Owned by the local Sotheim family, Rancho Margot is a sparkling example of sustainable tourism and self-sufficient development in the region. The Sotheims have tirelessly strived to go beyond standard sustainable practices and spearheaded several conservation projects in the...Read More
Agulia de Osa Inn is a charming Drake Bay located high bluff dwelling that is strategically nestled on the extension of the Corcovado National Reserve in Costa Rica’s famed Osa Peninsula. The raw natural beauty of its surroundings (in the form of wilderness personifying...Read More
Location: Montezuma Price: $800-$2000/week for retreats Features: Ocean view, spa, yoga, organic food, surfing, infinity pool Introduction Dramatically located on a cliff edge against a spectacular ocean backdrop in Montezuma, Anamaya Yoga Retreat is a heady natural hide-out...Read More
Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful rainforest hotel or eco resort next to the beach. Lapa Rios is a model Ecotourism Project that strives to show that “a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down”. Rainforest hikes, bird watching, Ocean Kayaking,...Read More
Eco lodges, Green Travel, and Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica
The eco resort term has slowly become a rage among environmentally responsible tourists who seek to explore the beauty of a destination without damaging its natural resources. Often used ubiquitously and inserted more as misnomer for plain nature resorts, the term eco lodge in Costa Rica is at times misused and wrongly assigned. The lush tropical nature retreat boasting of a rich topography comprising thriving rainforests, pristine beaches, serene rivers, gushing waterfalls and adventure packed mountainous valleys features abundant authentic eco lodges. These resorts dexterously combine the best of Costa Rica’s blessed natural landscape and its sustainable practices. Since their inception, most genuine eco resorts in the country have been frontrunners for responsible sustainable practices such as local reforestation programs, recycling programs, energy conservation, water conservation, land conservation, toxic reduction and local community development efforts. Some of the more popular and well known resorts have also had the distinction of winning several green awards and certificates by the country’s tourism departments.Read More
Price: $800-$2000/week for retreats
Features: Ocean view, spa, yoga, organic food, surfing, infinity pool
Dramatically located on a cliff edge against a spectacular ocean backdrop in Montezuma, Anamaya Yoga Retreat is a heady natural hide-out surrounded by pristine waterfalls, lush virgin rainforests and sultry tropical beaches. The term “anamaya” literally means good health in Sanskrit, and yoga retreat deftly epitomizes this virtue. It offers guests a complete eco-retreat experience right down to organic meals, yoga classes, local nature excursions and grand spa services. Top this with special fire dancing sessions, circus entertainment, comfortable accommodation options and personalized hospitality; and you have an intoxicating eco-vacation concoction that can seldom go wrong.Read More
Costa Rica is an amazing green tropical country with a lot of beaches and natural eco-friendly spots. It is a great idea to enjoy your holiday in Costa Rica by joining a Yoga retreat offered by a Yoga center. There are a lot of Yoga studios, eco-lodges and hotels nestled different parts of the country offering different types of Yoga retreat, workshops and packages. Some Yoga retreats also combined with surfing and many centers customize the Yoga retreat including all the necessary facilities to ensure its guests enjoy complete comfort. Some Yoga Retreat centers are set on the mountains surrounded by green forest and some are on a beachfront area. Depending on your interest you can choose the center and take the Yoga Retreat packages. Some centers also customized the Yoga retreat packages depending on the practitioners level and desire. Some centers offer private retreat and some arranges for a group of yogis. Costa Rica also has some Yoga retreat centers where a Yoga teacher can go with students and rent a space for a Yoga workshop. There are also some Yoga retreat centers which offers Yoga Teacher Training Program including many other facilities. It is found that Yoga retreats which are located near to the beach with surfing areas, are more desired as the guests can incorporate Yoga with Surf lessons. In Costa Rica, there are many Yoga retreats which not only combine the Yoga retreat with surf lesson rather also include many other activities to make the visitors vacation memorable and those activities include snorkeling, kayaking, boating, fishing, windsurfing, cruise in the Caribbean sea, hiking, bird watching, ATV tour, nature walk and many more. Here goes some of the best Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica:
Nestled on a hilltop above the freewheeling beach town of Montezuma, Anamaya Resort is a a health-oriented exotic boutique hotel with a special focus on yoga. Surrounded by lush green rainforest, this resort is a stone’s throw away from the popular waterfalls. This resort focuses on holistic wellness and offers several types of Yoga classes and and beachfront yoga retreats along with a range of luxurious spa services,organic meals thrice a day and also an inspiring assortment of creatively designed retreat packages, and workshops all in respect to the body, mind and spirit. Since opening in December of 2009, Anamaya Resort is offering several yoga teacher training each year and this program usually for one month long. While practicing the Yoga workouts on its expansive yoga deck, you will enjoy enjoy watching the amazing view of the surrounding area. Anamaya also offers other unique services such as circus entertainment, fire dancing, local tours and serene accommodation options.
