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Enjoy surfing with Pura Vida Surfers while connecting with yourself. The fun, playful, and challenging surfing together with the mindful, relaxing, and balancing yoga is a combination that many love. The practice of yoga gives strength and flexibility to the body, and peace to the mind. By finding focus and clearing the mind, you will progress more in surfing. Breathing is crucial in surfing and one of the main focuses in yoga. Proper breathing technique relaxes the body and enhances your focus. Build strength, increase flexibility and energy levels, bend, twist, breathe, and release tensions in yoga to become a better surfer. Enjoy the combination of yoga and surfing together with Pura Vida Surfers.
This retreat and surf camp will take place in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is a beautiful beach town that many people return to. This is a perfect place to connect with nature and also with yourself. Despite being a small town, it is still for everyone. Whether you want to come here for surfing, yoga, with your partner, family, or friends, Santa Teresa is the destination. It is a friendly place with a mix of Ticos and internationals.
Santa Teresa is located in the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula. With its many and long beaches, it is an ideal place for those who love surfing or want to learn to surf. Santa Teresa also has many different yoga studios, as well as activities, in its biodiverse and beautiful nature. Some of the activities that one can do include horseback riding, zip lining, ATV tours, visit national parks, and fishing, just to name a few
During this retreat, you can stay in a shared dorm, private room with shared bathroom, or private room with private bathroom, at Selina Santa Teresa. Selina is a new-built hostel just 50 meters away from Playa Santa Teresa. The hostel is beautifully decorated, has a nice swimming pool area, and a billiards table. It is located just by the main road with stores, bars, and restaurants walking distance away.
Selina also offers many different activities on and off the site. All rooms at Selina have air-conditioning and good Wi-Fi connection. The size of the dorm you will be placed in depends on availability.
How to get there
When you book your flight to Santa Teresa you will first land at Tambor Airport (TMU) and then take a shuttle to Santa Teresa (the shuttle takes about 45 minutes). The land transportation fee is included in the airfare, given that you choose Santa Teresa and Mal País as your final
The direct bus from San José leaves from the terminal in Santa Teresa from 7 – 10. This bus takes about 6 hours and leaves San José at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. As of July 2017, the cost is 7545 CRC, which includes the cost of your ferry ticket of about 800 CRC. If you are a senior, ask for the senior’s price. Surfers will pay an extra 2000 CRC for your surfboard.
If you are near the airport you don’t have to head all the way to the 7-10 terminal. Instead, have a taxi take you to the Villa Bonita Bridge in Alajuela. The bus to Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and Montezuma passes this spot at about 6:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. after leaving downtown. This time could be a bit longer.
Bus departure time from San Jose Airport is at 6 a.m., 8 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. from Juan Santa Maria International Airport Terminal arriving at Santa Teresa at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. There is a daily shuttle service. Normally, this service is provided on a 10 to 15 passenger minibus. The price per person is 50 USD, including ferry fees.
This service is sometimes operated by third-party companies. (Normally our vehicles are branded with the Tropical Tours Shuttles logo). Bus stops are provided along the way on specific locations.
Our door to door minibus shuttle service will take you safely and directly from San Jose International Airport Airport SJO Terminal to Santa Teresa beach, Costa Rica.
The departure time from Santa Teresa is at 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. arriving at SJO Terminal area at 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There is a daily shuttle service. Normally, this service is provided on a 10 to 15 passenger minibus. The price per person is 50 USD, including ferry fees.
Remember that surfboards are allowed at no extra charge in our minibusses. We set a departing time for each destination, however, the minibus has to go through the town picking everyone up and that takes a few extra minutes.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country, but the infrastructure is uncertain and our geography doesn’t help either, that’s why in some sections of the route you will have to go through bumpy and dusty roads on your way to San Jose city.
Things to do (optional)
The schedule during this retreat is flexible. One can decide to do yoga in the morning and surfing in the afternoon, or vice versa. It is also possible to do yoga and surfing head to head in the morning, and have the afternoon off.
You will normally surf at 7 a.m, 9:30 a.m, or 3:45 p.m. Surf lessons will be scheduled according to ocean conditions. The yoga schedules vary depending on the yoga studio. Throughout the retreat, you will enjoy five surf lessons and six yoga classes.
The yoga classes are held at different yoga studios in Santa Teresa to provide you with many different yoga styles and various hours to practice it.
The retreat can be customized. For example, you can add an extra day of surfing or yoga, a rest day, etc. Please contact Pura Vida Surfers with your request!
A day can look like this:
07:00 Surf lesson
19:30 video analysis of your surfing