“Find moments in your day to be grateful, to hold peace for a moment, appreciate beauty in the world, and remember to smile.”
Even if you don’t come to Costa Rica for a yoga retreat, you can still practice yoga on your vacation. Yoga has become so popular in Costa Rica that you can find a yoga class or instructor in nearly every part of the country. That is especially true on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast.
The areas of Puerto Viejo and Playa Cocles in the Southern Caribbean Costa Rica are excellent for practicing yoga. Easily some of the prettiest beaches of Caribbean Costa Rica, the really special thing about this region is that when you are on the beach, all around you there is only nature … and maybe the occasional person or pretty tropical bird or monkey. Here, there is harmony with the rainforest and ocean, and the widely-varied international population lives a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. Perfect energy for yogis and yoginis.
Yoga in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica
Here are 3 options for yoga in the Puerto Viejo area:
Hotel Le Caméléon on Playa Cocles, just past Puerto Viejo, offers private yoga classes – whether you are just one person or have more in your group – with the hotel’s yoga instructor. Classes (scheduled upon request) can be held in the private second floor lounge above the Le Numu Restaurant, in a garden setting on the breakfast terrace, or in a shaded area on the beautiful beach of Playa Cocles. Coming in October 2015, Krama Yoga Center of Escazú, Costa Rica, will hold a yoga retreat at Hotel Le Caméléon.
Om Yoga Studio & Academy in Playa Cocles. Classes are offered seven days a week in a range of styles, languages and levels. You are sure to find a class that supports your mind, body and spirit, and may even find a new style to try or one not available at your home.
Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge in Puerto Viejo offers yoga classes and retreats.
Where to stay in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Hotel Le Caméléon is an upscale Costa Rica boutique hotel featuring ultra-chic rooms, beautiful tropical architecture, a gourmet restaurant, and the fantastic beach club La Sula Sea Lounge right on Playa Cocles.
How to get to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Daily 30-minute flights on Nature Air or Sansa Airlines between San Jose and Limon make it easy to get to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. From Limon, it is a short drive less than an hour to Puerto Viejo and Playa Cocles. The drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo is approximately 4.5 hours.
Article by Shannon Farley