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Shaka Beach Retreat

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Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Me and my sister visited Shaka in early April and immediately fell in love with this place. We had read great reviews but we were still in awe of all it had to offer. We watched the most mind blowing sunsets, learned to surf for the first time (although its a perfect spot for advanced surfers too), relaxed and napped... More 

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

Such a beautiful and heartfelt review. We all appreciate your kind words. You've summed up exactly what we're so enthusiastic about. You both definitely embraced the lifestyle, and it was amazing to be apart of your introduction and progression with surfing. We all hope to see you again soon and share some waves! Pura Vida More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Literally the best place you could possibly go to. Amazing food, amazing surf, amazing instructors, amazing people. Came back super chilled out and refreshed. If you're thinking about going, go. Actually don't go, cause I wanna go :)

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

Banx, such a pleasure having you enjoy this piece of paradise with us. It was great getting to know you, and watch your surfing progress! Wishing you all the best, and hoping to share some waves again soon! More 

NYC
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Great place to go to learn to surf and get yourself back on track. The rooms and meals are excellent. The chef provides healthy meals of a different variety each day. Eric the surf instructor will get you riding waves on the "outside" real quick. Mike keeps the place running smooth and makes sure all of your needs are met.... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review. We definitely enjoyed having you. What a blast, and more laughs than we could handle:) Hopefully we can connect in NY sometime soon! Much love and Pura Vida from the whole crew. More 

Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

I stayed as a solo traveller at Shaka for a week March 2016 and it far exceeded my expectations! The entire staff from the owners, to the cook, to the surf instructors is so genuine and dedicated, they make you feel like a part of their family. I did yoga everyday, surfed almost every day, and enjoyed healthy vegetarian meals... More 

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

Thanks so much for your words of gratitude. We enjoyed having you stay with us as much as you enjoyed your stay. You have become part of our Shaka family and we loved seeing you embrace our lifestyle. Pura Vida More 

Vancouver, British Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We had a fantastic time at Shaka Beach! The staff were very friendly and helpful and my adult children really enjoyed the surf and yoga instruction. If you are looking for a very laid back and awesome beach holiday I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this resort. The surf town of Santa Teresa was very busy with travelers from all over... More 

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shakasurf, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Shaka, and for telling others about your experience with us. We are glad you had an amazing time and hope to see you again soon. Have a great day. Mike & Frank More 

Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Loved my stay and can't wait to go back. Clean, comfortable, friendly, relaxing. My friends and I were looking for a place to learn how to surf and came across this place. Their reservations person is super nice and knowledgeable. He told us everything we needed to know for the trip. The staff was great and the food rocked. I... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I had the best time a Shaka. I'd been planning to go back for awhile and was very excited to catch some waves, practice yoga, and veg out. Things were much better than I remembered this time (I wasn't sure that was possible)! They have a new co-owner who was so nice and helpful...and the staff was amazing, as usual.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

I had been to the Santa Teresa area before but Shaka is easily the best place I have stayed. The villas are clean and comfortable, she food is incredible (shout out to Jose), and the vibe at Shaka is perfect. If you want to surf or chill, you cant go wrong. The staff is tremendous from Mike the owner, to... More 

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Shaka C, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words brother. It was awesome having you stay with us! Definitely a week for the books. Hoping our paths cross again. Either here or on a visit to TO! Pura Vida More 

Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Shaka resort was everything I hoped it would be. It was a really nice mix between organized activities and down time and great for a solo traveler. The staff treats you like a friend instead of just another customer. The surf instructors were great and Shaka made sure that you were taught at your level. Yoga Steve made yoga lots... More 

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Shaka C, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your review. As a new business owner I appreciate them so much! We loved having you stay with us and watching you progress with your surfing. Hopefully we can share some waves again in the future! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

I've been to Shaka twice now and it has yet to disappoint. If you're looking for some good vibes, good waves and generally a good time, it's the place to be. The surf and yoga instructors are great, the food is exceptional, the rooms pristine and it's just generally a great and relaxing time. I've stayed in various other places... More 

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Shaka C, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

So great having you back this year my friend! It's always a pleasure, and this last time proved it again. Good luck in your future adventures, and I know we'll share a beer over some stories soon enough. Pura Vida More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • 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:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
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