It is our lemma, our motto. What drove us here. Believe in the innate potential we have
When we make a pause in our life and connect with ourselves and nature.
It is more than a beach holiday or a trip across great landscapes.
Let yourself go along the whole journey:
Surfing, enjoying the beaches of Santa Teresa and its natural surrounding, and adopt the habit of daily yoga practice, a habit that you can take back home and will always nurture your body and mind consciousness.
Before you arrive we will help you choose the best itinerary, accommodation and surf & yoga routine. Once you are here we will make sure everything flows smoothly, since the moment you land until you are back home again. We will be in touch at all times, welcoming you when you arrive, leading your surf program, giving the best tips and always ready to assist you. That is why we like to call ourselves “enablers”, or just your local friends in town.
We are not fond of large groups and pre set agendas. You are not joining a tour, we are joining your vacations. The aim is to adapt as much as possible to your itinerary and budget. You can join us for a four night stay, for the classic surf and yoga week package or for a whole a month.
We ran two properties in Santa Teresa: The Believe Lodge, 1? walk to the beach and located on Santa Teresa sweet spot, with a one-of-a-kind yoga deck and swimming pool area, and a shared space to hang out during the day and evening. Rooming options from U$S 25 on a shared room to U$S 150 on a spacious and luminous air-con loft.
The Believe Villas are walking distance from both the lodge and the beach, and they are a step-up in comfort and privacy. Four villas on a spacious property surrounded by tropical trees and garden, perfect for couples or families.
We are also partners with Hotel Tropico Latino for those who want to live the dream of living just by the beach, on a welcoming beach spa.
A brief experience may leave a significant trace in our life. This is the cornerstone of our project; what we seek for, every day.
Santa Teresa is an ideal destination for those who are looking to connect deeply with nature and themselves. Whether you are looking for great surfing, get deeper into yoga, a romantic beach vacation, a family friendly destination or you enjoy traveling on your own, this is definitely the destination for you.
It is located in the Nicoya Peninsula – on the west coast of Costa Rica – very close to Malpaís and some hours south from Nosara and Tamarindo. Founded by local communities only some decades ago, and slowly grown into Surf and Yoga community, Santa Teresa hosts a unique mix of Ticos (Costa Rican people) and immigrants from all around the world who have turned this place into a very special spot on Earth.
When you arrive to Santa Teresa, the wonderful beaches will amaze you, most of them are still virgin and as natural as earthly possible, as well as the heart-stopping sunsets every evening. It is also a must-live experience for anyone who loves to explore and discover new places. Furthermore, the incredible biodiversity and great weather offers a great variety of activities to enjoy, such us hiking, horse riding, diving and fishing.
Depends on your accommodation (information below at packages & prices).
Restaurants are nearby, so that you can enjoy going out around.
Our objective is that everyone, no matter his or her level, age or previous experience, can enjoy and learn how to surf. We want everyone to believe in his or her own capabilities and grow in confidence in the sea.
Safety is also our main priority. All our instructors are ISA and CPR certified and the surf classes are defined based on weather and sea conditions.This is to say, we go out surfing only if the conditions are safe for everyone; otherwise the session is rescheduled.
Classes are approximately 90 minutes long and will vary according to the level and previous experience of the students. Surfboard, rash guard and hydration during the surf lessons are always included.
The beaches of Santa Teresa are one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica and they are the perfect starting point for the surf lessons. Gentle foams will let you have the first sensation of this wonderful sport. Our challenge is to develop your skills so that you can gain independence and confidence in the water. We will focus on your balance on the board and make sure that you have all the necessary safety tips to get into the water: handling the board, managing wipeouts, etc.
Our policy is to have no more than three surfers per instructor, this is important to make sure that you are properly observed and receive a personalized feedback in the water.
Intermediate and advanced surfers will be introduced in the art of catching waves and developing “the surfer instinct”. First of all, your surf instructor will look for the best surfboard size according to your level (you will usually be using a smaller board than beginners).
We will focus on your paddle technique, on how to observe the sea and read the upcoming sets so that you are in the best spot, and on developing a fast and proper pop up. Furthermore, the instructor will be coaching you on how to turn to one side or another according to the wave, and evaluating your position on the board, your style and your balance…so you’d better get ready!
Surfboard, rash guard and hydration during the surf lessons are always included.
It will not be all about surfing. The proposal is to discover the many benefits a mind-and-body balance has on our daily life. Yoga is a one-of-a-kind discipline that awakens a new lifestyle, far beyond your surf and yoga vacations in Costa Rica. Whether you are a beginner or have experience in the art of yoga, you will have amazing teachers who will guide you during the entire week. Turn your surf vacations in Santa Teresa into a Yoga Retreat by adopting the habit of a daily yoga practice!
