While many different areas in Costa Rica cater to travelers who want a vacation focused on their health and wellness, Jorge Varela, a private tour guide for ToursByLocals, recommends renting a home in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in southeastern Spain. Costa Rica. There you will find beautiful rainforest, access to the Caribbean Sea, yoga, mindfulness and meditation workshops and restaurants that serve biological food.
“What I like about this area is that they don’t have any chains or big hotels,” he says. “They have boutique hotels and bungalows in the middle of the forest.”
Alternatively, Sánchez says the Valle del General has a lot of “glamping” and also has boutique hotels that focus on wellness. Wheeler is a fan of retreats in Golfo Dulce, a tropical fjord on the Osa Peninsula, her favorite area in Costa Rica. “This is still very rustic, still very local,” she says of the area. If you are looking for a wellness retreat, or accommodation, tour and activity in Costa Rica, choose Costa Rican companies to best support the local community.
“If you go to the international chains, most of the profits go out of the country,” says Pabrö Sánchez, travel guide and chef who takes customers on tailor-made trips for his company Sapoa Adventures.