There are two International airports in Costa Rica:
Liberia International Airport (LIR)
is a 2-hour scenic drive from Blue Spirit. Blue Spirit run group shuttles every Saturday from/to Liberia Airport. If your travel plans require you to stay overnight in Liberia, Blue Spirit recommends the Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
or Hotel Boyeros
Blue Spirit has multiple shuttles at Liberia Airport on Saturdays ONLY from 12-4pm and 7-8:30pm.
When you arrive please allow 30 - 60 minutes to go through immigration, customs and baggage claim. Once you have retrieved your baggage and passed customs, your shuttle organizer will be waiting outside the only terminal exit at LIR. The organizer will be wearing a Blue Spirit T-shirt, and will greet you with a sign that says BLUE SPIRIT. There are many taxi drivers who will do their best to persuade you to use their services, but please resist and the organizer will guide you to the BLUE SPIRIT shuttle. In case of any difficulty, please call Blue Spirit on local number: 2656.8300 or contact Lorraine +44 (0) 7958 283263.
If your flight is delayed, rescheduled or if you miss a connection please contact Blue Spirit +1 646.833.3410 or Lorraine +44 (0) 7958 283263. If you have any issues while you are in Costa Rica please contact Blue Spirit on local number 2656.8300 or Lorraine +44 (0) 7958 283263. Blue Spirit and Lorraine will have all your flight information and will be tracking flights.
San Jose International Airport (SJO) is an alternative option as flights from the US or Canada to San Jose can be cheaper or more direct. However, there are NO Blue Spirit group shuttles from/to San Jose Airport, so getting to Blue Spirit by road is more costly (private taxis or rental car) and takes approximately 4 1/2 hours. An alternative option is taking a 40 minute flight from San Jose to the local airport in Nosara (approximately $20 taxi ride from Blue Spirit). This usually requires arriving in San Jose the night before to take a morning flight to Nosara.
There are two airlines with daily flights to/from Nosara. For schedules, fares, and bookings visit www.natureair.com
. Please note both airlines may impose luggage restrictions – check web sites for details. Nature Air has proven to be more reliable regarding their schedule. However, it does require that you take a 20-minute taxi ride from San Jose International Airport to Pavas Airport (approximately $20 OR with the Nature Air shuttle $8 per person).
You may reserve your own rental car to drive from San Jose to Blue Spirit. However, a car is not needed during your stay. Online bookings with www.toyotarent.com
allow you to drop off your car in Nosara. The price for a one-day rental car with drop off in Nosara is usually around $100. If you need a route description in English or Spanish, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are always taxis available at the airport in San Jose that will take you to Blue Spirit for approximately $200-$220. If you need a route description in English or Spanish, please contact email@example.com.
There are several group shuttle services departing Blue Spirit between 4:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. You should plan to be at the airport two hours before your flight departs.
Please note: The exit tax from Costa Rica is $29, and can be paid in Costa Rican Colones, US Dollars or credit card.
If you need additional recommendations in arranging your travel to Blue Spirit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations will be based on a first come, first served policy.
A deposit of 50% of your total due must be paid to reserve a spot. The remaining balance is due by March 29, 2017 — please note: NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE.
If you are based in Europe, and not wish to pay by credit card please contact email@example.com for alternative payment options.
Discounts are available for repeat participants, and groups of 2+, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
If you have specific accommodation requests (i.e. family unit or a villa), please contact email@example.com with your requirements.
The Fine Print (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)
If the full amount is not paid by March 29, 2017, THE 50% DEPOSIT IS NOT REFUNDABLE, AND CANCELLATIONS AFTER MARCH 29, 2017 ARE SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE OF FULL PAYMENT. If we cancel or significantly alter an important element of the Retreat, we will offer a full or partial refund of the tuition. However, please note that flight expenses will not be covered.
Retreat Participants are solely responsible for visa requirements, and all necessary immunizations to visit Costa Rica.
I have read the above and understand the information pertaining to this Retreat. I am aware that I must be covered by my own travel insurance appropriate to the activity in order to participate in this Yoga and Surfing Retreat and do not hold Estelle Eichenberger or Surf Pacifico responsible. Any cancellations or changes on my behalf must be made in writing to the attention of Lorraine Kidd: firstname.lastname@example.org within a reasonable period of time.
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