Believe Surf and Yoga
Believe Surf and Yoga
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6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A DAY WITH US Wake up in the morning to catch the perfect, glassy waves.. Come back to find a healthy, nutritious breakfast waiting for you. Schedule your day around a yoga session to ease your body and mind into holiday mode but don't forget to take some sun at the pool. Meet you at the beach at sunset for a bonfire before retreating back to the lodge for dinner. WHAT WE OFFER: - Surf lessons with groups of no more than 3 people with fun, qualified instructors - Yoga lessons in the jungle deck to connect you with nature and yourself. - Freedom to do as you please but organised activities like group dinners, ATV adventures to nearby waterfalls, zip lining and horseback riding for when you feel like meeting new people and becoming part of an international family. - Best deals in accomodations and meals. - Assistance with your arrival or departure including flight reservations, shuttle bookings and airport pick up. Can't decide? Read our reviews for honest feedback from past guests.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Justin H
Boston, MA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Recently returned from a 12 day stay at the Believe Lodge. As a solo traveler and trying for the first time surf/yoga, I could not recommend a better place to stay in Santa Teresa. The Believe Team helped through the entire process of booking, classes, extracurriculars, and flights (definitely recommend to fly with Sansa), it was a breeze and they were super helpful.

Santa Teresa is a great place for those looking for amazing beaches, great community, and an up and coming restaurant scene focusing on fresh seafood.

The crowd at Believe is great for anyone and everyone is welcoming. Great opportunity to meet people from all over the globe and connect on the basics of surfing and yoga.

Believe Surf & Yoga cultivates a great sense of community and was an amazing place to stay. I could not recommend it more highly, I will be back.
To all the Believe Team ~ Thank you, Much love - Justin
Written February 20, 2020
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Thank you Justin! Was pleasure to have you here bringing good vibes. Hope to see you back soon! Believe Team
Written March 7, 2020
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Sophia A
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I had a really wonderful time at Believe! From the moment I arrived, the staff and volunteers were incredibly helpful, very warm and welcoming. I booked a private room with ac which was massive, with a great shower, & comfy bed, and which was literally steps from the yoga studio and pool. -warning the classes do start at 7am so you may hear the class if you sleep in the bed next to the window. However this didn’t bother me at all as I slept in the bigger bed on the other side of the room.

The yoga classes were varied, with classes from beginner to intermediate...might not be challenging if you are an advanced yogi, but as they offer 4 classes per day with some fitness classes in the mix, you are bound to find something you enjoy! Also you can use the yoga studio for your own practice between classes which is great!
Surfing is new for me so I was pretty nervous. The teachers were very patient and even though I can’t say I mastered it at all in the 2 classes I took, it was still a fun and life affirming experience!
The facilities at the retreat are pretty good...the pool is really nice as is the kitchen area. There are fridges if you want to make & store your own food. Breakfast is 7-10am, which is also when the yoga classes are scheduled. I’d suggest they extend that till 11 so that if you have paid for it & want enjoy both a morning class and the breakfast you can. They do however allow you to put breakfast asides in the fridge for after class.

Outside of the retreat, the beach is a 5 minute walk with some incredible sunsets. There are restaurants close by and shops dotted around with a bigger ‘high street’ with an ATM, called the Crossroads about 30-40 mins pleasant walk away.

All in all, the retreat is great. It’s a little pricey compared to other retreats I’ve been on but that is the nature of Santa Teresa.

