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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Costa Rica.
Join this Costa Rican yoga retreat to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Explore everything this paradise has to offer while participating in unlimited Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes. This retreat will help you get back to your roots and will have you feeling good inside and out. For travelers on a budget, this is a prime destination due to the beautiful guesthouse you will be staying at and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world that is at your disposal and only 50 meters away.
Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center Costa Rica offers a variety of options for every traveler. Whether you are looking for a private room, space for a small group, or a bed in a dorm, there is a comfortable place for you. All of the tidy and spacious rooms have been designed with the budget traveler in mind, offering guests comfort, cleanliness, and charm at a good price. An abundance of shared bathrooms are also located on the first floor. There are many to choose from and they are always clean. There are also two well-equipped communal kitchens, including the signature chefs kitchen complete with a professional quality stove, microwave, blenders, and a giant stainless steel refrigerator. The chefs kitchen is open to guests between 08:00 and 20:00, while a second shared kitchen is available 24 hours.
Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Jen has been living and loving in Costa Rica for the last four years. She has had the privilege of studying yoga around the world and certified to teach Anusara yoga in 2010. She believes that yoga is a mental, spiritual, and physical practice that is suitable for everyone.
Casa Zen Guest House and Yoga Center has been a home away from home for thousands of guests from all over the world. It is located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center is only 50 meters from the warm waters and beautiful white sand beaches of Mal Pas and Santa Teresa, and close to many fantastic restaurants, supermarkets, and shops in town.
This friendly boutique hostel is surrounded by a lush garden and is ideally situated between the two main surf breaks of Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa. Whether you are a beginner surfer or a seasoned pro, you are sure to find your perfect wave. Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets from the pristine beach just a few minutes walk from your room or spend the afternoon beneath the shade of a palm tree while the waves crash in front of you. The ocean is always just a few steps away, so when its time to take a break from the sunshine, drift off in one of the cozy hammocks or have a cold drink in the rancho.
The helpful and bilingual staff is always ready to help plan other tours and activities in the area including surf lessons, canopy tours, stand up paddle boarding, visits to nearby waterfalls, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, ATV rentals, and more. The staff can also assist you with restaurant recommendations, reservations and travel planning, so your trip can be totally relaxing and worry-free.
Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center Costa Rica has complimentary breakfast consisting of fresh brewed Costa Rican coffee, seasonal local fruit, toast, butter, and jam. Breakfast is served each day from 08:00 and 10:00. Lunch and dinner are not included in the retreats price.
Rent an ATV for the day and have a thrilling adventure as you independently explore all that the area has to offer. Take the jungle road to Montezuma, crossing rivers and climbing mountains surrounded by lush forest, then enjoy a refreshing dip in the waterfalls, or check out the secluded, picture-perfect tropical beaches of Hermosa and Manzanillo to the north. There are unlimited opportunities for adventure.
Rent a bicycle from Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center and you can tour from Mal Pas to Manzanillo, exploring all the different beaches and villages. Whether buying fresh fish in Mal Pas or finding a snorkeling or more tranquil spot in Playa Hermosa, a bike gets you there easily. Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center rents bikes for just 10 USD per day.
The first National Park in Costa Rica, Cabo Blanco was an absolute reserve until a few years ago when they decided to permit people to enter. A four-hour round trip hike to the beach and back shows you pristine dry tropical rainforest, as well as areas in succession. Go early to see more animals. This tour is available Wednesday to Sunday.
Come and journey through the treetops, enjoying the tropical forest while the Pacific Ocean lies below. Professional nature guides will accompany you on the unforgettable journey through the biodiversity of the surrounding environment.
Whether you are an avid fisherman or a novice, a three-hour tour with local guides in Mal Pas can give you a view of manta rays, green sea turtles, dolphins, migrating whales, and a possibility of catching of yellow fin tuna, grouper, red snapper, mackerel, etc.
Allow the horses to be your gentle guides through the mountains, jungle, and beaches. The two-hour tours can leave early in the morning or later in the day for a sunset ride. Different tours are offered, based on the riders level of experience.
