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My Unforgettable Yoga & Surfing Holiday in Costa Rica [Personal Experience]

March 18, 2015

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I traveled to Las Olas in Costa Rica on my first solo adventure outside of the US. I was hoping to relax, deepen my yoga practice, learn to surf, and experience a new culture. Guess what—I got all of that and more with Jason, Rafael, and the rest of the incredibly helpful and friendly staff at Las Olas! 

If you’re curious as to what a typical day at a yoga and surfing retreat in Las Olas entails here’s an overview of what I experienced each day:  

  • A sunrise walk on the beach
  • A morning yoga session on the yoga deck overlooking the beautiful black sand beach of Playa Hermosa
  • A personalized surf lesson adjusted to my skill level as I advanced each day
  • Some relaxing downtime for naps or reading
  • Daily excursion (zip-line canopy tour, shopping in Jaco, scenic drive, and others)
  • Unforgettable sunsets
  • And evening drinks with a mix of surfers and staffers who are regulars at Las Olas. 

 

The beautiful surroundings at Las Olas

Las Olas, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Image: Las Olas 

 

While the rustic accommodation and laidback attitude may not be for everyone, I felt they served a reminder that this trip was more about the experiences and the people (the important things in life) —and less about the thread count of the sheets or worrying about schedules and appointments. 

 

selfie in the jungle

Post zip-lining canopy tour selfie! Image: Molly S.

 

The Las Olas staff gave me the VIP treatment all week, catering the yoga, meals, and planned activities to fit my desires. Jason, Rafael, and the other friends I made while at Las Olas became my family for the week and made me feel safe, special, and accepted into their pura vida culture. It wouldn’t have been the same without them. And yes, I was the girl crying when Rafael dropped me off at San Jose International on my final day!

 

friends at las olas

Taking snaps with friends we met at Las Olas.

 

All in all, I would give my experience 4.5 out of 5 stars—the whole trip was simply unforgettable. I'm already planning for my next trip to Las Olas and can't wait to bring my friends and family to experience their amazing hospitality once again!

 

Images used in the article are courtesy of Molly S.

Want to experience such a satisfyingly wonderful yoga holiday? Why not take the leap of faith and book yourself a spot at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica? Your body, mind, and soul will thank you for it. 

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