Location – Where is Blue Osa?
The Osa Peninsula
Blue Osa is located about 8 miles (11 km) south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which National Geographic Magazine labeled “the most biologically intense place on Earth.” We are nearest to the border of the world-renowned Corcovado National Park and on the warm shores of the Golfo Dulce. While visiting our tropical eco-resort you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered rainforest inhabitants, including the red-backed squirrel monkey, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and maybe even a jaguar.
Costa Rica is located on the Central American isthmus, it borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The Caribbean Sea is to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Costa Rica is slightly north of the equator, therefore, the climate is tropical year round. Costa Rica was and continues to be a pioneer country in Eco-tourism, drawing visitors to the extensive National Parks and protected areas across the country.
Prepare to Travel
Do I need a passport or a visa to travel to Costa Rica?
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 it is not, you should get your passport renewed before you come to Blue Osa. A visa is not required.
Is there a departure tax when leaving Costa Rica?
When you leave Costa Rica, you will have to pay a departure tax of $29 USD. It must be paid at Juan Santamaria International Airport before going through airport security. The tax is payable in either colones, U.S. dollars, or with Visa/Mastercard.
How To Get To Blue Osa
If you need help booking flights and travel to San Jose Costa Rica (SJO), we highly suggest contacting our international travel agent, Cheri.
Upon your arrival into San Jose at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you will need to make a connection that will bring you south to the Osa Peninsula.
A flight from San Jose (SJO) to Puerto Jimenez takes approximately 45 minutes.
Please contact our local travel agent, Isaac, at Wellness Travel Costa Ricato get our exclusive rates with Nature Air. This is the only airline in the entire world that has reduced their carbon footprint to zero (something which, as an Eco-Resort, we greatly admire, appreciate and endorse).
Isaac, from Wellness Travel Costa Rica will assist you with our exclusive Nature Air or Sansa flight rates and also our exclusive hotel rates for your first and last night in San Jose. Please make sure you tell them you are coming to Blue Osa.
Remember if you arrive early and feel adventurous, Costa Rica has it all! Whether your dream is rappelling down a waterfall or flying over the treetops of a rainforest on a canopy tour, Wellness Travel Costa Rica, can ensure that your vacation wishes come true at no additional cost. email@example.com. Toll-free at 1-844-628-4982.
Please email 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 booking the flights with Isaac, he will arrange the shuttles. One easy step.
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. Blue Osa is 20 – 30 minutes from the Puerto Jimenez airport. Our shuttle service is $25 each way.
The drive from San Jose to Blue Osa is approximately 6-8 hours. Set your Google Maps or Waze for Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. (See map below for directions.)
Recommended car rental companies – Solid Rent a Car and Toyota. 4 wheel drive is recommended.
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Traveling by bus is recommended only by experienced travelers or if you are adequate in the Spanish language.
Bus – Terminal Atlantico Norte (Tel: 2256-8963, or when calling from abroad (506) 256-8963) buses leave daily from San José and pass through San Isidro de El General where passengers can also get on. Bus 699 from Terminal Atlantico Norte leaves from San Jose at 6am and 12noon, taking about 10 hours to reach Puerto Jimenez. The Tracopa Bus 612 from Terminal Alfaro to Golfito can also be taken, which takes about 8 hours and leaves at 7am and 3pm. The TRACOPA company telephone number is 2222-2666 or when calling from abroad (506) 222-2666. Click here to read a full description of the journey.
The ferry from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez takes about an hour and a half and runs twice daily. The schedule is random and subject to change. Price $4. There are also fast ferries available that can do the trip in about 30 minutes, the cost is $6. The schedule can change.
PUERTO JIMÈNEZ from Golfito by boat – (This option should ONLY be used by people who are traveling by road from Panama.) The current schedule for the lancha leaving Golfito to Puerto Jimenez is:
7:30, 10:00, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00
10:00, 1:00, 3:00
Monday to Friday:
7:00, 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00
TRAVEL ALERT CHANGE
The airport in Puerto Jimenez is closed from May 22 until August 31, 2017.
Don’t worry, getting to Blue Osa is still easy. The nearest local airport is in Golfito. Traveling through Golfito gives you the opportunity to take a beautiful boat ride to the Osa.
You will often get the chance to see dolphins along the way. Additionally, we are entering whale season right now and you might get to see one along the way.
