FAQs: Visiting Bodhi Surf + Yoga During COVID-19

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Throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation has changed frequently. We have done our best to consolidate the information that we know, update frequently, as well as point to some very useful and trustworthy resources for our guests. 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!

One important note: After of January 8, 2022, by order of a national mandate in Costa Rica, proof of full vaccination will be required to visit or patronize Bodhi Surf + Yoga.

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 2021 Tripadvisor Travel Choice Winner, a “Best for the World” award-winning Certified B Corporation for the last four 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.

Surf and yoga camp Covid policy

Reservation questions

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.

Cancellation Policy

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?

At this moment, we are unable to waive the cancellation policy. That being said, we understand that situations outside of the norm do come up (even outside of the global COVID-19 pandemic), and so we do handle these situations on a case-by-case basis.

Has Bodhi Surf + Yoga’s cancellation policy changed due to COVID-19?

Yes, Bodhi Surf + Yoga’s cancellation policy did change temporarily for guests who had made reservations prior to September 1, 2020. Since September 1, 2020 onward, however, we 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. That being said, we understand that situations outside of the norm do come up (even outside of the global COVID-19 pandemic), and so we do handle these situations 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.

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. One important note is that as of January 8, 2022, proof of full vaccination will be required by hotels, restaurants, bars, casinos, shops, museums, art and dance academies, gymnasiums, resorts, and adventure tourism.

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 test (either Antigen or PCR) prior to returning home. The United States, Canada, and the UK are on that list.

There are many private hospitals and clinics around Costa Rica offering COVID-19 PCR and Antigen tests 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 24-72 hours. Both Antigen and PCR tests. This is one of the clinics our guests have been using due to the close proximity to the Bodhi Lodge, ease of testing, and timely results. 
  • Uvita Urgent Care in Uvita. Results are provided within 24-72 hours. Both Antigen and PCR tests. This is one of the clinics 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.

Is there a COVID-19 test center at the Costa Rica airport upon departure?

There is! You have the option of Antigen or PCR testing, with expedited results for a higher cost. Book your appointment here.

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!

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Adrianne

Adrianne is the fun-and-food-loving socialite of Bodhi Surf + Yoga. If she's not whipping up a feast for Bodhi Surf + Yoga guests, she's probably busy writing for the Bodhi blog or keeping people up-to-date on the goings on via social media!