These days, yoga retreats are a dime a dozen, and so choosing the right location is key. When the monotony of the daily grind gives you the extra push to search for a serene getaway, these retreats, surrounded by crystal clear waters, mountainous volcanoes and secret surf spots, may be just what you need.

After all, once you witness the natural beauty of Nicaragua, a Central American gem, how could you not once again admire the simple things in life?

Yemaya Retreats at Little Corn Island  

Imagine waking up every morning to the sun rising over beautiful aqua water, white sand beaches and calming local vibes. Little Corn Island’s exotic location is 43 miles off of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Yemaya Retreat’s eco-chic ocean suites are perched above white sandy beaches overlooking the ocean. Voted one of the best places to travel from Travel + Leisure with breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily in their open-air thatched roof restaurant. Foodies will enjoy fresh seafood, free-range chicken and beef, or organic fruits and vegetables from the garden. Escape into spa treatments, twice daily yoga classes, or explore the island with fun water activities. Experience the culture of the locals and meet fellow travelers at the full service lounge and beach bar while listening to soft island beats in the distance.

Magnific Rock Popoyov

Located on the beautiful Emerald Coast, visitors wake up to views overlooking Popoyo’s famous outer reef. Many travel to Magnific in Popoyo, Nicaragua to see picturesque rock and land formations as its perched on a 30meter cliff face. Magnific Rock offers a variety of accommodations such as romantic private apartments, lofts great for couples or friends, and ranchos and cabinas for travelers looking to socialize. Practice in the beautiful yoga studio with a 270-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and Nicaragua’s west coast. Magnific Rock Café offers fresh ingredients, locally grown beef, fish caught from nearby waters, delicious fruit and vegetables from the garden, hand churned butter, and mouth-watering pasta.

Costa Dulce  

Enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife in this tropical forest location on Playa Escameca in Nicaragua. This retreat getaway is way off the beaten path, a half hour south of San Juan del Sur and 3 hours away from Managua International Airport. Costa Dulce beach bungalows and retreat center are great for a family vacation or yoga retreats up to 25 people. Practice with fellow yogis in their 900 square foot yoga shala while catching a glimpse of dolphins and whales in the distance. Discover the wildlife when exploring the beaches or spot monkey’s sloths, reptiles and birds in Escameca’s nature reserves.

El Coco Loco Resort

El Coco Loco Resort in Northern Nicaragua is off the beaten path with quiet beaches, warm waters and beautiful volcanic views. Lodging features 8 palm thatch cabanas that offer a cool breeze from the ocean. Each cabana has private bathrooms and open-air showers with beautiful views of the stars at night. For yogis looking to deepen their physical and spiritual yoga practice, there are 2 open-air yoga studios overlooking the ocean. Known for being a surfer’s oasis, there are beginner and intermediate surfing spots on remote island beaches in the area. Get a massage or choose between activities such as volcano boarding, horseback riding, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. Dive into the delicious and abundant food options with vegetarian and raw desserts for health conscious patrons.

Maderas Village  

This boutique resort is located on the pacific coastal hills of Nicaragua. From cabanas to the penthouse, from shared occupancy to private living, there is something for everyone. Food lovers will enjoy the best of what's in season from local farms and markets. Jump at the chance to surf, go horseback riding, or take a catamaran cruise around local beaches and bays. For a calmer typed soul, take a yoga class or stop in for a relaxing massage. This spot is great if you are on a budget with shared rooms starting at $30-$40 per night.

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