Discover your Nature 2023 in Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica (2023)

About this trip

This Journey will strengthen your practice & you will enter a deeper understanding of your mind-body spirit relationship all while having a great time in a private relaxed atmosphere under a rainforest canopy in Costa Rica. This week invites you to physically recharge your body, bring balance to your life and freedom to your mind.

Discover your Nature - Hot Yoga Retreat

6 Nights of Full Accommodations in a Beautiful 4 Star resort / Delicious Fresh Meals / Fresh Fruits & Coffee All Day / Daily Classes in an on-site Heated Studio: SUN26 Yoga & Special workshops with Joseph Encinia & Lotus Sculpt and Lotus Yin with Carolina Rivera / Beautiful on-site Gardens, Swimming Pool & Whirl Pool / Outdoor Activities may include Surfing, Nature Park Visit, Zip Line and More / Meditation Sessions / Walking Distance from World-Class Surf Beach, Jaco.

Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco is located in the center of the Pacific coast. Jaco Beach itself is about three miles long. The valley is ringed by beautiful jungle-covered mountains that rise 1,000 feet from the sea. Much of the beachfront development is residential on the south end, and the sand and the surf breaks here are wide open and uncrowded. In the center and middle, you will find more hostels and low-budget hotels and the mega-hotels in Jaco, so there are crowds if you are looking for them, but a seclusion is an option.

Jaco has long been recognized as the "surf city" of Costa Rica. There are ten more beaches and river mouth breaks within an hour's drive. This area of the coast receives more consistent surf than most places on the planet, and with ten beaches to choose from, there is almost always something firing!

Hotel DoceLunas

Docelunas has 20 rooms spread out over five acres of landscaped jungle gardens at the edge of the rainforest. The hotel s over 30 species of trees grow here, including seven different palm species and lots of flowers, including the exotic, sweet-smelling, ylang-ylang. Birds of paradise, heliconias, orchids, and bromeliads are everywhere!

The hotel is at the base of the tallest mountain, one mile from the south end of Jaco beach. Jaco Costa Rica is the most famous surf beach town in Costa Rica. It is the most accessible beach town to get to from the San Jose airport.

Airport SJO

Airport – Juan Santamaría International is the primary airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It’s advised to schedule roundtrips between the dates of August 6th – August 12th. Airport transportation will be provided only during this dates. Ride from the airport to the hotel should be between 1.5 - 2 hours depending on traffic.

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May, June, July, and August, theweather in Jaco Costa Rica isvariable, with some sunny days and a few torrential showers of rain. Ten to twenty days out of the month, there will be some precipitation. In Jaco, the average rainfall for these months is about 5 inches. A lot of those five inches will fall in five or six hefty rains. Temperatures are slightly more relaxed, with daytime high temperatures around 84 being typical.

SUN26 Yoga

SUN26 is a system of yoga synthesized from traditionalhatha yogatechniques. All classes run for 90 minutes and consist of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. Our daily morning classes are conducted in an on-site heated studio and led by International Yoga Champion Joseph Encinia.

Lotus Sculpt

A 1-hr High Intensity-Low Impact full body conditioning class designed to tone and strengthen your muscles with a combination of Barre and Pilates movements. Lotus Sculpt© by Carolina Rivera improves your core strength, body alignment, posture and joint stability, all while following the rhythm of high energy and fun music!

Lotus Yin

A 1-hour meditation and restorative yoga class consisting of postures and techniques to gently release and restore the body’s connective tissue.


