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What To Pack For Your Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Keep in mind that Costa Rican life lends itself to a simple life. The most famous expression in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida” which translates to “Pure Life”. Pura Vida reminds us to remain simple and light in life. The weight of life can be cumbersome and drag us down.

 

For this reason, the list of things you need to bring to Costa Rica to enjoy your vacation is small and light.

 

Traveling light allows you more freedom to move from place to place more effortlessly without the mental burden of worrying about your stuff on your journey.

 
 

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1. Passport – This might be obvious, but make sure your passport is current and up to date. Your passport must have at least 6 months validity. (There is NO visa required to travel to Costa Rica.)

If you are entering Costa Rica from South America, you will be required to show proof of having a yellow fever vaccination.

 

2. Money – bringing some cash is great, but you can use your credit cards at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa (they accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover).

Keep in mind you do NOT need to exchange currency when you get to the airport. American dollar is widely used in Costa Rica and the airport exchange fees are not favorable.

We recommend bringing about $500 or less and bringing lots of small bills for easier currency exchange and small store change. You will need cash when taking taxis around San Jose, buying from local markets, tipping tour guides, eating out.

Keep in mind you do NOT need to exchange currency when you get to the airport. American dollar is widely used in Costa Rica and the airport exchange fees are not favorable.

 

3. Tooth brush and toothpaste –  if you forget yours of these items can be easily purchased anywhere. Body wash will be provided.

 

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4. Yoga mat – we suggest your bring your yoga mat but if you can’t because you want to travel light you may rent one at Blue Osa for $30 for the week. 100% of the proceeds for yoga mats go to Blue Osa’s community outreach projects.

 

5. Clothing  – 2 or 3 pairs of shorts/ yoga leggings, 3 or 4 tank tops. Favor light and breezy clothing, things you would be okay getting wet.

 

6. Shoes  – Sandals/flips flops, and a pair of old sneakers – you do not need a lot of footwear.  Old sneakers are for hiking in waterfalls and in the jungle. Expect for your shoes to get wet and not dry fully before you departure. Sturdy shoes are essential for any adventures. High heels are not recommended.

 

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7. Warmer clothing – bring a pair of long pants and a long sleeve shirt to wear on your flight to San Jose, Costa Rica. At certain times of the year, the nights in San Jose can get quite cool. Also, if you plan to take a side trip to the mountains before or after your yoga retreat or go horse back riding, you will definitely want some more coverage.

 

8. Journal and pen – optional.  A powerful practice in yoga is to take the time to journal your thoughts, ideas, dreams and goals.  You will receive invaluable insights from this practice.

 

9. Bathing suit – essential for the beach.

 
 

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10. You DO NOT need to bring a beach towel. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa, as well as most hotels, provide these.

 

11. A camera/binoculars – you never know what whales might be breaching in the distance, monkeys might be swinging from the trees, or interesting birds you might want to capture.

 

12. Underwear and socks – pack as as much as you think you need, then return 75% back to the sock/underwear drawer.

 

13. Flashlight –  an essential part of your vacation to Costa Rica. Blue Osa is an eco-resort, and as such has low lighting at night. Having a flashlight ensures that you will be able to find your way around without stepping on any creatures that may be on the path.

 
 

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14. Sunscreen – Another essential item for your vacation to the tropics. Sunscreen is readily available in most stores in Costa Rica, as well as the Blue Osa boutique.

 

15. Water bottle – to stay hydrated during yoga, at the pool, and anywhere you go. We recommend stainless steel water bottles like Klean Kanteen or Swell.

 

16. Bug spray – For dusk mostly, the time when mosquitoes tend to come out, you want to preferably have some natural bug repellent.

 

17. Sunglasses and hat – to protect you from the sun. if you have expensive sunglasses you might want to opt for something a little cheaper that won’t get ruined. Same thing goes for watches and jewelry.

 

18. Books  Once settled in the resort you’ll find it is really enjoyable to lay on a hammock or by the pool pavilion and immerse yourself in a great novel. Blue Osa also has a small shelf of book trades in case you finish your reads and want to keep going.

 
 

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19. Spare the makeup – you’ll rarely enjoy wearing makeup in Costa Rica. The humid and warmer climates can make it uncomfortable and literally melt it off your face.

 

20. Leave your blow dryers at home – most hotels and resorts provide hair dyers, however, those types of electronics are NOT allowed at Blue Osa because the solar generated power system cannot handle the voltage.

 

21. Electronics and chargers  outlets in Costa Rica look the same as the ones in the U.S. You will be able to change your phones/tablets/cameras in your rooms at Blue Osa. Please note that Wifi is provided in the lobby area but not through the whole property.