Wellness Travel in Costa Rica

October 20, 2020 By News Comments Off

In the post-pandemic world, wellness travel will become more important than ever. Research has shown that travel improves mental and physical health. Wellness tourism in Costa Rica has been alive and well for many decades, long before it was trendy.

Yoga, meditation, connecting with nature and the environment are all part of everyday life here. It may be why when it comes to health and wellness, Costa Rica is home to one of five global “Blue Zones”, where humans live extraordinarily long and healthy lives. Travelers looking for rejuvenation, relaxation, and reconnection should look no further than Guanacaste, Costa Rica for their next holiday.

Wellness Travel Is Good For You

Wellness travel in Costa Rica is not a luxury. It is a necessity! Here are just some of the health benefits of travel:

  • Lowering stress and anxiety levels
    young couple at the beach

    Travel relaxes and rejuvenates

  • Boosting self-esteem
  • Keeping your body active and moving
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Improving brain health
  • Detoxing the body
  • Sparking vitality
  • Combating burnout


A recent survey by the Wellness Tourism Association found spending time in nature and improving mental health are the biggest drivers for future travelers.

women reading in hammocks under a tree

Lose yourself in a good book under the mango trees at Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center.

What motivates you?

According to the survey, the top motivator for people looking to plan a wellness vacation was the need to return to everyday life feeling rejuvenated. The second most popular answer was to escape the stressors and demands of modern life. Another important motivator was to connect with nature to enjoy outdoor activities.

Other factors driving the need for travel is to reconnect with other human beings and to be proactive about their physical and mental health.

Yoga retreat Costa Rica

Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

More than 20 percent of the people who took the survey said they would be extremely likely to book a wellness travel vacation within the next two years. What about you?

Costa Rica: wellness tourism destination

Costa Rica is already a favorite destination for wellness tourism, and will only get more popular in the post-pandemic world. The Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica is a perfect choice for those seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and getting close to nature. We have it all!

The Drift Away Eco-Lodge is remote, located in a tiny village on the Pacific Coast. We are steps away from a pristine, undeveloped beach and far away from traffic, crowds, and the common stressors of modern life. The sounds you will hear will be the ocean waves and howler monkeys in the trees.

family at Costa Rica wellness resort

There is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy.

Our property has plenty of outdoor space for social distancing. For retreats or group bookings, there are plenty of open areas where workshops, classes, and meals can be safely enjoyed with distance, while still promoting connection with others.

The Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center offers a variety of ways to promote wellness and relaxation. Daily yoga classes are offered by our in-house instructor in our beautiful and spacious open-air yoga shala. Here are some other wellness activities we can arrange for you during your stay:


You can book a relaxing massage to be done right here at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge – either in our shala or even in your room (depending on your room type). There is a large variety of massages to choose from; relaxation, therapeutic, deep tissue, Pranayama, reflexology, and Reiki. Sessions range from 30 to 90 minutes. Our staff can arrange everything for you.

Spa Treatment

Pamper yourself with a spa day! Close to Drift Away Eco-Lodge is the renowned Los Altos de Eros Luxury Spa. The spa includes five private open-air treatment rooms with amazing views, a lounge area, a heated hydrotherapy pool, and a waterfall. The spa offers a customized package featuring your choice of three luxury treatments (try the Indonesian Soaking Tub!) plus a gourmet lunch with a complimentary drink. Just say, “Ahhhh.”

Yoga retreat Costa RicaGuided Meditation

Improve your mental health with a guided mediation in our spacious yoga shala or at the beach as an experienced teacher leads you through a relaxing and awakened experience. A teacher can show you meditation techniques, explain how it works, and how to incorporate the practice in your everyday life.

Sound Healing

Improve your emotional and mental health with a sound healing session. The idea of using elements of music and sound to heal originated in ancient Greece, as a way to cure mental disorders. Now research shows sound healing can reduce stress levels and boost the immune system.

Sweat Lodge (groups only)

Also called a Temazcal Ceremony, a local shaman will guide you through this indigenous healing ceremony to bring balance to your mind, body, and soul. Purify your body and spiritually heal inside the sweat lodge constructed specifically for the ceremony by the shaman. 

Cacao Ceremony

Sit in a sacred circle and sip a beverage made from locally grown cacao, used for thousands of years as a magic elixir. Cacao (not cocoa) contains theobromine. It’s different from caffeine, in that it dilates the cardiovascular system, opening blood vessels, creating a sense of alertness and relaxation at the same time. The ceremony has four parts – transformation, healing, song sharing, and a closing. The process is led by a Shaman and helps to take a look inside, make changes, break patterns, and open up to new things.

Explore and Connect With Nature in Costa Rica

Getting back to nature is more important than ever as so many of us have been confined to our homes and immediate neighborhoods. Drift Away Eco-Lodge is surrounded by dry forest and jungle, with crystal clear streams, colorful birdlife, and curious monkeys dangling from trees. There is a multitude of outdoor activities that will invigorate, stimulate, and allow you to connect with nature! Read our Activities page for more information.


Know You’re Booking the Best

August 31, 2020 By News Comments Off

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Drift Away Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center Has Won the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award and the Booking.com Traveller Review Award for 2020

Drift Away Eco-Lodge Recognized Among Best in Playa Avellanas, Based on Outstanding 2019 Traveler Reviews

Guests have said it best! Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center is excited and proud to have been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award winner as the #1 choice of travelers to Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica! Based on its first full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great guest feedback, placing Drift Away Eco-lodge in the top 10 of hospitality businesses around the globe.

At Drift Away Eco-Lodge, we are so happy and proud that our mission of simple luxuries and sustainable practices has resonated with travelers. In the short time we have been open guests have consistently praised our hotel for our service, our cleanliness, and our commitment to the environment and the community.

Awarded for Service and Quality

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well-deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers as the world begins to venture out again.”



To see traveler reviews and the popular amenities of Drift Away Eco-Lodge, visit our listing on Tripadvisor.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge The Best of Booking.com

In addition to the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, Drift Away Eco-Lodge has also been named a winner of Booking.com’s Traveller Review Awards for 2020.


With a 2019 guest-review average of 9.4/10, Drift Away Eco-Lodge ranks among the very best of accommodation options in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica. We have exceptional reviews from both international travelers and Costa Rica visitors.

Booking.com users rave about our beautiful pool, free breakfasts and our juice bar. We also get top marks for our super-comfortable beds!

Drift Away Eco-Lodge Gets Top Guest Reviews

But that’s not all. Drift Eco-Lodge has a near-perfect score on Expedia (4.8/5) and a “Superb” rating on Hotels.com (9/10). It’s just more evidence that Drift Away Eco-Lodge is a safe, comfortable and enjoyable accommodation option for you and your family.

We are proud that in such a short time our eco-lodge has helped hundreds of visitors enjoy their vacations in Costa Rica. We know travel will be more difficult in the coming months and years, but when and if you do decide to travel, please remember that when choosing Drift Away Eco-Lodge, you’re choosing the best!

Drift Away Eco-Lodge Reviews on Tripadvisor

Yosi Durán, Costa Rica “Beautiful place”

“My husband and I stayed at this place for two nights. The day we arrived they were kindly welcomed with an orange cocktail and gave us a little tour of the place. They explained to us about the beaches, restaurants and supermarkets near the area. What we liked the most is that the place is very clean, beautiful green areas and the pool is in perfect condition. We had a very nice room with a super comfortable bed. We leave very happily and grateful for the attention. We promise to return and recommend them.”

A Sidenburg/Canada “Unbelievable in Every Way!”

Wellness group in the yoga studio at Drift Away Eco-Lodge“This past February my gym brought a fitness group of 20 people down to Costa Rica to stay at Drift Away. From the first contact right up to the end of the trip and after I can honestly say I have never had such an enjoyable and personalized experience ever.

