A yoga retreat is the perfect way to better your mental and physical health and permanently enhance your life. But if downward dogs and all-day meditation sessions aren’t your idea of fun, you might find an adventurous yoga retreat to be the ideal combination of healing and holiday. There’s a real trend towards combining yoga with other outdoor adventures. An adventurous yoga retreat in Costa Rica lets you experience yoga and meditation along with coastal and jungle adventures like surfing and hiking. Costa Ricans embrace “pura vida,” a phrase that literally means “pure life.” Here’s a list of seven top adventurous yoga retreats in Costa Rica. Adding a little yoga to your adventures could change your life.
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Anamaya Yoga Retreat Costa Rica
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula on a hillside above the town of Montezuma, Anamaya Yoga Retreat Costa Rica offers year round adventurous surf and yoga retreats, yoga teacher training courses, beach excursions, day hikes and spa treatments. Anamaya Resort also offers scuba certification and retreats on an organic farm. This luxury boutique yoga resort has an infinity pool and a beautiful outdoor deck for daily yoga classes. The views of the Pacific coast and the jungle are wonderful and there are rooms for singles as well as couples. All meals are included and are prepared with organic ingredients that are sourced locally and from their own organic farm.
Related: Read our detailed review of Anamaya Resort’s Yoga and Surfing Retreat.
Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
Nosara is a sun-kissed beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula that is home to The Yoga Institute, a top facility for yoga teacher training. It’s also home to Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, a resort that combines yoga with fitness classes and surf lessons. This luxury Costa Rica yoga resort has state-of-the-art fitness facilities and offers daily spin classes, surf instruction and pilates classes in a fully-equipped pilates studio. You can take Spanish language lessons as well. There are dorm-style rooms for single guests and luxury villas for couples. Stays include daily breakfast or you can purchase a meal plan that includes gourmet meals – including vegetarian and gluten-free options. The resort is set on eight acres of land with flowers, trees, waterfalls and streams. There’s a 25-metre salt water pool, a juice bar and relaxation areas all within a 10-minute walk of the beach.
Vajra Sol Yoga Retreat Costa Rica
In the Costa Rica beach town of Santa Teresa, Vajra Sol Yoga Retreat combines surf and stand up paddleboard with yoga, meditation and massage. Santa Teresa Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Retreat participants stay in private villas situated on a hillside a short walk from the beach which stretches along three miles of pristine coastline. The resort features tropical gardens, a small pool and an open air lounge. Breakfast and dinner are included daily and you’ll find some great seafood restaurants in the town.
Believe Surf, Yoga and Beyond
Believe Surf and Yoga is known for its customizable active yoga retreats in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. With a customized trip, you can create the exact travel experience you want and include the activities you’re most interested in. Vacation packages include accommodations, breakfast and dinner, twice daily yoga classes, surf lessons, ziplining or horseback riding. The main lodge has a swimming pool, a lounge area, a restaurant and is a short walk from La Lora Beach, one of the nicest beaches in the area. They also have villas and a beachfront resort. There are private rooms as well as shared dorm-style rooms.
Samasati Yoga and Wellness Retreat Costa Rica
Samasati Yoga and Wellness Retreat sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Caribbean Sea minutes from the laidback beaches of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. This off-the-beaten-path yoga resort offers yoga teacher training and a variety of retreats including active surf and yoga retreats. Active retreats include yoga classes, surf lessons, a guided day hike, a 90-minute rainforest massage and meals. The resort has an open-air restaurant, a hot tub and nature trails to explore. A daily shuttle takes guests to the nearby beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
El Sabanero Eco Lodge
On the north Pacific side of Costa Rica in Santa Cruz, El-Sabanero Eco Lodge is a ten-minute drive from Tamarindo Beach Resort, five minutes from Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course, and 15-minutes from world-class surfing beaches like Avellanas Beach, Playa Negra and Playa Grande. The lodge offers a variety of yoga retreats including some active options that combine twice daily yoga classes with activities like Zumba classes, stand up paddleboard sessions, hiking, snorkeling, meditation and sound healing. All meals are included as well as daily shuttle transfers to the beach. The lodge has an infinity pool and a restaurant and a variety of different accommodation options.
Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa Costa Rica
Just south of Puerto Jimenez on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula lies Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa. This intimate solar-powered beachfront escape lets you customize your yoga vacation to nourish your mind, body and spirit. The luxury eco-friendly accommodations feature a yoga deck, farm-to-table meals, spa treatments, a lap pool, organic gardens and a private beach. Blue Osa is near Corcovado National Park, which is a good place to see endangered rain forest plants and animals. The lodge offers yoga teacher training as well as a variety of retreats and all-inclusive vacation packages. Packages include accommodations, meals, daily yoga classes, spa treatments and your choice of guided eco-adventures such as bird watching, hiking and kayaking excursions. Intense adventurers can arrange zipline excursions, go tree climbing or try waterfall rappelling.
Related: Check out our article Surfing in Costa Rica – It’s Totally Epic!
What to Bring on a Costa Rica Yoga Retreat
Most Costa Rica yoga retreats will have yoga mats, foam yoga blocks and other basic equipment. You should bring a refillable water bottle, yoga pants, yoga tops, yoga socks, workout wear, a swimsuit, sandals, runners, sunglasses and comfy travel clothes.
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