Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing For Travel
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
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.
Location – Osa Peninsula
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.
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!
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.
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.
• 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
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.
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.
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. While Wi-Fi service is available at Blue Osa, we do not have any computers available for use.
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 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!”
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.
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.