Lisa, Paul and the staff at Drift Away blew us all away from their welcome to the service, the food that was catered, the fresh-squeezed juice from the trees each morning, the serenity of the resort, the surrounding restaurants and beaches…I really can’t express how every little detail was truly thought of and wowed us on a daily basis.

I will 1000% be going back and running this trip again and likely will visit on my own as well. Of all my trips I have had the opportunity to go on I can honestly say that this was by far the most memorable

Thank you to everyone at Drift Away, I can’t say enough good things about them!”

Drift Away Eco-Lodge Reviews on Booking.com

Andrea, Costa Rica “Excellent Place to Stay”

“The staff was very friendly. The food is very good, the breakfast is quite good. The beds are very comfortable, the place is nice and nice, the pool is very good too. We liked the idea of bikes at no additional cost.”

Alexandra, Colombia “The place was so perfect my husband chose this as the place to PROPOSE to me!” 

“This was the best vacation we’ve ever had. It was absolutely magical. From the hosts who were incredible, the rooms that were incredibly cozy, to the 5-star meals. 

We also went surfing, hiking, zip-lining, yachting and visited the hot springs. I can’t say enough about this place. We are now going to come back every year! 

P.S. The beds were next level comfortable. They were actually more comfortable than the bed we have at home.”

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Drift Away Eco-Lodge gana el premio Tripadvisor Travelers ‘Choice de 2020, y el premio Traveller Review de Booking.com 2020

Drift Away Eco-Lodge reconocido entre los mejores en Playa Avellanas, según las excelentes críticas de viajeros de 2019

¡Los invitados lo han dicho mejor! Drift Away Eco-Lodge estamos emocionados y orgullosos de haber sido reconocido como el ganador del premio Travellers ‘Choice 2020 como la opción número uno de los viajeros a Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica. Según su primer año completo de comentarios en Tripadvisor, antes de cualquier cambio causado por la pandemia, los ganadores de los premios son conocidos por recibir constantemente excelentes comentarios de los huéspedes, lo que coloca a Drift Away Eco-lodge en el top 10 de las empresas hoteleras de todo el mundo.

En Drift Away Eco-Lodge, estamos muy felices y orgullosos de que nuestra misión de simples lujos y prácticas sostenibles haya resonado entre los viajeros. En el poco tiempo que hemos estado abiertos, los huéspedes han elogiado constantemente a nuestro hotel por nuestro servicio, nuestra limpieza y nuestro compromiso con el medio ambiente y la comunidad.

Premiado por servicio y calidad

“Los ganadores de los premios Travellers ‘Choice de 2020 deberían estar orgullosos de este distinguido reconocimiento”, dijo Kanika Soni, directora comercial de Tripadvisor. “Aunque ha sido un año desafiante para los viajes y la hospitalidad, queremos celebrar los logros de nuestros socios. Los ganadores de premios son apreciados por su servicio y calidad excepcionales. Estos ganadores no solo se lo merecen, también son una gran fuente de inspiración para los viajeros a medida que el mundo comienza a aventurarse nuevamente.”

To see traveler reviews and the popular amenities of Drift Away Eco-Lodge, visit our listing on Tripadvisor.

Lo mejor de Booking.com

Además del premio Travellers ‘Choice de Tripadvisor, Drift Away Eco-Lodge también ha sido nombrado ganador de los premios Traveller Review Awards de Booking.com para 2020.

Con un promedio de reseñas de huéspedes de 2019 de 9.4 / 10, Drift Away Eco-Lodge se ubica entre las mejores opciones de alojamiento en Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica. Tenemos críticas excepcionales tanto de viajeros internacionales como de visitantes de Costa Rica.

Los usuarios de Booking.com elogian nuestra hermosa piscina, los desayunos gratis y nuestro bar de jugos. ¡También obtenemos las mejores calificaciones por nuestras camas súper cómodas!

Drift Away Eco-Lodge obtiene las mejores críticas de los huéspedes

Pero eso no es todo. Drift Eco-Lodge tiene una puntuación casi perfecta en Expedia (4.8 / 5) y una calificación de “Excelente” en Hotels.com (9/10). Es una prueba más de que Drift Away Eco-Lodge es una opción de alojamiento segura, cómoda y agradable para usted y su familia.

Estamos orgullosos de que en tan poco tiempo nuestro Lodge ecológico haya ayudado a cientos de visitantes a disfrutar de sus vacaciones en Costa Rica. Sabemos que viajar será más difícil en los próximos meses y años, pero cuando y si decide viajar, recuerde que al elegir Drift Away Eco-Lodge, ¡está eligiendo el mejor!

Drift Away Eco-Lodge en Tripadvisor

Yosi Durán, Costa Rica “Hermoso lugar”

“Mi esposo y yo nos hospedamos en este lugar por dos noches. El día que llegamos nos recibieron amablemente con un cóctel de naranja y nos dieron un pequeño recorrido por el lugar. Nos explicaron sobre las playas, restaurantes y supermercados cercanos a la zona. Lo que más nos gustó es que el lugar está muy limpio, hermosas áreas verdes y la alberca está en perfectas condiciones. Teníamos una habitación muy bonita con una cama super cómoda. Salimos muy contentos y agradecidos por la atención. Prometemos volver y recomendarlos “.

Un Sidenburg / Canadá “¡Increíble en todos los sentidos!”

“En febrero pasado, mi gimnasio trajo un grupo de 20 personas a Costa Rica para quedarse en Drift Away. Desde el primer contacto hasta el final del viaje y después puedo decir honestamente que nunca había tenido una experiencia tan agradable y personalizada.

Lisa, Paul y el personal de Drift Away nos dejaron boquiabiertos por su bienvenida al servicio, la comida que se sirvió, el jugo recién exprimido de los árboles cada mañana, la serenidad del resort, los restaurantes y playas circundantes … Realmente no puedo expresar cómo se pensó y cautivó cada pequeño detalle a diario.

Volveré al 1000% y realizaré este viaje nuevamente y probablemente también lo visitaré por mi cuenta. De todos mis viajes en los que he tenido la oportunidad de continuar, puedo decir honestamente que este fue, con mucho, el más memorable.

Gracias a todos en Drift Away, ¡no puedo decir suficientes cosas buenas sobre ellos! “

Drift Away Eco-Lodge en Booking.com

Andrea, Costa Rica “Excelente lugar para quedarse”

“El personal fue muy amable. La comida es muy buena, el desayuno es bastante bueno. Las camas son muy cómodas, el lugar es agradable , la piscina también es muy buena. Nos gustó la idea de las bicicletas sin costo adicional “.

Alexandra, Colombia “¡El lugar era tan perfecto que mi esposo eligió este como el lugar para PROPONERME!”

“Estas fueron las mejores vacaciones que hemos tenido. Fue absolutamente mágico. Desde los anfitriones que fueron increíbles, las habitaciones que eran increíblemente acogedoras, hasta las comidas de 5 estrellas.

También hicimos surf, caminatas, zip lining , yates y visitamos las aguas termales. No puedo decir lo suficiente sobre este lugar. ¡Ahora vamos a volver todos los años!

PD Las camas eran cómodas del siguiente nivel. De hecho, eran más cómodas que la cama que tenemos en casa “.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge Supports and Celebrates Diversity

July 10, 2020 By News Comments Off

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Diversity is a key element of our mission of sustainability and community at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center. 

We support and celebrate our differences as human beings for the benefit of our guests, our employees and our community.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge welcomes everyone, and does not discriminate against due to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

Everyone deserves dignity and respect

We believe all people are entitled to dignity and respect, and that every guest deserves nothing less than our very best service and hospitality. 

Discrimination, willful or otherwise, only serves to undermine and diminish our value as human beings and will not be tolerated. Drift Away Eco-Lodge is a safe place for all.

