Travel Guide

Costa Rican Custom Travel Experiences

Plan now and enjoy in 2020 or 2021!

Things are tough out there right now, especially for those who thrive on adventure – planes have been grounded, borders have been closed, and global travel restrictions and enforced home quarantines are sure to have you climbing the walls.

We’ve compiled a list of tips and ideas to help you start planning and keep those itchy feet at bay until we’re able to set sail towards your next dream trip and for the limited time we are offering a free 2 hour private surf lesson  and payment plans that are  valid until December 2021

Costa Rica Re-Opening its borders

Costa Rica has shown to be an innovative country in regards to being eco friendly, preserving their biodiversity, having long life expectancies and considered to be one of the happiest countries on the planet. Once again, Costa Rica is a step ahead and is one of the top ranked countries for handling the curve of Covid 19. Their proactive and progressive government closed the borders shortly after the country reported their first case. Luckily this was just weeks before their largest national holiday. Semana Santa/Easter Week, where everybody heads to the beaches.  It could have spread like wildfire. 

Our home town of Puerto Viejo, is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in the country, now we are one of the few places on the planet that is Covid free. 

 

Costa Rican officials have just released they will be reopen its borders for tourism on August 1, 2020, allowing tourists from select low-risk countries

All of the entry procedures and requirements have not been finalized, but this is what we can expect:

  • The wearing of masks in public places was just made mandatory. Tourists should expect the rule to stand in August. Also, expect to wear a mask on their flight, in the airport, and during outings.
  • Costa Rica is contemplating using a health declaration card that travellers fill out prior to their trip. This form will not only help to      pre-screen inbound passengers but can also help with tracing in event of an outbreak.
  • Tourists should expect thermal scans upon arrival and symptom checks.
  • At this time, mandatory testing at the airport is not planned.

 

Overview

Must know

How to plan

Itineraries 

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Weather

Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 F to 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real season changes. It just fluctuates between rainy and not rainy season.

Safety

Costa Rica is generally safe, but you should take precaution on the streets of major cities, and after dark. Be wary of pickpockets and bag snatching and keep your valuables safely by your side. Never carry all your money in one place.  Leave your valuables at home or in the hotel safe and in plain sight when at the beach and when swimming.  

Transportation

Costa Rica is fairley easy to get around. The options for transportation range from public transportation to domestic flights, however it depends a lot on your travel route, budget and the length of stay in each place to choose which will be the most suitable option for you.

Currency

In addition to colones, US dollars are widely accepted throughout the country, You don’t need to stress too much about exchanging all your money beforehand. 

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10 Things you must to know before you go!

1. Book the right flight

When booking to Costa Rica you must book (SJO) Juan Santa Maria Aeropuerto San Jose or to (LIR) Daniel Oduber Airport Liberia

2. Know your budget

Costa Rica may be more expensive than some other Central American countries, but it’s worth it. We will help to accomodate all budget types.

3. Pura Vida/Tico Time

Pura Vida (Pure Life)  is a direct corelation to the laid back, stress free, easy lifestyle they live and promote in the country. Tico Time is if people are running late or certains things aren’t on time.  It’s all good. They’ll be there soon!

4. Book your car/hotel ahead of time during high season

Make sure you start looking around at least 2-3 months before your trip if you are planning to travel in hight season (December through April), sometimes even more if you plan to travel over Christmas or Easter.

5. Sunscreen is a must

I know it sounds like common sense but you won’t believe how many people get extremely burned here on their first day. The sun is strong. Even on overcast days. You’ll be suprised how much sun is actaully peeking through the clouds.

6. When you arrive car rental/taxi/shuttle

If you are going to be traveling by taxi make sure they have a meter running. Costa Rica also has Uber. If you consider to rent a car be aware that most car rentals agencies are off site within a 1-2 km radius from the airport.  Shared shuttle services are a cheap, fast and effective way of traveling the entire country

7. Small country = Long travel times

Though small in size, most of the top destinations in Costa Rica are far apart and usually require an entire day dedicated to travel. Always add at least 30+ minutes to whatever is suggested.

8. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere 

The US dollar has become the standard currency in tourism. Be aware of the exchange rate. Since the exchange rate is around 565 CRC to 1 USD, some places may try to stiff you by using a 500 to 1 rate and you will lose out a bit.

9. Dengue

Dengue is a mosquito borne disease travelers should be aware of while in Costa Rica. The best protection is any type of insect or bug repellant.

10. Bring unlocked cell phone 

We suggest bringing an unlocked smartphone and getting a pay as you go Costa Rican SIM card upon arrival at the airport at the Kolbi kiosk or you can quite often purchase the SIM card at larger grocery stores for around $4.