  • Participants must be 21+ by the beginning of the event.
  • Airfare, alcoholic beverages, and tips are not included.
  • Space is limited to ensure the quality of your experience. The deposit will hold your place. Half of the remaining balance is due 60 days before the first day of the vacation (June 7th, 2023). The final payment is due 30 days before the first day of the retreat (July th, 2023). Any late payments can result in your spot be given away.
  • Auto-pay: By choosing the two installments option you will be automatically enrolled in auto-pay. Your preferred payment method will be charged when a installment is due.
  • Airport: Flights must be booked to Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO).
  • The check-in date is Sunday, August 6th. Activities start on Sunday evening. The check-out date is Saturday, August 12th. If you plan to arrive earlier than the start date or stay later than the end date, we would gladly contact the hotel and help you book those extra nights of accommodation and airport transportation. This will have to be processed through the hotel and added to your room charges.
  • Airport transportation will be included only during the following dates: August 6th arrival and August 12th departure.
  • Please share your flight information with us as soon as it is booked to organize airport transportation.
  • All guests to this retreat are booked directly with Sun Lotus Retreats. All retreat activities are exclusive only for Sun Lotus Retreats guests.
  • Payments: All online payments will be processed via WeTravel and can be made with a credit card (2.9% fee) or through your bank account (free of charge). You can choose to make one full payment or a $600 deposit plus two installments (due on June 7th, 2023 & July 7th, 2023). We accept check payments; please inquire via email for the mailing address. The prices stated are per person.
  • Cancellations and Refunds: There are no refunds available. Deposits ($600) are non-refundable. Participants who cannot attend under any circumstances will be offered a credit towards the next retreat for their amount equal to the installments paid ONLY if they cancel their reservation before January 19th, 2023. Sun Lotus Retreats CAN'T offer credits or refunds for cancellation made after January 19th, 2023.
  • Travel insurance is not included in the package, but it's recommended.
  • Sun Lotus Retreats reserves the right to accept, reject or prohibit registration for or attendance at its events at any time for any reason.


All COVID restrictions have been lifted.

By joining a Sun Lotus Retreats event, you agree to the following terms:

  • I recognize that yoga, fitness, workshops, retreats, and trips involve physical activities that may be strenuous and may cause injury. I understand that I must judge my capabilities concerning any activity. By participating in any action or practice taught at or by Sun Lotus Retreats in any location, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries, or damages, known or unknown, that I may incur.
  • I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician before and regarding my participation in any activity. I represent and warrant that I am physically and mentally fit and have no medical condition which would prevent my full participation in any activity. I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to inform the instructor of any injury or other illness that might affect my ability to participate in any activities and notify the instructor immediately if damage occurs.
  • I hold myself fully responsible for my participation.
  • I have carefully read this waiver and release. I agree to release and waive any claims that I have now irrevocably or hereafter may have against Sun Lotus Yoga, LLC, Sun Lotus Center, Sun Lotus Retreats, or any teacher affiliated with Sun Lotus Yoga.

By submitting your registration form and deposit, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to the above Terms & Conditions.

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What’s included

  • Airport transportation

    On August 6th and 12th.

  • All Meals

    From dinner on Sunday 6th to breakfast on Saturday 12th.

  • SUN26 Yoga

    Led by Joseph Encinia

  • Lotus Sculpt

    Led by Carolina Rivera

  • Lotus Yin

    Led by Joseph & Carolina

  • Meditation

    Led by Joseph Encinia

  • Outdoor Activities

    May include: surf, nature walks, zip-lining, horseback riding, beach time.

  • Flights to/from SJO

  • Tips

  • Travel Insurance

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Available Packages

Double Occupancy Room (per person rate)

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  • Two queen size beds
  • View of the flower gardens and mosaic swimming pool
  • Two sinks in bathroom
  • Shared balcony or patio

Only available for 2 participants traveling together. Come with a friend/partner!

(Video) Walking down from "El Miro" at Jaco Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.




Double Occupancy Cabin (per person rate)

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  • King size bed and one day bed
  • Reading nook with desk and view of gardens
  • Private Patio with Adirondack Chairs

Only available for 2 participants traveling together. Come with a friend/partner! Special for Couples.

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Single Occupancy Cabin

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  • King size bed
  • Sofa
  • Reading nook with desk and garden view
  • Large sliding glass doors with garden view
  • High thread count sheets
  • Private Patio with Adirondack Chairs





What is Puntarenas Costa Rica known for? ›

Puntarenas is one of the most important tourism regions in Costa Rica. Its coastline is full of islands, inlets, beaches, and very beautiful natural treasures, all which make it an excellent tourist destination.

Is Jaco Costa Rica worth it? ›

With its close proximity to San Jose and some of the most stunning sunset views in the world, Jaco Costa Rica has something for everyone - no matter what type of vacation you're looking for. There are so many things to do in and around Jaco Beach that it stands to reason: it is absolutely worth visiting!

Can you drink the water in Jaco Costa Rica? ›

Jaco's tap water is perfectly OK to drink. However, we recommend drinking bottled water instead of tap water because of the high mineral content in the latter.

What is Jaco Beach known for? ›

Jaco is known for its surfing, beaches, and nightlife. The Central Pacific Coast is known for its beaches, incredible sunsets, and close proximity to San Jose international airport.

What is the best time of year to visit Puntarenas Costa Rica? ›

The most popular time of year to visit Puntarenas is during the dry season from December to April for travelers looking for perfect beach weather. Temperatures hover in the mid-80s and rain is rare.

