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Yoga and Surf Camp Costa Rica

All difficulty levels
All meals included

Spend New Year’s week barefoot on the beach, surfing tropical waves, watching the sun melt into the ocean, dancing the night away, and celebrating the New Year in Pura Vida style. Participate in daily surf and yoga, jump into other adventurous activities, or spend your entire trip relaxing at the spa. It is up to you!

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Surf lessons every day
  • Free use of superior surf equipment
  • Massage session and epic New Year’s Eve party
  • Day trips to secret surf spots and Montezuma waterfalls
  • Transportation to the different surf breaks
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction
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  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Their beachfront Costa Rica surf vacations and yoga retreats are located just steps away from the waves at Hotel Tropico Latino. A beautiful, intimate beachfront resort is rated as one of the top hotels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. With an unbeatable view, tropical gardens, luxury amenities, and the warm hospitality of the Pura Vida culture, their surf and yoga retreat location offers everything you would imagine from a Costa Rican vacation and more.

The exquisitely-designed accommodations are surrounded by abundant tropical gardens under an old forest canopy, giving you the feeling of landing in paradise. Comfortable furnishings, artistically-designed private bathrooms, and beautiful teak wood floors leading to a private patio combine modern comfort with local, tropical décor. Imagine returning from an invigorating morning surf session, jumping into a crystal-clear swimming pool, and taking a blissful siesta in a giant hammock beneath the palm trees.

After a well-deserved rest, join your surf sisters for a tasty, nutritious lunch steps away at the restaurant and treat yourself to a tropical cocktail prepared with love. After bonding with your new gal pals, venture out to explore the tide pools or visit the spa for a massage. Before you know it, it is time for sunset, and you have got the best seat in the house at the beachfront hotel.

Property amenities

  • Beachfront spa
  • Oceanview yoga deck
  • Beachfront restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Front desk services
  • Tour desk
  • 24/7 security
  • Beachfront hammock social area
  • Secured parking

Room amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Security safe
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hot water
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-fridge
  • Complimentary coffee
  • Body soap and shampoo
  • Beach towels

Shared garden bungalow

Garden bungalows feature mosaic floors, bamboo beds, and custom hardwood finishing which combines modern comfort with local, tropical decor. Each bungalow has a private porch with a hammock and lounge chairs. Amenities include Wi-Fi internet, air conditioning, minibar, coffee maker, complimentary coffee, safe box, hot water, and ceiling fans.

These large rooms have two beds with a large private bathroom and an outdoor patio. This is perfect for solo travelers who would like to share a room with another guest and would like them to choose their roommate or for two friends who want to share a room. Some of the bungalows have three beds, which is a fun option for three friends who want to share a room.

Shared garden room

Garden rooms feature a rustic design with local materials and comfortable furnishings that combine modern comfort with tropical décor. Each room has a private porch with a hammock and lounge chairs. Amenities include Wi-Fi internet, air conditioning, minibar, coffee maker, complimentary coffee, safe box, hot water, and ceiling fans.

There are three garden rooms in a row surrounded by tropical gardens and are located near the entrance of the hotel. Garden rooms have two beds with a private bathroom and an outdoor patio. This is perfect for solo travelers who would like to share a room with another guest and would like them to choose their roommate or for two friends who want to share a room.

Private garden room

Garden rooms feature a rustic design with local materials and comfortable furnishings that combine modern comfort with tropical décor. Each room has a private porch with a hammock and lounge chairs. Amenities include Wi-Fi internet, air conditioning, minibar, coffee maker, complimentary coffee, safe box, hot water, and ceiling fans. There are three garden rooms in a row surrounded by tropical gardens and are located near the entrance of the hotel. This type of accommodation is a large room with a queen-size bed, a private bathroom, and an outdoor deck. This is perfect for someone who enjoys their privacy.


