Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing For Travel

As of December 31, 2002 all Canadian, US and EU citizens who travel to Costa Rica for tourism and pleasure purposes need a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If not, you should get a new passport before you come to Blue Osa. A visa is not required.
There is a departure tax when leaving Costa Rica that must be paid at Juan Santamaria International Airport. This fee is $29 USD and is payable in either colones, U.S. dollars, or Visa/Mastercard.

Please note that as of January 2018, most airlines are including this fee in the price of the tickets.

A much simpler, faster, and more direct route to getting to Puerto Jimenez from San Jose is to use one of the two trusted air-carriers Costa Rica has to offer- Nature Air and Sansa. Both of these air-carriers offer numerous flights daily from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, with the one-way trip taking approximately 50 minutes. It should be noted, however, that there are no late afternoon or evening flights with either air-carrier. The last flight into Jimenez is at approximately 3 in the afternoon in the high season, and in the green season is usually around 12. Visitors arriving into the country in the late afternoon or evening should take this into consideration.
The tropical climate here makes it very comfortable to wear simple, lightweight clothing and footwear. Quick-dry clothes and tennis shoes, sandals, and water shoes (Tevas, Crocs) work best. The Osa Peninsula is characterized by warm, breezy days, with highs between 82 and 92 degrees, and lows in the range of 70-80. Keep in mind that Blue Osa is surrounded by jungle so it is also often humid here.

For a full list of what to bring on your next Costa Rican adventure, please click here.

Here is a good, basic, ideal packing guide, based on a week-long​ stay here:

– If coming to participate in a yoga retreat, bring your yoga mat. We offer yoga mats for rent at $5.00 per day or $30.00 for the week. Yoga blocks and other yoga props are available at no charge.

The proceeds from the mat rentals and sales help to fund our community outreach projects. Your mat rental is greatly appreciated.

– For yoga retreats, a notebook and pen for taking notes or a small journal is usually considered essential.
– A flashlight or headlamp. Perfect for those fond of midnight walks on the beach.
– 3 or 4 tank tops or lightweight T-Shirts
– Bathing suit
– 3 or 4 pairs of shorts
– Sunscreen is available in the Blue Osa shop.
– Bug spray is available in the Blue Osa shop

You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica. However, we always suggest speaking with your Doctor and referring to the World Health Organization’s website before traveling anywhere.
Driving to Blue Osa from San Jose is a wonderful way to view and experience the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Contrary to some of the stories that you hear about Costa Rican roads, the fact is that Costa Rica actually has a very stable infrastructure with a great road and highway system so, if you’ve got the time and patience for the 8 – 10 hour drive, we would highly suggest it!

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This depends upon the carrier you fly. The general rule is a 25-pound baggage limit (including carry-on’s) enforced on the “in-country” flight to/from Blue Osa. Baggage over 25 pounds will incur a surcharge, so pack light! Besides, how much clothing does a person really need in the tropics? (Please double check with airlines to find out exactly how much weight your baggage can be.)


Generally, Costa Rica is quite safe. Like any place, normal precautions and care should be taken depending upon where you are visiting.

Violent crime is rare in Costa Rica. Petty crime tends to be more common.

Big cities, or beach resort areas and any place with a concentration of tourists is more likely to draw thieves and such.

Since Blue Osa is located in the middle of the rainforest, we are lucky that we don’t have encounters like this.

Yes, our property is very secure. The area around Blue Osa is also safe to walk around in and many people (male and female) enjoy a walk or run in the surrounding neighborhood, the beach, and the rain forest.
A common concern is with mosquitos.

Many of our rooms are closed. For the rooms that are not completely enclosed, we offer bug nets. (These are in the room descriptions.)

However, we do not have a lot of mosquitos at Blue Osa. There are no concerns for malaria or other diseases on the Osa.

There is a 24-hour medical clinic located in Puerto Jimenez, only 20 minutes away from Blue Osa. We always have a vehicle on property in case emergency transport is necessary. Additionally, Puerto Jimenez has a 24-hour flight service that transports patients to the nearby hospital in Golfito (an eight minute flight) or to San Jose (a fifty minute flight). And, in case of an extreme emergency, a helicopter can be ordered from San Jose and land in a nearby field.

Medical care in Costa Rica is of very high quality and considered to be the best in Central America. San Jose especially has excellent hospitals, medical facilities and doctors that attend almost exclusively to foreign residents and travelers.

While our water has been tested to ensure your safety, we provide filtered water in the Cocina. As we do not allow open cups on our yoga deck, we do invite our guests to bring a water bottle, or they may purchase one in the Blue Osa store.

