Below are some helpful tips, guidelines, requirements, and other important information for your trip to Omega Costa Rica.

Required Travel Documents

For entry into Costa Rica, United States citizens must present valid passports and a round trip/outbound ticket. Please check your passport for the expiration date; passports must be valid for 6 months after the time of arrival.

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. 

For additional details about traveling to Costa Rica, please visit the United States Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs

What to Bring

Please bring the following items with you:

  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Alarm clock 
  • Beach gear (suit, towel, and flip-flops)
  • Hat (for sun protection)
  • Walking/hiking shoes
  • Camera/batteries/charger
  • Yoga mat
  • Toiletries
  • Jeans for horseback riding, if desired
  • Hair dryer (Costa Rica has the same power voltage as the United States; no need for a power adapter)

If you plan to travel around the Central Valley and San Jose, pack a light raincoat or rain-poncho. 

Should you forget essential items at home or are looking for snacks, books, gift items, clothing, or souvenirs, the Blue Spirit Store offers a wide array of goods to purchase. You can pay cash or credit card.
 

Money

Dollars & Colones

U.S. dollars are accepted at most locations in Nosara, Costa Rica, so changing dollars into colones (Costa Rican currency) is not necessary. It is best to bring small denominations of cash, nothing larger than a $20.

Blue Spirit accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and U.S. dollars. There is a bank and an ATM machine within a 15 minute drive from Blue Spirit Retreat. The ATM accepts only Visa and distributes only colones.

Exit Tax

There is a charge of approximately $29.00 U.S. dollars at the airport upon departure. This can be paid in cash (U.S. dollars or colones) or by credit card.

Gratuities

A number of people work hard—cleaning, cooking, and maintaining the grounds—to make your stay at Blue Spirit a pleasant one. There is a suggested gratuity of $60 U.S. dollars per guest per week for these services, which will added to your room folio upon check-out—and which you may choose to increase or decrease as you find appropriate, when you check out.
 

Children & Teens

Omega's programs at Blue Spirit Costa Rica are not designed for children and teens. Blue Spirit Retreat does not have a childcare program or special activities for teens or children. While children and teens are welcome, parents are responsible for them at all times.

Limited Mobility

Blue Spirit Costa Rica has limited accommodations for those with disabilities; please call Omega Registration for details. An elevator allows access throughout the main building, which includes the classrooms and dining room. However, Blue Spirit is located on a hill by the beach, which can make the outdoor terrain difficult to maneuver.