Costa Rica Surf & Yoga Retreat FAQs

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have further questions, please feel free to drop us a line, and we’ll get them answered!

Is airfare included?
No, clients are expected to pay for their own travel expenses. People have an option of flying to Costa Rica and arriving at Liberia or San Jose which both have international airports.

If arriving into San Jose, the best way to get into Nosara is by a 45-minute shuttle flight on local airline, Nature Air. From Nosara airport, we will pick you up and drop you off. Just be sure to give us your flight itinerary. The main house is a 10 minute drive away. The price round trip for the shuttle is $160-175 (USD).

If flying into Liberia you can hire a van for $145 (USD) one-way, and it is a 2-1/2 hour drive. To make a reservation for a shuttle contact Edwin Fernandez at Nosara Jungle Shuttles & Transport:
Website: www.nosarajungle.com
Phone: +506-8846-9188
Email: edwin.shuttles@gmail.com

How many people a week do you accept?
Full-capacity is ten (12) campers. Campers will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do I have to know how to surf already?
No, Nosara has gentle enough waves. It is a great place to get a good foundation and skills as a beginner.

How old do I have to be?
All ages are welcome, but surfers under 18 years of age need to travel with an adult.

What do I need to bring?
Pack for a warm climate. Bring any personal items, medications, t-shirts, shorts, long-sleeve/short-sleeve rashguards, swim trunks/suits, socks, shoes, sandals, toiletries, wash cloth, towels (beach & bath), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, daypack, flashlight, mosquito repellent, enough cash on hand to cover any domestic travel and dinner expenses through the week — and don’t forget your Passport!

Can I bring my own board?
If you fly to San Jose, Costa Rica and take a shuttle flight your board can’t exceed 7 feet. If you fly into Liberia, Costa Rica you could tie any length board on the roof rack of the shuttle (make sure to bring surfboard straps.) It is a hassle traveling with surfboards either way and it is recommended to just use our equipment.

Will I need a wetsuit?
No. However, a long sleeve rashguard is strongly recommended to avoid sun exposure. The water is mostly in the low 80’s (degrees), so a wetsuit is not needed. Sometimes there is some up welling due to strong offshore winds and the water temperature drops a little. If you get cold really easy, you could also bring an aqua thermal or a (1 or 2mm) wetsuit top, just in case.

Do I need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a Passport. If you don’t have one, you can have one expedited in 24-48 hours. Click www.uspassportbureau.com for rush service; otherwise, visit your local US Post Office for normal service.

What is the currency of Costa Rica? Are U.S. dollars accepted?
The US dollar has long been the second currency of Costa Rica. However, outside the tourist areas nobody really refers to dollars (USD). The vast majority of Costa Ricans gets paid in colones (CRC), and buy and sell in colones, and you would do well to get the hang of the currency soon after you arrive.

Most banks impose a service charge for cashing travelers checks. And the processing time to pull more cash can take several hours. Banks are generally open Monday to Friday. It’s desirable to carry at least some cash with you — enough to get you through your weeks stay. Be sure to carry small bills and coins when visiting villages where change may not be readily available for larger denominations, do not try to buy from street vendors with bills 5000 colones or over. Unlimited exchange of colones is permitted. Major credit cards are accepted by banks, most shops, and restaurants, but always ask or check for signs of on the windows of doors.

For currency exchange rates, go to: finance.yahoo.com/currency