We feel this is especially important to reiterate now, as the Black Lives Matter movement shows us all how destructive discrimination can be. And here in Costa Rica, diversity is more important than ever, as we witnessed how divisive the debate was surrounding the move to legally recognize same-sex marriages.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge supports same-sex marriage

We fully support and celebrate legalizing same sex marriage in Costa Rica (as of May 26, 2020) and welcome all couples who wish to formally declare their love in our natural beauty and among our great people.

Costa Rica is the only country in Central America to legalize gay marriage, and is one of very few tropical vacation destinations to do so.  We hope that couples from all over the world consider this progressive little country when deciding on an exotic location for their nuptials.

For some background, read this article in Howler Magazine.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge will soon be acquiring LGBTQ+ Wedding Certification from the Equality Institute of Chicago. The Costa Rica Diverse Chamber of Commerce is holding this country’s first LGBTQ+ Wedding Certificate Program in September 2020, and a team from our eco-lodge will be attending.

Costa Rica is a safe place for all

wedding friends and family sign

Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center is a perfect place for an intimate and private beach wedding.

We know the LGBTQ international community wants to visit travel destinations where the people are friendly and have an open mind; places where they feel safe and welcome to express their love without being judged, persecuted or ridiculed. Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica is that place.

Costa Rica has the perfect environment for gay couples to come and get married, with privacy, luxury and nature, along with safety and respect, and quality service.

Please visit the ”Weddingssection of our website to learn more and contact us at [email protected] 


Drift Away Eco-Lodge apoya y celebra la diversidad

La diversidad es un elemento clave de nuestra misión de sostenibilidad y comunidad en Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center.

Apoyamos y celebramos nuestras diferencias como seres humanos en beneficio de nuestros huéspedes, nuestros empleados y nuestra comunidad.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge les da la bienvenida a todos y no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, ascendencia, religión, sexo, origen nacional, orientación sexual, edad, ciudadanía, estado civil, discapacidad, identidad de género.

Todos merecen dignidad y respeto

Creemos que todas las personas tienen derecho a la dignidad y el respeto, y que cada huésped merece nada menos que nuestro mejor servicio y hospitalidad.

La discriminación, solo sirve para socavar y disminuir nuestro valor como seres humanos y no será tolerada. Drift Away Eco-Lodge es un lugar seguro para todos.

Creemos que esto es especialmente importante para reiterar ahora, ya que el movimiento Black Lives Matter nos muestra a todos cuán destructiva puede ser la discriminación. Y aquí en Costa Rica, la diversidad es más importante que nunca, ya que fuimos testigos de cuán divisivo fue el debate en torno al movimiento para reconocer legalmente los matrimonios del mismo sexo.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge apoya el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo.

Apoyamos y celebramos plenamente la legalización del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo en Costa Rica (a partir del 26 de mayo de 2020) y damos la bienvenida a todas las parejas que deseen declarar formalmente su amor en nuestra belleza natural y entre nuestra gran gente.

Costa Rica es el único país de América Central que legaliza el matrimonio homosexual, y es uno de los pocos destinos de vacaciones tropicales que lo hace, y esperamos que las parejas de todo el mundo consideren este pequeño país progresivo al decidir un lugar exótico para su nupcias.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge pronto adquirirá la certificación de boda LGBTQ + del Instituto de Igualdad de Chicago. La Cámara de Comercio Diversa de Costa Rica llevará a cabo el primer Programa de Certificado de Bodas LGBTQ + de este país en septiembre de 2020, tenemos un equipo que asistirá a este evento.

Costa Rica es un lugar seguro para todos

Familia y Amigos

Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center es un lugar perfecto para una boda en la playa íntima y privada.

Sabemos que la comunidad internacional LGBTQ quiere visitar destinos de viaje donde las personas son amigables y tienen una mente abierta; lugares donde se sienten seguros y bienvenidos para expresar su amor sin ser juzgados, perseguidos o ridiculizados. Drift Away Eco-Lodge en Costa Rica es ese lugar.

Costa Rica tiene el ambiente perfecto para que las parejas homosexuales vengan y se casen, con privacidad, lujo y naturaleza, junto con seguridad y respeto, y un servicio de calidad.

Visite la sección ”Weddings” de nuestro sitio web para obtener más información.

Contactenos a  [email protected] 


Costa Rica Surf Spots: Locals Reveal the Best

June 18, 2020 By News Comments Off


“This is the kind of day you dream about, just you and your friends, offshore winds, 85 degree water, quality waves, and the nearest parking meter is 800 miles away.”

The Endless Summer II, 1994

Costa Rica is known to have some of the best surfing in the world. Some of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica are located very close to Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center. Surfers from all over the world visit Guanacaste surf beaches. The water is warm and the winds are perfect and the waves are awesome.  

Each surf location is different. Some surf beaches are better for beginners and novices. Others are mind-blowingly great, but only if you know what you’re doing. So if you’re planning a Costa Rica surfing vacation, you’ve come to the right place!

This article has some helpful information on the best surfing beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We asked local surfers and other surf experts for their recommendations of the  best places to surf in Guanacaste. We’ll get to their suggestions in a bit.  But first, some of the basics.

Surfing in Costa Rica: When To Go

child surfing playa avellanas

Surfers of all ages and abilities can enjoy the waves of Playa Avellanas. (photo courtesy Avellanas Surf School)

The North Pacific (that’s where we are) swell season is between November and April, the South Pacific swell season is between June and September. 

These are the times of year when large weather systems create consistent, surfable waves. Other times of the year the waves are created by local winds. But you know what? You can experience some great surfing in Costa Rica at any time of the year. For surf trips, Costa Rica is a great destination whenever you want to go.

Best Costa Rica Surf Beaches

Costa Rica surf beaches can be divided into four areas: 

  • North – the surf beaches of Guanacaste near the Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center.
  • Central – the surf beaches of Puntarenas.
  • South – the surf beaches of Golfo Dulce.
  • Caribbean – the surf beaches of the southeast coast, near Limón.

The advantage of the northern surf beaches is that there are more consistent swells. Moreover, the region is much drier than the rest of the west coast during the wet season, when the best surfing happens.

Costa Rica Locals Reveal The Best Surf Spots

man surfing

Juan Roberto Arias Tyrell surfing the waves off the coast of Guanacaste. (courtesy Juan Roberto Arias Tyrell)

So what do the local surfers say? These people teach surfing, have surfed here all their lives, or have made Costa Rica a regular destination for their surf vacations. Their passion is for the waves! You can find these guys at various bars, restaurants, and shops around here. Buy them a beer and they may share more insider tips with you.

Playa Callejones

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 5 km

Recommended by Andres Gutierrez, Receptionist at Drift Away Eco-Lodge 

“The best surf beach in this area would be Playa Junquillal and Playa Callejónes. Junquillal is a very fast wave with two sides. The good thing about this beach is that not many people visit it to surf. Callejones has a big wave on the right, and on the left a slow wave, and when it gets closer to the sand it is fast… and it is a secret beach.”

man surfing

Andres Gutierrez, Receptionist at Drift Away Eco-Lodge

Playa Negra

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3.5 km

Recommended by Jeronimo de Almenera, El Bar Kon Tiki  

“If you ask me the best spot around the area is Playa Negra, but you better have some level (experience) before paddling out there. Between the low tide and the high tide there is a considerable difference in the speed, power and danger factor. Please have a good and respectful attitude when surfing here as the locals are kind but get ticked off easily! For beginners and up, there is Playa Avellanas, a beautiful long beach break with many different peaks and an amazing beach vibe. There you can get everything from super long lefts for those that can surf, to nice soft beginner whitewaters that you can learn to stand on.”

