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7 Day Surf Yoga Retreat in Magical Santa Catalina, Panama

Santa Catalina Retreats, Calle Playa El Estero, Calle Kenny, Santa Catalina, Veraguas, Panama

Las Olas Surf & Yoga Experience in Santa Catalina

Immerse yourself in Surf, Yoga, and unforgettable adventures in magical Santa Catalina, Panama. Las Olas Surf & Yoga have designed a surf and yoga experience especially for beginner to intermediate levels, to help you get the most out of your time off. Personalized surf coaching, surf-enhancing yoga, and meditation, all the magic and adventure of Santa Catalina. A dreamy surf town far from the city lights. Uncrowded village and beaches, world-renowned surf, perfect waves for beginners & intermediates, and a laid-back vibe all in one of Central Americaʼs safest countries, Panama.

Las Olas Surf & Yoga can pick you up in their private shuttle at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at 7 am on your retreat start date or at 8.30 am in front of the Central Hotel in Casco Viejo. They will have you back in Panama City around 3 pm on your last day. We can return you to the airport if you have an evening flight home or to your hotel in Panama City. This is a private group shuttle they arrange for all guests joining each of their week’s retreats. If you miss the group shuttle you will be responsible for making your own way to Santa Catalina. They will help you with directions for this!

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Highlights

  • 2 surf theory sessions
  • Daily yoga classes with Yoga Alliance certified instructors
  • 5 x 2-hour progressive surf lessons with ISA certified instructors
  • Learn to surf in perfect, uncrowded waves for beginner to intermediate surfers.
  • Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day
  • Premium airport transfers included*
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Immersed in an oceanfront oasis

Las Olas Surf & Yoga experiences are hosted at an oceanfront surf oasis, secluded and nestled into the wild nature of Santa Catalina.

From the restaurant social area and infinity pool, enjoy the most spectacular view of the world-famous surf break "La Punta” (The Point). Take out a SUP, kayak, swim or surf at high tide, and enjoy magical sunset drinks by the pool.

Inspired by nature

Preserving the environment while providing a blissful space for you to unwind after an amazing day of surf and yoga.

All rooms, the yoga studio, restaurant, and bar furniture have been built using natural, sustainable materials, much of it recycled from natural reserves and handmade. Including stone, rock, clay tile, and local tropical hardwoods.

A Surf Camp Haven: Casual and comfortable

All the rooms feature:

  • Wardrobe
  • Towels
  • Private bathroom
  • Hot water shower
  • Complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Memory foam mattresses
  • Plush pillows
  • 100% cotton linens
  • A/C and fan
  • Cable TV
  • Safe

Outside on your garden patio you have a hammock, sun-deck chairs and table to enjoy and completely wind down.

Program

Come and experience the freedom and presence that surf and yoga offer, completely de-stressing, and finding a sense of balance and vitality to bring home with you. Step outside your comfort zone and let new experiences and the rhythms of nature take you to new heights. Las Olas Surf & Yoga has designed this 6-day experience to help you get the most out of your week off.

Schedule

This is just an example day. Each day can vary as Las Olas Surf & Yoga bases the schedule on the tides to set you up with the best surf conditions possible during your stay. Your schedule will also vary if you book an extra Surf or Yoga lesson each day.

Las Olas Surf & Yoga carefully plan your week for you, however, everything is entirely up to you. You do YOU! Feel free to participate in as much or a little as you like.

  • 07:00 Coffee, teas, seasonal fruit
  • 07:30 Morning Vinyasa / Hatha Yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Surf Lesson
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Free time (activities or simply relax)
  • 17:00 Studio surf lesson (theory, technique, video feedback)
  • 19:30 Dinner

Important: You will arrive at Santa Catalina with their private shuttle at around 3 p.m. on your check-in day (usually Sunday) and check out on your last day (usually Saturday) at 8 a.m. Including travel makes this a 7-day experience.

Included excursions

Evening beach bonfire

Nothing tops off a week by the ocean better than a beach bonfire under the starlit sky and shared with new friends

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) experience at Santa Catalina Island

With a delicious lunch on the white sand beaches. Enjoy SUP boarding, swimming, chilling, and exploring this secluded island.