Can you swim in Puntarenas? ›

Beaches and Islands

Along these beaches, you will find plenty of activities for you and your partner or family to enjoy. Locals and tourist alike take part in surfing, swimming, hiking, sunbathing and jet skiing.

Is Jaco Costa Rica safe 2023? ›

While Jaco is generally considered safe, petty crimes such as theft and pickpocketing are common. It is important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night.

Is it safe to walk in Jaco at night? ›

3: Don't Swim or Hike Alone at Night 🐾🦈🐍🙅

While the beaches and rainforests during the day are stunning, they can both be dangerous at night. Night swimming can leave you vulnerable to strong currents, rip tides and other dangers, while hiking in the rainforests at night could expose you to serious risks from wildlife.

What is the best month to visit Jaco Costa Rica? ›

The perfect time to visit Jaco is February-April due to the excellent weather conditions, and you might even find that the cost of flights and accommodation are lower than if you travel during the peak holiday seasons. The very hottest temperatures in Jaco get to around 32℃ (89℉) in the height of summer.

Can I use my cell phone in Costa Rica? ›

Connect with a local Costa Rica SIM card

In the U.S., the law says that your service must unlock your phone on request. That's important because you can buy a local SIM card once you arrive in Costa Rica. Local SIM cards usually come loaded with minutes, and you can purchase additional minutes separately.

Do you tip in Costa Rica? ›

Unlike the U.S., all Costa Rican restaurants will automatically add a 10 percent gratuity to your bill before it's given to you, in addition to the 13 percent tax. In Costa Rican eateries, tipping is optional.

How much money should I bring to Costa Rica? ›

How Much Cash Should I Carry in Costa Rica? In general, it's a good idea to carry between $50-$100, most of which should be composed of small and medium-sized bills (example exchange rates include $20 =10.000 colones, $10=5.000 colones, $4=2.000 colones, $2=1.000 colones.)

Where are the girls in Jaco? ›

Most of the girls in Jaco live in San Jose, they come out on the weekends to make money. During the high season, January through April, they might stay in Jaco for weeks at a time.

Is Jaco Beach swimmable? ›

Jaco Beach isn't the best for swimming, but luckily there are plenty more beautiful beaches in the area to explore.

Do you need a car in Jaco Costa Rica? ›

Jaco is about a 1.5 hour drive from San Jose International Airport, making it it one of the best beach towns in Costa Rica to get to without a car. Bus: To take the bus to Jaco from San Jose International Airport, you must go to the 7-10 bus station in downtown San Jose. It is about a $5 USD ride and 2 hour bus ride.

What is the most expensive month to visit Costa Rica? ›

Traveling to Costa Rica in December is likely to be the most expensive. We expect costs during this month to be as much as 30% higher than average. As you can see, travelers are commonly looking for a beach Christmas vacation!

Can you drink tap water in Puntarenas Costa Rica? ›

I have never heard of any requirement of this in Costa Rica and the people who live here, including Americans don't take it. As far as the water is concerned, it is safe. I drink it every trip.

Is Puntarenas worth visiting to party? ›

If you go in February, Puntarenas becomes the party town in the country and it's a great time to visit. They host famous carnivals, there are concerts with international artists and thousands of Costa Ricans go. It's an excellent place to take your family since there are little kid rides and games.

Is Puntarenas safe? ›

Like other rural areas, Puntarenas sees very little crime in Costa Rica. Use your common sense when visiting the port town but note that violent crime is quite rare.

How much is Puntarenas ferry? ›

Puntarenas Ferry Schedules

A simple car with driver included costs $ 24 one way. You can either reserve online (QuickPayCR) or pay in cash (Costa Rican Colones) at the ferry office by the dock. A single passenger ticket is $ 1.50 (Col 810).

Can you drink the water in Costa Rica resorts? ›

Yes. It's completely safe to drink the tap water over the majority of the country. That includes your luxury vacation rentals in Guanacaste!

Do US citizens need a visa for Costa Rica? ›

1. US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country).

Do you need vaccinations to go to Costa Rica? ›

The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Costa Rica: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Recommended for travelers to most regions.

Does it rain a lot in Jaco Costa Rica? ›

When is Costa Rica Rainy Season? The rainy season in Costa Rica varies tremendously depending on region. In the Jaco Beach area, we tend see almost no rain from December to May, then some showers and occasional rain storms from May to September.

