The Best Yoga Retreats in Belize
Wave-guided meditations and deep-jungle warrior poses bring inner peace to your inner spirit
Belize is an enchanting nation, located on Central America’s eastern coast, where you’ll discover majestic waterfalls, lush green jungle, and sparkling Caribbean shorelines. With scenic mountains, rainforests, and reefs, Mother Nature clearly out-did herself when creating this picturesque slice of paradise. Belize is part of the isthmus connecting North and South America, so it’s technically an island…with islands! And both Belize and its islands are heaven-like.
While there are many ways to explore this beautiful island, joining a Belize yoga retreat is definitely one of the best. During a stay at any of our favorite yoga retreats, you’ll wake up to the sounds of nature and start your day with an empowering yoga session. While yoga and meditation are certainly the focus of these retreats, many of them also offer a wide range of eco-tours, adventures, and seriously once-in-a-lifetime experiences. You’ll be visiting the magnificent Mayan ruins or exploring below sea-level with the tropical sea life of the Belize Barrier Reef (the second largest Great Barrier Reef in the world after Australia). You can do all this and more when you reserve one of the best yoga retreats in the Caribbean.
Because there are so many amazing adventures to be had in Belize, we’ve outlined our favorites below to give you the inside track. Explore all the incredible options and then choose the Belize yoga retreat that’s right for you. Warning: many of these do fill up quickly, so once you’ve set your heart center on a specific retreat or resort, make your reservations ASAP.
Once you know your travel dates, book your flight to Belize. Then switch off from stress, grab your yoga mat, turn off that cell phone (maybe), and get ready for the most epic wellness adventure in the Caribbean.
The Best Yoga Retreats in Belize
At Thatch Caye, they encourage guests to disconnect from it all and reconnect with themselves. The private island resort hosts some of the best yoga retreats in Central America, where you can discover your Zen and find your balance. Begin your day stretching and moving into your poses in the beachside yoga shala as the expert teachers guide your practice. While each Thatch Caye retreat is different, many of them offer chef-prepared meals, complimentary kayaks, snorkel gear, and even island-hopping tours. Staying in Dangriga will ensure your yoga trip is a memorable one. You may never want to leave the island.
Belize Yoga hosts all kinds of eco-friendly yoga adventure retreats. Book one of the packages, and you won’t just stick to practicing your lotus pose. Many of these exotic yoga retreats include snorkeling excursions, visits to Mayan ruins, cave tours, and even waterfall hikes. Some Belize Yoga retreat options will also include island-hopping to different parts of the island. You may spend 3 days in the ocean, and 4 in the mountain canopy. So in between yoga sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and appreciate the beauty of Belize. Spend your yoga getaway finding balance and immersing yourself in nature with Belize Yoga. Upcoming retreats will be held on a few of our favorite Belize resorts, such as Ray Caye Private Island Resort, Naia Resort & Spa, Black Rock Lodge, and Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve.
Tucked in the jungle, Serenity Retreats Belize is located in what it calls “The Garden of Vegan Intentional Calm-Unity of Belize.” It’s a sustainable vegan community that offers yoga sessions and accommodations in their Buddhist and Mayan-inspired lodging. When you’re not downward-dogging, you can visit the nearby Mayan ruins or venture to Corozal Bay, just a mile away. Come stay for a yoga weekend retreat and experience the tranquility of this village. It’s the next best option after buying a property and immersing yourself in the community fulltime! No matter how long you decide to visit, the culture does ask guests to practice veganism during your stay. Book your retreat today and prepare your mind, body, and spirit for a holistic oasis.
Unplug and get your yoga on at Ak’Bol. This Belize yoga resort offers some of the best yoga meditation retreats, where you can practice mindfulness surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean Sea. You’ll find a variety of different retreats offered at the resort. Each one provides multiple open-air yoga sessions each day, along with water activities and tours to the nearby Mayan ruins. Round out your morning yoga practice with a dip in the fresh lagoon or a stroll along the beach.
This hip little yoga resort is cherished in the North Ambergris Cayes community. It also houses a trendy restaurant and bar, Soul Kitchen, serving local bites, pizza, and vegetarian options. The spectacular setting is paired with a laid-back, chill vibe, but is limited in some amenities. There are 7 simple thatch cabanas surrounding a swimming pool on the ocean side of the property. These cabanas have beautiful sea views and outdoor showers. On the lagoon side of the property, there is a three-story barracks building, housing 30 single-occupancy rooms. These rooms are for guests of the yoga retreats; bathrooms are shared, and there is no A/C. This might be precisely the stripped-down, rustic experience you’re looking for. Still, it’s good to keep in mind when choosing how many days and what levels of comfort you want in a retreat.
For those of you looking to be pampered, here are two excellent recommendations for resorts that are less than a 10-minute walk to Ak’Bol. With exceptional service, location, convenience, and beauty, you’ll want to stay at the Grand Caribe Belize. And we absolutely adore the award-winning 2017 Small Hotel of the Year, Pur Boutique Cabanas; it’s the perfect choice for a reasonably-priced, luxurious, and intimate experience.
Sattva Land labels itself as a “regenerative retreat center for eco-conscious emersions.” Located in the jungle of the Mayan Mountains, the center offers the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of every life. Join a retreat focused on yoga and meditation or attend a yoga teacher training session to learn how to pass the knowledge on to others. Some even offer add-on excursions, from ziplining and to caving.
Whatever kind of retreat you choose, you’re sure to have a transformative experience on your personal adventure in the jungle at Sattva Land. Sattva Land is a slightly lower priced retreat in the middle of the rainforest, with simple, but comfortable, delightful furnishings. And the team atmosphere created under the canopy instantly makes you feel safe, generous, and amongst friends.
Mango Meditation Yoga Retreats are focused on resetting, recharging, and realigning, and what better way to spend a vacation? Situated in the rainforest in southern Belize, this retreat center features yoga sessions and adventure tours. During your stay, you’ll indulge in Hatha, Power Vinyasa, Yin, restorative, and Ashtanga yoga practices, and then have the chance to learn about the local community.
Join a coconut oil workshop, take a mountain farm tour, and discover sustainable food prep with local ingredients, among other fascinating activities. Mango’s retreats have the unique ability to develop within you a deep appreciation for the local community, and quite quickly upon arrival too. That is something you will bring back with you when you return home from your spiritual wellness quest.
Island Expedition is a sustainable tourism company that hosts a variety of yoga adventure retreats at their basecamps. These basecamps are located on Glover’s Reef, on the Southwest Caye (a 13-acre private island), and Lighthouse Reef, which sits on Half Moon Caye National Monument. Both destinations host spectacular retreats, where you can start your day with an invigorating yoga session, followed by sea kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring the island.
These yoga retreats in Central America will have you coming home feeling recharged and itching to book your return trip to the island. For a list of our favorite resorts that are nearby to Island Expedition Basecamps, check out these hotels near the Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef, Belize District. You won’t be disappointed.
Yogis out there who would rather explore the island at your own pace, book one of these hotels in Belize, and blaze your own trail. Practice your yoga discipline wherever and whenever you want and choose your own activity agenda. You should definitely consider a venture to the peaceful Yoga Cave as well. Whether you join an affordable yoga retreat or explore the island on your own terms, follow your heart and enjoy your next yoga getaway in Belize. Namaste!
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