Preparing for Your Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

The beach near Uvita, Costa Rica

Your stay in Uvita

Uvita is the center of The Ballena Coast and the home to Ballena National Park. Playa Colonia, the closest beach (only 500 meters away) to Bienestar is a national park. It is a long shallow beach in a big bay, where you can see all of the Osa peninsula and Isla de Cano, which is 16 miles out to sea. It is still an undeveloped area with no buildings within 200 meters for the beach. Most days there are only a handful of people visiting the beach. Uvita is very relaxed and has an easygoing vibe.

How to get here

Fly to San Jose, (SJO) the capital of Costa Rica. The airport is located in the town of Alajuela, 11 miles NW of and about 30 minutes from San Jose in the Central Valley. It takes 3.5 hours to drive to Uvita. We will help make all arrangements for your arrival and stay in Uvita. (car, bus, shuttle). The Yoga Teacher Trainings provide you with shuttle service to and from this airport.


Almost every business will take U.S. dollars in Cost Rica. Make sure you bring an assortment of $1, 5, 10 and 20’s. Most business do not like to accept larger bills. When you get U.S. cash at the bank make sure every bill is in good condition, no tears or heavy wear, they will not accept them here in bad condition. There are three banks with ATMs in Uvita central, less then 2 miles away. All ATM’s have an English language option for easy use. They also offer to pay out in dollars or colons. Be sure to inform your bank you will be traveling out of the country with the dates you will be gone so that your ATM card works here.

Where to stay

We have a private room for you. About 200 meters down the road from Bienestar is a secured compound of new cabinas each with 2 individual private bedrooms and a private living room and kitchen. There is also a large outdoor deck and kitchen for socializing are in the center of the property and it is all very close to the beach. Go to the Gallery to see photos of the new construction.

What to bring

I will send you more details after you have booked your program but just know, the weather is always warm and Uvita is very casual.

Other things to do

We can arrange any of these activities from local tour operators for you:

  • Surf lessons

  • Sup – stand up paddle boarding

  • Kayaking

  • Visit local waterfalls

  • Whale watching (in season)

  • Turtle reserve (in season)

  • Jungle hikes – day or night hikes, bird-watching or canopy tours

  • Snorkeling

  • Scuba diving.

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