The aim is to explore different types of yoga practices (i.e. Vinyasa and Ashtanga) and different teachers throughout the week. On one hand a daily yoga practice will enhance your strength and flexibility, and benefit your surfing. On the other hand it will give space to improve your breathing and the connection with your inner self, your concentration abilities and explore meditation techniques.
Yoga classes run daily at 9 am and 6.30 pm at Believe Lodge. They are 60? to 90’ long depending on the yoga class and teacher. Yoga mat and blocks are provided; just be on time and bring your own towel (optional).
The incredible biodiversity and great weather offers a great variety of activities to enjoy, such as Stand up paddle surfing, a rest day in the Montezuma waterfalls, canopy tours or trolling fishing in Malpais, scuba diving, quad surf trip to Manzanillo or visiting a Natural Reserve, are some of the so many alternatives that this region can offer you here.
CANOPY IN MAILPAIS
Doing canopy in Costa Rica is a no-miss experience; an ideal activity to enjoy it with your family or friends, as there is neither age limits nor especial conditions to be able to participate. Slide from one tree to another above the green cushion of jungle is unforgettable and vibrant. Guides are experienced and very gentle, so that everyone will feel at ease and comfortable.
SANTA TERESA HORSEBACK RIDING
Definitely an experience not to be missed. It is always part of our schedule, discovering and enjoying every corner of Santa Teresa beach on horseback during sunset.
REST DAY IN MONTEZUMA WATERFALLS
Visiting new places is also something that we encourage everyone to do. A few minutes away from Santa Teresa there is a magical spot surrounded by pure nature. You will enjoy the waterfalls, fresh water and a wonderful small town to hang out after the refreshing experience. This is the perfect “rest day” in the middle of your surf week.
TROLLING FISHING IN MALPAIS
Malpais is a small fishermen town. They take off every morning from the small natural port searching for the catch of the day. Take a full morning off, enjoy a wonderful journey along the coasts of Malpais and Cabo Verde Natural Reserve and be part of the fishermen crew for some hours. And of course, we can cook the catch in the evening, or you can just practice sport fishing.
STAND UP PADDLE
Stand Up Paddle is a great discipline to continue to nourish the body and mind balance and to go deeper into the wilderness.
WANT TO TRAVEL AROUND COSTA RICA?
When planning your vacations in Costa Rica, options and destinations are uncountable. If your intention is to go beyond your surf and yoga camp and explore more, we can definitely help you out!
VACATIONS IN COSTA RICA TAYLOR-MADE.
Beyond your stay in Santa Teresa we will be happy to help you plan your holidays in Costa Rica: where to go, how to move around, what activities to do and how long to stay in each place during your vacations in Costa Rica.
For example, if you are planning to take two weeks, you may find interest to stay in Santa Teresa for 7 to 10 days and then spend the last days in Arenal Volcano and Monteverde for some wildlife activities.
Get a quick snapshot of two or three of our preferred destinations that you can combine with your Surf and Yoga vacations in Santa Teresa beach.
ARENAL VOLCANO | COSTA RICA
One of Costa Rica’s most notable natural features. This impressive volcano resides within the Arenal Volcano National Park. Rising above the rainforest that surrounds its base, Arenal Volcano stands with perfect symmetry and has nourished the land around for ages. It is the perfect place to relax in natural hot springs and enjoy the adrenaline of white-water rafting, waterfall rappelling, and canopy tours. Also, close to Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica keeps one of its most precious wonders in the middle of a rain forest: Rio Celeste.
HOW TO REACH ARENAL VOLCANO?
Domestic flight from San Jose International Airport (25’) to Arenal / La Fortuna Airport or via inland transportation (4 hr. from SJO, 6 hr. from Santa Teresa, U$S 60 one way per person).
MONTEVERDE | COSTA RICA
Another magical spot inland Costa Rica; a place of misty rainforests, coffee plantations, monkeys and great biodiversity. At 1,440 m above sea level, Monteverde receives clouds and the necessary humidity to create a unique ecosystem. You can discover Monteverde hiking throughout the forest, trails and hanging bridges, horse-riding or through exciting canopy tours.
HOW TO REACH MONTEVERDE?
Take a domestic flight from San Jose Airport SJO (25’) to Arenal / La Fortuna airport or via inland transportation (4 hr. from SJO or 6 hr. from Santa Teresa, U$S 60 one way). If you are already in Arenal / La Fortuna airport you can also take a taxi boat (30’) or inland transportation (1 hr.).