Location – Osa Peninsula

Ecotourism is defined as responsible travel to natural places, which conserves the environment and sustains the well-being​ of the local people. Blue Osa practices sustainable tourism through recycling, water conservation, low impact tourism, organic gardening and education to our guests through awareness on and off the property. We ask all guests who come to visit Blue Osa and the Osa Peninsula to help us in keeping this beautiful environment pristine.
Blue Osa is situated right on the beach, with tropical rainforest surrounding us on every other side. The beach is a 30 second walk from Blue Osa, making it easy for guests to wake up in the morning at sun rise and stroll down to the ocean for a morning swim as the jungle awakens.
The beach is normally quite deserted, very scenic and serene and offers some wonderful walking and exploring. There are no rip tides or undercurrents, which makes for some excellent swimming.
The beach is very quiet and normally quite deserted. You will see the occasional fisherman or family strolling by, usually on Sundays or holidays. If you do decide to sunbathe nude, we ask that you be sensitive to anyone that walks by and to respect the local Catholic customs of the country. We ask any guests wanting to sunbathe nude to practice “conscious nudity”.
We have world-class surfing right in front our property. In town you may rent a surf board and bring it to Blue Osa and from here, explore. We can even arrange for you to take surf lessons for those interested in learning.


Costa Rica is a tropical country located between 8 and 11 degrees north of the equator. It has twelve micro-climates, three different rainfall regimes and many micro climates.

Although Costa Rica is considered to have a stable climate, it is important to note that different temperature and weather conditions may be experienced within the same day, or within short distances, due mostly to the rugged terrain of this mountainous country. There are two well-defined seasons: the rainy/green season (invierno) and the dry/summer season (verano), with one main difference between them: rainfall averages. Dry season runs from December to April and the green season from May to November. Rainfall averages for the country may reach the highest point during the months of September and October — approximately 650 mm per month. Seasonal changes don’t bring significant changes in temperatures, although nights may be cooler in some areas during the rainy season. Mornings will most commonly be sunny all year round.

The Osa Peninsula (where Blue Osa is located) is characterized by warm, breezy days, with highs between 82 – 92 degrees, and lows in the range of 75 – 85. Please take note, however, that the Osa Peninsula IS part of the rainforest, and is surrounded by jungle.

See our weather report here.

Because the Osa Peninsula is blessed with wonderful weather year round, there really isn’t a “best” time to visit. Though most guidebooks list the ideal time to travel to Costa Rica as December through May, we enjoy a stable climate of 75-85 degrees relatively year-round.

Of course, don’t try looking for that information via online weather reports. Our private oasis is so off the map, Google has yet to find us. FUN FACT: The 19,730 miles (about the size of West Virginia) that make up Costa Rica actually house 20 different climate zones! The bottom line?

The time to visit is whenever you want! Take a moment to check out our weekly weather report and see for yourself!

When is the best time to visit South Pacific Costa Rica? Each month is exceptional in it’s own way. Here’s what you can expect when you visit:

December marks the beginning of the tourist season in Costa Rica. The temperature is nearly perfect and everything is green and vibrant from the refreshing rains in September, October, and November. As a transitional month, December involves some rain (although lately with climate change, we have had almost no rain in December over the past few years). Visit during the first couple weeks when there are fewer people but all of the benefits.
Average High Temperature: 28°C/82°F

January through April is summertime in Costa Rica.
Average High Temperature: 30°C/86°F 

May and June transitions South Pacific Costa Rica from the dry season to the green season. The weather changes and we are blessed with the occasional 20 minute cooling shower in the days. The moisture cools the air, creating comfortable temperatures. Everything’s bigger in May and June. Waves are larger for surfing; orchids are at their peak; sail fishing starts and sport fishing gains traction. Now the rivers are really flowing so it’s a great time for whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling. Less people visit Costa Rica during this time, so you can avoid crowds.
 Average High Temperature: 28°C/82°F

July and August and even September are the best-kept secrets in South Pacific Costa Rica. Warm, sunny mornings and rain-cooled evenings are a welcome break from summer in the United States and Southern Europe. This is also a popular time for Costa Ricans to vacation in the South Pacific region, and it’s your opportunity to mix with the locals. July marks the start of sea turtle season—which spans from July to December—and the region’s Tortuga Beach is one of their favorite nesting spots. You may experience the unexpected pleasure of witnessing a baby turtle release.

You may also enjoy the possibility of seeing Humpbacks up really close.

