There are a handful of places in and near San Juan del Sur that offer yoga, but I recommend visiting a few of these favorites – especially if you’re only visiting for a few days and feel overwhelmed by the options. Check these places out and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Whether you practice yoga every day, or you’re new to the practice and want to give it a whirl in a beautiful tropical environment, these studios certainly won’t disappoint. Here is my yoga lover’s guide to San Juan Del Sur!
Located centrally in the heart of SJdS, Zen Yoga offers daily yoga classes as well as massage. On the property is also Buddha’s Garden – a delicious vegetarian/vegan cafe to enjoy after practice. There are two classes held in the morning starting at 8:30 am and another at 10 am. There is also a 5 pm class for those looking to unwind after a day of exploring. Drop in classes are $10 and Zen also offers class packages.
Yoga at Casa Oro
Casa Oro is located a block and a half away from Zen and is right on the corner of the Main Street, 1 block from the beach. Classes at Casa Oro are very unique. The classes are donation based, meaning there is no charge – however I suggest bringing a few dollars as the money goes towards La Tortuga Reserve in La Flor. This is a protected beach that is maintained for sea turtles to come lay their eggs.
There is an 8 am class every day upstairs on the second floor in the yoga room, overlooking a terrace as you enjoy the ocean breeze. The second class is offered at 4:30-5 pm (depending on the time of year and what time the sun sets.) This class is held outside on the promenade – about a 3 minute walk from Casa Oro. Being able to awaken from Savasana to see the sun setting is an unforgettable experience.
Yoga at Tree Casa
Tree Casa is a newer resort in SJdS. It is a little further outside of town, about 10 km or 25 minutes up a windy dirt road. However, they offer a free shuttle that picks you up from Zen Yoga multiple times a day and brings you back into town later in the afternoon. You can attend a morning yoga class in a treehouse – yes, you heard me! Yoga with the monkeys in a tranquil forest up in the hill. After class, jump in the multi-tiered pool posted above. You can jump off the top level, or take the water slide down to the bottom, your choice. 🙂 Tree Casa also has a full-service restaurant and bar, so I recommend spending the day up here as it is a wonderful place to unwind.
Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa
Although the walk up the stairs may not be for the faint of heart, it is an absolute necessity to make the trek up to Pelican Eyes! It is a 5 minute walk from town up towards the hill. You have to climb a decent number of stairs to get up to the top (or you can drive), but if you’re seeing the photo above, then you KNOW it’ll be worth it. There is a morning class and an afternoon class offered in the Butterfly Garden daily. This is the upper pool, just a few levels above the yoga space. Come to the 4 pm yoga class and scurry up the stairs to take a dip in the pool and catch an amazing sunset.
The wonderful thing about all of these places is that the instructors pour their heart and soul into each and every class. You will walk away feeling fulfilled, renewed, and at peace. All four of these studios differ from one another mostly because of the ambiance, yet they all hold something in common; a wide variety of the types of classes offered- ranging from Power Flow to Hatha to Restorative, giving you options to decide what it is that you need for your body and mind. Each of these studios has a healthy cafe where you can enjoy a smoothie or a juice to follow up your class.