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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Firstly I don't normally write reviews but Shaka truly is a special place that deserves every good review it gets. Mike and his Shaka family are truly awesome. They made us feel so very welcome and looked after us for so well for the week we spent there. The surf instruction was excellent, who thought after surfing 15+ years you... More 

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Highland, Utah
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Reviewed September 15, 2016

An amazing place with an amazing team of people. Mike, Cat, and our surf instructor Danny helped make it one of the most memorable trips my wife and I have taken. Surf and food was great and our villa was the perfect balance of charm, tropical and Costa Rica. We ended up getting in a car accident after our trip,... More 

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. It really does mean the world to us! We're so happy that you enjoyed your time at Shaka, and that we could be apart of your Costa Rican adventure. It was such a pleasure getting to know you both! More 

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Reviewed September 9, 2016

This review could be a novella, but I'll try to keep it short and focus on 3 main points: Point #1: Waves for days. 1-2 footers break after a quick paddle out for beginners or those sharpening basic skills. I took a few lessons in Oahu years ago, but spent a lot of time here in the whitewash. 2-4 footers... More 

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Super excited to read this review, and greatful for the depth in which you wrote it! We thrive off of what we do, and hearing about each guests experience keeps us going! You've done a great job at painting a picture of what Shaka is, and does, and we thank you. We all loved your time with us and hope... More 

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Reviewed August 17, 2016

I lovee this place..its like home from home..I will go every year in April!!! The beach is like out of a movie set....The food is fab..the surfing lessons are soo much fun and so informative..they are so helpful.....Eating is a communal blast ..Mike is such a great host..you feel like you are at home and yet feel like you are... More 

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

We absolutely love reading reviews like this, and thank you for the kind words. So happy you appreciate what we do at Shaka and can't wait to share more great stories around the dinner table. See you in the waves soon enough! More 

San Diego, California
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Reviewed August 16, 2016

My time at Shaka was amazing, and I'd give 20 stars if I could. Spent my first of four weeks in Costa Rica here in Santa Teresa, and it turned out to be the very best. Perfect combination of relaxation, surf, yoga, and fun. Mike and his crew were some of the best hosts you could ask for; not once... More 

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Reviewed July 20, 2016

Shaka is not a 5 star luxury place. What Shaka is, is a 5 star refuge that offers absolutely perfect conditions for a surf/yoga experience. The entire Shaka Team from cooks, to instructors, to grounds keepers are amazing. The meals were all home made, fresh and fantastic! The camps size is not more than 12 guests (I went as a... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed July 18, 2016

My brother and I went for 5 days for a surf and yoga package. Michelle was our instructor for the first three days and was absolutely incredible. She really sensed how keen we were from the beginning and was so attentive and focused on helping us improve as much as we could. Day 3 and we were offered to go... More 

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

We are so stoked that you decided to write your first review, and appreciate the kind words and support. We all had a blast, and watching you both progress was definitely the highlight. That, and seeing your determination to paddle back out multiple times. Catching a great wave can do that to a person! Hoping we get to paddle out... More 

Wellesley, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
Reviewed June 28, 2016

Great experience at Shaka in June 2016. This is a small retreat in the jungle about a 5-10 minute walk from Playa Hermosa. The staff and volunteers make the experience here - Mike, Katherine, Michelle, Jose, and Eric. Feel like this group has created a wonderfully happy and healthy community, and as a guest, I had a week to borrow... More 

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Denver, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed June 14, 2016

We chose this spot for our 30th anniversary trip - what a stroke of luck. Mike and Katherine are gems - it was like we found two strangers that we'd known our whole lives. The surf instructors were fantastic - we had the same coach all week (Danni). From what I can tell, the other instructors were equally great. We... More 

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

I can't express my gratitude for your kind words. I have to say, we definitely felt the same way about the two of you! Such a great week, with countless laughs, and the start of even better friendships. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Pura Vida, and happy 30th anniversary!!! More 

Detroit, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed June 5, 2016

Shaka is awesome! From coordinating with Frank prior to arrival and the welcome by Mike and the staff...everything was excellent! The location is beautiful, set in the jungle and just a quick walk to the beach. Mike, Kat, Jose and the rest of the crew are incredibly welcoming and make you feel like part of the family. The food prepared... More 

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Mike B, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Wow, we would all like to thank you for your review. Ongoing reviews such as yours really help in painting the bigger picture for future guests, or returns alike. Thank you for taking the time, and detail in describing your experience. We love what we do, and we're happy to see that you did as well. Hoping to share some... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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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 

Additional Information about Shaka Beach Retreat

Address: Norte de Escuela 200 M | Village of Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Price Range: $135 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
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