Pura Vida Adventures
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Since 2004, Pura Vida Adventures has been offering premium surf + yoga retreats for women in the tropical paradise of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Guests can expect world-class instructors, perfectly crafted meals made from local ingredients, and beachfront luxury at one of the world’s most beautiful coasts. Our retreats combine the thrill of adventurous travel with the comfort of having every need met. We draw inspiration from the Costa Rican phrase “pura vida,” which loosely translates to “pure life.” This spirit is infused into every aspect of our guest experience. If you’re looking for a surf and yoga retreat with substance and soul… you’ve found us. Join our connected community who support each other in surfing and in life.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Amber J
Santa Cruz, CA2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
I had the most incredible time on the woman’s surf and yoga retreat. This was my first time in Costa Rica and I will now be making this an annual trip. The surf instructors are by far the best instructors I’ve ever experienced which made the surf experience extremely pleasurable. The passion, care, time, and detail they put into you on an individual basis goes way beyond a typical surf lesson. Paired with the excellent and friendly service from the Pura Vida staff and hotel staff, I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. The Pura Vida staff were all responsive, organized, and attentive throughout the entire trip from pre arrival to departure. I truly felt they wanted me to have a stress free and relaxing trip making the most of my time in Costa Rica, which I definitely did! The hotel garden bungalow I stayed in was beautiful and well kept. We saw monkeys in our trees everyday and the location is steps away from a beautiful stretch of beach filled with waves and shells. The food at all the restaurants within short walking distance from the hotel was some of the best food I’ve ever had. So much to choose from I just couldn’t help but try them all! The massage at the spa was relaxing and the perfect touch after surfing. The yoga instructor really tuned into each of us and structured the classes on what we were feeling with our body’s each day. She brought Namaste and facilitated the feelings of connection and nourishment every class. I highly recommend embarking on a Pura Vida Adventure in Costa Rica they really go above and beyond making this one of the best experiences of your life!
Written July 31, 2022
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Thank you for choosing PVA for your surf adventure! We had such an amazing week with you and your friends. See you next time. Pura vida!
Written August 1, 2022
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Jihae K
Los Angeles, California2 contributions
Aug 2022
I had the most amazing time with Pura Vida Adventures. I attended one of the women only retreats as a solo traveler, and felt so safe and included by both the staff and the other retreaters. Pura Vida Adventures truly sources the best of the best talent; from Diane the retreat manager, to Karen the yoga instructor, and to the various surf instructors.

I had only taken 1 surf lesson 20 years ago, and the surf instructors had me popping up, turning, turtle rolling, and catching my own waves in a span of 5 days.

I highly recommend attending!
Written August 21, 2022
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You caught waves with the best of them! We loved having you at surf camp. Keep surfing, even in the chilly water of Washington! Pura vida, and we will see you next time.
Written September 19, 2022
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Helen G
Bend, Oregon, United States5 contributions
Nov 2021
What a great surf camp in a beautiful location. The surf and yoga instructors were all awesome. So very supportive and friendly.
I went with a couple of my friends and by the end of the trip had a lot more friends with a similar passion for surfing and enjoyment.
It didn't matter if you were a complete beginner or had surf experience already, we all got great instruction at the level we needed while having lots of fun.
I really appreciated the attention to safety and etiquette in the water - not something that typically gets explained.
Written December 2, 2021
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Thank you for the review and we are so glad you enjoyed your time at Pura Vida Adventures! You and your friends brought such positive energy and enthusiasm. Pura vida!
Written December 3, 2021
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Elly H
1 contribution
Jan 2022
A bucket list trip for sure and a week I will never forget. The surf instructors were so attentive and fantastic and the staff of Pura Vida was beyond amazing. The food was delicious and the Tropico Latino hotel was in an absolutely stunning location. I highly recommend this trip for all levels of surfers looking to improve. Pura Vida!
Written January 31, 2022
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We are so glad you are part of the PVA community! Surfing, playing and laughing with you was an absolute joy!
Written February 2, 2022
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Ericka D
1 contribution
Apr 2022
Where to begin? This trip was everything – relaxing, inspiring and most of all, FUN! The location is perfect – what’s better than a week practically living at the beach? But it’s really the Pura Vida team that makes the week so wonderful. Diane is so organized and makes it so easy that literally the only decision you have to make every day is selecting the delicious meals you want. The rest of the time you get to focus on surfing and enjoying your time at the resort. Speaking of surfing – the instructors are top notch! Every single one was a joy to be around. They are so encouraging, funny and helpful and you can tell that they really love what they do.

If you are considering going, don’t think, just book it. 10 out of 10 I recommend it and would love to go back myself.

I am already missing the delicious food, the beachside meals, meeting and hanging out with cool women from around the world, surfing, and getting to spend real quality time with my sister and friends. This was the trip of a lifetime in every sense. It was a dream. Thank you Pura Vida!
Written April 12, 2022
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Aw, thank you so much for the review! We are so blessed to have amazing women like you joining our retreats. Pura Vida!
Written April 17, 2022
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suryeonkim
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Solo
My surf camp experience with Pura Vida was everything I hoped for and more! I traveled here on my own, having never surfed before, and today I am headed back home with new friends and surfing 101 experience.

