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Shaka Beach Retreat

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200 M Norte de Escuela | Village of Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Shaka Beach Retreat
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Kitchener, Canada
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm going to start by saying that this trip was, hands down, the best trip of my life. I've been lucky enough to have traveled extensively (Tahiti, Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, all over the Caribbean, African, Europe, you get the picture) and my vacation to Shaka was the best of all. It was on my bucket list to learn... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started out by missing the 5pm ferry and didn't arrive at Shaka until after midnight. We were immediately greeted by one of the amazing volunteers and showed to our room. The room was spacious and spotless, minimal on decor, great porch with a hammock in the front. We stayed in the cabina Pavones which had a queen bed and... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is an absolute gem! Without a shadow of a doubt the best experience on my holiday in Costa Rica! Whilst the beautiful location close to the gorgeous beach clearly plays a part, the team have put together a wonderful place which guarantees a throughly pleasant stay, which will recharge your batteries help you disconnect from the stresses of... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

A group of seven of us stayed here in March, 2015. We couldn't have had a better experience. Everyone who worked at Shaka was no nice! The food was amazing and Mike, the owner, had the answer to every question. Several of us were visiting Costa Rica for the first time and the people at Shaka really made us feel... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A group of 7 of us travelled to Costa Rica a few weeks ago, and stayed in 2 of the Shaka cabins for 5 days. Shaka has a great feel to it, which was apparent immediately upon our arrival. Mike, the owner, is very knowledgable of the area and culture. Megan, the yoga instructor, has trained in many types of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is quite simply the best place I've ever stayed. The rooms are beautiful, it's right on Playa Hermosa which is the best beach in the area for surfing and probably also the most beautiful. It has a lovely garden, the food is home cooked and delicious, but the best part of all are the incredible staff who were just... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

First let me start off by saying I have never written a review about anything before....however after my stay at Shaka, I felt very compelled to do so. Beautiful location just minutes from the beach. Every staff member was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area, and all quickly became more like friends. Surf instructors ( Erick and Helen) were... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Shaka Surf and Yoga retreat was exactly what we were hoping for to experience the beauty of Costa Rica, Surf consistently good waves, and enjoy phenomenal yoga instruction in a unique and peaceful setting. All the gang at Shaka go above and beyond to make your wellness-centered retreat the most positive experience possible, treating you as a guest even as... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

From the beginning to the end, this trip was nothing short of outstanding. The calm and relaxed atmosphere can be felt the minute you step foot into the Shaka complex. The Cabana's were clean, beautiful, and Air Conditioned to remind us what Canada will be like upon return. Playa Hermosa beach is a short 3 minute walk and is spectacular.... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

If you're looking to take an unforgettable vacation unlike any other, then I strongly suggest you book a trip to Shaka. Aside from the obvious surf and yoga as advertised, Shaka is in close proximity to amazing tropical adventures. I went primarily for the surfing (barely knowing the basics) and left the week able to go out on my own... More 

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