Is Jaco a black sand beach? ›

Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Jaco's black sand beach is protected by two rocky points on each end. This protection blunts the power of incoming swells, making Jaco a great beginner and intermediate surf spot.

How many days do you need in Jaco? ›

Planning a vacation to Playa Jaco. We recommend a 3 – 4 day stay for your vacation in Jaco. There is plenty to do, but staying lonegr thatn this will take away from your overall experience in Costa Rica. There is simply a lot more to see and do in the rest of the country.

Is Costa Rica safe for Americans? ›

When it comes to security, Costa Rica is generally a safe place for travelers. Still, visitors should be aware of potential dangers before starting their journey. It is important to take the necessary precautions, as in any urban city, to stay safe while traveling in this beautiful country.

What is the hottest month in Jaco Costa Rica? ›

July is the hottest month in Jaco with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is January at 25°C (77°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in June. The wettest month is September with an average of 130mm of rain.

What month is hurricane season in Costa Rica? ›

The hurricane season usually runs from June to November.

What is the best part of Jaco Beach Costa Rica? ›

Arguably the most beautiful beaches in the Jaco area are Playa Mantas and the adjacent, Playa Blanca. These beaches are about a 20-minute drive north of Jaco. They are best accessed with a rental car.

Is it OK to wear shorts in Costa Rica? ›

Clothes. Costa Rica doesn't have a strict dress code so comfortable and casual is best for pretty much the entire country. At the beach where daytime temperatures reach up to 95 F (35 C) with high humidity, your wardrobe will consist of shorts, tank tops, tshirts and flip flops.

What can I not bring into Costa Rica? ›

What can I not bring to Costa Rica?
  • Illegal drugs.
  • Pornographic materials.
  • Plants, seeds, vegetables, fruits and unpackaged or bulk food items.
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Is Wi-Fi free in Costa Rica? ›

Costa Rica is packed with Wi-Fi hotspots that cater to locals and tourists alike. You can stay connected with free Wi-Fi in most hotels, restaurants, cafes, and public areas. If you're looking for places with Wi-Fi near you, try using a Wi-Fi map or typing "wifi near me" on your search engine.

Is $10 dollars a good tip in Costa Rica? ›

The standard percentage to tip in Costa Rica is 10% for tourists. A good way to see the tipping etiquette in Costa Rica for tourists is that there isn't a mandatory minimum percentage so any amount is very much appreciated.

Is $10 a good tip in Costa Rica? ›

Accepted Tipping Amounts

Adventure Guides: up to $5 USD for a large group, up to $10 USD for a smaller group. Bartenders/Waitresses: 5% – 15% Bellhops: up to $5 USD. Housekeeping: $5 USD to $10 USD per night.

Is $20 a good tip in Costa Rica? ›

Tipping in Costa Rica: Tipping waiters and waitresses

Tipping restaurant wait staff an average of 15-20% is the norm in Costa Rica. Many restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge (a gratuity charge) to their bills, which may appear as a 10% service tax or service fee.

How much is $1 US in Costa Rica? ›

1 USD = 536.969238 CRC May 28, 2023 00:27 UTC

The currency converter below is easy to use and the currency rates are updated frequently.

How far does the US dollar go in Costa Rica? ›

The exchange rate between the dollar (USD) and the colon is always fluctuating and is currently around 612 colones to the dollar. For the most current exchange rates, check the site of the Central Bank of Costa Rica.

Will my debit card work in Costa Rica? ›

ATMs In Costa Rica – Bank/Debit Cards

Bank or debit cards in an ATM are the recommended way to access your funds while traveling in Costa Rica. Except a few remote beach and wilderness areas ATMs are easy to find. You can get cash at a pawn shop (casa de empeños) but we don't recommend it.

Is Jaco a party town? ›

Costa Rica nightlife Jaco is considered by many to be the most vibrant and active from the western coast, a perfect place for a bachelor party or for simply having fun. Spend the whole day in the middle of nature and prepare your party outfit as Costa Ricans like to party hard and go wild.

What is the crime rate in Jaco Costa Rica? ›

Crime rates in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Level of crime50.00Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs50.00Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft50.00Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery37.50Low
Problem corruption and bribery37.50Low
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Does Jaco have a rainforest? ›

Jaco is known for the beach, but you won't have to drive far to find the repute of its rainforest. Just outside town, two miles down a dirt road through wildflower-studded meadows you'll reach the rainforest.

Are there monkeys at Jaco Beach? ›

The white-faced capuchin monkeys in this area have gotten so accustomed to humans that they are very likely to hop right into your boat for a proper meet and greet!

