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Nicaragua Yoga Retreat FAQ & Itinerary
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The Nicaragua Program

Soak up the last rays of summer with a week of inspiring yoga, surf lessons, relaxation, delicious food and playful adventure in one of our favorite countries on earth. Join us on this amazing adventure at Costa Dulce on the famous surf coast of Nicaragua. Jessica will guide you in daily yoga practices in the open air yoga platform and jungle studio while the crew at Costa Dulce will prepare amazing meals, great surf lessons and other dreamy optional activities like a catamaran tour, horseback riding and massage.

Retreat to nature, the jungle, and the beach at Costa Dulce Hotel and Retreat Centre. Natural living meets rustic luxury.  True relaxation and tranquility. Costa Dulce Hotel and Retreat Centre has grown organically, integrating itself with the surrounding natural environment.  We are committed to a grass roots approach to tourism and a more sustainable future through improving the social, economic and environmental well being of the surrounding communities.

Located on Playa Escameca Grande Costa Dulce is truly immersed in nature.  Costa Dulce is ideal for all travelers looking to enjoy good company in a relaxed, safe, and healthy environment.  Come and connect with nature, and the community that is Costa Dulce.

SCHEDULE

AUGUST 19
Arrivals
Welcome Yoga & Dinner

AUGUST 20
Morning Practice & Breakfast
Morning Surf Class & Lunch
Evening Yoga & Dinner

AUGUST 21
Morning Practice & Breakfast
Morning Surf Class & Lunch
Evening Yoga & Dinner

AUGUST 22
Morning Practice & Breakfast
Optional Activity Day / Rest
Evening Yoga & Dinner

AUGUST 23
Morning Practice & Breakfast
Optional Activity Day / Rest
Trip to Town & Dinner in San Juan

AUGUST 24
Morning Practice & Breakfast
Optional Activity Day / Rest
Evening Yoga & Dinner

AUGUST 25
Departures

Where is this retreat and how do/when do I get there?

Where is the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat 2018? 

Costa Dulce is located just south (20-25minutes) of San Juan Del Sur on the Gold Cost of Nicaragua.

All international flights go in and out of Managua, MGA typically, however due to the civil unrest currently in Managua, we are suggesting that everyone fly into Liberia, the smaller/closer airport just over the boarder in Costa Rica.

The travel time to Costa Dulce is about 2 hours depending on traffic.  We will provide transportation and it will be included in the price if you arrive between 12:00pm – 3:00pm. This will ensure that you will make it for opening class / dinner.

Any arrivals outside of this time we will help arrange, but it will be at cost to you, normally $100 per car, or $30-40/person depending on how many people. Please book your flights out of MGA on August 25th after 12pm so as to avoid an extremely early drive. We also will only cover transport costs for flights leaving 11am or later so as to encourage a reasonable departure time.

We do suggest arriving the day before and either staying in Managua or coming down to San Juan Del Sur (the nearby town) or Costa Dulce if there is availability.  If you plan on traveling before or after the trip, just let us know and we’ll help you figure out the best way to arrive/depart the retreat.

Airport: Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
Group Arrival Time, Included Window: 12pm-3pm on August 19th.
Departure Time: after 1pm on August 25th
Transfer Cost Outside of designated times: $100-120/car
Transfer Time: About 2 hours

Start Time: 5:30 pm on the first day.

End Time: After breakfast on the last day

What will the retreat be like?

INCLUDES

6 nights eco-chic/rustic accommodations at Costa Dulce
Delicious and Nourishing breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily
1-2 yoga classes daily with Jessica
2 Group Surf Lessons with our knowledgeable and experienced local guides
All the adventure + fun that you can handle

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Sea Turtle Release – Surfing – Horseback Riding – Massage – Jungle & Waterfall Hike – Whale Watching – SUP River Tour

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Optional activities, tips, massage, and extra food and drink are not included.

Optional activities and costs (subject to updated pricing by venue)

Surf Lessons – $45 OR Board rental – $25 (3 lesson package $100)

Massage and healing sessions

Massage – $65 one hour, $90 one and a half hours

How active is this retreat?

This retreat is moderately active and presents as much adventure as you would like! It is well balanced with daily yoga and plenty of time to hang in hammocks and on the beach. Plus surfing!

