This is the original AWA Experience, what we call “our greatest week at home”. You’ll be hosted at all times by an amazing local community of like-minded women that will share only good vibes and inspire through their simple and mindful way of living. We’ve put together a program supported by the most experienced and fun team of surf instructors that will adapt to your personal goals and work daily by your side to help improve your skills and take your surfing to the next level. We will practice yoga focused on supporting your surfing and share empowering workshops to connect with our highest selves, create mental space and become more in tune with the body. All of this will be framed by the most nourishing, local and organic flavours of Costa Rican food prepared daily by our in-house Chef. AWA will leave you overwhelmed with joy and expand your body, mind and soul while living the relaxed lifestyle of this unique laid-back destination.
Experience the purest flavors of Costa Rica in the most healing and nourishing way by Glenda Marin Saborio. From exotic fruits to local fish caught that morning we will enjoy decadence and rejuvenation with every meal.
Santa Teresa is famous for great waves and fun conditions for all levels throughout the year. Expect to wake up to blue sky mornings and offshore winds with playful warm blue waves. The mile-long beaches framed with swaying palm trees is the perfect place for feeding your stoke.
This experience is about supporting each other in nurturing ourselves around surfing, meditation, movement and self-care practices. With every journey we host we learn, evolve and expand this beautiful global community through our shared love of surfing, adventure and togetherness.
After so many years of living in this town and with the support of an amazing welcoming community, we’ve decided to shape what we call “our greatest week at home” to share the beauty and magic of this remote paradise with you.
Italian chica living and loving in the jungle. From the fashion world in the big cities to a life without shoes and a big smile as a daily accessory. I can’t wait to share my journey with you and to inspire you through the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Beyond fortunate to be able to share this beautiful paradise with women from all over the globe, empowering each other through surfing and nature's playfulness. Im excited to turn your adventure of learning how to surf into a wonderful life changing experience, much love!
6 nights jungle lush 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.
4 special dinners.
Daily drinks and snacks.
Transportation to activities.
Overnight security guard.
Daily cleaning services.
A real good time.
Transportation to/from the Lodge.
2 dinners in town.
Optional activities such as SUP board tour, horse back riding, and more.
The AWA Villa
The AWA Villa is a boutique style hotel in Santa Teresa situated on a mountain slope on the Pacific Coast. It consists of 8 separate and unique units surrounding an infinity pool overlooking the coast and the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, the very first national park in Costa Rica. The Villa provides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by lush jungle gardens. It’s centrally located in town and is within walking distance to the beach, stores and the most charming restaurants and shops in the area.
"My week at AWA was the best week ok my life"
"You are all incredible humans and you made a great impact in our lives"
"Thank you for making my dreams of surfing come true"
Incredibly talented people imparting their wisdom, cheerleading and mischief making, Coffee, hugs, OMG Hugs!
Be ready to be treated like a goddess during an amazing week in paradise.
I am so happy and grateful that i joined this tribe to truly understand women soul surfing. I wish everyone could feel your beautiful aura.
This AWA Villa is located in Playa Carmen, on the south western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, about 5 minutes south of Santa Teresa.
Our location is relatively remote - it's what makes the area so stunning, and while this means uncrowded beaches, take into account travel time to reach us.
There are a few options for getting to us from San José or Liberia airport depending on your time and your budget. Flying from San José to Tambor (closest local airport) and then taking a cab is significantly quicker but also more expensive. In the intermediate price range is to travel via private shuttle, a door-to-door service. If your budget is limited and/or you are not in a hurry, take the public bus. Each of these options are detailed below.
There are currently two airlines providing daily flights from San José to Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula. The flight is approximately 30 minutes and it costs something between $100-$130. If travelling with friends, we recommend booking these flights together, in order to avoid changes to one of the reservations and not the other (rare, but just in case).
We recommend Costa Rica Green Airways which operates out of the separate domestic airport, a five-minute walk from San Jose's main terminal (SJO). As they operate out of a different airport, you are not connecting, instead, you’ll first need to go through Immigration and collect your luggage. Upon leaving Arrivals, walk straight ahead to the main boulevard, turn left, and you will see the Domestic Terminal located 500 feet ahead. If in doubt, an airport official will be able to point you in the right direction. Book here: CR Green Air
Sansa is another Costa Rican airline operating out of the domestic terminal; it also offers multiple flights per day. Sansa also flies into Tambor from the Liberia International Airport. Book here: Sansa
On arrival into Tambor, grab a taxi to Mal País – approximately 40 minutes and $60. We recommend the services of Miguel Delgado (on booking, we’ll be able to put you in touch).
Alternatively, Sansa offers a shuttle service from Tambor to Santa Teresa at the time of flight booking, which while shared, does end up more cost-effective than a taxi for solo travellers and smaller groups.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above options won’t work for those who are travelling with surfboards bigger than 7’0.