Many thanks Believe team!
Written March 21, 2020
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Hola Sophia, We appreciate our guests opinions so much since it helps other travelers know more about Believe Surf & Yoga and also helps us to always be improving. Thanks for the feedback on the yoga classes, we are glad that guests notice and appreciate our 4 daily different yoga/workouts, so you can join into what your body is feeling each day. Good suggestion about the breakfast schedule, we will keep it in mind :) Aren't the sunsets lovely here? We soooo recommend them to all of our guests, they are a big highlight of Santa Teresa. It was our pleasure hosting you and having you enjoy our yoga and surf lessons. We hope to have you stay with us again in the near future. Pura Vida! The Believe Team
Written March 29, 2020
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Footprints741726
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I stayed at Believe the last week of February 2020 and loved my experience there! It was a very communal environment and I enjoyed getting to know the other guests and staff there. A delicious breakfast was provided every morning and there were plenty of food options in town for lunch/dinner. The beautiful beach is in close proximity to the hotel and there is a nice pool at the hotel as well. The rooms are sparse (don't expect a hotel chain) but this added to the experience for me as I felt as if I was living like a local.

Some improvements I would love to see are more clarification on when/where your lunch and dinner tokens can be used for and how much cash you should have on hand. I found as if many restaurants didn't take the hotel tokens. With cash, it would have been nice to know beforehand that there was only one bank on the other side of the island and that the cabs only take cash.

However this was a great experience and I especially enjoyed the surf lessons (which were very helpful) and the staff at Believe who were well-informed and so nice!

I definitely recommend for the 20s-30s crowd who want a communal and social experience.
Written April 14, 2020
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Hola! Thanks so much for your review. Our guests opinions always help us make improvements and positive changes. Thanks for your feedback on the tokens, we will definitely work on making this more clear to our guests. We are happy you enjoyed our surf lessons and we hope to heave the pleasure of hosting you again in the near future. Pura Vida! The Believe Team
Written April 15, 2020
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Natasha P
San Francisco, CA35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I'm surprised at how many glowing reviews this place receives, given the poor communication and disorganization. I met other folks staying there that said the same and other folks at Funky Monkey who say they opted not to book through Believe because the communication was so poor.

I had a few issues while working with this company. Initially, I was trying to book with them and the woman I was talking to said a room was available for my dates (a couple days away) and I just needed to confirm. She didn't respond to multiple emails throughout the day, then finally wrote me to say the room is no longer available. I ended up staying at Funky Monkey and opting to do one off yoga and surfing with Believe (due to the good reviews). I tried coming to one of the yoga classes and there was no one at reception to let me in and the gate was locked. I rang the door bell for several minutes and no one answered. Finally, a guest happened to walk out but it was too late. I let them know I had been trying to get in and there were no apologies - just "Oh, the person at reception was somewhere else."

Then, when it came to my surf lesson. They had told me my surf time was 8 am unless I was otherwise notified. I showed up at 8 am, because I hadn't received any messages. When I was trying to get into the car, other guests made the connection that *they* had seen I was actually in the 10 am time slot. I talked to the staff and they said they messaged the Whatsapp group. What Whatsapp group? I was never added to or told about any Whatsapp group. So I woke up early, made the trek down to Believe and they had forgotten to tell me that I didn't have a lesson for another two hours. I had lunch plans so that timing didn't work for me. I ended up getting my money back and booking my final surf lesson with Young Vision (who was fantastic!). Overall, my experience with Believe was frustrating and a net negative for my trip experience.
Written February 10, 2020
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Hello and thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry you had a negative experience with us. Your review helps us make improvements and see which areas we are lacking at. We will make sure to improve our communication, inside and outside of our team. Sometimes our receptionist needs to help in the hotel, that's why you probably found the door closed and no receptionist downstairs but we have resolved that problem already and are working on all the rest! Thanks again for your sincere review. Pura Vida!
Written April 7, 2020
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L G
Houston, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I absolutely love believe and all the staff! Everyone here is so accommodating from setting up your surfing to having optional planned events at night. It really feels like family here and I’m so thankful to have found such a wonderful place, that’s why I had to come again. I’ve met lifelong friends that I’ve even visited and still talk to. If you book you won’t regret it!
Written February 16, 2020
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Great to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us! Hope to see you back here soon! Believe Team
Written March 7, 2020
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Klara E
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Me and two friends were backpacking through Costa Rica and stayed at Believe for 1 week. If we could we would've stayed the whole month!

