Costa Rica

Yoga | Surf | Stand Up Paddle

Our Santa Teresa, Costa Rica yoga retreat unfolds on a pristine beach that is 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 of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Our Costa Rica yoga retreat is located in the colorful town of Santa Teresa, rated one of the top 10 beach destinations in Central America on TripAdvisor. Santa Teresa is known for its beautiful scenery and great year-round surf. Due to its relative remoteness, the area has been protected from over-development and maintains an off-the-beaten-path feel. It is ideal for those seeking a more secluded escape into nature and one of the best yoga retreats on the beach.

Retreat Venue in Santa Teresa

After offering yoga, surfing, and SUP retreats in Costa Rica for more than 10 years, starting in 2020 we began hosting our Santa Teresa yoga retreat at a new venue. It is the same simple luxury style in a jungle beach setting and has a more intimate ambiance and phenomenal ocean views. It is located in the quieter northern area of Santa Teresa and is a short walk to the beach.

See F.A.Q. below for tourist entry requirements to Costa Rica and for U.S. travelers returning to the U.S. with regards to COVID-19. *No COVID-19 test, No COVID-19 vaccine, No quarantine are required for tourists visiting Costa Rica.* 

dates | Costa Rica

December 5 – 11, 2021

Jan 31 – Feb 6, 2022

February 20 – 26, 2022

April 3 – 9, 2022

Retreat Options

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 Yoga style is creative, dynamic, and inclusive of all levels of experience. The type of yoga is slow flow vinyasa plus a special restorative yoga class and guided meditation.

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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 half-day outings to different locations around Santa Teresa with breath-taking 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 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 three students per instructor.

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About the Retreat

Between the Ocean and the Jungle

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

  • nine simple luxury villas and rooms with garden and ocean views
  • lush tropical gardens and landscaping
  • dipping pool and an open-air lounge area
  • free wifi 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 gives you the opportunity to disconnect from a busy lifestyle and to have some fun in the sun and surf.

  • (6) nights accommodations
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga class
  • Guided meditation & yoga nidra class
  • Daily breakfast/brunch and dinner
  • Retreat Options:
    • (4) surf lessons  – OR
    • (3) SUP excursions
  • 1-hour relaxation massage
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination
  • Plenty of beach and chill time

*All common areas on property are open-air and outdoor!*

Retreat Price and Accommodations

2021 - 2022 prices are per person in US $. *Please INQUIRE about 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, mini-refrigerator, and access to a safe in the office. Available for 1 or 2 people. (Size 20 m²)

$2,375 – Single Bedroom
$1,975 per person – Shared Double Bedroom 

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)

$2,575 – Single bedroom
$2,100 per person – Shared double bedroom

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.

Two-Bedroom Villa

The villa is perfect for friends traveling together who want to enjoy more space and privacy than a single room. The villa has a kitchen, lounge area with sofa bed, dining area, and toilet on the ground level and opens to a private swimming pool and terrace. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with a king-size bed or two twins and an in-room glass-walled shower. The toilet is shared in the hallway. Amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, refrigerator, kitchenware, coffee machine, laptop safe, parking. Available for 2 to 4 people. (Size 130 m²)

$2,850 – Single bedroom
$2,275 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.

Bungalow Suite

The bungalow 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 swimming pool and 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)

$3,200 – Single bungalow
$2,450 per person– Shared double bungalow

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.

A Day on Retreat
5:30 AM
Sunrise
7:00 AM
Coffee/Tea, Smoothie
8:00 AM
Surfing, SUP or Yoga class
10:00 AM
Brunch
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Free Time
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Group Yoga Class
6:00 PM
Sunset
7:00 PM
Dinner

FAQ

What are tourist entry requirements for Costa Rica with regard to COVID-19?

*No COVID-19 test, No COVID-19 vaccine, No quarantine are required for tourists visiting Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government has been consistent with this since it opened its borders again in November 2020 and plans to maintain it as such.

For the current and complete entry requirements for tourists to Costa Rica, see the updated information here.

Feel free to contact us to review in more detail or to arrange a tele call. We will be glad to chat with you.

What is included in the retreat cost?

Included in Retreat Cost:

  • (6) nights accommodations
  • Daily breakfast/brunch and dinner
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga session
  • Special restorative yoga, yoga nidra, guided meditation
  • (4) 2-hour 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, trip extensions and information source for travel within Costa Rica before or after the retreat.

* If you 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 hotel
  • Gratuities for wait staff, massage, surf/SUP instructors
  • 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 is Liberia (code LIR). Plan to arrive in Santa Teresa by mid/late afternoon on the first day.

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

Direct flights from San Jose or Liberia international airport are about 20 minutes to Tambor, the nearest airstrip to Santa Teresa. The domestic airlines in Costa Rica are Sansa and Costa Rica Green Airways. We will arrange for a driver to meet you in Tambor (this transfer is not included. Cost is about US $50 one way).

Shuttle services from San Jose or Liberia (airport or hotel) depart 1-2 times daily depending on the season between Santa Teresa. 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.

Check out KAYAK for international flights to Costa Rica.

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When does the retreat begin and end?

The retreat starts on the first day in the late afternoon around 4 PM (check-in is at 2:00 PM) with a welcome yoga class followed by an orientation and dinner.

The retreat ends after breakfast on the last day. Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

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 is a healthy, primarly organic, fusion style. Special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan or gluten/dairy-free, and food sensitivities and allergies, can be accommodated. Please let us know when you book your retreat.

What are the optional activities?

A variety of tours and activities are offered outside of the retreat package which guests can sign-up for during the week. Reservations can be made upon arrival at the hotel.

  • 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 currently limited to 10 persons (during non-pandemic times it is 16) to ensure quality and personalized attention for each guest. There is a minimum of five 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!

What are the health-safety & COVID-19 protocols while on the retreat?

After travelers pass through the tourist entry requirements for Costa Rica in the international airport and once at our retreat, the following is implemented.

  • All common areas and the yoga space are completely open-air. We respect each other’s space and maintain a reasonable and comfortable distance.
  • Mask-wearing is required for entering/exiting restaurants (all are open-air/outdoor) and shops. It is not required on the retreat property.
  • Staff is duly covered with masks at any time and gloves most of the time.
  • Alcohol dispensers are in place.
  • Cleaning is done special products (as used at medical facilities)
  • External visitors (suppliers, maintenance people, etc) cannot access any facility as long as guests are present.
  • Room cleaning is done when clients are away.
  • An extra distance between tables is implemented.
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 are the U.S. Re-entry Requirements related to COVID-19?

Since the end of January 2021, all travelers of all nationalities who are flying to the U.S. will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result before checking in for the flight from Costa Rica to the U.S.

If a traveler has already had COVID-19 or has received the vaccine there are options instead of the above-mentioned test.

See the full details about U.S. Re-entry requirements for travelers here.

Tourism is a vital part of the Costa Rican economy. The Costa Rican government has reviewed with extreme diligence the health-safety scenarios with regards to the pandemic and opening its borders for tourists. They have done a stellar job at handling the pandemic in Costa Rica. Many tourists have visited and enjoyed their holiday since the borders opened in November 2020.

What is the payment and cancelation policy?

* This policy applies for COVID-19 related cancelations *

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 a reservation more than 45 days before the first day of the retreat the $500 deposit can be transferred to another retreat within one year.

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