Instructors

Michelle Barge

Eva Sion

Candace Glass

Jean Carlos (Oli) Camarena

Kelvin Gonzalez

Neftali (Casey) Caceres

Gayle Worth

Nikki Martin

Elena Fairall

Retreat location

Las Olas Surf & Yoga Surf Oasis: Santa Catalina

It’s the town you see in the surf movies, an adventurous far off place that’s hard to get to, but so worth it. It’s the town you imagine visiting and getting lost in, when everywhere else feels overcrowded and impersonal. A remote beach town on the Pacific Coast where local fishermen and their families gather every day to enjoy the sunset, surfers ride on skateboards to the beaches and families commute by horseback for the school drop-off. This is Las Olas Surf & Yoga's home of Santa Catalina, where the ocean is their second home.

Why you’ll love Santa Catalina

Laidback village lifestyle

  • No Starbucks or burger chains in sight, just locally owned low-impact businesses - not even an ATM!
  • Small, uncrowded and safe community - around 500 locals and only 50 or so expats.
  • There’s not a beach bar or disco in this town. Your days will begin and end with the sun, with an early-to-bed and early-to-rise lifestyle. The sunrise at Playa Estero you don't want to miss.

World-class surfing and diving

  • A world-class wave for advanced surfers at The Point.
  • A gentle wave and uncrowded beach break for beginners to intermediates at Playa Estero.
  • World-class diving and snorkeling at nearby Coiba National Park.

Wellness

  • Plenty of fresh organic fish and seafood caught by the local fisherman and local produce from neighboring farms in Chiriquí.
  • Wellness awaits - when it’s time to get out of the sun and surf, we retreat to yoga and massage.

Remoteness

  • A 5.5-hour drive from Panama City keeps all the minivan tourist buses at bay. Here you’ll truly find time and space to tap out from your city life. The drive is long but trusts Las Olas, it’s worth it!

Distances

  • Town - 10 minutes on foot
  • Playa Estero - 5 minutes on foot
  • Soná - 1 hour

Unique features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

You will enjoy delicious healthy family-style meals with a local flare. Lunches and dinners are primarily seafood given the abundance of fresh local organic seafood available, brought in daily by the local fisherman - including red snapper, sea bass, tuna, mahi mahi, lobster, clams and shrimp, all served up by our local chefs in their own unique and flavorsome way.

Meals are served with a variety of healthy sides including rice, plantains, yucca, various salads and soups, quinoa, beans, and fruit. A delicious variety of vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free meal plans are readily available. Meats and chicken are also available on request.

Breakfasts include a mix of local fresh fruit salads, eggs, beans, corn tortilla, yogurt, granola, pancakes, whole wheat toast, tea, coffee, juices, and fruit smoothies. With natural fruit smoothies and locally sourced coffee from Boquette served every morning.

You will also have a chilled water station for you to re-fill on the go. Cocktails, beers, wines, spirits, sodas, fresh juices, and smoothies are available for purchase at our oceanfront bar.

IMPORTANT: As Las Olas Surf & Yoga's meals are served family-style, they ask all guests to please let them know if they have any food allergies or dietary preferences you would like them to be aware of.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Extra surf and yoga

Want to dive deeper into your yoga practice or further advance your surfing? Add on an extra daily Surf or Yoga Lesson to your stay.

Extra night

Want to spend an extra night in our surf oasis for more surf or yoga, or just relax? Add on an extra night to your stay.

Massage

Completely unwind with a massage session by our range of certified therapists. Treatments include Thai Yoga Massage, Deep Tissue, Swedish Relaxation.

Horseback riding

Let Santa Catalina’s local horseman take you on a wonderful ride through Santa Catalina’s fincas (pastures) and beaches. We’ll begin with an easy ride through the fincas to take in stunning vistas, then finish with a breathtaking ride along Estero Beach for sunset. Suitable for all levels.

Guided nature walk

Join our local guide for a stunning coastal walk. Take in the ocean views, learn about the local wildlife, flora, and fauna, and pass remote villages on the outskirts of town.

Coiba National Park: snorkeling or diving

The archipelago of Coiba, one of Panama’s most beautiful places, is a UNESCO World Heritage and is only a 1-hour boat ride away from Santa Catalina. The beaches are exquisite and the island and surrounding areas offer some of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling in the world. You’re likely to see everything from dolphins, turtles, manta rays, octopus, sharks, and an abundance of beautiful tropical fish. And depending on the season, the whale migration.

