Family Retreat Art Class

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Family Retreat Art Class

The family retreats are so amazingly fun! Aside from the normal Surf With Amigas program, we have a few fun camp counselor-type instructors on hand to come up with activities to engage the kids so that parents can do yoga, go for a relaxing walk on the beach or just have a quiet moment to sip a glass of wine.

This week we had a great group of kids aged 2.5 – 14. We had a scavenger hunt, played hide and seek, and took them to the De Colores art studio for a private art class with our fabulous friend Hadas. The class involved first taking a walk on the beach to collect sticks and smooth stones that were then painted and decorated.

Enjoy the gorgeous photos from the experience taken by @courtneyblythephotography

Bring your family to join us on a future family retreat (click the link for info)!


Supporting Local Children Through Art

giving back with local kids in Costa Rica

At Surf With Amigas, we are always looking for constructive ways to engage with the communities where we host retreats. Whether it’s funding sea turtle conservation, donating school books to indigenous children, giving scholarships for higher education, or encouraging women to participate in sports by sponsoring a local ladies kickball team, we feel good about giving back wherever we are.

In this case, we have become friends with an amazingly inspiring woman named Hadas, who owns a vegetarian cafe and surf view cabanas as her day job, and offers art classes to kids and adults to feed her passion for art. She runs an open art studio called De Colores in Pavones, Costa Rica. It is dedicated to promoting well being and deep healing through the creative process of art making. That’s a goal we can get behind! 

We are so happy to donate funds to support free art classes for local children to explore and express themselves through color, textures, and the allowance to get messy!

Here are a few photos from a recent class.

By supporting us, you are supporting her, and thereby supporting them. Thank you!

New Retreat Added – Luxury Surf Yoga Retreat Southern Costa Rica Nov 17-24

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“Luxurious accommodations with an unforgettable view”

The Accommodations

At Surf With Amigas we typically focus on value accommodations and go big on service in order to keep the price affordable. This one week we are offering a more luxurious accommodation option but still the awesome service you expect from us.

We’ll stay at a gorgeous house just 200m from the beach, but up a steep hill creating dramatic views. The house features 4 rooms to be split by 2-3 guests, each with it’s own private bathroom, AC, hot water, and high speed fiber optic WiFi. There’s a comfortable living room with big screen tv where we’ll do our surf coaching and classroom sessions, a relaxing pool and brand new yoga deck. The food will be catered by a local chef.

This region of Costa Rica is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. Expect to see monkeys, sloths, toucans, scarlet macaws and a variety of other local creatures! There’s an option to ride horses deep into the jungle to check out a Native Indian reserve, do a boat trip to surf (conditions permitting), and we’ll have a ladies night out on the town. We’ll even learn to make chocolate and support the indigenous community by shopping their locally made products. We’ll relax and reconnect with nature.

The Surf

We will be driving to surf but there are several spots just a short way down the road, and relaxing on the pool deck, enjoying the view after the session will make hopping in the car to surf more than worth it. There’s a fun wave a short drive to the South featuring mostly lefts but a few rights too, a few gentler waves down the beach, and a couple world class point breaks nearby. We’ll be on a surf safari to get you into the best waves possible.  

If the swell is bigger we’ll be on a mission by boat or car to surf some of the longest waves in the world. We also like to explore some hidden nooks and crannies that are also super fun and often empty. We typically break up the group by ability so that everyone gets what they’re looking for and we don’t show up anywhere with a big crowd!

Our first retreat at this location will be November 17-24 2018. If you can’t make it that week but would love to check out this location, let us know and we may add more dates to the schedule.

Email [email protected] for Questions

Southern Costa Rica Luxury Surf and Yoga Retreat Details

Price: Starting at $1950

What’s Included:

  • Two way transportation from the Golfito Airport (provided you arrive and depart on the designated days/times)
  • 7 nights accommodation in a shared room (2-3 per room depending on size of room) with AC, hot water, private bathroom and high speed WiFi
  • 4 deliciously healthy fresh meals per day (early morning cold breakfast, hot brunch, lunch, and dinner, plus dessert)
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, water, and juice
  • Daily individualized in-water surf coaching/instruction/guiding
  • Daily one on one post- session video coaching with one of our instructors
  • Video footage from surf sessions
  • A group of awesome new Amigas who may become your lifetime surfing friends!
  • Surfboard rental
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Adventures such as horseback riding, jungle exploring, boat trips, hiking, chocolate making, monkey viewing, ladies night out, etc.

Optional Extras:

  • Massages
  • Alcohol
  • Tips for staff

Book Flights

To book your flight, first fly into San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), then connect to a domestic flight to Golfito. I recommend looking at the possible international options but then actually booking your Golfito flight before booking your international flight. I was told by an Amiga who has already booked hers that it looked like all the flights shown below on the schedule were available until she actually tried to book one of them. So book the smaller flight first just to be sure!

There are several flights per day into Golfito – an early morning, a midday, and a later afternoon flight. Our shuttle will pick you up on the midday or afternoon flight only since the hotel does not allow check in before noon. For the way out, choose the early or midday flight to take advantage of our shuttle.

For the flight from San Jose to Golfito, you need to book with Sansa Air directly – you can’t use Expedia.  For questions on booking flights or other options if you can’t find an itinerary that works for you, send us an email!




Last Costa Rican Retreat of the Season Scored Sick Waves

The last retreat of our winter/spring 2016 series in Costa Rica was blessed with very large surf. At first the Amigas weren’t very excited to hear that until we explained that it meant that we’d be able to surf some different spots that are more protected and only break with a larger swell. Everyone ended up getting the right sized waves for their appetites and scored some of the best waves of their lives. We got so much great footage that we broke it up into two videos. See below!