My Pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica for 2022
Home to some of the world’s most amazing nature, wildlife and biodiversity, Costa Rica has become one of the world’s most popular destinations for eco-tourism. Costa Rica is famous amongst travellers that want to see the country’s spectacular flora and fauna, go trekking and enjoy bird watching. It’s also a hot spot for healing and yoga retreats thanks to the amazing backdrop it provides and there are a wide variety of excellent yoga retreats in Costa Rica to choose from.
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Costa Rico literally translates to “Rich Coast”, but the stunning beaches are just the start – the volcanoes, jungles, mountains, lakes and waterfalls are also spectacular. It is truly is a magnificent country, and one of the best places in the world to practice yoga surrounded by the healing vibes of nature.
It’s also one of the best surfing destinations in the world and there are many awesome surf camps in Costa Rica too – many of which combine yoga and surfing – the perfect combination!
There is a wide range of yoga retreats in Costa Rica to choose from and it can be confusing figuring out which retreat is the best for you. I find www.bookyogaretreats.com really useful, it’s like the Booking.com for yoga retreats where you can read reviews from people who’ve already been there themselves. After all, like hotels, not all yoga retreats are created equal and you want your yoga retreat to be relaxing and memorable for all the right reasons!
Costa Rica is open to all nationalities and no longer requires any testing or quarantine. You just need to complete the online health form and have travel insurance that covers coronavirus. Mine is with SafteyWing. Yoga retreats, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions have implemented enhanced hygiene and distancing measures and the country has relatively low cases of Coronavirus but be aware that things can change at any time. Check the most up to date news here. Note that the photos in this article were taken before covid.
To help you choose your perfect Costa Rica yoga holiday, here’s my pick of the best ones.
The Best Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica
A boutique-style sanctuary, Peace Retreat can be found in a remote location surrounded by the Costa Rica jungle. It’s the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and practice five days of yoga. Enjoy an Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Power Yoga morning session and a relaxing Yin evening yoga class. There’s plenty of free time in between to go surfing, head to the beach, go on a volcano excursion or waterfall hiking. You can also book a massage, a private meditation session or a private yoga session. If that’s not enough, Peace Retreat also has a pool, a lounge area and a spa
Another great thing about Peace Retreat is that there are numerous accommodations to choose from. Stay in a cabina constructed with reforested teak wood, a private room above the yoga studio, or a private suite complete with a kitchen and private rooftop deck. Combining yoga, spirituality and the amazing healing power of the nature this is one of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica.
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This Costa Rica yoga retreat is off the beaten path in a small village on top of a hill overlooking Lake Arenal and Arenal volcano. The spectacular views are something out of a National Geographic, making it one of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica for the setting alone.
Spend four blissful days enjoying a daily 75-minute Vinyasa or Yin yoga class, daily guided meditation, daily personal hydrotherapy, three healthy vegetarian meals per day made with organic produce from the onsite permaculture farm and naturopathic teas.
Even though this rainforest retreat is surrounded by nature you don’t have to compromise on comfort. You will be staying in a private room complete with orthopaedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows. As well, Essence Arenal is surrounded by jungle trails and just up the road from the Butterfly Conservatory. It truly is the perfect spot for a quick yoga getaway in spectacular nature.
Surrounded by mango trees and rainforest ambience, AmaTierra retreat invites you to heal and reset in nature. As well as daily hatha yoga and meditation, this experience is rich in optional activities, from soothing spa treatments to invigorating adventures.
Thrill seekers can zipline over jungles and waterfalls, hike the volcano, or take a surf lesson at the nearby beach. Balance this by exploring the nearby stream, floating on a raft in the outdoor pool, or enjoy a quiet moment on your private terrace.
Your suite has a queen-sized bed and bath, encouraging relaxation at every opportunity. All meals are included, making this one of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica and leaving you to relax and focus on doing whatever feeds your soul.
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Sitting just 50 meters from the stunning Santa Teresa beach, Casa Zen Guesthouse and Yoga Center is a boutique hostel and super affordable yoga retreat that’s surrounded by lush gardens and offering stunning views of the beach. You can even hear the relaxing sound of the waves while practicing yoga on the open air balcony of this Costa Rica yoga retreat.
There are numerous Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes offered each and every day, and when booking this yoga retreat in Costa Rica, you have access to as many classes as you would like, so you can practice yoga in the morning, afternoon and evening or you can choose to spend your time hiking, biking, surfing or just relaxing on the beach.
Accommodation is provided in a shared dorm or private room, depending on your budget. Breakfast is also included and there’s two well-equipped communal kitchens for guests to use to prepare other meals. You can also enjoy exploring the nearby local cafes and restaurants.
This is one of the most affordable yoga retreats in Costa Rica with a 5 day retreat starting at only $120! Being able to take unlimited yoga classes makes it even better value for money!
El Sabranero Eco Lodge is located in the remote village of Cañafistula. It’s a stunning property that’s completely surrounded by the lush vegetation that the country is known for, making it one of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica to get back to nature. It’s also a top choice for solo female travellers that want to experience a yoga retreat in Costa Rica in a friendly and non judgements atmosphere.
There are two yoga shalas; one indoors and one outdoors, where you will enjoy two Vinyasa yoga practices a day alongside pranayama, meditation, and chakra balancing workshops. You will also get three gourmet vegetarian meals as well as diet and nutrition tips for living a healthy life.
Five nights accommodation in a private room and airport transfers are included. When you’re not practicing yoga, you can relax at the infinity pool, get a massage or take the free shuttle bus to one of the nearby stunning Pacific coast beaches.
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