1. How do I sign up for the trip?
Registration begins October 29, 2012 at 9am. You can register on our website or visit Outdoor Adventures (UC 136). If Outdoor Adventures is closed, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you.
2. Do I need a passport, visa or other documents?
If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Costa Rica and return to the United States.
- It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining.
- Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Visit www.state.gov for more details. You do not need a visa to travel to Costa Rica.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Costa Rica Consulate at www.costarica-embassy.org for information on documentation requirements.
3. Do I need vaccinations to travel to Costa Rica?
Vaccinations to travel to the areas of Costa Rica that are a part of the Outdoor Adventures itinerary are not required if you are going to Costa Rica from the U.S. (if you extend your stay to other parts of Costa Rica, you are advised to consult www.cdc.gov). If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements on vaccinations for travel to Costa Rica. You should be up to date with routine vaccinations.
4. What airport do I fly in and out of?
ARRIVAL: We will meet up at San José International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. You may arrive anytime before noon local time on Saturday, March 23rd. We will coordinate a group flight if you are interested. December 15th is the deadline to register and be included in the group flight. You can still travel with the group to/from LAX if you arrange for your own flight. Airfare from LAX can rance from $550 - $900 or more.
DEPARTURE: At the end of the adventure, we will take a shuttle from our hotel back to the San José International Airport (SJO) for your return flight home. Departure flights should not be scheduled prior to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th.
5. Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. On your departure day, transfers are included from many hotels.
6. Can I extend my vacation beyond the USD Itinerary?
Yes, you may stay in Costa Rica before or after our itinerary. Please contact Outdoor Adventures to review any plans in addition to our scheduled itinerary. A representative from Bohdi Surf School will be happy to help coordinate your travel.
7. How will our group travel between destinations?
On this trip, our group will travel by private bus for maximum comfort. We will utilize taxi cabs around town while staying in Uvita.
8. What is the climate like?
Throughout the year, the weather in Costa Rica is warm and pleasant, with temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s to 80s, and nighttime temperatures at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. There are occasional rain showers throughout the year, but generally the weather is sunny and warm.
9. Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
We will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact Outdoor Adventures in advance of your registration to advise us of your needs.
10. How strenuous are the activities?
An open mind, adventurous spirit and willingness to try new things are the most important qualities to have. The itinerary includes the following activities: surfing (you must be able to swim) hiking in the jungle, snorkeling, kayaking and a zip-line canopy tour.
11. What types of meals are served on this trip?
We will have an opportunity to choose some restaurants during our trip. Meals will be provided during our stay at the Hotel Canto de Ballenas and at La Cusinga Eco Lodge. We will have local foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. We will definitely get to experience local homemade meals and the local "typical fare."
This is an Outdoor Adventures sponsored trip and drugs and alcohol are prohibited at any time during the trip.
13. Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?
14. What is the language and currency of Costa Rica?
The primary language is Spanish, and English is a second language for many Costa Ricans. The currency is the Costa Rican Colon. U.S. dollars, however, are widely accepted and available at ATM machines. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards or debit cards in addition to traveler’s checks. Your Surf Guide can help you with any currency issues or language barriers.
15. Are tips included?
Tips are not included. We will offer one tip that will be shared by all guides, drivers, cooks, and support staff that help make our experience amazing.
16. What if Outdoor Adventures cancels the trip prior to departure?
Outdoor Adventures reserves the right to cancel this trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few participants, of if the quality of the trip or the safety of the group would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. All deposits will be refunded if there is not enough interest to run the trip.
17. Travel Insurance
USD provides health insurance and emergency medical and security assistance to faculty, staff and students who travel internationally on University related business or study. Health insurance is secondary to applicable personal coverage and is designed to respond to emergent health needs. Routine care is not provided. Check with your current health insurance company and inquire about their international coverage.
Outdoor Adventures highly recommends travel insurance for lost or stolen luggage, trip cancellation, illness, or any unforseen circumstance.
18. Where will I be sleeping?
We will split our stay between the Cooperative owned/operated Hotel Canto de Ballenas (4 nights) and La Cusinga Eco Lodge (3 nights). The Hotel Canto de Ballenas walking distance to many ammenities in the small town of Bahai Ballena-Uvita. Rooms are simple and clean. There is a pool as well. La Cusinga Eco Lodge is located about 15 minites south of town on bluffs overlooking the Pacific. We will have bunk style sleeping accommodations and use of the facilities and grounds.