Taking a vacation to Costa Rica doesn’t mean your workout routine needs to be put on pause. Eating and drinking habits may be slightly different than usual when you’re in a different environment, so factor in balancing relaxation with physical challenges. Costa Rica is also known for its abundance of thrilling outdoor activities with miles of jungle trails and beaches. Don’t forget to pack your running shoes! Healthy, fresh and locally sourced foods are a staple at our restaurants and resorts though, so no need to worry about that.

Casa Chameleon offers plenty of options for getting your heart-rate up both around and within our resorts. Wellness is a priority here and we even offer private yoga and fitness classes that can be tailored just for you. Get in touch with us to arrange personalized classes during your stay. If you have a favorite routine already, we are happy to provide hand weights and yoga mats in each of our villas.

Looking for some motivation? We’ve discovered a few tips for planning your workouts while you visit Casa Chameleon.

  1. First thing in the morning is a great time to sweat, while it’s still cool out and you haven’t been lured into having a cocktail yet.
  2. Another great idea is to stream or download your favorite workout online or try a new one, so you have someone to coach you through.
  3. You can also stay motivated with a fitness tracker like a FitBit or Apple Watch to keep tabs on your levels of activity or get those thousands of steps in on your long beach walk.
  4. There’s an array of outdoor cardio choices right at your fingertips. Choose from surfing, SUP, swimming, hiking, mountain biking or jogging the beach.


Casa Chameleon Mal Pais Yoga

Just remember to factor in some recovery time. Sitting on a long flight, sleeping in a different bed or trying new activities like surfing might make booking a spa massage a good idea to relieve any sore muscles. And don’t forget to stretch – yoga is easy to do anywhere. Immerse yourself in nature and take advantage of the fresh air on your own patio with one of our complimentary yoga mats. Finding Zen is easy in the tropical sun with the music of birds and floral jungle aromas to soothe you.

Green initiatives are also important to us so the spectacular local flora and fauna is treated with the utmost respect. We recycle, use nontoxic cleaning products, energy efficient lighting, adopt water conservation practices, provide adjustable room temperature controls and offer organic local bath products to reduce the impact on our beautiful surroundings.

Join us in tropical paradise where the ocean, jungle or resort can be your gym so you are able to enjoy a Blue Zone Daiquiri or two by the pool at the end of the day!

Here’s a sample Villa Workout routine that we’re happy to share:

  • 5 min warmup (jumping jacks or high knee jog on the spot)
  • 10-15 bodyweight squats (with dumbbells for extra weight)
  • 8-12 push-ups (use your knees if you need to modify)
  • 20-30-second abdominal bicycle kicks
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 12 lunges per leg (with dumbbells for extra weight)
  • 15-30 second plank
  • 15 bicep curls per arm
  • No rest between exercises, 1minute rest between sets, repeat for 4 rounds

Locals love Costa Rica in any season, from the green season deluges that bring on gloriously lush foliage to the dry season sunshine that envelops everything in a warm embrace. Come late November, though, the tourism season comes into its annual awakening, with plenty of folks from cooler climes seeking out the pleasant temperatures and endless adventures. These months haven’t reached peak tourist arrival yet, which lets you enjoy the landscape without the crowds.

The fine weather is the initial driver, with Costa Rica seeing just one hour less each day during the dry season. Such proximity to the Equator leaves plenty of lengthy days that give you that many more hours to relax, play and repeat. The Nicoya Peninsula sees the driest, sunniest conditions, and all of this adds up to the ideal playground for Casa Chameleon guests.

Costa Rica Holiday Season

Whether you choose Las Catalinas or Mal Pais as your staycation home base, you’ll be immersed in Costa Rica’s warm, friendly culture and inviting landscape. Late November and December offer ways to join locals at holiday celebrations and other events, but these months also provide exciting opportunities to enjoy nature in motion.

