this is the best thing
you’ll ever do for yourself
Travel with our group to the remote surfing village of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, where you'll live in beach-adjacent splendor
When in 2020
7 days in Queen or King room : Feb 1 - 7, Feb 8 - 14, Feb 15 - 21, Feb 22 - 28
14 days in Queen room : Feb 1 - 14 and Feb 15-28
Max occupancy is 2 per room, and cost is per room. Cost includes: private room, pool, roundtrip transfer from Paquera Ferry / Tambor (TMU) flight, daily plant-based breakfast and dinner, beach yoga within walking distance of house on MWF, nature bathing and bioluminescence kayak/swim, laundry
Where & Getting There
Grab your passport and book your flight traveling from your closest international airport to JUAN SANTAMARÍA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) — remember when you book that the airport is not in California!
There are several options to get to Santa Teresa:
You can rent a car and drive/ferry/drive to Santa Teresa; this is not recommended but you can do it and GPS works great.
You can fly to the closest local airport in Tambor (TMU) and we’ll send a car for you.
You can shuttle to Paquera (near TMU) and we’ll send a car for you.
This trip is the right one for you if you love the beach and appreciate a slower-pace.
Costa Rica is famous for their Pura Vida perspective. It's a live-and-let-live, island-time type of environment where everyone is welcome; especially tourists. For certain, you'll have the trip of a lifetime. Never traveled without your spouse or partners? Bring them! If they can't make it, don't worry -- you will be among friends from when you arrive at the houes, if not sooner. Or bring friends to share the experience.
This trip is the right one for you if you want to play in warm, calm waters.
"Surf’s always up in the Costa Rican beach town of Santa Teresa. Bright sun and gleaming sands make the perfect backdrop to hang ten in the crystal-clear waters, and fishing, snorkeling and kite-surfing are popular among vacationers. Yoga and spa services are a must for the ultimate relaxation, and, at night, catch a glorious sunset on the same beach where earlier you caught a wave." ~ Trip Advisor
Take the Opportunity to Connect with Yourself.
Surrounded by beauty, fresh air, fresh food, and fresh experiences, you'll find yourself in a new place both physically and mentally. You will have time to connect with nature through beaches and hilltops, where you'll find stunning views that will surpass those of your imagination.
Meet Your Host
Candice Clemens, E-RYT 500 and YACEP, has hosted three prior retreats in Santa Teresa, and can’t wait to be your host in 2020!
Do I have time to get a passport?
Is there a kitchen at the Santa Teresa house?
Yes. And there are many amazing restaurants in Santa Teresa including sushi, pizza, and burgers.
Is there a place to wash clothes?
There's a modern washer and dryer, and there are many options within walking distance for you to have others do your laundry for you at very low cost (appx $5 for several loads washed, dried, folded).
How much money should I bring with me?
There is truly NO NEED to exchange money in advance because you can use USD in most places and will have access to ATMs to acquire local currency upon landing at the airport in SJO.
Is there WiFi in the house?
YES AND most restaurants and other places have free WiFi.
How far is the beach from our place?
The very close and we can see it from the house.
What is the minimum traveler age for this trip?
18 YEARS OLD is the minimum traveler age to join us on this adventure.
What are the cancellation and refund policies?
If you need to cancel, please notify us in writing (email, text, letter) as soon as possible. Below are the dates by which you must cancel to receive a refund, and the dates after which no refunds are available:
Deposits are $1,000 USD, per ROOM.
Full payment due IN CASH, CHECK, OR VENMO BY DECEMBER 31, 2019.
refunds, LESS 10% FEE, are available on or until DECEMBER 31, 2019.
Note: Should we cancel the trip for any reason, 100% full refunds will be made within 48 hours of cancellation.
Am I required to have travel insurance?
We do not require that you have travel insurance. (But we recommend it.)
What is the last date to register?
OCTOBER 1, 2019, is the last day to register.
Do I need to exchange money at the airport or in advance of the trip?
No. You can use USD but your change will come in the local currency, Colones (CRC). The exchange rate is 0.0018 USD for every 1 CRC, but there's a typical local conversion used of 540 CRC to 1 USD. Everyone there is great at figuring it out so you don't have to be. (Or install an app to do the math for you.)
Do the people we'll interact with speak English?
Nearly everyone speaks English -- and certainly everyone who you work with at the hotel and at attractions will -- and Ticos (Costa Ricans) even talk to you in English when you attempt Spanish... (Or maybe that's just when we attempt Spanish.) There's a huge ex-pat population so it's super easy to communicate. We were delighted at how welcome everyone made us feel in past visits.