We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Shaka Beach Retreat

Travelers' Choice award winner
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Santa Teresa
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Shaka Beach Retreat
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel_streamline","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel_streamline","moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel_streamline__widget","dust":{}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

195 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
There are newer reviews for Shaka Beach Retreat
See the most recent reviews
Showing 190: English reviews
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed December 27, 2013

I have been here twice and will be back next year. Second trip was to bring a group of young adults from Ireland, some of whom have disablities and were there to experience the incredible work that is done here at Shaka on one of their projects Ocean Healing Group. Not only were the OHG fantastic to work with, but...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Moisey65
Reviewed December 23, 2013

I was an adaptive surfer who came in outside of OHG with my buddy and everything was smooth with no problems. The place is a real costa rican experience, beautiful country and located at the best beach in CR. Food was delicious and the AC in the room was more than efficient! The staff was terminally chill i love chris...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank CoryMack
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Shaka is amazing. It is located right at Playa Hermosa which is a magical beach. Chris is the best surf instructor from beginners to the most advanced in the world. Anyone can learn from him, and he's totally laid back and chill....which is the vibe at Shaka too. Food is awesome, especially Friday PIZZA NIGHT!!! mmmmmmm. The cabins are comfortable,...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank nestophoto
Long Beach, California
Reviewed December 9, 2013

My husband, daughter and I stayed at Shaka for a week in November, 2013. As we got out of the van, we were greeted with smiles from people who felt like family after day one! We were so comfortable and so taken care of at Shaka, which helped to make our trip, a trip of a life time! It was...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank SarahSBMama
Corona del Mar, California
Reviewed December 9, 2013

I have been to the Shaka Beach resort three times now and I can't wait to go back again. I really enjoy staying at the Shaka beach resort becasue it is a very relaxing and calming place. There is nothing better than going for a surf session and than taking a nice long nap in a hammock. The food is...

 Report
Helpful?
4Thank tc23224
Westminster, Colorado
Reviewed November 27, 2013

I spent 5 days at Shaka 11/17 thru 11/21/13 . It was fantastic! I learned the rudiments of surfing (thanx Jerry!) and practiced fantastic yoga as well (thanx Megan!). Shaka now has it's own beautiful teak yoga studio in the jungle. The company was great with a guy from G.B., a gal from Rland, a gal from Switzerland and 2...

 Report
Helpful?
5Thank jeff r
Hudsonville, Michigan
Reviewed November 17, 2013

This is the only place in Costa Rica that is fully accessible for my Son to get around in his wheel chair. Shaka has it all staff, location and appearance. Monkeys swinging over your villas coconut trees and amazing Costa Rician plants and flowers.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Robertdoss
Honolulu, Hawaii
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Fortunately, as soon as I left San Jose my Costa Rican dream was realised and I had one of the best vacations of my life. I was looking for a place to do some surfing and learn about life in Costa Rica - that's what I found at Shaka! Here's a list of my main pro's: 1) All staff is...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank mariecharlotte5
Los Gatos
Reviewed October 10, 2013

I only had a week at Shaka, and it should have been more. The trip in from the airport is an adventure and a great way to let go being connected 24.7.365. Shaka has comfortable accommodations, my room had AC - loved it! The food was simple and cooked with love. I ate it all after working up an appetite...

 Report
Helpful?
4Thank amyj928
shakasurf, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for staying with us and for writing an awesome review. Atua is my hero too, haha. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon. Have a great day. Frank Bauer

Silverthorne, Colorado
Reviewed October 8, 2013

I was looking for a place to enjoy some surfing and yoga and the general vibe of Costa Rica. I really didn't want to be in a big sterile hotel with well trained but uninterested staff. I found Shaka Beach Resort on the web and it looked just like what I was looking for. And it was. There were many...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank tripleringphatboy
shakasurf, Owner at Shaka Beach Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review and for staying at Shaka. I am also a Colorado resident and it really is about the people when you find a place to vacation. I am glad you found our Shaka family warm and friendly. I am biased but think I have the best staff on the planet, haha. Hope you have a great...

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

204 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (177)
Viewed
Dining (12)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (20)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (36)
Viewed
Room/Suite (5)
Viewed
View from Room (6)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (1)
Viewed
Business Center/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
5:58
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (94)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (27)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (2)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Business Center/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
Room/Suite (6)
Viewed
Other (17)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Santa Teresa
11.9 mi away
Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel & Villas
0.6 mi away
Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat
Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat
#12 of 26 in Santa Teresa
283 reviews
3.5 mi away
Hotel Tropico Latino
Hotel Tropico Latino
#4 of 26 in Santa Teresa
465 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.2 mi away
Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort
Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort
#11 of 26 in Santa Teresa
187 reviews
0.0 mi away
The Red Palm Villas
The Red Palm Villas
#18 of 26 in Santa Teresa
231 reviews
2.3 mi away
Otro Lado Lodge and Restaurant
Otro Lado Lodge and Restaurant
#5 of 26 in Santa Teresa
311 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Restaurant
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Breakfast included
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travelers have asked, with answers from Shaka Beach Retreat staff and other travelers.
4 questions
Ask a question
Houston, Texas
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Shaka Beach Retreat staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“They're all great!!”
 of 5 bubbles marialP1515YY, Aug 17, 2016 | Read review
“There are only 4 "cabins" and they are all the same - great.”
 of 5 bubbles hydrogeopdw, Jun 14, 2016 | Read review
“I assume all of the rooms were as good as the one I had.”
 of 5 bubbles pallytraveler, Apr 25, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are great!”
 of 5 bubbles 789NicoleL, Apr 25, 2016 | Read review
“all 4 villas are very similar”
 of 5 bubbles martinsX3259YK, Feb 3, 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question