If you have always wanted to participate in a yoga retreat, Costa Rica might just be the perfect place for you to book your next vacation. Yoga in Costa Rica can be done throughout the country at retreat centers, in drop in yoga classes, or even just on your own with a nice open-air ocean or jungle view. If you would like to partake in a yoga teacher training course, that is possible in Costa Rica as well.
We created this guide to help you plan the perfect yoga filled trip to Costa Rica, so, let’s get to it!
Why Costa Rica for Yoga?
We think that Costa Rica is a great place to visit for yoga. There are tons of amazing retreat centers throughout the country but it is also possible to make up your own travel plans with frequent yoga classes throughout your travels. We have even stayed at Costa Rican hotels which offer free yoga classes every day for guests.
Costa Rica has become a very popular destination for yoga enthusiasts. I believe a big part of the appeal is the overall friendly people and the eco vibe throughout the country. Plus, it doesn’t get much better than listening to the sound of the jungle while practicing mindfulness or listening to the waves crash to shore during your downward dog.
The motto for life in Costa Rica is Pura Vida which directly translates to “pure life.” People throughout the country take this mantra seriously and embrace an overall relaxed and happy lifestyle. This makes it the perfect place to relax and realine yourself.
The Best Yoga Locations
Although it is possible to participate in yoga throughout the country, there are a few places which really just capture the yoga feels. Here are our favorites.
Montezuma / Santa Teresa
Montezuma and Santa Teresa are located on the very end of the Nicoya Peninsula. This area is one of the seven blue zones of the world where people are said to live the longest. This is likely due to their diet which is heavy in vegetables and fish and the overall relaxed way of life.
Montezuma is a small beach town that can get full, but if you head out of the downtown area there are beautiful peaceful hillside destinations and a beach that you can walk on for hours. Santa Teresa has more of a backpacker vibe and is popular with surfers.
Nosara / Samara
Nosara and Samara are relaxed beach towns near the Nicoya Peninsula. Nosara is a world class surfing spot and both towns boast some great yoga centers. For a really small-town vibe, head to Nosara. If you would like a little more action, Samara is a better bet for you.
Dominical / Uvita
Dominical and Uvita are small beach towns next to each other on the Pacific coast just south of Manuel Antonio. These towns are popular surfing destinations and just have an overall peaceful feel to them. Playa Uvita would be a great place to enjoy some relaxed beach yoga.
Once a year, Dominical hosts Envision Festival, a popular multi-day festival that attracts visitors from around the world. events at the festival include musical performances, yoga classes, mindful workshops, and more.
The Southern Caribbean Coast
The Southern part of the Caribbean coast is great for capturing a relaxed backpacker vibe. There are plenty of retreat centers in this area nestled into the jungle but close to the ocean. Puerto Viejo is the main town in this area, but head a bit south for a more chilled out feel.
Yoga Retreat Centers
There are some amazing yoga retreat centers in Costa Rica which also have top notch spa services and daily organic meals. Doesn’t get much better than that! Here are some of the best yoga retreat centers in the country (in our opinion).
Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa is located in at the southern most part of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in Puerto Jimenez.
They offer daily yoga classes, spa treatments, excursions to nearby attractions, farm to table meals, beautiful private accommodations, and transportation from the local airport or from San Jose.
It is also possible to host your destination wedding here or participate in teacher training.BOOK NOW
Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is located in Nosaraa and is a total luxury retreat destination. The resort offers several daily classes, a spa, a fitness center, delicious fresh dining experiences (including a juice bar), surf lessons, and more!BOOK NOW
Samasati is a cozy jungle yoga retreat center located near Puerto Viejo. Here you can enjoy a variety of relaxation packages, daily yoga classes, teacher training, delicious meals, and more!BOOK NOW
Anamaya is a beautiful retreat center located in the hills of Montezuma. They offer daily yoga classes, teacher training workshops, a spa, a beautiful infinity pool, delicious food, and more! The grounds are stunning and they have great accommodation options.BOOK NOW
A ridiculously peaceful retreat center located in Nosara, Blue Spirit is a place you will definitely want on your yoga retreat list. It is also possible to participate in a yoga teacher training program here. They also offer detox programs, delicious vegetarian cuisine, and a saltwater infinity pool.BOOK NOW
Located in Santa Teresa on a lush vegetative property which backs up to a white sand beach, Pranamar is an awesome place to spend a relaxing yoga retreat. There is a spa, daily yoga classes, and a restaurant with fresh quality food daily.BOOK NOW
If you would like to just pop into some yoga classes throughout your travels, that is always possible as well. Typically these do not need to be booked far in advance. However, if you are traveling during a really busy time of year (over Christmas or around Easter) it is probably best to book in advance.
Otherwise, you can always ask at your hotel if they have any recommendations for local yoga studios. Most hotels will be able to direct you to a great studio in the area you are staying.
Our Costa Rica Yoga Tips
– Plan Your trip for the rainy season. Prices for yoga retreats go way down in price if you visit on the off-season. The main tourist season runs from December until early May.
The absolute cheapest prices will likely be between September and early December.
Keep in mind that you will likely have rain every day for a few hours, but I personally kind of love doing yoga with the rain pounding in the background.
– Yoga retreats can be pricey. If you would like to save money we suggest practicing yoga by taking drop-in classes as you travel throughout the country and even just doing yoga on your own on the beach.
– Your trip does not need to be limited to yoga as a way of rejuvenating your body and mind. It is also possible to find guided meditations, Reiki healing sessions, organic cooking classes, herbal retreats, and more! If you are interested in something like that, just message us. I can most likely guide you to something that will fit what you are looking for.
-If you plan on doing yoga on your own during your trip, I definitely suggest a travel yoga mat. This one made by YOGO is awesome and is really easy to transport. You can easily attach it to the outside of your backpack.
– Many of the places we listed also offer yoga teacher training courses. If you would like to make yoga a career, what better place to become a teacher than in beautiful Costa Rica?
If you have any questions about planning your yoga retreat in Costa Rica, please leave them in the comment section below. We are always happy to help you out! Also, if you have any tips for fellow yoga lovers visiting Costa Rica, please let us know.
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