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. For this reason, the list of things you need to bring to Costa Rica to enjoy your vacation is small and light.
1. Passport + Proof Of Return Flight – 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 Osa Clandestina. American dollar is widely used in Costa Rica.We recommend bringing about $500 or less and bringing some small bills for easier currency exchange and small store change. You will need cash whe buying from local markets, tipping tour guides or eating at smaller places. Uber is used in San Jose so no need for taxi cash.
3. Tooth brush and toothpaste – if you forget yours of these items can be easily purchased anywhere. Body wash will be provided.
4. You DO NOT need to bring a yoga mat. Osa Clandestina provides Manduka yoga mats (pictured below).
5. Clothing – 2 or 3 pairs of shorts/ yoga leggings, 3 or 4 tank tops and dresses for day/night time. Maybe one special outfit for New Year’s Eve. Favor light and breezy clothing and 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.
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.
10. You DO NOT need to bring a beach towel. Osa Clandestina, as well as most hotels, provide these.
11. A camera – 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
13. Flashlight – an essential part of your vacation to Costa Rica. Osa Clandestina is off the grid 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.
14. Sunscreen – Another essential item for your vacation to the tropics. Sunscreen is also readily available in most stores in Costa Rica, as well as Osa Clandestina.
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. There won’t be many mosquitos.
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 and immerse yourself in a great novel. Osa Clandestina also has its own curated library in a comfortable AC lounge where you’ll be able to pick a read.
19. Spare the makeup – you’ll rarely enjoy wearing makeup in Costa Rica. The humid and warmer climates can make it uncomfortable.
20. 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 Clandestina. Wifi runs through most of the property.
See you soon! XO
Photo Credit: Michael Melendez