So you've decided on rainforested central America for your next vacation away.
Great choice, the pura vida lifestyle gives Costa Rica an atmosphere conducive to some
serious mat holiday time.
Costa Rica is wild and wondrous. A country of awesome natural biodiversity.
Think mountains, rainforest and volcanoes, and all brimming with wildlife.
And let's not forget the Costa Rican beaches. Rugged and wide, with surf from the
Pacific Ocean and often bordered by jungle. Costa Rica really is heaven.
Dotted along the coast beside these beaches and deep in the rainforest too you will find
many retreats waiting ready to give you your yoga holiday dose of meditation, surf,
healthy activities and yoga vacations.
Nicoya Peninsula is one of the most popular locations for affordable retreats in Costa Rica.
There is a large community of teachers, practitioners and travellers. So you will find
everything you need to make yourself happy during your stay, from classes in your
preferred yoga style to health food cafes catering to all diet requirements like raw and
There are retreats running yoga holidays all over with lots of different focus.
You can spend time in the cooler mountains where the pace is slower, or head over to the
Caribbean coast where surfing is a popular pastime too. Or get into the yogi vibe in the
towns along Costa Rica's Pacific coastline.
What to do and where to go
There is a lot on offer here, covering a wide range of activities and price range.
Although you need to be a little careful with cost. With it's proximity to North America
the country has become the vacation playground for Americans which has pushed up
prices over the years. Having said that a little dedicated research and you will be able to
find exactly what you are looking for. And the nice thing about it's popularity means that
travelling around is easy, towns have the shops and restaurants that you are looking for,
and the retreat centers are set up perfectly with us yogis in mind.
Costa Rica offers affordable yoga vacations, you just need to make a small effort to plan
properly. Check out the inclusions of the retreat center you are interested so you know
that you're covered. And just try to resist the temptation of typical tourism options like
organized tours and day spas. Then you should be fine.
Let's take a look at the popular yoga vacations that are on offer here -
Surfing for the experienced and beginners alike is one of the main attractions and
activities in Costa Rica. Over time a huge community of instructors and classes has created
itself on the best surfing beaches of the country. There are surf retreats run on these
wavey beaches all year round so that people of all experience levels can enjoy getting on
the waves. Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean is the main area with retreat centers
offering programs with surfing included or surf instruction available.
Over the years a large array of wellness retreats have built up in Costa Rica to cater for
one of the favorite things we love to do whilst away. Who doesn't enjoy partaking in an
extensive spa menu over a long lazy day. There are all types of activities aimed at
promoting your overall well-being in Costa Rica, such as meditation, health retreats, yoga
sessions and the enviable spa resorts. There are even more physical programs that get
you active in the beautiful landscape and help improve your behaviour patterns and bodily
Whether in the mountainous jungle or bordering the the raw and wild
beaches everywhere here seems to be the perfect location to get into
your meditation practice, both on and off the mat. You can either follow
your path on your own by making the most of the supportive settings, or
join in one of the many group sessions that run at the retreats. Either way
you'll find it easy here to get into a regular practice routine.
Which Retreat Center
All of us enjoy a different emphasis for our getaways. Some prefer comforts, others enjoy
a more rustic experience, maybe wild too, immersed in the natural environment. And
retreat centers often have activity specialisms which make them the perfect options for
There are so many I wouldn't like to suggest which one to stay at. Just best to point you
to the areas of the vibrant yogi communities which I have already done above. One things
for sure, there are many places that offer affordable yoga holidays in Costa Rica so you
don't have to be put off by the more touristy options.
And rest assured, you are always going to find a new lovely group of like-minded people,
a new tribe to hang out with, hit the mat for yoga sessions together, and feel the
rejuvenation of mind, body and soul whilst away. Have fun!