Find Jeronimo and El Bar Kontiki on Instagram and Facebook @elbarkontiki, call 2652 9117, or email [email protected]

Playa Negra

woman boady boarding surfing

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3.5 km

Recommended by Luciana Warde, bodyboardist

“My best place to surf in Guanacaste is Playa Negra.

This is the reason that I decided to live here!

Perfect, consistent waves, warm water, beautiful sunsets… that is the reason to be here in Los Pargos.”


Playa Avellanas

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.5 km

Recommended by Mauricio Ortega Chaves, Avellanas Surf School 

Avellanas Beach is one of the best places to surf in Costa Rica for beginners, and it is excellent for those intermediate and advanced surfers as well. 

A reef break called “La Purruja” is in front of Lola’s parking lot. It’s a world-class wave with the right swell direction and a challenge for most intermediate level surfers. The “Beach Break” is an ‘A’ frame wave that also breaks in front of Lola’s. Just north of Lola’s is a surf spot called “Palo Seco’. It is a smooth wave for those that are learning surfing or at a basic level. If you continue walking north, you will encounter “The Estero” which is a river mouth break and great for advanced surfers. Past “The Estero” is “Little Hawaii”. This wave is a dream come true for advanced level surfers that love to rip hard.”

Find Mauricio and Avellanas Surf School on Instagram @avellanas_surf-school  Facebook @AvellanasSurfSchool Telephone/WhatsApp 7105-2619, email: [email protected]

Playa Avellanas

Juan Roberto Arias Tyrell

Juan Roberto Arias Tyrell

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.5 km

Recommended by Juan Roberto Arias Tyrell, Tamarindo Tico Tours Surf Concierge

“Playa Avellanas is the best surf spot for most kinds of surfers. It is a good surf spot for all levels with different peaks along the beach. The rest are more advanced spots that are best to keep undisclosed!”

Find Juan on Instagram @tamarindoticotours or email [email protected]

Playa Marbella

Alex Delmas

Alex Delmas

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 32 km

Recommended by Alex Delmas, Surfboardbroker 

“I would say if the waves are small, under 5-6 feet, it’s very fun up in Marbella, and if the swell is pumping for a long period of more than 6 feet, and you’re an expert level, you should go to Playa Negra.”

Find Alex on Instagram @surboardbrokercostarica

‘The Secret Spot’

One surf spot never revealed by locals is “The Secret Spot” near Avellanas, made legendary by the 1994 surf movie Endless Summer II. Named because it is a special place for locals and their friends, who guard its location carefully for fear that this pristine wave would become flooded with surfers. You’ll be lucky if you find it.

Time and again Playa Negra and Playa Avellanas are ranked as some of the top surfing best beaches in Costa Rica. Both surf beaches are very close to the Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center. Surfers in Tamarindo should seriously consider the short drive south, to escape the touristy areas and crowded waves to find a tranquil, rural and remote setting with some of the best surfing around!

Drift Away Eco-Lodge offers customized individual, couples, and family surf packages! Weekly family packages start at $599. Includes accommodation, daily breakfast, 5 x 90-minute lessons, bi-lingual surf instructor, board hire and rash guard.

Read about more activities at Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center.

Costa Rica: World-Class Yoga Retreat & Wellness Retreat Destination

April 24, 2020 By News Comments Off

Yoga retreats in the jungle. Yoga retreats on the beach. Yoga with the sea breeze wafting over you while listening to the dancing palms and crashing waves. Yoga as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. It’s warm. It’s vibrant. It’s perfect. It’s Costa Rica.

It’s the reason why time and again, in blogs, online travel journals, and international yoga publications, Costa Rica ranks as one of the top destinations globally for yoga retreats, wellness retreats, yoga vacations, and yoga teacher training. Yoga in Costa Rica is flourishing and is an important part of the economy. 

When it comes to wellness and the best yoga retreats, Costa Rica is the only destination in the tropical and subtropical Americas to make this claim. So why does this tiny country attract so much yogic energy?

Here are six reasons why wellness retreats and yoga retreats in Costa Rica are so popular, and why Costa Rica should be your choice for your next wellness vacation.

Yoga in Costa Rica: 6 reasons why yoga’s heart is here

Immersed in Nature

Costa Rica is known as being one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. You can feel the life-giving energy as soon as you step off the plane. Costa Rica’s array of life is stunning. Consisting of only .03% of the world’s land mass, Costa Rica is home to 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. 

You are immersed in nature here, and the connection with the world around you is strong. Rivers, beaches, waterfalls, rain forests, and mountains offer a vast array of natural beauty to enhance your well-being. 

Pura Vida: 

Costa Rica is consistently ranked as one of the happiest places in the world. The people here are welcoming, respectful, optimistic, and friendly. There is a way of life here embraced by all. It’s called Pura Vida (pure life), which is a mindful philosophy of cherishing the present moment, living a good life, and being unhindered by life’s daily stresses.

It doesn’t take long for the infectious attitude to spread to visitors. Your Costa Rica retreat will have this Pura Vida feeling – a life essence that will wash over your next wellness vacation, yoga retreat, or yoga teacher training.


There is no winter in the tropics, so wellness retreats and yoga vacations in Costa Rica can be held 12-months of the year. From the cool, lush mountain jungles to the warm, breezy beaches, temperatures here are mild to warm, even at night. Yogis can practice outdoors in any number of environments. No snow to shovel, no sleet to drive through – just swaying palm trees, hypnotic ocean waves and monkeys in the flowering trees. Bring a swimsuit, flip flops and your yoga clothes. Packing is simple.

Costa Rica yoga. Image by DanaTentis from Pixabay

A Costa Rica yoga experience. Image by Dana Tentis from Pixabay


A Costa Rica yoga retreat will cost you much less than you think. Compared to prices in places such as the United States, Canada, or Europe, Costa Rica yoga retreats are relatively affordable. According to Yoga Travel Tree, Costa Rica retreat prices can range between $500 and $3,000. 

Health, Wellness & Sustainability: 

Ecotourism, and health and wellness tourism in Costa Rica were important long before it was popular anywhere else. In Costa Rica, eco retreats and wellness tourism aren’t fads. 

Well-being and health are important facets of the Costa Rica retreat and vacation experience and have been so for a long time. Plus, Costa Rica has no military, has universal health care, a strategy to ban all fossil fuels by 2050, and is one of the most progressive countries in terms of environmental protection, resource conservation, socio-political equality and democratic values. When you visit Costa Rica you know you are visiting and contributing to a special place in the world.

Other Activities: 

Another reason why wellness and  yoga retreats in Costa Rica are so popular is the wealth of activities available. From zip-lining and surfing (we have some of the best in the world!), to hiking to waterfalls and sailing, the abundance of fun activities will make your time in Costa Rica unforgettable.

Best Costa Rica Retreat Centers: Where To Go

Several areas are already famous for Costa Rica yoga retreats. Nosara, Samara, Santa Teresa, Montezuma, the Central Valley, the Caribbean south coast, and Tamarindo are home to dozens of world class wellness retreat centers in wonderful, exotic locations.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center

Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Yoga Retreat Center

Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center is the newest option in the Tamarindo area.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center is the newest option in the Guanacaste area near Tamarindo. In early 2020 we completed a beautiful new, spacious yoga shala on our property. It can welcome up to 32 people for a yoga class. It is open-air so the sea breeze can cool you as you look out on our lush garden of tropical plants, trees and flowers. Retreat leaders who have already visited say it is one of the best yoga shalas they have ever used! 

We also offer equipment such as mats, blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters. The yoga shala at Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center is also perfect for cacao ceremonies, workshops, training, meditation, and other group activities.

Add three meals of homemade, all-natural locally grown food, a beautiful swimming pool, free access to surf boards and bicycles, a lovely little beach just meters away, and attentive, caring staff. Our commitment to sustainability and community in everything we do means you will be positively contributing to the local environment and economy. 

Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center is a perfect place for your next wellness retreat. 

We sincerely hope that your next yoga retreat will be in Costa Rica. Staff at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center are looking forward to working with you to make your yoga or wellness retreat fulfilling and life-changing for all.

Namaste, and Pura Vida.

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Costa Rica Turtles Nesting in Playa Ostional: a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

March 11, 2020 By News Comments Off

Where to see turtles in Costa Rica? Sea turtle nesting on the beaches of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best things to do in Costa Rica and a great day trip for anyone staying at the Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Playa Avellanas. 

Here is everything you need to know about sea turtle nesting and why Playa Ostional is the best place to see turtles in Costa Rica. 

The Arribada: Sea Turtles Nesting in Playa Ostional, Costa Rica 

As the sun sets over the Pacific at Playa Ostional, Costa Rica, not dozens, not hundreds, but tens of thousands of turtles emerge from the sea and slowly crawl up the beach. They stumble over each other, so determined to reach their goal.  

Arribada on the shores of Ostional Beach in Guanacaste

It’s called the “arribada” in Spanish, or arrival in English. Costa Rica is one of only a handful of destinations in the world where this phenomena occurs. 

Nothing can prepare you for the sight. You may have seen the photos or the watched video, but when you are there, on the beach, seeing it first-hand, your jaw drops. You don’t know where to point your camera to capture the spectacle and the scale of what you are witnessing.

How to See Costa Rica Turtles Nesting

Playa Ostional, located just 44 km (27 miles) from Drift Away Eco-Lodge, is one of two beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica where tourists can witness this natural phenomena.

The laborious turtle nesting process takes more than an hour. The female turtles dig holes in the sand, deposit a “clutch” of 80 to 100 eggs, then cover them up with sand before dragging themselves back into the sea. Millions of ping-pong ball-sized eggs are buried in the sand – right under your feet.

It takes about 1.5 hours (often less) to drive to Playa Ostional from Drift Away Eco Lodge, depending on the season and road conditions – an easy drive for a memorable day-trip.

When Do Sea Turtles Lay Their Eggs?

The most populous of all the seven species of Costa Rica turtles are the Olive Ridleys. They are the ones that congregate on the beaches here. Leatherback turtles, Pacific green turtles and Hawksbills also nest on Playa Ostional, but in much fewer numbers (and some of these species are perilously endangered).  

Ostional Beach in November

Ostional Beach in November

July through December sees the largest arribadas – and in October and November numbers go into the hundreds of thousands in one night. The arribadas happen seven to 10 days before the new moon, on the darkest of nights. The turtles begin their beach invasion as the sun sets, and will continue until morning.

The largest arribada happened in November of 1995, when an estimated 500,000 turtles – half a million! – came ashore. Now that’s a wildlife sighting like no other.

Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1984 to protect this area from prolific poaching and to provide a safe haven for Costa Rica turtles to nest and hatch. 

Visitors access Playa Ostional to see turtles only with a wrist band and official guide. Guides stop people from handling or touching the turtles or their nests and using camera flashes or flashlights (turtles can get confused by white or bright lights – only red lights can be used).

Guides also regulate the number of people on the beach at any one time during peak tourist seasons.  The guides accompany visitors throughout the entire turtle nesting process – from the time the turtles arrive on the beach, dig the nest, deposit the eggs and up until they are ready to then cover the nest back up again.

When do Sea Turtles Hatch in Costa Rica?

Around 55 days after the nesting, the eggs hatch and tiny baby turtles make their way to the ocean. It’s a phenomenon in itself, but less predictable. The eggs usually hatch at night, but the hatchings usually start around sunset.  The temperature of the sand determines the baby’s sex. 

Tourist photographic se turtles on beach

Visitors at Playa Ostional can get some great photographs of the turtles as they emerge from the Pacific Ocean.

The chance of survival for each turtle egg is low: poachers and predators lurk around every corner. On land, there are humans, vultures, and dogs – and in the sea, sharks and other large predatory fish loom. 

Amazingly enough, females that manage to survive and grow to reproductive maturity (10-15 years) return to Playa Ostional, Costa Rica to lay their eggs despite the fact that their migratory travels may take them thousands of kilometers away.

Staff at Drift Away Eco-Lodge can help you determine the best time to go. Departing our eco-lodge at around 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. can give you enough time to get to Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, buy tickets at the guide office ($10) and witness the arribada as the sun sets (starting around 5 p.m.). Arriving before sunset means you can get some great photos of the turtles without using a flash. 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness one of nature’s incredible shows – the sea turtles of Playa Ostional, Costa Rica. A great reason to visit Costa Rica on your next vacation!

Blue Zone Costa Rica, the Healthiest Place on Earth

You can feel it as you travel down the bumpy dirt roads, away from the touristy city of Tamarindo, into the Costa Rican countryside. A sense of relaxation and tranquility. Of calm. And Peace. 

No concrete resorts, gas stations, or banks. No bright lights. No billboards or box stores. You are in rural, Blue Zone Costa Rica. Where the term “Pura Vida” (Pure Life) is more than just a saying on a souvenir shot glass, it’s a meaningful way of life.

Here, monkeys and parrots, and iguanas live in the green coastal forests, announcing the start of each day as the first light cracks the dawn. It’s an invitation for the locals to rise and begin their chores and the day’s labors. Saddled horses are hitched to posts outside the small tiendas. Ox carts are still functional farm implements. Dusty roads are lined with ancient trees, pastures with cows and goats, and small, simple homes where families enjoy meals on the porch.

It is this tranquility and escape from the modern stresses and western lifestyles that may be why this area, the Nicoya Peninsula, is one of five places in the world where residents live extraordinarily long and healthy lives. Here, life travels at its own pace – and visitors are transported to another, simpler time.

Blue Zones in the World

These areas are called “Blue Zones”, a term coined by National Geographic’s David Buettner, who led a team of scientists to discover why people in some areas of the planet live longer and healthier lives than the rest of us. They narrowed their findings to five regions, all in totally different geographical and topographical landscapes, and all with varying factors that led to the locals’ good health. Read David Buettner’s Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From The People Who Live The Longest, 2008.

One of those regions – Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula – is a roughly 80-mile long and 30-mile wide stretch of land in the northwest corner of the country, south of the Nicaraguan border. It is where Drift Away Eco-Lodge is located, on the Pacific Coast south of Tamarindo in the rural enclave of Playa Avellanas and Playa Negra (Los Pargos).

Other Blue Zones of the world are: Sardinia, Italy (where wine and laughter contribute to the longest male lifespan on earth), Loma Linda California (where a healthy vegan diet of the Seventh Day Adventists contributes to a lifespan 10 years longer than the average lifespan in the U.S.A.), Okinawa, Japan (where dedication to family and friends fosters the longest female lifespan on Earth), and Ikaria, Greece (where one in three people live into their 90’s and is basically free of dementia).

In the Nicoya Peninsula Blue Zone of Costa Rica, men over the age of 60 are seven times more likely to reach the 100-year mark than the global average. So what makes people so healthy in Nicoya, Costa Rica?

Nicoya Blue Zone Foods

Gallo pinto, eggs, toast, breakfast

Guests at Drift Away Eco-Lodge get a free breakfast of naturally sourced, unprocessed wholesome foods such as rice, beans, and eggs

The Nicoya diet is mainly naturally sourced, unprocessed wholesome foods such as squash, rice, beans, and corn. Much of the food is still homegrown as  homemade – such as tortillas, Gallo Pinto, plantains and tropical fruits, with meat thrown in just a few times a week.

There is very little added sugar or processed snacks. Families tend to eat lighter meals early in the evenings, and eat larger meals at lunch-time. Studies have linked diets that are fewer in calories to longer lifespans.

