Pura Vida Surfers gives a solid ground for anyone who wants to become a better surfer with relaxing and balancing yoga practices.

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Victor StClair Slatte


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Reviews (30)

Matthew Dibenedetto

from United States, June 2023

"great all around"

Great instructors in Allan and Niko, everything went smoothly. The pura vida team was no only responsive but also proactive in communication and making sure everything went well.

Michelle Dixon

from Australia, June 2023

"Friendly & fun local experience "

Pura vida surfers makes you feel at home. The instructors were so friendly and helpful and I loved the fresh coconuts after each surf. Instruction was great and the accomodation was really nice with a great communal area that had loads of swinging chairs, a pool, etc. it is just a 2 min walk to great cafes and all that Santa Teresa offers. Recommend it!


from Costa Rica, January 2023


from Canada, September 2019

"Some ups and downs "

Accommodation was in a beautiful spot with a pool, coffee area, hammocks, yoga area and little kitchen.

Selina South staff we’re extremely helpful, especially Caroline who went above and beyond everyday to help us.

Victor and Andres are great surf instructors, keen to get you out there and will coordinate other activities if you want.


from United States, June 2019


Surf instructors were very friendly

Amy Johnson

from United States, May 2019

"Pura Vida"

Food was awesome, surf instruction was great, the hostel had a great vibe and felt very safe. Victor went above and beyond making us feel like family!

Paul Zhu

from Great Britain, March 2019

"Amazing "

The surf and yoga itself was amazing. Beaches incredible, with amazing waves. The surf instructors were great guys, really instructive, helpful, and had a laugh with all of us.

I went as a solo traveller, and ended up meeting some amazing people in the surf class. It was a great way to meet people.

I stayed in selina north, which was a nice hostel. It had a good balance between chill and party, noise and quiet for me. Would recommend.

The all inclusive meals option was perfect in my opinion. Loads of options for restaurants to go to. It made life so easy. I hear the fridges in the hostel were a bit crammed. So to have the option of not having to think about food was amazing.

Overall, it was a super fun trip. I learnt to surf over my 5 days, and feel confident I could go out solo now. Would highly recommend!

Mathew Pizzanelli

from Canada, March 2019

"Amazing Experience "

Pura Vida Surfers were an awesome team, they make learning fun and take the time to actually teach you how to surf. The flexibility of this retreat is great - you can choose when to take yoga versus when to surf and there are various food options. As a solo traveler, I would highly recommend this package!

Caroline Den Hoed

from Netherlands, February 2019

"Amazing Surf Camp Pura Vida Surfers"

Geweldige week gehad in Santa Teresa. Mijn surfkunsten zijn deze week onwijs verbeterd met dank aan de goede surfinstructeurs.

Ideale opzet waarbij je dagelijks kunt kiezen waar je ontbijt, luncht en dineert. Ook voor de yogalessen kun je kiezen uit 5 verschillende locaties en meerdere soorten en tijden.

Iedere avond videoanalyse waardoor je je bewust wordt van waar je aan moet werken. Bovendien is dit vaak de start van een gezellige avond.

Leuke mensen ontmoet. Al met al een vakantie die voor herhaling vatbaar is!

Meghan Beddow

from United States, February 2019

"Escaping the polar vortex"

They put us in hotel Otro Lado, which was super calm and relaxing, compared to Selinas where most people stay (it's a younger crowd there). I loved that the surfing and yoga were incorporated into every day, and the community of international travelers that was super chill. Felt very well-taken-care-of, with several of the surf instructors available for questions/anything, and also fun to hang out with. Santa Teresa / Nicola Peninsula is some sort of magical zen zone (with partying Thursday night at La Lora if you're up for it!). Would definitely recommend.

Barbara Hedler

from Netherlands, January 2019

"Excellent yoga and surf retreat experience! "

The classes were very well organized and monitored by the instructors. We spent a good time in the water practicing and surfing! After the third day, I was already catching cool waves in the green waters... Yoga in the evenings was a nice complement to the surfing practices. I enjoy the fact that we could choose different schools to practice. The accommodation was in a very nice and nature-driven spot in Santa Teresa, with an amazing sunset view!

