Lucero Surf Retreats

  • Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Boutique surf and yoga retreats at a beautiful property with top-notch surf lessons and extraordinary hospitality.

Set up on a jungle hillside in the heart of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Lucero Surf Retreats is a family-owned boutique surf camp made with love. With only eight spots available per week, gracious hosts Jared and Marieke take great care of every guest and make them feel like a part of the family.

The property has a lovely boutique hotel feel to it. The exterior of the buildings are Spanish-style with white-washed walls and clay tile rooftops, and the inside takes on a Balinese flavor with finished concrete, minimalist decor, and details like brass Balinese door knobs and teak wood accents. The rooms are filled with light and come with hammocks made for lazy post-surf afternoons.

The location is a great one – it’s close to the main road and beach so you can walk everywhere (to the market, many restaurants, the beach, etc), but tucked away in a quiet private spot.

Lucero Surf Retreats offers two different weekly packages that run Sunday to Saturday (6 nights) – the Surf Package and the Surf/Yoga Package. They also offer Family Packages that are a wonderful option for families with kids of any age.

The packages include (mostly organic) delicious breakfast and lunch with vegetarian and vegan options, surf and yoga everyday, a fun activity or massage, surf pictures, welcome drinks, a farewell dinner, and you can also add extra activities when you book or during your stay.

The Lowdown

VIBE: Minimalist Bali meets Spanish Colonial

LOCALE: Jungle sanctuary close to the action

ROOMS: 4 rooms, 1 apartment

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Yes, very 

CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS: Liberia Airport (LIR) or San Jose Airport (SJO)

PRICING: $1,375 – $1,575 USD per person per week (pricing varies depending on occupancy)

lucero surf retreats costa rica
lucero surf retreats costa rica

Features

Inside

Spacious boho-modern rooms with a therapeutic mattress, premium linen bedding, A/C, ceiling fan, mini fridge, safe, and your own comfy hammock out on the balcony.

Outside

On the bottom level there’s a communal space with a restaurant for meals and surf theory lessons, and also a palm-lined pool area. The four rooms are on the second level looking out over the pool with a cool little garden on the side.

Eat & Drink

Daily breakfast and lunch is included and prepared at the hotel with fresh local ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options available. For dinners, you’re within walking distance to many great restaurants and the hosts will give you fantastic recommendations.

Details

Weekly packages run from Sunday to Saturday (6 nights), with the flexibility of one day if you can only arrive on a Saturday. Mondays start with the first lessons of the week with the new group and Friday is the last day of lessons, so arriving on a Monday is possible but not advised.

Rates

Surf Package

Single occupancy: $1,575

Double occupancy: $1,375 per person

Surf & Yoga Package

Single occupancy: $1,575

Double occupancy: $1,375 per person

Family Package

1 adult, 1 child: $ 2,575

1 adult, 2 children or 2 adults, 1 child: $3,775

2 adults, 2 children: $4,775

2 adults, 3 children: $5,575

​* kids under 3: $300

What's Included

  • 6 nights private accommodations
  • Daily breakfast and lunch at the hotel prepared with fresh local ingredients
  • Farewell dinner on the last night
  • 6 Surf lessons. The lessons include paddling, duck diving, catching a wave, positioning and more. A certified surf coach with a lot of experience will teach you how to get up in no time. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a bit more advanced. Lessons are always 2 students per 1 teacher.
  • Surf theory – With your instructor you will go over all of the important information that you should know about surfing.
  • Free use of all surf gear at any time and you are free to try their different boards
  • Surf photos – The team will capture you in action and will send the pictures to you by email.
  • 1 extra activity or massage. There are a few fun activities either all day or part of the day that you can do like snorkeling at Tortuga island or zip lining, you can also choose to rejuvenate by getting a relaxing massage.
  • During high season there is a campfire and music on the beach on Sundays. Habaneros is a restaurant/bar on the beach at the north of town, and on Sunday there is a small gathering of locals and tourists to celebrate with good food, good music and a campfire for sunset.
  • 6 nights private accommodations
  • Daily breakfast and lunch at the hotel prepared with fresh local ingredients
  • Farewell dinner on the last night
  • 4 Surf lessons. The lessons include paddling, duck diving, catching a wave, positioning and more. A certified surf coach with a lot of experience will teach you how to get up in no time. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a bit more advanced. Lessons are always 2 students per 1 teacher.
  • Surf photos – The team will capture you in action and will send the pictures to you by email.
  • Morning yoga sessions at a beautiful outdoor yoga studio. Start your day off with a class or choose to do a class at the end of your day. There are different classes to choose from.
  • 1 extra activity or massage. There are a few fun activities either all day or part of the day that you can do like snorkeling at Tortuga island or zip lining, you can also choose to rejuvenate by getting a relaxing massage.
  • During high season there is a campfire and music on the beach on Sundays. Habaneros is a restaurant/bar on the beach at the north of town, and on Sunday there is a small gathering of locals and tourists to celebrate with good food, good music and a campfire for sunset.
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Shuttle from/to Tambor airport
  • Daily breakfast and lunch at the hotel prepared with fresh local ingredients
  • 3 Surf lessons for everyone
  • Nanny included during activities if needed
  • 3 Morning yoga classes
  • 1 massage for the adults
  • Surf photos
  • Snorkel day to Tortuga island or ATV tour
  • Free use of Surf/Snorkel gear and beach toys
  • Sunday family gathering on the beach with campfire and live music (during high season)
  • Dinner date for the parents and pizza night for the kids

