September 28th, 2022

// XPT Costa Rica and Triathlon Returns to Las Catalinas After Two Year Hiatus

XPT Costa Rica and Triathlon Returns to Las Catalinas After Two Year Hiatus

Guanacaste’s Seaside Town to Host Sports and Fitness Events

GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, September 27, 2022 — After a two-year hiatus from in-person sporting and outdoor recreation events, the seaside, car-free town of Las Catalinas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica recently announced the town will host two upcoming major sporting and fitness events and competitions.  Join surf legend and innovator Laird Hamilton and former professional athlete Gabby Reece and the XPT Team on a 3-day ultimate fitness adventure at Las Catalinas on October 11 – 13, 2022. Further ahead in the winter months, Las Catalinas is excited to bring back their annual Tri Las Catalinas, an off-road, multi-sport triathlon on February 18, 2023.  

For those looking to reset their fitness, elevate their training or learn cutting-edge techniques to improve their sport and life performance, the XPT Experience Costa Rica is ideal for all fitness levels. Guests will learn each pillar of the XPT lifestyle through performance breathing, underwater workouts, gym training, nature workouts, ice-heat sessions, recovery work, advisor lectures, and XPT lifestyle education. The October 11 – 13 retreat program includes the following:

  • 3 nights of accommodation at the boutique Santarena Hotel at Las Catalinas
  • XPT workouts with Laird, Gabby and experienced team members and coaches
  • Pool training and strength building workouts
  • Outdoor activities such as hiking and stand-up paddle boarding 
  • Surfing session with Laird Hamilton
  • Instruction in Performance Breathing Techniques
  • Lecture topics include human performance, mind-body connection, daily goals, nutrition, sleep, and tools for managing stress
  • Lunch, Dinner, Hydration and Snacks are included
  • XPT Heat and Ice Recovery Program after our workouts
  • Additional nights are available at the Santarena Hotel based on availability

Pricing starts at $6500USD and includes three nights’ accommodations the 45-room boutique Santarena Hotel located in the center of town. Flights and transportation to and from Las Catalinas are not included. Guests and residents of the Las Catalinas Collection looking to prepare for XPT will have access to sauna and ice bath facilities at 6:00am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Beach Club now until October 11th, 2022. More information is detailed on XPT Experience Costa Rica here

Las Catalinas has been the home to one of Costa Rica’s most celebrated triathlons since 2013 with 160 participants competing in the first race. The off-road multisport endurance competition features a 1200 meter open-water swim, a 25-kilometer mountain bike and an 8.5-kilometer trail run and covers over 42 kilometers of trails, beaches, and waterfront. With a maximum of 250 total participants (160 for the individual triathlon and 90 for the relays), competitors can participate solo or in teams. Past winners for the Tri Las Catalinas include Olympian Leo Chacon and XTERRA Champion Rom Akerson. Inclusive of many skill levels, this triathlon offers a team relay option, an open-water swimming competition with races in two distances (1600 and 3200 meters) and a children’s race through the town’s pedestrian-friendly streets. The February 18, 2023 triathlon is organized by iFly Costa Rica, Sad, and Las Catalinas. Triathlon pricing is $95.00 + IVA (taxes and fees) for individual and $185.00 + IVA (taxes and fees) for relays. Please visit the Tri Las Catalinas website for registration inclusions and details. 

Since its inception, Las Catalinas has become an ideal destination for training, rejuvenation, wellness, healing and recovery and outdoor adventure. With 42 kilometers of world-class, single-track trails that feature stunning views of the coastline and valley vistas, Las Catalinas is the most prominent mountain biking destination in the American tropics. All hiking and running trails feature spectacular viewpoints and opportunities to get a glimpse of some of the area’s amazing local wildlife, including monkeys, peccaries, and coatis, not to mention a wide variety of exotic birds. Trails vary in difficulty and length, from high-intensity hills to low-impact flatter tracks. The town is also flanked by two of the best beaches on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Sheltered just enough from the southern swell, Las Catalinas is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, and consistent moderate waves make it ideal for body surfing and boogie boarding as well as standup paddle-boarding (SUP) and sea kayaking.

Guests can stay a few days or longer, extended trips to focus on improving their health, wellness and fitness regimens or set new goals. Stay in town at Santarena Hotel or book a villa through Beach Town Travel with an array of villa options including daily housekeeping and laundry service, a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, use of the Las Catalinas Collection resort facilities and more. While not on the trails or in the water, enjoy the convenience of the cardio classes and private training at CORE by Chakfitness outdoor gym, massage and facials at WAKE Day Spa, wellbeing treatments, pilates and organic cooking classes at Center of Joy, mountain bike, kayak and SUP rentals at Pura Vida Ride, healthy food to go, private chef dinners or wine tastings at Copper & Stone gourmet market, fresh smoothies and made from scratch organic dishes for all dietary restrictions at Pots & Bowls and more. 

About Las Catalinas,

The conscious town of Las Catalinas is Costa Rica’s newest desirable beach town, currently with 142 homes complete and 150 full-time residents. Inspired by New Urbanist philosophy, the car-free, highly walkable town will include several inns and intimate hotels, shops, restaurants, retail, day spas, pedestrian streets, parks, plazas, and recreational facilities, all located between two of Costa Rica’s loveliest Pacific beaches and 1,000 acres of protected tropical dry forest, which are interlaced with extensive hiking and biking trails. Within the town, the walkable public spaces are interwoven with nature, and the architecture emphasizes indoor-outdoor living and scenic views. Cars are refreshingly absent. Founder Charles Brewer’s core values and beliefs include environmental stewardship, connection to one another and to the rhythms of nature, promotion of wellness, and an emphatic preference for quality of life over quantity of material possessions, understanding that the “good life” is not about material possessions but about human connections, good health, and ecological sustainability. 



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