Pura Vida Adventures has planned an adventurous, rejuvenating retreat that will help jump-start your New Year’s resolutions. Their beautiful beachfront resort is the perfect place to unwind and bring in the new year with healthy cuisine, full-service spa treatments, and an oceanfront pool, steps away from the beach. Their caring team of highly-trained professionals will guide you through your vacation with surfing, yoga, plus a special day trip to the waterfalls in neighboring Montezuma, and an epic New Year’s eve party.

For the first day, you can check-in at the resort at any time but make sure you arrive in time to attend the 6:00 p.m. welcome dinner. Your end-of-camp event will be a dawn-patrol surf session and breakfast brunch on the last morning so plan enough time to have one last tropical smoothie and plate of local gallo pinto (breakfast rice and beans).

Daily schedule

  • Beachside yoga class to start the day energized
  • Fresh buffet breakfast with fruit smoothies and local faves
  • Daily expert surf instruction with the awesome team
  • Excursions to different beaches and surf breaks
  • Healthy and delicious lunch
  • Relaxation - poolside, hammock, siesta, and scheduled massage
  • Walk on the beach, visit tidepools, or buy souvenirs or explore in town
  • Optional sunset surf session (depending on surf conditions)
  • Excursion to Montezuma for lunch and hiking to crystal blue waterfalls
  • Cocktails after a day at PVA Costa Rica Surf School
  • Nightly outings at favorite restaurants
  • Unforgettable New Year’s eve dinner under the stars
  • Infinity pool cocktails
  • Dancing at the local hotspot
  • Occasional rejuvenating or Restorative yoga classes

Included excursions

During this camp, you will take part in a day trip to Montezuma waterfalls and enjoy the sunset at 'Vista de Olas' panoramic, mountaintop swim-up bar.


Cristina Kalyani


The camp will take place in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and a perfect place for solo travelers to meet like-minded people, seek adventure, and explore an entirely different culture. In fact, about 30 percent of students of Pura Vida Adventures come to their surf and yoga retreats as solo travelers. The area of beach stretching from Playa Hermosa to Santa Teresa to Malpais is one of the most diverse surfing coasts in Costa Rica and it is right in their front yard.

With around five different types of surf breaks in the area, including point, reef, and beach breaks, you will find a wide range of surf spots that cater to beginners, intermediate, and advanced-level surfers. Pura Vida Adventures is located in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and specifically at the beach of Playa Carmen. This area is known as a surfer’s paradise, because of the variety of surf breaks and consistent waves any time of the year.

It is also known for its beauty and Forbes Magazine dubbed Playa Santa Teresa one of the world’s 10 most breathtaking beaches in the world. Here is a breakdown of the different surf breaks in and around Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. It also provides a guide to the surfing level, the best tides to surf, and the best swell direction.


When the strong steeply angled South and SouthWest swells reach more than six feet and begin to fill in the eastward side of the peninsula, you load up your surf van for a full day excursion. Cabuya, also known as Lajas, is an easy, rolling right point break that forms over a smooth stone bottom peeling for about 150 yards, making it one of the longest waves in the area. You surf this break on an incoming tide from medium to high tide and waves tend to be several feet smaller than the beach breaks on the west side.

A deep channel makes for an easy paddle out and safety zone where you can relax and take in the gorgeous green coastline looking toward the National Park of Cabo Blanco. Guests of Pura Vida Adventures that have been lucky enough to score this break often say it is the highlight of their trip.

  • Experience: beginner or intermediate to advanced
  • Tides: works on a medium to high tide
  • Swell direction: works on only South or SouthWest swells

Mar Azul

A few curving sandy coves to the south of Playa Carmen in Malpais is the locally famous left-hand point break Mar Azul, where you often spot sea turtles in the lineup. Mushy long lefts peel away from a flat reef bottom toward a deep channel. This spot needs at least a four to five-foot swell coming from the South or SouthWest combined with a rising high tide which tends to produce waves a couple of feet smaller than the beaches.

