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7 Days Wanderlust, Yoga Surf Wellness Holiday in Santa Catalina, Panama

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

Yoga Surf Wellness Retreat in Panama

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Panama.

Imagine a yoga and surf retreat in a tranquil, remote, unspoiled, and authentic surf town. Connect with the genuine friendly locals and enjoy delicious healthy meals of local fresh fruits and local organic seafood each day. The place is where nature and wildlife are in abundance and people warmly greet you as you stroll, skate, or bike through town. There, you’ll immerse yourself in daily yoga classes, a daily surf session, and super healthy fresh foods. Return home with a sun-kissed glow, stronger surfing skills, and a reinvigorated yoga practice. Santa Catalina is the ultimate location to unplug, slow down, and enjoy the beauty of nature. All you have to do is enjoy, be looked after, and do some fantastic yoga and surf.

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  • 5 daily morning and evening yoga classes
  • 5 daily surf lessons with surfboard and rash guard
  • Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island for SUP boarding
  • A range of local beers, Argentinean and Chilean wines with your evening meal
  • Welcome drinks and dinner on your arrival under the stars
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport
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  • 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

Hotel Santa Catalina's beachfront accommodation offers an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, yoga shala, and yoga deck. All rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods, preserving the environment while providing a blissful haven for you to unwind after a day of surf and yoga.

Santa Catalina Retreats wants to make your experience as natural and comfortable as possible. They believe you can enjoy quality retreat accommodation without the high prices. That's why all of the rooms have memory foam mattresses, plush pillows, and Egyptian cotton sheets. The rooms include fan, air conditioner, fridge, blow dryer, cable TV and a locked storage area.

There is also a hammock and outdoor table and chairs for the perfect relaxation spot. You can chill on the hammock with a good book, sprawl out on the spacious lawns, lounge by the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a sunset drink at the restaurant bar.



Yoga is a perfect complement to surfing that will develop your strength, flexibility, and balance. It is especially great for stretching out the shoulders, back and opening the hips after your surf session. All levels are welcome as the instructors will adapt poses to suit your ability. To embrace the natural beauty of Santa Catalina and ground your practice, Santa Catalina Retreats often combines a class where you can get your feet in the sand, literally.

Santa Catalina Retreats will couple beach yoga with classes in their tranquil open-air yoga shala with ocean views and the waterfront yoga deck. You will experience your yoga classes listening to the calming sounds of the ocean and the abundant sounds of wildlife all around you.

Surf lesson

Your daily surf lessons will be held at the warm waters of Playa Estero. It is one of the best beach breaks in Central America for beginner and intermediate surfers. Playa Estero is a quiet, fun, and uncrowded beach with a gentle soft sand bottom which breaking left and right, offering smaller more gentle waves for beginners on the south side as well as more challenging waves on the north. The classes are one hour each day.

The water is warm all year round so no need for a wetsuit, but Santa Catalina Retreats will provide you with a rash vest for comfort and extra protection from the sun. Santa Catalina Retreats has a range of soft and hard boards, so you can feel confident because will you have the right board for your level. The class time each day will vary depending on the tides but generally, you will be out in the early morning. If the tides are in the favor, you will also enjoy a spectacular sunset session

A great surf instructor can make all the difference. At Santa Catalina Retreats, the experienced local instructors have been surfing and teaching at Santa Catalina beaches for many years. The instructors are very familiar with the breaks, so you can feel confident you are in safe hands with the most experienced and skillful instructors. Patient, encouraging and most of all fun. Whether you are here to learn to stand up for the first time or start to perfect that bottom turn, the instructors will help you achieve your goals.


Day 1

  • Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up at around 09:30 at a central meeting place in Panama City.
  • You will make a stop for food and refreshments on the way.
  • You will arrive into Santa Catalina at around 15:00 to check into your rooms, refresh and join for a sunset welcome cocktail as well as dinner.

Day 2 to 6

  • You will have both AM and PM yoga classes (10 in total) (styles include Hatha and Vinyasa) and mid-morning surf sessions.
  • You will have delicious healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily (you will enjoy dining at Santa Catalina Retreats' waterfront restaurant as well as some of the best local restaurants in the village).
  • You will have free time and you may take it to the beach, snorkeling, horse riding, kayaking, SUP, massage or just chill in a hammock.
  • You can have optional mid-week day trip to Coiba Island for diving or snorkeling, horseback riding, take a guided hike or enjoy a heavenly massage

Day 7

  • Santa Catalina Retreats will make out way back to Panama City at 10:00 arriving at around 16:00 so you can make an evening flight home.

Other information

  • If the surf conditions are not ideal for one or more days, the lessons will be rearranged for a different day or time. Alternatively, Santa Catalina Retreats may conduct a surf fitness class and surf theory lesson.
  • If you cancel a surf or yoga lesson, Santa Catalina Retreats is not responsible for an extra lesson on a different day or time.
  • Santa Catalina Retreats reserves the right to change yoga and surf instructors without prior notice.


