There are many options to consider when you’ve decided you want to go on a yoga retreat. In previous posts, we’ve highlighted why Cahuita, Costa Rica is the best place for your wellness adventure, but perhaps you have reservations about the travel involved to get here. Well, hesitate no further! We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and the answers to them about the best way to find yourself in paradise. It’s so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been here before!
FAQ On Traveling To Cahuita, Costa Rica
Q: Is traveling in Costa Rica safe?
A: Yes, it’s very safe. Even solo female travelers can feel secure in Costa Rica. Of course, it’s prudent to be responsible and employ smart tactics when traveling, especially alone: don’t carry large bills, keep passports and other important documents in a secure place, and keep common sense in your back pocket.
Costa Rica is a very friendly country and ranks high on the Happy Planet Index. It’s not uncommon for locals to be seen helping visitors with things like directions and money conversions, and there isn’t much of the “pushy” mentality from people like vendors and cab drivers. Especially in a place like Cahuita, Costa Rica, which is a small town, families, elderly and solo travelers have little to nothing to fear.
Q: Do I need a Visa to enter Costa Rica?
A: No Visa is required. All you need is your passport and proof that you will be leaving the country within 90 days in the form of a prepaid bus or plane ticket. You can carry your printed itinerary or have the flight information saved on your phone- it’s a good idea to keep a screen shot of the ticket in your camera roll if you’re relying on your mobile device in case there’s no wifi when you need to show proof of return travel.
Q: Do I need vaccinations to travel to Costa Rica?
A: Unless you are traveling from certain countries in South America or Africa, the answer is no. A yellow fever vaccination is required if you are a national from a country on this list, or even if you’ve passed through them.
Otherwise, you’re in the clear. It’s a good idea to bring plenty of bug spray, as we have our fair share of bugs and mosquitoes, but usually, no special vaccinations are required. However, it’s always smart to check with your country’s CDC (or equivalent) website for updates if you’re planning to travel internationally.
Q: Do I need to speak Spanish to travel to Costa Rica?
A: It’s helpful, but not necessary. Most folks in the tourism and hospitality industry speak at least conversational English, especially when you travel to places like The Goddess Garden in Cahuita, Costa Rica.
As mentioned above, there’s usually a fellow traveler or local nearby to help if you get into any sticky language situations. It can be helpful to carry a pocket Spanish dictionary if you feel like you want the extra help!
Q: What is the best way to pay for things once I get to Costa Rica?
A: American dollars are accepted everywhere, but you will get your change back in local colones. Credit and debit cards are accepted at most places, but it’s a good idea to travel with some cash for tipping and shopping needs. Keep in mind that small bills are best-they’re safer to travel with, and it can be difficult to break anything over a $20 or $50 bill once you’re outside the airport.
If you would prefer to convert your bills to local currency, you can exchange money at the airport, but the rates are not the best. You’d be better served to do this at a local bank or use an ATM for your cash needs- most of them dispense both American dollars and colones. Just be mindful to check with your bank about international ATM fees!
Q: How many major airlines fly to Costa Rica?
A: Most of them. Many fly direct from the major American cities, and you won’t break the bank buying tickets. There are two major airports in San Jose: Juan Santamaria Airport and Daniel Obuder Airport. From these, it’s easy to get to destinations such as Cahuita, Costa Rica.
Q: I’m in San Jose. Now what?
A: There are many options for the trip from San Jose to Cahuita, Costa Rica. It just depends on how adventurous you want to be! The easiest two are either a shuttle (which you can catch from the airport directly to The Goddess Garden), or a short flight on Nature Air to Limon. From Limon, it’s just a short shuttle ride to our front door! The Goddess Garden can also arrange for taxi service from either San Jose or Limon for an additional charge.
If you’re looking for a bit more excitement, you can rent a car or take a bus. The busses here are an experience in and of themselves, and perfectly safe. It may take a bit longer to get here, but public transportation is reliable and it’s also the cheapest option.
Q: Do I need an international driver’s license to drive a car?
A: Nope! All you need is your home driver’s license and your passport.
Q: What are the roads like in Costa Rica?
A: Unless you’re going to a remote rural area, the main roads are fairly well-maintained. Driving from San Jose to Cahuita, Costa Rica is a great option if you want to have a little more freedom to choose how quickly to reach your destination, as the shuttles and busses make extra stops for other passengers.
Q: What’s it like to travel by bus in Costa Rica?
A: Once you have all the information you need, traveling by bus is a snap. This website is the best I’ve found to give you an idea of the schedules the busses run on. You’ll buy your tickets at the bus station, and your trip to Cahuita, Costa Rica will usually be around 4 hours, with stops along the way to pick up commuters, and a couple longer stops for restroom and snack breaks.
The drivers are generally quite helpful, they are usually air-conditioned, and if you get lucky, you’ll get a ride that has wifi! This is honestly the cheapest and most fun way to get around the country if you don’t mind taking a bit longer to reach your destination. Vendors will often come aboard with snacks to buy- you haven’t lived until you’ve had a Tico chop open a fresh coconut for you with a machete on a bus!
Q: How can I make my trip to Costa Rica environmentally friendly?
A: Using public transportation or a shared ride like a shuttle are always great ways to lessen your carbon footprint while traveling. You can also opt to take a short domestic flight on Nature Air, the world’s first carbon-neutral airline.
Of course, a great way to ensure that your eco-tourism goals are met is to stay at an eco-resort like The Goddess Garden. Our space in Cahuita, Costa Rica is built with conservation and sustainability in mind!
Coming to visit Cahuita, Costa Rica takes international travel, but it’s not as complicated as you might think! And booking your stay with us is even easier- check out our upcoming retreats to join in on the best experience you can have in Costa Rica! If there are any questions we left unanswered, please feel free to contact us– we are happy to help!