The Costa Rican border is opening slowly to the rest of the world, and global travel is beginning to resume. Here at Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we are starting to receive inquiries for our surf and yoga camps. Yet understandably, there are many questions. The situation changes frequently, so we have done our best to consolidate the information that we know, as well as point to some very useful and trustworthy resources for our guests. We will do our best to keep this post updated as the circumstances are constantly changing. We can recommend this explanation by bloggers Two Weeks in Costa Rica for incredibly detailed and constantly updated information.
We are very excited by the prospect of hosting our surf and yoga camps again, and we hope to see you here soon!
- Questions about visiting Costa Rica during COVID-19
- Everything you need to know about traveling to Bodhi Surf + Yoga amidst COVID-19
- If you have questions specifically about reservations at Bodhi Surf + Yoga
- Learn more about the process of entering Costa Rica during COVID-19
- The departure process from Costa Rica (and where to get a PCR test)
Looking to come to Bodhi Surf + Yoga for an invigorating surf and yoga camp? In the year 2021, Bodhi Surf + Yoga has a unique opportunity for guests which we are calling the “Pod Offer”. What is it, you may ask? Well, if you book any week with no prior reservations and with four or more people (i.e. your “pod”), we will block off the entire lodge for your group for no additional cost. Read more details here!
The Bodhi Surf + Yoga promise during COVID–19
At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we believe in using our business as a force for good. We know that we can and must be the change we seek in the world. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower our stakeholders to live more sustainably through surfing, yoga, nature immersion, and community engagement. We are proud to be a 2020 Tripadvisor Travel Choice Winner, a “Best for the World” award-winning Certified B Corporation for the last three years, and 1% for the Planet member. We hold ourselves to the highest of standards, and will continue to provide the best quality service while offering a clean and safe environment. We are also offering a special perk in 2021: book any week without reservations with your “pod” of four or more people, and we will close off the lodge for your entire group. We know that the Bodhi Surf + Yoga experience will enable travelers to renew, rebalance, readjust, as well as awaken purpose.
Is Bodhi Surf + Yoga open?
Yes, Bodhi Surf + Yoga is open. As of November 1st, 2020, the borders are also open to the entire world and Bodhi Surf + Yoga is operating our first surf and yoga camp of the 2020-21 season. There are still some travel restrictions in Costa Rica as well as people’s own home countries. This is a continuously changing situation, so we recommend you check the latest news on The Tico Times (Costa Rica’s leading English language newspaper) to see the latest on traveling to Costa Rica.
What is the Bodhi Surf + Yoga cancellation policy?
See outlined version below, and full policy here.
Reservation and Payment Policy
Bodhi Surf + Yoga requires a USD $500 reservation deposit per person for vacation packages. Once the reservation deposit is received, your desired dates and accommodation preferences are booked. The deposit is credited to the total amount of your Bodhi Surf + Yoga vacation package.
Reservations are to be paid in full no less than 30 days prior to your arrival date.
For vacation package reservations made less than 30 days prior to your arrival date, packages must be paid in full immediately upon notification that your reservation has been confirmed and reception of invoice from Bodhi Surf + Yoga.
Reservations may be canceled and refunded based on the following:
- Less than 60 days prior to arrival date: No refund of deposit
- Less than 30 days prior to arrival date: No refund of payment or deposit
Is Bodhi Surf + Yoga waiving its cancellation policy due to COVID-19?
No. However, should you be unable to visit due to a COVID-related emergency, we will credit your account and allow you to redeem the credit for travel before March 31, 2022.
Has Bodhi Surf + Yoga’s cancellation policy changed due to COVID-19?
Yes, temporarily, for guests who had made reservations prior to September 1, 2020. From September 1, 2020 onward, we have reverted back to our normal cancellation policy (see above) and will handle situations outside of the “norm” on a case-by-case basis.
If I am unable to travel to Costa Rica during my scheduled week, what happens regarding my reservation?
The cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel due to reasons other than a COVID-related emergency. Should you be unable to visit due to a COVID-related emergency, we will credit your account and allow you to redeem the credit for travel before March 31, 2022. COVID-related cases will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Can I reschedule my trip?
Yes, but we cannot guarantee there will be spaces, as we operate on a first come first serve basis. We do fill up in advance, as we limit our week-long experiences to 10 guests per week.
If I am unable to travel to Bodhi Surf + Yoga due to COVID-19, can I have a credit?
Should you not be able to visit due to a COVID-related emergency, we will credit your account and allow you to redeem the credit for travel before March 31, 2022. Again, we will handle these situations on a case-by-case basis.
What if I can fly to Costa Rica, but I cannot arrive on my arrival date due to limited flights?
If the limited flights available mean that you will arrive a day or more later than your scheduled arrival date, you will be responsible for booking your own lodging for those nights (if necessary) as well as arriving to Bodhi Surf + Yoga. You can book a shared shuttle using EasyRide or Monkey Ride. Alternatively, you can reserve private transportation via Bodhi Surf + Yoga starting at USD $250 one way (San Jose – Bodhi Surf + Yoga). We will do our best to make up any missed surf and yoga sessions.
Entering Costa Rica
There have been many changes of who can enter and and what the official procedure is in the months since Costa Rica first shut it’s borders. We have consolidated all of the current information about entering into Costa Rica into this handy blog.
Departing Costa Rica
Where can I get a COVID-19 test in Costa Rica
There are many countries requiring that its citizens and residents require a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to returning home. Both the United States, Canada, and England are on that list.
There are many private hospitals and clinics around Costa Rica offering COVID-19 PCR tests (at present, there are no quick test options in the country) with results ranging from 24-72 hours.
In the Bahia Ballena-Uvita area, there are several nearby options:
- Vargas Consultorio Medico in Uvita. Results are provided within 72 hours and the price is c112,000 (about USD $180). This is the clinic our guests have been using due to the close proximity to the Bodhi Lodge, ease of testing, and timely results.
- Hospital Metropolitano in Quepos. Results may take up to 72 hours and the price is c68,000 (about USD $111).
- Quepos Urgent Care (formerly Centro Medico Quepos) in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. Results are provided within 24-72 hours and the price is c98,000 (about USD $160).
Is there a COVID-19 test center at the Costa Rica airport upon departure?
Not at the time of updating this post.
Will I have to quarantine in my home country?
Please check your home country’s requirements.
What a week at Bodhi Surf + Yoga looks like during COVID-19
There are some differences between what a trip to Bodhi Surf + Yoga looked like prior to the coronavirus pandemic and what it looks like now. However, the modifications are not that extensive and will be things you have likely become used to doing by now (such as wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible). We have outlined an entire blog on this subject so that you know what to expect, called the The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for a Bodhi Surf + Yoga Camp in the COVID-19 Era. Please read it in full!