Once you land in Golfito you will need to take a short taxi ride to the Lancha. (This is the place where the boats are and the cost for the taxi is about $5) From the lancha you will take a boat to Puerto Jimenez. As soon as you get to the lancha, purchase a ticket RIGHT AWAY. There is a little cover where people sit. The person selling tickets is there. The cost is usually 3000 colones or $6. Our suggestion is to bring a bunch of $1 / $5 bills with you if possible so you do not have to receive a lot of colones back in change. Once you have your ticket, and if you have some time, there is a couple of restaurants across the street you can hang out in. There is also a super market. A restaurant at the lancha also provides fresh ceviche.
Plan For Your Journey
Colones is the official currency of Costa Rica, although US dollars are widely accepted.
Items and activities purchased at Blue Osa can be charged to your room and paid with a credit card at the end of your stay. The amount of local currency that you need depends on how much you intend to spend on extra purchases outside of the property.
For Americans, 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).
In fact, we suggest that you do NOT change any money and bring several smaller bills so you do not receive any change. The current rate of exchange fluctuates around 500 colones for every 1 US dollar.
You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica.
Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Staying In San Jose?
We REALLY encourage you to plan a night or two in San Jose when traveling to Blue Osa. There are so many things to do (click here), and really great places to stay (click here). Stop rushing, get out, and EXPLORE Costa Rica on your way to Blue Osa.
Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, although English is widely understood.
When to Visit
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! Click here to read our Daily Weather Reports.
“Your answers will come from a deep place of stillness.”
What To Pack
The tropical climate here makes it very comfortable to wear simple, lightweight clothing and footwear. Quick-to-dry clothing and tennis shoes, sandals, or water shoes 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.
Ideal packing guide, based on a week-long stay here:
• 3 or 4 tank tops or lightweight T-Shirts
• Bathing suit
• 3 or 4 pairs of shorts
• A journal and pen for taking notes is usually considered essential.
• A flashlight or headlamp. Perfect for those fond of midnight walks on the beach.
• Sunscreen/bug spray is available in the Blue Osa shop.
• If coming to participate in yoga, bring your Yoga Mat – also available for rent. The fee is $30 for the week. The proceeds from the mat rentals help to fund our community outreach projects. Your mat rental is greatly appreciated!
PLEASE DO NOT BRING TOWELS + BED SHEETS. Blue Osa provides these items.
For the complete list of what to bring on your next Costa Rica Yoga Getaway, please click here.
“Your life will change when you practice yoga.”
Blue Osa Eco-Spa
Blue Osa Spa is a peaceful sanctuary that is dedicated to your comfort and wellness. Our magnificent setting offers its own unique form of beauty with its proximity to both sea and jungle.
Our philosophy embraces the concept of purity derived from our surroundings. We have created a holistic approach to treating the mind–body–spirit as one through a combination of our natural rainforest botanicals, massage, and different healing modalities borrowing from the Ayurvedic tradition.
We have developed an extensive menu of services that incorporate the healing properties of the earth, ocean, and plants that thrive in the Osa Peninsula’s unparalleled environment.
Please make reservations for spa services upon your arrival, so that we can help plan your experience. Please do not email us prior to your arrival to book your services.
Yoga at Blue Osa
We encourage all of our guests, those who have a home practice and those who do not, to enhance the quality of their Blue Osa getaway by participating in both private and group yoga experiences. For guests not traveling with a group, we offer all levels of yoga taught by our instructors who are trained in the hatha-tradition. You may participate either in a group or individual class.
We are fortunate to host a variety of exceptional yoga instructors Blue Osa. If retreat-sponsored classes are being held during your stay and you would like to join, requirements and fees are always set by retreat organizers.
For our guests who are not participating in a yoga retreat, we offer a daily afternoon yoga class taught by our in-house yoga instructors. Guests who book through our website are welcome, free of charge. Group class frequency is subject to staff availability.
Please go to www.BlueOsa.com/Yoga to read more about our yoga offerings.
“We never know how many times in life we close doors that are opening for us when all we need to do is walk through them and say yes …”Adam Dolle
Cuisine – Meals at Blue Osa
At Blue Osa we believe that nutritious, wholesome food is not only the foundation for a productive life, but is also essential for a happy one. Food that nourishes our soul not only needs to be healthy, but it also needs to be tasty and delicious! Blue Osa is devoted to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to our kitchen.
