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14 Days Scuba and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • La Escuela Del Sol, Del Bar Higueron, 200 Metros al Oeste, Cabuya, Costa Rica

14 Days Scuba and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • La Escuela Del Sol, Del Bar Higueron, 200 Metros al Oeste, Cabuya, Costa Rica

Diving and Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

The Central Pacific Ocean is home to many different reefs, the majority of these are made of volcanic and coral formation with depths ranging between eight and 35 meters. Wherever you are in your practice, the resident instructors will guide you mentally and physically to reach an inner peace you'd be lucky to find anywhere else.


  • 10 yoga classes
  • Basic CPR training
  • 7 total scuba dives
  • Daily scuba diving instruction
  • Official scuba diving certificate
  • Snacks and drinks on board
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 10 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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You can choose a deluxe room with air-conditioning for yourself or with a friend, or request to be set up with a roommate. You may also choose to stay in one of the economical shared rooms with shared bath. No matter which accommodation you choose, you will share a full kitchen. The dining room and lounge with swing chairs, couch, and fans is now complete and available for your chilling pleasures.

If you come alone and choose a shared room, you will normally be set up with one roommate, or if circumstances require, a maximum of two roommates. If for some reason La Escuela del Sol does not have a roommate available for you, you may be upgraded to a private room instead. If you come as a couple or with friends, they will place you in your own room with up to three beds.

The rooms

Deluxe rooms

The campus offers four deluxe rooms with air-conditioning. Each has one queen bed and a twin bed. All have private bath with hot water, digital safe, mini fridge, and a porch with swing chairs and ocean view.

Economical rooms

Also available are three economical shared rooms with shared bath. The two co-ed rooms have a bunk bed and a twin. There is also a room for couples with a matrimonial size bed. Shared rooms with shared bath provide fans and mosquito netting for every bed. They also share a living room, three showers and bathrooms, as well as a changing room downstairs. Bathrooms are equipped with hot water.


Whether you are just starting out in yoga or looking to take the more advanced program, you will have the opportunity to practice with others on your skill level in a very relaxing, intimate atmosphere. In addition to this you will be taught by professionals whose goals are to help assist you in getting to new yoga levels and who want to help you reach the ultimate in relaxation.

Classes are exclusive for La Escuela Del Sol students to ensure the best quality experience. The classes are Hatha Vinyasa based, held in a studio surrounded by nature, and are within earshot of the sweet sounds of singing birds and howling monkeys. They are open for all levels, taught in English, and the space is limited to 15 people in order to keep classes intimate.

Diving in Cabuya

The Central Pacific Ocean is home to many different reefs, the majority of these are made of volcanic and coral formation with depths ranging between eight and 35 meters (25 to 115 feet). The temperature of the water varies between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius (78 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit) with a visibility ranging from 10 to 30 meters (30 to 100 feet) depending on the season.

There are numerous dive sites all along the coast, including in and around Tortuga Island, famous for its excellent visibility and large variety of coral and tropical fish. Each day, you will make a careful selection of the dive sites based on changes in currents and visibility among other factors. The 32-foot boat is fully equipped with dive and safety equipment, indoor cabin, bathroom, kitchen, and sundeck.

The dive sites


This site gets its name from the huge quantity and variety of tropical fish which surround divers during their immersion. The area is comprised of canyons and large elephant ear corals. The depth varies between three and 30 meters which makes this site an excellent spot for divers of all levels of experience.

Bye Bye Reef

This exciting dive follows a current between large volcanic rock walls on the eastern tip of Tortuga Island. Here you will come across many Spotted Jacks, Manta Rays, and Eagle Rays.


In front of the famous "El Chorro" waterfall, this area offers three different sites with between eight and 16 meters depth. Here you will swim through clouds of tropical fish and White Tip Reef Sharks (non-aggressive).


This site was appropriately named for the numerous canyons that cover the ocean floor. In the caves you will find many lobsters and various types of Moray and Parrotfish. The depth ranges from five to 30 meters and has excellent visibility. It is also common to see Giant Turtles and Southern Stingrays.

La Chancha

Located at the mouth of Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay), this site is famous for its incredible Gorgonias, Scorpion Fish, and Eagle Rays found at depths of eight to 24 meters.

Franklin Chang

This recent ship wreck lies at a depth of 23 meters, with its top reaching up to 17 meters below the surface. It is quickly attracting more and more marine life including hundreds of different Snappers and Jacks.