Call: (+506) 2642-1289
More info: http://www.costaricaecolodges.net/anamaya-yoga-retreat/
Blue Spirit, one of the Premiere Yoga Retreat centers, is located in Nosara, Costa Rica. Working with three motto-Personal training, pleasing environment and spiritual wellness, this retreat center offers a variety of Yoga courses. These courses are uniquely designed and focused on different purposes. This retreat center offers standard facilities, vegetarian cuisine, comfortable accommodation, holistic spa services and also many excursion.
More info: http://www.costarica-yoga-retreats.com/blue-spirit-retreats/
This quaint and comfortable wellness resort is located in the beautiful Southern Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica. It offers a series of relaxing and rejuvenating Yoga retreats to help yogis enjoy a wholesome vacation. Located a steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches of the country, this center has a goal to offer 7-nights and 4-nights retreats that are affordable to travelers on a budget while giving plenty of opportunities for adventure and serenity. While staying at Casa Zen for Yoga retreat, you can also enjoy surfing, flying through the jungle on a zip line tour, exploring raw food nutrition or can enjoy soothing massage. It has a treetop yoga deck that remains open for yogis of all levels with its daily classes. It also customize its yoga packages depending on a group’s preferences. All the Yoga classes and retreats (focuses on the Hatha Vinyasa style) are directed by experienced professional instructors. Casa Zen also offers interval training classes.
Call: (+506) 2640 0523
Formally known as ‘Bamboo Yoga Play’, Danyasa eco-resort is a perfect place for the nature lovers who want to do Yoga workouts in a natural setting. Developed by Sofia, who also conducts Yoga sessions on it, Danyasa offers 200 hour Arts Teacher Training that is applicable for the 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registry as well. While staying at this yoga retreat center you will learn how to live artfully when you will learn healing yoga. It also teaches how to combine writing, dance, visual arts and other aspects of human life with Yoga and you will also enjoy watching the magic unfold.
Set right on the idyllic beaches of Nicoya Peninsula, in the midst of a pristine tropical jungle, Florblanca Resort is an award-wining property. This resort overlooks world famous surf of Playa Santa Teresa. Since the opening of its sea-side open-air Yoga deck, this resort is offering daily Yoga classes and customized yoga retreats. It offers different retreats which are especially created to meet the needs of a group.
More info: http://www.costaricaecolodges.net/flor-blanca-resort/
Developed in 2000, Luna Lodge is set in the pristine and captivating Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park. It is a self contained eco-lodge, secluded in the tropical rain forest. There is a 1600 square feet open-air rustically elegant retreat center that is ideally designed to accommodate a large group of yogis. Yoga instructors from other places can visit this place with their group of students to enjoy Yoga sessions or workshops.
Montezuma Yoga center offers several yoga classes for all levels and these classes are customized on the basis of day to day set ups. You will enjoy doing the workouts in its open, wooden pavilion in a natural setting. Yoga classes are also held on the places that are chosen depending on the practitioner’s preferences. This resort also offers all the necessary Yoga props.
Call: +506 8704-1632 • 2642-1311
Surrounded by the magic of lush jungle and beach, Nosara Yoga Institute especially renowned for its professional Yoga training courses. It frequently offers different types of Yoga retreats which are directed by experienced Yoga instructors. Its founders Amba and Don Stapleton help the practitioners of the training program to develop personal yoga practice and also guide the yoga teachers or instructors.
Call: (506) 2682-0071
PachaMama is situated in a valley amid forest in Costa Rica. It offers perfect environment to enjoy Yoga workouts and meditation. This small village offers detoxification program and few services that will allow you to improve your physical and spiritual growth. It offers Yoga classes that are customized for the beginners as well as for the advanced student. All the classes are directed by experienced Yoga teachers who will help you to get relaxed and foster oneness in your body, mind and soul. It offers Yoga retreats, workshops and courses throughout the year and additionally it arranges daily yoga classes and bi annual Yoga Teacher Training program.
Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat has a Yoga studio overlooking amazing ocean-view. While doing your yoga workouts at this studio, you will enjoy watching the stunning ocean view as well as listening to the natural track created by leaves, singing birds and wind sound. The total environment will make your sessions unforgettably effective and enjoyable. It offers 3day/5day/7day yoga packages and all other necessary facilities and amenities to ensure you enjoy a comfortable stay. You can also enjoy one hour massage session and get yourself renewed, refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. This retreat also offers healthy meals prepared with organic food products and you will also have green juices that will make you feel refreshed and energetic.