We favor a buffet style of service, however, it is not an all-you-can-eat buffet. Meals are proportioned with optimum health in mind. No one leaves Blue Osa hungry: guaranteed. Our daytime meals are primarily vegetarian and our evening meals may include meat or fish.
All inclusive 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 to coincide with our check-in time of 2 PM and check-out time of 10 AM. A $25 fee will be added to your bill if you check-in early or check-out late.
Please go to www.BlueOsa.com/Cuisine to read more about our cuisine.
“Blue Osa represents for me the power of the human spirit … just what you can do with your life if you let go.”
Plan Your Eco-Tour
Please make reservations for tours upon your arrival, so that we can help plan your experience. Please do not email us prior to your arrival to book your tours.
For all Costa Rica Eco-Tours and adventures, kindly remember:
- Transportation to tours is NOT included.
- Please click here to see the shuttle prices. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
- Please wait to book your tours upon arrival at Blue Osa. There is NO need to book your tour prior to your arrival.
- All prices below are subject to change.
- Most of our tours are available year-round.
- Should you need to cancel your tour, please provide 24 hours notice to avoid incurring the full tour cost. If cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, we charge 50% of the tour cost.
- Please bring appropriate footwear. For most tours, TEVAS sandals are fine. Please bring running shoes for the waterfall, tree climbing, horseback riding, and zip-lining tour.
- Please bring your beach towel provided by Blue Osa with you and leave it in the vehicle during your tour. If you are wet upon returning, please sit on the towel.
- Please remember to put on sunscreen and bring sunscreen with you.
- Always bring your camera. If your tour involves water, dry bags are available.
- If you would like to tip the tour guides, please bring cash with you. Please kindly remember we do not have small bills at the office to make change.
Things You Should Know
Morning Silence As a yogic practice at Blue Osa, we practice silence in the mornings until 7:30 (unless a group leader requests a later time) and ask all of our guests to observe this quiet time with us.
Laundry service is available at Blue Osa. The cost for this service is $25 per load. Please expect laundry to be returned within 24 – 48 hours.
Blue Osa provides our own environmentally friendly Osa soap and shampoo that is produced locally. If you do bring any of your own soaps or shampoos, please try to ensure that they are environmentally friendly, as we are working to protect our delicate eco-system. You will also want to bring sunscreen and possibly bug repellent. (We provide sunscreen and bug repellant in our store.)
Smoking – While Blue Osa promotes a non-smoking environment, we do provide designated smoking areas. There is NO SMOKING allowed in the rooms, and there is no smoking allowed in the common areas.
Power voltage in Costa Rica is the same as the United States so no adapter is necessary. Hair dryers and flat irons are not available and are NOT allowed as our system can not handle the voltage. Blue Osa is operated mostly with solar power and we need to conserve energy. We ask that you share our desire to conserve power and water during your stay at Blue Osa.
AC is NOT provided at Blue Osa. 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, especially in the evenings.
Communication – Sometimes some phones will work and sometimes they won’t. Blue Osa does provide a phone service for $2/minute and this service can be arranged at the office. While Wi-Fi service is free, we do not have any computers available for general use.
Wine, Beer, Cocktails – 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. 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 dining room or at the pool.
Drinking Water – 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.
Credit Cards – The cost of eco tours, spa treatments, and other incidentals will be charged to your room and is payable at departure. Blue Osa accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Cash is always the preferred method of payment when settling your bill.
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 your credit card. We do suggest bringing enough cash for any tips, or extra services/shopping you may do outside of Blue Osa.
Then how much cash should I bring?
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 farmer’s market at Blue Osa, and there are others in the area. Our suggested cash amount is $250 to $400.
If coming to participate in yoga, bring your Yoga Mat – also available for rent. The fee is $30 for the week. The proceeds from the mat rentals help to fund our community outreach projects. Your mat rental is greatly appreciated!
Emergency medical treatment is available, if necessary, in the Clinica Hospital in Puerto Jimenez and Golfito. In the event of an extreme emergency airlift to hospitals in San Isidro or San Jose is also available. For minor needs, the Puerto Jimenez pharmacy is staffed by very professional people.
Emergency Contact Information – The best way to contact us is ALWAYS through email. If you call us to ask questions or try to make a reservation, we WILL immediately direct you to our website. This is for emergency information only.