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Shaka Beach Retreat

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200 M Norte de Escuela | Village of Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed the week I spent at Shaka- I was a solo traveler and had never been to Costa Rica. Obviously a little nervous about who and what to expect in general but all of the travel directions were made very easy to follow on the website and the owner Frank- who set up... More 

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

So happy to read your review! We loved having you at Shaka and are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Hopefully we can connect again soon!!! Pura Vida from the whole Shaka crew. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have traveled with my family all over the world from Morocco to St Tropez, from Hawaii to Mexico, including many top luxury resorts. We just returned after staying 3 weeks in Costa Rica including 2 weeks at Shaka, and we all agreed that this was the best vacation ever. Thanks to Tripadvisor we found Shaka when we started looking... More 

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

Thank you so much for the amazing review. We all read it together and couldn't be happier. It's always a pleasure to see how much guests appreciate their trip as much as we love having them be apart of our lives here. Can't wait until we meet again! Pura Vida More 

Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I just returned from a 2 week holiday to Costa Rica. We visited some other areas in Costa Rica but our week stay at Shaka Beach Retreat was definitely the highlight of our trip! This place is the ultimate laid back surfer’s paradise! Our surfing improved so much thanks to the awesome surf instructions from Michelle. She... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family of 6 stayed at Shaka for 7 days in December 2015. During our stay we experienced excellent meals prepared with incredibly fresh ingredients, clean and safe and cozy accommodations, the best surf instruction on the beach and a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere from everyone that worked there. Michelle was so great at explaining technique and guided us on each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Don't have a lot to say because if you scroll down it's said. But here's what I have.. I learned something from everyone I met over the course of my week at Shaka. Good people, the right kind of people. Rare types of people. You can travel the world and hope to find a place that consolidates experience and excellence... More 

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

What can I say......thank you so much my friend! It's always an amazing thing when a stranger becomes a friend, and new part of your family. We had some good times, and great laughs! I know without a doubt that we'll connect again. Pura Vida brother, Mike More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I was a solo traveler to Costa Rica and ended a 3 week trip with 8 days at Shaka. It was perfect! I was fortunate to have an awesome time everywhere I went in Costa Rica. I met some amazing people, however the staff and volunteers at Shaka stood out and really went above and beyond to make everyone feel... More 

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

Thank you so much for your beautiful comments:) It was such a pleasure working together on your surfing, but more so connecting and getting to know you. We all enjoyed your presence and hope to one day cross paths again! Pura Vida from the whole team. Mike More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I traveled solo to Shaka after reading many reviews here saying that traveling solo to Shaka would be no problem, and after my experience I urge other solo travelers to stay here as well. Costa Rica is fantastic and Shaka was a great way to finish my trip. The villas are very nice and spacious with good AC. The hammocks... More 

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

We had an incredible time having you as part of the Shaka crew. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay, and hopefully we can cross paths again. Big hugs from everyone here. Pura Vida. Mike More 

Bourbonnais, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I stayed at Shaka for a week with a friend. We both booked the surf and yoga package. Everyone we encountered was helpful, polite and happy to be of service. I was at a resort up the road for a massage and left my phone on the beach, when I asked Mike (on-site owner) if he could call over there... More 

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

So grateful to read your review. Everyone here loves what they do and I'm happy it shows. We loved having you and look forward to reconnecting soon! Pura Vida from the entire Shaka crew. Mike More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

You landed on that page, it's a really good start in your quest for the perfect surf vacation. If you are reading those lines, please continue further you won't be dissapointed. I spent 10 days in Shaka in November/December 2015. The rationale behind my choice of staying with Shaka goes like this: trip advisor---> surf retreat---> costa rica. Of course... More 

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

WOWWWW, what can I say. This review made our day! Thanks so much for all the kind words. We sat down and read your review as a team and everyone sends their love. You're part of the Shaka crew now and we all look forward to your return! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I spent one amazing week at Shaka Surf from Dec 1st until the 9th on a family surfing vacation and I couldn't be more impressed with our stay. We're all very grateful to Mike, Emily and Shawn & everyone else at Shaka for how attentive they were to us during our stay. Our cabinas were kept spotless, the meals prepared... More 

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