La Escuela del Sol, Montezuma

La Escuela del Sol (LEDS) offers Costa Rica yoga surf retreats with a unique twist — they are given in a natural learning environment within which you get the opportunity to practice — besides surfing and yoga — fire dancing and conversational Spanish. LEDS is located in Montezuma along the country’s beautiful northwest coast. It is founded on the principles of enhancing the mind, body and soul. Its yoga and surfing retreats blend Costa Rica’s laid back “pura vida” philosophy with eastern concepts of health, wellness and harmonious living.

Set amid stunning beaches, pristine waterfalls and the majestic rainforest of Costa Rica, LEDS is the ideal setting for yoga and surf retreats. All yoga classes are exclusive to LEDS students to make sure they get no less than 100 percent attention and the best instructions. LEDS also follows a unique program that eases the student into the class, even when he joins up right in the middle of the program. Yoga classes take place in an open-air covered studio, in full view of the rainforest. This natural setting makes the LEDS yoga and surf retreats among the best in Costa Rica.

Put your yoga retreats to good use as you surf the excellent Costa Rica waves in nearby Montezuma and Mal Pais beaches. Surf instructors will lead you to the areas with the right waves to fit your skill level. Beginners start off with basic instructions on land, then off to the gentle, temperate waves of Playa Grande, said to be the best beach in the entire country for learning how to surf. Intermediate and advanced surfers have a choice of five topnotch surf spots to enjoy on their Costa Rica surf yoga retreats.

The LEDS surf yoga retreats differ from other Costa Rica resort offerings in the composition of training courses. Besides yoga retreats and surfing Costa Rica’s wonderful waves, LEDS also offers Spanish language training at all levels and scuba diving certification. For the artistically inclined and the adventurous, there is the Fire Poi School. Poi is the native New Zealand dance that involves rhythmic swinging of weighted tethers. Just add fire, and you have a fascinating (and not to mention, dangerous) dance routine that is as much a strength and coordination training regimen as it is a performance art. You can make your Costa Rica holiday memorable by combining surf yoga retreats with Spanish language classes, scuba diving classes and fire poi classes.

LEDS is flexible when it comes to accommodation; there are various room options available for your Costa Rica surf yoga retreats, provided you arrange for these in advance. You can also book a number of outdoor activities and local excursions to surrounding places of interest, such as a hike to the Montezuma Waterfall, a zip-line canopy tour, horseback riding and deep-sea fishing. There is an abundance of local restaurants nearby offering low cost food. This presents a great opportunity for you to sample local cuisine, explore the countryside, practice your Spanish and add a whole new dimension to your Costa Rica yoga surf retreats.

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