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“Clean resort and Friendly Staff” 4 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 #10 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Northern Calif
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Clean resort and Friendly Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2008

We stayed a week at the camp. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Some rooms have air conditioning and you may want it depending on the season. We were there in November and a fan in our room was fine. We stayed there because it was farther from town (Mal Pais/Santa Teresa) and were looking for a quiet vacation/beach. This camp is just that, if you want great surf or want to learn to surf at a uncrowded beach, this is it. If you want to people watch and party at night stay in Santa Teresa. The staff could and did set up a taxi ride to town if needed but it is a long walk otherwise.
I can't say enough good things about the staff. They were accommodating, attentive and very friendly. The meals are included in the package and are homestyle (eat with the other guests and staff). The meals were mostly Tico style and were fantastic and the conversations started at dinner and lasted into the night. After the first day we felt like family.
If you want a casual friendly atmosphere with a staff that truly loves this place and wants to share its treasures, secluded beach and surf, this is the place.

  • Liked — Secluded and the staff
  • Disliked — No pool
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2008

I was a guest at shaka surf while in playa hemosa the staff and accomadations are great not to mention the wicked beach break just minutes walk from the camp.this place is a surfers paradise the staff at the camp made me feel like family in no time . i can't wait for my next visit.

  • Liked — The friendly Staff and location from the beach (surf break)
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Francisco, CA
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2008

Had a great time at Shaka Surf camp. The place is brand new. The Cabinas were very comfortable / functional with plenty of storage space, good bedding and remote control A/C. The camp is a very short walk to Playa Hermosa which is a terrific surf site (and not nearly as crowded as St. Teresa). Shaka has a good intimate feel about it and the food is outstanding. Went there w/ 2 friends to learn how to surf and we had a blast. Recommend highly.

  • Liked — new, clean, comfortable
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

My two teenage girls and I went to Shaka Surf Camp for spring break 2008, and we all learned to surf and loved it! The instructors made it so enjoyable and easy to learn. The inside waves are perfect for beginners. The beaches are so secluded and beautiful (right out of the movies) We really enjoyed watching the pros in the afternoon hit the big waves on the outside. It is really a place for ALL levels. The atmosphere at the camp is very comfortable and we really felt a part of this laid back Costa Rican town. The cabinas are new and clean, and the people are really wonderful. We can not wait to go back. This is a hidden treasure, definately a great place to get away from the hustle/bustle of city life.

  • Liked — secluded, clean, great beaches
  • Disliked — nothing, it was all good
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Carbondale, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2008

Just got back from a week at Shaka Surf Camp. Super chill with friendly staff. The food prepared by Gretle was amazing. Some of the best food I have had in Costa Rica. The accomodations were super clean and comfortable. I liked Shaka because it was a bit out of town and was nesttled in the lush jungle. The walk to the beach is short and the waves are uncrowded. We got at least head high surf every day we were there. Great surf vacation spot!

  • Liked — Close to uncrowded surf
  • Disliked — No internet/phone service
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Santa Cruz, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2008

I'm in a wheelchair and Shaka is the only surf camp I have ever been to outside of the US that has put such a high degree of detail into addressing wheelchair accessibility...Every one who works there was so attentive and helpful when it came to making sure I was having a great time!...The beach was literally in the camps back yard, the surf was fantastic and best of all, was almost completely empty! I'd highly recommend it to anyone, especially those who are in a chair and want to experience the real Costa Rica and not the tourist traps!

  • Liked — The accessibility and location
  • Disliked — nothing...
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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LA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2008

I spent my spring break 2008 at Shaka Surf Camp in the company of old friends and new friends in the form of the staff at Shaka. We were about the first guests at the camp, and were welcomed as family by Greg & Greta, Frank, and Chris & Co.
Away from internet and cellphones, attuned to the rhythm of the tides, eating simple, delicious food, and surfing my heart out, I sloughed off the stress of living in the US and got the quietude to listen to my body, stretch, and sweat, be salty, nap in a hammock. I got patient, kind, and expert surf instruction from the staff, and have been surfing on my own at home ever since.
Shaka provided a genuine vacation at a fair price, so that my experience and interactions there did not feel commercialized, and I had a spiritual week. I will definitely be returning.

  • Liked — Simple and clean.
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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