Life here on the beach is pretty amazing, no doubt. We live smack in Mother Nature’s playground. Kicking around, beating the heat, and living pura vida on Tico time, the days simply melt together. Hammocking becomes a viable activity.
it’s frightfully easy to settle into an easy, even lazy, even complacent lifestyle routine.

With that in mind, there’s no time better than the dawn of a new seasonal year, with March signaling the beginning of spring, to get off our fannies and move a little! We might feel it a little less down here near the equator, but spring is still the best time of year to get moving on new ventures and bring those things you’ve been wanting to do off the back burner. The greater Langosta-Potrero area offers all kinds of classes to help you learn a new skill, get back into an old one, or just explore for no reason other than the sheer fun of it.

So come on! Beat the heat’s lethargy and get your blood pumping and your brain whirling! Here’s a sampling of the classes you can find right here in this area. See something you like? Something that makes you go “ooooooo!” Feel a little tug of the gut when you come across something in particular? That has your name on it! Call them up or, as appropriate, stop by for a class! If you think you’re too old, you’re not. If you think you’re too weak or too small or too out of shape, you’re not. If you think you’re too clumsy or unskilled, you’re definitely not.

Exercise Classes

This area offers a wide variety of exercise options to help you retain your limberness and agility well into your golden years.

  • Revive Wellness Center, Langosta – 2653 2485
  • Pacific Wave Crossfit, Tamarindo- 8517 0639
  • Tamarindo Fitness Center– 2653 1423
  • Pacific Coast Gym – Huacas 2653-9026


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The combat martial art Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a type of grappling. BJJ technique relies heavily on leverage, meaning that smaller and less strong people can still have half a chance against bigger and stronger opponents. As a combat sport, technique involves learning a lot of chokes, such as rear-naked choke, and guillotine, and learning leverage to control your opponent and push nearly every joint in the human body into dislocation. it’s excellent self-defense training.

  • Tamarindo Jiu Jitsu Academy, Huacas – 7030 8765, Adult classes: M/W 6:30p and T/Th 9:15a. Women only 8:15a Tues. Kids M/Th. Friday Open Mat



Yoga provides excellent strength and flexibility training, which become increasingly important as we age. The Costa Rican jungle environment and the pura vida vibe provide a perfect backdrop for this meditative exercise form. Stretch your muscles and your joints, release tension, strengthen neck-to-toe, develop awe-inspiring flexibility and push into some impressive poses. People come from all over the world to indulge in the particular variety of yoga offered on these beaches and in these hills. Yet here they are in our own backyard!

  • Mermaids & Sailors, 2653 2280
    Various classes. Times: M 9:00, 10:30, 6:00p; T-Th 9:00, 10:30, 5:30p; F-Sat 10:30, 3:30; Sun 10:30.
  • Panacea Yoga, for Everybody and Every Body 8592-8826
  • The Empower Yourself Project, Tamarindo, 8355-7295
  • Yoga Tamarindo. Couples yoga by appointment.
  • The Loft at the Costa Rica Sailing Center, Potrero 8546 1422
    M-Th 6:00a, 8:30, 10:00, and 5:00 or 6:30p. F 7:00, 8:30, 10. Sat 9:30, 4:30. Sun 4:30.
  • Cala Luna, Playa Langosta 2653-0214
    T/Th/Sun 8 am
  • Om Ganesha Shala, Playa Langosta. 8828 0549
    M/W/F 8 am
  • Serom Shanti Yoga, 8591 6236
    M-Th 8:00, 9:30 or 9:45, 5:30 or 6:00. T/Th, 7:00p. F 8:00a, 9:45, 5:30. Sat 8:30a, 10:30. Sun 10:30, 6:00p.


Tai Chi

Tai Chi finds itself at the nexus of meditative movement and martial art. It uses ancient body movement techniques to manage your body’s energy while you develop strength and balance. Some forms of tai chi are combat-oriented, moving this seemingly harmless slow set of moves into a full-on martial art. Tamarindo even has Tai Chi!



Where there are people, there is dance. Dance is as human as walking upright. We have danced since we have existed. What better place to learn salsa dancing than in a Latin American country?! Or do ballet stretches in a climate conducive to supple joints and muscles. Whether you want to actually improve your skills in these areas or just want to do some super fun exercising, there are a couple of dance options in the area to help you out.

  • Tidal Dancers, Tamarindo – 8484 3756,
    M ballet 4:00, 5:00, 6:00; T Hip Hop 4:00, 5:00; W Jazz 4:00, 5:00; Barre 6:00; Th Varied Styles 1:00, 2:45, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00. F Dance Academy 9:00. Sat Mostly Ballet 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, 12:30. W/Th Dance Academy 6:45 am.
  • The Loft at the Costa Rica Sailing Center, Potrero – 8546 1422
    Salsa, Th 6:00; Belly Dancing, Wed 5:00pm-6:00pm



Ever wondered about the vast life out there under the surface of the ocean? What’s out there? What does it look like? How big is it? How does it behave with other creatures? Where does it sleep? Will it want to eat me? We terrestrials comprise only a small portion of the life here on planet earth. Water covers 75% of the planet. That means there are worlds out there that we terrestrials cannot even imagine—until we strap on a pair of fins and a face mask, and go check it out for ourselves.

  • Freedive Costa Rica, Tamarindo 8353 1290
    Freediving Level 1: Mar 2-3; 13-14; 20-21. Level 2: Mar 4-6; 15-17; 22-24. Level 3: Mar 8-11; 27-30.
  • Snuba Costa Rica – 8864,
  • Tamarindo Diving – 8583-5873
  • Sea Horse Diving – 6250-9528
  • Costa Rica Dive Center 2654 6175
  • Scuba Dive Costa – 8602 6581
  • Pacific Coast Dive Center – 2654-6175, 8827-4515, 8706-9415



Water, wind, sailing! For some, sailing is the quintessential water experience. The noiseless boat glides gently through the water, relying only on nature’s elements. But enjoying sailing is a very far cry from knowing how to sail yourself. Knots, lines, tack, oh my! Fear not! We have a sailing school in Flamingo that will teach you everything you need to know about how to sail safely out there in the open waters. Maybe a world tour isn’t on your list, but a silent sunset sail with just you and your favorite people? You can’t put a price on that.


Stimulate your right brain with Art Classes. You never know what hidden talent you have. It’s relaxing and fun. So many things here to paint. Get a group together and have a fun filled time with your friends painting and drinking wine. You might be the next art sensation.

  • Sagebrush Art Studio, Brasilito – 8336 3836
    Intuitive painting classes, open studio, ladies’ art and wine night.



Wellness comes in many forms. Ideas of energy and working with energy to live a smoother life are inching westward. Tamarindo has a holistic health center where you can learn techniques aimed at inner health. They are offering some workshops this month.



Little offers a greater cognitive challenge than learning a language. Besides it’s the national language of the country we are living. Live it, learn it… at least give it a go! Don’t be scared of it… embrace it ! Also, from a more practical perspective, It’s believed that learning languages helps reduce the chances of dementia. In short, take a Spanish class!



We are so fortunate in this area to have such an amazing selection of flavor-packed native foods. The only question becomes, what to do with them? Look no further, as cooking classes offered by local chefs are here to help you make the most of this area’s fine food offerings. Contact the following locations for cooking class information.

  • Cala Luna, Playa Langosta 2653-0214
    Los Altos de Eros, Tamarindo Tel: 8850-4203, 8850-4222,


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