Call: +(506) 2640-0852
More info: http://www.costaricaecolodges.net/pranamar-villas-and-yoga-retreat/
Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat is considered as as one of the famous Wellness and Yoga destination. It offers a variety of packages including physical workouts, comfortable accommodation, and also delicious meals. In this retreat center you will get the opportunity to make a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit in an oasis of beauty, tranquility and home like environment. It instructors offer their own unique style of Hatha yoga twice a day except on Wednesdays. It welcomes nightly guests to attend for $15 a class per person by registering at the reception area.
Rancho Delicioso is a 60-acre eco village located between Montezuma and Santa Teresa, on the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Their inexpensive week-long (7 day / 6 night) program offers daily yoga, up to eight permaculture courses, and various other activities such as aerial silk dance, raw chocolate-making, and archery. During the week, guests will do jungle hikes such as to swim in a large waterfall, hit a couple of the area’s beautiful beaches, enjoy a swimming pool, and more. Organic food is served, much of which is grown at Rancho Delicioso. In addition, a second retreat option has a focus on surfing, and participants will head to the beach every day to either learn (if beginners) or sample various waves in the area.
Perched into the jungle, up on the mountain above Puerto Viejo, Samasati Nature Retreat offers a variety of Yoga session, packages, teacher training program workshops. This retreat center will allow you to enjoy your own customized Yoga sessions and tours and also can opt for Tailor-made activities. Yoga sessions offered by the center include ‘Partner Yoga Retreat’ and ‘Yoga Retreat for Women’, ‘Yoga week for Single Travelers’ and ‘Yoga Teacher Training’. It customize its Yoga classes for the beginners as well as for the advanced yogis. All the classes are guided by experienced instructor Stephanie McKenzie.
Located in the heart of the Hermosa “surf zone”, Shaka Beach Retreat has private yoga studio at the base of the property. This studio is nestled in the tropical surroundings of the jungle where you will enjoy practicing your workouts with the natural track as well as watching amazing surrounding view. It welcomes its guests to join in the daily yoga classes with its experienced yoga teacher. It offers a Vinyasa style yoga practice in which movement is synchronized with the breath.
Call: (506) 2640-1118
For the sake of civilization, with industrialization and development in this era of consumerism, we are making a lot of changes and alteration in our surrounding nature. As a result we have to experience many types of unprecedented problems and challenges such as climate change, loss of habitat, social disconnection, environmental degradation, lack of food sovereignty and many more. These challenges are happened due to the unsustainable use of finite resources and the western way of living along with the unsustainable farming practices. To overcome these problems we need to make some positive changes. ‘Permaculture’ is a great way to start the positive changes and protect our nature from any kind of danger. Derived from ‘Permanent’ and ‘Culture’, Permaculture is a a philosophy & an approach to land and Yoga is a philosophy of life and an approach to our physical and psychological health. It is based on mimicking efficient patterns and relationships found in nature.Read More
Surf camp can be defined simply as a camp for surfers but it doesn’t mean so simple. Surf Camp is one of the most fun and effective ways of spending a holiday when one can learn the techniques of surfing as well as a memorable vacation with closed one. Surf Camps also let the visitor to meet different people come from different places. For visiting a surf camp, one doesn’t need to know how to surf but need to know swim. Sur Camps offers learning programs adapt to each person’s level. Some surf camps offer transportation from the camp to the beach and some have other facilities like equipment rental, surf shop, accommodation, restaurant and other necessary facilities. With a lot of beaches, Costa Rica is a popular surfing destination. There are many beaches which are less crowded and has a lot of breaks, swells and surf shops. People who are interested in learning how to surf but don’t have any previous experience and also those who are already advanced in surfing and want to develop their skill, all will find several opportunities in Costa Rica. Here goes some of the surf camps to choose from and enjoy your journey in Costa Rica:
Rancho Delicioso now offers a unique week-long “PSP” surf camp retreat in an eco village on the pacific side of Costa Rica. Located between the surf towns of Montezuma and Santa Teresa, participants will be taken to the best spot each day for the conditions and their skill level. When not surfing, guests of the program will take courses in Permaculture, learning about organic farming, sustainable building, animal husbandry, and many other related things, including classes in aerial silk, archery, raw chocolate making, and mroe. This unique program should definitely be checked out, and it’s also one of the least expensive surf camps in Costa Rica.
