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 and half hour scenic drive to Bodhi Tree Resort and has become a destination of many non-stop flights from several US cities (New York, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Houston).
Please place your reservation for the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort shuttle ground transportation.
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 Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort from San Jose by ground transportation however is more costly and can take 4 + 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 Bodhi Tree Resort.
Transfer options between Liberia Airport and Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
For all group shuttle services you will need to make advanced reservations.
Shuttles from Liberia are easily arranged, one to four people costs $150, five people costs $200, six people is $240, and $40 each additional person. Additionally, car rental agencies are conveniently located near the Liberia airport. For reliable transportation services contact Bodhi Tree Resort reservations team.
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 Bodhi Tree Resort at 4 a.m. to arrive in Liberia at 6 a.m. (two hours before your scheduled flight).
Rental Car: You may reserve your own rental car to drive from Liberia to Bodhi Tree Resort. 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.
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 Bodhi Tree Resort. Taxis between Bodhi Tree Resort 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. Directions to Bodhi Tree Resort from Airports:
Liberia International Airport to Bodhi Tree Resort (approximately 2.5 hours)
The first step to reach the North Pacific is to follow the “Autopista del Sol” (Highway 27) up to Caldera and from there follow the signs to Liberia which will lead you on the road called “Interamericana Norte”. Take the “Puente de la Amistad de Taiwan” or Tempisque Bridge which can be reached by following the signs to Liberia from Caldera and by turning left at the Shell Gas Station located after the entrance to a town called Las Juntas, at the turn you’ll see several signs. Follow the signs to Nicoya, through the Tempisque Bridge and turn left once you reach Nicoya. Go across the city in a straight line and continue following signs to Nosara. When you reach the gas station before Samara, you must take the right to a dirt road with signs pointing to Nosara. Continue for approximately 40 minutes until you start seeing signs to Playa Guiones.
Shuttles from Liberia are easily arranged, one to four people costs $150, five people costs $200, six people is $240, and $40 each additional person. Additionally, car rental agencies are conveniently located near the Liberia airport. For reliable transportation services contact our reservations team.
Staying Overnight in Liberia
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport ****
Tel: +506-2690-8888 Fax: +506-2690-888
This five story hotel has 169 rooms that offer the latest in technology and ergonomic comfort.
5 minutes from Liberia International Airport
Hotel La Plazuela **
Tel: +506-667-8556; +506-667 9534; +506-667-9533
The rustic design of Hotel La Plazuela reflects traditional construction styles. It has 16 rooms in a standard double or deluxe double, a large swimming pool, while the hotel restaurant serves typical Costa Rican dishes.
15 minutes from Liberia International Airport
Hotel Boyeros **
tel: +506-2666-0722; + 506-2666-0809
A friendly hotel with 70 spacious rooms and conference center.
15 minutes from Liberia International Airport
Staying Overnight San Jose
Doubletree Cariari San Jose ****
Toll free from US or Canada: 1-888-535-8832 or 1-800-948-3770
Tel: +506-2239-0022 Fax: +506-2239-2803
Built in a colonial hacienda style the resort hotel Cariari has 220 rooms and meets all the needs of modern traveling with an old world ambiance.
5 minutes from SJO Airport
Hampton Inn San Jose Airport***
Hampton Inn Costa Rica, part of the Hilton hotel family, is a modern style hotel.
5 minutes from SJO Airport
Trapp Family Country Inn ***
US tel: +1-305-712-5634; US fax: +1-815-377-3909
Costa Rica fax: +506- 2460 6796
The colonial style Trapp Family Country offers eight finely furnished rooms with a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens and pool area. The windows are sound proofed to give customers the utmost rest and privacy.
Free airport shuttle, 1 mile from SJO Airport
Hotel Robledal ** ½*
Toll free from US or Canada: +1-812-962-4386
Costa Rica tel: +506-2438-3937; Fax: +506-2438-7074
Hotel Robledal is a clean, friendly, family operated hotel with peaceful surroundings.
It has 11 rooms on two floors. English spoken.
3 miles from SJO Airport
What do I do if my flight is delayed?
If you are still in the US/Canada or Europe and miss a connecting flight or received notice that your flight’s departure to Costa Rica has been delayed, please call Blue Spirit’s US phone number: +1.646.833.3410 and we will re-arrange your shuttle pick up time. If you are already in the air and your arrival time is much later than scheduled, depending on how many passengers are already waiting in the van from previous flights, it is very possible the driver will wait for your late arrival. If you arrive late and your shuttle has already departed, you can take the next shuttle.
