • 17:00 Introduction at the hotel and welcome dinner

Friday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 11:00 Surf lesson
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by personal free time for the rest of the day

Saturday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Surf lesson

Sunday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 10:00 Daytrip to Montezuma Falls and other group activities
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by personal free time for the rest of the day

Monday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Surf lesson

Tuesday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 10:00 First massage session
  • 11:00 Second massage session
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Surf lesson with photography session

Wednesday

  • 08:00 Shuttle pick-up for the airport after breakfast

Included excursions

A day trip to the Montezuma waterfalls via an all-terrain vehicle is included in your package. Montezuma is a nearby hippy town and you will be taken there to experience its beautiful waterfall. You can choose to hike all the way to the top and jump off the waterfall, or you can also stay at the bottom and swim in the fresh pool underneath. You will also do a stopover in the town proper to check out the souvenir shops.

Instructors

Melchior
Melchior is your to go to person during your vacation. He will be there to give you a warm welcome when you arrive, go over the week-schedule, keep you company, and help you with everything you may need during your stay.
Mark
Mark will show you the ropes of surfing in Santa Teresa. He'll get you comfortable in the water and teach you how to catch waves. He has surfed his whole life and teaches both beginner and intermediate students
Francesca
With many years of experience, Francesca is an amazing yoga instructor. Her classes are relaxing but can also be challenging. She has been teaching yoga for Lucero since 2007.
Jared Lucero
Jared is the co-founder, co-host, and instructor of Lucero Surf Retreats.

Location

This retreat will take place in the town of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. It is a small popular beach village on the Pacific coast. The beautiful white sand beaches you will find here are known for some of the best surf breaks in the entire country, with great surf conditions all year round which is ideal for surfers of any level. This booming travel destination offers a pristine jungle view from the beach with no big buildings anywhere.

The rustic beauty of this town comes with one road that runs from the southern part of the town of Malpais up to the beach town of Playa Hermosa and further, parallel from the beach. Many amazing restaurants and quaint hotels are spread out across town on either sides of this road. This, in combination with clear blue water, white sand, and palm trees in the background, truly makes you feel like you are surfing in paradise.

Food

All daily breakfasts and lunches are included in the price of this retreat. These meals will be provided at the accommodating hotel and prepared with fresh local ingredients. For breakfast, you can choose real Italian espresso or creamy cappuccino, delicious homemade cakes, tropical fruit salad, pancakes, or American-style food. The menu always provides an array of vegetarian, meat, and seafood options.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, there are other available activities near the camp like fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and zip lining. Lucero Surf Retreats can help you organize a series of activities or excursions at an additional cost.

You can also choose to join optional morning group runs on the beach. The mornings in Santa Teresa are beautiful and perfect for an early work-out. Running together can be motivating and you will be so happy that you started your day off this way.

You can also choose to join a camp fire and music session on the beach. Every Sunday, there is a restaurant and bar at the north end of Santa Teresa that hosts Pura Sonica, a gathering of locals and tourists to celebrate with good food, good music, and a camp fire for sunset.

What's included

  • 4 surf lessons
  • 5 morning yoga sessions
  • 6 nights accommodation in brand new beautiful boutique hotel
  • ATV day trip to Montezuma waterfall
  • Campfire and music session
  • Daily delicious breakfasts and lunches
  • Surf photo
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What's not included

  • Airfare costs
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Dinners
  • Surf gear
  • Tips and gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).

It is easier to fly into San Jose but sometimes, flights to Liberia are a lot cheaper which makes it a better choice to fly in instead. From both airports, it´s about the same distance to get to Santa Teresa but from San Jose, you have more transfer options.

From San Jose, you can book a domestic flight to arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU). Flights last for about 20 minutes and cost around 90 USD. The two airlines that fly from San Jose to Tambor are Sansa and Nature Air.

Arrival by bus

For the more adventurous traveler, there is the option to take a direct bus to Santa Teresa from San Jose. It leaves from the Coca Cola bus station at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. The trip takes five hours including a one-hour ferry ride when you get to the pier. A ticket costs 10 USD for one way. Even though this option is a little more challenging because you have to take a taxi to the bus station and then make sure to find the right bus, once you're on the bus, it is a direct shot and you don´t have to worry about your luggage or changing buses.

Arrival by taxi

From Tambor, expect a 45-minute taxi ride that costs approximately 50 USD for one to four people. There will be an extra fee of 10 USD for each additional person.

Arrival by shuttle

From San Jose, you can also take a shuttle to Santa Teresa. It will pick you up from the airport or your hotel and take you directly to meet up with the Lucero team. The trip is for about four to five hours including a one-hour ferry ride. The price is 45 USD per person and the shuttle leaves at 9 a.m. If you would like to leave at a different time, the price is 200 USD for a private shuttle that can take up to seven people.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 28% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Peak season
  • December 20 - January 10

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