There is a beautiful waterfall in this nearby little village, a canopy tour, and a handful of really nice restaurants. Either by quad, taxi or bus, a day trip is easy from Santa Teresa and you can still make it back in time for the sunset.
Depart from the Fishermans cove in Mal Pais and spend the afternoon sailing along the beautiful coast. Jump off the boat for a refreshing swim, or just relax in the sunshine with a cold drink in your hand.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or experienced surfer, the surf lessons are perfect for all levels and taught by certified instructor. There are also surfboards available.For advice on where to find the best waves or how to book a surf lesson, just ask the reception.
With the growing popularity of the area, the water can get a bit crowded during the high season. For this reason beginners or novice surfers are asked to always have a surf lesson first. Surf etiquette is essential for the safety of yourself and others in the water and a properly trained surf instructor will help teach you the ins and outs.
Knowing how to control your board keeps you and everyone around you safer, plus you will have more fun. Even athletes will tell you that surfing is the hardest sport they've ever tried, but getting out in the water, surrendering to the power of the ocean, and standing up can be one of the most amazing feelings in the world.
This full day adventure is all-inclusive. Cruise along the coast for a breathtaking 50-minute boat ride to begin your voyage to Tortuga Island. Upon arriving to the tropical paradise of Tortuga Island, you'll anchor the boat within viewing distance of the white sand beach for snorkeling. The crystal clear waters of Tortuga are surrounded by volcanic rock reef, which is home to some of the best snorkeling on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast.
Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center Costa Rica offers a variety of massages.
Please book your flight to arrive either at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR).
Once at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you can board a connecting flight out to the Tambor Airport terminal on the Nicoya Peninsula. The flight itself is about 30 minutes long and both airlines run about 95 USD one-way, with a limit on the weight of your luggage of 25 pounds or 12 kilos. Anything over this you will be charged an extra amount.
Additionally, there are restrictions on bringing surfboards on these planes, so it is good to check before booking your tickets. Once you arrive in Tambor, a taxi will cost you around 50 USD to come to Santa Teresa and takes approximately one hour.
The cheapest option is the direct bus that leaves from the San Carlos bus station in San Jos. The price is approximately 15 USD but the departure times are limited. They currently only leave at 06:00 and 14:00. Depending on the arrival time of your flight, if you want to take the bus, you may have to spend the night in San Jos. Please note that the Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) is actually located in Alajuela and is not San Jos. To get to the San Carlos bus station from the airport, it is a 30-minute and 20 USD taxi ride. Alternately, there are a number of buses that travel between the airport and downtown San Jos. Look for the red buses, which pass approximately every 15 minutes at the airport. Board any one of these to the center of San Jos for about 1 USD per person and then you can take a taxi over to the San Carlos bus station. The buses may take up to 45 minutes between the airport and the center, and the direct bus always leaves on time.
Whether arriving by bus, taxi, shuttle, or rental car, all must cross the Gulf of Nicoya on the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. Do not take the ferry to Naranjo as this is a different destination and will prolong your journey by one or two hours depending on the conditions. The ferry costs around 25 USD for a car to board and a little less than 2 USD for passengers. It is a quite beautiful journey through the gulf and lasts about one hour. The schedule is subject to change with short notice, so it is always a good idea to double check the times especially if you are driving a rental car. Arriving five minutes late to the ferry could cause you to wait three hours for the next one.
The hotel has a shuttle service for about 45 USD per person, which will bring you directly to the door of Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center. Depending on the season, they may only leave at 08:00, so if your flight arrives later in the day, you may again be looking at a night in Alajuela or San Jos before arriving to Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center Costa Rica the next day. Please contact Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center Costa Rica for more information regarding the shuttle.
If you jump into any taxi outside the airport and say take me to Casa Zen GuestHouse and Yoga Center. They may charge you anywhere between 200 USD and 250 USD. A taxi only to Puntarenas, where you will need to board the ferry to Paquera, will be a bit cheaper, but beware that they may try to charge you quite a bit. Then on the other side, from Paquera down to Santa Teresa, another taxi will run around 70 USD.
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