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Santa Catalina Surf and Yoga Retreat Panama

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Disconnect in an unspoiled paradise. Join for a powerful and fun week of yoga and surf in the tranquil and remote beach village of Santa Catalina, Panama. One of the last true hidden gems of Central America, a natural paradise still relatively untapped since being discovered by adventurous surfers in the 70s. Quiet and serene beaches back onto lush forest. A place where you can reflect, disconnect, and immerse yourself with the real local culture of Panama, and meet like-minded adventure travelers. Daily yoga classes, an invigorating daily surf session, massage and healthy local meals, will have you coming back home feeling refreshed, renewed and restored.


  • Daily surf lessons
  • Daily Hatha and Vinyasa yoga class
  • Boat trip for beach yoga session, SUP and snorkel
  • Healthy, local breakfast and lunch
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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All the rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods - preserving the environment while providing a comfortable haven for you to unwind after a day of Surfing and Yoga. Rooms features include memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets for a wonderful nights rest.


Santa Catalina retreats are hosted at the picturesque Hotel Santa Catalina, in Santa Catalina Panama - owned by local legend and long-time lover of surfing, nature and the ocean, Kenny Meyers. Secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the breathtaking Pacific Ocean giving you the most spectacular view of the world-famous point break "The Point", home to the ISA World Surfing Games in 2013.



  • Diving
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio


  • Board rental
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance


You will enjoy delicious healthy meals with a local flare. Breakfast includes a mix of fresh fruit salads, yogurt, granola, eggs/omelets, pancakes, whole wheat toast, breakfast muffins, tea, coffee, juices and fruit smoothies.

Lunch and dinner are primarily seafood given the abundance of fresh local organic seafood available. Seafood caught daily by the fisherman includes red snapper, sea bass, tuna, mahi mahi, lobster, clams and shrimp, all served up in the local restaurants that you’ll enjoy in their own unique and flavorsome way.

Meals are served with a variety of healthy local sides including rice, plantains, yuca, salad, legumes, and fruit. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are also available.

Beef and chicken are also available at times.

Things to do (optional)

Bird watching

A large variety of birds inhabit the tropical rainforest surrounding Santa Catalina. You can take your own stroll, and catch some stunning sights, or you can arrange a guided walking tour with one of Santa Catalina's local guides. Coiba Island is an especially superb area for a guided tour.

Diving and snorkeling

Coiba Island is one of Panamas most beautiful places, one and a half-hour boat ride from Playa Santa Catalina. The island is still relatively undeveloped with over 80% of its natural habitat intact. The beaches are exquisite and the island and surrounding areas offer spectacular diving and snorkeling. Santa Catalina has three PADI certified dive centers with trips going out most days, so you can dive or snorkel into your retreat week.

Horse-back riding

Local horseman Pedro and his family can take you on a laid-back or exhilarating ride through the lush forest and beach side, you set the pace. Pedro's horses are very well looked after, and are very friendly. You'll often find one or two taking a solo stroll through the streets of Santa Catalina.

Kayak and stand up paddle boarding

You can have free use of the retreats kayaks and SUP boards with your retreat stay. You can take off right out back of the accommodation, catch some waves or paddle out to one of the surrounding islands. If it's your first time for SUP, you can arrange a class with a local instructor. Both kayaking and SUP are great for upper body and core strength and a lot of fun.

Spa treatments

Completely unwind with certified massage therapist Michelle Miller. Offering a range of treatments including deep and connective tissue massage, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage. Thai and shiatsu. Michelle combines these styles to create a healing massage to suit your specific needs.

What's included

  • 5 morning yoga classes
  • 5 evening Restorative Yoga classes
  • 5 surf sessions
  • 5 days breakfast and lunch
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Boat trip to the secluded white sand beach of Santa Catalina Island
  • Complimentary access to the bikes, SUP boards, surfboards, bodyboards and kayaks
  • Complimentary shuttle transport between accommodation place, Playa Estero and local restaurants
  • Memories to keep and share with photo's and videos
  • Plush beach/pool and bathroom towels
  • Premium Return Group Transfers to/from Panama City and Santa Catalina.
  • Welcome drinks and light snacks

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Alternatively, if you would like to make your own way to/from Santa Catalina, Santa Catalina Retreats are happy to provide you with directions for taking the bus and taxi's, or if you plan to drive there (there is secure on-site parking as well).

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