  • Experience: beginner or intermediate to advanced
  • Tides: works only two hours before or after high tide
  • Swell direction: only works on South or SouthWest swells

Playa Carmen

This beach is located when you first roll into Santa Teresa at the cruz (crossroads) at the intersection of Santa Teresa and Malpais. Playa Carmen is a gently sloped sand bottom break that stretches for about a mile with multiple peaks that produce long, fun, peeling rights and lefts. At the northern end of the beach, you can see a series of right and left peaks breaking over a slightly steeper sand bottom.

  • Experience: all levels - great beginner break
  • Tides: works on all tides, but it is best for beginners between low to medium tides
  • Swell direction: works on all swell directions but the best are South and SouthWest swells

Playa Hermosa

The remote splendor of Playa Hermosa strikes a chord in the hearts of surfers searching for a spectacular beach with jungle views. A short 20-minute drive from Playa Carmen, you arrive to find a sparkling white sand beach delivering a combination of rights and lefts. When the swell is big, the point break at the northern end of the beach starts to work.

  • Experience: all levels - great beginner break
  • Tides: works on all tides, but it is best between a medium to high tides
  • Swell direction: works on all swell directions but the best are NorthWest and SouthWest swells

Playa Santa Teresa

About a 10-minute drive to the north of Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa’s sandy ocean bottom has a steeper incline that produces more powerful right and left breaking waves providing a more challenging ride. If you want to get barreled, this is the beach to go to.

  • Experience: intermediate to advanced
  • Tides: works on all tides, but is best between medium to low tides
  • Swell direction: works on all swell directions but the best are SouthWest and NorthWest swells



  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Patio


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer


There are three healthy, gourmet meals each day and unlimited filtered water included in the price. Pura Vida Adventures served custom cuisine for any dietary restriction including vegetarian, vegan, gluten, lactose, and so on. There will be an epic New Year party with dinner, dancing, and more waiting for you on the last night of the year 2020. Most meals will be served at the beachfront restaurant and several at the best restaurants in the town.

A sample of surf camp cuisine

Energizing breakfast

  • Seasonal tropical fruit platter
  • Detox smoothies and fresh-made juices
  • Hot tea and coffee (a Costa Rican roast)
  • Santa Teresa’s best breakfast burritos
  • Fluffy pancakes and honey-drizzled french toast
  • Tangy yogurt and homemade granola
  • A local fave: Gallo Pinto (beans and rice with fresh herbs)
  • Scrambled eggs served with avocado and pico de gallo

Surfer's lunch

  • Superfood salad with kale, quinoa, seeds, nuts in a mandarin vinaigrette
  • Tropical fish tacos served with plantains and lime
  • Falafel pita, schnitzel, or Mediterranean salad with homemade hummus
  • Grilled chicken and mango salad
  • Woodfired pizza (add a cold beer for a perfect post-surf meal)
  • Shambala’s signature burger with hand-cut fries
  • Local fave: Casado (rice and beans served with choice of meat and salad)

Dinner on the town

  • Locally caught Ahi and daily fish specials
  • Argentinian fire-roasted chicken
  • Pan-seared steak with rosemary mashed potatoes
  • Sushi, sashimi, pork gyoza, and black mussels
  • Fresh-caught lobster with garlic butter sauce
  • Spinach enchiladas in a molé sauce (add a jalapeño margarita for an extra kick)
  • Eggplant parmesan with handmade pasta ribbons
  • Grilled pumpkin and farro salad
  • Passion fruit creme brulee or flourless dark chocolate cake with raspberry coulee

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

ATV tour

Explore the Costa Rican countryside, other villages, and the breathtaking beaches in the area. An exhilarating adventure that will make you fall in love with Costa Rica.


Fall in love with the peaceful nature and animal life that has made Costa Rica a dream destination. Take a guided or unguided hike through the country’s first nature reserve, Cabo Blanco.

Horseback riding

Gallop on horseback along the shore at sunset and visit other gorgeous beaches with expert local guides.


Fly through the forest canopy over creeks and canyons with amazing vistas and panoramic views of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean below.

