If you’ve been a yoga teacher for a while, you’ve probably at least entertained the idea of hosting an international yoga retreat. Somewhere in the Caribbean is an obvious choice: crystal clear waters and open-air yoga decks in the jungle combine to make a perfect experience for your students. As if a Caribbean yoga retreat was not rewarding enough, hosting one during the off-season can be downright magical!
Costa Rica is actually on several lists of the best places to visit during the off-season, which is between May and December. It’s like being privy to a well-kept secret that other teachers and travelers don’t know about.
The Perfect Time For A Caribbean Yoga Retreat
Here’s why we know our “Green Season” will give you and your students an experience you won’t soon forget:
1) The Weather is Crazy Good
In general, “High Season” for Costa Rica is November through May. Yogis and vacationers alike flock to the equator during times of less sun and lower temps up North.
Many travel websites recommend avoiding Costa Rica during the offseason because there’s so much rain. However, most people don’t know that while most of Costa Rica is getting buckets of rain from the sky, the Southern Caribbean coast has near perfect weather for a Caribbean yoga retreat!
Costa Rica has many microclimates, so even though it’s considered the green season, our neck of the woods is actually drier and gets more sun than most of the rest of the country. Mornings in the Cahuita area are sunny and bright, and the temps are generally a bit cooler.
If it does rain, you can spend the afternoon doing yoga in our open-air studio, or kicking back in a hammock with a book while enjoying a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee. Also, a rainstorm in the jungle is something everyone should see at least once!
2) It’s Less Crowded
Since most people think it’s too hot or rainy to be in Costa Rica during the summer and fall, it’s a far less busy place to be. In our opinion, this piece is important specifically for a Caribbean yoga retreat.
It’s possible during low season for your group to have our resort all to themselves; it would be like having your own personal paradise! What better environment for your students to focus on their practice and come together as a mini yoga community?
If there are fewer people, there are more booking options for the Goddess Garden, it’s easier to get around, and it’s less stressful. All this adds up to maximum relaxation and inner peace for your students.
3) Service is Better
Fewer guests at The Goddess Garden and on our eco tours means more personalized service. This translates to more of that laid-back Caribbean vibe, which will only add to your group’s ability to find Zen on their Caribbean yoga retreat.
Also, truth be told: locals who aren’t burned out by being inundated with huge crowds of tourists every day are more likely to treat you well and give you a more authentic experience. That’s an all-around win-win for your and your group!
4) It’s More Affordable
One of the difficult things about being a yogi entrepreneur is making a lucrative business. Hosting a retreat is a great way to make a little money for yourself while growing your following and business by creating repeat students.
Hosting a Caribbean yoga retreat during off-season could mean more money for you. You and your students will pay less for flights and sometimes even for things like ground transportation, food at restaurants and local goods and services.
If you can offer your students a unique experience that saves everyone money, you’ll be on your way to building a solid community of yogis who will be excited about future trips, and who will tell their friends what an amazing time they had for way less money!
5) Nature Is At Its Best
Last but not definitely not least, green season is when the rainforest is at its most lively and vibrant! Locals call it “Green Season” because everything is lush, in bloom, and thriving.
“Green Season” is a time of abundance for Costa Rica. It’s when our beautiful country positively teems with life. Coffee harvest happens, sea turtles nest and hatch March to July, plants are at their most beautiful, and wildlife abounds because their habitat is so plentiful. The best time to host your Caribbean yoga retreat is definitely when the rainforest is at its most beautiful!
“Green Season” in Cahuita, Costa Rica means awesome weather, less crowding, better service and stunning surroundings. This all translates to a more rewarding Caribbean yoga retreat for everyone, and definitely increases the odds that your yogis will come back with you year after year and tell their friends!
Whether you’re new to the international retreat scene, or you’re a seasoned veteran with a strong following and many retreats under your belt, Cahuita, Costa Rica’s Green Season is hands down the best time of year to host your Caribbean yoga retreat!