Spa treatments

Completely unwind with a massage session by our certified therapists. Treatments include deep tissue, relaxing massage and Thai yoga massage.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 surf lessons (personalized coaching with only 1 or 2 other surfers at your same level. Each lesson is around 2-2.5 hours and is designed to be progressive)
  • 2 surf studio lessons (surf theory, technique, and video feedback with GoPro videos emailed to you)
  • 6 yoga classes
  • Meditation, mindfulness and breath practices
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday
  • Evening beach bonfire
  • Standup paddleboarding (SUP) experience at Santa Catalina island
  • Unlimited use of Las Olas Surf & Yoga adventure equipment (Softboards, SUP boards, bodyboards, kayaks, and bikes)
  • Wi-Fi throughout the property
  • Shuttle transfers to and from Panama City

What's not included

  • Flights to and from Panama
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks during your transfer to and from Panama City
  • Alcoholic beverages and desserts
  • Add-on activitie
  • Gratuities (For your retreat stays with Las Olas Surf & Yoga, you do not need to tip as you go. For anyone who would like to offer a gratuity for the instructors, hotel, restaurant, and activities staff, we will kindly accept any gratuities at the end of your stay which will be divided up amongst all staff. A gratuity of 5-10% of your stay is greatly appreciated.)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest International airport is Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY). If you are coming from the US, Copa Airlines (Panama’s National Airline) and United have direct flights from NY and LA, starting as little as 355 USD return. Las Olas Surf & Yoga love Copa Airlines as the service on board is always great, and it includes a hot meal with beverages and onboard entertainment. From Europe, Lufthansa flies direct from Frankfurt, KLM direct from Amsterdam.

How do the complimentary transfers to and from Panama City work? What time will you be picked up and dropped off in Panama City?

Las Olas Surf & Yoga can pick you up in their private shuttle at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at 7 a.m on your retreat start date or at 8.30 a.m in front of the Central Hotel in Casco Viejo. They’ll have you back in Panama City around 3 p.m on your last day. They can return you to the airport if you have an evening flight home or to your hotel in Panama City. This is a private group shuttle they arrange for all guests joining each of their week’s retreats. If you miss the private shuttle you will be responsible for making your own way to Santa Catalina. Las Olas will help you with directions for taking the bus and taxi which is cost effective, safe and easy to do.

What’s the best way to get from the airport into Panama City?

Taxis are easy, safe and abundant. There is an authorized taxi stand outside the main exit of the airport. If traveling alone, expect to pay up to 35 USD to Casco Viejo. You can also agree to wait for other passengers and split the fare to make it cheaper. The drive into town is about 30 min, give or take some traffic. Uber is also available in Panama. The rates are the same if not lower than taxis. You can also pay a small surplus and select an English-speaking driver.

Where should you stay in Panama City?

Las Olas Surf & Yoga's favorite place to stay in Panama City is Casco Viejo. A beautiful old historic town that truly comes alive at night and filled with amazing cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, artisanal stores and a market. You’ll have plenty of accommodation options here to choose from, ranging from Hostels to Boutique Hotels.

What other hotels do you recommend in Panama City?

  • Casco Viejo area
  • Central Hotel
  • American Trade Hotel
  • Hotel Casa Panama
  • Magnolia Inn
  • Selina
  • Check out Airbnb for some great apartments

Obario / Bella Vista area

  • Global Hotel
  • The Executive Hotel
  • Sortis
  • The Bristol Hotel
  • Le Meridian

El Cangrejo area

  • Trypp Wyndham Panama Centro
  • Panama Zen Best Western Hotel
  • Riande Urban Hotel
  • Saba Hotel

Airport hotels

  • Riande Aeropuerto Hotel
  • Crown Plaza

Both have a 24hr complimentary airport shuttle

Airport: Tocumen International Airport Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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Availability

This vacation is available until May 2021, please select an arrival date below.

 

Green season
  • October 25 – 31, 2020
  • November 8 – 14, 2020
  • November 22 – 28, 2020
  • May 16 – 22, 2021
  • May 30 – June 5, 2021

 

Summer season
  • December 6 – 12, 2020
  • January 31 – February 6, 2021
  • February 21 – 27, 2021
  • March 7 – 13, 2021
  • March 21 – 27, 2021
  • April 5 – 11, 2021
  • April 18 – 24, 2021
 
Holiday season
  • December 17 – 23, 2020
  • December 27 – January 2, 2021
  • January 3 – 9, 2021
  • January 17 – 23, 2021

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