There are a number of companies that provide a private shuttle service to the AWA Villa; we frequently use the services of Montezuma Expeditions. Additional options are available with Tropical Tours, or with Montezuma Adventure. You'll be collected from San José and driven to the Puntarenas ferry (approximately 1.5-2 hours). At Puntarenas, you'll leave the van and board the ferry, taking your bags with you. The ferry crossing is approximately 1.5 hours and on arrival you'll be met by another van, which will drive you the rest of the way to the AWA Villa (approximately 1.5 hours).
The quoted cost of the shuttle includes all legs of the journey (shuttle > ferry > shuttle).
Departing from the bus terminal (7-10) in San José, the direct bus makes the same journey as the private shuttle (ferry included). The bus leaves the station twice daily (6am and 2pm). You can see the bus schedule here. The schedule shows San José to Cóbano as Cóbano is the nearest big town but that bus will take you all the way to town.
Let the driver know that you’ll get off as the bus arrives into town, at “El Cruce” (the crossroads) between Mal País and Playa Carmen. From here, grab a taxi to us (taxi drivers are usually hanging out right on the crossroads) – approximately 3 minutes and less than $10. During the day, there are generally plenty of taxis at the corner where the bus arrives in town so you should have no problem waving one down. Alternatively, you can walk into any one of the restaurants or cafes and ask them to call a taxi for you. When taking the afternoon bus (arrives between 8-9pm), we suggest booking a taxi in advance. We recommend the services of Miguel Delgado (on booking, we’ll be able to put you in touch).
Let us know if you need assistance booking any legs of this commute. We are here to support you and can’t wait to meet you!
Citizens/residents from ALL countries are currently allowed to enter Costa Rica. If you are planning a trip to visit us in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa, there are specific entry requirements that must be met.
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 a $1000 deposit and the remaining is due a week from arrival.
We will refund 100% of your deposit if it is more than 6 weeks from your arrival date. The deposit is non-refundable with less than a 6 week notice. We will honour your deposit for any future experience with us within one year since your initial reservation.
We have amended our cancellation policy to offer our guests a choice to either re-book at a later time at no charge or refund 100% to those who cannot fulfil their reservation due to COVID-19 positive tests, country closures, local rules and orders, AWA staff and guest safety concerns, and/or beach access and availability.
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 coaching surf session a day and an optional free surf (for the extra stoke).
- Fill out the electronic epidemiological Health Pass form, available at https://salud.go.cr (available 48 hours prior to arrival; requires insurance to be purchased first). This file will provide you with a QR Code that you’ll need along your travels so either print it or keep a copy on your phone.
- Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased through Costa Rica via the National Insurance Institute or Sagicor.
- For the National Insurance Institute (INS), we’ve found that the English version of their landing page is currently not working. Scroll down and click “COMPRAR” to continue.
- INS offers better rates as compared to Sagicor; Trawick International (more below) is currently offering the best rates for coverage that meets the CR requirements.
- OR an international insurance policy. Tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:
- Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
- Guaranteed coverage of COVID-19 related medical expenses, with minimum coverage of $50,000 USD. While the plans offered by Costa Rican entities (linked above) only need to require $20,000 of medical coverage, international plans must meet the $50,000 USD minimum coverage.
- Includes a minimum coverage of $2,000 USD for lodging expenses as a result of being placed on quarantine if you become ill during your trip.*
*Many international insurance providers that we have researched, called, and vetted do NOT meet the lodging/accommodation requirement, such as: World Nomads and Safety Wing.
Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.
Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travellers must wear face protection and comply with the protocols of the airport with regard to physical distancing and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.
International Travel Insurance Options:
- U.S. Citizens: Trawick International has a policy that meets the requirements available that is far more affordable, depending on trip length and age of the travellers. Choose the “Safe Travels Voyager” option Don’t enter a value for “Insure Your Trip.”
- Canadians: Trawick is offering a policy that meets the requirements for non-US citizens. Choose either “Safe Travels International” or “Safe Travels International Cost Saver.”
Manulife insurance for bookings made by Aeroplan members does NOT meet the lodging/accommodation requirement.
- Rest of World: Trawick is offering a policy that meets the requirements for non-US citizens. Choose either “Safe Travels International” or “Safe Travels International Cost Saver.”
Yes. Even though a PCR negative test is no longer a requirement for entry the country, we ask all guests to show a negative test within 72hours prior checking in. Please consider the high percentage of cases worldwide that have been asymptomatic and help slow the spread and protect those most vulnerable.
Yes! A clinic in Santa Teresa works with a lab in San Jose to provide PCR tests. The clinic charges $150 USD for the test.
AWA can book your appointment and a doctor will come test you directly at our lodge 72 hours before your flight.
New update! You can now get tested at the airport of SJO or Liberia too and get the results in a few hours! You only need to plan to be at the airport 4 hours before take off. Learn more about it here.
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