Is it safe to walk on the beach at night in Costa Rica? ›

Most beaches aren't well lit and provide criminals with the perfect cover to rob or attack unaware nighttime beach goers. While this doesn't happen all the time, robberies, rapes, and assaults have taken place on the beaches of Costa Rica at night.

How far is Jaco Beach from airport? ›

First things first, the airport you will want to fly into is San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport. From there Jaco Beach is an 80 minute's drive. If it's your first trip we highly recommend you book a private transfer, where someone will be waiting for you to pick you up and take you to Jaco.

What is Jaco known for? ›

Jaco is known for its surfing, beaches, and nightlife. The Central Pacific Coast is known for its beaches, incredible sunsets, and close proximity to San Jose international airport.

Do I need a Covid test to Costa Rica? ›

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Costa Rica? COVID test is not required to enter Costa Rica.

Can you drink the water in Jaco? ›

Jaco's tap water is perfectly OK to drink. However, we recommend drinking bottled water instead of tap water because of the high mineral content in the latter.

What is the richest part of Costa Rica? ›

Escazú, in the San José province, is often referred to as the Beverly Hills of Costa Rica as it is the most upscale area in the country.

What is the most famous part of Costa Rica? ›

Some of the most famous tourist attractions to visit in Costa Rica are Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio, Tamarindo Beach, Monteverde, Conchal Beach, Gulf of Papagayo, etc. Do visit these places for an overall intriguing experience.

What is the most famous thing in Costa Rica? ›

One of the things that Costa Rica is most famous for is its stunning beaches. The country has over 800 miles of coastline, and each beach has its own unique character. Thanks to its location sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is naturally blessed with an incredible array of beaches.

How safe is Puntarenas? ›

Is Puntarenas, Costa Rica Safe? Like other rural areas, Puntarenas sees very little crime in Costa Rica. Use your common sense when visiting the port town but note that violent crime is quite rare.

Is Costa Rica nicer than Puerto Rico? ›

Costa Rica is perfect for those looking for the “pura vida” lifestyle, an adventure-filled vacation, and eco-friendly stays. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is great if you're a US citizen without a passport, want to explore a smaller area, and are looking for luxury stays.

Which side of Costa Rica is the nicest? ›

Most travelers visiting Costa Rica think the Pacific side of the country is the better coast to visit. The remote Osa Peninsula, the monkey-filled area of Manuel Antonio, the surfing near Santa Theres, and the touristy Nicoya coast make it the superior choice.

Is American money more in Costa Rica? ›

US dollars are widely accepted in Costa Rica. Bring smaller bills like $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.

What is the poorest area of Costa Rica? ›

According to INEC, the Central Pacific region has the highest level of poverty and extreme poverty (34.7% and 11.3%, respectively) in 2020. Next is the Chorotega region (Guanacaste), which experienced the largest percentage increase in poverty since last year.

Where do most Americans go in Costa Rica? ›

All of the popular and safe expatriate locations in Costa Rica, such as Heredia, Atenas, Arenal, Tamarindo and even some parts of the capital city San Jose are home to many American expats. One way to make friends is by simply being social and visiting US-owned establishments like bars or restaurants, or shops.

What is Costa Rica famous food? ›

Gallo pinto, which has a literal meaning of "spotted rooster", is the national dish of Costa Rica. It consists of rice and beans stir-fried together in a pan to create a speckled appearance.

What is the most popular food dish in Costa Rica? ›

Casados, also known as comida tipica (lit. typical dish), is the most popular dish in Costa Rica. Whichever traditional restaurant (called sodas) you visit, it will most likely be on their menu. Casado consists of white rice, beans, meat such as chicken, beef, or fish, and a salad such as iceberg or coleslaw.

What is the national dish of Costa Rica? ›

Gallo Pinto literally translates as 'spotted rooster' but is the name given to Costa Rica's ubiquitous national dish of rice and beans. The name most likely originates from the speckled appearance of the black beans against the white rice.”

What are 2 important dishes from Costa Rica? ›

The Dishes to Know
  • Gallo pinto (rice and beans) ...
  • Chifrijo (fried pork with red beans} ...
  • Rondón (seafood and coconut stew) ...
  • Casado (combo plate) ...
  • Olla de carne (beef and vegetable stew) ...
  • Picadillos (vegetable hash) ...
  • Chorreadas (corn pancakes) ...
  • Ceviche.
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