Species like the leatherback sea turtles arrive at Las Baulas National Marine Park during October, and they remain for nesting season right through December. These marine creatures are endangered, which makes their annual appearance all the more spectacular.

For additional sea turtle sightings, you can head to Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, an important nesting site for the critically endangered olive ridley sea turtle. Nesting season peters out in December, but there will be numerous chances to see the arribadas of sea turtles on the beach.

If you’d rather head into the rainforest, you’ll discover incredible species like howler monkeys, quetzals and macaws. Migratory birds from North America are also making their way south during this time, so you just might see some familiar faces amongst the tropical species!

Costa Rica Beach Horse Ride

You’ll also want to delve into the local traditions. Holidays are important to Costa Ricans, representing a time of celebration and a renewal of pura vida living. November sees the Día de los Muertos (All Souls Day), El Desfile de Carretas (Oxcart Parade) and various ecotourism festivals. You’ll also get the chance to see the Costa Rica International Film Festival if you’re just starting out in San Jose. December brings Fiesta de la Yeguita (Virgin of Guadalupe Parade), Fiesta de los Negritos (Immaculate Conception), Christmas celebrations, Día de los Inocentes (Fool’s Day) and other holiday festivities.

Whether you want to travel for cultural adventures or memorable wildlife sightings, you’ll spend each moment in Costa Rica in awe. Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas and Mal Pais are ready to welcome you to their own slice of Costa Rican splendor.

All throughout Costa Rica, sustainability reigns supreme. From renewable energy to biodiversity preservation, Costa Rica is a country with its heart and its policies on the same path. No matter where you go in Costa Rica, you’ll be encouraged to help keep the country healthy and beautiful for future generations.

Locals are happy, and their smiles tell you something good must be taking place. Did you know that of 140 countries examined for the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica sits at the No. 1 spot? Plus, with a life expectancy of 79 years and a consistent well-being of 7.3/10, this country is serious about good, sustainable living. In addition, Costa Rica plans to fully ban single use plastics by 2021, further helping the environment and local wildlife.

Costa Rica Eco tourism

A Look Back: Making a Mark

Yet Costa Rica wasn’t always so focused on sustainability. In fact, things looked a bit dire in the 1980s, when Costa Rica’s forests covered just 21 percent of the land. Government officials knew something needed to change to help bring vitality back to the land, the people and the economy. They took significant steps during the 1990s to overturn their habits and bring back a greener, cleaner land, with eco-tourism becoming one of the driving factors.

Casa Chameleon Green Planet

A Look Ahead: Ecotourism for All

When you travel to Costa Rica, you’re helping support the land, water, air and wildlife. Ecotourism is big, and the success of each passing day shows just how important it is for locals and tourists alike.

The global climate is changing, and the repercussions show exactly why “live green” or “be green” aren’t just passing phrases. When you come to Costa Rica’s green lands, you inadvertently help the country fund environmental and sustainable projects as well as reforestation efforts. You also help provide access to education and community learning. You can even take part in volunteer efforts that put you right in the heart of all that goodness.

Casa Chameleon Eco Friendly

How Casa Chameleon Takes Part

That level of dedication to sustainability and green initiatives is right at home at Casa Chameleon. Whether you join us for a stay at Ocio Villas, Mal Pais or Las Catalinas, you’ll feel the love we feel for the environment. Costa Rica possesses more than 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, and we want to ensure it remains that way. Thanks to our beach cleanups, non-toxic cleaning products and responsibly managed wood products, we can do our part to help keep our forests rich in local flora and fauna. All of our properties are committed to saving water and energy, and we source all meals sustainably.

When you experience life at Casa Chameleon, you’ll be able to play, relax, share and grow, all in one place. Come enjoy life to its fullest with Casa Chameleon. Your bond with nature and the community awaits.

A Small Country with a Huge Vision

Imagine a magical place where nature surrounds you; an alluring concentration of beauty, rainforests, beaches, landscapes, microclimates and biodiversity. One of the happiest places in the globe, and the world’s capital of hummingbirds.

