Costa Rica

Yoga | Surf | Stand Up Paddle

Our Santa Teresa, Costa Rica 2024 yoga retreats unfold on a pristine beach lined by wild jungle and gifted with mesmerizing sunsets. Dive into your yoga practice and learn to surf or stand-up paddle (SUP) in the warm ocean waters of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Vajra Sol is known for offering the best retreats on the beach. Our Costa Rica yoga retreat venue is located in the vibrant and laid-back beach town of Santa Teresa. It is known for its beautiful scenery and great year-round surf. Santa Teresa is ideal for those seeking a more secluded escape into nature.

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Experts

We have been offering yoga, surfing, and stand-up paddle retreats in Costa Rica for more than 15 years. Our retreats offer simple luxury style in a jungle beach setting with an intimate ambiance and phenomenal ocean views. Our beautiful retreat accommodations are located in the quieter northern area of Santa Teresa, just a few minutes walk to the beach.


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dates | Costa Rica

February 18 – 24, 2024 (no availability)

March 10 – 16, 2024

April 7 – 13, 2024

July 7 – 13, 2024

December 8 – 14, 2024

*November 9 – 14, 2024*

 

* These dates are the mini luxury yoga & wellness retreat in Costa Rica.
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Retreat Activities

Pure Yoga

Yoga classes on the Costa Rica retreat are every day and perfect for those wanting a deeper immersion into their personal practice. The style of yoga is creative, dynamic, and inclusive of all levels of experience. Classes are slow flow vinyasa with restorative yoga and special guided meditations. Yoga is included for everyone on the retreat.

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stand up paddle

On the guided stand-up paddle (SUP) tours, enjoy time out on the ocean water or gliding along a calm creek lined by mangroves, home to exotic birdlife and fauna. The SUP Yoga Retreat includes three outings to different locations around Santa Teresa. Expect breathtaking views along the Nicoya Peninsula.

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surfing

Learn to surf in Santa Teresa for a thrilling and safe adventure in the warm waves under the guidance of experienced instructors. The retreat’s surf spot is a long beach break with a sandy bottom that is perfect for beginners to the more experienced. For personalized attention, we have a maximum of two students per instructor.

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About the Retreat

Between the Ocean and the Jungle

Our Costa Rica yoga retreat is held at beautiful private villas nestled on a hillside with spectacular views over the treetops to the Pacific Ocean. It is a 300-meter walk to the beach which stretches along three miles of pristine coastline. The property is designed with subtle elegance and a light and modern minimalist beach style. The resort features:

  • 11 simple luxury villas and rooms with garden and ocean views
  • lush tropical gardens and landscaping
  • a common dipping pool and an open-air lounge area
  • free Wi-Fi and complimentary filtered drinking water
  • a private chef who prepares delicious, healthy meals
  • a concierge service

The welcoming “pura vida” setting makes it easy to drop into the warmth and serenity of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

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Retreat Highlights

Vajra Sol’s Costa Rica yoga retreat allows you to disconnect from a busy lifestyle, enjoy a slower pace, and have some fun in the sun and surf.

  • (6) nights accommodations
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga class
  • Guided meditation included in class
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ocean activities (all levels):
    • (4) surf lessons  – OR
    • (3) SUP excursions
  • 1-hour relaxation massage
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination
  • Plenty of beach and chill time

*The price is US $250 less for the Pure Yoga only option (no surfing/SUP lessons).*

Retreat Price and Accommodations

2024 prices are per person in US $. (*Click here to see room availability before booking.*)

Deluxe Garden Room

Ground-level private rooms with garden and partial ocean views and outdoor lounge area. Each spacious room has a king-size bed or two twin beds, a bathroom with a glass-walled shower, a separate toilet room, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and access to a safe in the office. Available for 1 or 2 people. (Size 20 m²)

$2,575 – Single Room
$2,150 per person – Shared Double Room 

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, please let us know and we will try to match you with another guest of the same gender. The double rate is not guaranteed if there is no roommate.

Deluxe Ocean Room

Upper-level private room with an impressive ocean view. Each stunning room has a king-size bed or two twin beds, a bathroom with a glass-walled shower, a separate toilet room, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerator, and access to a safe in the office. Available for 1 or 2 people. (Size 25 m²)

$2,750 – Single Room
$2,300 per person – Shared Double Room

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, please let us know and we will try to match you with another guest of the same gender. The double rate is not guaranteed if there is no roommate.

