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Hammocks on the beach in Santa Teresa Surfing at Santa Teresa

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather like and when is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

The dry season or summer time in Costa Rica is from December through April. The climate is tropical and Pacific coastal temperatures average from mid-80s F to low 90s F during the day and low-mid 70s in the evenings. The rainy season, or 'green season', is from May to early November. End of June through August and November is when there is typically less rain and a second high season for visiting Costa Rica. This is also a great time to visit with the landscape being vibrantly green and lush. Temperatures are similar to the summer months. We only offer our retreats at the most favorable times of year.

How far in advance should I book a retreat?

We recommend booking at least three months in advance to make sure we have space, your room choice is available and that gives you time to check out flights for the best routing and airfare. If you want to book last minute, contact us to see if we have availability.

For the Peru retreat it is best to make your reservations 4-6 months out. This retreat typically fills up several months before.

Do I need to have a passport to enter Costa Rica?

Yes, all nationalities need a passport valid for a minimum of six months from date of arrival in the country. Please check with the nearest Costa Rican Embassy or Consulate for entry visa requirements for your nationality (American and Canadian citizens do not need a visa). For American citizens if you do not have a passport or need to renew yours visit the U.S. State Department website for information.

Do you have information about flights to Costa Rica?

San José is the capital of Costa Rica and the international airport code is SJO. All major airlines fly into San José.

Airfare search sites that can help you find a plane ticket to Costa Rica:

What yoga experience do I need?

All levels of yoga and age groups are welcome. If you are more new to yoga and are a bit intimidated to take a yoga retreat or vacation, don't be! Yoga is non-competitive and the sessions are held for mixed levels with modifications offered for those less experienced and for those more advanced.

I have never surfed or stand-up paddled before. Is that ok?

Yes, the majority of those who join our retreats are beginners. You will have a fun time learning and instructors will take good care of you.

How many people are on a retreat?

The retreat is limited to 16 persons to maintain a comfortable group size and to allow us to focus on quality and personalized attention for our guests. There is a minimum of five persons required to run a retreat. Most guests travel solo before becoming part of the group. Please feel very welcome to come on your own.

Who typically joins a Vajra Sol retreat?

The majority of those who join our retreats are women and men who come on their own and then some join as friends, family or as a couple. They are from across the U.S., Canada and farther aboard and range in age on average from late 20s to mid-late 50s. They are usually working professionals that want the comforts of a more upscale hotel that maintains a casual low-key feel. They are interested in the group setting to meet new people and then also that the retreat allows them quality personal time. They choose the retreat for its serene setting and active style yet that it is balanced with ample time for relaxation. They are open to trying something new (surfing or SUP) and are enticed by the idea to combine it with yoga. They are keen to learn more in their yoga practice whether a beginner or a more seasoned yogi. The level of yoga experience ranges from beginner to more advanced.

I am thinking about signing up for a retreat on my own. I don't have much travel experience and am concerned about going to a foreign country by myself where I don't know the language.

No worries! We will assist you with arrangements to get to the retreat location and back to the airport when you depart. That includes having someone meet you at the airport as soon as you arrive. Our staff is bi-lingual and friendly and each does her/his best to take care of you. Many of us have thought about a vacation somewhere beautiful and far off but are held back by the concern to travel alone. On our retreats many sign up on their own but quickly make friends once they arrive and join the group. Plus, yogis and yoginis, or those aspiring to be, are typically an open-hearted crowd so our retreats attract a lot of great people. Traveling is an ideal time to gain fresh perspectives and to be open to all the wonderful experiences that come across your path. We rarely regret having traveled somewhere new rather more so that we did not.

What should I pack for my retreat?

After signing up for your retreat we will send you additional information about what to pack and other details to help you prepare for your vacation. You can also contact us at anytime with any other questions.

For general travel around Costa Rica please see What to Pack.