BOCAS DEL TORO | PANAMA
Located on the Caribbean coast of Panama, Bocas del Toro is one of those places you will never forget/remember forever. It captivates visitors with its amazing beaches, its biodiversity and the great vibe of the people who live on the many islands of “Bocas”. Wondering around Isla Colon, discovering Bocas del Drago and Starfish Beach, or deep-board-snorkelling and diving in Cabo Zapatilla, are some of the many things you can do in Bocas del Toro. If you stay for two days or for a whole year, you will think it wasn’t enough!
HOW TO REACH BOCAS DEL TORO?
Take a domestic flight from San Jose International Airport SJO in Costa Rica (45’) or Panama International Airport PTY (45’).
The best option is to arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. From SJO you have more options of land shuttles and local flights to Santa Teresa or anywhere in Costa Rica. The second option is to fly to Liberia (LIR), in the northwest region of Costa Rica, one hour away from Tamarindo and six hours away from Santa Teresa (see Costa Rica map, on your right).
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA BY PLANE?
SAN JOSE (SJO) – TAMBOR (TMU):
Take a 25’ flight from SJO to Tambor (TMU), this is the closest airport to Santa Teresa, one hour away by land transportation. A one way fly may cost U$S 80 to U$S 120. We can book the flights for you or you can do this directly at FlySansa.com. Do not book via NatureAir.com.
Once in TMU we can arrange a pick-up for USD 60. Our driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. If your flight is delayed we will make sure he waits for you. You can always choose not to book the pick up and bargain with local drivers. You may pay U$S 45-50, not cheaper than that, and you take the risk of not finding any driver upon arrival. Note that TMU airport is just a runway in the middle of the jungle.
LIBERIA (LIR) TO TAMBOR (TMU):
During high season (Dec-Apr) flysansa.com has one or two direct flight connecting Liberia (LIR) to Tambor (TMU. Beyond high season there might be no direct flights connecting LIR to TMU. You will have to fly via San Jose SJO and then connect to TMU. The whole flight itinerary can take up to 4 hours and around U$S 180 for a one way trip. In this case we suggest the 6 hour shuttle bus connecting Liberia with Santa Teresa (high season daily departures at 9 AM or 2 PM, low season only at 9 AM with minimum two passengers) or renting a car. We can also help you booking the shuttle or renting a car. Footnote: life is easier when flying via San Jose SJO.
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA BY LAND?
SAN JOSE (SJO ) – SANTA TERESA:
Direct land shuttles leave from downtown San Jose at 6 am (and 2 pm on high season) and from SJO Airport at 6.30 am (and 2.30 pm on high season), and take 6 to 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa. It will drive you from SJO to the port of Puntarenas where you hop off, grab your bags and take a 90? ferry trip to Paquera. The trip is super easy and nice. Once in Paquera you will hop on to a shuttle bus that will drive you to to Santa Teresa. The cost for a one way trip is USD 60. We suggest booking this through us in case your trip is delay and you need someone to handle the rescheduling of your trip.
LIBERIA (LIR) – SANTA TERESA:
Daily shuttles depart at 8 am (and 2 pm during high season) and requires a minimum of two passengers to depart and the trip usually costs USD 60.
If you are coming from Montezuma, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio or any other destination within Costa Rica let us know and we will help you organize your transportation.
WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA?
Public buses connect San Jose with Santa Teresa twice a day. They leave San Jose downtown station at 6 AM and 2 PM and make their stop in Alajuela (nearby SJO Airport) at 6.30 AM and 2.30 PM. They usually take 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa and a one way trip costs U$S 15. The bus is usually punctual but you better be at the bus stop 15? to 30? before and you should double check departing times at https://www.laterminalcostarica.com/.
Taking the bus at SJO Airport can be a little bit tricky or dodgy, specially for solo travelers visiting Costa Rica or Central America for the first time. You must take a taxi from SJO Airport and ask the driver to drop you off at “Puente Villa Bonita” (Villa Bonita bridge) bus stop. Taxi should cost around U$S 10 and you will have to wait the bus by the highway as shown in the picture on the left. There is no proper bus stop, signage nor shelter. I would only take this option if you are used to traveling solo or if you are really on a tight budget. Otherwise, go for the shuttle bus that will pick you up at SJO Airport and we can always contact them directly if it is needed.
Before booking make sure you have planned your logistics from your arrival airport to Santa Teresa. Avoid misunderstanding and incurring in costs that you can avoid if you plan accordingly.
Plan your arrival flight as early as possible, in order to make it to the land shuttles or local flights. Otherwise it may be necessary to schedule a night in SJO, as there are no shuttles nor flights during the evening (i.e. after 3 pm). Similarly, your departure flight should be planned the latest you can in your departing day so that you can leave your hotel in Santa Teresa early in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon to SJO for your international flight. Otherwise you should plan your last night in San Jose and not in Santa Teresa.
You can book all your local flights and land transportation with us. Let us know your flight schedule and we will help you plan your logistics in the most cost and time efficient way. Check our location in Goolge Maps here.
