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Available from 01 Jan to 31 Dec

Santa Catalina Retreats

Wellness & Yoga retreats for the discerning adventure traveller

Imagine a retreat in a tranquil, off-grid and authentic surf town. Where nature meets the local culture. A place where you can really tap out from city life and completely decompress. 

 

This is Santa Catalina Retreats.

 

Highlights

  • Take some time out
    Our peaceful retreat is the perfect spot to disconnect
  • Santa Catalina
    A tranquil surf town off the beaten tourist track
  • Delicious meals
    Enjoy local fresh fruits and local organic seafood each day
  • Discover our community
    Connect with genuinly friendly locals and like-minded adventure travelers

Accommodation

At Santa Catalina retreats we want to make your experience as natural and comfortable as possible. We believe you can enjoy quality retreat accommodation without the high prices. 


That's why all our rooms have memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets. They have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods - preserving the environment while providing a blissful haven for you to unwind after a day of surf + yoga. 


Our accommodation is hosted at the picturesque hotel Santa Catalina, owned by local surfer Kenny Meyers, only a 5min walk to Playa Estero and a 10min walk into town. Secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the pacific ocean, giving you your own private beach at high tide. It also offers the most spectacular view of the world-famous surf break "the point" (la punta).


Our tranquil location makes it the perfect place to disconnect and take some time out. You can chill in a hammock with a good book, sprawl out on the spacious lawns, lounge by the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a sunset drink at the restaurant bar. 


At high tide, you can also take the kayaks and SUP boards out for a paddle to the wonderful islands around Santa Catalina. They are worth exploring. plus it's a great work out!

Surroundings

Santa Catalina is a hidden gem of Central America - a natural paradise still relatively untouched since being discovered by adventurous surfers in the 70s. Quiet and serene beaches border onto lush forests. Local surfers, fisherman, and families on horseback stroll the main street. 


Embrace the slow pace and simple lifestyle that embodies this beautiful and remote community. 

Available Packages

Travel information

  • Staying in Panama City

    If you would like to arrive in Panama City the day prior, or stay a day later and explore this magical city, please do! all Santa Catalina retreats guests can take advantage of our great rates at our preferred hotels in Casco Viejo; American Trade Hotel | hotel casa Panama | Magnolia Inn | Central Hotel. Just talk to us after you have made your booking.

  • Weather

    Santa Catalina enjoys warm tropical weather all year round, divided by the wet and dry seasons. The dry season is Panama’s summer and runs from December through April. The wet season runs from May to November. From May to September we’ll have rain most days lasting only an hour or two in the afternoons, bringing a beautiful green lush color to all the fields and a refreshing, cooling change in the afternoons - the perfect time for a siesta or putting the feet up in the hammock with a good book :) In October, the rains are heavier and more frequent. Come November the afternoon showers begin to settle, and we arrive again at the start of our dry season in December.

  • I'll be travelling solo, is that okay?

    Absolutely! Our groups will be anywhere between 5 and 12 people, keeping it small and welcoming for everyone, and encouraging a great group dynamic.

  • Currency and ATMS

    The currency in Panama is the US dollar. Sometimes you'll receive coins as change in the local currency, the Panamanian Balboa. This is the same value as the US dollar.

    There are no ATMs in Santa Catalina, so best to grab some cash at an ATM when we stop at the supermarket on your journey into town. Our hotel has credit card facilities so if you do run out of cash we can help you with a withdrawal, but please be aware of small surcharge fee that will charged for each transaction.

  • Electricity outlets

    All electrical outlets are the same as those used in the US. Please know however that as we are in a rural area, blackouts are not uncommon! So please bring a portable cell-phone charger if you need to stay connected. 

  • Visa

    Most countries do not require a tourist visa for Panama, check with your local embassy. most Tourists can travel in Panama for up to 6 months.

  • Travel Insurance

    We highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance, to cover against any unexpected travel expenses that may occur before, during or after your trip. including cover for 'extreme sports' which surfing and yoga are classified. You will also be kindly asked to sign our waiver before participating in a retreat.

  • What should you pack
    • Comfortable yoga gear - we have mats for you but encourage you to bring your own if you have one
    • Tight fitting swimwear for surfing - we have long-sleeved rash guards for you for sun protection and extra comfort 
    • Water bottle 
    • Sunscreen - recommend 50+, large sun hat and sunglasses
    • Towels are optional - we have beach/pool towels as well as bath towels for your stay
    • A light sweater for the odd cooler evening
    • Rainjacket or umbrella is optional if you are visiting us in the wet season
    • Casual clothes for dining - avoid long dresses or trousers that may get soiled
    • Rubber-soled sandals for grip and comfort at the beach and on pebbled roads 
    • Portable battery charger to juice up your cell phone - blackouts are not uncommon as we are in a rural area so please come prepared!
    • Protein bars or any of your favorite snacks
    • Sneakers/boots if you would like to do horse-riding
    • Bug spray
    • Torch/flashlight or your cell phone light for walking around town in the evenings
    • Remember to bring cash with you for your dinners and any additional activities you would like to do, ince
    • there are no ATMs in Santa Catalina!