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Finding Pura Vida in Costa Rica: Haute Travel

the lovely pacific coastline of Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

the lovely pacific coastline of Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica at dusk

Welcoming black coastline is only one of the wonders to be had not the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  “Pura Vida” is not just a saying, but a way of life here; one which I experienced this past week on my first Yoga and Surfing Retreat with Sanga Retreats.  Being my first retreat of this kind, I was pretty curious about how the week would go, but with very little time to plan, I ended up basically “winging it” and stepping out of my planning-based comfort zone.  I wasn’t going in blind however, and what I did know was:

  1. I found the retreat on an awesome website called
  2. The Sanga Retreats founder, Jamie, was super helpful in answering many questions.
  3. I was going to do yoga every day!
  4. The retreat included lodging and all the meals at an eco-lodge called Vida Asana near Jaco Beach.
  5. I was finally going to visit Costa Rica, a country which I have longed to see for some time.