You can certainly find a sense of peace at Costa Rica yoga centers as you pursue the eightfold path. But the country is also home to other spots for rejuvenating your inner self. Guanacaste province alone abounds in lush rainforests, jewel-hued rivers, and tranquil beaches. Far from offering separate adventures, they can give you another spot to indulge in moments of meditation and solitude.
Try taking a scenic drive to these four places before, after, or during your yoga retreat. In them, you can experience more of what you visited Costa Rica for: a chance to reconnect with both yourself and nature, and see the world anew.
Playa Conchal is not named the “seashell beach” for nothing – millions of tiny crushed shells comprise its sandy beaches. If you really want to meditate while feeling the shore beneath your skin, you could do no better than unrolling your yoga mat here beside the turquoise-blue Pacific.
Playa Conchal is about a 45-minute drive from Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Its more upscale neighbor, Playa Flamingo, is also known for its flaming pink sunsets.
Maybe you prefer reflecting by a gem-like river – perhaps as a reward after a hike? Book a ride to Guanacaste’s Tenorio Volcano National Park, then savor the guided walk to the banks of the Rio Celeste. There’s a 1.5-mile path straight to the riverside from the park entrance, and a more challenging 4.5-mile route featuring volcanic vents, hot springs, and a waterfall.
The Rio Celeste is unlike any other river in the world. Its waters are so blue that tour promoters everywhere need to clarify the color isn’t Photoshopped!
Heliconia Hanging Bridges
If you’re headed to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, you can also up the ante by taking this hike. Here, you’ll walk over swathes of rainforest as you follow trails and suspension bridges. There will be plenty views of native wildlife and nearby towns. It will be nothing like yoga – but it could make your trip to Costa Rica all the more worth it.
Santa Rosa National Park
You could also pick out a quiet spot inside Santa Rosa National Park, up in northwestern Guanacaste. Hiking trails, camping grounds, stunning headlands, and historic monuments abound here – it will be easy to feel one with nature. But, for a special treat, try requesting the park conservancy for a permit to see Playa Nancite. This isolated beach is where tens of thousands of olive ridley turtles come to rest. Out in the open, maybe, like them, you’ll feel right at home.
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