Puerto Viejo – Little Jamaica
by Kaleena Stroud
Costa Rica is an ideal vacation spot for explorers and yogis alike. But if you’re looking for an unforgettable mix of inward and outward exploration, then this nature-orientated yoga retreat, overlooking the Caribbean and designed with sustainable living in mind, offers so much more than the typical getaway.
Samasati Nature Retreat offers the perfect blend of exhilaration and relaxation, with its extensive selection of excursions in and around the breath-taking colorful town of Puerto Viejo. Our days were spent horseback riding along the pristine Caribbean beaches, taking a guided tour of the local waterfalls, zip-lining through the green canopies and shopping in Puerto Viejo, also known as “Little Jamaica.”
With yoga offered at the beginning and end of each day, you can center your energies both at sunrise and sunset. The yoga classes we attended at Samasati were structured to be suitable for all levels but they even offer yoga training, making it a fantastic getaway from which to come back as a certified yoga instructor.
Three delicious gourmet vegetarian meals are served each day and the cooking’s so good here they’re even working on a recipe book!
Our bungalow was tucked away in the serenity of the rainforest, surrounded by luscious foliage, butterfly fields and howler monkeys. Some peer over the rolling canopies – great for spotting flying toucans.
There’s something about the friendly and peaceful atmosphere at Samasati that stays with you for weeks. It’s one place that I can truly say has something for everyone—from beginner yogi’s or those looking to for the next step in their practice, to soul-searchers or those looking for adventure or a romantic getaway – Samasati truly has it all.