Sample schedule

Week 1

  • Monday: Two and a half hours of classroom instruction
  • Tuesday: Two and a half hours of classroom instruction
  • Wednesday: Three hours in training pool
  • Thursday: Three hours in training pool
  • Friday: Two hours in training pool - review and skills assessment test
  • Saturday: Two open water dives
  • Sunday: Two open water dives

Week 2

  • Monday: Day off from scuba / alternate dive day
  • Tuesday: Last open water dive for certification (early morning or late afternoon)
  • Wednesday and Thursday: Fun dive (early morning or late afternoon)
  • Friday: Day off from scuba / alternate dive day

Study content

  • Course aims and administration
  • Introduction to diving equipment
  • Elementary signals
  • Pressure and volume relationship
  • Principles and use of scuba
  • Basic physiology
  • Buoyancy devices
  • Diving suits and ancillary equipment
  • Equipment care
  • Self rescue and buddy rescue
  • Safe diving practices
  • Site selection and conservation

Practical lessons content

  • Intro to equipment
  • Scuba and snorkeling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Scuba skills review
  • Scuba skills assessment

Montezuma waterfall hike

Since La Escuela Del Sol is located so close to the spectacular Montezuma Falls, they can't pass up the opportunity to show off a little bit. Every student will be taken on an easy hike to the local watering hole for a rest and a quick dip. There you can swim or just sit and admire the magnificent 75 foot falls (the largest in the area).

For the more daring, you may continue through some difficult terrain to the second and third falls where you can take the rope swing out for a twirl and maybe even do some cliff diving. It's a great time, guaranteed.

  • Jessica Chae

    Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (AcroYoga)

    Jessica initially came to yoga as a follower of another trend; however, ended up uncovering something so much more valuable than that - the incredible power of being present now and how stilling the mind can provide clarity as you move through your experiences. Now as an experienced 200-hour yoga instructor and a certified Acro instructor, she attempts to bring yogic philosophies to energetic classes while guiding students to maintain a certain lightness in their practices.

  • Lindsay Monteagudo

    Currently residing in Costa Rica, Lindsay Monteagudo began her yoga career in her hometown of San Diego, California. As a mother of twins, yoga provided the balance needed to tackle everyday challenges. Trained under Gerhard Gessner of Prana Yoga, her Vinyasa classes are partnered with a strong focus on alignment. Lindsay's classes aim to center oneself and open blockages. All while her lightheartedness and thirst for life comes through.

  • Mandy Lawson

    With over 15 years experience in the fitness industry, Mandy has offered personal fitness and yoga classes to both individuals and in class settings. She has completed two 200-hour yoga teacher training courses, and is certified to teach both pre-natal and children's yoga, she is currently working on completing her 300-hour certification. Mandy’s students enjoy her easy-going, humorous, and light-hearted approach to yoga during her alignment-based Vinyasa flow classes.

La Escuela del Sol's brand new campus is located on five acres of ocean view land, just off the main Coastal road in Cabuya.

Nearby places

  • Beach, 1 mile
  • Cabo Blanco National park, 1 mile
  • Grocery store, 1 mile
  • Mal País, 5 miles
  • Montezuma, 5 miles
  • Playa Grande - 20 minutes' walk
  • Restaurants, 1 mile
  • Boating nearby
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Mosquito net

Free for all activities

Doña Nena's marmalade and bird farm

Born and raised in Cabuya some 60 years ago, Doña Nena can tell a story or two! She also makes fresh marmalades and coconut oils from locally grown and collected fruits. Nena also boasts a bird farm of ducks, pheasants and a few rare birds she keeps for company. Be sure to take a walk around to see them all.

Explore by bike

La Escuela del Sol provides the use of two bicycles available to all students and volunteers. Biking to Montezuma will take about an hour, but there are so many beaches, rivers, waterfalls, tide pools, and secrets to find along the way. They recommend a full day of biking and exploring to discover and enjoy a few gems you won't find in any guide book.

Isla Cabuya Cemetary Island

Five minutes from the school, you will see a mysterious island off the coast. During low tide, you can walk there, but the onset of high tide may leave you stranded, so time it carefully! There are close to 50 head stones on the island. Some were created by local artists and are extremely creative. It's certainly worth a visit or two.

Rio Lajas river or waterfall hike

Located just a mere 20-minute walk outside Cabuya's center, Rio Lajas provides hours of free entertainment. The river is shallow but every now and then the rock bed opens up and forms a natural Jacuzzi with cascades sending water into your swimming hole, perhaps over your shoulders for a nice massage. There is a large swimming area close to the river mouth which is frequented by exotic birds, including the large, pink Roseate Spoonbill.

