Costa Rica Logistics and Travel Information
US citizens will need a valid passport for entry into Costa Rica and evidence of onward travel to exit the country (either return to US or travel to another country). You may visit Costa Rica for up to 90 days without a visa.
Please make a copy or take a photo of your passport and email it to yourself so you have one on file.
When arriving in Costa Rica you will go through Immigration and Customs. If you are on a group shuttle we will let you know where to meet and who else will be in you shuttle.
We recommend arriving by mid-day on the start of the retreat and we will start that evening. We will finish on the last day by the early afternoon. It is great to come early or stay later if you have the time! There are plenty of boutique hotels and AirBnBs to stay at.
Flight Information and Ground Transportation
There are two ways to get to Bodhi Tree in Nosara-
1- Fly into Liberia Airport (LIR) and take a shuttle to Bodhi Tree (about 2 hours)
*The shuttle can be a bumpy ride. If you get car sick ask to sit up front and be prepared with things like- Dramamine, ginger candies, peppermint oil, etc… whatever works for you!
2- Fly into San Jose Airport (SJO) and then take a smaller plane to Nosara. The main airline that flies into Nosara is Nature Air, but these tickets can sell out quickly since it only holds about 8 people.
We recommend flying into Liberia Airport and we do our best to group up those flying at similar times on the same shuttle. The cost of the shuttle is not included in your retreat price and will depend on how many people are in your group. We typpically use Gypsy Cab Nosara- we can help you set this up or you can also arrange it yourself.
IN CASE OF TROUBLES ON DAY OF TRAVEL
Should you have flight delays or other troubles on the day of travel, contact Kori Zornes as soon as possible.
Contact Number - Kori Zornes (702) 321-6769 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The credit card on file will be charged for the final retreat balance. All payment is non-refundable. If you have any questions email email@example.com.
Getting Ready For Your Trip
PACKING YOUR BAGS
We highly suggest you pack light. You will not want to have to lug around a lot of excess luggage. Keep in mind when choosing what clothes to pack. Nylon or quick drying fabrics work very well. Keep valuables to an absolute minimum. Revamp Retreats is not responsible for any lost or stolen items including important paperwork such as passports. Think less is more! Some more packing tips below:
1. We recommend a sturdy bag, easy to pull or push or carry. Rolling clothes instead of normal folding works wonders too in saving space.
2. Carry your daypack with you on the first day as your carry on. Keep your valuables in your daypack- i.e.: passport, money, ticket, journal, etc. We recommend you pack one set of clothes in it should your suitcase get lost.
· 6 yoga outfits for HOT/Warm outside yoga
· 1 pairs of light pants –something you can move in
· 1 long sleeved shirt – for layering (again quick dry)
· 1 sweater or warm pull over for the plane (optional)
· Windbreaker and rain jacket (bring a VERY LIGHT rain jacket that doesn’t take up space)
· Underwear and some good sports bras
· Comfortable hiking/walking shoes
· Flip flops or house shoes if you don’t like to walk around barefoot
· 1 pair of PJs
· 1-2 bathing suits
· Day dresses/swim wraps- casual, comfortable clothes
· 1 day pack (a small backpack you can carry with you on our treks)
· Insect repellent
· Toiletries (sunblock, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine products, anti-bacterial spray etc. Think travel size and if possible biodegradable please! The hotel will also have toiletries)
· Writing Journal, a good book, and pens
· Visor/ hat/ baseball cap (VERY important for sun protection)
· Water bottle
· Any medications needed
· Hair ties, bandannas, or other things to keep your hair out of your face.
· 1 light travel yoga mat own– optional (the resort has all yoga supplies!)
· Power plug adapter - Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.
Above all else, keep it light. Make it part of your yoga practice and be a minimalist in your packing please!
Your health and well-being is extremely important to us, and hopefully to you, too! To stay healthy with all the travel, switching time zones, etc., it’s important to keep your immune system and your belly happy. Here are a few tips:
Probiotics (to regulate your immune system)
Activated Charcoal (if you get a stomach bug or need a quick, effective detox)
Magnesium (to sleep and relax)
Elderberry (to boost immunity)
If you have food sensitivities, low blood sugar or love to snack, bring some healthy snacks with you!
For a wellness-focused and comfortable flying experience, check out our tips here!
Revamp Retreats does not cover the theft, loss, or damage of personal property and equipment of trip participants. We suggest you confirm with your insurance carrier that they would cover the costs if your items are stolen, lost, or damaged while on your trip. We also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
MONEY & TIPPING (GRATUITIES)
You will want to bring a small amount of money for personal items, snacks, tipping and souvenirs. You may want to exchange cash at the airport or pull money out of an ATM located in the airport.