Our host Diane was amazing. She was attentive, proactive, and organized. All the logistics of the week was made easier thanks to her. She was extremely responsive to any and all questions and was always there to help us out. Thank you so much Diane!

Our surf instructors Davide and Michelle were incredible teachers. They break things down step by step and provide you real time feedback as you surf. They radiate positive energy and I am so grateful to have learned how to surf with them. They take safety very seriously and always keep a close eye out.

It’s my understanding that typically there’s an instructor for every 3 or so people so you get very hands on guidance everyday. I was pleasantly surprised that in a very short time period I improved and around day 3, I was definitely able to pop up a lot more consistently than I ever expected.

The best part about this surf camp is that you surf at the beach located right in front of the hotel you’ll stay at for the week (Hotel Tropico Latino). So you simply wake up, pick up your board, and walk right to the beach and get going.

I specifically chose Pura Vida because they are an established group that’s been around for 10+ years, women only (some weeks are coed), and located right on the water. Not all camps are conveniently located right on the water fyi.

One important detail to keep in mind is that unsurprisingly it’s an extremely physically challenging week. Surfing alone is very difficult, but combine that week with extreme heat, humidity and early mornings etc., it will really push you. I exercise fairly regularly but had very sore arms and chest for the entire week and was very tired, so something to keep in mind.

I could go on and on but long story short, I had the BEST time and would recommend Pura Vida to anyone!
Written March 6, 2022
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Thank you for such a nice review! You showed up every day with a smile on your face and ready to dive right in and that energy paid off in your surfing ability! Can't wait to surf with you again.
Written March 12, 2022
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Emily
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Everything about this retreat was amazing, from start to finish! The instructors are supportive, professional and fun to work with, giving constructive feedback to help you improve and build your confidence. The whole vibe of the retreat was so fun, happy and relaxed and that definitely carried over into an awesome group of ladies. I showed up to the retreat solo and had a wonderful time getting to know a totally diverse group of rad women that I'll definitely keep in touch with. It was a week full of great times, laughs, friends, yoga, food and, of course, waves! <3
Written December 30, 2021
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Thank you for being part of the Pura Vida Adventures family! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. See you next time!
Written January 4, 2022
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Stephanie T
1 contribution
Nov 2019
This is the kind of vacation that lingers in your mind for a long time! Everything was great.
Sara was wonderful and kept everything on track and flowing without a feeling of being constrained. She even found a guitar for me to play!
The yoga instructor was perfect with his calming insightful messages along with the sound of the ocean waves.
In the spa area I had one of the best massages ever!
The surf instructors were fun and informative. I've been surfing for a long time but learned new techniques and was encouraged to go past my comfort zone. I was rewarded with catching some bigger waves.
All the other gals that came on this trip were a blast to be around. They all had interesting stories of where they're from and what they do, all of us uniting as surfers!
There were other fun surprises but I don't want to give it all away, you have to go there!
Written January 4, 2020
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Thank you Steph! It was a joy to host you here in Costa Rica. Surfing with you was a blast! And thank you for the amazing concert on our last night! xoxo
Written January 6, 2020
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Melinda M
Columbia, MO10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
If you are looking for a week that will refresh you, energize your spirit and connect you with amazing human beings, look no further. I went on this trip with one of my dear friends, but could have easily showed up by myself and had a ball. Our hostess Sara was such a joy, and went above and beyond to make our experience delightful. The surf instructors (Luice, Michelle, Audrey and Davide) took a group of middle aged, inexperienced kooks and made us feel like REAL surfers by the end of the week. Daniel, our lovely yoga Instructor, led us through classes that were a great balance of relaxation, stretching and mindfulness. The INCREDIBLE, smart, funny and powerful women I met from Canada, California, South Carolina etc. made the week memorable and mean. The food was fresh, healthy and flavorful and the staff at the Tropico was so attentive. I am already dreaming of going back, hopefully soon.
Written March 2, 2020
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What a sweet review, thank you so much for all your kind words. We love providing a transformative experience such as this for our guests, and sharing all the magic of Costa Rica and surfing. Come back and see us soon!
Written March 11, 2020
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ilovetotravel_505
Brooklyn, NY22 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
When I first arrived at the camp I was really nervous about the surf part and very excited about yoga. After the first day of working with the amazingly talented surf instructors, I got up on my first wave on my very first try. I immediately started to understand how people get hooked on surfing. Although I was realistic about my comfort level and ability to swim and stay on the inside of the break, I hope someday to graduate to the outside. The conditions in Costa Rica are superb in that the temperature of the ocean is like bath water and the waves are not too big. I highly recommend this surf camp for all levels and although I only got to work with a handful of the instructors, I got to know most of them and they are all really great! I personally worked most with Michelle and Audrey, both of which are great for beginners. Looking forward to getting out there again in the next year or so while surfing locally when possible.
Written February 23, 2020
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Yeah! It was wonderful to meet you and watch your progression through the week. Thank you so much for the review. We hope to see you in Costa Rica again soon!
Written March 11, 2020
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