NOURISHMENT

What is the food like? All meals are included at Costa Brava. Meals will not be included if you decide to eat off site. All meals are designed to be healthy, delicious and inspiring using local ingredients and seasonal produce. Throughout the day coffee, tea, juice and fruit are available. Alcoholic Drinks are available at your own cost. The daily meal plan generally includes a selection of fruit, granola, and yogurt before the morning yoga class, a big brunch afterward, a light lunch, and a fabulous, buffet dinner (veg or non-veg).

Food & Dietary Restrictions: Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know your needs when you register.

LOGISTICS

Do you supply shampoo and soap?

We provide both shampoo and soap in each room, but we encourage you to bring your own favorite cosmetics for your use.

Is there WiFi?

Yes, WiFi is available on site and it’s free, but given that Nicaragua is a developing country, the internet connection can be inconsistent.  We hope you unplug and indulge in the serenity of our beautiful beach and natural setting.

Are there restaurants or stores nearby?

There is a beach bar on Playa Escameca that serves cold beer and lunch. There are a couple of pulperias (mini-markets) that have some cosmetics and sundries which are about a 10 minute ride from us in Playa Coco. There’s a restaurant there as well.  We are 20-25 minutes from San Juan del Sur which has a variety of markets, drug stores, restaurants, and bars.

What else should I know before I come?

Nicaragua has occasional interruptions of electricity service. The outages usually last for only an hour or two. Verdad has a backup system, so it is unlikely you will be without power for long during your stay.

What are the safety features of your property?

We have staff on throughout the day and night including guards who roam the property from sundown ‘til sun up. You can lock your cabin front door when you leave, and your belongings will be safe, but we don’t recommend bringing valuable jewels and the like to Nicaragua.

Is the water potable?

We provide purified water at the restaurant and pool bar for drinking. Although you can safely bathe and brush your teeth with the tap water, we don’t recommend drinking a glass full.

What are your check-in and check-out times?

Our check in time is 3pm, although you are welcome to come earlier and hang out at the beach or restaurant if you arrive before and your room is not ready. Check out time is 11:00 am, but we are happy to accommodate a late checkout whenever there is availability. Also, you may safely leave your luggage at reception at checkout time, and you’re welcome to spend a little extra time relaxing here at Verdad before taking off.

Are there fans or air-conditioning in the rooms?

We want our guests to be as comfortable as possible; however we are mindful of our electricity use. All of our cabins are situated and designed to take full advantage of the near constant breezes on our hilltop.  They each have a powerful ceiling fan as well which makes a great alternative to air conditioning and keeps everyone comfortably cool.

Is the water warm or cold?

The water temperature changes with the seasons and global conditions. The water is quite warm from May to December. Starting in January and through March, when the temperature on land begins to rise, the Humboldt Current passes the Nicaraguan Pacific Coast which makes the water cooler. Depending on what you are used to and the activities you do before diving in, the water can feel either very refreshing or perhaps a bit chilly during these months, but never too cold to enjoy.  As a rule of thumb, once water temperatures drop, the fishing season begins to take off.  So, the water might be a little cooler in the winter months, but fresh fish is more plentiful.

What is the best season to come to Verdad?

From May to August, the temperature will rise a bit and you will have warm beach days with a couple more light showers lasting around an hour or two, but nothing that would put a damper on your vacation. Heavy rains begin in late September and carry into October, but these are great months to surf the big swells.

Do I need to bring Cordobas (the local currency)?

The USD is readily accepted in most parts of Nicaragua.  Most establishments in our area accept dollars but will give you change back in the local currency.  The closest ATM, which dispenses both cordobas and US dollars, is located in the village of San Juan del Sur which is a 20-25 minute drive.

Should I take anti-malaria meds?

Mosquitos and other insects are present within Nicaragua but are not much of an issue in our area. The entire Southern Pacific side of Nicaragua where we are located has no malaria transmission. Since we are in this no risk area, we do not provide bed-nets.  For more information about recommended vaccines and medications, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov.

How close is the nearest hospital?

There is a small clinic located in San Juan del Sur (20-25 minutes away) and a hospital in Rivas 45 minutes away that can deal with more serious injuries or illnesses. The largest and most sophisticated hospital is in Managua, 2.5 hours away.

If I sign up alone, how do you organize roommates?

We’ll arrange roommates based on gender, age, region and interests.

How many people will be on this yoga retreat?

There are usually around 15-20 people on the trip.

 

How do I prepare for my yoga retreat in Nicaragua?

What do I pack?

Yoga Retreat Packing List

 

What else do I need to know?

5 Things to Bring on a Yoga Retreat

 

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