Michelle Barge

Cydney Tucker

Eva Sion

Fabi Porto

Retreat location

Santa Catalina in Veraguas, Panama is an ideal location to unplug, slow down and enjoy the beauty of nature. All you have to do here is enjoy, be looked after as well as do some fantastic yoga and surf. About a five-hour drive south west of Panama City on the Pacific Coast lies Santa Catalina. With its remote location, the village remains fairly undeveloped since being discovered by adventurous surfers in the 70's.

With a handful of small, locally owned hotels, restaurants and bars, and with cows and horses roaming the nearby fields and streets, you'll instantly feel the laid-back vibe that has made Santa Catalina a haven for surfers, adventure travelers, and dedicated relaxation seekers.

Being fairly secluded, the closest town with ATM, pharmacy, and large grocery is in Soná, about an hour away. There are 2 local stores with the basics, and a local fruit and vegetable truck that passes through every other day.

Santa Catalina Retreats' accommodation is hosted at the picturesque Hotel Santa Catalina that is owned by local surfer Kenny Meyers. Only a five-minute walk to Playa Estero and a ten-minute walk into town. Being secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the pacific ocean giving you your own private beach at high tide. The accommodation also offers the most spectacular view of the world-famous surf break "the point" (La Punta).

The tranquil location makes it the perfect place to disconnect and take some time out. You can chill on a hammock with a good book, sprawl out on the spacious lawns, lounge by the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a sunset drink at the restaurant bar.

Nearby places

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

Unique features


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


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


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


You will be served daily delicious healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day. Get ready to enjoy delicious healthy family style meals with a local flare.

Breakfasts include a mix of local fresh fruit salads, yogurt, granola, eggs or omelets, pancakes, whole wheat toast and fresh bread from the local bakery, gluten-free vegan breakfast muffins, tea, coffee, juices, and fruit smoothies.

Lunches and dinners are primarily seafood given the abundance of fresh local organic seafood available including red snapper, sea bass, tuna, mahi-mahi, lobster, clams, and shrimp, all served up by local resident 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. Beverages include natural fruit smoothies with breakfast, natural fruit juices with lunch (all using local tropical fruits). They serve Argentinian and Chilean wines or local beer (one serving per person) with your evening meal, as well as fruit-infused sparkling water.

For any additional food, drinks, smoothies, juices, and others you would like to enjoy beyond what is served at each meal, you are welcome to order and pay directly at the restaurant bar at any time throughout the day. The restaurant is open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm every day. Local Boquete coffee and a variety of teas and milk are served every day. There is a chilled filtered water station for you to re-fill on the go.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Detox juices
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Water

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)

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Diving and snorkeling at Coiba National Park
  • Fishing trips
  • Guided nature hike
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding

What's included

  • 5 daily morning Vinyasa or Hatha classes
  • 5 daily evening Restorative or Yin classes
  • 5 daily personalized surf lessons with local instructors
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • A range of local beers, Argentinean and Chilean wines with your evening meal (1 serving per person) and fruit-infused sparkling water with each evening meal
  • Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island for SUP boarding, beach combing, chilling and invigorating swims with a heavenly picnic lunch with freshly caught ceviche and ice cold local beers
  • Chilled filtered water on tap for you to refill
  • Complimentary shuttle transport around Santa Catalina village
  • Complimentary bathroom toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion
  • Delicious, healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day
  • Evening beach bonfire under the stars
  • Freshly brewed local coffee from Boquette served daily along with a variety of teas and milk
  • Natural fruit juices and smoothies served daily with breakfast and lunch
  • Plush beach, pool, and bathroom towels
  • Premium round-trip group transfer to and from Panama City and Santa Catalina including vegetarian homemade snacks and water
  • Surfboard, rashguard, videos or photos of your surf session
  • Shuttle to and from the beach
  • Unlimited access to bikes, SUP boards, surfboards, bodyboards, kayaks, and snorkels
  • Welcome drinks and dinner on your arrival
  • Yoga classes with Manduka PRO mats and luxury quality props

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Gratuities for the staff
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up from the airport.

If you would like to join the transfer from Panama City to Santa Catalina, please be at the arrivals gate of Tocumen International Airport (PTY) no later then 8:00 a.m. on your retreat start date. If you are already in Panama City, Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up at a central meeting point in Panama City before or at 9:30 a.m. Please book your return flight at 6:00 p.m. onwards on your final retreat day because the transfer will arrive into Panama City around 4:00 p.m.

The closest international airport is Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. If you are coming from the USA, Copa Airlines (Panama’s national airline) and United have direct flights from New York and Los Angeles and starting as little as 455 USD (return). Santa Catalina Retreats loves Copa Airlines as the service on board is always great and it includes a hot meal with wine, beer, spirits as well as onboard entertainment.

Getting to Santa Catalina from Panama City can be tricky for your first visit as you need to navigate the local bus systems. For this reason, Santa Catalina Retreats include premium transfers to and from Panama City to ensure your journey is completely stress-free. The shuttles are super comfy and equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioner and water. You will make a stop at a local supermarket on the way so you can stock up on anything you need for the week. To join the transfer, please kindly observe Santa Catalina Retreats' pick up times and see planning your trip.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are easy, safe and abundant. There is an authorized taxi stand outside the main exit of the airport. If traveling alone, you will 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 to make it cheaper. The drive into town is about 30 minutes, give or take some traffic.

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 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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