Transportation to Costa Rica
Some airlines that offer flights from major US cities into Costa Rica:
- TACA www.taca.com 1.800.400.TACA
- United www.united.com 1.800.622.1015
- American Airlines www.aa.com 1.800.433.7300
- Continental www.continental.com 1.800.231.0856
- Delta www.delta.com 1.800.241.4141
Air travel within Costa Rica - From San Jose to Nosara:
Citizen of the US, Canada, and Panama may enter Costa Rica with a passport that remains valid at least 6 months after your travel date. Identification such as a driver's license or birth certificate are no longer valid for travel in Costa Rica.
A valid passport allows Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American and European citizens to stay for up to 90 days.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Costa Rica. Before you go to Costa Rica, please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you at all times. You should leave your original passport in the safety box at Blue Spirit.
There are no shots or immunizations required to come to Costa Rica.
FLYING IN & OUT OF COSTA RICA
Blue Spirit is situated in Nosara, on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Depending on your chosen arrival airport in Costa Rica, there are different options to travel onwards to Blue Spirit.
There are two international airports in Costa Rica: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and San Jose International Airport (SJO). Both airports have frequent flights from all over the United States and Canada.
The closest airport to Blue Spirit is LIBERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LIR). It is only a 2 hours scenic drive from Blue Spirit. Blue Spirit runs group shuttles on Saturdays from / to Liberia Airport.
SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is an alternative option as sometimes flights from the US or Canada to SAN JOSE can be cheaper or more direct. However, getting to Blue Spirit by road is more costly and takes 4 1/2 hours. An alternative is taking a short plane flight from San Jose to the domestic AIRPORT in NOSARA (the local airport is only 15 minutes from Blue Spirit).
DEPARTURE TAX: There is a departure tax to be paid of $26 at San Jose or Liberia airport when you leave Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash (US$ or costa rican Colones) or with credit card.
Traveling With Surfboards:
Be certain that your airline will accept your surfboard at the time of your travel. Certain U.S. Carriers, principally, but not limited to United & Continental, have time periods that they will not carry surfboards and are very poor about notifying you of this during the reservation booking process. We have found that consistently the most surfer friendly airline to Costa Rica is, GRUPO TACA, the airline of Central America. You will also not be able to carry surfboards on the local commuter flights and many buses.
You are responsible for coordinating your ground travel to Blue Spirit Retreat Center. Below is Blue Spirit's Shuttle Reservation Form. If you choose to arrange your ground travel directly with Blue Spirit, please print the form and submit to Blue Spirit directly per the instructions on the form. Please submit this form as soon as your registration has been confirmed by the Samudra office.
Blue Spirit Shuttle Reservation Form (114 KB)
Please see the "Helpful Hints" page for more information about your time in Costa Rica and your stay at Blue Spirit.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this retreat and to submit your deposit. We look forward to hearing from you!