Beaches in the Area
The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is host to some of the most beautiful rock free beaches in all of Costa Rica. At our location you have the choice of the a variety of beaches for whatever you heart desires, surfing, jumping the waves, relaxation, stand up paddle and more…
Playa Negra – entrance of Puerto Viejo. This is where surf training and beginning surfers practice.
Cocles – In Cocles just 5 minutes past Puerto Viejo.
The main beach Salsa Brava – This is the competition wave area for extremely experienced surfers.
Playa Chiquita – This is across the street from us and has a beautiful private beach area. Tan, swim or do your morning walk or yoga on the beach.
Punta Uva – One of Costa Rica's most famous beaches and only 2 minutes from us!
Manzanillo – 10 minutes from us. This is the calm beach and excellent for young families with children.
Many of our guests have experienced rocky beaches on the pacific side. We are privy to 4 main beach areas on the Caribbean side all of which are rock free and simply beautiful. If you are interested in surfing we have some great surf areas. Always watch the flag system while at the beach Green is mild current, yellow-medium and red- high current and caution while swimming is recommended.
Weather and Temperature
The local temperature is 80-85 degrees (28 C) year around. The climate has often been called a "micro-climate", implying that the variable factors affecting this region are independent from the rest of the neighboring areas.
This region shares very little in common with the rest of the country's weather cycles and prognostication, as the rainy season is often blessed with several weeks of dry, hot and sunny days, while tropical showers can be experienced during the summer season.
When does the rainy season begin?
The best time to travel to Costa Rica is late November through April. If you are looking for great weather, you are almost guaranteed sunny skies and rain-free days. However, this is also high tourism season so plan on paying more for everything. From May through August, expect clear skies in the morning and rain in the afternoon or overnight. No matter if it rains or shines there is always so many things to do and see in this beautiful location and often rains come and go leaving the air fresh and revitalizing.
How do you to get to Tierra de Suenos?
Two options are available.
From San Jose a private group bus shuttle is $35-$50 per person one way with a minimum of 6 people. Pricing is dependent on the total numbers of riders. Emily and Cheryl will help you reserve this.
You can book a puddle jumper flight from San Jose to Limon is on SansaAir.com. The cost is about $75-$80 one way and leaves around 2 pm each day. A shuttle will be arranged to pick you up from Limon and take you to the retreat center.
When do we check in and out?
The usual check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out time 11:00 AM. Depending on the timing of various retreat elements this may be adjusted.
What are the essentials to bring on my trip?
Be sure to plan for both the heat and rain. Sneakers and flip flops. The jungle loves to ruin leather so plastic footwear is better! Long pants for excursions, a coat or sweater for those cooler evenings. A bathing suit, yoga apparel, umbrella, flash light your own personal hygiene and care products and that's really all you need.
Bring your own personal Yoga mat for your practice. It will make you feel comfortable and at home even while being in the jungle!!
You will be sent a packing list a month before you retreat date as well.
The roads on the Caribbean side are very good. You are able to bike for long stretches but must be cautious of the fast drivers. The roads from the airport to our retreat center are some of the best roads in Costa Rica.
In our area we are less than 15 minutes away from Puerto Viejo where you will find many shops, restaurants and artisans offering unique designs. We also have a small boutique at Tierra de Yoga and other sellers close by. There is a grocery store a very short walk from our centre and you can buy beer and wine and basic necessities if there is anything you need.
Tierra has a local phone used for the lodge needs only and for emergencies. Regular calls can be made in the nearby town of Puerto Viejo. Cellular phones have good reception in our area. If there is an emergency back home and a loved one needs to reach you, they can call our local telephone number and we will get you for that call.
Tierra offers Free WIFI to all guests. WIFI is available in the main lodge and eating area.
Vaccinations and Medical Facilities
A fully equipped emergency facility and clinic is located 5 minutes away. No vaccinations are required. Also, it is advised that you speak with your doctor about any vaccinations or considerations that they may suggest about traveling in Costa Rica. Medical travel insurance is always advised.
This is the jungle, so there ARE mosquitos. However, the mosquitos are not excessive but you will notice them. Bed nets are provided. You can bring bug repellent for your use.
If you are planning to use your credit card, please inform your bank that you will be travelling and using your credit card outside the US. Often banks will shut down credit card payments outside the US if not informed.
The local currency is Colones however you can bring U.S.$ cash which can be used in Costa Rica to pay anything instead of national currency. In the Puerto Viejo there is a bank and ATM machine. Most tour operators will only accept cash. Tipping in Costa Rica is not required, but always greatly appreciated.
Exchanging currency at the airport will be very costly, check with your bank before you leave Canada to bring some US cash or Colones with you.
No travel VISA is necessary as you are allowed to be in Costa Rica for 90 days.
You will want to get your own travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada.
Tourist Tax Upon leaving Costa Rica a tourist tax must be paid before passing customs. A rate of $28.00 can be paid directly at the airport at time of arrival.
Costa Rica is well known for its thriving natural habitat and is one of the main reasons so many tourists come to Costa Rica every year! Expect to see a variety of large insects, plants, butterflies, howler monkeys, sloths, agouti and more. There are wildlife facilities close by as well.
Electricity voltage and plugs are the same as in the US 110 volts. However electricity systems have more surges then we are accustomed to in North America so be aware that these can affect electrical devices at times. We suggest to use electricity as needed but not leave your devices in plugged into the sockets when not necessary.
Each room is equipped with a safe deposit box, ceiling fan, as well as other amenities. If there is something you need that your room doesn’t have please speak with us at the lodge so we can see how we can better serve you.
Tierra offers laundry services if requested at $10 a load.
As of June 1 the US State Department is requiring a negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in the US to get back into the US. There is a testing site 7km from the retreat center that can do PCR tests in that timeframe for approximately $150. If this is still a requirement in October, all costs pertaining to the COVID test will be paid by the guest.
COVID vaccinations are required to attend the retreat.
Guest are responsible for any testing required by Costa Rica to come into the country.