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Traveling to Costa Rica – What to Pack

So you finally booked your ticket and your traveling to Costa Rica and now you are wondering what you should pack. Well I wanted to share a few things I have learned over the years and tips of traveling back and forth internationally or domestically within Costa Rica. While traveling internationally to Costa Rica many airlines will allow you to bring two pieces of luggage weighing up to 50 pounds each. Although you are able to bring a total weight of 100 pounds, each bag cannot exceed 50 pounds or you will be subjected to a large fee. If you find that one of your pieces of luggage weighs more than the other repack your bag so the weight is distributed evenly otherwise you will receive a hefty fine ranging anywhere between $70-$200. That’s a big chunk of change that you could be using for tours, dinner or drinks throughout your vacation.

When traveling to Costa Rica, if you are renting a car at the San Jose airport then you have a little more freedom with your luggage, If you are catching a domestic flight within Costa Rica via Sansa or Nature Air there are a few size and weight restrictions to keep in mind. Depending on the fare class you purchased Nature air allows you to bring anywhere between 15-40 pounds of luggage. If your luggage exceeds the weight allotted  there will be an additional charge. For all you surfers out there nature air allows you to bring boards on the flight for an additional charge  however they only allow boards 6’6 or under. If you are a die hard long boarder and are determined to test your longboard out on the some epic Costa Rican waves nature air will allow you to travel with a longboard but you will have to buy 3 additional seat tickets to make space for your board. Please check http://www.natureair.com/baggage-allowances.aspx for up to date luggage restrictions. If you are flying with Sansa they will allow you to bring up to 30 pounds depending on your fare class. Sansa will allow you to travel with boards 6’7 or under for an additional fee of $30 each way.Sansa does not allow boards over 6’7 ft simply because there isn’t any space for them.  please check Sansa’s website for up to date information

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A True Sanctuary

We are perfect for first time surfers! Our surf instructors will start you off with the very basics of learning about surfing and surfing safety. We will make sure you have a healthy respect for the ocean. You will soon understand why surfing becomes a life style as you enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

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“Had the best time at the Blue Surf Sanctuary. Lovely part of town, with the sea and amazing food options nearby. Couldn’t fault it really….”

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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world famous surf spots at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica. We have 4 wonderfully equipped Bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located a very short walk from the beach. Our front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our surf resort not only offers Costa Rica surf vacation packages, we also offer the ultimate beach retreat with local spa services, massage, and yoga! Let us build your perfect surf trip.

Many of our guests come to Costa Rica for the awesome surf. Santa Teresa / Mal Pais has become a world famous surf location. Not only is the surf great, the beach is consistently voted tops in all of Central and South America. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will love the vibe. We can help you build the perfect Costa Rica surf vacation!

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. The two small surf towns share a 6km stretch of beach and road. There are many restaurants, surf shops, and groceries. We are located near one of the best surf breaks in the country, Suck Rock.

Do you want an active Costa Rica vacation or retreat? Improve your surfing with our surf instructors, Relax, Yoga, repeat daily! Awesome surf and yoga in paradise is a great way to spend your Costa Rica vacation. Restore your balance in paradise. Experience nature and find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica. Your inner Pura Vida is waiting for you!

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