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Shaka Beach Retreat

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 2 weeks at Shaka over Christmas and New Years with our grown up kids and everyone had the best experience! The surfing, the resort, the beach, the food, the yoga and the team at Shaka are just excellent - "a home away from home". So much laughter, fun and new friends! We are recommending Shaka to all our...

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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 1 week ago

Genuinely happy and grateful for having spent a priceless two week long family vacation at Shaka!!! Everyone involved in the Shaka family really contributes in making the stay an amazing experience - from the personal, chill "Pura Vida"-vibe to high quality service with dietary requirements and booking excursions. The setup is fresh and the schedule with a delicious, hearty brunch,...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about Shaka exceeded our expectations and we will certainly be going back. Before we arrived all of our questions were promptly answered, and they even helped us plan transportation and gave recommendations for what to do during the rest of our stay in Costa Rica. The surfing and yoga really complemented each other and Danny/Mike/Steve did a great job...

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

Thank you, thank you, and a big hello from the whole team. We always appreciate it when guests, and now friends of Shaka, take the time to share their experience. I'm glad that the whole experience from booking with Frank, to your in-country adventure exceeded your expectations. We loved having you both here and were thrilled to see the progression...

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have nothing but good things to say about my stay at Shaka! I took the van/ferry ride there (about 5 hours) and did the taxi/plane out of Tambor on my return trip (about 1 hour), I recommend the plane just because it's faster. My room so was so adorable, had plenty of space, was very clean, air conditioned, and...

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

We'd all like to thank you for your thoughtful and in-depth review. It was great to share our little piece of paradise with you. You definitely had positive vibes and we look forward to sharing more adventures in the future!

Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 5 December 2016

This was without fail THE BEST EXPERIENCE I’ve ever had! We woke up at 5am every morning to the best Costa Rican coffee and their chef Jose cooking up a storm. The surf instructors are to die for – literally I was standing up after my first try! Mike (one of the staff members) is unbelievable – he showed us...

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

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. The whole Shaka team is thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to sharing more great moments in the future!

Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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...

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

So grateful that you'd take the time to write a review and share the love. It was amazing to watch everyone's surfing improve as much as it did! Hopefully we can share some waves in the future. Until then, much happiness and pura vida.

Highland, Utah
Reviewed 16 September 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,...

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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!

Reviewed 10 September 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...

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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...

Reviewed 17 August 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...

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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!

San Diego, California
Reviewed 17 August 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...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included
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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
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Price Range: $193 - $314 (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
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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