The water of the Nicoya Peninsula is also some of the hardest water on Earth – it is high in calcium and magnesium and contributes to low osteoporosis rates and low rates of heart disease.

Nicoya Blue Zone lifestyle

Family, friends and community are the most important aspects of life. Many people walk to visit neighbors and often live with extended family. They listen, laugh and connect. It is a sense of purpose in life that they call “plan de vida” or reason to live. It is what keeps many of the elderly working, active and contributing to the community.

The people of the Nicoya Peninsula Blue Zone also value hard work. The daily routine often consists of household chores and manual labor – physical exercise that keeps seniors fit and healthy – and out of hospitals and old age homes.

Nicoya is known for its sun. The sun shines every day consistently during dry seasons (December-May)  and exposure to sun in healthy intervals is a natural source of Vitamin D, which helps with heart and bone health.

Costa Rica – like many Latin American countries – is highly religious (mainly Catholic), and belonging to a church and having a faith in a higher power can lead to less stress, a better sense of well being and sense of purpose.

This area of Costa Rica has very few smokers. Cigarette/tobacco smoking is not prevalent at all. There are no ashtrays, and no butts on the ground. That alone must add years to the average life expectancy here!

It is this low-stress, natural and healthy environment that makes the Nicoya Peninsula Blue Zone such a remarkable and relaxing place to visit. 

Visitors to the Drift Away Eco-Lodge often say they can feel the stress leave their bodies as soon as they arrive. It is what makes this place ideal for retreats centered on well-being, yoga, mindfulness and health. 

Playa Lagartillo Beach

Make this magical area your next destination and explore and discover the health secrets of the Nicoya Peninsula Blue Zone

10 Best Restaurants in Playa Negra

November 7, 2019 By News Comments Off

*Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some restaurants are temporarily closed, have limited hours, or are only available for pickup and delivery. Our staff can give you the most updated information.

Playa Negra, Guanacaste (also known as Los Pargos) is the sleepy little surf village just a few kilometers south of Drift Away Eco-Lodge. It is home to the famous surfing beach with the same name. It has a couple of small grocery stores, a church, and a surf shop. But for such a small place, it boasts a wide variety of restaurants –  from Mexican to French to Peruvian to Costa Rican food – there’s wood-fired pizza, farm-to-table meals and Costa Rica-grown organic coffee. You’ll want to budget enough days at the eco-lodge to try them all! This is a quick list of some of the great restaurants in Playa Negra, Guanacaste (in order of distance – closest to farthest – from Drift Away Eco-Lodge).

10 Best Restaurants in Playa Negra

Kon-Tiki Playa Negra

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.7 km

Kon-Tiki has been famous for its wood-fired pizza since a Peruvian couple opened it in Playa Negra, Guanacaste in 1992. The pizza oven is located right in the middle of the restaurant so you can watch your dinner being made! It has a cozy dining atmosphere where you can dine inside or out. There are vegetarian pizzas, too. Check out the new cocktail bar that now accompanies the restaurant – with creative homemade cocktails and Costa Rican craft beer. There’s live music on some weekends and the restaurant is almost close enough to walk to. 

Kon-Tiki Playa Negra hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Piko Negro

Distance to Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 2.3 km

This is another pizza place that you’ll notice as you enter Playa Negra. It features some fun decor, with hand-made wooden furniture hewn from giant logs. Prices at Piko Negro are bit cheaper than Kon-Tiki, and the restaurant can sometimes deliver right to Drift Away Eco-Lodge and if not, they offer take-away. Like all pizza joints, Piko Negra caters well for vegetarians who can tailor their own pies to suit their diets.

Piko Negro hours: Closed Mondays

Corazón Surf Café

Distance to Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 2.6 km

milk poured into cup of coffee

Photo courtesy of Corazón Surf Café

We love Café Corazon, the house coffee of the Corazón Surf Café. It’s what Drift Away Eco-Lodge serves at our juice bar and provides free of charge in all our guest rooms. It is 100% natural organic coffee sourced directly from its sustainable hillside coffee farms in Zona de Los Santos, Tarrazú, Costa Rica. Packaged in bio-friendly bags the coffee is a tasty souvenir to take home! We sell them in the Drift Away Eco-Lodge shop. 

Corazón Surf Café is a great place to chill with a morning brew. The cafe also serves up smoothies, cold-pressed juices with local fruit as well as  acai and pitaya bowls. 

Corazón Surf Café hours: TBA

La Vida Buena

Distance to Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 2.9 km

La Vida Buena restaurante sign with sunset

Photo courtesy of La Vida Buena

Owner, Willie, will take care of you at this local favorite with a menu that will have something for everyone, from fish to chicken to burgers to pizzas. La Vida Buena is a place to enjoy homemade Costa Rican food. Vegetarians can choose from a couple of pasta dishes, or ask for a meat-free burrito or casado. Diners can beat the heat and dine in indoor, air-conditioned comfort. If they can, they will deliver to Drift Away Eco-Lodge.

La Vida Buena hours: Open every day from 11 a.m. To 10 p.m. 

Café Playa Negra

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3 km

tuna on plate with salad and potatoes

Photo courtesy of Café Playa Negra

Café Playa Negra specializes in Peruvian food, with a menu of more than 30 dishes that combines Peruvian and Costa Rican flavours. It’s famous for its ceviche, but there are also international dishes and a children’s menu. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are always looking for freshly-caught fish so ask about the catch of the day. There are no vegetarian dishes on the dinner menu at Cafe Playa Negra, so you’ll have to ask about meat-free options, or enjoy some tasty patacones or yuca chips. Besides ceviche, Café Playa Negra is also known for its daily fresh-baked desserts.

Café Playa Negra hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesdays

Jalapeño Eatery & Market

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3.1 km

three smoothies, blueberry, strawberry and banana

Photo courtesy of Jalapeño

Jalapeño describes itself as a fun and casual restaurant with organic MSG-free fresh food, and a variety of delicious dishes made-to-order. A tasty breakfast and lunch stop best known for its burritos, with tortillas made by hand accompanied with homemade sauces. They make fresh Pico de Gallo every day, made-to-order guacamole, and serve organic chicken, and fish caught by the chef himself!

Jalapeño Eatery & Market hours: Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Villa Deevena French Restaurant

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3.4 km

waiter pouring red wine for guest sitting at restaurant table with white linen

Photo courtesy of Villa Deevena

Villa Deevena French restaurant is probably the most upscale restaurant in Playa Negra, and is making headlines around the world – most recently in the New York Times! It’s French fine-dining in a beautiful setting, yet informal enough that you can still wear your flip flops. The menu is prepared by Chef de Cuisine Patrick Jamon, who moved to Costa Rica and opened Villa Deevena in 2009 after serving the president and dignitaries at a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles.  As the NYT article states “…the cooking emphasizes local, tropical ingredients grown, caught or gathered near the restaurant.” The menu is mainly meat and seafood. Vegetarians can ask for the gnocchi gorgonzola without ham, or ask the staff for other options – they are happy to make other vegetarian dishes that are not on the menu.

READ NEXT: New York Times profiles Villa Deevena 

Villa Deevena hours: Breakfast 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last reservation)

Hotel Playa Negra

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3.4 km

thatched roof palapa Hotel Playa Negra

Hotel Playa Negra boasts the only restaurant in Playa Negra that is on the beach. Dine under a palm-thatched rancho overlooking the Pacific Ocean and watch the surf and the sunset with a cocktail. The menu has many Costa Rican food items to choose from such as casados. It also serves fresh fish, lobster and seafood, and tenderloin steaks, as well as hamburgers, sandwiches and pasta. The restaurant says it has vegetarian and gluten-free dishes and kids’ meals. 

