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Shaka Beach Retreat

200 M Norte de Escuela | Village of Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Shaka Beach Retreat
Ranked #12 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shaka was great. I went with my brother for the purpose of learning to surf and to experience somewhere different. The surf instructors were all very patient, as I have never done anything like that before. They made it fun and allowed me to learn at my pace, yet still challenged me. The yoga class was one of the best... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read all of the positive reviews of Shaka on Trip Advisor and was really excited to take my family there. I would agree with all of the positives - a truly incredible beach a short walk away, very friendly staff at Shaka, and our weather was perfect. However, there are a few things these folks should work on and... More

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shakasurf, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, we appreciate all feedback from our guests, especially the stuff that shows what we need to work on. Unfortunately we have had some issues with the kitchen staff and are currently searching for a new chef. Our hope is to have our kitchen back up to speed but it has been tough finding... More

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Shaka is an incredible place -- two minute walk to the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica (Playa Hermosa); short drive to Santa Teresa for restaurants, shopping & entertainment; clean, comfy & friendly accommodations (take a nap in one of the many hammocks!); peaceful, serene & still maintaining such natural beauty (no big resorts anywhere around!). But what makes this... More

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Redding, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

My wife treated me to a trip to CR for my 40th birthday. She handled everything and on arrival she informed me that I had a surf lesson booked with Mo'e a local surf instructor. I was so impressed with the first I booked daily lessons for the rest of my stay. It was challenging but I enjoyed every minute... More

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Chico, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I have never been in a more caring, loving, and such peaceful environment in my life. The amount of support and guidance you receive from everyone at camp is overwhelming. Coming from a small town in Northern California, i was incredibly intimidated by the idea of coming down to Shaka. But once i got situated and introduced to everyone at... More

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Kentwood, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We were at Shaka in November for a week of adaptive surfing We were treated like family from the moment we were there. The beach is beautiful and never crowded. The water is beautiful. Waking up to the sound of monkeys is something I never dreamed of. We got to snorkel, zipline and ride quads. Cannot give a higher recommendation... More

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Stayed at Shaka in 2013, and loved every minute of it. Super friendly staff, very relaxed vibe, clean rooms and a 2 minute walk to an uncrowded beach. We scored great waves for a week straight, and had local access to ziplining, quad bikes, horse riding and plenty of other stuff to keep busy. Heard Shaka now has a purpose... More

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Malaga, Spain
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

I shall start saying that, having paid $1950 for 5 night stay, my friend and I were expecting at least to be welcomed upon our arrival (Tuesday, around 1:30 pm) and talked through the daily schedule (we booked the yoga and surf package). Instead we were given the key of our room by one of the staff who didn't speak... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I have been here twice and will be back next year. Second trip was to bring a group of young adults from Ireland, some of whom have disablities and were there to experience the incredible work that is done here at Shaka on one of their projects Ocean Healing Group. Not only were the OHG fantastic to work with, but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

I was an adaptive surfer who came in outside of OHG with my buddy and everything was smooth with no problems. The place is a real costa rican experience, beautiful country and located at the best beach in CR. Food was delicious and the AC in the room was more than efficient! The staff was terminally chill i love chris... More

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Also Known As:
Shaka Beach Retreat Hotel
Shaka Beach Retreat Hotel Santa Teresa
Shaka Surf Camp Hotel
Shaka Surf Camp Santa Teresa
Shaka Beach Retreat Costa Rica/Santa Teresa
Address: 200 M Norte de Escuela | Village of Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#17 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 

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