Costa Rica FAQ

Have questions or want to sign up with assistance?

Costa Rica Information Session & Free Yoga

October 15th 2-4pm

Mark your calendar for Sunday October 15th for a Free Yoga Class at 2pm and Costa Rica Information Session at 3-4pm. At this time we will give info about the retreat and help people make their reservation. This is open to everyone so please invite your friends and anyone interested in going on an adventure to Costa Rica.

What’s the climate like?

Costa Rica is a global go-to spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Volcanic hills and lakes and plummeting waterfalls shape the lush, vibrant landscape. Tropical jungles teem with hundreds of wildlife species that exist nowhere else on the planet. San José, located in the Central Valley, is Costa Rica’s bustling urban capital. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is tucked serenely in the clouds, nearly a mile above the city.

Pura Vida’s climate is spring-like year round with warm days (70s-80s F) and mild nights (60s F). The sun rises at 5:30 and sets around 6 all year long.

Costa Rica’s Green Season is full of splendor for those seeking peace and tranquility. Refreshing mountain temperatures, purifying and cleansing rains are an opportunity to enliven the senses as you enter the season of turning within.

Where is the resort located?

Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

800 Mts SW From Minisuper Pavas

Pavas, Carrizal, Alajuela, 020103 Costa Rica

How much does the retreat cost?

3 Questions to Answer before Signing up

Do you want to go on a 5-Night or 7-Night Stay?

  1. March 10 – 15, 2018 (5-Night Stay)
  2. March 9-16, 2018 (7-Night Stay with Sloth Excursion)

Will you be rooming with someone else or have the room all to yourself?

  1. Double occupancy
  2. Single occupancy

What room would you like to be in?

  1. Tentalow
  2. Aframe
  3. Vista
  4. Kiva Lower
  5. Kiva Upper
  6. Tri-Level
  7. Suite


5 Night Single Occ 5 night Double Occ p/p 7 night w/ Sloth Single Occ 7 Night Double Occ p/p



1300 2150



1950 1650 2650 2350


2000 1700 2700



2000 1700 2700


Kiva Upper

2050 1750 2800



2150 1850 2900


Zendo (suite)

2350 2050 3100


Prana (suite)


2050 3100


Lila (suite) 2350 2050 3100


Do you offer any discounts?

Yes! If you sign up before October 31 you will save $150 with our Early Bird Special.

How do I get there?

Participants will need to book their own individual flight to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).

Reserving a Shuttle

Shuttle service should be reserved at least 3 days prior to your arrival. Our retreat includes shuttle service, please make your reservation using this online form.  You will receive confirmation by email.

Finding Your Shuttle

Once you’ve cleared immigration and customs, proceed to the exit.  You’ll find our shuttle driver holding a sign reading “Pura Vida Retreat & Spa” + your last name.  Please do not accept help from anyone who is not properly identified as Pura Vida Staff or holding a sign with your name on it.

If you are delayed, please alert Pura Vida Retreat & Spa in Costa Rica ASAP.

What time is check in/check out?

Check in time is 2pm and consists of some brief paperwork and a welcome orientation.

Check out time is 11:00am.  

What’s the food like?

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” –Cesar Chavez

At Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, our chefs and cooks make our guests that gift, each and every meal, each and every day. Delicious dishes are lovingly prepared from fresh local produce, regional purveyors and greens and herbs harvested from our Holistic Garden. Meals, served buffet-style in our chic dining hall, feature both North American and Costa Rican vegetarian, fish and chicken dishes to tempt your taste buds and nourish body and soul.  We also can accommodate vegan, gluten-free, and high-protein diets – just let us know.

Do I need to bring extra money for food?

Three meals a day are included with the retreat. Extra items can be purchased during your stay.

Complimentary coffee, tea, alkaline water and filtered water are available throughout the day. The wine and juice bar in the dining hall stocks Costa Rican and Central American beers, sulfite-free, organic wines and bottled water. It is also the place for fresh smoothies, custom-blended chai and organic wheat grass elixirs (made from wheat grass grown in-house).

The dining hall closes each night at 9pm, and may stay open later during the summer season. Items purchased during your stay will be added to your bill. Because we ask that you settle your account with us the night before you leave, please pay cash at the time of service for anything you buy after paying your bill.

Do I need a passport?

Yes! United States and Canadian citizens may enter Costa Rica with a valid passport.

Please note that Costa Rican law requires your passport be valid for at least 90 days after the date you enter the country.  When in Costa Rica, you’ll need to carry your passport information with you at all times. If you should be stopped by officials, a photocopy with your photo, passport number and entry stamp will usually suffice and is recommended when making local excursions.

A $29 non-residency departure tax will be due when departing Costa Rica, before you check-in with your airline. This tax can often be paid upon arrival to Costa Rica, but make sure to keep your receipt for departure.

Citizens of countries outside the U.S and Canada, should check with the Costa Rican Consulate in your country for more recent requirements and rules governing entrance into Costa Rica.

What’s your cancellation policy?

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($300) before December 31st . No refunds after December 31st. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify Ekah Yoga 30+ days in advance. In case of cancellation by Ekah Yoga, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by Ekah Yoga. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver and contract to participate. If you place a deposit, the balance due will 50% of the total cost by Tuesday January 2nd 2018 and 100% by Sunday February 11, 2018, unless other arrangements are made. If the full amount is paid before December 1st, you will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary massage.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  We also recommend that you purchase flight insurance for the same reasons as listed above.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.