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We are always happy to chat about any questions you may have prior to booking. Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked ones here.
We work with students of all levels, but most of our guests for teacher training programs have participated in regular classes for six months or more. All levels, including beginners, are welcome for retreats.
Yes. We have a sophisticated water treatment system in place.
Yes, all meals are served on-site in our jungle restaurant. Coffee and tea are ready by sunrise and provided on a self-serve basis for early risers.
Yes. While we don’t serve alcohol at Registered Yoga Alliance trainings, we have a small but perfectly formed bar on-site.
Our 14, villa-style rooms – kitted out with air-conditioning, screened windows and powerful fans to keep cool air flowing – are thoughtfully decorated and feature locally sourced furnishings, specially commissioned contemporary art and en-suite bathrooms. The body and hair care products provided in guests’ bathrooms are plant-based, biodegradable and made in Costa Rica. Beds and linens are of the highest quality throughout.
Yes, some of our rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Please speak to us before booking so we can advise you on the best accommodation to suit your needs.
Yes. A guest laundry service is available at a small additional charge.
While we do have WiFi, it’s not suitable for digital nomads who require super-fast connectivity and meeting capacity. We strive to keep abreast of advances in our local area, and remain at the front of the line for further improvements to our tech offering. Fiber optic can be found just a few, short kilometers away, in Puerto Jiménez.
This is the jungle and the beach we’re talking about, and there are bugs. Sometimes more than at other times. For “buggy” days, we have tried-and-tested mitigation measures in place, including powerful ceiling fans in outdoor common areas such as the restaurant, plants to discourage mosquitos (chiefly citronella and lemongrass), an indoor screened yoga classroom and we burn incense. Insect repellant is available, should you require it.
It depends on the time of year. In the Costa Rican “summer”, from December to April, it’s dry, sunny and hot most days, with occasional rain; in the “green season”, May to November, there’s more rain, with the most rainfall occurring in September and October. It’s never actually cold – just varying degrees of wet and dry.
Nereus is located on a beautiful beach with mostly calm water and long flat expanses of sand ideal for walking. It is safe to swim but we advise guests not to do so in the dark. The tides on the Osa follow the lunar cycle, moving approximately 50.4 minutes later each day. Within a 24-hour and 50-minute period, two high tides and two low tides occur. On the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, tides are minimal, measuring just a few centimeters rather than meters. Conversely, the Pacific side experiences significant tide swings, with some areas witnessing fluctuations of up to 3m between low and high tide.
Each year, we are graced with two migrations of humpback whales (which helped to inform our choice of the whale as Nereus’ totem spirit animal), with visitors from both the northern and southern hemispheres making the Osa their breeding ground. The best time for spotting them is between August and October and between December and April.
These waters are also home to turtles, dolphins and hammerhead sharks, along with a kaleidoscopic array of fish and other marine life.
On terra firma, humans share the peninsula with, among others, two- and three-toed sloths, tapirs, blue-crowned motmots, squirrel, capuchin, howler and spider monkeys and Costa Rica’s quintet of big cats (margay, puma, jaguarondi, jaguar and ocelot). Though the cats are often elusive, Jen has in the past snapped a photo of a distant black panther as she was enjoying her first coffee of the day – it does happen.
All four sea turtle species (out of seven worldwide) that swim in Costa Rica’s water – the olive ridley, the Pacific green, the hawksbill and the leatherback – can be found here. One of the most ancient animals alive, sea turtles belong to the same family as terrestrial turtles, but, unlike their land-living cousins, can’t hide their bodies inside their shells.
Our retreat packages include accommodation, all meals and the program. Additional offerings, at an added cost, include spa services, excursions and wildlife tours, and transportation to and from San José airport by domestic plane or shuttle.
With multiple flights per day, it’s an easy journey from the domestic terminal at San José’s Juan Santamaría airport to Puerto Jiménez on Sansa Airlines. The views are stunning and once you land, it’s just a quick, 5km transfer to Nereus Retreats. It’s also possible to make the journey from San José by bus or car. The drive takes around seven hours.