Amber Irwin

from Canada, January 2019

"A pura vida experience of a lifetime over the holidays"

Coming to Santa Teresa over the holidays and travelling alone for the first time, I was concerned I made a mistake being away from family. That feeling went away the minute I met the pura vida crew. These guys were not only welcoming but really went out of their way to make you feel you belong and like you are apart of something. They are loving and caring with the best expertise in surf. They are passionate and determined to make everyone the best surfer they can be. As one of the wise surf instructors informed me, you have to want it!

Also having the option to choose different eateries and different yoga studios in the Santa Teresa town while being included in your package really allows you to see the town and be apart of it. This was the best retreat I could have asked for and more. I could not be happier with my experience and hope that I have made friends of a lifetime here as I will be back again and again.

Michael Langguth

from United States, January 2019

"One of the best ways to do a yoga & surf trip"

The amazing thing is that there is a lot offered but everyone is free to chose what they want to do. The pura vida Surf team takes really good care of every person.

Eva Zichner

from United States, October 2018

"Progress and pura vida "

the surfing in different locations was challenging and so much fun. andres is very patient, skilled and pushes you to your best. he knows what you can do and helps you to achieve progress, very easy to trust him. He really wants you to be safe and read the ocean. awesome.

tavoo as second teacher was patient and confident too, he helped us to enjoy every single part of surfing.

vero as a female national champion in costa rica and lifeguard made us feel more than secure.

i feel much more confident and even more excited to get into the ocean again.

pictures and videos have been taken to get together every night for a review. it was a lot of fun and because of all tips andres gave us there, we were even more motivated for the next day.

I got some vouchers for yoga and meals, so i had the whole variety and options santa teresa had to offer. There are around five yoga studios that offer different yoga styles. even if i focused more on the well organised surfing lessons, i took part at a yoga class every evening to help my body to relax.

santa teresa is a beautiful little nature town and the stay in selinas brings all cultures together within a colourful environment.

so if you search for surfing at breathtaking beaches with the best surfers of costa rica as instructors, experience enlightening yoga lessons on a open platform within the dschungle (funky monkey hostel) and live pura vida as its best, book now! :-)

Maria Krajewski

from United States, September 2018

"Life-changing! Best retreat ever thanks to Pura Vida Surfers"

I could go on and on for a long time about how wonderful this experience was and how deeply it affected me. It is a perfect combination of some of the most amazing people I have ever met and a stunning location. Santa Teresa has a special energy that creates time and space to take care of yourself. The instructors took me and all the other participants in like family and genuinely supported our growth no matter what. They helped me stand up on waves and surf for the first time ever. They converted me to a life-long surfer! On a much deeper level, they created an environment for healing, learning and processing that was truly transformative. Surfing and yoga are physical, emotional and spiritual practices, which the Pura Vida Surfers staff respect and support. I didn't know how much I would grow and what great friends I would find in Costa Rica. I can't thank Andres, Victor, Danny, Michael, Marcos, Andres, Tavo and the entire Selina team enough!! You changed my life in beautiful ways and I am so grateful for you all! Book this retreat and you will have an amazing experience! Everyone was able to stand up and enjoy surfing on their first day so that shows what expertise the instructors have. I am now surfing back in NYC and my instructors here complimented my form and technique that I learned with Pura Vida. The food was delicious, the room was awesome with good AC, and watching the videos each night was a special bonding time. I love everything about this retreat!

Jeannette Quintana

from United States, August 2018

" Pura Vida surfyoga camp"

I loved the focus on surfing. Analyzing the videos at the end of the day helped you and the instructors see how you are progressing. The instructors were great at choosing appropriate locations and times based on your skill level. They were great at arranging all transportation and equipment we needed. I appreciated how I received individual feedback from each instructor. They were all very passionate about their work. Also, I really appreciated all their helped coordinating evening events and daytime exertions.

The stay at Selina was great. All the staff were courteous and friendly. They helped me plan exertions and gave recommendations on where to buy anything else I needed. Also they kindly helped me when I lost my phone charger.

