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“Breathtaking...” 5 of 5 stars
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200 M Norte de Escuela | Village of Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Aspen, Colorado
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“Breathtaking...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The staff and level of service were amazing! The food was delicious and the rooms were extremely clean and comfortable. I've been to Shaka twice and I'm already planning my next trip.

This is absolutely one of the most beautiful and majestic beach's I've been to. I had never surfed before, so I was slightly apprehensive, but the surf lessons were perfect...I even stood up on my first wave!

There are so many activities to choose from, if you want to stay busy, or you can just relax and take in the scenery while reading a good book. It's everything you could want for a dream vacation...and the sunsets will take your breath away.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My experience at Shaka was un-believable! A beautiful setting, with beautiful people. A two minute walk to the beach which is stellar itself with a huge stretch of paradise with 80 degree water temps. The rooms are clean and the hospitality is the best there is. Shaka rocks! I will be back!
Billy Scanlan

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

I keep coming back to Shaka as often as possible. Santa Teresa is THE spot in Costa Rica and Shaka Beach Retreat is where you must stay. The surf is wonderful, the beach is amazing, the camp is brand new and the people are super sweet.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Hayden, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Having the pleasure of experiencing a trip of a lifetime. My son and I experienced Shaka surf retreat . Being able to walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! The accommodations are 5 star- the rooms are perfectly decorated with warm and cool costa rican style. The lush landscape and the relaxing atmosphere. The surfers are professional and very entertaining. It,s a fun relaxing exotic and overwhelming experience. I hope to return someday.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I found this resort online and was hopeful it would live up to the glowing reviews. It exceeded them.

I was given excellent instructions as to how to get to the camp. Once I arrived, I was filled in on the schedule of daily events.

What separates Shaka from any old resort touting surf lessons, is that the owners and the staff are all long term surfers. They all share a genuine love for the ocean and really like passing on their knowledge of surf conditions at their beach, and surfing in general.

The food was excellent, all very healthy. I think I lost about 10 pounds over the week I was there from proper diet and exercise.

The hammocks and layout of the camp really give you a feel for what the surf dream really looks like.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Lakewood,Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We traveled with a group of friends to this spot in paradise and have booked our return trip already.
The amount of fun and excitement is amazing. You choose your level of adventure and make the day YOURS .
Great surfing even for the beginners , beautiful waves all year round.
Thanks for a super Costa Rican vacation.

Room Tip: All room are excellent many monkeys climb on the trees above the resort.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

My son and I went to Shaka with the Ocean Healing Group. Amazing place to stay. Beautiful!!! Would love to go there with my whole family. The beach is in walking distance, the people are friendly there. Would be extremely romantic for a couple.... but also a great place for the whole family. Extremely clean!!! Breathtaking.

It is handicap accessible and has WiFi. It would not be crowded if you visit Shaka. You would have privacy and feel like you are at your home away from home.

I am from America. I have traveled to Asia and Europe and throughout the United States. My son and I would love to visit Shaka again one day. We are very picky with where we stay and would highly recommend Shaka Beach Retreat!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Shaka Beach Retreat

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
Amenities:
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 ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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 
Also Known As:
Shaka Beach Retreat Hotel Santa Teresa
Shaka Surf Camp Hotel
Shaka Surf Camp Santa Teresa
Shaka Beach Retreat Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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