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