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North Nica North Costa Rica  South Costa Rica – Eco lodge South Costa Rica – Luxury Retreat South Costa Rica – Longboard Surf House 
Months Feb 9-16, 2019 November, January, May, June Mid November – July November, February, March, April February, May, July
Rooms Eco-friendly, shared by 2-3 guests, privates available. thatch roof, (non-smelly) composting toilets, fans only, Wifi Very comfortable,  AC, Wifi, only 2 guests per room, private rooms available, private bathrooms Eco-friendly, comfortable rooms shared by 2-4, flush toilets, fans only. 4 very comfortable rooms in a gorgeous house with phenomenal view. Rooms are shared between 2-3 guests, each with AC, wifi, hot water. 9 rooms split between two houses on a large ocean-front property. Most rooms with just one bed, so mostly just private rooms available with a few that are shared by 2. Some have AC, others just fans. Wifi in both houses.
Food Excellent Excellent Delicious buffet style meals, mostly vegetarian with some meat. Delicious food served family style Local homestyle cooking served family style
Surf Great for all levels – zero experience to advanced Great for all levels – zero experience to advanced Ok for all levels but best for ladies who have at least already stood in the white wash to intermediate/advanced surfers. Ok for all levels but best for ladies who have at least already stood in the white wash to intermediate/advanced surfers. Great for all levels – zero experience to advanced
Crowd Very light. depends on where we surf. no crowd to very crowded depends on where we surf. no crowd to very crowded depends on where we surf. no crowd to very crowded depends on where we surf. no crowd to very crowded
Distance to airport 3+ hours 1 hour 1.5 hours from domestic airport (must get jumper flight from international airport) 1.5 hours from domestic airport (must get jumper flight from international airport) 1.5 hours from domestic airport (must get jumper flight from international airport)
Yoga space large concrete floored, covered space with ocean-view Beach, and wooden floor, covered yoga space next door. open monkey-view covered wooden platform surrounded by jungle Pool patio space (yoga studio still in construction) Patio yoga space
Activities Horseback riding, dinner out, salsa lessons, volcano boarding, cathedral tour, town party, community involvement. Horseback riding, town shopping, estuary tour. Horseback riding, dinner out, town shopping, waterfall exploration, monkey viewing, surf surf surf. Horseback riding, dinner out, town shopping, waterfall exploration, monkey viewing, surf surf surf.. Horseback riding, dinner out, town shopping, waterfall exploration, monkey viewing, surf surf surf.

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Northern Nicaragua – This is was recently our home base and most regular retreat location until political unrest broke out in April 2018. The political situation is much calmer now and we will be restarting retreats in Feb 2019. It features the most rustic accommodations but you will still be very comfortable. Some people are nervous about the composting toilets, but they are very simple to use and do not get smelly. You’ll feel good about saving water and entering a bathroom that smells of sawdust.

Retreat months – February

The resort features:

  • 8 fan-cooled, thatch-roofed cabanas with eco-friendly composting toilets, shared by 2-3 Amigas.
  • Amazing healthy and delicious food.
  • Elevated ocean view yoga space.
  • Ocean view swimming pool.
  • High community involvement including an active non-profit that has built homes and schools in the area as well as a sea turtle conservation project.
  • Empty pristine beaches almost completely free of other tourists. This is “real” Nicaragua.
  • WiFi Available to guests
  • 3+ hours from Managua International Airport

The surf:

  • User-friendly bay with rights and lefts that works best at med-high tides with something for surfers of all abilities. The best spot for learning to stand up for the first time, but also really fun waves for ladies with some experience. A swell magnet that is never flat. Located a 10 minute walk down the beach but with shade and surfboard storage for relaxation between rides and no need to carry your surfboard.
  • A rocky left point that works at higher tides if the swell is medium-large. 5 minute walk from the resort.
  • Other beach breaks, rocky points, and river mouths available to advanced surfers if conditions permit.
  • At this location we primarily surf one long surf session in the morning when wind conditions are best. We will surf ’til you can’t surf anymore! Some days we will surf multiple sessions depending on conditions and desires of the group.

Other Activities

  • Horseback riding on the beach (go ahead and gallop as long as you want!)
  • SUP estuary tour
  • Baby turtle hatching (in season)
  • Dinner out
  • Engagement with the local community

 Southern Costa Rica – Eco lodge location – These retreats are fine for all levels including complete beginners, but they are best for ladies who have at least stood up in the whitewash before and advanced beginner/intermediate/advanced surfers.

