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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.

Retreat highlights

  • 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

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.

La Escuela Del Sol Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Program


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

Included excursions

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.

Retreat location

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

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport pick-up

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.
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