Costa Rica 2018
On a sand beach in a remote coastal oasis on the Pacific.
The air warm, just like the clear, beautiful water.
There's no concern about time.
You are well-fed and physically relaxed as you stand on the shore. In the moderate sunshine, you are content.
You wonder, "What day is it?"
Then you remember that it doesn't matter just now. You're in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
You are living la vida yoga.
Travel with our small group to the remote surfing village of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, where you'll live in beach-adjacent splendor for ten wonderful nights, and nine sunny days. You're visiting at just the right time -- just after rainy season ends and right before the highpoint of the vacation season. Shops will be just reopening. Streets will be sparse. The weather will be exceptionally moderate. Candice, your host, travel agent, guide, and yoga teacher, has made this trip twice prior, and will do all that she can to ensure your experience is exceptional.
Never before traveled outside of the US? All you need is a Passport. Never traveled without your spouse or partners? You will be among friends when you land in San Jose -- or bring friends to share the experience. Never flown on a long flight? Your trip from a major US airport will have no more than two stops before you arrive in San Jose to meet your fellow travelers.
This trip is the right one for you if you love the beach and appreciate a slower-pace. Costa Rica is famous for their Pura Vida perspective. It's a live-and-let-live, island-time type of environment where everyone is welcome; especially tourists. For certain, you'll have the trip of a lifetime.
everyone who experiences santa teresa can't stop sharing about it. join us and Create your own Santa Teresa story.
Surf’s always up in the Costa Rican beach town of Santa Teresa. Bright sun and gleaming sands make the perfect backdrop to hang ten in the crystal-clear waters, and fishing, snorkeling and kite-surfing are popular among vacationers. Yoga and spa services are a must for the ultimate relaxation, and, at night, catch a glorious sunset on the same beach where earlier you caught a wave. ~ Trip Advisor
YOUR HOST, travel AGENT & YOGA TEACHER
Candice Clemens is your host, travel agent, and yoga teacher. Candice has traveled extensively around the world and has previously twice previously hosted yoga retreats in Santa Teresa. A 200 E-RYT and 500 RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 500+ hours of training and 1,000+ hours of teaching experience), Candice will teach yoga on the beach and in the shala (outdoor studio), book your airfare, and act as your host throughout your stay. As part of your experience, you will also have the opportunity to practice with teachers who are based in Santa Teresa.
Yoga and meditation are offered nearly daily on this trip, and you can practice as frequently -- or as infrequently -- as you would like. There are no obligations nor requirements. Candice will help facilitate your exceptional experience and is available to you for private yoga and anything else you need during your stay.
Got questions for Candice? She can tell you about the trip, the flight, and anything else you'd like to know about the trip. Don't hesitate to get in touch!
10-nights in paradise looks a lot like this...
Day 1 fly to SJO, everyone meets in SJO, fly SJO to Tambor (airport closest to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica), yoga, dinner provided
Day 2 AM yoga, breakfast provided, beach time/explore, lunch provided, PM yoga, 24-hour ATV rental, dinner on own/Santa Teresa
Day 3 AM yoga, breakfast, Mal Pais zip line via ATV, lunch on own/Mal Pais, PM yoga, plant-based group cooking lesson from hostess - dinner provided
Day 4 AM yoga, breakfast provided, beach time, lunch provided, PM yoga, dinner provided
Day 5 AM yoga, breakfast provided, Tortuga Island snorkel, lunch on island provided, optional turtle release at Montezuma, dinner on own/Montezuma
Day 6 AM yoga, breakfast provided, beach time/optional surf/SUP lesson, lunch provided, PM yoga, dinner provided
Day 7 AM yoga, breakfast provided, Curu bird watching walk, <packed lunch provided>, bioluminescence kayaking, dinner on own/Santa Teresa
Day 8 AM yoga, breakfast provided, plant-based group cooking lesson from professional chef - lunch provided, Vista de Olas sunset and drinks/dinner
Day 9 AM yoga, breakfast provided, beach time, lunch provided, PM yoga, dinner provided
Day 10 AM yoga, breakfast provided, shuttle to ferry, ferry to SJO, <packed lunch provided> shuttle to SJO, SJO to home
All that's required to hold your space is a $1,000 per person deposit that's refundable, less 10%, until the registration close date on August 24, 2018.
We'll stay at a gorgeous property set on over 2+ acres and our group's accomodations includes a grouping of several buildings. The spaces we'll occupy are for our exclusive use during the stay. Everyone will have access to the main house outfitted with a full kitchen, updated washer and dryer, and three bathrooms. There's also a poolside suite with one room and a mother-in-law home with two rooms. In addition, there's a pool and yoga shala just for us. Below are a few pictures of the property. Use them to help you choose your room!
