PLAN YOUR TRIP

PLEASE WAIT FOR OUR MEDICAL DIRECTORS TO RESPOND TO YOUR MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR FLIGHTS.

DESTINATION AIRPORT:

SJO
JUAN SANTAMARIA AIRPORT COSTA RICA

INTERNATIONAL VISAS:
>>> Tourists coming from outside the U.S. or Canada can check whether they can enter without a visa at the following link: https://migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx.

ARRIVAL TIME OPTIONS FOR SJO AIRPORT

OPTION 1

ARRIVE THE NIGHT PRIOR

Arrive into SJO by the night before the 1st day of the retreat and get a hotel near the airport, for more spacious timing & decompression from your travels (highly recommended). This is also the best choice to ensure extra time in the event that flights are late or canceled. We recommend the lovely Marriott Hacienda Belen hotel, which is 10 minutes from the airport. We have always used hotels.com with good results. Reserve your airport-to-hotel shuttle for a small extra fee; email sjocr.frontoffice@marriotthotels.com to make your reservation. Uber is also available at this airport. Our private shuttle will pick up guests from this hotel at 11:30AM on the 1st day of the retreat. 

>>> If you make plans to stay at a hotel other than the recommended Marriot Hacienda Belen, you will need to organize your own taxi or Uber to get back to SJO airport for our complimentary arrival shuttle to the retreat location.

OPTION 2
ARRIVE THE 1ST DAY

Alternately, you can fly into SJO on the 1st day of the retreat by 11AM at the very latest. This will allow up to 1 hour to go through customs and immigration. Our shuttle will pick up guests from the SJO airport at noon, in front of Cafe Malinche.

RETREAT SHUTTLE PICK UP TIMES & LOCATIONS

> On the 1st day of the retreat, our private shuttle will pick up guests at:

• 11:30AM at Marriot Belen Hacienda Hotel
• 12:00PM at SJO airport in front of Cafe Malinche

THE SHUTTLE JOURNEY
The journey from SJO to our center is generally a total of 3.5 – 4 hours. Our shuttle will first drive for 1.5 – 2 hours to the Puntarenas ferry landing, from there departing either at 2:30pm heading to Playa Naranjo or at 3pm heading to Paquera, depending on traffic. Enjoy the stunning and tranquil 1.5 hour ferry boat ride across the Gulf of Nicoya. After the ferry lands, it is a 15-30 minute drive to our center in Gigante. (Guests do not need to make any arrangements for the ferry.) A GPS pin of our private location can be provided to all registered guests upon request.

PLEASE NOTE: Our complimentary shuttle is offered only on the 1st day of the retreat and only on the times/locations noted above. If you would like to arrive early to Costa Rica or to the retreat center area, you will be responsible for your own transportation. 

 

DEPARTURE TIME OPTIONS FOR SJO AIRPORT

Our private shuttle will depart our center at 8:45AM to take the 10am ferry from Paquera. Guests will not be able to depart earlier than this time, due to both safety and logistical reasons. Please plan your flight times accordingly. 

OPTION 1
FLY OUT ON THE LAST DAY OF THE RETREAT

Our private shuttle will drop off guests at the SJO airport at approximately 1:30 / 2pm depending on traffic. Fly out of of SJO on the last day of the retreat, leaving no earlier than 5pm.

OPTION 2
HOTEL STAY ON THE LAST NIGHT OF THE RETREAT, FLY OUT THE NEXT DAY
Our private shuttle will bring guests to the Marriot Hacienda Belen hotel at approximately 2:30pm, for more spacious timing & decompression from your experience prior to international travel (highly recommended). To refresh, the hotel is 10 minutes from the airport. Reserve your hotel-to-airport shuttle for a small extra fee; email sjocr.frontoffice@marriotthotels.com to make your reservation. 

 

COVID TESTING & SAFETY

COVID 19 SAFETY: Schedule an antigen COVID test within 3 days prior to your arrival flight, even if you are vaccinated, to create a space that feels as safe as possible for all guests. Though Costa Rica does not require a COVID test, SoulCentro does.

>>> We ask for a commitment to wear mask during your flight, socially distance when outdoors, and practice all recommended hygiene protocols, regardless of beliefs around COVID 19. We will not wear masks in the shuttle (except for the driver) or onsite as everyone will have been tested.

COSTA RICA & SOULCENTRO ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Currently Costa Rica has repealed all COVID-related entry requirements. Entry requirements are subject to change; verify current requirements HERE.
>>> Though Costa Rica no longer requires international / travel medical insurance, SoulCentro does. Ensure that your policy covers international travel to Costa Rica. Please send your policy documents to Natashaa at info@soulcentro.com.

If you need help selecting an international travel medical policy, explore INSURE YONDER.

Although the use of a mask is no longer mandatory in Costa Rica, we ask that you wear a mask diligently and properly on your journey, to help create a safe space for all guests and staff.

>>> Costa Rica and our retreats do not require a COVID vaccine. However, If you have the COVID-19 Vaccine, we still require an antigen test taken within 3 days of retreat start.