Spa treatments

You will definitely want to take advantage of the peace and tranquility of your all-inclusive surf and yoga retreat in Costa Rica. The beachfront lounge area is a great place to dive into your new book, recap your morning’s surf experience, or just drift away into a midday siesta. Why not float in the oceanfront pool while soaking up the sun, or take a walk down the sandy beaches on some of the most breathtaking coastlines in Costa Rica? At sunset, witness the daiquiri-orange sun melting into the horizon while lounging in seaside tide pools, or swing blissfully in a hammock with a Mai Tai or mocktail in hand.

They are proud to offer their guests the very best in pampering at the world-class spa natural at Hotel Tropico Latino. Enjoy your complimentary one-hour private massage by a professional therapist with decades of experience, while listening to the breeze move through the palm trees and the waves crash on the beach. This full-body relaxing massage is designed to soothe sore muscles, tease out the kinks, and offer ultimate relaxation for your post-surf session. Plus, all spa natural’s products are locally-made from fresh ingredients designed to refresh and rejuvenate, body, and soul.

The spa natural is steps from your beachside-bungalow and offers excellent rates on the best pampering that paradise has to offer. Consider treating yourself with extra aesthetics, energy work, or relaxation services:

  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Healing packages, detox wraps, and energy work
  • Peppermint foot reflexology
  • The sunburn soother - a cooling aloe, cucumber, and lavender wrap
  • Deep tissue, four hands, hot stone, and Thai massage or a couples massage followed by wine on the beach

What's included

  • Daily surf lessons for all levels
  • Comprehensive surf program for each level of surfer
  • Sunset surf sessions
  • Daily yoga classes for all levels
  • Day trips to secret surf spots
  • Day trip to Montezuma waterfalls
  • Professional one-hour therapeutic massage
  • Superior surf equipment (soft tops, high-performance epoxy, and fiberglass surfboards)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Three healthy, gourmet meals each day
  • Epic New Year’s party
  • Unlimited filtered water
  • Transportation to the different surf breaks throughout your week
  • Video analysis - video coaching of your surfing
  • Professional yoga instruction from Cris Kalyani
  • Swimming pool, restaurant or bar, and oceanfront hammock area
  • Full-service spa
  • 24-hour concierge service from the attentive camp host, Sara, who will guide and assist you every step of the way
  • Bellhop services for your arrival and departure
  • Daily maid service
  • Complete access to the extensive surfboard quiver during your entire week
  • PVA rash guard (surf shirt)
  • Outdoor, oceanfront yoga studio
  • Yoga mats, blocks, bolsters, and straps
  • Seaside chill-out area with hammocks and lounge chairs

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other classes available
  • Additional spa services available

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Pura Vida Adventures recommends that you allow two hours between your international and domestic flights on both ends of your trip for customs, baggage claim, and ticketing. From the airport, there are two ways of getting to or from Santa Teresa: a domestic flight or a shuttle bus.

If you are looking to squeeze every ounce of vacation time in, they recommend booking a 30-minute puddle jumper flight on Sansa airlines (60 to 140 USD each way), leaving from the airport, and arriving in Tambor. Both Sansa and Green Airways depart right next door to the airport in the domestic terminal. These flights are part of the adventure and will start your trip off right with a beautiful flight over the Costa Rican jungle to the Nicoya Peninsula.

Arrival by shuttle

They have partnered with Montezuma Expeditions to provide you with shuttle bus services to or from Santa Teresa. The shuttle bus leaves San Jose and Santa Teresa daily and 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 six hours drive through Costa Rica’s picturesque countryside, including a 90-minute ferry ride on the Golfo de Nicoya.

Arrival by taxi

Once in Tambor, expect a one-hour taxi ride. Taxis cost approximately 60 USD each way for one to four people and 15 USD for each additional person. They will schedule a taxi to pick you up in Tambor, so look for a sign with your party’s name or the Pura Vida Adventures sign. There are a limited number of flights and seats to Tambor, so make your reservation early.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Sunday December 26, 2021
Departure: Sunday January 2, 2022

Special discount

Pura Vida Adventures Alumni are eligible for a special discount of 200 USD per person. For group discounts, please send an inquiry to get more information.

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