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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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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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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Kitchener, Canada
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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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Austin, Texas
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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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Barcelona, Spain
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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
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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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