JUST GET A TICKET TO COSTA RICA AND WE TAKE CARE OF THE REST
The ideal package for a short visit to Santa Teresa when you need everything to be sorted out hassle free and budget smartly. Wether you stay at the shared dorm room or at one of our villas, our crew will help you plan your trip before your arrival and make the most out of your stay once you are here. If this is your first time in Costa Rica, this is the package for you!
Four nights accommodation at Believe Lodge or Villas.
Less than 5' walk to Xeneidas and La Lora beach and steps away from main road.
Swimming pool, yoga deck and chill out area.
Free Wi Fi, security safe box in rooms and private parking.
Daily buffet breakfast at the lodge.
Daily dinner, including one main dish and choice of starter, dessert or drink.
Beverages not included.
Two surf lessons, including surfboard, rash guard and hydration during session.
One extra activity: Choice of additional surf lesson, zip lining, horseback riding, airport pick up or drop off.
Daily yoga classes, at 9 AM or 6 PM according to the final surfing schedule, which depends on tides.
THE PERFECT BLEND OF SURF & YOGA STEPS AWAY FROM THE BEACH
This package combines surfing, daily yoga and an extra activity throughout a week. It is ideal for those traveling alone who like to share their experience with others or for friends looking for a vivid place to stay. The Believe Lodge is walking distance from La Lora surf break, it features a nice swimming pool area, the yoga deck is on site and breakfast is served at our El Patio Cafe, a classic meeting point in town.
Seven nights accommodation at Believe Lodge.
La Lora Beach trail is just across the street and walking distance from restaurants, cafes and grocery stores.
Swimming pool, yoga deck and chill out common area.
Free Wi Fi, Security safe box in rooms and private parking.
Daily cleaning service and towels.
Daily buffet breakfast at the Lodge.
Shared kitchen on site.
Three surf lessons, including surfboard, rash guard and hydration during session.
Daily yoga classes at the lodge's yoga deck, at 9 AM or 6 PM.
One extra activity. Choice of zip lining, horseback riding, additional surf lesson, airport pick up or drop off.
Check in on Saturdays and get free pick up (or drop off) at Tambor TMU Airport.
IDEAL FOR COUPLES, FRIENDS, FAMILIES OR SOLO TRAVELERS LOOKING FOR A QUIET AND INSPIRING TIME.
Our villas are ideal for those looking for a step up in comfort and privace. The property features four villas surrounded by tropical trees and gardens. The swimming pool area is just wonderful and there is private parking on site. They are ran by Lucho, Believe Co Founder and Surf Coach, and Alessandra, who gives a warm touch to every corner of it. It is located 5 minutes walk from the beach.
Seven nights AC accommodation.
5' walk to the beach and walking distance to restaurants, cafes and grocery stores.
Swimming pool and deck surrounded by tropical gardens.
Free Wi Fi, security safe box in rooms and private parking.
Daily cleaning, both bath and swimming pool towels available.
Breakfast is not included. Add U$S 10 per day for breakfast at Believe Lodge, 5' walk from the villas.
Fully equipped kitchen.
No bar nor room service on the property.
Three surf lessons including surfboard, rash guard and hydration during session.
Daily 60' yoga classes at 9 AM or 6 PM.
One extra activity: Choice of zip lining, horseback riding or additional surf lesson.
Airport pick up and drop off service and local flights not included, and are available upon request.
THE PLACE WHERE THE DREAM OF LIVING IN THE BEACH BECOMES TRUE
Ever dream of living in the beach? Be the first one to check the waves in the morning and enjoy the sunset in your backyard. This package is hosted at our partner hotel Tropico Latino; a dream-like beachfront property, surrounded by tropical gardens
Six nights air conditioning accommodation.
Steps away from the ocean.
Swimming pool by the beach.
Beachfront restaurant and beach service.
Daily breakfast at beachfront restaurant.
Meals not incluced. You can add Lunch for USD 14 and dinner for USD 25 per day. We suggest adding not more than one meal per day so that you can enjoy going out around.
Beverages not included.
Three surf lessons
Daily yoga classes at beachfront yoga studio
ONE SURF LESSON: U$S 65 per class (Minimum two surf lessons).
TWO OR MORE SURF LESSONS: U$S 50 per class (Minimum two surf lessons).
Make sure you bring a sunscreen and a ideally a towel, we will take care of your rashguard, surfboard and the hydration during the whole session.
Surf lessons are approximately 90? long since the moment we arrive to the beach. Consider two hours from the moment you meet with us.
ONE YOGA LESSON: U$S 13 for the class.
FIVE CLASS PACKAGE: U$S 50.
EIGH OR MORE LESSONS: U$S 70.
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