Call: (+506) 8844-4726
Anamaya’s Soul Surfer Retreat is especially designed for those who want to learn how to surf or the first time and also for those who are already advanced in surfing and want to develop their skill to new heights. Its experienced instructors give individual attention and ensure the students can reach their goals. This retreat includes daily yoga classes, 5 surf lessons and board rents, beach bonfire excursion, waterfall hike, circus performance. Each day a van takes the guests to the best possible surf spots in the area, depends on the waves and tide condition and the dynamics of the group. Two favorite spots are Playa Grande in Montezum and Playa Hermos in Santa Teresa that you will visit.
Call: (+506) 2642-1289
Bluetrailz Surf Camp is situated in the surf town of Tamarindo. This hostel offers a small scale approach to their surf camp, with a personal touch. It offers surf packages for beginner and advanced surfers. It also offers packages that incorporate surfing with other activities such as yoga and mountain biking.
Call: +506 2653 1705
At Corky Carroll’s Surf School does not focus on one way of teaching surfing ocean knowledge rather you will learn about how to use a variety of tools and methods. Surf school site is only a short distance from the beach and the 80 degree water. With the help of instructors, you can surf up to 3 times a day. Lesson begins with proper paddling techniques and surfboard management. Surf location is Nosara, which is a four minute walk to Playa Guiones, a 3.5 mile stretch of beautiful white sand.
In all of Costa Rica, Costa Rica Surf Camp is the premiere surf camp and surf school. It is considered as one of the best surf camp in the southern pacific area of the country.According to the student’s skills and age, the surf camp arranges lesson and its destination. The team usually groups people depending on three categories-beginners, intermediate and advanced level surfers.
The Costa Rica Surf Club is a ISA or International Surfing Association accredited surf school in Tamarindo. For its superb services, innovative surf classes and professionalism, this surf club is popular among locals and tourists. Its instructors are also ISA certified, with a minimum of four years surfing experience and at least 2 years of teaching surfing. It organizes surf classes in exceptional surf spots including places like Playa Tamarindo, Playa Negra, Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock. It ensures the surfers have complete safety and proper instruction.
Call: (506) 2653-0130
Costa Rica Surf Institute is located in Tamarindo. It offers a comprehensive clinical approach to teaching the sport. In this institute you will not only learn the skills to ride a wave but also the whole science of surfing itself.
Del Mar Surf Camp was developed in 2001. It is a women-only surf camp providing fantastic facilities. It is owned by a female and native Costa Rican. It offers daily surf lessons, surf coaching, all-inclusive surf camps and many more. All the lessons are directed by its instructors who are certified in CPR.
Located on the sparkling white sand beach of Playa Dominical, Green Iguana Surf Camp is well known in Costa Rica for its professional attitude, originality and individualized services. It offers surf packages including accommodations, daily surf instructions, round trip transportation, daily surf adventures to different breaks, surfboards and stand-up paddling gear and other necessary surf accessories and many more.
Situated in Puerto Viejo, in the province of Limon, Hostel Crocodile Surf Camp is a budget oriented surf school and hostel. This hostel offers some surf expeditions to all the best surf breaks found in Puerto Viejo and nearby areas. It offers surf sessions for all the surfers including beginners, Intermediate or an advanced surfers. All the classes are directed by professional instructors.
Situated in the beach town of Montezuma on the Pacific Coast, La Escuela del Sol is La Escuela del Sol is one of the best surf camps in Costa Rica. Most of its classes are revolved around Montezuma’s Playa Grande but if the group improves enough, instructors will take them to some other breaks in the area.
Call: (011-506) 8884-8444
This surf camp is world famous for providing great accommodation and amazing surf experience. It provides great surf adventures on the planet. You will enjoy surfing in unique, bucket-list locations around the world which are perfect for the surfers of all skill levels.
Call: +47 46 63 97 42
Ollie’s Point Surf Camp is situated close to the Ollie’s Point (a famous surf break with world class waves), in the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica. With its affordable services, comfortable accommodations, and satisfactory facilities, this surf camp is ideal for families, couples, groups of friends and backpackers of all ages and skills. It offers surf classes and trips to Ollie’s Point, Witch’s Rock and Tamarindo.
Situated in the northern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste, Playa Grande Surf Camp is in the heart of the nature Preserve-Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste. This camp is located less then 10 meters from the beach of Playa Grande. It offers surf classes for surfers of all levels and these classes are divided into three groups-beginners, intermediate and advanced depending upon the skills of the students.
Safari Surf is more than a “surf school”, offering authentic surf vacations, surfing lessons, accommodations and local experiences in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is a family-owned surf school, a perfect place to immerse yourself in an authentic sustainable surf vacation experience.