Hike up river for about an hour and head to the right when the river divides by equal tributaries and you will find a small waterfall with a large pool followed by the tallest waterfall in the region. During the dry season, this river can fill up with tad poles and other fun creatures but may not be suitable for swimming. But for hiking, always!

Optional activities

A-terrain vehicle rental

Take a ride on the wild side with a Honda four-wheeler to discover some of the more secluded pristine beaches, waterfalls, and pueblos in the area. One of the better forms of transportation on the mostly bump-laden (also known as adventurous) dirt roads, you can take your quad all the way to Cabo Blanco or Mal Pais and Santa Teresa for some wildlife or an afternoon surf. You can rent an ATV for 60 USD for half a day and 80 USD for the whole day.

Bicycle rental

Take a bumpy ride for some snorkeling at Las Manchas or Los Cedros beach. Stop for a rest in the beautiful Rio Lajas where natural Jacuzzis form in the shallow rock bed and mini-cascades massage your shoulders from above. Or keep on keeping on to the Cabo Blanco reserve for some great exercise. If you're a mountain biker, La Escuela del Sol can recommend some trails. You can rent a bike for 15 USD a day or 75 USD per week.

Hike through Cabo Blanco National Park

In 1963, the nearby Cabo Blanco became the first National Park in Costa Rica. Today it boasts 1250 hectares of lush rainforest, dramatic coastline, and countless species of animals and plants. Monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots, and a slew of other exotic animals frolic through the forest and fly overhead.

Hike through the mountains, picnic by the river, or stroll along the stunning beach and you'll see things your friends would never believe if you didn't have the proof on your camera. This activity costs 8 USD.

Isla Tortuga snorkeling tour

This uninhabited island off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula provides exquisite beauty and endless fun. You'll work on your suntan and enjoy the views from the deck of a speedboat on the way through the islands. Once you reach Tortuga, you'll disembark, grab your snorkel gear, and head for the volcanic reef to hang in the crystal clear waters with some tropical fish.

Afterwards, you can wade in the ocean or explore the island while your guides cook you up some fresh fish and local cuisine. But save some gas in the tank 'cause the ride back often turns into a dance party. This activity costs 55 USD.

Off shore and deep sea fishing

Costa Rica is also the top fishing destination in all of Central America. Take a three-hour tour into the Pacific Ocean, cast your rod, and start reeling in blue marlin, giant yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, red snapper, dorado, and wahoo among others. Whatever you catch, bring on home and for a few more colones, a local chef will grill it up for a mouth-watering, happy ending to a fantastic day. This activity ranges from 250 USD to 800 USD.

Scuba diving at Isla Tortuga

A speedboat will take you straight from Montezuma beach to a prime dive spot near Isla Tortuga. Visibility ranges from 30 to 80 feet where you may spot angel fish, sea horses, octopus, manta rays, spotted eagle rays, dolphin, whale sharks, and countless tropical fish. Trip includes lunch and drinks, full diving gear and professional, English speaking, dive master instructors. This activity costs 100 USD for one tank dive or 140 USD for two tank dive.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 2 fun dives during week
  • 7 total scuba dives
  • Basic CPR training
  • Daily scuba instruction in classroom, pool, beach, or boat
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Excursions
  • Fire show
  • Official diving certification card
  • Snacks and drinks on boat
  • Weekend scuba diving from boat
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport pick-up

Driving directions from Liberia

  • The best route for all seasons is to follow signs in order toward Nicoya, Jicaral, Playa Naranjo, Paquera, Cobano, Montezuma, and finally Cabuya.
  • The trip should take about 4.5 hours.

Driving directions from San Jose

  • Follow signs for the Paquera Ferry.
  • Kick back and enjoy the views for an hour and a half until you reach the ferry dock.
  • After you return to your car, you will follow signs for Tambor and then Cobano.
  • Turn left at Cobano and follow signs to Montezuma and finally to Cabuya.
  • The whole trip should take approximately 6 hours.

Arrival by airplane

There are two companies which offer a 30-minute flight from Juan Santamaria International Aiport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) to Tambor Airport (TMU), 45 minutes from Cabuya. From Tambor, you'll need a 50 USD, 45-minute taxi. Please allow La Escuela Del Sol to arrange your taxi to make sure you get the fair price from a trusted driver who knows where to drop you off. Also, if their surf van is available, they can pick you up for 40 USD instead.

Sansa Air and Nature Air leave directly from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) as well as Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). La Escuela Del Sol recommends that you arrive at least two hours before your connecting domestic flight.

