+ Do I need to be a fitness babe or dude to come?
No way, all different levels are welcome, doesn’t matter if you have never surfed or never done yoga! The point is to try something new and encouragement will be there from fellow SYBers!
+ What do I need to bring?
- A few pairs of socks
- A few pairs underwear (optional)
- One pair casual shorts - for dinners, going out
- Board shorts OR Bikinis – Beach wear
- Athletic shorts 6.Yoga pants (women)
- T-Shirts: tops / tanks / lightweight
- Running shoes 9.Sandals
- Water bottle
- Yoga Mat – or Beach towel
- Aloe – Lotion – Moisturizer
- Chapstick with SPF
- Bug Spray
+ How do I get there?
Buy a flight to Liberia Airport that arrives on Sunday November 15th between noon and 2pm and departs Saturday November 21 between 1:30pm and 3pm. From the airport everything is taken care of, just look for people with SurfYogaBeer tank tops. You can always email us and we can accomodate your situation.
+ What is the preferred currency in Nosara? And how much should I bring?
Everyone accepts American greenback but they will usually give you back the change in the Costa Rican currency, colones. We prefer to use colones so we are not constantly doing the math to determine if a local establishment is giving us a fair currency exchange. Exchange about $300 US Dollars, and if you love to buy souvenirs many places have ATM’s and may even take credit cards. If you go into banks with your passport, you can also use your bank debit cards to withdraw larger sums of cash than the limited daily withdrawal amounts the ATMs allow
+ Is there a caretaker and house keeping?
Yes the caretaker's name is Juan Carlos Calvo Delgado or "Juanca" for short. He lives on the property full-time, providing 24/7 security services and taking care of the pool and garden. Juanca is also assisted by our other caretaker named Bernardo. And yes there is also have house keeping, although our housekeeper Sinai (pronounced “C-nah-EE”) does not work on Sundays.
+ Are there any TVs or DVD players on the property?
We are firmly committed to providing a TV-free environment for our guests. There are a lot of great places in the world to watch TV or play video games, but SurfYogaBeer is not one of them.
+ Do you have high-speed Internet at the house?
Yes, but it is not rocket fast like you may be accustomed to in the U.S. or Canada but it is sufficient to do email, make VOIP phone calls like Skype or even stream music. Because there is no fixed landline at the house, we depend on a 3G mobile connection from the state monopoly telco/utility provider called ICE (pronounced “ee- say”). At the house, this is connected to a 3G mobile Wi-Fi router that sets atop the refrigerator in the Rancho. You can typically expect to get download speeds between 750kbps (low) to upwards of 2mgps (high). One of the quirks we have noticed is that the Wi-Fi router only allows a finite number of devices to connect concurrently. The router manufacturer says the router should handle up to ten devices with no problem, but we doubt the veracity of it representation. If this occurs, turn off Wi-Fi on the devices (i.e., computers, iPhones, iPads, etc.) that you are not actually using. Also worth noting is that virtually every hotel, restaurant and bar in town offers free Wi- Fi. If the network is not open and requires a password, just ask the staff for it. You can also buy MB data packages for your phone. The cost is fairly steep but, it might be worth the convenience. For instance, AT&T offers a 800MB plan at $60.00. Again, be sure and cancel upon your return to the U.S./Canada.
+ Will I be able to wash my clothes?
Yes, so sweat away all you want.
+ Can I get a blow out before we hit the beach?
Don’t worry, they will be provided, you should find a blow dryer in each bathroom.
+ Are the power outlets the same in Costa Rica as in the United States?
Costa Rica has the same voltage and frequency – 110V 60Hz - and uses the same plug and outlet designs as in the U.S. so you don't need an adapter or converter.
+ Do I need to bring swim vests/floats, toys, games, books, beach toys, or beach towels, beach chairs or beach umbrellas?
If you want this to be a water party then yes bring your own blow up flamingo, otherwise there will be a small variety of things. Beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas are provided, and if you need them really bad just ask Juanca for the “sillas y sombrillas de la playa" (beach chairs and umbrellas). We also have a heavy duty and mini wheelez carts to haul stuff from the house to the beach, very handy and fashionable.
+ Can we arrange for female massage therapists to come to the house? What are rates for on-premise therapists?
Yes absolutely. We recommend a woman named Carla who works out of the Harmony Hotel. She can be reached at +506 8510-6127 or +506 2682-5192. Also the number for Harmony Hotel is +506 2682-4114. She charges $75 for 1.5 hours. Pay in cash.
+ What’s up with theft?
Be safe and you won’t be sorry. Crime is Nosara is usually of the petty theft variety, typified by small time thieves seeking cash or things they can readily turn into cash electronics like laptops, iPhones and cameras. There will be 24/7 security services provided by the Guiones Beach Club development and we have a full-time caretaker at the house as well to provide an additional layer of security. Each of the cabana suites are equipped with a locked mini-storage area (“mini-bodega”) that is not readily apparent to the casual eye. Inside the mini-bodgea is a small safe that is bolted to the floor. We advise keeping your laptops and smartphones in the mini- bodega and your passports and cash in the safe. Don’t flaunt jewelry or cash and keep your valuables secured and locked up in the hidden storage bodegas and mini-safes we provide in each room when you are not using them. Do not take anything of value down to the beach unless it is tightly attended. And please do not take your room keys to the beach - leave them with Juan Carlos. The thieves love to prey on folks who leave their valuables on their beach towels and leave to take a quick dip in the ocean. Also don’t worry we are always sticking with our SYB group so we will all keep an eye out for these sorts of things.
+ What about medical emergencies?
There is a local medical clinic called Paradise Medical Services located right in town. The nearest hospital is 45-50 minutes away in the town of Nicoya. Medical care is super cheap but travel health insurance is always a nice safeguard and highly advised.