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Be adventurous and transform yourself during a week-long surf camp in Costa Rica. Come alone or with friends and be a part of a community of like-minded women. Just imagine warm water, great waves, a caring team of highly trained surf instructors, and an oceanfront hotel located on a beach that has been described by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Welcome to barefoot luxury.
Pura Vida Adventures' beachfront all-inclusive resort is a real tropical paradise located at our favorite beach, Playa Carmen. The accommodations feature Teak and mosaic floors, bamboo beds, wood doors leading to indoor/outdoor decks and custom hardwood finishing which combine modern comfort with local, tropical decor. Pura Vida Adventures offers shared and private rooms with closets, ceiling fans, mini-fridges, safety boxes and air conditioning.
Hotel features also includes Shambala restaurant, ocean view pool with Jacuzzi, beach-side hammocks and lounge area, Spa Natural, beachfront yoga studio, air conditioning, ceiling fans, verandas, hot water, coffee maker, wireless internet, safety box, 24-hour security, and walking distance to shops, bars and restaurants.
Pura Vida Adventures has two accommodation options to choose:
Located closest to the entrance of the hotel, but still only a minute walk to the beach. Amid lush, tropical foliage, these rooms offer a queen bed and a single bed with a private deck, hammock and lounge chairs. All accommodations have Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, mini-fridges, safety boxes and air conditioning. This is perfect for the girl on a budget.
Located steps away from the beach and amid beautiful tropical gardens. Many of these accommodations offer two queen beds with private deck, hammock and lounge chairs and some have ocean views. All accommodations have Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, mini-fridges, safety boxes and air conditioning. This is perfect for the girl who wants little more space and luxury.
Typical day in Pura Vida Adventures:
Pura Vida Adventures prides themselves on the quality of their surf instruction and their surf camp is for all levels of surfers. Pura Vida Adventures' CPR certified and experienced instructors are dedicated to teaching you the Art of Surfing. They go beyond teaching you basic technical skills by assessing your ability and developing an individualized surf program that will take you to the next level. Pura Vida Adventures' student to teacher ratio is three-to-one and you will be placed in a surf group based on your skill level and experience. By mid-week, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with your instructor to receive the attention you deserve.
You will be amazed at how fast you will be up and riding waves. With many of our guests being beginners, Pura Vida Adventures' patient staff is well-prepared to teach you the basics of surfing: proper etiquette, water safety, wave riding skills (how to properly stand up and ride waves), and effective paddling techniques, as well as preparing you for surfing your home break.
Pura Vida Adventures' qualified surf instructors will help you improve your surfing skills to achieve the next level. Your instructor will assess your skill level and implement a progressive program to strengthen your surfing game. They will focus on wave-reading and catching ability, developing greater control in slightly more challenging waves, mastering the techniques necessary to generate greater speed and connecting more fluid turns.
Pura Vida Adventures' more advanced surf coaches will evaluate your surf skills and implement a progressive program to sharpen your surfing abilities. You will also have the opportunity to learn new maneuvers and learn how to maximize your rides with more speed and style.
Start each day with a deep, energizing breath and discover the many benefits of yoga. Pura Vida Adventures' yoga studio was designed to embody the best that Costa Rica has to offer; an open-aired yoga dojo in a jungle setting with polished wooden floors that wrap around a Guanacaste tree, all overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. This spiritual space naturally captures the essence of yoga and will help you relax, restore and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.
The daily yoga classes are designed to enhance your surfing while working on core strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and clarity of mind. Pura Vida Adventures' certified yoga instructor, Cristina Kalyani, has been teaching yoga for 12 years and will base each week upon the experience level and desire of the group. Christina's rejuvenating and revitalizing yoga classes consist of a variety of yoga practices including Vinyasa flow, Hatha, Swasthya, and Kundalini. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or newcomer to the practice, you will soon discover the many benefits yoga has on your surfing and your life.