Hotel Playa Negra hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the bar stay open later at night

La Ventana

Distance to Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3.8 km

la ventana natural foods cafe juice bar catering

Photo courtesy of La Ventana

La Ventana specializes in whole, natural foods, fresh juices, gourmet organic coffees & teas. Jen, the owner, serves up breakfast, lunch, and food-to-go. The cafe is air-conditioned and features the work of local artists. There are several vegetarian options on the menu as well as homemade waffles, bagels, and granola. For lunch, there’s the tuna teriyaki bowl, the lemon hummus wrap or the vegetarian chili. Ask about the kimchi! 

La Ventana hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. closed Sundays

LaTica Lodge Alternative Resort

Distance to Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 5.6 km

overhead view of people eating meal around a large wooden table

Photo courtesy of LaTica

This is a fantastic, beautiful new dining option in Pargos. The owner is an architect, and it shows in the property’s stunning design and layout. It features Zeidy’s Kitchen, a restaurant that serves the resort’s guests. Non-guests must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance, as the meals are served up from scratch every evening. Meals are served family-style, with farm-to-table vegetarian and meat dishes with a single, all-inclusive price. You don’t know what you’re going to get until it’s put down on the table! So be sure to mention any specific dietary requirements or requests when you book.

La Tica Kitchen hours: call ahead

The restaurants in Playa Negra, Guanacaste are making this place more than just a surf destination. Culinary and foodie types will enjoy the feast of restaurants in Playa Negra and in neighbouring Playa Avellanas (see our blog on those), and they are all a quick drive from Drift Away Eco-Lodge. Ask our receptionist to book your table today!

Minimizing Waste for the Environment & the Community

October 15, 2019 By News Comments Off

(Versión en español debajo)

The Drift Away Eco-Lodge takes its responsibility to the environment and the community seriously. When it comes to our waste, we have taken some simple steps that have drastically reduced the amount we produce. Sometimes our total output consists of just 1 or 2 large bags per week! It takes some pressure off Costa Rica’s waste infrastructure and minimizes the chances of it ending up in the wrong places like the beaches, streams or roadways.

Here’s what we did (and what you can do too!):

How Drift Away Eco-Lodge Reduces its Waste

Drift Away Eco-Lodge is single-use plastic-free

Drift Away Eco-Lodge is a single-use plastic-free zone, where we try to minimize our use of plastics and encourage and facilitate reduced plastic-use among our guests. One way we do this is by offering guests free use of quality, stainless steel water bottles during their stay. Guests can refill the bottles at one of our filtered water stations and take them to the beach or on excursions. It eliminates the need for guests to purchase bottled water.  And if they want, guests can purchase the bottles on departure. We also do not use plastic bags when we shop, choose and sell products with environmentally-friendly packaging, and discourage use of plastics among our employees. And we do not serve plastic drinking straws with our smoothies and beverages at our juice bar. We only use stainless steel, reusable and washable straws.

Swimming pool, coconut, stainless steel water bottle with Drift Away Eco-Lodge logo

How Drift Away Eco-Lodge recycles

Drift Away Eco-Lodge has a written and posted policy on recycling. We know recycling isn’t always the answer, but we also know that it is difficult to eliminate plastics altogether. So when our guests bring in plastics, glass or cans, we want to do everything we can to make sure that recyclable waste is in the hands of organizations who have the ability to handle it responsibly.

We have a visible recycling station at the center of our property that guests are encouraged to use. There are also recycling bins in all our rooms. Recyclable waste is sorted by our staff and stored until we have enough to transport. We avoid the local recycling station that is closest to our hotel because we realize the center is run by volunteers and we do not want to put added pressure on the few available resources that maintain the facility. Instead we take our recyclables to larger facilities in Filadelfia or Tamarindo, where there is staff to handle the waste. We also time our trips with other errands and tasks so that we are minimizing our fossil fuel use.

Also, all our containers for our breakfast yogurt, cleaning supplies, in-room toiletries, and beverages like craft beers and kombuchas are returned to the manufacturer where they are sanitized and reused.

The Drift Away Eco-Lodge composter is hungry!

Drift Away Eco-Lodge provides free daily breakfast for all our guests and fresh juice and smoothies in our juice bar, and that can produce a lot of organic waste. One of our first initiatives was to build a composter on the hotel property. It is a simple structure that took a few hours to build. The composter is fed a daily diet of pineapple rinds, papaya seeds and eggshells. It didn’t take long for the decomposing process to kick in, and now our organic waste is being turned into rich fertile material that we use on our garden and other plants. It is amazing how much
organic waste we can fit into the little box. It just keeps breaking down and we will never be able to fill it!

Cleanups & workshops: education and awareness

Drift Away Eco-Lodge has a staff member designated as our sustainability and community ambassador. It’s her job to educate and raise awareness of the importance of recycling and composting. Our Sustainability Ambassador schedules monthly beach and road cleanups where our staff (we also invite the public) take to the streets to rid the area of beer cans, plastic bags and glass bottles. We sort the trash – and recyclables go into our recycling stream, rather than the streams that flow into the ocean.

woman making recycling power-point presentation to people

We are also conducting regular workshops for staff on what we can recycle, and the best practices for recycling in Costa Rica and how we can all be better waste managers. Drift Away is also going to conduct workshops on composting to make sure our organic waste reaches its fertile potential. These workshops will be ready for the public soon, so Drift Away Eco-Lodge can help raise awareness and spread important information so we all can become better environmental stewards.

Join Drift Away Eco-Lodge to Make our World Better

As an eco-lodge, we take our responsibility to the environment seriously. We also want everyone involved to keep Playa Lagartillo, Playa Avellanas and Los Pargos green and clean, so that we can all be proud of the community we call home. Please join us in our monthly cleanups – please attend our education workshops. And please build a composter in your yard, recycle your waste and pick up some trash on the beach today. It is the true essence of Pura Vida!

Eco-lodge staff in green shirts filling a wheelbarrow with trash collected from the road

Drift Away Eco-Lodge: Minimizando nuestros residuos para el medio ambiente y la comunidad 

Nosotros en Drift Away Eco-Lodge tomamos nuestra responsabilidad con el medio ambiente y la comunidad en serio. Cuando se trata de nuestros desechos, hemos tomado algunas medidas simples que han reducido drásticamente la cantidad de desechos que producimos. ¡Algunas semanas nuestra producción total consiste en solo 1 o 2 bolsas grandes! Reduce la presión sobre los residuos en Costa Rica y minimiza las posibilidades de que termine en el lugar equivocado, como ríos o carreteras.

Esto es lo que hicimos (!y lo que tú también puedes hacer!)

Plástico – libre de uso

Drift Away Eco-Lodge es una zona libre de plástico de un solo uso, donde tratamos de minimizar nuestro uso de plásticos y alentar y facilitar el uso reducido de plástico entre nuestros huéspedes. Una forma de hacerlo es ofreciendo a los huéspedes el uso gratuito de botellas de agua de acero inoxidable de calidad durante su estadía. Los huéspedes pueden rellenar las botellas en una de nuestras estaciones de agua filtrada y llevarlas a la playa o en excursiones. Elimina la necesidad de que los huéspedes compren agua embotellada. Y si lo desean, los huéspedes pueden comprar las botellas. Tampoco usamos bolsas de plástico cuando compramos, elegimos y vendemos productos con envases ecológicos, y aconsejamos no el uso de plásticos entre nuestros empleados. Y no servimos pajillas de plástico con bebidas en nuestro bar de jugos. Solo utilizamos pajillas de acero inoxidable, reutilizables y lavables.


