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Shaka Beach Retreat

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Bend, Oregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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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!

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Ossining, New York
Reviewed 28 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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Reviewed 22 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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Reviewed 7 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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Reviewed 30 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.

florida
Reviewed 25 January 2017

I loved Shaka! Frank was very helpful and quick to respond which made planning my trip very easy. All of the staff at Shaka were amazing! They were all very friendly, accommodating and super cool people. Michelle and Kat were always quick to help with whatever you needed. Jose made sure the food was varied and every meal was delicious....

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

Thank you so much for your words of kindness. We truly are blessed to live in such a special place and share this piece of paradise with amazing people such as yourself. We also look forward to having you back for more great times. Pura Vida from all of us at Shaka!

Sweden
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We spent 2 weeks at Shaka over Christmas and New Years with our grown up kids and everyone had the best experience! The surfing, the resort, the beach, the food, the yoga and the team at Shaka are just excellent - "a home away from home". So much laughter, fun and new friends! We are recommending Shaka to all our...

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

I think you summed up the trip very well.....So much laughter, fun, and new friends. Everything we love about Shaka, and thrilled that you felt it too. We look forward to many more great times 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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  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located just 5 minutes North of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, is the highly desirable upscale neighborhood of "Playa Hermosa." Shaka Beach Retreat is a private haven offering an alluring example of modern tropical architecture, nestled in the tropical jungle surroundings, home to monkeys, birds, and fruit trees. A short walk leads to one of the most beautiful quiet beaches the country has to offer. Perfect for swimming, relaxing on the sand, and all levels of surfers. Join us for our popular Surf and Yoga Retreats, offered year round. ... 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: RM594 - RM968 (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:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
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