Pura Vida Adventures' retreats are situated in the scenic village of Malpais on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Expansive beaches and tropical rainforest surround Malpais, creating fascinating landscapes, stunning views and unforgettable sunsets. The area has been compared with Maui 50 years ago. From the moment that you arrive in Malpais, you will know that you have discovered a very special place. The gorgeous beaches are uncrowded, the ocean is warm, the locals are friendly, and there are monkeys swinging from the trees. You can find secret waterfalls with warm water pools surrounded by jungle canopy, and surf spots with no one there.
Pura Vida Adventures intends to make your experience special by serving you a taste of the local food and culture. Many of the meals are enjoyed at the hotel's beachfront, gourmet restaurant "Shambala". Costa Rican Chef Randy Siles, who was featured in Sabores magazine, has brought his creativity and international flair to Pura Vida Adventures' scenic beach town to share with you his unique mix of organic vegetarian and high quality local meat and fish dishes. Plentiful organic salads accompany each meal and devilish desserts to satisfy your sweet-tooth craving. Chef Siles uses the freshest organic ingredients to create a variety of gourmet dishes for vegetarians, vegans, and meat lovers alike.
After morning yoga, the breakfast buffet consists of a variety of fresh tropical fruits, Costa Rican specialties and other vacation favorites. Fresh gourmet Costa Rican coffee is served, as well as an assortment of teas and juices. Lunch is a rewarding experience after a great surf session. Chef Siles goes all out with his homemade delectable like pescado envuelto, palak paneer, tuna takaki, fiesta fajitas, or healthy salads with tropical fruit, fresh catch of the day or grilled chicken breast.
On several afternoons and evenings, you will explore some of the best restaurants in town, which serve light and delicious meals like fresh lobster, Argentinean fire roasted chicken or Peruvian fish tacos. Relax in the shade on the beach and enjoy brick-oven fired pizza while you watch the surf, or lounge at Marys Restaurant while sipping a locals favorite Mojito and savoring a seared ahi tuna filet over jasmine rice and fresh "farm to table" greens. With so many delicious choices, you will be glad Pura Vida Adventures is taking you to all the right places.
Other than surfing and yoga, there are plenty to do in Costa Rica. The local fishing village where our hotel gets its fresh fish offers fishing and boating tours in the waters of Cabo Blanco, the first registered State Park in Costa Rica. Hiking the trails of Cabo Blanco or zip-lining through the jungle canopy is a great way to see the local flora, fauna and the beautiful coastline of the area. Be sure to look in the trees where several types of monkeys can be spotted. Salsa is the most popular form of dance and Pura Vida Adventures can arrange for group lessons should you wish to move your hips to this lively cultural dance.
Enjoy your one-hour private massage by a professional therapist at the hotel's Spa Natural. During your stay you might want to indulge in Spa Naturals other services such as wraps, facials, manicures, and pedicures. The Spa carefully hand prepares its own wraps, exfoliation, and aromatherapy scents from fresh natural ingredients for your divine pleasure. Try the fresh cucumber facial mask, peppermint foot reflexology, healing vitamin E massage or a sunburn soother. a cooling aloe, cucumber, and lavender wrap.
You should arrive to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) before taking a domestic flight to Tambor Airport (TMU). Once in Tambor, expect a one-hour taxi ride. Taxis cost approximately 50 USD for 1-4 people and 10 USD for each additional person. We will schedule a taxi to pick you up in Tambor, so look for a sign with your partys name, and ask for Miguel. There are a limited number of flights and seats to Tambor, so make your reservation early. The two airlines that fly from San Jose Airport to Tambor are Nature Air and Sansa.
If you are planning on bringing your surfboard, please contact the airline regarding their size restrictions. Flight schedules change periodically, so please check with the airlines for exact times. 29 USD departure tax is payable at the international airport by all foreign passengers departing on international flights. You can save time and waiting in long lines by paying your departure tax from your hotel in San Jose if you have to stay an extra night before your departure from Costa Rica.
Pura Vida Adventures has partnered with Montezuma Expeditions to provide you with shuttle bus services to/from Malpais. The shuttle bus leaves San Jose and Malpais daily once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport or your hotel. The price is 50 USD/per person each way. The shuttle ride is an approximate 6-hour drive through Costa Rica's picturesque countryside, including a 90-minute ferry ride on the Golfo de Nicoya.