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Surf retreats for the adventurous, whole-hearted traveler.

Whether you’re a first-time surfer and just looking to explore something new, or a seasoned surfer who can’t wait to get back in the waves and improve your surfing, there’s a place for you at Kelea Surf Spa. We pride ourselves on our personalized, encouraging, and safe hands-on approach to surfing. Due to our intimate group size, you’ll receive one-on-one attention and constructive feedback from our instructors, so that you’ll spend more time surfing and less time waiting in the waves for guidance.

This is your chance to totally unwind.

At Kelea, the only things on your to-do list are relaxing with a full-body massage, de-stress in yoga, napping in a hammock, adventuring and exploring, eating delicious food, sipping refreshing drinks, and soaking up the sunset. What could be better than that?


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Are you new to surfing?

If you’re a newbie, you’ll laugh at the times you fall over and then scream with joy when you get up and ride your very first wave. Our small group size fosters a dynamic of camaraderie and support. You’ll be stoked on the rush you get as your instructor and new friends cheer for you.

 

Already a surfer?

You love surfing, but you want to perfect your surfing skills. You might be interested in learning how to do a bottom turn, or hone your wave-reading skills. As a more seasoned surfer, you’ll love the in-depth instruction and constructive feedback you’ll get, so that you can make adjustments and take your surfing to the next level. By the end of the week, you’ll surf better and catch more waves.

 

We offer affordable luxury. We’ll take care of your needs, so that you can spend more time in the now and living in the moment, than worrying or wondering about plans, logistics, or details. Learn more about what’s included at Kelea.

 
I chose to go on retreat to Kelea because I wanted an excellent adventure where I could bond with one of my best friends, meet new people, learn to surf, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Costa Rica, relax, unwind, and decompress. All of these hopes were fulfilled and more!
— Audrey

Kelea Surf Spa Activities
 

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SURFING

Whether you’re a first-time surfer and just looking to explore something new, or a seasoned surfer who can’t wait to get back in the waves and improve your surfing, there’s a place for you at Kelea Surf Spa. No matter where you’re at in your journey, our surf instructors will help you reach your surfing goals.

We pride ourselves on our personalized, encouraging, and safe hands-on approach to surfing. Due to our intimate group size, you’ll receive one-on-one attention and constructive feedback from our instructors, so that you’ll spend more time surfing and less time waiting in the waves for guidance.

Surf lessons begin on the beach where you’ll learn water safety, paddling techniques and surf etiquette. Instructors will be by your side, in the water, until you stand up on your first wave. Our instructors have several years of surfing instruction experience and CPR training. All lessons are taught at nearby beaches with slow, rolling waves. If you are an advanced surfer, we can take you to several more challenging surf breaks.

We provide all surf equipment.

 

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What You’ll Learn:

  • The basics of surfing

  • Turning techniques

  • Ocean awareness

  • Popping up on the board

  • Surf safety

  • Beach and break selection

  • Advanced turning techniques

  • Wave selection and wave reading

  • Surf etiquette paddling techniques

  • Turtle rolling and duck diving techniques

  • How to harness the wave’s power to develop speed

  • Surf etiquette when out in the lineup

 

All surf equipment is included (including rash guards, leashes, wax, and boards).

Visit our FAQ page to learn more about our suggested packing list for things that aren’t included at Kelea.

 

 
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YOGA

Yoga offers great benefits for surfers. Yoga increases mental clarity and our ability to concentrate, and its continued focus on intentional breathing helps to increase lung capacity, while helping to lengthen our ability to retain the breath. Yoga also increases our flexibility, tone, strength, and our balancing skills.

Your yoga sessions at Kelea will support you in your surfing, so that you can feel stronger and more flexible when out in the waves, and you’ll feel more stable and balanced when on your board.

Yoga is offered in the afternoon for a post-surf session cooldown.

 
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MASSAGE

Surfing, although fun and exhilarating, is a demanding sport that can lead to tight and sore muscles. Massage can help ease tired muscles, relax and restore the body, and help prevent future injuries or ailments. Massage increases oxygen flow in the blood and releases toxins from muscles, which helps to shorten recovery time from muscular strain. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and pliable, which will help you feel more comfortable out in the water.  

You’ll receive a one-hour full body massage at Kelea. Additional massages are available at a cost to the guest, if you’d like to add this service to your retreat experience.

 
 

 

Additional Activities and Excursions
 

There is so much to see and do in Costa Rica and Hawaii. We encourage all of our guests to get out and explore the region. Our spa concierge is happy to make arrangements for you to participate in day trips or excursions, included but not limited to:

 
 

Costa Rica

  • Horseback riding on the beach at sunset

  • ATV tour to Montezuma

  • Zipline canopy tour

  • Stand-up paddle boarding

  • Tortuga Island boat ride and snorkeling tour

  • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve Tour

Hawaii

  • Whale watching

  • Horseback riding

  • Kayaking trips

  • Scuba diving

  • Kitesurfing lessons

  • Windsurfing lessons

 
 
 

A Day in the Life of a Kelea Surf Spa Guest

Kelea Surf Spa offers planned activities throughout the day. We encourage each of our guests to choose when and if they want to participate or simply relax quietly for rest and rejuvenation.

7am - 10am | Morning Surf Lessons
10am - 11:30am | Breakfast
11:30am-1:30pm | Free time: rest by the pool, nap in the hammock, hike, shop in town, swim, etc.
1:30pm - 2:30pm | Lunch
2:30-4:30pm | Free time: afternoon surf session; nap; beach comb, etc.
4:30pm - 7:30pm | Yoga, Massages [2 yoga classes, and 1 massage are included in package]
8pm | Dinner