PAPAYA WELLNESS WHAT TO EXPECT
COMING AND GOING
To join us for a Papaya Wellness Retreats, it is best to fly into the Managua Airport. The taxi ride to all of our coastal retreat locations is about 2.5-3 hours. We will always one of our trusted drivers waiting for you at the airport, holding a sign with your name on it. Your driver can stop for whatever you need on the way to your retreat!
Leaving Nicaragua we recommend guests leave the retreat location 5 hours before flight departure time. If you are leaving really early in the morning, we recommend staying overnight at the Best Western Hotel right across the street from the airport.
Book your flight, and then relax and leave the rest of the planning to us!
Your meals will vary depending on the location of the retreat, and your dietary habits/restrictions.
You will definitely feel nourished, and well fed.
Papaya Wellness caters meals to your personal preference, but you can always expect fresh, healthy, cuisine and meals infused with local flavours, in season fruits and vegetables, lots of fresh fish, chicken and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. We can easily accommodate vegans, raw foodies, vegetarians and gluten free dietary requests.
In between meals, we serve homemade raw chocolate bliss balls, energy bars, fruit plates, fresh juices and smoothies (with no sugar added). We also like to have fun, and mix it up, offering sunsets on beautiful beach side patios to enjoy delicious cocktails, reminding you that you are in beachside paradise (think pineapple and umbrella garnish).
We have various locations we host retreats from on the southwest coast of Nicaragua. After years of scouring the coast for our favorite surf spots, and little pieces of ‘magic’ we have selected our gem locations, the spots that we LOVE to bring you to. Think world class views, sweet and soulful accommodations, fun un-crowded surf breaks for all levels, delicious food, and good vibes.
Keep in mind that most of our retreat locations are quiet rural and along the coast in tiny fishing villages. The nearest city with a grocery store and gas station is 40 minutes away down a dirt country road, so don’t forget to bring any special items, and cash if you want to dabble in any of the vendors outside of the retreat location, most businesses deal with cash, and the last ATM is in Rivas.
With our years of experience living in Central America, if you have other destinations you would like to see, please ask as! Any of your special requests or desired destinations, can be organized by us! Let us know and we will custom cater your dream retreat experience!
WHAT TO BRING:
- Bathing suits (snug fitting, for playing in the waves)
- Board Shorts
- A rash guard (or snug fitting tshirt for surfing)
- Comfortable, lightweight Yoga Clothes
- Books and your music player (for hammock lounging)
- A camera
- Laptop computer (if you want to stay connected, all of our locations have wifi)
- A water bottle
- A day pack (backpack)/bag for the beach etc.
- Sunscreen (block up, the sun is powerful!!!)
- Bug Spray
- Light weight breezy clothing (it is HOT)
- A jacket for rain and cooler weather (not always necessary, but nice to have when needed).
- Pants (for bug protection- not always necessary, but again nice to have when needed).
- Shoes for walking/hiking
- Earplugs (if you are a sensitive sleeper the sounds of the jungle and ocean may keep you up )
- Extra Cash (USD) – for any extras, tipping, massage, yoga, and cocktails!
- ATM Card/Credit Card- our retreat locations are all quiet isolated with no access to ATM machines, but you may want to bring your card, and take out money at the airport, or the last town before you arrive on the coast- Rivas
No need for a yoga mat, we are totally set up with blankets, blocks, straps and mats!
The Papaya Wellness crew is always seeking positive, healthy ways to connect with the local community. Currently we host weekly yoga and exercise classes for local women and actively support the work of Playa Gigante’s local non profits. During your stay with Papaya Wellness, we offer you the opportunity to get involved in whatever capacity you would like, during your stay we can plan activities such taking part in cooking classes with a local family, getting involved in current community projects, surfing lessons with local kids, and hosting a local beach clean up- along with any other activity that is going on in the community during your stay!
THIS IS NICARAGUA
Such a wonderful piece of paradise, Nicaragua is still quiet rural and isolated, sometimes this means we lose power here- there might be no electricity for a few hours. Also, most of our locations are in the jungle, so you can expect some friendly (safe) insect friends popping in for a visit from time to time, also keep in mind you won’t have access to things like your favorite shampoo or health food store treats, so bring them along!
CASH & EXTRAS
You will want to bring cash for things like massages, cocktails, tips, souvenirs, USD are widely accepted.
All the staff works very hard to make your stay enjoyable, and would be thrilled to have a little extra. We recommend taking 10% of your trip cost and contributing to the people who make it all happen.
SURF BOARD RENTALS AND LESSONS
We bring you to the most beginner friendly spots possible for your surf lessons. During our lessons you will have a lot of one on one instructor time to get comfortable and safe on your board, so that you can have the most success and fun in the waves!
We have several surfboards for rent at beginner level (soft top long-boards) to more advance, high performance short boards
Boards rent at a cost of $15/day (on your Yoga Surf Retreat board rental fees are already included).
As often as possible we like to rent boards from local non profit Project Woo, where all rental proceeds support community projects!
- Ding damage fees apply
- If a board is broken, the guest will be charged the value of the board. If inexperienced, please be cautious when surfing because of the “break it you buy it” rule.
A masseuse on hand offers massages from any of our retreat locations and is trained in sports therapy & deep tissue massage.
30 minute massage – $30
60 minute massage – $60
Massage therapist accepts cash only (check your package details, some retreats include massage)!
Yoga Alliance Certified Teachers India Reinartz and Carly Chivers are pleased to guide you through daily yoga practice, and meditation. India and Carly will meet you where you are in your yoga practice, and as much as possible will cater the practice to highlight asana you would like to work on, or focusing on aspects you would like to deepen in your personal practice.
Both teachers guide in a Hatha-Vinyasa inspired style, always drawing inspiration from the local environment, weather and time of day, to create the most harmony and balance in the body-mind-spirit.
AIRLINES FLYING TO NICARAGUA
• American Airlines 2 daily non-stops from Miami
• Delta Airlines 1 daily non-stop from Atlanta
• Continental Airlines 1 daily non-stop from Houston
• TACA Airlines 3 daily non-stops from El Salvador
• COPA Airlines 1 daily non-stop from Houston, Guatemala and Panama
NICARAGUAN ENTRANCE TAXES
Airport entrance tax for visitors to Nicaragua is US$10.00.