This is Costa Rica. Consisting only 0.03% of the Earth’s mass, this small country proudly holds 5% of its flora and fauna. 25% of the country is composed of protected areas. Located in the heart of America, it is guided by two seas. The deep green of this dreamlike area entices those seeking for relaxation and adventure, and in its essence lies the preservation and care for the environment. Its commitment to sustainability is undeniable.

You’ll be welcomed (and amazed) by the warmth, education and authenticity of its people; they are unique, happy and caring. Costa Rica is a Nation standing in peace through a long-standing democracy. In fact, this Central American country is one of the only two countries in the world that has not had an army since the year 1949.

“Pura Vida” (pure life) is the country’s law. Locals know how to have fun, and be joyful. And so will you, when you get there.

Green, happiness, solidarity, talent, innovation, quality, biodiversity, transformation… this is Essential Costa Rica.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most unique tourist destinations. The natural beauty, stunning beaches, pleasant climate and the peaceful easy going nature of Costa Ricans make the country an attractive, must see part of the world.


  • Social and political stability, it’s the oldest Democracy in Latin America.
  • Strategic geographic location.
  • Unique natural attractions.
  • Tremendous diversity in a small territory: Steaming volcanoes, mountains, rivers, Pacific and Atlantic Coast, micro climates, rain forest, cloud forest and dry forest.
  • Costa Rica has nearly 5% of the world’s species of flora and fauna in 0.03% of the earth’s surface. It has a wide diversity of habitats, climates and scenery.
  • Rich natural and scenic heritage is protected in a country-wide system of national parks and private reserves. It has more preserved nature than any other country.
  • Unrivaled adventure activities: forest hikes, whitewater rafting, zip lining by the tree canopy and all ocean adventures like scuba diving, sea kayaking, swimming, surfing, etc.
  • Natural hospitality: Survey after survey, the innate friendliness of the Costa Rican people is cited as one of our country’s greatest assets.
  • Excellent medical services.

Environmental Performance Index:

  • 5th in the world.
  • 1st in Latin America.
  • 30% of the budget is invested in education. Best educational system in Latin America, 36th worldwide, World Economic Forum, 2007-2008.

Green Costa Rica

In Costa Rica you will experience tropical ecosystems, vast vegetation, pleasant climate, topography, insects and birds.  Costa Rica protects approximately 26 percent of its national territory in national parks, wildlife reserves, forest preserves and private reserves.

Costa Rica’s Biodiversity in Numbers

  • Our country holds among the greatest density of species of all countries in the world. This means that on 1 trip, travelers are likely to come in contact with more biodiversity than other places.
  • Costa Rica packs 4.5% of the world’s known plants and animals (90,000 species) in just .03% of the planet’s surface.
  • The country is 1 of the top 20 places with more biodiversity in the world and one of the top 10 most rich rainforest ecosystems.

Race Venue: Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

With more than 400 miles of coast line, the Guanacaste tourism area comprises the Pacific Coast area from the border of Nicaragua to the Bongo River estuary in the Nicoya Peninsula. This area boasts a significant number of protected areas including water, land, mountain, and coastal ecosystems that are teaming with life.

The incomparable beauty of its landscapes, ranges from tropical dry forests to lowland mountain forests, warm climate, and flourishing nature.  All along the Guanacaste coastline are a number of beaches where you can swim in their warm Pacific Ocean waters. The coastal landscape is exceptional. There is an array of white-sand beaches and calm, intense-blue waters.


There are two commercial centers located in the northern area: Liberia and Santa Cruz, which, in turn, are linked with five important tourism development centers: Papagayo, El Coco, Flamingo, Conchal, and Tamarindo. In the southern area, the commercial center is Nicoya with Samara being the development center.



The 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica offers 35 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Source: Ironman Official site