First we want to talk about the people working/volunteering at Believe. They made the experience amazing by making sure we had everything we needed, helping us plan our days with activities etc or just hang out in the kitchen or at the beach. Great people and great vibe!

We had the "discover package" which included 2 surf lessons, 1 activity (we had zip lining which was so much fun!) and every day yoga. The activities were so great! The surf instructors were professional and really fun. Regardless of your level in surfing, they made everyone enjoy it and make progress. The yoga was great as well!

Besides that, the hostel hade one activity each day for everyone to participate in if you wanted. For example sushi night, bonfire party at the beach, beach clean-up etc. Great way to get to know new people!

We stayed in the shared dorm with 9 beds. It was large and comfy with lockers and fans and really everything you wish for as a backpacker. Big up was the breakfast prepared in the shared kitchen every morning (except Sundays when it was served in the café next door). So good! The beach was a 3 minutes walk away with great surf and an AMAZING sunset!

Over all - by far the best places we've stayed at during our trips. The lodging, the surroundings, the activities and the people working and staying there made it an unforgettable experience. If you're going to Santa Teresa, Believe is a must!!
Written April 14, 2020
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Hello Klara, Thanks so much for your review. Our guests opinions are very important to us. We are glad you enjoyed our surf and yoga lessons, our staff, amenities, and the beautiful sunset we have right across from Believe :) We hope to heave the pleasure of hosting you again in the near future. Pura Vida! The Believe Team
Written April 15, 2020
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glamgrace
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I loved my time at Believe. As a solo female traveler, I wanted to meet people, have easy access to activities and food while being concerned about safety.

Believe was awesome. The private rooms were even nicer than the pictures. There were activities, family night dinners, and meeting new friends.

The surf and yoga classes are really good. These were the best surfing classes I've ever taken and actually surfed.

I also got into a 4 wheeler accident. Believe (and new friends!) reacted immediately and was so on time of it and caring that was much appreciated.
Written May 15, 2020
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Michael H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I’ve now been home from my week at Believe for several days and starting have some regret.. and that is not booking my trip for two weeks, three weeks or a month. Digesting my experience and still trying to retain the high that I was left there with has been a beautiful trip down memory lane. It’s tough to decifer what made it so special. Was it the beautiful setting? The beautiful staff at Believe? The beautiful fellow travelers/Believers that quickly became friends/family? The yoga? The surf? The incredible food offered at any place you went? The constant Pura Vida that Costa Rica is known for? I’m not sure, but it left a mark on me and so thankful that i chose Believe amongst the many other options you have to stay in Santa Teresa. As a solo traveler, you never feel alone unless you’d like to be. The Believe family welcomes you with open arms and makes every moment one that you wish would never end. Yoga, surf, sunsets, incredible conversations, new friends, new experiences, and a head full of happiness is what you’ll receive from Believe.

Many many thanks Team Believe! Can’t wait to see you again soon.
Written February 17, 2020
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Thank you Michael for your kind words! Hope to see you back soon! Believe Team
Written March 7, 2020
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Lauren K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I can't recommend Believe enough. This was my first time traveling alone and I couldn't have picked a better place to have a welcoming experience and to meet other travellers! The accommodations are clean and well taken care of, the yoga and surf classes were amazing and taught by experienced and passionate instructors, and the staff were lovely. If I return to Santa Teresa it will be to Believe.

I stayed in a private room with air conditioning and my own washroom. From what I was told by other guests it's worth paying for AC as it gets very hot. All said I wouldn't have changed a thing.
Written June 29, 2020
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Matt Johannesson
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Be aware that when you book a dorm room it doesn't have an A/C. Therefore sleeping was a nightmare. Small dorm room that fits 10 people. The room temperature was easily +30 celsius.
I think with these prices you could at least install an A/C.
Written March 30, 2021
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