TRAVEL TO BLUE SPIRIT
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 Identification such as a driver’s license or birth certificate is no longer valid for travel to Costa Rica.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.
Flights to Costa Rica & Further Transport to Blue Spirit
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BLUE SPIRIT’S ADDRESS
If you are driving to Blue Spirit you can search our location on Google Maps writing “Blue Spirit Retreat Center”. Please note that there are no street addresses or street names in Nosara. We do not recommend sending any type of package nor is it guaranteed that we will receive mail or shipments made to this address.
Blue Spirit Costa Rica
Guiones sur, Playa Guiones
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT TIMES
General Check In time for all rooms is 4:00 p.m.
General Check Out time for all rooms is 10:00 a.m.
Guests’ luggage can be stored at the Front Desk at no charge before or after the indicated hours on arrival and departure days.
All meals are served in the Dining Hall, starting with dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day. Lunch is not served on departure day.
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Complimentary tea available all day long.
SPECIAL MEAL REQUESTS
Upon request, Blue Spirit will do its best to provide for special meal needs (such as lactose intolerance, food allergies, …etc.). We require that these requests be communicated at least 2 weeks in advance. Please communicate your request to the organizer of your program. Please keep in mind that a huge variety of non-allergic products are not as easily available in Costa Rica (as for example in the U.S.). Once you have arrived and settled in please ask for our Chef to discuss your needs and how we may assist you.
An additional way of satisfying special meal needs is our PURE FOOD OPTION, which is part of our daily buffet style served lunch and dinner: offering of greens, grain, and legume (beans) without oils or seasoning.
Also, we have a refrigerator where guests can store their medications ONLY.
BLUE SPIRIT CAFÉ
The Café is open daily – opening hours are adapted to program’s schedule.
The Café offers fresh juices, smoothies, freshly baked good, raw food snacks, coffee specialties, locally brewed kombucha and in the evening organic wines, and artisanal beers (that have recyclable bottles).
Food and beverages at the Café 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.
SPA & LONGEVITY SERVICES
Spa and Longevity services – such, as massages, bodywork, facial treatments, nutritional coaching, astrology, etc.- are available upon request. Guests can book all sessions at the front desk. Payment can be made in cash or charged to the room when the services are scheduled.
MEDICAL SERVICES IN NOSARA
From a general health perspective, Costa Rica has high health standards in the entire country and is considered one of the safest destinations in the developing world. If you have a healthcare 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.
A hospital is located within a 45 minutes drive in Nicoya, or for serious conditions, an airlift is available to a hospital with excellent and Western standard medical care in the capital of San Jose within 45 minutes.
Typically, from US, Canada or EU no shots require, for others, please check Costa Rica’s requirements for your country.
MEANS OF COMMUNICATION, OFFICE NEEDS, AND ELECTRICITY
Phone: We have a phone to use for the guests for calls within Costa Rica (free of charge) and international calls (phone cards can be purchased at front desk). We also recommend the use of Skype or other Internet phone services. WiFi is available at no charge everywhere on the premises (except Tents and Eco-Cottages), and the use of voice over Internet is easy, inexpensive, and reliable.
If your loved ones at home would like to connect with you and leave messages during your stay at Blue Spirit they can call: +1 845-684-2007. This line connects with our offices in Costa Rica & the US at the US calling rates.
If you need to reach Blue Spirit from within Costa Rica, dial the following numbers: 2656.8300 / 2656.8228 (both numbers are only valid from within Costa Rica).
Cell Phone: There is cell phone service on the premises that support local Costa Rica cell phones and international phones (though this is expensive).
WiFi: 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. Please, note that Blue Spirit does not guarantee connection to all types of laptop computers and does not have a technician on site for WiFi access.
Public Access Computer: Available to our guests (free of charge) in the Lobby.
Copy Machine: For limited use and faculty only: at the rate of 40 cents per copy. If you have large copy jobs, please prepare those in advanced and bring them with you; or they can be sent out locally and done at a rate per copy.
Electricity: The voltage throughout the country is 110, the same as in North America. Travelers with appliances set for 220 will need an adapter that changes the voltage and allows for use of a different plug.
CANDLES & INCENSE
For reasons of fire safety, we don’t allow any candle or incense burning in any of the accommodations. We do allow the burning of candles and incense for ritual or teaching purposes in the classrooms, however, only if the flame is attended to at all times.
SAFETY BOX & PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Each room is provided with a safety box at no charge. The safety box is big enough to hold a laptop. Blue Spirit is not responsible for any stolen personal belongings on the premises. Tents do not come with a safety box – valuables can be stored in safety box at front desk.
LOST OR NON-RETURNED KEYS
Blue Spirit charges a $30 fee for lost or non-returned room keys.
Any extra spending while being at Blue Spirit (i.e. for Wellness services) and any consumption at our Café-Library can be charged to your room and you can pay with cash or your credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) at the end of the week. Therefore we recommend not bringing too much extra cash from home.
The US Dollar is widely accepted in Costa Rica, specially in Nosara, so exchanging US Dollars to Costa Rica Colones is not necessary. Smaller denominations of $20 or less are easiest to cash. The exchange rate is approximately 600 Colones per US Dollar.
There are only 2 ATM machines and banks in town, which one is a 20-minute drive and the other like 30-minute drive from Blue Spirit. The closest ATM and Bank only accept VISA Cards and disperse Costa Rica Colones. The second one takes other cards and disperse also US dollars.
Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time, six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and one hour behind EST in the States. It does not use daylight saving time – which means that when there is daylight saving time in the US, then Costa Rica is on MST (2 hours behind EST).
Don’t forget to pack: Beach-towel, Camera/batteries/charger, alarm clock, sunscreen, sun hat, bathing suit, water bottle, natural bug repellent, your special medication, hiking sandals, and jeans for horseback riding, We recommend bringing a flashlight, if you are staying in an eco-cottage or a tent. In case you will travel around the Central Valley and San Jose, pack a light raincoat or rain-poncho. We have some hairdryers available at the Front Desk for guests to borrow.
BLUE SPIRIT STORE
Should you forget essential items at home or are looking for some snack foods, books to read, gift items, clothing, or souvenirs – the Blue Spirit Store offers a wide array of goods to purchase. You can pay cash (US$, Costa Rican Colones) or with a credit card (Visa or Mastercard only).
ACTIVITIES / EXCURSIONS
Front Desk is glad to assist you in organizing Surf-Lessons, Horseback-Riding, Turtle Nesting Tour, Canopy Adventures, River Boat Tour (Bird watching), River Kayaking, or Stand-Up-Paddle-Surf. Payments can be made in cash or with a credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) at reception.
ORIENTATION FOR GUESTS
To clear common questions and concerns from the beginning of your stay with us, we recommend to all of our group-leaders and guests to come to our 30 minutes Orientation Talk on Sunday morning in the Sky Mind Hall – usually around 9.30 a.m. Exact times will be indicated at Front Desk on Saturday’s.