Drift Away Eco-Lodge tiene una política sobre reciclaje. Sabemos que reciclar no siempre es la respuesta, pero también sabemos que es difícil eliminar los plásticos por completo. Entonces, cuando nuestros huéspedes traen plásticos y vidrio, queremos hacer todo lo posible para asegurarnos de que los desechos reciclables estén en manos de las organizaciones que tienen la capacidad de manejarlos de manera responsable. Tenemos una estación de reciclaje visible en el centro de nuestra propiedad que los huéspedes deben usar. También hay contenedores de reciclaje en todas nuestras habitaciones. Nuestro personal clasifica los residuos reciclables y los almacena hasta que tengamos suficiente para llevarlos al centro de reciclaje. Evitamos utilizar la estación de reciclaje local más cercana a nuestro hotel porque nos damos cuenta de que el centro está dirigido por voluntarios y no queremos ejercer presión adicional sobre los pocos recursos disponibles que mantienen las instalaciones. En cambio, llevamos nuestros materiales reciclables a instalaciones más grandes en Filadelfia o Tamarindo, donde hay personal para manejar los desechos, también cronometramos nuestros viajes con otros encargos y tareas para minimizar nuestro uso de combustibles fósiles.

Además, todos nuestros envases de yogurt en vidrio del desayuno los productos de limpieza, artículos de tocador en la habitación y bebidas como cervezas artesanales y kambuchas se devuelven al fabricante donde se desinfectan y reutilizan.


Drift Away Eco-Lodge ofrece desayuno diario gratuito para todos nuestros huéspedes, jugos y batidos frescos en el bar de jugos, y eso puede producir una gran cantidad de desechos orgánicos. Una de nuestras primeras iniciativas fue construir un compostador en la propiedad del hotel. Es una estructura simple que tardó unas horas en construirse. El compostador se alimenta con una dieta diaria de cáscaras de piña, semillas de papaya y cáscaras de huevo. El proceso de descomposición no tardó mucho en iniciarse, y ahora nuestros desechos orgánicos se están convirtiendo en un rico material fértil que usamos en nuestro jardín y otras plantas. Es sorprendente cuántos residuos orgánicos puede caber en la cajita. ¡Simplemente se descompone y nunca podremos llenarlo!

Limpieza y talleres : educación y conciencia

Drift Away Eco-Lodge tiene un miembro del personal designado para nuestro embajador de sostenibilidad y comunidad. Es parte de su mandato educar y crear conciencia sobre la importancia del reciclaje y el compostaje y minimizar nuestros desechos. Nuestro Embajador de sostenibilidad está programando limpiezas mensuales de playas y carreteras donde nuestro personal (el público también está invitado) sale a las calles para deshacerse de latas de cerveza, bolsas de plástico y botellas de vidrio. La basura que recolectamos se clasifica para poder ser reciclados, así evitamos que lleguen a los océanos.

También estamos realizando talleres regulares para el personal sobre lo que podemos reciclar, y conocer las mejores prácticas para el reciclaje en Costa Rica y cómo todos podemos ser mejores gestores de residuos. También vamos a realizar talleres sobre compostaje para asegurarnos de que nuestros desechos orgánicos  alcancen su potencial para ser mas fértil. Esperamos que estos talleres estén listos para el público pronto, para que Drift Away Eco-Lodge puede ayudar a crear conciencia y difundir información importante para que todos podamos ser mejores administradores del medio ambiente.

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Como eco-lodge tomamos nuestra responsabilidad con el medio ambiente en serio, pero también queremos que todos participen para mantener  Playa Lagartillo, Playa Avellanas y Los Pargos verdes y limpias, para que todos podamos estar orgullosos de la comunidad que llamamos hogar. Únase a nosotros en nuestras limpiezas mensuales; asista a nuestros talleres educativos. Y construya un compostador en su patio, recicle sus desechos y recoja algo de basura en la playa hoy. ¡Es la verdadera esencia del Pura Vida!

Restaurants in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica – More Than Lola’s Beachfront Restaurant

*Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some restaurants are temporarily closed, have limited hours, or are only available for pickup and delivery. Our staff can give you the most updated information.

Drift Away Eco-Lodge may seem remote, but we are close to a surprising number of great restaurants in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica. Dining is one of the great adventures our guests experience when they visit!

A variety of restaurants all within a few kilometres offer Italian cuisine, Costa Rican traditional food and fusion dishes, home-cooked meals, and great pizzas – and you can enjoy them in lush, tropical, outdoor spaces or at a restaurant on the beach.

All these restaurants accept major credit cards and are all within a 2-kilometre radius of the Drift Away Eco-Lodge.  We recommend you try any one of these Playa Avellanas restaurants, and our friendly and helpful staff will happily book your table!

Best Restaurants in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica

Lola’s, Playa Avellanas

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.6 km (1 mile)

Lola's Beachfront Restaurant

Dine with your toes in the sand at Lola’s on the beach at Playa Avellenas

Lola’s restaurant is a famous Costa Rican beachfront restaurant.  It’s located right on the beach in Playa Avellanas and offers a great view of the surfers riding the waves. Dine with the sand in your toes under the shade of the palm trees, with a great lunch menu with organic food – good ceviche, poke, and burgers, served with ice-cold beers. This alone makes it a great dining destination, but it may be most famous for its mascot – a giant pig named Lolita! Sadly, Lolita died of old age in late 2019. Now, two of the cutest little piglets call Lola’s home – Ave and Ana (Avellanas).

pig in ocean with waves

Lola, a late resident pig at Lola’s restaurant

Recently Lola’s has been an important community lifeline for Playa Avellanas the surrounding area. During the COVID-19 crisis, Lola’s offered free daily lunches to people who were struggling with unemployment and financial troubles. Lola’s served up the free lunches for several months and fed thousands of people! It is a testament to the caring mission of the restaurant.

Vegetarian mains include a veggie burger and pesto pasta. There are also a variety of salads and some veggie pizza choices.

Lola’s, Playa Avellanas Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays

Il Rustico

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 1.6 km (1 mile)

Another Italian food favorite is Il Rustico. The restaurant prides itself on its home-cooked meals, with homemade pasta and pizza served in a cozy rustic cottage in the forest. The young couple who operates the restaurant is from a small city in central Italy and came to Guanacaste with their grandmother’s recipes. The lasagna is fantastic! Some nights there is live music.

Vegetarian options include pizza and pasta dishes.

Il Rustico Hours of Operation: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Closed Thursdays. Closed for several weeks during Green Season. 

Barumis Cafe & Falafel

Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 3.1 km (2 miles)

Opened by an Israeli couple in 2020, Barumis Cafe & Falafel is a welcome vegetarian option for the area. Barumis offers fresh coffee and homemade pastries in the mornings. For lunch, delicious pita sandwiches are handmade and freshly baked on-site. Try the falafel! There are also Sabih, Shakshuka, and Schnitzel. It has just started a burger night on the weekends, where they serve meat, chicken, and vegetarian burgers in its cozy outdoor seating area nestled by a creek. Barumis offers dine-in, take away, and delivery.

Barumis hours: Fridays & Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Distance from Drift Away Eco-Lodge: 0.8 km (0.5 miles)

Gregorio's outdoor open-air restaurant and bar

Gregorio’s outdoor open-air restaurant and bar

Gregorio’s Bar and Restaurant has an authentic, rustic Guanacaste feel – it’s not a restaurant on the beach, but it’s pretty close. It serves typical Costa Rican food like fried chicken and fish, arroz con camarones (rice with shrimp), and cheap Costa Rica beer. Great for budget travelers and those who want an alternative to the touristy, more upscale restaurants. Staff is friendly – even if you don’t speak Spanish – and the ribs appetizer plate is a meal in itself!

Vegetarian choices include veggie casados, or a variety of local veggie options like papas fritas (fries), Gallo Pinto (rice and beans), and grilled vegetables. Or get a veggie burrito or quesadilla.

Gregorio’s hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day

Playa Avellanas restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets. A culinary adventure awaits on your next visit to Drift Away Eco-Lodge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica!

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