Bungalow Suite with Plunge Pool

The Bungalow Suite is a spacious room with a king-size bed or two twin beds, a sitting area, a large shower room, a separate toilet, refrigerator, and an outdoor kitchenette on the terrace. It is on the upper level (below is a Garden Room) and offers a little luxury with a private plunge pool and a large terrace. Enjoy spectacular ocean views from your bed! Includes air conditioning, ceiling fan, coffee machine, and laptop safe. Available for 1 or 2 people. (Size 40 m²)

$3,400 – Single Bungalow Suite
$2,600 per person – Shared double occupancy

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, please let us know and we will try to match you with another guest of the same gender. The double rate is not guaranteed if there is no roommate.

Villa Suite with Private Pool

Each spacious Villa Suite has a bedroom with king-size bed, a full bathroom, kitchen, lounge area, and opens to a large furnished terrace with an ocean view. The Suite on the ground level has a private swimming pool. The Suite on the upper level does not. Amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee machine, laptop safe. Available for 1 or 2 people. (Size 45 m²)

Villa Suite with private pool (ground level)
$3,650 – Single occupancy

$2,750 per person – Shared double occupancy

Villa Suite (upper level; no private pool)
$3,050 – Single Bedroom

$2,450 per person – Shared Double Bedroom

Two-Bedroom Villa with Plunge Pool

This two-level, two-bedroom/two-bathroom Villa is perfect for friends traveling together who want to enjoy more space and privacy than a single room. On the ground level, the villa has a kitchen, a half-bathroom, living area with sofa bed, dining area. It opens to a private plunge pool and spacious terrace with partial ocean views. Upstairs are two bedrooms with a king-size bed or two twin beds. Each has an in-room glass-walled shower and sink. The toilet room is shared in the hallway. Amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, refrigerator, kitchenware, coffee machine, laptop safe. Available for 2 to 4 people. (Size 130 m²)

$3,050 – Single Bedroom
$2,450 per person – Shared Double Bedroom

Both bedrooms must be booked. If you are a solo traveler and would like to share a bedroom or have a single bedroom and share the villa, please inquire before booking and we will try to match you with another retreat guest/s. The shared rate is not guaranteed if there is no one else booking the villa.

*NEW* Premium Two-bedroom Villa with Plunge Pool

This luxurious two-level villa is for travelers who want more upscale accommodations and serene privacy. On the ground/entrance level the villa features a fully equipped kitchen, living/dining area. It has a private plunge pool and spacious terrace. The level below are two bedrooms each with a king-size bed, bathroom, balcony. There are expansive ocean views from all rooms. Amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, refrigerator, kitchenware, coffee machine, laptop safe, washing machine. Available for 2 to 4 people. (Size 140 m²)

$3,550 – Single Bedroom
$2,850 per person – Shared Double Bedroom

There is a two-person minimum occupancy (This can be for a couple at a single rate per person and no one will be booked in the second bedroom). If you are a solo traveler and would like to share the villa please inquire before booking and we will try to match you with another retreat guest/s. The shared rate is not guaranteed if there is no one else booking the villa.

A Day on Retreat
7:00 AM
Coffee/Tea, light snack
8:00 AM
Surfing and SUP
10:30 AM
Brunch
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Free Time (lunch bag to-go)
4:00 PM
Yoga
6:30 PM
Dinner
[Schedule will vary depending on tides.]

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Room Availability Update | Retreats February - April 2024

*Rooms Currently Open*

FEBRUARY 18 – 24, 2024:
INQUIRE BEFORE BOOKING.

deluxe Garden Rooms (sold out)

deluxe Ocean Rooms (sold out)

(1) Bungalow Suite (sold out)

Villa Suite (sold out)

2BR/2BA Villa (sold out)

Premium 2BR/2BA Villa (sold out)


MARCH 10 – 16, 2024: *INQUIRE BEFORE BOOKING. Rooms noted as available are tentative.*

deluxe Garden Room (sold out)

deluxe Ocean Room (sold out)

Bungalow Suite (sold out)

(1) Villa Suite with private pool (ground level)

(1) Villa Suite (upper level; no private pool) (sold out)

2BR/2BA Villa (sold out)

(1) Premium 2BR/2BA Villa (sold out)


APRIL 7 – 13, 2024:  BOOK NOW

deluxe Garden Rooms (sold out)

deluxe Ocean Rooms (sold out)

(1) Bungalow Suite (sold out)

(1) Villa Suite with private pool (ground level) (tentatively available; please inquire)

(1) Villa Suite (upper level; no private pool)

(1) 2BR/2BA Villa

Premium 2BR/2BA Villa (sold out)

DECEMBER 8 – 14, 2024:  BOOK NOW

(4) deluxe Garden Rooms

(2) deluxe Ocean Rooms

(1) Bungalow Suite (sold out)

(1) Villa Suite with private pool (ground level)

(1) Villa Suite (upper level; no private pool)

(1) 2BR/2BA Villa with pool

(1) Premium 2BR/2BA Villa with pool

What are tourist entry requirements for Costa Rica?