The restaurant staff at Selina were kind and friendly. I enjoyed all my meals and drinks prepared.

I enjoyed all the yoga studios I visited. All the staff was very dedicated to their practice. Nacho and his wife Rachel at monkey adventures were incredible.

Filipa Massano

from Portugal, April 2018

The atmosphere and flexibility with the lessons.

The instructors were very nice and competent

Roxanne Boisvert

from Canada, April 2018

"Perfect 1st surf expérience "

Surf, people, food, EVERYTHING!!

Helina Hadjarian

from United States, April 2018

"Amazing "

Everything was awesome! Victor was great surf instructor and was very accommodating (shout out to Lauren as well who’s amazing) Except for my last day, l had one on one session while surfing which I really enjoyed and appreciated. Everyone working at Selina was wonderful. I highly recommend getting a massage there. I had a room of 4 which had our own bathroom which was really awesome not having to share it with a bunch of others. The bed was pretty comfy. They offered free coffee and fruit in the morning. The locations to do yoga were AMAZING, I loved every class. I’m a novice and the classes were wonderful. I did this package out of convenience and I highly recommend it. I was a solo traveler as well.


from United States, December 2017

"Best Vacation of my Life"

When I was trying to decide between a holiday in Bali or Costa Rica, the amazing reviews here for Pura Vida Surfers swayed in the the direction of Costa Rica. I was not dissapointed. As a kid growing up in Southern California, I used to splash around on a board but never got to the level I wanted to be. Fast forward to over a decade later, Victor and Nacho helped me go from 0 to 60 in just 8 days of lessons. I had taken surf camps as a child in SoCal, so I can confidently say that Pura Vida Surfers in relation to other programs is truly unparalleled. The difference is that they take the time to ensure that the foundation (form, knowledge of conditions, safety, etc) is strong. If you're looking for a surf retreat, DO THIS ONE.

Theresa Laubach

from Germany, December 2017

"Had a lovely last weekg and return super relaxed back home "

Well organized surfing lessons and a great variety of yoga classes

Noa Raman

from United States, October 2017

"A week in Green Season Paradise "

Days spent drenched in beach vibes and meandering through the jungle. Unrelenting rip tides, salt splotched skin, sandy feet, the watercolor sunsets, and sun kissed everything. Pura Vidas Surf and Yoga camp is the perfect combination of structured surf lessons and the freedom to pick and choose which yoga studio you wish to explore in Santa Teresa. I hope to come back to this magical place soon! I would even do this camp again and again. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to experience pure magic in paradise.

Chelsea Cox

from United States, July 2017

"Pura Vida Surfers was amazing ? "

Victor took care of absolutely everything! I wasn't expecting to have such an accomadating host. He went above and beyond and made sure I was happy every step of the way. He creates a very fun atmosphere! It was my first trip traveling alone and by taking you out as a group and getting you fruit and coconuts after he makes it very easy to meet other people. He also shows you videos of surfing at night which is fun and very beneficial for improvement. When I had problems with my bank he was so helpful. I would recommend Pura Vida Surfers to anyone.

Linda De Jong

from Netherlands, July 2017

"Pura Vida in Santa Teresa"

I had an amazing time with Victor and the staff of Selina hostel. I didnt want to leave the place and the people. At first i got a warm welcome from Victor in Santa Teresa. I think with Victor and his staff the surfing is a different experience. The surfing was Great, every day they Pick you up and Bring you to the best place to surf. Victor is a good instructor, knows How to teach you, help become more confident to learn Surfing and inspire you. Also thanks to Christian, the other instructor, for taking care. The yoga classes at nautilus were awesome, good teachers. I could recommand to combine the surfing with the yoga class every day. It helps you to stay more fit. The hostel, Selina is the best place to stay. Good place, food, Nice swimming pool and the 4 persons dorms are clean. The staff works hard and make you feel at home. You can ask them anything. Thanks guys! See you.

Aline Dang

from United States, June 2017

"Quality Surf/yoga trip"

The food was amazing, surf instructions were phenomenal, yoga options were amazing. Great option for a solo female traveler.