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Shaka Beach Retreat

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've stayed at Shaka twice now, in the past 5 months - its that great! It seems to attract a like minded crowd of people, you find yourself staying in a sort of commune and walk away with new friendships that seem promising to last a lifetime. Set 7 minutes walk back from the beach, in a little hint of...

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

This was without fail THE BEST EXPERIENCE I’ve ever had! We woke up at 5am every morning to the best Costa Rican coffee and their chef Jose cooking up a storm. The surf instructors are to die for – literally I was standing up after my first try! Mike (one of the staff members) is unbelievable – he showed us...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. The whole Shaka team is thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to sharing more great moments in the future!

Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I recently spent 7 days escaping the snowy Rocky Mountains down at Shaka Surf Camp with Cat, Matt, Mike and the gang. We had an absolute blast and have nothing but great things to say about this place. The food was unbeatable. I'm an embarrassingly picky eater and never found myself going hungry or wanting to eat...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

We are so stoked to read your review today. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We loved sharing this little piece of paradise with you and hope that we can connect again soon! Pura Vida

Bend, Oregon
Reviewed 5 April 2017

My 15yo son and I wanted to go surfing for spring break, and that's what we did, as well as swam in tide pools, went zip lining, watched and listened to howler monkeys, caught a jack on a fly rod, were mesmerized by a huge lizard, admired the nightly amazing sunset, ate great food (ah, the fruit!), spoke a little...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

WOWWWWW, so happy to read your review. It warms my heart. We loved having you both and appreciate the time you took to share your experience. Major improvements in the water by the both of you (I noticed too!). I love your explanation of the types of guests you got to share your time with! This part of the peninsula...

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 27 March 2017

An amazing week! I'm looking forward to returning! I stayed a week at Shaka Beach Resort with my boyfriend. We had a private dwelling with private bathroom and shower that was a 10 minute walk to the beach - past a family of howler monkeys. The resort chef, Jose, prepared all our delicious meals (2+ included/day). I eat everything and...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! Was definitely a memorable week, and I too took a lot out of the mindfulness program! The whole staff thanks you for expressing your gratitude, and Chito especially likes how you're the first to get his name right, lol. Here's to hoping we can all connect again soon!

Ossining, New York
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Many of the reviewers have already described the daily "schedule" of meals, surf, yoga, so I won't do that. In short, if you are looking for a beginner / intermediate surfer experience, with great daily yoga, and fresh, healthy, delicious meals eaten al fresco with like minded travelers and professional, super-friendly staff- go here! The villas are quiet, roomy, and...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks a million for your in-depth review! I think you described your experience quite well, and also added a few great traveller tips for future guests. It was great welcoming you into our home, and hope that we can share a similar experience sometime soon.

Reviewed 21 February 2017

Shaka was the perfect experience! It felt more like staying with old friends than at a vacation resort. The Shaka family opened their lives to us, taught us to surf, practiced yoga with us, and helped us enjoy the Pure Vida lifestyle for a week. The villas are large, well kept, and relaxing. Both breakfast and dinner were spectacular each...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We absolutely love the guests that stay with us. All of which become family real quick, yourself included! Thanks again:)

Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

I was terrified to surf before coming to shaka. In fact I basically had no interest in surf. My husband signed us up and I reluctantly agreed once I knew that I could back out and just hang on the beach and do yoga if I really hated it. I LOVED it. I totally learned how to surf and I...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

These are the kindest words and we couldn't be happier that you took the time to share them! We were also so HAPPY that you took to surfing after telling us that you had originally wanted to avoid it. The warm inviting ocean here definitely helps with the process. Thank you for the kind praise, and we've added two additional...

Reviewed 29 January 2017

I discovered Shaka through internet research- not a personal referral. Prior to booking on-line I sent Shaka an email with some questions/concerns . Frank, an owner, quickly emailed me back and suggested we speak on the phone. A great phone convo ensued, and shortly thereafter I booked a week at Shaka with my 22 year old daughter. Neither hotel, resort,...

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I had an amazing week at Shaka. It's in a great location, a 300m walk from the beautiful and quiet beach at Playa Hermosa. The staff are unbelievably welcoming and despite travelling on my own, I immediately felt part of the family. The rooms are top quality (small little chalets with AC, large beds, private hammocks etc.). The food was...

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

It was great having you with us for the week, and we're always happy to know that guests love it here as much as we do! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us and the TripAdvisor community. Hoping to see you again in the future.

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located just 5 minutes North of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, is the highly desirable neighbourhood of "Playa Hermosa." Shaka Beach Retreat is a jungle haven offering private villas nestled amongst the tropical surroundings. A short walk leads to one of the most beautiful quiet beaches in the heart of Hermosa's "Surf Zone". Perfect for swimming, relaxing on the sand, and surfing of all levels. Join us for our popular Surf and Yoga packages to experience a true piece of paradise! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shaka Beach Retreat

Address: Norte de Escuela 200 M | Village of Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Price Range: $182 - $296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Shaka Beach Retreat Hotel Santa Teresa
Shaka Surf Camp Hotel
Shaka Surf Camp Santa Teresa
Shaka Beach Retreat Costa Rica/Santa Teresa
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
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