Situated in the heart of the Hermosa “surf zone”, Shaka Surf Camp designs its classes to your level of experience. Its experienced surf coaches helps its novice surfers to achieve their goal and help its advanced surfers to fine-tune their skills. You can choose the surf packages that will suit you best and let them know your level so that they can find the right conditions for you.
Call: (506) 2640-1118
Situated directly on Tamarindo main beach, Tamarindo Surf School is the first of its kind founded in Costa Rica. For years it has been providing our clients with unforgettable memories of their first wave ever surfed. It teaching methos is based on experience and knowledge acquired over years of surfing. Its instructors are local who will not only guarantee you will stand up and ride your first waves in just one lesson but also introduce you with Costa Rican culture.
Located in Jaco Beach Costa Rica, Tortuga Surf School & Camps, is the leading organization of authentic Costa Rican surfing experiences. It offers surfing lessons for beginners, kids and even older adults. Its English, Spanish and French speaking staff are ISA (international surfing association) & Lifeguard certified. They ensure everyone have an extremely safe experience.
Call: 011 (506) 2643-3348
Situated in Uvita, in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica, Uvita 360 Surf Camp is a perfect place for surfers, stand up paddlers, and also kayakers. This camp offers amazing services to surfers of all levels. The camp offers daily half day surf sessions which are planned according to the students’ skills.
Call: (506) 8586-8745
Located on the beautiful beach of Playa Hermosa, on the Central Pacific coast, The Las Olas Surf Camp is is a luxury ocean front surf camp. Operated by a famous American surf tour company, Wave Hunters, the Las Olas Surf Camp offers elegant lodging options, a fancy beachfront restaurant, surf packages and many amenities to ensure you enjoy a comfortable, enjoyable and safe surf retreat.
Call: 760-494-7391 (7392)
More info: http://www.costaricajourneys.com/wave-hunters-las-olas-surf-camp/
This surf camp is situated on Playa Tamarindo. This superb surfing community is family oriented and professional to the core. Witch’s Rock surf camp surf lessons and instructions will be given by a set of highly advanced surfers who are qualified to teach as well. This camp also arranges guided beginner’s surf trips to surf breaks right on Playa Tamarindo. It also offers surf sessions for the surfers of all ages.
Call: +506 2653 1238
Located in Playa Hermosa de Cabano on the northern pacific coast of Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Zopilote Surf Camp is operated by a team of professional surf coaches. This camp also offers several best value packages featuring competitive prices, exclusive amenities and excellent surf lessons.
Call: +506 264 00541
Situated along the shores of the Nicoya Peninsula’s spectacular Santa Teresa beach, Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat is an intimate consciously designed eco-lodge. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a relaxed vacation close to the nature and maintain your Yoga workouts, you will find this lodge perfect. This lodge is nestled very close to Playa Santa Teresa (one of the country’s finest and most consistent surf spots) that makes it heavenly for the surf lovers.Read More
Laguna Lodge is situated in Tortuguero, along Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean Zone. Sits on fifteen acres of land full of trees and exotic plants and an open butterfly garden, this is an eco-touristic lodge. This eco-lodge is constructed on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. This surrounding area is rich in its bio diversity and there are some wonderful lakes, rivers and wetlands with a lush jungle of primary forests and exotic plants. If you want to watch beautiful green sea turtles, you will find this region as the most important nesting site in the entire Western half of the Caribbean. Since 1990 this lodge is working hard to increase the awareness of sustainable living and has been growing to become the leading hotel in the area. Beach-goers and the people who love to enjoy beach activities, they will find this lodge perfect as it has direct access to the beach.Read More
Situated in the heart of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula, Cacao Monkeys is a sustainable and environmentally friendly hotel. With its 3.5ha of an intense secondary forest and cocoa plantations with over 25 years of planting, the hotel property and its surrounding area is rich in its biodiversity. This area is home to a variety of different species of wild animals including insects, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and many colorful birds. People who are seeking a eco friendly place for enjoying a memorable vacation close to nature as well as want to enjoy a variety of beach activities, they can choose this lodge. The owner and staff of the hotel trying hard to improve the sustainable awareness among all the guests and the people living close to the lodge. They are also working for the development of the local community without making any change in the nature.Read More
Hotel Playa Cielo is a ecological beachfront hotel, set along the shores of the Nicoya Peninsula’s Playa Santa Teresa on the Pacific Ocean. This hotel is nestled close to some renowned beaches and some of the best surf spots of the country that will allow the surf lovers and beach-goers enjoy a heavenly retreat. From the lodge within walking distance you will find a variety of restaurants, supermarkets and shops of Santa Teresa.Read More