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How do I get there?
Fly into/out of Liberia airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. Sun Country offers non-stop flights from MSP at a reasonable price. Jet Blue offers non-stop flights from JFK. United offers non-stop flights from Houston. AmericanAirlines offers non-stop flights from Miami. Round-trip airfare for an economy-class ticket varies. We suggest setting an alter for the ticket you want so you can keep an eye on the price; tickets can go for as little as $450.
*DO NOT book your flight prior to contacting Pravassa to confirm the tour is happening.
Check-in begins at 4pm on the start date of our tour. Designated round-trip airport shuttle transfers from Liberia are included in your package so please make sure Pravassa has your flight itinerary. Please note our resort is 2.5 hours from the airport with part of the journey down an unpaved bumpy road. On arrival day, the schedule will begin with our welcome dinner followed by an open gathering. We suggest packing some snacks to tide you over as there are very limited food options in the Liberia airport for lunch.
Depending on your departure flight schedule, you will either get a breakfast box to eat for early morning departures or you can join us for a sunrise meditation and final breakfast on property. Our group airport shuttle departure will leave around 9am and we will provide you a packaged lunch.
- The national language is Spanish, but the area of Nosara is teeming with expats so everyone speaks English.
- Local currency is Colon, but everyone takes US dollars. Cash is good for small purchases such as snacks, taxis, tips, and a cerveza on the beach. We suggest bringing $100 USD in denominations of $20 or less. Credit cards are good for larger purchases or extras on your hotel bill. Here's a sample of what you expect to spend:
- Coffee $2
- Beer $3
- Group Surf Lesson $45
- Group Horseback Riding Tour $55
- Call your credit card companies before you leave home and inform them of your trip. There's nothing worse than being stuck overseas with no access to money! Visa or MasterCard are the preferred method of payment. Keep in mind some cards charge high international exchange fees.
- Taxes & Service charges are included in your stay.
- Electricity and outlets in Costa Rica are the same as in the US so no need to bring anything extra.
- Drinking filtered water is your best bet to stay healthy. Our property in Nosara offers filtered water so bring your refillable bottle with you.
- We request you only travel with natural shampoo, conditioner, soap, and laundry detergent. Our eco-friendly property provides shampoo & conditioner for you and will request you stop using yours if it is not natural.
- Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time.
No visa's are needed for North American travelers. All traveler's passports MUST be valid for 6 months after date of entry into Costa Rica. Please make sure to check your passport at least two months before your departure so you have time to update it if necessary.
It's hot in the jungle so we suggest packing light. You'll receive a full packing list, but to get started you'll need: yoga clothes, a beach towel (or sarong), a bathing suit, ear plugs, a flashlight, flip flops and comfortable shoes! Please note beach towels are NOT offered at our resort we suggest bringing a sarong with you.
Please keep in mind that this is your vacation and you have the freedom to skip any wellness activity that does not resonate with you.
Yoga sessions will vary and offer a variety of slow flow asana class, meditation, breathwork and deep relaxation. Designed to stretch and stimulate your body, our instructor, Nicole Nardone, will customize her instruction to every yoga level. Not to worry, beginners are always welcome.
We will enjoy an off-site tour while in Nosara that will show off the amazing natural landscape. You'll have a choice of tours such as surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking, horseback riding, or a river safari. There will also be opportunities to journal through out the week. Please bring something to write with as well as a notebook. Personally we take all our notes on our phones, which will be allowed, although putting pen to paper is a relaxing activity in itself.
Our stunning retreat center sits on a cliff overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. This means there is a 10-minute walk up and down stairs to the beach. The beach itself is natural and wild and does not offer much shade or beach lounge chairs (see above photo). Please come prepared with a hat and sunscreen.
Health Concerns and Medical Emergencies
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance for this trip. Even if you're healthy, accidents can happen! Travel insurance covers things such trip delay, lost luggage, accidents and emergencies. If you're looking for a policy, we frequently refers our travelers here.
The overall health care in Costa Rica is good and many people travel here specifically for reliable, inexpensive options. English speaking doctors, dentists, and a hospital for serious conditions are all within easy reach of our property.
Pickpocketing and stolen credit card numbers are the most common crimes in Costa Rica. Please leave your passport in the hotel safe and don't leave your belongings unattended if you head out to swim in the ocean. If you head out to a restaurant and pay with a credit card. Ask the waiter to let you watch them swipe your card for payment.
Climate and Weather
We'll be traveling to Costa Rica during dry season, but that doesn't mean it won't rain. We'll most likely have beautiful sunny days averaging about 95° during the day and 75° at night. A little mid-day tropical rainfall wouldn't be unexpected, but nothing that will interrupt your day. Typically the sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm.
What will I eat?
Our included 3 meals a day are Breakfast 7:30 - 9am, Lunch 12:30 - 1:30pm, and Dinner 6 - 7:30pm.
The food is always fresh, local and gourmet vegetarian. A few times a week the local fisherman will deliver their catch of the day - yummy! If you have special dietary requests, we'll do our best to honor them. Gluten-free and vegan options are typically available. Keep in mind due to the remote location of our resort, we can't always guarantee all items will be available. Green, grains, and legumes without oil or seasoning are always available.
Additionally in the cafe, which is open all day long, you can purchase fresh smoothies, fresh coconuts, raw food snacks, desserts, organic wine and local beer. Cafe bills need to be settled separately at the end of your stay and paid in cash. Here's a sample of what you expect to spend: smoothie $6, cappuccino $3, cookie $3
What is NOT included in the vacation price?
International airfare, alcohol, cafe purchases, any additional activities such as day tours, car rental, spa treatments, and personal expenses, which are not included in the package price.
Cell Phone & Internet Service
Wifi is available throughout the common areas and in many rooms of our hotel in Costa Rica. To keep in contact with home, we suggest social media or smartphone apps such as Skype, Viber, or What's App.
What else can I do while in Nosara?
Nosara is charming surf town that offers loads of outdoor adventures. Surf and Stand Up Paddle Board lessons, horseback riding, jungle hikes, kayaking, birdwatching tours and more. Town is a 45-minute walk along the beach or a 20-minute taxi ride. Taxis are available from our hotel to town (around $10 one-way) if you wish to do some exploring on your own. On Wednesday there are a handful of free shuttles into town.
How Shall I Prepare?
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