TRAVEL & FAQ’S
Traveling to Costa Rica and Nosara B&B Retreat Center
Where We Are Located
Nosara B&B is located on Playa Paladas Beach in Nosara, on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
Airports in Costa Rica
The two international airports in Costa Rica are: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and San Jose International Airport (SJO). Both airports have frequent flights to and from all over the United States and Canada.
We recommend flying into Liberia, which has been recently expanded with increased numbers of flights from the US and Canada. It is only a two-hour scenic drive from Nosara B&B, and has become a destination of many non-stop flights from several US cities (New York, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Houston).
Flying to San Jose is also an option as sometimes flights from the US, Canada, or other parts of the world are less expensive or more direct than flying into Liberia. Getting to Nosara B&B from San Jose by ground transportation however is more costly and can take 4 ½ hours.
Each departing passenger must pay a $26 departure tax at either San Jose or Liberia airport before exiting Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash in US dollars, Costa Rican Colones or with a credit card.
Whether you choose to fly into Liberia (LIR) or San Jose (SJO), there are a variety of options available for your travel onwards to Nosara B&B.
Transfers & Shuttles
Transfer options between Liberia Airport and Nosara B&B
For all group shuttle services you will need to make advanced reservations. Rishi Retreats can make reservations for you.
Shuttle Rides from Liberia Airport is a scenic two-hour drive. The cost is $55 per person each way, payable in cash.
Rishi Retreats can arrange your arriving shuttle for you and Nosara B&B will arrange your departure shuttle.
You should plan to be at the airport two hours before your flight’s departure. This means that if your home-bound flight leaves from Liberia i.e. at 8 a.m., you would leave with the group shuttle from Nosara B&B at 4 a.m. to arrive in Liberia at 6 a.m. (two hours before your scheduled flight).
Individual transfer is available for guests, who are not arriving or departing on Saturdays or those who wish to travel more privately. We will gladly arrange for your pick up by our trusted drivers (one way: $140 one person, and $70 each for two people). The same rates apply from Nosara B&B to Liberia Airport. To book a shuttle or a private cab please contact Siri Rishi @ email@example.com
Rental Car: You may reserve your own rental car to drive from Liberia to Nosara B&B. However, a car is not needed during your stay with us.
We recommend online bookings with toyotarent or natcar, as these car rental agencies allow one-way rentals for you to drop off your vehicle in Nosara. The cost of a one-day rental car with drop off in Nosara is usually around $100.
Transfer options between San Jose Airport and Nosara B&B
Nosara B&B does not run regular group shuttles from/to San Jose, guests have the option to either hire their own taxi for the 4.5 hours trip from the airport in San Jose to Blue Spirit in Nosara for approximately $240.
Nosara B&B also gladly arranges for one of the trusted drivers to pick you up at San Jose Airport (one way: $240 one person, $120 two people, $80 three or more people). The same rates apply from Nosara B&B to San Jose Airport.
To arrange a transfer from/to San Jose, please contact Siri Rishi firstname.lastname@example.org
You may reserve your own rental car to drive from San Jose to Nosara B&B. However, a car is not needed during your stay with us.
We recommend online bookings with toyotarent or natcar as these car rental agencies allow one-way rentals for you to drop off your vehicle in Nosara. The cost of a one-day rental car with drop off in Nosara is usually $90 each way.
Flying to/from Nosara
You can also take a 40-minute flight from/to San Jose to/from the domestic Nosara Airport, which is only a 20-minute taxi ride from Nosara B&B. Taxis between Nosara B&B and Nosara Airport cost $20 one way.
Flight schedules from San Jose to Nosara usually require that your international flight arrives in San Jose at noon at the latest in order to catch the last flight at 2 p.m. from San Jose to Nosara.
A safer alternative is to arrive the day before and stay overnight in San Jose in order to take a morning flight.
There are two airlines with daily flights to and from Nosara: Nature Air and Sansa Airlines. Both airlines can impose luggage restrictions. To avoid excess baggage fees at the airport read the information on their websites carefully.
We like to recommend Nature Air, as they have been proving to be more reliable regarding their schedule. It does require, however, that you take a 20-minute taxi ride from San Jose International Airport to the local Pavas Airport (taxi ride costs $20 OR with the Nature Air shuttle it’s $8 per person).
For home bound flights on either airline out of Nosara we recommend that you plan ample connection time and give yourself at least 4 hours to make your departing international flight.
Helpful Things to Know
NOSARA B&B’S ADDRESS
Please note that there are no street addresses or street names in Nosara. The address we use when needed is below but will not be found in GPS systems, nor is it guaranteed that we will receive mail or shipments made to this address.
NOSARA B&B, PLAYA PALADA,Playa Guiones Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
FOR DRIVING DIRECTIONS PLEASE GO TO..http://nosarabandb.com/maps.html
TRAVEL TO NOSARA B&B
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 Nosara B&B.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT TIMES
General Check In time for all rooms is 3:00 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 at the main house, starting with dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day. Lunch is not served on departure day.
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Complimentary early morning coffee and tea are available at 6:30 a.m. daily.
Spa services – such, as massages, bodywork, facial treatments, nutritional coaching, astrology, etc.- are available upon request. Guests can book all sessions at 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 health care 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 Nosara B&B, along with dentists.
A hospital is located within a 45 minutes drive in Nicoya, or for serious conditions an air lift is available to a hospital with excellent and Western standard medical care in the capital of San Jose within 45 minutes.
There are no shots or immunizations required to come to Costa Rica.
MEANS OF COMMUNICATION, OFFICE NEEDS, AND ELECTRICITY
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 Nosara B&B does not guarantee connection to all types of laptop computers and does not provide a technician for WiFi access.
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.
Any extra spending while being at Nosara B&B (i.e. for activities organized through our reception desk, like surf lessons, horseback riding, canopy tours, or Wellness services) and any consumption at our Café-Library can be charged on your credit card. Therefore we recommend not bringing too much extra cash from home (a maximum of US $500 should be sufficient).
The US Dollar is widely accepted in Costa Rica, 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 500 Colones per US Dollar.
There is an ATM machine and bank, which is a 10-minute drive from Blue Spirit. The ATM and Bank only accept VISA Cards and disperse Costa Rica Colones.
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.
ACTIVITIES / EXCURSIONS
Nosara B&B 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 credit card at reception.