What do I do if I can’t find the driver or a Bodhi Tree Resort shuttle?
If you can’t find a Bodhi Tree Resort driver or shuttle please call their reception phone. Our team at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort will be glad to assist you!
Toll Free: 855-BODTREE (263-8733)
Costa Rica +506 2682-0256
Citizens of the US, Canada, and Panama require a passport whose expiration date is at least 6 months after your travel date. Identification such as a driver’s license or birth certificate are no longer valid for travel in 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 can leave your original passport in the safety box at Blue Spirit.
Books you must bring to the course with you:
- Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
- The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
- The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
- Passport – please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you whenever you leave the retreat center.
- A couple of footwear options (water shoes and flip flops that can get wet + dry quickly for the beach and ocean, avoid bringing heavy hiking shoes or tennis shoes that are slow to dry)
- Alarm clock
- Any medications or special treatments you may need
- Bathing Suits (at least 2 so you have one available while the other is drying)
- Casual clothes — e.g., shorts & sundresses for daytime, dresses + light layered cardigan for evenings
- Chargers for phone, camera, and computer
- Computer, iPad, or tablet device to use as an e-reader, to access Alchemy of Yoga teacher training manual as PDF, create class plans, and to access Google Drive
- Cover for laptop or iPad to protect it from humidity or in case it is dropped
- Eye pillow for savasana (optional)
- Extra pairs of contacts if you wear them
- Favorite DVD (yoga related or just fun or inspirational)
- Headlamp **very important so you can be hands-free**
- Light rain-coat or rain-poncho for the occasional afternoon shower (umbrellas are provided as needed)
- Lightweight backpack for hiking so you can be hands-free
- Natural bug repellant (Blue Spirit has taken all precautions, and the breeze keeps bugs at bay but it is a good idea to have on hand if needed)
- Notebook, pens, pencils
- Small personal token as an offering for our group altar (puja)
- Tampons (it is not uncommon for women to have their period while near the water)
- Toiletries that are earth-friendly & biodegradable
- Travel coffee or tea mug
- Water bottle that you can re-fill
- White clothing to wear during graduation (satsang)
- Yoga mat, if you prefer to use your own. Blue Spirit provides yoga mats and props
- Yoga practice clothes (see recommendations below)
Extra: If you are planning to participate in excursions such as horseback riding or surfing
- Horseback Riding: We recommend long jeans (i.e., no capris or cut-offs), however if you are not accustomed to riding, you may wish to bring an even sturdier pant. If you are an accustomed horseback rider, please feel free to ride in the clothing in which you are most comfortable.
- Surfing: Rash guard shirts, board shorts, and any other clothing in which you will feel comfortable.
- Mountain Biking: If mountain biking in your free-time, please bring appropriate clothing + gear.
- All white clothing for Graduation Satsang (skirts, pants, dress shirt, dresses)
- Please bring your favorite yoga outfit and a casual non-yoga outfit
- Please bring a black top + black bottom AND white top + black bottom
- Yoga clothes that are comfortable and easy to mix with other pieces. (*No need to over-do it, we don’t mind if we see you in the same outfit.)
- Loose-fitting and flowy pieces + easy layers that you can put on for breakfast & lunch.
- You will find while living in Costa Rica that breathable fabrics are best – it is recommended that you bring more than tight-fitting stretchy pants and tops. Avoid bringing heavy material tops or pants. The ease of the Pura Vida lifestyle becomes the way you want to practice your yoga too.
- Consider bringing shorts for asana practice.
- If possible, please try to bring 2-3 of the Chakra colors so that you can align with that chakra on its specified day.
- 1st Chakra: Red
- 2nd Chakra: Orange
- 3rd Chakra: Yellow
- 4th Chakra: Green
- 5th Chakra: Turquoise
- 6th Chakra: Indigo
- 7th Chakra: Violet or White
- As a practice in non-attachment (aparigraha), please consider bringing 3-4 items that you can leave behind as donations for locals.
What NOT to Pack for Costa Rica:
- Fancy clothes or expensive jewelry.
- Lots of shoes. The only shoes you will need in Costa Rica are flip flops and a good pair of walking/water shoes if you wish to do any hiking. Please do not bring high heels.
- Overdoing technology – try to limit how many devices you will really need.