Wavelength Wild & Free Retreat with Alan Stokes

10 days Costa Rica Self Catered

Course Overview

We have teamed up with one of Europe's best professional surfers; three times British Champion Alan Stokes and Yoga Guru Philly Lewis of Wild and Free Retreats to offer a bespoke 10 day Surf and Yoga trip in partnership with Wavelength Surf Magazine.

Restore your mind, body and soul with sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, hit the perfect waves with Stokesy fuelled by wholesome classically Central American food and soak in the sun's rays, positive vibes and Pura Vida lifestyle.

What to Expect

Your Costa Rica surf and yoga retreat will be spent nestled up in the palm trees lodging in wooden tree-house style cabanas in the grounds of the awesome Don Jons Surf Lodge. Surrounded by lush jungle and friendly Howler monkeys and just a short walk through the jungle to the super fun waves of Santa Teresa beach.

There will be a maximum of 3 guests per cabana, all of which are en-suite featuring a balcony, orthopedic mattresses, refrigerators in the rooms and daily cleaning service.

You will practice yoga with our expert yoga teacher Philly Lewis. Every morning meditation will be offered to guests, followed by an hour's Vinyasa flow class to get you energized for your day ahead. If your a total beginner yogi then don't worry, Philly will guide you through the basics allowing you to access as many poses as possible whilst working with your own body. By the end of the trip you'll be flowing through your practice with ease.

After your morning yoga session, our professional surfer Alan Stokes will then take you to the beach to hit the waves! It doesn't matter if your a total ripper or just a beginner starting out, Alan's enthusiasm and experience will guarantee you a surf full of waves, fun and laughter.

Spend your daily free time as you choose, relax in the tree top hammocks with a good book, walk down to the beach to top up your tan, explore the surrounding areas, or enjoy a cerveza and some music with Don Jon in the bar area.

Every evening, you'll be able to join Philly for a restorative yoga session to help heal the body and leave you in a blissful state ready for the next day in paradise, preparing you for your next surf and yoga day.

Wavelength Surf Magazine Editor, Lewis Harrison-Pinder, will be on hand documenting the action and guests will feature in an online gallery on wavelengthmag.com.

Costa Rica is a tiny country but it's packed with ecological biodiversty, in fact it accounts for 6% of the entire earths biodivesrty, so be sure to spend some time exploring the amazing Cabo Blanco reserve a short drive away. Other must do activities include our quad bike adventure days and horse riding along the beautiful Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa beaches at sunset.

What's Included

  • Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Trip Leaders For Duration
  • Yoga Sessions
  • Video Surf Analysis
  • All Surf Lessons
  • Surf Guiding To The Best Beaches
  • Surf Hire
  • Welcome Meal
  • Photos Of Your Surfing
  • Shared Accommodation
  • Free WiFi


Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Arrival Day 1 Day

    Arrive into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) where the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in nearby Alajuela. If you arrive early, take the time to explore the exciting local town, sample some cerviche, enjoy a cervesa. If you arrive late, be sure to grab an early night so you're fresh for the 6am start in the morning...

  • Day 1 1 Day

    Travel in a private car with your trip leaders, through Jungle, on a ferry over the Nicoya Peninsular, through more Jungle until you reach your little slice of paradise for the week ahead. You will be greeted by Alan and Philly from Wild & Free Retreats and Lewis from Wavelength, then you can either go for a sunset surf, or chill and chat with the crew before the welcome BBQ.

  • Yoga - Surf - Yoga - Repeat 6 Days

    After your morning yoga session, you will fuel your body with an epic breakfast, smoothie and (probably) the best coffee in the World, then our professional surfer Alan Stokes will take you to the beach to hit the waves! The day's are for chilling and exploring, then every evening, you'll be able to join Philly for a restorative yoga session to help heal the body and leave you in a blissful state ready for the next day in paradise, preparing you for your next surf and yoga day.

  • Day 9 in Pacific Paradise 1 Day

    You will go for your final yoga class with Philly, followed by your final epic breakfast burrito (probably - they are amazing), then your final surf with Alan, before jumping in the car with your trip leader for the epic journey back up to Alajuela. Here you will spend the night at the same hotel as before, grab a cervesa at the same local bar and soak up the local delicacies one last evening.

  • Departure Day 1 Day

    It's time for your last Gallo Pinto breakfast, before we take you to the airport and bid you farewell. Make sure to stock up on coffee and chocolates as presents and souveneirs!


Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) you can now get direct flights from the UK. We will be there to pick you up.

Ideally yes, but surfboards can be hired locally for approximately £50 for the duration.

It's the middle of the dry season, so it is very hot. The air and water temperature is around 30 degrees. Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen!

This all depends on how lavish you want to be. A Hearty beef / chicken / fish burrito or a big casado, the local dish of steak / pork / chicken or fish with salad, gallow pinto and plantain (also sometimes avocado and fries) costs $5 at most local restaurants, so the frugal traveller should budget around $15 per day (including a beer or 2 and plenty of water), while the flashier traveleer wanting sushi and more worldly foods could go as high as $40.

It really doesn't matter, as Alan Stokes and the Ticket to Ride team can cater to the needs of total beginners and those of competition level rippers.

You won't need one. Not one. Nada.

Costa Rica translates as the "Rich Coast" and has the strongest economy in Central America and is therefore more expensive to live in than it's neighbours. Everything can be paid for in dollars and the prices of things should be more compared to budget California than Nicaragua. However, it is only the luxuries and non essential items that feel expensive, such as cocktails ($8), pizzas ($14) quad bike hire ($70 per day) and if you are living the Pura Vida lifestyle, surfing loads, eating local fresh food and taking it easy you can live off $20 per day.