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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I spent six nights at this amazing resort learning to surf and exploring the area. Food was awesome - specially prepared by a Chef Jose - and served up always with a big smile. Owner Mike was always on property making sure everything was clean and neat. Our cabins were roomy, comfortable and the air conditioning was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a nice surf spot and great people, thats the place! The accomodations, food and location are really good but the staff , including surf instructors are above all expectations, if trip advisor had 6 stars i would give to them. I recommend for solo travellers and for families as well, its just perfect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shaka beach resort is an amazing hotel/retreat. It is only a 5 minute walk to the beach. Open friendly staff and always making you feel at home. Very highly advise you stay here. I have stayed twice and absolutely loved it. Near to every thing while still being "removed".

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

Thank you so much for the kind words. Glad you got to experience this piece of paradise with us! Shaka! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I absolutely recommend staying at Shaka. The surf lessons were so personal and amazing! Megan the yoga instructor is very knowledgable and will give you some great stretches in between surfs. The food was also so delicious!! I dream of this place still! Great beach access, just a short little walk...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just got back from a week at Shaka and I can't recommend it more highly. For anyone who wants to spend a week surfing, doing yoga and enjoying a laid-back atmosphere in the jungle and on the beach this is the place for you. Although there were a few issues around communication regarding my reservation between the two owners,... More 

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

I really appreciate all the kind words in your review. As for the communication issues, please know that these have been addressed accordingly so that they will be avoided in the future. So happy we got to share our little beach community with you, and I was so thrilled to end your trip with those beautiful green waves! Hoping to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I spent 2 weeks at Shaka in May/June and it was truly fantastic! The crowd at Shaka is one of the most welcoming groups of people I have ever met. I travelled on my own but as soon as I arrived I felt like one of the family. Everyone who works there is just great! Eric and Scott, the surf... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I love this place! The people, the food, the fun times! I recommend Shaka to anyone that wants a true surf experience off the beaten path. They all inclusive experience allows you to get into the world of surfing and life in Costa Rica. More than just another place to stay. It is truly a place to make life long... More 

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

Glad you appreciated the Shaka experience. We love getting to meet awesome people such as yourselves, and I couldn't agree more; lifelong friends will be made. Shaka! More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Just back from a week at Shaka Beach Retreat and had to write a review. As a solo traveler I was a bit nervous but this was one of the best vacations I have had:) Everyone at Shaka was super friendly, food was amazing, accommodations were clean and comfortable and most importantly I learned how to get up on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

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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