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Costa Rica Trip Updates

I'll be using this page to post regular updates about our trip. I will send you an email update if the information is time-sensitive. Otherwise, you can just check back from time to time.

Getting Prepared for Our Costa Rica Retreat!

Finding Flights

I will be using http://www.skyscanner.com to find and/or book my flight. Skyscanner will give you flight information from multiple airlines. Even if you don't book using skyscanner, you can use it to find the best flight times.  You can then find those particular flight times on the major airlines websites if you prefer. From Sacramento, the quickest flights are about 7 hours long (going) and around $600.00.  It's best to purchase flights on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and sometimes Saturdays.  You can also sign up for Sky Scanner Alerts and they will send you a notification anytime the flight changes by $25. Also, I want to encourage you to get travel insurance. Emergencies do sometimes happen.

Airport:  We will be flying into Liberia Airport. Once you have scheduled your flight, please log into Trip Tribe and enter your flight information. Trip Tribe will use this information to provide FREE transportation to and from the retreat center.

Departure:  Our departure day will be really light as people will be leaving at different times. Plan to have breakfast if you are still here and we'll probably have one last time together.  I like to use this time for testimonials, evaluations, a closing meditation, and our goodbyes. Check out for the resort will be around 11 a.m. If your flight leaves later, you can just hang out until it's time for you to go to the airport.

My Flight: Once I purchase my flight I will post it here for those who are leaving from Sacramento and who may want to fly together. I will be purchasing my ticket around the first of October. 🙂

Checking Into the Resort

According to Trip Tribe, we can check in as early as 11 a.m. on March 4, 2018.  Typically, check in is around 3 p.m. but they will accommodate us whenever we arrive. I would recommend arriving anytime before 4 p.m. to give you a chance to get to the resort and settle in before dinner. If you arrive earlier than 11 a.m. you may just have to hang out around the resort until your room is ready. If you requested a particular roommate, you will room with that person.  Accommodations for rooms can be up to 3 people unless you are a married couple. As of right now, I don't have any more information than that.

On March 4, our first group meeting will probably begin with dinner to allow everyone to arrive before we get started. Afterwards we will have an evening meet and greet session, overview of the retreat, and maybe even a guided meditation. I am sure that you will see me and others prior to this time (if I'm there yet). Please don't hesitate to reach out to others.  At my last two retreats, everyone bonded and enjoyed each other's company. Let's really try to create a Tribe atmosphere. There is nothing worse than coming alone on a retreat and then feeling isolated and that does happen, even at Christian Retreats!

Food:  If you do arrive early, there will be food to purchase. Trip Tribe even recommends having your driver stop at the convenience store to pick up any snacks or treats to hold you over.

What to Bring

I will be adding to this list periodically so check back every now and then.

  • Bible
  • Writing Pens
  • Journal
  • 1 Inch Binder
  • Headphones (if bringing a mobile phone, little ones are fine)
  • Yoga or workout clothes
  • Comfortable clothing

 

Additional Activities

I will be planning some optional group paid activities during the retreat during our free time. I would like to organize these as much as possible beforehand.  Once I have more information, I will list some of our scheduled group activities, days, and prices. (You will pay for them at the retreat) This will give you a chance to decide what interests you and plan in advance.  In addition, I will find out more about spa services and prices as well (massages, etc.)

Pre Trip Forms and Survey

When available, please complete the pre-trip forms and bring them with you. I will collect them on our first day.

  • Emergency /Personal Information (Food allergies, medical conditions, etc.)
  • Yoga Waiver
  • Picture/Video Waiver (not mandatory)

When available, please take a few moments to take my PRE TRIP SURVEY.  People retreat for many different reasons. This survey will give me an idea of how I can serve you best. (You will see link when available.)

Protecting Ourselves from Unforeseeable Events

With all the hurricanes and extreme weather situations that have been occurring all over the globe, it seems, I reached out to Trip Tribe to find out their policies and recommendations should the unforeseeable happen.  Below is the response I received from them. To highlight what they said, 1) March is not hurricane season in Costa Rica, 2) Where we are going is not prone to hurricanes, 3) Get travel insurance!  There is a link to a company that they recommend. You can see the letter I received below:

"Naturally, a lot about weather is unpredictable, but Costa Rica is usually too far south and west to be impacted by hurricanes. El Sabanero is also on the Pacific side, which is not where the (already small) risk is from the Atlantic/Caribbean side. Additionally, hurricane season runs from June through November, so your March trip has a lot of reasons why it is very unlikely to be impacted and why El Sabanero is unlikely to be harmed. We did have some travelers on recent Costa Rica trips disrupted because they had connecting flights through Florida or Houston, but again this is very unlikely to be a problem in March (at least due to hurricane).

All that said, you are right to ask everyone to get trip insurance. We require guests to get it for our trips and everyone can see the details in the middle of your trip page, including a link to a travel insurance provider that we recommend. If something causes a traveler to be unable to attend in March, we do everything we can to help them out, but we are not able to recover their payments because we have already paid the providers in Costa Rica and that money is non-refundable to us. We will help them with documentation they need to make a travel insurance claim.

The weather in Costa Rica in March is typically great (remembering that it is unpredictable on any given week and these are just trends). The rainiest is right now, in September and October, and it rains on most afternoons during May through August. November through April is the high tourism season because the weather is typically preferable." - Trip Tribe Administration

I hope this puts some of your fears to rest, if you had any. Please email me with any additional questions and concerns.

Blessings, Rhonda

 

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