Helpful Hints For Traveling To Costa Rica & Staying At Blue Spirit
Please see the "Travel Info" page for information regarding passports and visas.
Money & Such Matters
Any extra spending while at Blue Spirit (i.e. for activities organized through our reception desk, like surf lessons, horseback riding, canopy tours, or Wellness services) and any food/beverages purchased at the Café-Lounge can be charged on your credit card. Therefore we recommend not bringing too much extra cash from home (a maximum of $500 should be sufficient). 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 to 600 Colones per US Dollar. There is an ATM machine and bank in Guiones town, which is a 10-minute drive from Blue Spirit. The ATM and Bank only accept VISA Cards and dispense Costa Rica Colones.
Safety Box & Personal Belongings
Each room is provided with a safety box at no charge. Blue Spirit is not responsible for any stolen personal belongings on the premises. Tents do not come with a safety box - there will be a safe at reception for valuables to be stored for campers.
Means of Communication & Office Needs
We have a phone for the guests to use for local calls (free of charge) and international calls (phone cards can be purchased at reception). We also recommend the use of Skype or other Internet phone services. The main building has WiFi so the use of voice over Internet is easy, inexpensive, and reliable.
If you'd like your loved ones at home to connect with you and leave messages during your stay at Blue Spirit they can call: +1 646.833.3410 (connects with Costa Rica at US call charge fee) from US, Canada, or Europe.
If you need to reach Blue Spirit from within Costa Rica, dial the following numbers: 2656.8300 / 2656.8228 (only valid from within Costa Rica).
There is cell phone service on the premises that supports local CR cell phones and international phones (though this is expensive).
Wireless Internet is available at no cost and can be accessed via personal laptops for use of E-mail, Skype, or any Internet-phone calls. For those with WiFi ready laptops, access is free. Please note that Blue Spirit does not guarantee connection to all types of laptop computers and does not provide a technician for WiFi access.
Public Access Computer: Available to our guests (free of charge).
Medical Services in Nosara
From a general health perspective, Costa Rica has the highest health standards in the entire country, 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. In proximity are also chiropractors, and other holistic healers, providing a range of health care and therapeutic services.
A hospital is located within a 45 minutes drive in Nicoya, or for serious conditions an air lift is available to a hospital 45 minutes away in the caputial of San Jose with excellent and Western standard medical care.
There are no shots or immunizations required to come to Costa Rica.
We do not provide laundry service at Blue Spirit. However, there is a laundry close to the Hotel Café De Paris (10 minutes drive). They will wash, dry, and fold your laundry for a fee of approximately $13.00.
Café-Lounge at Blue Spirit
The Café-Lounge is open daily from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
The Café-Lounge offers fresh juices, smoothies, freshly made good, raw food snacks, coffee specialties, and in the evening organic wines, and local beers (that have recyclable bottles).
Food and beverages at the Café-Lounge are not included in the room & board rates of your program. All purchases will be charged individually, and can be paid with cash or charged directly to the room and paid 1 day before departure.
What to Wear:
We're at the beach so think light weight, the temperatures here will be in the 90's day time and in the mid to high 70's at night. Yoga clothes, light tops and shirts, light pants and shorts, bathing suits, sundresses and board shorts. A good pair of walking shoes and a pair of sandals will pretty well take care of any occasion. A favorite here at the beach are the water shoes that work well for the walk to the beach, surfing and tide pooling.
Recommended Items to Bring:
We recommend bringing along a waterproof flashlight or headlamp, as there are not many streetlights, a daypack, mosquito repellent, hat/baseball cap, sunglasses, beach towel and of course, yoga mat. The sun can be very intense so we recommend a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this retreat and to submit your deposit. We look forward to hearing from you!