First Retreat (Post-Lockdown): October 10-17 in Southern Costa Rica

We had planned to wait until Thanksgiving week, but we’re eager to get back to it!

We are going to host a small group of Amigas at our Longboard Surf House location the week of Oct 10-17.

The plan:

It’ll be a standard awesome Surf With Amigas retreat hosted by Holly and friends, with awesome surfing, surf coaching, yoga, a boat trip, and jungle hikes.

With the COVID situation in mind, we’re going to keep it small and intimate with a maximum of 7 ladies. We’ll also be following a few new procedures in order to keep the retreat safe for everyone. If you have any questions about our new safety procedures, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We need at least 5 signups to make the retreat work, so we’re going to ask for a 25% deposit to secure your spot. If we don’t get enough ladies signed up, we’ll look at shifting the plan slightly (choosing a different accommodation option) or we’ll refund you. We do expect to fill it, but in these uncertain times, it’s good to have a contingency plan in place.

The Price:

To entice you to get down here for our re-introductory retreat, we are offering a special price of $1900. There are a variety of room options available but we are offering them all at the same price on a first come, first served basis.

Entry requirements:

Ok, so you want to join us, but can you???? In order to enter Costa Rica as a tourist, you must fulfill the following:

  • Be a resident (with a driver’s license to prove it) of one of the following US states: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Colorado, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.
  • OR from one of the following countries:
    • THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCHENGEN ZONE, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM: for flights from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom; for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.
    • CANADA: for flights from Canada; for citizens and residents of Canada and for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom in transit.
    • SOUTH AMERICA: for flights from Uruguay; for citizens and residents of Uruguay.
    • ASIA: for flights from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China; for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.
    • OCEANIA: for flights from Australia and New Zealand; for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr.
  • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.
  • Passengers coming from the U.S.A. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 12 authorized states.  This requirement excludes children travelling with their family.
  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros) www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/­.
    • For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:
    • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
    • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
    • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

Plan Your Travel:

A quick search I did this morning (Sept 2) showed round trip flights for these dates from Newark to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) on United at about $400. The flight arrives mid morning and the return flight departs at 6am, so if your plan is to catch the jumper flight, you actually need to fly in on Friday Sept 9, and fly out on Sunday morning the 18th, necessitating a night in San Jose each way.

For the jumper flight San Jose – Golfito, book a ticket via http://flysansa.com. Those flights are running $119 each way. The flight departs San Jose at 7am.

Another option if everyone is coming from Newark on that United flight (or arrives around a similar time), is arranging a nice air conditioned van. Then you can fly into Costa Rica on Saturday. The drive is 6 hours, but in a comfy van on good roads (just the final 20 min is dirt) with a nice stop for food half way, it’s not too bad. For the return, you’d still need to fly out on Sunday morning and there is the option of either flying or driving, because you’d need to spend a night in San Jose regardless to catch the early morning departure of that United flight. The van ride is $300 each way split by however many ladies choose that option, so it is a cheaper option than flying as long as there are at least 3 of you who choose it.

Questions???

Hit us up at holly@surfwithamigas.com

To get you stoked!!

Here’s the highlight video from the last retreat we were able to run before the borders closed back in March. We are looking forward to picking up where we left off! Come be a part of it!

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