Costa Rica·April 22 - 28 2023
A Surfer's Dream come true.
We are beyond excited to take the AWA Experience down south again to one of our favorite playgrounds in the entire world. Explore the untouched southern pacific of Costa Rica and experience a new way of living in this remote surf village, home to some of the best, longest waves in the world: Pavones. This is one of the last places on Earth where virgin rainforest grows right to the high tide line, surrounded by giant trees, roaring monkeys and breaching whales. We've carefully curated a fantastical program full of surfing, nature and the most nourishing local flavours made with love by our in-house chef. Drop in with us for a week of pure expansion and surf your hearts out with the local queen of the south Laura Pecoraro and an amazing group of jungle seasters.
Pavones is an untouched dream town in the southern pacific Costa Rican jungle. Its remoteness, incredibly long waves, spectacular wildlife, and lush rainforest reserves make it a far less crowded magical paradise.
Get ready to be surfing and hosted by the most fun local surf coaches who fully embody Pavone's natural way of living and know its stories and waves like no one else around. Best part of it all is that they'll guide you to the best and longest rides of your life!
Experience the most delicious flavors of Costa Rica in the most healing and nourishing way. From exotic fruits to local fish caught that morning we will enjoy decadence and rejuvenation with every meal. *Adapted to all dietary restrictions.
Italian chica who left behind the fashion world in the big cities for a barefoot and raw new life in the jungle. Giulia is the team mamma, who can effortlessly drive around through the jungle large groups of women with one main goal in mind: make everyone have the freaking most unforgettable time of their lives. And she does it, gracefully, over and over again. Buckle up and let yourself adventure with the most radical and fun amazonian queen out there.
Argentinian surfer, creator soul and ultimate jungle warrior reshaped her life by the Costa Rican sea over a decade ago on her search for a more simple life. She is the embodiment of fun and adventure and brings the high vibes and stoked into whatever she does. Be ready for some loud laughs, deep ocean conversations and a life-long friendship with who will turn your surf trip into a radical life-changing experience.
6 nights beachfront accommodation
5 surf lessons adapted to your level, with certified local instructors.
Photo & Video sessions.
Daily Yoga, stretching, guided meditations or sound journey.
All surf and yoga equipment.
Daily local breakfast and lunch adapted to all diets.
6 special dinners.
Daily drinks and snacks.
Transportation to activities.
Overnight security guard.
Daily cleaning services.
A real good time.
Transportation to/from the Lodge.
Optional activities such as SUP board tour, horse back riding, and more.
The AWA Lodge
These pristine seaside condos meet every expectation of excellence. Surrounded by lush jungle gardens and only steps away to the main point break of Pavones. A zen-like peacefulness and feeling of refuge is present everywhere on the property. Each detail offers welcoming and ultra-comfortable living spaces, while seamlessly integrating with the magnificent local ecosystem.
I returned from my AWA trip feeling like a new woman. Mona and Giulia curated the most beautiful experience with an eye to detail that was truly impressive. The waves are unbelievable and the surf instruction is phenomenal. As a beginner, I felt safe in the care of their team at all times.
This was my second time on retreat with AWA and it was once again magical. The feeling of coming home after a week with AWA is hard to beat. The strength in my body, the nutritional cleanse, all that time outdoors and deep connection to nature. If you're considering taking a trip with these ladies, I say DO IT! You won't regret a single penny spent.
Everything has been SO EPIC. Every moment I'm frothing over something else, whether that was the abundance of waves we were catching with everyone so supportive and cheering for each other... you feel so held. I like to travel alone but being here opens you up to so much connection. Not only was the surfing incredible and SO WARM and fun, but also just the food, having Mona and Giulia hosting us with the warmest hearts... I've been surfing for almost 10 years, and I think I took so much away that it can improve me when I get back home. It was magical.
Fly into San José airport. There are a few options to get to us from San José airport, depending on your time and budget. Flying from San José to Golfito (closest local airport) and then taking a cab is significantly quicker but also a bit more expensive. In the intermediate price range you can travel with a rental car. All of these options are detailed below:
Your best option to travel to Golfito is to fly via SANSA Airlines who offers daily flights from SJO.The flight is approximately 1 hour long and it costs something between $100-$150. If travelling with frineds, we recommend booking these flights together, in order to avoid changed to one of the reservations and not the other (rare, but just in case).
SANSA operates out of the separate domestic airport, a five-minute walk from San José’s main terminal. As they operate out of different airports, you are not connecting, instead, you’ll first need to go through immigration and collect your luggage. Upon leaving Arrivals, walk straight to the main boulevard, turn left, and you will see the Domestic Terminal located 500 feet ahead.If in doubt, and airport official will be able to point you in the right direction.
BOOK HERE: SANSA Airlines
When you arrive to Golfito, we can book you a taxi to Pavones (approximetely $80 each way) or you can rent a car to get to the Lodge (be sure to book in advance as there are limited car rental options in Golfito).
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above option won’t work for those who are travelling with surfboards bigger than 7’0. In that case, we will oordinate land transportation for your boards from SJO if you’d rather fly down.
Other way to get to the Lodge is renting a car from any rental agency at SJO Airport (Hertz, Budget, Avis, etc.). We highly recommend booking in advance, preferably a 4x4, and drive approximately 7 hours to Pavones. As Pavones is a long drive from San José you can make a small road trip on the way there, checking out places like Manuel Antonio and Uvita/Dominical to break up the drive. We don’t recommend making this drive after dark because of the narrow bridges on the road and also there are lots of turns to make on unmarked roads, so plan accordingly.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Download the Waze App on your phone to help you with navigation through Costa Rica.
You’ll be collected from SJO Airport and driven all the way to our Lodge in Pavones. The drive takes 6-7 hours and your driver will make any necessary stops along the way, he is super cool! The van fits up to 6 people and the total cost is $450.
Citizens/residents from ALL countries are currently allowed to enter Costa Rica. All mandatory requirements have been dropped by the national government since April 1st.
YES! You can bring your own board or pick your perfect match from our quiver. We suggest you travel with your own board if you are feeling comfortable surfing with it. Have in mind that the internal flights in CR won't allow you to travel with a board bag bigger than 7 feet.
We recommend you make your reservation ASAP to make sure you secure your spot as we have limited availability and we fill up fast.
All reservations are made via the AWA Website. In order to secure your spot, we request an initial 25% deposit and the remaining is due a month from arrival. Check out our new Payment Plan option.
None! AWA is for all levels of surfing, from the lady that has never felt confident in the ocean to those who have been surfing all of their lives.
A large amount of our retreaters are solo travellers who are about to meet their new favourite friends.
No. We host fully immersive retreats so we encourage everyone to share the same space and that way deeply drop into the whole experience.
There is one coached surf session a day and an optional free surf (for the extra stoke).
Not anymore, yay!
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