There are several accommodation options to choose. From five single or shared King bedrooms, most with their own baths, a room with a bunk bed for a shared room for two, or a private poolside King suite, the right space is available for everyone. The private poolside King suite has an outdoor area and is the ultimate space of one's own. The bunkbed room is perfect for two friends who don't mind sharing close quarters and plan to be out-and-about most days. King rooms are just as to be expected for a single or couple and most have their own private bath. Get your deposit in for your space today.
Private Poolside Suite (1 Available):
Single is $4,750 for 1 person to occupy alone or
For 2 people (1 bed) is $7,125 for both.
King Rooms (5 Available):
Single is $3,995 for 1 person to occupy alone or
For 2 people (1 bed) is $6,250 for both.
Shared 2 Bunk-Bed Room (1 Available):
Single is $3,600 for 1 person to occupy a single bunk
Is airfare included?
Yes. Airfare from major US cities and inside CR is included. Here's a list of the airports we'll fly you from.
Do I have time to get a passport?
Will there be a lot of stops when I fly?
We will not book you a flight with more than two stops between your major US departure airport and San Jose (SJO). We will do our best to book you on a class of flight that includes at least one bag. We will do everything we can to confirm the flight we've chose for you meets your needs, as much as possible.
I want to go early and spend some time in san jose. What do I do?
If you want help booking a side trip let Candice know and she can help. Just tell Candice what you're interested in and she can help you and if you don't mind, may join you.
Is there a kitchen at the Santa Teresa house?
Yes. There are also outside kitchen spaces. Most meals are provided and you're welcome to shop, order-in, and cook for yourself if you want more/different food. There are many amazing restaurants in Santa Teresa including sushi, pizza, and burgers.
Is there a place to wash clothes?
There's a modern washer and dryer, and there are many options within walking distance for you to have others do your laundry for you at very low cost (appx $5 for several loads washed, dried, folded).
How much money should I bring with me?
All of the basics are covered so you only need money for extras. There is a lot to do and tons of fun shopping, so keep that in mind. You can also get money in Costa Rica, though your bank will likely charge you a fee at the ATM. There is truly NO NEED to exchange money in advance because you can use USD in most places and will have access to ATMs to acquire local currency upon landing at the airport in SJO.
Is there WiFi in the house?
OF COURSE! Plus, most restaurants and other places have free WiFi.
How far is the beach from our place?
The beach is a few steps away. We exit the property to the side and walk down the public access path that leads to one of the best surfing beaches around. We aren't directly on the beach however we don't have to cross the street to get there. We are very, very close.
What is the minimum traveler age for this trip?
18 is the minimum traveler age to join us on this adventure.
What are the cancellation and refund policies?
If you need to cancel, please notify us in writing (email, text, letter) as soon as possible. Below are the dates by which you must cancel to receive a refund, and the dates after which no refunds are available:
Deposits are $1,000 USD, per person. At deposit, select bed type (bunk, King, or King Suite).
Full payment due via check or wire-transfer by August 24, 2018. Let us know your preference and we'll help you with the rest.
Full refunds are available on or until August 24, 2018, less 10% fee.
Note: Should we cancel the trip for any reason, full refunds will be made within 48 hours of cancellation.
Am I required to have travel insurance?
We do not require that you have travel insurance. (But we recommend it.)
I have specific dietary needs. Can I be accomodated?
We will provide plant-based meals It's possible to eat both very healthily and very traditionally in Santa Teresa . Eat in any way you please -- omnivore or herbivore are all very easy to do in Santa Teresa -- and most restaurants are accommodating based on your preferences.
What is the last date to register?
August 24, 2018, is the last day to register.
Do I need to exchange money at the airport or in advance of the trip?
No. You can use USD but your change will come in the local currency, Colones (CRC). The exchange rate is 0.0018 USD for every 1 CRC, but there's a typical local conversion used of 540 CRC to 1 USD. Everyone there is great at figuring it out so you don't have to be. (Or install an app to do the math for you.)
Do the people we'll interact with speak English?
Nearly everyone speaks English -- and certainly everyone who you work with at the hotel and at attractions will -- and Ticos (Costa Ricans) even talk to you in English when you attempt Spanish... (Or maybe that's just when we attempt Spanish.) There's a huge ex-pat population so it's super easy to communicate. We were delighted at how welcome everyone made us feel in past visits.