Good to Know

Lucero Surf Retreats are fantastic for all types of travelers, but they’re an especially great option for families, as most surf camps don’t accept children into their programs. At Lucero they not only accept children into their retreats, they give kids wonderful surf lessons, have babysitters available to the parents, and the whole experience is a very family-friendly environment.  

Location

  • Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa is a small laidback surf town located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Once a small fishing village, over the past 15 years Santa Teresa has seen a surge in growth with surfers and travelers seeking surf, sun, and the pura vida way of life. Many of those visitors found all of the above and decided to stay.

This rise in expats from all over the world has led to an international feel to this charming surf village, and along with it an influx of fantastic restaurants, villas, and hotels to enjoy.

While there has been significant development, there are no high-rises to speak of, the main road is still unpaved, and residents and visitors still gather on the beach to hang out and collectively watch the epic sunsets.

With long beaches lined with great surf breaks, consistent swell, and year-round warm water, this spot is a quintessential surfer’s paradise.

Getting There

You can either fly into San Jose Airport (SJO) in central Costa Rica, or Liberia Airport (LIR) in northern Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is located on the Nicoya Peninsula and is about a  4 to 5 hour journey from both airports. From San Jose, you can take a bus for $15. There is also a shared daily shuttle available for $50 (leaves at 7 am or 2 pm from SJO). A private shuttle is a good option if you are traveling with a group ($250 one way). Both the bus and shuttle from San Jose are between 4 and 5 hours of travel, including a ferry crossing of 1.5 hour.

Another option is to fly with a charter flight from San Jose to Tambor, which takes only 20 minutes and costs around $120 one way. The taxi from Tambor to Lucero Surf Retreats is $50.

The Small Print

Five out of six dinners. The hosts will give you recommendations on the best restaurants in town (which there are quite a few of!). The average price per meal is around $20-$25

Transfer from the airport.

You can rent a car at the airport and drive. 

You can take a bus from San Jose for $15.

A daily shared shuttle is $50 one way (leaves at 7 am or 2 pm from SJO). 

A private shuttle is a good option if you’re traveling with a group. The price is $250 one way.

Both the bus and shuttle are between 4-5 hours of traveling, including a ferry crossing of 1.5 hour.

The last option is to fly with a charter flight from San Jose to Tambor, this takes only 20 minutes and costs around $120 one way. The taxi from Tambor to the retreat is $50.

Snacks and drinks in between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. Water is free! Anything else can be purchased from their kitchen or at the local supermarket.

​Extra activities. There isn’t much extra time left outside of the retreat’s (flexible) schedule, but depending on when your surf lesson is, either the afternoon or late morning is free to do some extra activities in the area. You can add these to your package when you make your booking online or you can add these later during your stay.

Gratuity is not included in your package.

PAYMENT TERMS
The deposit to confirm your package is $775 per person for a double booking or $975 for a single booking. The final $500 has to be paid in cash upon arrival.

The deposit for a family is 50% upfront and the remaining 30 days before arrival.

CANCELLATION POLICY
In case of cancellations received more than 45 days before the set arrival date all charges will be refunded.

There will be a charge of 25% of the total payment for cancellations received within 15 to 45 dates before arrival date and 50% of the total payment will be charged for cancellations received within 8 to 14 days before the scheduled check in date.

No refunds for cancellations received 7 or less days from arrival date.

EMERGENCY / INSURANCE
Your travel insurance may provide a full refund for your booking, and we recommend that all clients have a suitable insurance policy prior to booking.

We recommend you to have health insurance to cover yourself in case of injuries and health emergencies.

Lucero Surf Retreats will not be liable or responsible for any health related problems during your stay at our camp or accident / injuries at our site in any way.

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT THE PACKAGES
Surf lessons included in the family package are 3 per family member, and it is not possible to give surf lessons to another family member.

Lunch is not provided on arrival or departure day.

We provide transfer in a shuttle-van from Tambor to Santa Teresa and back.

Extra surf lessons/ Yoga or activities can be booked before arrival or when you are here.

If the weather or other circumstances makes it impossible to surf, your lesson will be re-arranged for a different day/time.

If you have to cancel a surf lesson because you are tired or would like to do something else instead, Lucero Surf Retreats is not responsible to make up this lesson on a different day.

You will be asked to sign a release of liability upon arrival.

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