Retreat months – November – July

Resort features:

  • 5 rooms with private bathrooms shared by 2-4 Amigas
  • Delicious locally sourced healthy food, mostly vegetarian with some meat based meals served family-buffet style
  • Wooden jungle-surrounded yoga platform
  • 1.5 hours from Golfito national airport (must get short flight from San Jose International airport or 6+ hour drive)

The Surf:

  • Really fun user-friendly break with lefts and rights directly in front of the resort with a steep takeoff for advanced surfers and gentle shoulder takeoff for long boarders or ladies with less experience. Long rides. Very uncrowded. Best at medium – high tides.
  • Another long left with some short rights located a short way down the beach that works at low tides. The most uncrowded. We will mostly surf alone!
  • If swell is larger we’ll drive to surf some very good long lefts that can be more crowded but are protected from the swell. Boat trips are also an option to surf a good right if conditions are appropriate.
  • We will surf all day

Activities:

  • Amazing horseback ride on the beach and into the jungle
  • Jungle hikes and waterfall dipping
  • Chocolate workshop
  • Monkey and other wildlife (toucans, sloths) viewing
  • Shopping in town
  • Dinner out

 Southern Costa Rica – Luxury House location – These retreats are fine for all levels including complete beginners, but they are best for ladies who have at least stood up in the whitewash before and advanced beginner/intermediate/advanced surfers.

Retreat months – November, February, March, April

Resort features:

  • 4 rooms in a gorgeous house with spectacular view, shared by 2-3 guests
  • High speed wifi
  • Pool with awesome view
  • Comfortable living room for hanging out in between sessions
  • Delicious locally sourced healthy food served family style
  • Pool deck yoga space with wooden deck for yoga in construction
  • 1.5 hours from Golfito national airport (must get short flight from San Jose International airport or 6+ hour drive)

The Surf:

  • Really fun user-friendly break with lefts and rights just down the road from the resort with a steep takeoff for advanced surfers and gentle shoulder takeoff for long boarders or ladies with less experience. Long rides. Very uncrowded. Best at medium – high tides.
  • Another long left with some short rights located a short way down the beach that works at low tides. The most uncrowded. We will mostly surf alone!
  • If swell is larger we’ll drive to surf some very good long lefts that can be more crowded but are protected from the swell. Boat trips are also an option to surf a good right if conditions are appropriate.
  • We will surf all day, but we have to drive to all the spots

Activities:

  • Amazing horseback ride on the beach and into the jungle
  • Jungle hikes and waterfall dipping
  • Chocolate workshop
  • Monkey and other wildlife (toucans, sloths) viewing
  • Shopping in town
  • Dinner out

 Southern Costa Rica – Longboard Surf House location – These retreats are great for all levels including complete beginners. This is the location for our family friendly and co-ed retreats.

Retreat months – February, May, July

Resort features:

  • 9 rooms split between two houses on the same large ocean-front property. Some rooms have AC, others are only fan cooled. Some rooms have a private bathroom, others are shared. Most rooms have just one queen-sized bed, but there are a few with a twin bed as well. For our women’s-only retreats, most rooms will be private, although there are a few options to share.
  • Local, homestyle cooking served family style. More meat served here than our other locations, but always with a vegetarian option.
  • Patio yoga space
  • 1.5 hours from Golfito national airport (must get short flight from San Jose International airport or 6+ hour drive)

The Surf:

  • Walking distance to a user-friendly world class long left point break that needs a bit of swell to work.
  • Super easy, beginner friendly, sand bottom longboard wave right out front, great for learning to stand up for the first time, or practicing longboarding. Almost never anyone else out.
  • If swell is too small for the points we’ll drive to surf a beach break nearby
  • More advanced surfers can try out Pavones
  • We will surf all day

Activities:

  • Amazing horseback ride on the beach and into the jungle
  • Jungle hikes and waterfall dipping
  • Chocolate workshop
  • Monkey and other wildlife (toucans, sloths) viewing
  • Shopping in town
  • Dinner out

 

Northern Costa Rica Playa Grande – We added this location to give an option for beginners when we temporarily stopped hosting retreats in Nicaragua, and the location was so awesome we kept it on the schedule. These retreats are awesome for all levels – zero experience to advanced.

Retreat months – November, January, May, June

The resort features:

  • Air conditioned rooms with ensuite bathrooms, shared by just 2 Amigas with private room upgrade available.
  • Healthy and delicious food.
  • Swimming pool
  • Short walk to the beach
  • Short trip (just an hour) from the Liberia International airport.

The surf:

  • Playa Grande is a big sand-bottom bay with punchy waves for advanced surfers and mellower waves for beginners. There’s something for everyone.
  • This is the best spot for beginners with zero experience of our Costa Rican options.
  • At this location we will surf as much as we can based on conditions and energy levels of the group.

Other Activities

  • Horseback riding on the beach (go ahead and gallop as long as you want!)
  • Estuary tour
  • Dinner out