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“We went for a hike in the jungle, took a bath in the waterfall, planted trees with Tim from Vital Actions, saw baby turtles being released and we spent a day on the catamaran. It was awesome!” – Charlotte

Culture and Nature at Costa Dulce

Costa Dulce is so much more than just a hotel at the beach. We have awesome yoga and surf programs and our cabins are super sweet but there is so much more to us.

At Costa Dulce, we believe in a holistic approach, and therefore the key to creating such an environment for visitors is through deepening connection with all people by nourishing our staff, neighboring communities, and planet as a whole. You can experience our work through our culture and nature activities and become part of our bigger vision. 

Vital Actions releases turtle here, with is likely you’ll witness a release during your stay!

Cultural and Natural Activities

Explore ecotourism programs with Costa Dulce

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Visit the Collado Nature Reserve with our jungle hike

Collado is our neighboring community village in a tropical dry forest, home to wildlife like sloths, monkeys, birds, and more. Our local guide takes you on a walk through our reforestation project to a nice waterfall.

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Baby Sea Turtles

Right in front of the Hotel Vital Actions is running a turtle nursery. It is likely that during your stay you’ll witness the release of baby sea turtles! It really is a great experience to see these little creatures crawling into the ocean at sunset. During our Monday Turtle talk, you will get more insights on the project.

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Visit the Barrio Planta Project

We are fundraising partners of the Barrio Planta Project – an after school project who aims to educate the local kids in a playful way to see the bigger picture. You can go visit the school, volunteer for an afternoon, or just have fun with the kids.

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Afternoon Trip to San Juan Del Sur

Experience the local tourist hub of San Juan del Sur. Have some drinks in the different bars and support the locals by buying some souvenirs. Our guide will drive you to town and show you around. It is a fun surfer town and you will have some hours to explore on your own. To end the trip our guide will drive you up to the big Jesus statue overlooking the bay with a great 360’ view.

Ecotourism Nicaragua Salsa Class

Salsa Dancing Class

Learn salsa or improve your skills! Our local teachers have the fire which is needed for some great dancing. Every Friday night our local teachers offer an hour group lesson beneath the night’s sky on our picturesque pool deck.

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Boat Trip with Fishing

Our local fisherman love to take you out on a ride on the ocean. Cruise around, fish or go snorkeling on the outside reef.

Fishing is the main source of income in our area and from young on all the kids learn the skills needed to pull in lots and big fish.

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Day trip: Artisans and Volcano

༄ Visit local artist Chuca
༄ Lunch in Catarina
༄ Visit the artisanal market of Massaya
༄ Check out the active volcano
༄ Dinner in San Juan del Sur


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Day trip: Colonial City Granada

༄ Horse-drawn City tour in Granada
༄ Lunch at Garden Cafe
༄ Boat trip Isletas
༄ Dinner in San Juan del Sur

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Day trip: Laguna de Apoyo

༄ Visit Catarina
༄ Lunch and explore time at Laguna de Apoyo
༄ Visit local artist Chuca
༄ Dinner in San Juan del Sur

NEW Cultural Ecotourism Immersion retreat!

Cultural Ecotourism Immersion

Delve into the soul of Nicaraguan music and dance, connect with nature’s wonders, explore Nicaragua’s cultural heritage, engage in ancient rituals, and experience the majestic wildlife Nicaragua has to offer… You might be lucky enough to release baby turtles during your stay! Embark on a captivating Volcano & Nica Cultural Tour, where you’ll discover the picturesque towns of Catarina and Grenada, nestled amidst stunning volcanic landscapes.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Nicaragua activities including:
  • Intro to Ecotourism, Our Eco-Philosophy, and Nica Naturals (our health foods and natural goods business)
  • Intro to Turtle Conservation
  • Guided Jungle Walk and animal spotting
  • Spanish Classes
  • Live Music
  • Volcano & Nica Cultural Tour (visiting Catarina and/or Granada)
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Temazcal-inspired Sweat Lodge
  • Salsa Lesson
  • Beach Bonfire

Additional Activities

Horseback Riding

Embark on a scenic journey from Hostel Lomas del Bosque, winding through the mountainous terrain until we reach the charming community of Escamequita. From there, we’ll stroll along the streets to reach the pristine shores of Escamequita Beach. Thrill-seekers with a taste for adventure can partake in a refreshing run, while others can relax and unwind. Afterwards, we’ll return to the tranquil oasis of Lomas del Bosque where we will see wild life such as: Monkeys, butterflies, and different types of birds!!

Embark on an unforgettable 2.5 to 3 hour exploration of nature’s wonders, brought to you by the local community of Las Parcelas!

Cooking Class

Our chefs are passionate about what they create and love to share their skills. Learn how to make gallo pinto or delicious ceviche.

Spanish Class

Dive into the culture by learning the language with a professional Spanish teacher.

Catamaran Trip

Go on a catamaran, have a blast, and make new friends. The Catamaran is departing from the harbor of San Juan del Sur.


Get adventurous and visit the canopy park in San Juan del Sur. Glide through the jungle overlooking the ocean and get the adrenaline going.

“All of the staff were incredibly friendly and happy to facilitate activities including horse back riding, sea turtle viewing, and massages.”

– Alexa

“While we were there we saw baby turtles, tons of different butterflies, exotic birds, and even monkeys! The sunsets were breathtaking & one of my favorite parts of the trip. This is an amazing & peaceful escape, I will be back!”

– Laura

“I got the chance to see 90 baby turtles find their way towards the pacific… for me this was one of the most magical moments in my life! Thanks to Tim & his team who save turtle.”

– Suzanna

Get in Touch

North America +1 ‪(707) 505-9009‬

Nicaragua +505-8277-8009

Costa Dulce Surf & Yoga Retreat

Escameca Eco-Lodge
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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