Average High Temperature: 28°C/82°F

October is a little more rainy but still very pleasant. With heavier rainfalls at night, the mornings in the the afternoons are often filled with beautiful crips clear skies leading us into a beautiful refreshing rainfall in the late afternoon. Some of us foreign locals take great pleasure in being here during October due to the lack of tourists and crowds. It is one of the best times for whitewater rafting, river and waterfall swimming, and sea turtle viewing. This time is ideal for spotting other animals as well. The animals descend the mountains to take advantage of the fresh vegetation. You can see monkeys, sloths, frogs, coatis, butterflies, and tons of birds.
Average High Temperature: 28°C/82°F

November starts the transition from the rainy months. Everything is lush and green. There is still a some amount of rain, but it is less than half the average rainfall in October. The last couple weeks of November are a great time to visit Costa Rica if you are hoping to have the place to yourselves and still experience nice weather and fun outdoor activities. The waves are moderate, sport fishing is good, and the beaches are breathtaking.
Average High Temperature: 28°C/82°F


Rooms here at Blue Osa tend to fill up two to six months in advance, sometimes even earlier. If you know the dates you would like to stay at Blue Osa, we suggest that you inquire now to ensure space availability and to make your reservation as soon as possible to guarantee the dates you want. Also, we would like all of our prospective guests and clients to know that we do not recommend staying for less than five nights here if you are leaving or arriving by plane. From our experience, a minimum of five nights is needed in order to experience all that there is to do and see while staying at Blue Osa.
Yes we do. Please email us and tell us about the nature of your group and how many people you would like to bring, and when. We offer a special discount to those who would like to bring a group of 10 or more and can happily send you our group information package.
Check-in time is: 2:00 PM
Check-out time is: 10:00 AM
For guests leaving later than 10:00 AM, or arriving earlier than the 2:00 PM, we are more than happy to keep your luggage secure and safe for you as you wait for your room to be ready, leaving you free to enjoy Blue Osa. If you do choose to come early, or stay later and require lunch, we do charge a $25 fee for this service.

Meals included in your stay: Dinner on the day of arrival;breakfast,lunch and dinner on each full day; and breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch on your day of arrival or departure is $25.

Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express cards are accepted at Blue Osa.

Should you be in need of cash, the Banco Nacional and Banco De Costa Rica in Puerto Jimenez does have ATM cash machines. However, we suggest bringing whatever money you need with you, as all of our rooms are equipped with secure safes for your valuables. Canadians should also be aware that the ATM at the Banco Nacional in Jimenez does not recognize Canadian debit cards.

Please be aware that we ONLY accept cash TIPS. It is not possible to use your credit card for cash TIPS.

Yes, we accept U.S. Dollars. We do not accept any other cash currency at Blue Osa.
We ask for a deposit for all individual bookings. The individual deposit and group deposit is non-refundable. If a reservation is cancelled within 60 days, the deposit is forfeit. If the reservation is cancelled before 60 days, the deposit may be used towards another reservation. Another deposit will be required to make that reservation.


Tips for services rendered are very much appreciated by Blue Osa’s hardworking staff. At the end of the week, you may leave a cash tip in our tip box. All tips will be pooled and divided evenly among our staff of about 17 people who work in the kitchen, garden, office and housekeeping staff. If you would like to tip individually, you may do that also at check-out. As a guide, may we suggest a tip of $20 -$40/day.

Likewise, tips for individually booked spa treatments and eco-tours are left to your discretion.

Please note that we only accept cash tips. We are unable to process tips through you credit card. We do suggest bringing enough cash for any tips, or extra services/shopping you may do outside of Blue Osa.
Because we do not accept credit cards for tips, we do encourage you to bring some cash with you. We do occasionally have outside vendors come for a famers market at Blue Osa, and there are others in the area. Our suggested cash amount is $250 to $400.


• Please Contact Us to arrange a Blue Osa shuttle to and from the Puerto Jimenez Airport. Include your full name, arrival and departure times on Nature Air or Sansa.

• If you are visiting Blue Osa with a group retreat, give this information to your group leader to schedule with Blue Osa as soon as it’s available.

• Once the shuttle request form is received by us, a shuttle confirmation will be emailed to you.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

We do not suggest converting ANY money!

It is really not necessary to convert any money to local currency (colones) as all businesses happily accept U.S. dollars (however, expect your change to be in colones).

We suggest strongly that you do not change any money. Bring many small bills so you do not have to receive any change in colones. The current rate of exchange fluctuates and is around 500 colones for every 1 US dollar.

We have a gift shop available providing yoga cloths, t-shirts, local artwork and jewelry, sun tan lotion, bug repellant, etc. Additionally, during our high season or when we have large groups, Blue Osa will typically host a “Farmers Market” for our guests.
Yes we have yoga mats available. You may purchase yoga mats in our gift shop. We also have yoga mats available for rental. They are extra thick mats, and the price is $5 per day, or $30 for the week.