Arrival by bus from Liberia

There is no direct bus from Liberia to Cabuya but there are local buses. Connections are not timed so it may take you all day (or two). If you don't speak fluent Spanish, this is not a recommended way to travel.

There is daily, direct service between San Jose and Montezuma through Transportes Rodriguez. The trip takes approximately 6 hours, including a 1.5 hour ferry ride from Puntarenas to Paquera. The cost is approximately 15 USD.

Once in Montezuma, there are buses to Cabuya (1.50 USD) every two hours until 4:15 p.m. If arriving later, you will have to take a taxi (14 USD) from the center of town to reach the campus. Having a fair handle on Spanish is essential or you may miss a changeover and get lost.

Arrival by bus from San Jose

There is daily, direct service between San Jose and Montezuma through Transportes Rodriguez. The trip takes approximately 6 hours, including a 1.5 hour ferry ride from Puntarenas to Paquera. The cost is approximately 15 USD.

Once in Montezuma, there are buses to Cabuya (1.50 USD) every two hours until 4:15 p.m. If arriving later, you will have to take a taxi (14 USD) from the center of town to reach the campus. Having a fair handle on Spanish is essential or you may miss a changeover and get lost.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Renata L from District of Columbia
    10 out of 10

    "La Escuela Del Sol turned out to be much more then what I initially expected. I started with one week of Spanish and yoga, and then extended my stay for a second week. By reading earlier posts it seems that it is quite a trend among new arrivals and I am not surprised. I am not alone in falling in love with the place and its people (and a cat ;)."

    "The individual attention, (well, it helped that I was the only student taking the classes at that moment :), adjusting to personal style of studying, warmth and kindness by each and everyone of the staff, at every step of my stay were priceless."

    "As I tried to immerse myself little more in Spanish, as well as get acquainted with the locals, I decided to do the home stay for the first week. I stayed with wonderful people, who will get out of their way to help you practice Spanish, and help you correct your language mistakes. You don't need to go through the house to get to your room, so if you need privacy, it's there. But if you are up for interacting, Maria and Lupillo will be there for you, as will plenty of neighbors, cousins etc. (the whole village is related so they pop in and out :). The accommodation is very modest, but the luck of hot water, a little concern at first, did not really matter, as all you want in the tropics is cool shower. The place is 10 min of a very pleasant walk to school, 5 min walk to the beach, which was helpful when motivating myself to get up at 5 am to catch the sunrise at the beach. Priceless! Ah, and Maria is a very good cook!"

    "My Spanish teacher, Wendy, is really good at what she does. Very professional, able to figure out your learning style very quickly and adjusts her teaching so you get best out of her sessions. Classes are never dull and it is easy to have a good laugh with her."

    "As for yoga... Talking about accomplishments! For 2 years I was trying to do a craw and a headstand, with no luck. I would never imagine that it will take me only 2 days to be able to do a perfect ( at least I think so :) craw and few more to do a head stand. yeah! Mandy and Jessica are to be thanked for it. I learned from them so much about my body, while they show me that the limits of what I can or cannot are only in my brain... "

    "Last, but not least, the man behind it all, Jeremy, the owner. Very helpful, ready to respond to any query and/or request so you can get most out of your experience. He has the ability to pull out the best in people, staff and students alike, and is able to create an atmosphere of inclusion. You will never feel out of place. "

    "Look no further, La Escuela Del Sol, Cabuya, the people and the quality of classes have no match elsewhere. "

    "Just one request... If Puma, the little adorable cat falls in love with you, please don't mention it at your later review. I like to keep imagining that we had a special relationship... Love that cat! ;)"

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  • Review by a traveler from California
    10 out of 10

    "La Escuela del Sol truly exceeded my expectations! I stayed at the school for two weeks in July, taking private intermediate level yoga classes from 7:30-8:30 followed by Intermediate Spanish from 9:30-11:00 and Spanish conversation from 11:10-12:30. This was my week two schedule. During week one, I was joined by another student during yoga and language lab. July is the off-season, so there were only three other students on site at the time."