A valid passport and a return (outbound) ticket are required for entry to Costa Rica for U.S., Canadian, and EU passport holders. For other nationalities, check with your country’s Costa Rican embassy for entry requirements.

See the Costa Rican government’s Institue of Tourism website for more information – Visit Costa Rica

What is included in the Costa Rica yoga retreat price?

Included in Retreat Cost:

  • (6) nights accommodations
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga session
  • Special restorative yoga, yoga nidra, guided meditation
  • (4) surfing lessons OR
 (3) SUP outings (equipment and transportation included)*
  • 1-hour massage
  • Complimentary use of yoga mats & props
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • Vajra Sol gift
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination
  • Assistance with organizing domestic transfers from the airport, information source for travel within Costa Rica before or after the retreat.

* Pure Yoga Option: If you want to opt-out of surfing or SUP lessons and only participate in the yoga, the retreat price is US $250 less. You can adjust your payment total at check-out when you fill out your reservation.

Not Included in Retreat Cost:

  • Airfare to/from Costa Rica
  • Domestic transportation within Costa Rica to the retreat location
  • Gratuities for wait staff, massage, surf/SUP instructors
  • 1 lunch, drinks/food outside meals, alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
How do I get to the retreat destination?

Book your plane ticket to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (code SJO), Costa Rica’s capital city or the other international airport in Liberia (code LIR) which is in the NW of the country.

Plan to arrive in Playa Santa Teresa, our retreat location, by mid/late afternoon on Sunday.

To transfer to Santa Teresa, you can travel by domestic flight or ground shuttle.

A domestic flight is the fastest and easiest travel option. The airstrip closest to our retreat town of Santa Teresa is in Cobano. The domestic airlines that service Cobano from San Jose or Liberia airports are Sansa (www.flysansa.com) and Green Airways (www.costaricagreenair.com; only from San Jose). The flight is about 30 minutes. (Note for return guests, Tambor is no longer the airstrip for Santa Teresa.)

From Cobano it is a 20-minute drive to Santa Teresa. We will arrange for a driver to meet you on your arrival and bring you to the retreat and also for your flight out (This transfer is not included. Cost is about US $40 per trip and divided by passengers). If you arrive at the same time as other guests we will arrange for you to share the ride and cost.

Shuttle services between San Jose or Liberia (pick-up at airport or hotel) and Santa Teresa depart 1-2 times daily depending on the season. From either location, the approximate travel time is about five hours. If coming from San Jose this includes a scenic 70-minute ferry ride across the Gulf of Nicoya.

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When does the retreat begin and end?

Check-in is at 3:00 PM on Sunday. The retreat starts in the late afternoon at 4 PM with a welcome yoga class followed by an orientation and dinner.

The retreat ends on Saturday after breakfast. Check-out is at 11:00 AM. No activities are scheduled on this day.

What type of yoga is taught in the classes? How much yoga experience do I need?

The retreat is led by an experienced yoga teacher who guides you through revitalizing, informative, and grounding yoga classes.

The yoga classes are a combination of centering conditioning movements and slow-flow vinyasa to enliven one’s energy, enhance flexibility and mobility, and build strength. Classes are structured so that participants may learn and advance their practice. Each class is specifically sequenced around a theme based on the Hatha tradition.

We have one 1.5-hour yoga class each day that can either be in the morning or afternoon depending on the best conditions for the surfing lessons and SUP outings.

All levels of yoga experience are welcome, from beginners to more seasoned practitioners, to those who are in the professed “I-am-so-out-of-practice” state!

The precept is: Come as you are. Start where you are.

Do I need experience in surfing or stand-up paddle?

Not at all! Most of our retreat guests are first-timers or beginners to surfing and stand-up paddle (SUP). The instructors with take good care of you; safety first and then all the fun!

For those who are more experienced with surfing, an instructor will be assigned to work with your skill level specifically.

Stand-up paddlers all go out together at a location different from the surfers where there is calmer water, either ocean or river. If you have more experience, the instructor can take you further out in the ocean for a longer paddle.

