Jungle’s Edge is Costa Rica’s only surf school and yoga retreat center that encompasses high performance training with yoga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With adult hostel and beautiful community vibes, your stay will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Our facility is nestled mere minutes from Playa Guiones, a world-renowned surf destination, and tucked away into the jungle, making it the perfect setting for retreats of all varieties. Nutritious gourmet cuisine, accompanied with fresh juice detoxing, is prepared daily for our retreat and surf camp members. Our oasis is made up of multiple organic gardens, hundreds of banana trees and luscious flowers, making it the perfect getaway. Jungle’s Edge is the "oasis" you have been dreaming of.
We host several retreat types, including yoga, surf school, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and private groups. Our all-inclusive retreats for solo travelers and groups are taught by highly trained practitioners that live right here in Nosara and can be joined any time of year. We are also a host facility to some of the best studios and instructors from around the world for groups of yoga, martial arts and much more. We welcome you to create a custom retreat for your group with our teachers, or your own.
make new friends
Costa Rica is a place that captures people and once they have experienced the magic they never let it go. We attribute this to the clean air, high-quality water, endless amount of activities and sights to see plus the overall happiness and enjoyment of the local culture. The Costa Rican people live a life style of Pure Life, or as they say, Pura Vida. We have embraced this and live it each and everyday. Costa Rica is home to incredible surf, amazing scenery and settings for yoga and some of the nicest people on the planet.
Jungle's Edge is peacefully nestled on the outskirts of the Costa Rican jungle. We have taken many precautions to preserve the water, wildlife and plant-life of Costa Rica was maintaining a beautiful and highly efficient retreat center. Our grounds have a custom water drip system and our well is one of the deepest in Nosara, providing our plants and guests with some of the cleanest water in the world.
We take many measures to be eco-friendly including an organic garden, energy efficient light bulbs, onsite compost, biodegradable trash bags, and we strive to use our own organic cleaning products as much as possible. We also boast a giant salt-water pool that keeps chemicals away so you can enjoy a safer swim.
We support many local organizations including the Costas Verdes Project, Nosara local school and Nosara Recycle. We are also a Trip Advisor Green Leaders Bronze Level.
nature in harmony
Nosara, where Jungles Edge is located, is a gorgeous beach town of Guanacaste in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. The peninsula is home to some of the best surf breaks in all of Central America. The varying angles of the local beaches capture swells from all possible directions; leaving us with waves nearly 365 days a year!
As one of only a handful of Blue Zones on the planet, the Nicoya Peninsula is home to some of the healthiest and longest living people in the world. It is not uncommon for those living in this zone to live longer than 100 years, making a strong case for the food and water quality. Locals live off the sea and the land, farming and harvesting high quality fruits and vegetables that have the vibrant colors we all dream of.
The Costa Rican community, especially evident here in Nosara, have built a strong sense of unity. From an outsider seeing the dirt roads, albeit some of the last unpaved areas in the country, Nosara may seem undeveloped. This town is far beyond others around it and is truly a magical place. From the beaches to the restaurants Nosara is sure to impress.
get to know our team
At Jungle's Edge, we pride ourselves on customer service and treating each guest and staff member as family. Whether you are staying for one night or one month, you will be taken care of with tremendous passion and hospitality. While we are no small retreat center, we still feel it is necessary to keep the core values we started with when Jungle's Edge was just an idea. Family, tranquility, health and happiness are embodied by everyone here.
David “Big Wave Dave” Maher (Co-Owner)
David Maher is the Jungles Edge visionary and business owner. He traveled from his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Costa Rica in the late 90s. Exploring and enjoying family vacations with his wife, Edie and his 3 children, Chase, Britni & Kelsey, before finding his dream location here in Nosara. Now, he is living his amazing dream and sharing it with others here at Jungle's Edge. The perennial surf, people, culture and the jungle environment in Costa Rica bring David such a deep sense of satisfaction, he says only one word truly summarizes his life here, “blessing.”
Edie Maher (Co-Owner/Reservations)
With a heart of gold and a keen eye for creativity, Edie is the true visionary of hospitality and total comfort at Jungle's Edge. Edie currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with Jungle's Edge being her second home. When she is not making sure everyone around her is happy, you can find her practicing yoga, pilates or taking a barre class. Edie manages all the reservations and customer relations here at Jungle's Edge.
Alexander (personal Trainer and kickboxing instructor)
Alexander is an ever evolving Martial Artist, Personal Trainer, Army Veteran, Yogi and 100% Plant Based Health and Wellness Coach from the USA.
Bringing 10+ years of experience from many fields of Functional Movement and Disciplines.
He has worked with dozens of clients helping them achieve and surpass their fitness and wellness goals. Through means of Optimal Dieting, functional movement exercises, flexibility and Cardio/Respiratory conditioning.
Build muscle, lose fat, increase speed and stamina and correct problematic or injured areas on the body. In a Fun and effective way.
Daniel (Brazlian jiu-jitsu)
Since his first practice, Daniel knew that he would be doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the rest of his life. Ups and downs along the way, overcome injuries, disappointments but also a celebration of all kinds of triumphs; understanding that all the emotions are part of this martial art. Daniel enjoys to practice Jiu-Jitsu as it improves his life in all areas and he gets to know different people from around the world that share the same respect and feeling for BJJ.
All ages are welcome to come and train with us at this paradise and have a good time.
Ricardo "rich" Dacosta (Chef)
Ricardo “Rich” Dacosta has loved the creativity in kitchens since his
first job at age 14, where he washed dishes at night while going to
school during the day. His eclectic food preparation reflects his
worldview, having trained with chefs from Italy, France, Turkey,
Canada, Costa Rica and his native Portugal.
Rich brings over 25 years’ experience in the restaurant industry to
EDGE as Executive Manager and Chef. After 5 years as Executive
Chef of two restaurants at Los Suenos Resort & Marina in Costa Rica,
Rich started his Nicaraguan journey at Redwood Beach Resort on
Playa Mechapa. He then joined the team at Rancho Santana’s noted
La Finca y El Mar restaurant, where during his tenure as Executive
Chef he assisted in creating the “farm to table” concept and helped
develop the in-house cheese and butchering program.
Rich especially loves to create Pan-Asian and Italian food, drawing on,
as he puts it, “dimensions of flavors that I love.” He sources food
locally from small producers and creates his dishes using “good fresh
ingredients that are good for you”.
From homemade pasta with delicious Italian sauces, to an Asian Poke
using freshly caught fish, to a juicy Churrasco steak with the latest
harvest vegetables, Rich will usually be found on any given night in
the EDGE kitchen creating taste sensations for locals and visitors