Some places will take USD but the exchange rate may be better if you pay with Colones (Costa Rican Currency).
Make sure you look up exchange rates during your stay and also check fees for Exchange Centers and ATMs.
Most restaurants will add 10% tip to the bill. It is not necessary to leave extra, but tipping a couple extra dollars is always appreciated.
EXCURSIONS AND MASSAGES
There will be opportunities to partake in excursions and massages during your retreat. There will also be free time to explore the island!
General Information About Costa Rica
A Little About Nosara
Nosara is a small, beautiful beach town surrounded by jungle and wildlife with a community that feels like home. It is famous for its surf, yoga, and wellness lifestyle. The town is filled with health conscious expats from around the world that have made this place their home- many consider it the perfect place to relocate abroad.
The town lacks all development on the beach, which keeps it one of the cleanest waters in all of Costa Rica. The locals and several associations protect the land and forest, keeping it underdeveloped. Also, the Ostional Wildlife Refuge borders Nosara and is one of the largest Olive Ridley turtle nesting sites in the world. You may be able to see the turtles if you are lucky!
The one phrase you must know is Pura Vida! Which translates to – the “pure life” or “simple life” and is truly how they tend to live. Locals are very relaxed, and look at the simple way of living- no worries or stress and being thankful and present. Its not surprising that Costa Rica is named one of the happiest countries in the world!
LOCATION AND TIME ZONE OF COSTA RICA
Nosara is located on the North Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste (which is also a Blue Zone)
It is on Central Standard Time, 2 hours ahead of LA.
As it would be traveling to any foreign country, one must remember to be safe and respectful of others customs and situations. If this is your first experience traveling abroad, please be aware in public places, and keep a close watch on your belongings. You really won’t want to bring any unnecessary valuables. Leave all of it at home that isn’t essential.
There are some vaccines recommended by the CDC such as hepatitis A and Typhoid. Vaccines should be a personal decision and talk to your health care provider.
You should not drink tap water in Costa Rica. Water will be available on property and in the yoga shala– please remember to bring a reusable water bottle.
INTERNET / TELEPHONE SERVICE
Once we arrive at our retreat site, we encourage you to disconnect as much as possible.
Feel free to get any international plans if you would like to have calling/text/data during your trip.
Bodhi tree will have free wifi, but we do not guarantee it to be strong in every room.
The average temperature in Costa Rica during this time is about 79 to 95 degrees F. The days are typically hot and the evenings can have a slight breeze. There can also be rain showers throughout the day. Remember to wear sunscreen, have a light cover up and a light rain jacket.
We will be practicing yoga in open-air studios and it will be warm/hot. Please remember to stay hydrated.
Mosquitos and other critters are prominent in the jungle. Please keep your eyes open, but remember that many of the insects are harmless. Be prepared with closed toed shoes and clothing to cover your self with in case of any problems. Be sure to pack bug spray (natural or deet). There are also great natural salves for bug bites that can help with itching – you may want to bring one of these!
When leaving your room and bathroom at night please turn off all lights. It will help to keep the bugs away. The bathrooms are open air and can attract tons of bugs if you do leave your lights on. Conserve energy and have less bugs- win/win J
We believe in eating delicious local and healthy meals on our retreats. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of local food. If there are any dietary restrictions please let us know ahead of time so we can inform the retreat center.
Last, but not least… here are some ways to be a Conscious Traveler:
-Go with the flow: When traveling abroad things might not always go your way. Flights may be delayed, luggage lost, languages misunderstood. It is all part of the adventure, try your best to be okay with whatever comes up and embrace it as part of the journey. Practice patience and find humor in unexpected situations.
-Respect the culture: Do some research to where you are going before you arrive. Respect the locals and their way of life (and ALSO respect the animals and wildlife). It is also great to learn a few words before arriving- please, thank you, hello. It will be greatly appreciated by the locals.
-Keep an open mind: There is so much to learn from others who live differently and do things differently than we do. Take the time to try new things and enjoy the local food and customs. Slow down, relax, and take it all in.
-Have fun: This trip is for YOU…. to relax and unwind, to dive in deep, to get to know yourself better, and to connect with others. Notice what comes up for you during the retreat. It may feel emotional, exciting, difficult… whatever comes up, embrace it. The schedule will be full of activities but also know when you need to take time alone to reflect, read, nap, or just do nothing. We are here for you on this journey and our mission is to spark passion and inspiration for your path and life purpose. Let us know how we can support you.
We hope this fully prepares you for an exciting trip to come!