What is the weather like in Santa Teresa?

The dry season or summertime in Costa Rica is from December through April. The climate is tropical and Pacific coastal temperatures average from mid-80s F to low 90s F during the day and low-mid 70s in the evenings. The rainy season, or green season, is from May to early November. June through August and November is when there is typically less rain and a second high season for visiting Costa Rica. This is also a great time to visit with the landscape being vibrantly green and lush! Temperatures are similar to the summer months.

We only offer our retreats at the most favorable times of the year.

What are the meals like?

The retreat starts with dinner on day one and ends with breakfast on the last day. Catered meals are at our villas with private dining and one or two dinners are at restaurants in Santa Teresa where we can enjoy a fun, local atmosphere.

Meals are prepared by our chef and are a healthy, primarily organic, fusion style. 

Special diets such as vegetarian/vegan, gluten/dairy free, and allergies can be accommodated. If you have a severe allergy or very strict dietary restriction please check with us before booking.

What are the optional activities?

A variety of tours and activities are offered outside of the retreat package. Wednesday is a free day from surfing and SUP when guests can sign up for these activities. Reservations can be made upon arrival.

  • Rainforest canopy tour (zip-lining)
  • Guided nature hike in the Cabo Blanco Nature reserve
  • Horseback riding along the beach or into the countryside
  • ATV rental to explore on your own or on a guided tour
  • Tour to Montezuma town and waterfalls
  • Boat and snorkeling tour to Tortuga Island
  • Deep-sea fishing tour with private boat
  • Massage and spa treatments
What is the average group size?

The retreat is limited to 14 persons to ensure quality and personalized attention for each guest. There is a minimum of six persons required to run a retreat. Many guests are single/solo travelers. Please feel very welcome to come on your own. It will be an incredible experience!

Can I stay at the retreat hotel extra nights?

You are welcome to arrive earlier or depart later than the retreat dates and stay at the retreat hotel. Please contact us to check on availability and we will send you the nightly rate. Or ask us for recommendations of other places to stay in Santa Teresa.

What is the payment and cancelation policy?

Payment and Cancelation Policy

A non-refundable US $500 deposit confirms a reservation. Full payment is due 45 days prior to the first date of the retreat.

Should a guest need to cancel 45 days or less prior to the first day of the retreat, for whatever reason, we will not be able to provide a refund or credit for any payment.

No refund or credit will be given for arriving late, departing a retreat early, or for meals/activities in which one does not participate. In the unlikely event Vajra Sol needs to cancel a retreat for a non-force majeure reason a full refund will be given.

If force majeure (e.g. pandemic, natural disaster, government travel restrictions, etc.) causes a retreat to be canceled, alternative dates will be offered to reschedule the retreat within one year and 100% of the guest payment will be transferred to the rescheduled retreat. In this case, when a retreat cannot be held due to causes beyond our control, no refund of payments can be provided.

We strongly advise on the purchase of travel insurance at the time of booking your retreat in the case of any unexpected events or changes to your plans before or during your trip. 

Check the travel insurance provided by iTravelInsured which is affiliated with IMG (International Medical Group) to see if it meets your needs. You may customize what you need for travel and/or international emergency medical insurance. Check with your home health insurance provider to see if and for what you are covered when traveling outside your home country.

It is our best intention to lessen the concerns around booking a retreat by offering additional flexibility with retreat cancelations in this era of COVID-19 travel. It is important you are comfortable with your travel plans. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to provide additional information.

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Packing List

What to Bring on a Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

This list includes suggestions for what to pack for your retreat at the beach (this is not an exhaustive list). For more details, see our Yoga Retreat Packing List: Costa Rica.

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Guest Reviews

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“After only 6 days, I was surprised by how I felt both stronger from surfing and a consistent yoga practice, and relaxed and renewed. I am already recommending Vajra Sol to friends and family, and intend to return for another week in paradise.” 

- Elizabeth, San Francisco

“This was my third retreat with Vajra Sol and it just keeps getting better. It truly is an adventure: from your trip to Santa Teresa through the jungle, to surfing in the warm waters of the Pacific on the most stunning beach, to the outdoor yoga sessions surrounded by the sounds of Costa Rican wildlife in the distance…there’s really nothing else like it.”

- Greta, Ontario

“I can’t say enough about Sandra and her attentiveness to each of us; she has a very special gift. I came on the retreat looking to put some things in the past and begin anew; I left with a true sense of renewal and I haven’t stopped smiling since I got back. Pura Vida & Namaste!

- Steve, Connecticut