If you have been in Nosara for a while, you have a sense of the flow of the place. Though we are a beach town, we experience seasons all the same. After the winter, which is during north American summer, the rains dry up and as locals we all brace ourselves - for the high season!
Most of us who live and work down here understand this... and we know how important it is to take some time to rest and restore before the busy season descends upon us!
The team here at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa has devised a great plan for this important rest: we are offering a superb deal to all locals: two nights stay in a gorgeous suite and three healthy, delicious meals prepared daily - for the very low cost of $99 per person per night!
We invite you to come, in two weeks time (December 8th and 9th) to lounge by our pool, watch sunset on the teak decks overlooking the ocean, and be served by our wonderful staff. It will be our pleasure to arrange for extra services such as massages, aesthetics, private yoga classes, readings... whatever you would like to enjoy a complete weekend of relaxation.
This is a limited time offer, we only have space for 4 couples this weekend, so please get in touch with us as soon as you can to reserve your spot. This is your chance to get away from it all, and enjoy a staycation that will leave you refreshed and ready for an amazing 2018 season in Nosara.
We're waiting for you with open arms,
Costa Rica Yoga Spa Team!
The name Nosara was the name of a beautiful and wise Chorotegan princess. Legend has it that Princess Nosara lived on these lands in the 16th century, before the Spanish came. Nosara hid all of the gold of the tribal villages, burying it so that it would not be taken. The Spanish stole her off to Europe, though, and she died of a broken heart missing her beautiful people and land.
When the Nicoyan peninsula, along with most of central America was overtaken by Spanish conquistadores, much of this region was converted into cattle ranches. By the 18th century, cattle, wheat and sugarcane were the primary industries of this area, and evidence of this is still present in “cowboy” culture today. These industries called for mass destruction of the forests and wild jungle that were the home of the Chorotegans.
After cattle came the church, and the Spanish set to converting the Indians to Catholicism throughout the region, devastating most of Chorotegan culture and practices. Nosara remained virtually unchanged for the next few hundred years until the arrival of the first surfer.
Jerry ( who still has the hardware store in downtown Nosara) drove his VW van down to what is now Garza, and hiked his way into Guiones to surf there. Surfers continued to trickle down here slowly throughout the 90’s … some people who live here still remember before there was a road to Nicoya, which only happened in about 1980. Back then, lots on the beach started at $3000….
20 years and a few more zeros later, Nosara continues to grow. We have roads now, some are even paved! A yoga, surfing, and healthy lifestyle hotspot Nosara boasts many restaurants and cafes, yoga studios, yoga retreat centres, surf schools, bars, rental properties, hotels, a co-working spot, surf schools, high school, live music, dancing, ziplines, hiking, and new businesses opening up every year!!
It’s a magical place, the hum of the jungle and the healing waters of the Rio Nosara still run through. It must be felt to truly be understood. Come visit us and see what everyone is talking about!
These sunsets, you have to see them to believe them! Off to catch one now.
What is a Blue zone and why does it matter?
The Costa Rica Yoga Spa finds itself in the heart of the Nicoya peninsula, one of the world’s 5 known “Blue Zones.” The term Blue Zone was coined around 2007 and refers to areas of the world where people live the longest, and healthiest lives.
Nicoya, Costa Rica, along with regions in Japan, Greece, and Italy stand out. Of course we wanted to find out what makes these places so special, that people live longer and have less diseases.
What is it about the Pura Vida lifestyle that contributes to living happy, healthy, and long lives? Well, we’re no scientists, but we have a few guesses:
1-It’s in the water. The water in Nicoya is hard water, which means it has a high amount of calcium. This can mean your soap lathers less well, but after some time, it contributes to bone strength. Not to mention living in proximity to the beach, where salt water is cleansing of both the body and spirit.
2-The sunshine. Vitamin D is also known as a happy vitamin. Those of us who have known long winters in dark climates understand first-hand how much a deficiency of this important nutrient can affect us. One can understand that day to day happiness and sunshine contributes to less stress, and promotes health.
3- Work. Most Nicoyans work physically, and enjoy that work. Keeping a body moving seems to be the best way to keep it working long term.
4-Connections to family, friends, and spirituality. Most Nicoyans are very close to their family, cousins and grandparents, and harbor lifelong friendships. They see each other daily, and this seems to contribute to overall, long term happiness. Having great neighbours makes all the difference, so it’s easy to see why having people you love around you makes a big difference in your quality of life.
5-No Stress. This is purely anecdotal, but in my experience ticos don’t stress much. For myself, who comes from a big city, big busy, big stress lifestyle the pura vida nature of accepting situations as they are, and moving forward with solutions is a great lesson for me. No point in stressing over what can’t be changed.
Get a taste of the pura vida lifestyle and see how it contributes to your health and happiness even in a short time by joining us for one of our awesome retreats!!
Last week a massive storm rocked the entire country, and swallowed Nosara almost whole! Hurricane Nate, The rains flooded several areas of downtown Nosara, and the communities of Santa Marta and Ostional were inaccessible. Power was lost for a few days, and more than 200 people had to be relocated, helped out of their homes with kayaks and large vehicles. Shelters were coordinated by the local emergency committee, and people opened up their homes and their hearts to those affected by the situation.
This was a tragedy of epic proportions, and as is so often the case, those who have the least are affected most by these 'acts of nature'. Fortunately relief workers and volunteers all over the country were able to work quickly and minimize tragedies. Many people are slowly working on recovering from the storm.
Amidst this tragedy the shining light has been the strength of our community. Immediately people communicated via Facebook and email to mobilize and offer their assistance. Groups formed quickly and aid was brought to people who had lost their homes and their belongings, as well as a group to aid misplaced pets.
As of Monday night, more than 500 families have been supported. Those wishing to donate can drop off items at the ADIN office, located next to the Kitson Library. The food, clothing and household items are still needed.
Thank you to all who have donated!
Moving towards the holiday season, donations are being collected for Christmas gifts for the affected families, as well as requests for any visitors to bring with them toys, clothes, or other items that would make nice gifts.
Please contact us so we may put you in touch with the appropriate people to support the relief effort in Nosara!
The 'High Season' in Costa Rica is also the 'Dry Season', and many people ask if there is a time of year they can visit that is slightly fresher, but are often worried about too much rain. The truth is that the only month where you can expect rain for the majority of the day is October, and since most businesses close down that month for repairs there are few options for places to stay.
BUT--Costa Rica has an amazing 'Shoulder Season' which runs from May until the end of September, During this time of year you can expect ligth rainshowers every other day for brief periods.
This is a great time to visit and here is why!:
1. Everything is soo lush and GREEN, flowers bloom and the dust moves from the air back to the ground where it belongs. Temperature cools a bit and the oppressive weight of the dry March heat has dissipated, meaning you can get through a day with just one shower as opposed to three!
2. You don’t have to book everything in advance and wait in long lines, because the number of tourists is much lower. Prices also drop significantly.
3. Waterfalls. There are no waterfalls in Nosara in the dry season, you might catch a trickle of water in February, but often nothing.
4. Look forward to more one on one attention and treatment as locals fall into a more ‘pura vida’ vibe after a hectic high season, and have time to converse and really talk. Make time to join locales to watch a futbal game while you are here!
5. You get the beaches all to yourself! Yes, waves too! If you don’t like big crowds on the beach and in the water, the green season is a fantastic time to enjoy real serenity when you go to the beach.