How to plan a trip to Costa Rica

Create a budget for your trip

Determining your budget can help you to navigate better where you would like to go, how many places you’d like to visit, where you’d like to stay and what type of activites you can do during your time.

Determine what kind of trip you want

Is your trip romantic, about self-discovery or adventure? It is very important to define what are you expecting, so you can plan the whole experience without feeling lost.

Make the necessary bookings

We recommend you to start with the flight search so you can plan your itinerary within those specific dates. Once everything looks like it works out you can book your flights, acommodation, rental car (if necesary) and activities.

Build your itinerary

Now that you know your budget, determine what kind of experiences you are looking for and when. Then you can assamble your itinerary easily. 

Bonus point

Whether you’re looking forward to a solo adventure, craving a romantic getaway, or holding out for a fun-filled vacation with family and friends, we can offer you an incredible range of travel experiences, from ready-to-go holiday packages to customized, create-your-own adventures.

Here are 4 itinerary samples

From relaxing retreats to adrenaline-packed adventures, we have packages to suit every kind of traveler, and we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you start planning and keep those itchy feet at bay until we’re able to set sail towards your next dream destination.
Day 1 – Check-in Casa Oshiis Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Day 2 – AM Surf, Lunch, PM Yoga

Day 3 – AM Animal Rescue Cente

Day 4 – AM Surf, Lunch, Waterfall trek/ Cocoa Farm

Day 5 – AM Free time, PM Travel to Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Day 6 – AM Surf, Lunch, PM Free time

Day 7 – AM Boat trip to Isla Zapatilla, Lunch, PM Happy hour boat party

Day 8 – AM ATV to Starfish beach, Lunch, PM Yoga

Day 9 – AM Surf, Lunch, boat trip to Bastimentos

Day 10 – Free day to relax, enjoy explore!!

Day 1 – Check-in Casa Oshiis Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Day 2 – AM Surf, Lunch, PM Yoga

Day 3 – AM/PM Whitewater rafting

Day 4 – AM Animal Rescue Center, Lunch, PM Ziplining

Day 5 – AM Surf, Lunch, Waterfall trek/ Cocoa Farm

Day 6 – AM Kayak/Fishing, lunch, PM Free time

Day 7  – AM Free time, Lunch, PM Macaw rehabilitation center

 

Day 1 – Check in Casa Oshiis Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Day 2 – AM Yoga, Lunch, PM Waterfall trek

Day 3 – AM Animal Rescue Center, Lunch, PM Yoga

Day 4 – AM Yoga, Lunch, PM Spa treatments

Day 5 – AM Medicinal Plant workshop, Lunch, PM Yoga

 

Day 1 – Check in Casa Oshiis Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Day 2 – AM Animal Rescue Center, Lunch, Free time

Day 3 – AM Free time, Lunch, PM Macaw rehabilitation center

 

Before you plan out or decide what your itinerary will be it’s important to do some research first. Flight costs, time of year you are traveling, hotel availability, and tour availability all need to be factored into your decision-making.
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Valid until December 2021!

*The discount apply on any experience, including, accommodation, adventures, retreats and tours.

Costa Rica – All Inclusive Experience

Includes a variety of accommodation options, daily activities, personal guide, local knowledge and insight, equipment rentals, food, bike rental and more.

Learn about our Authentic Bed & Breakfast

Accommodation – Adventures – Local Knowledge

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Not only is it a beautiful house with an excellent location, but it also includes the best adventures of Costa Rica, instructors and local guides, your personal chef and an authentic local experience.

Casa Oshiis, with capacity for 4 people with two bedrooms with double bed, equipped kitchen, external shower, ranch with hammocks and parking for 2 cars.

Things to do!

We offer endless activities hand in hand with our local instructors.

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Explore the jungle through the river and the sea. Spotting turtles, sloths and caimens.

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Be apart of the conservation and rehabilitation of more than 100 different species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects. 

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Learn from the best. Our coaches are local pros. We can accomodate all skill levels from riding your first wave to  your first barrel.

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Learn about traditional Bri Bri way of living, folklore, rituals and the sacred Cacao tree.

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Enjoy the epic ocean view from our sister studio in the tree tops.

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Learn about Afro Latino lifestyle, folklore, music, history and more.

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Try, taste and learn about exotic fruits and how to use which plants/trees for medicianl remedies.

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Let’s take a dip in one of Mother Natures natural freshwater pools.

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*The discount applies on any experience, including, accommodation, adventures, retreats and tours. Valid until December 2021