Frequently Asked Questions
We look forward to hosting your for an unforgettable retreat or teacher training program very soon! The following information will help you prepare for the trip and ensure a rich and fulfilling experience.
When do I pay my retreat balance?
If you would like to register for a retreat or teacher training program, you must purchase through our online store at www.epicself.com. The balance for all retreats must be paid in full no later than two weeks before your stay begins.
Is there a deposit?
Yes, there is a $500 non-refundable deposit on all retreats.
What is your cancellation policy?
If your plans have changed and you wish to cancel you must cancel 30 days prior to the start of the retreat to receive your money back. The $500 non-refundable deposit will not be returned. If you cancel less then 30 days prior, you will owe the full tuition amount.
Do you accept U.S. Dollars?
Yes, we accept U.S. Dollars, Costa Rican Colones, and all major credit cards and PayPal at through our online store.
Is there an ATM?
There are several ATMs available within 5-10 minute walking distance or a really quick taxi ride, whichever you prefer.
Do I need vaccinations to visit Costa Rica?
No vaccinations are needed to visit Costa Rica if you are traveling from the U.S. or Canada. Please see the travel documents/immunization requirements for other countries below.
Will my accommodation have air conditioning?
Yes, air conditioning and ceiling fans are present in every accommodation option we offer.
What about insects?
Costa Rica is in the tropics and one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, so naturally, there are a lot of insects. It is a good idea to bring mosquito repellent for use especially in the early morning and late evening.
How far are you from the ocean?
The beautiful warm waves are within a 10 minute walk from all of our accommodation options. Our yoga platforms have panoramic views of the rainforest and ocean.
Costa Rica’s Travel Document / Immunization Requirements
U.S. and Canada: may enter Costa Rica with a valid passport.
Citizens of the following countries/cities are required to have yellow fever vaccine or will be denied entry:
SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Venezuela (San Andres is an exception), Providence, Santa Catalina.
AFRICA: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Camerun, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leona, Sudan.
Citizens of countries outside the U.S and Canada, should check with applicable Costa Rican Consulate in your country for more recent requirements and rules governing entrance into Costa Rica. Please note that Costa Rican law requires your passport be valid for at least 90 days after the date you enter the country. This means that if your passport will expire within the next 90 days, you must renew it before your trip. Check with your airline or travel agent for more information. You are required to carry your passport with you at all times. If you are stopped by officials, a photocopy with your photo, passport number and entry stamp will usually suffice and is recommended.
What should I pack?
Flashlight, water bottle, alarm clock, sunscreen and hat, insect repellant, bathing suit(s), day backpack, beach towel, walking/hiking shoes, sandals with straps, light sweater/sweatshirt, light clothing (shorts, dresses, tops), light and comfortable yoga/workout clothing, toiletries, pajamas, rainwear/poncho (May-Nov.).
Is Costa Rica safe?
Generally, Costa Rica is very safe. Normal precautions and care should be taken depending upon where you are visiting. Violent crime is rare in Costa Rica, while theft of personal property (from automobiles and hotel rooms) is more common. Big cities, beach areas and any place with a concentration of tourists is more likely to draw thieves. Do not leave any items unattended at the beaches or in public.
What activities/adventures can I find in Manuel Antonio?
Zip-lining, white-water rafting, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling, diving, rappelling, four-wheeling, horseback riding, beach bumming, wildlife viewing, waterfall swimming, hiking the National Park and much more!
What is the weather like in Manuel Antonio?
Year-round temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees during the day. At night, the temperature ranges from high 60s to low 70s. May through November is the Green Season in Costa Rica because of the abundant afternoon rain showers. Plants and wildlife flourish during this time!
The sun rises here all year round at 5:30 am. Sunset is around 6:00 pm.
Can I use my cell phone?
Your cell phone will work, but you will need to contact your carrier about international rates and access while traveling abroad. If you have an unlocked phone you can easily swap out your SIM card with a pay-as-you-go Costa Rican SIM. Typical SIM card for unlimited internet data and calls is $20. Kolbi is the largest carrier.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, the water is safe to drink from the tap. Countrywide, water quality standards in Costa Rica are generally quite high and visitors normally don’t have stomach troubles.
How do I get to Manuel Antonio from the airport ?
Your retreat or teacher training program tuition includes shuttle transport to and from SJO, but in case you’d like to book your own transport in and out of Manuel Antonio, below are your options.
A cab from San Jose International airport to Manuel Antonio costs between $120-$140 dollars, depending on the season. The trip is a short 2.5 hours. Cab drivers charge on the distance traveled not per person. Please contact us if you’d like to book one of our trusted and bilingual taxi drivers.
Shared Shuttle Service:
Interbus.com provides a shuttle service for $49 dollars one way. The pickup location is at the Denny’s Restaurant just outside the San Jose airport doors. The two daily pickup times are 8am and 2pm. Book at least 48 hours in advance to secure a spot.
EasyRideCR.com also provides a shuttle service for $47 dollars per person. Please book 48 hours in advance. Pick up times vary, but tend to run every 2 hours.
There are several local airlines available from SJO airport. NatureAir and Sansa Airline both fly to Manuel Antonio/Quepos. Prices range from $30-$100 dollars for round trip tickets depending on the time of year.
How do I get around town easily?
The fastest way to get around town is by taxi. Taxis take you from one side of Manuel Antonio to the other for about $4. There is a public bus system as well that costs less than 50 cents per person. The buses run approximately every fifteen minutes. Check out the local bus schedule that services Manuel Antonio and surrounding communities.[vertical_spacing height=”30″]