    "There were two yoga instructors, who had complimentary practices. Mandy has advanced knowledge of anatomy and led me in an exploration of how the different poses can be modified to enrich my practice. Jessica introduced me to yin yoga and also helped me discover ways in which I can push the boundaries of my practice to increase openness, flexibility, and strength. Both instructors helped me make significant improvements in the "correctness" of my poses. "

    "I was equally pleased by the progress that I made during my Spanish classes. Wendy is very skilled at explaining how the academic concepts, such as the subjunctive tenses, are used in everyday life. During the private lessons, she was willing to modify instruction to meet my needs and interests. During the language lab, she shared engaging activities that helped build fluency. For example, playing games such as Trivial Pursuit or listening to popular music and translating the lyrics. "

    "Socially, the experience was exceptional. During my off time I went on excursions with other students, we cooked meals together, and frequently explored the local sodas (restaurants) with the owner, Jeremy. A highlight of the stay was an evening barbeque on the beach followed by a bonfire and firedancing. I also enjoyed practicing my Spanish with the school staff, who were consistently friendly and helpful."

    "I also appreciated the accommodations. I stayed in the on-site villas, which have a stunning view of the ocean, porch swings, and wi-fi. Next year they will be equipped with a pool. Grocery stores, restaurants, and the beach were all within easy walking distance. For excursions to Montezuma, the bus was cheap and easy to use. "

    "Short version, I highly recommend La Escuela del Sol."

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  • Review by Don C
    10 out of 10

    "There are too many words and some not yet invented that would be used to describe this journey; it was exactly what I needed and more !! "

    "Everything was a new challenge; from the initial trip into San Jose and subsequent traveling to Montezuma to the culture and communication barriers ~ from the need to adapt to a new diet to the level of physical activity abound at every destination. "

    "That was just the tip of the iceberg as beautiful landscape and cultural diversity became enduring ambient noise to the amazing escapades that La Escuela Del Sol brought to the table. Wildlife and breathtaking fauna accent every nook and cranny of this tropical paradise of education ~ where the students unite as a family while learning Spanish, Surfing, Scuba Diving Certification, Poi, and Yoga with some of the best teachers this nook of the country has to offer. "

    "This opened the doors to a life changing experience around the peninsula that networked me with a plethora of amazing souls from around the World and set the stage for a near future permanent living amongst the natives and travelers in Mal Pais."

    "If you've been on the fence about this experience (as I was for 5 years since I discovered the website online) ~ waste no more time and take the plunge -- it will be one of the most epic adventures you've ever taken."

    "Pura Vida !!"

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  • Review by Aileen from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I spent two weeks with LEDS: We studied Spanish together, I did daily yoga and he got his scuba diving certification. We highly recommend the courses as the instruction for everything was excellent."

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  • Review by Keisha from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Love La Escuela! Gabriel, Dennis, and Jeremy were so helpful and Wendy was a great teacher. The yoga classes were also awesome. I signed up for three weeks at the school but only ended up staying for two only because I wanted to see the rest of the country. I am a skeptic with a lot of things I do, but I am soooo glad I found La Escuela Del Sol. Go with them you won't be disappointed."

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  • Review by Ryan from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Decided to do something different for travel this year and headed down to LEDS in Costa Rica for a week of Surfing and Yoga (I have never done either). Wow! I should have come sooner! The location is great! Jeremy and his team made sure everything went super-smooth. We made friends quickly with other students and did many activities as a group. The classes and instruction were awesome. Pablo quickly (and safely) got us riding waves and the Yoga instructors were very helpful to me just starting out. Really looking forward to a return trip!"

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  • Review by traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I would definitely recommend La Escuela Del Sol to anyone looking to learn Spanish and/or do yoga classes in Costa Rica. I was told that the surfing and the poi were also great, but I didn't take those classes so I can't speak from personal experience. The teachers were fantastic and the location in Montezuma is fabulous - the beach and plenty of great restaurants are within walking distance. The rooms are reasonably basic, but comfortable."

    Jan 2014. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by traveller
    9 out of 10

    "I spent a week surfing and at Spanish school here in early December and had the best time. The teachers are great, really nice with good English, I had Pablo and Wendy and both were very professional. My room was ok, quite noisy on the ground floor, but I was pretty busy with activities and enjoying Montezuma to spend a lot of time there, just don't expect to have many lie-ins if you're in room 4. Other facilities were nice though, lounge area great for some hammock-time and kitchen well stocked for cooking, etc. Staff also very friendly and welcoming, it's just a great place to spend time learning new skills!"

    Dec 2013. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing? Wonderful? Magical? I can't find one adequate adjective to describe my month at La Escuela Del Sol. Jeremy Levine has created an environment where you can learn to surf, learn Spanish, practice yoga and get scuba certified while being supported by kind, gentle, loving, caring people that have nothing but your best interest at heart. Everyone from housekeeping to management knows you by name, what classes you're taking and they are all genuinely interested in hearing about your latest surf adventure or to help you out with your Spanish."

    October 2013. Tripadvisor website, edited

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