TRAVEL & WHAT TO BRING – COSTA RICA
1..Passport: A passport is required for entry into Costa Rica, valid at least 6 months after your travel date. This will allow Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American and European citizens to say up to 90 days. A return ticket will be requested upon entry. Please go to http://www.costarica-embassy.org/index.php?q=node/72 for visa information pertinent to your country of provenance.
It is recommended that you make a photocopy of your passport to carry with you at all times; the original should remain in the safety deposit box in your room at Blue Spirit.
Each departing passenger must pay a USD $26 departure tax at either San Jose International Airport (SJO) or Liberia International Airport (LIR) before exiting Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash in US dollars, Costa Rican Colones or with a credit card.
2. Booking Your Flight: You are booking your own international flights to Nosara, Costa Rica.
The two international airports in Costa Rica are: Liberia International Airport (LIR – also called Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport) and San Jose International Airport (SJO – also called Juan Santamaria Airport).
Liberia International Airport (LIR) is only a two-hour scenic drive from Blue Spirit Costa Rica, and is served by many non-stop flights from several US cities and Canada.
San Jose International Airport (SJO) sometimes has international flights which are less expensive or more direct than flying into Liberia International Airport (LIR). Getting to Blue Spirit from San Jose International Airport (SJO) by ground transportation can take 4 ½ hours.
An alternative option is a 40-minute short domestic flight from San Jose International Airport to the local Nosara Airport (only a 20-minute drive from Blue Spirit). Please contact Blue Spirit about arranging flights from San Jose International Airport (SJO) to Nosara.
Airport shuttle reservations must be made in advance with Blue Spirit. Go to http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/shuttle-reservations to make your reservation.
As soon as you book your flight, please use this link to provide us with your flight details and emergency contact information.
3. Herbs and supplements: Bring your daily supplements if you take any. Be sure to declare any herbs, honey, fruits or plants when coming thru customs to avoid fines.
4. Food and Water: Tap water in Costa Ricais drinkable and, in many areas of the country, quite good. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, it’s recommended to refrain from drinking the tap water.
Upon request, Blue Spirit will do it’s best to accommodate special dietary requirements (such as lactose intolerance and food allergies). These requests must be communicated to Blue Spirit at least two weeks in advance of your stay.
5. Travel Insurance: If for some unforeseen reason you must cancel your journey, your deposit is non-refundable. The Four Winds Society strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance. One option is Travelex Insurance, which offers Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Trip Delay and Baggage insurance. We suggest you purchase travel insurance within three weeks of your initial trip deposit for the best coverage. For complete details, please visit: www.travelexinsurance.com or call customer service at 1-800-228-9792 Monday – Friday 8am – 7 pm CST. Please refer to Location 09-0821.
6. Money: The US Dollar is widely accepted in Costa Rica, so exchanging US Dollars to Costa Rica Colones is not necessary. Smaller denominations of $20 or less are easiest to cash. The exchange rate is approximately 500 Colones per US Dollar.
An ATM machine and bank are a 10-minute drive from Blue Spirit. The ATM and Bank only accept VISA Cards and disperse Costa Rica Colones.
You will be able to charge most expenses and purchases on your credit card.
7. Health: Costa Rica has high health standards and is considered one of the safest destinations in the developing world. If you have a health care provider in the country of your origin, you may want to inquire before your travels about their coverage policy, when traveling to Costa Rica.
English-speaking doctors have offices located 15 minutes from Blue Spirit, along with dentists.
A hospital is located within a 45 minutes drive in Nicoya, or for serious conditions an air lift is available to a hospital with excellent and Western standard medical care in the capital of San Jose within 45 minutes.
If you take any prescription medicines be sure to bring enough for your travels. Containers should be clearly labeled with prescription forms to avoid problems at Customs. A travel first aid kit is advisable, as well as bringing your own favorite personal “remedies.” Remember, you are responsible for your own health.
8. What to bring:
- Sun protection: sunglasses, hat, sunscreen (SPF over 30)
- Lightweight clothing for day-time, very comfortable clothing for yoga and movement
- Tevas or strapped hiking sandals (optional)
- Water bottle
- Journal for writing
- Swimsuit and beach towel
- Small flashlight with extra batteries is handy
- Camera and extra SD Card/batteries
- Items of a personal nature & toiletries
- Natural bug repellent
- Jeans for horseback riding
- One dress, skirt, slacks, shirt, etc. for special moments
For more information you can visit Blue Spirit Costa Rica’s website at http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/, or call within Costa Rica at 506-2656-8300, or from the US at 646-833-3410.
Thank you for journeying with us!