Our yoga studio is fully equipped with yoga props: chairs, blankets, sandbags and blocks. The proceeds from the mat rentals and sales help to fund our community outreach projects. Your mat rental is greatly appreciated.

Although Blue Osa is an ideal location for a family vacation, we discourage you from bringing children less than five years of age along with you as we do not have any babysitting services on property or children’s day-care. With that being said, however, we accept children of all ages and welcome families of all sizes.
Blue Osa offers a free WiFi service. This service is available in the main lounge area as well as the dining area. Since we practice mindfulness, the internet is turned off in the mornings until 7:30 am in during our practice of morning silence (which also ends at 7:30 am.) The internet is also turned off again at dinner from 6:30 until 7:15 pm. We do not have any computers available for use.

While there are no phones in the rooms, guests are more than welcome to make calls at our office. The fee for this service is $2.00/min

International cell phone service here on the Osa can be sketchy, at best. Sometimes some phones will work, sometimes they won’t. We suggest you check with your service provider and ask them specifically about service in Costa Rica.

We do invite you to leave your cell phones and lap tops at home and “unplug” from your life while you are on your vacation or retreat. We suggest you take full advantage of this remote paradise to concentrate on the peace and wilderness experience. Come, disconnect and decompress!

The “Osa” comes from the name of the Peninsula where we are located- the Osa Peninsula. Osa in Spanish means “female bear.”
Pura Vida (POO-rah VEE-dah), used by Costa Ricans since 1956, literally translated means “Pure Life.” Contextually, it means “full of life,” “purified life,” “this is living!” “going great” It is used as a greeting, a farewell, and to express satisfaction.

The phrase has become widely known in the United States and Europe. Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, and a disregard for time. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, good spirits, enjoying life slowly and celebrating good fortune, whether small or large.

Pura Vida also means “I am doing alright”, “I am doing perfect” and “thank you”.

Expats who adopt the expression properly get a big smile in return. It is an acknowledgment of the Costa Rican attitude towards life.

The Hawaiian equivalent of Pura Vida is “Aloha!”

Laundry service is available at Blue Osa. The cost for this service is $25/load. Please expect them to be returned within 24 – 48 hours.
At Blue Osa we take a lot of pride in our food and what we service. Our guests have given us high ratings on Trip Advisor, and we continue in our commitment to serve fresh, healthy and tasty food. As an all-inclusive hotel we serve three or four meals daily: 3 regular meals, or two smaller meals and two larger meals. Our vegetarian-oriented meals are served family style, and usually we serve meat or fish at the evening meal. Although we typically provide a buffet style presentation, the meals provided are not all you can eat and are proportioned accordingly. Since we are not a full service restaurant, we do not offer individual choices from a menu. If you do have any dietary allergies, please let our kitchen know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Blue Osa is devoted to serving the freshest food possible that is delivered daily to our kitchen. This is truly “farm to table dining”.

Please click here to find out more about our kitchen and the kind of food we serve at Blue Osa.

While the Blue Osa staff can make some adjustments in the menu to accommodate some requests, we are unable to accommodate individual orders. Blue Osa does not provide Kosher Meals.

Because of the difficulties in maintaining a minibar service at Blue Osa, we are unable to provide for the consumption of outside food, drinks or alcohol. Our bar is open throughout the day and we offer a selection of beer and wine and refreshing specialty drinks. Please remember that we are in the jungle and that open bottles of alcohol and packages of food will attract unwanted visitors to your room such as snakes, ants, and pizotes (no kidding!). If you still choose to consume privately bought alcohol please do so in the privacy of your room or on the beach. We do not allow privately bought alcohol in the dinning room or at the pool. We thank you for your understanding and compliance.
Blue Osa does not have air conditioning. We are a low impact, beachfront eco-hotel, and we work rigorously to reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the surrounding environment. Thus, each of our rooms is equipped with a ceiling fan, and the architectural design of Blue Osa allows for the constant flow of air through screen walls, creating a fresh and breezy environment. So while it may come as a shock to some that Blue Osa does not have air-conditioning, we have found that the vast majority of our guests are always quite comfortable.
At Blue Osa, we focus on rest & relaxation and peace & tranquility; by communing with nature and getting back in touch with ones inner self. Thus, we do not have TV at Blue Osa.

There are no hair dryers at Blue Osa. Blue Osa is operated by solar power and as such, we have minimal power usage. Thus hair dryers are NOT allowed at Blue Osa.

Blue Osa does have standard North American power outlets, so you may recharge your camera battery, etc.