Travel and Accommodations

Goddess_gardenCheck in begins at The Goddess Garden at 3pm on August 13th. If you will be arriving early, please contact the Goddess Garden directly to see if they can accommodate you. We will meet as a group for our first meal together at 6pm followed by our first session.

Check out is at 10am on September 2nd.

Airport

Your destination is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) located in San Jose, Costa Rica. Everyone must arrive at the Goddess Garden by 6:00pm on August 13th.

Shared group ground transportation will leave San Jose at 1pm on June 28th,

Arrive in San Jose on August 12th. We strongly discourage arriving on the morning of August 13th due to routine inconveniences such as flight delays causing late arrivals and stress.

San Jose Accommodations

We recommend the following three options for accommodations in San Jose:

Maleku Hostel
+ Super Cheap ($15 – $38)
+ Near the airport
+ Take taxi from airport to hostel, free shuttle to airport from hostel
+ Recommended by a friend
– No frills hostel, not super-exciting neighborhood
Hotel Aeropuerto
+ 5 minutes from the airport.
+ They pay one taxi per room arriving from the airport or going to the airport. If you arrive at the international airport take an official taxi to the Hotel and they pay the fee at reception.
+ Special rates for Goddess Garden attendees (mention at booking) ($70-$90)
+ Pool and Modern Facilitie
– Most expensive, not super-exciting neighborhood
Hotel Aranjuez
+ Dara’s favorite
+ Most authentic with best breakfast included ever
+ Mid-Range ($28-$52/night for 1-2 ppl)
+ Lovely historical and cultural neighborhood, walking distance to cafes, good food, and theater
– Wonky on-line booking, easiest to just call. Use Skype, takes only a couple minutes
– 15 minute cab ride from airport (about $15-$20) or you can arrange a shuttle for less with Interbus

Transportation to Cahuita

CahuitaThe drive is a beautiful 3-4 hour drive through mountains, national parks, plantations, and along the coast. You have a few choices regarding how to get there.

You can share a ride arranged by us leaving San Jose at 1pm. This is not included in your training and cost will be shared among passengers, likely around $40 – $50.

You can book a shared ride on a tourism shuttle for about $40 – $50. Make sure to inquire in advance what their departure/arrival times are and if they take you directly to the hotel. The three main services are Interbus, EasyRide, Caribe Shuttle. It’s easiest to call to navigate booking and there will be English speaking operators. Oftentimes they will pick you up directly from your hotel or airport gate and drop you off at your hotel destination. The destination for the schedule is often listed as Puerto Viejo which is just beyond Cahuita.

You can take the public bus. The public bus is the most economical (about $9 per person) and is quite easy. It leaves 5 times daily from the “Atlántico Norte” (MEPE) Bus Terminal in San Jose at 6am, 10am, Noon, 2pm and 4pm. And there are also additional frequent buses as well that go to Limon where you can transfer to Cahuita. Please note that during peak periods these buses do sometimes sell out and you can only buy tickets in person at the bus terminal so if you can get there the day before to get your tickets, that is best. The buses are themselves quite comfortable. However, be aware of petty thieves and scam artists. A regular scam is for someone in a false uniform to tell a tourist a bus is sold out and offer a shared ride. Go directly to the ticket counter for ticket sales.

Rental Car

If you decide you want to rent a car for some extra Costa Rica touring, driving is pretty easy in Costa Rica, even if you don’t know Spanish. However, during the course of the teacher training you probably won’t use it much. However, if you decide to rent a car – there are some pretty cheap rates available online and it could be a lovely convenience.

Cahuita Accommodations

hotel_diosaIf you decide to make your way to Cahuita a few days early or stay a bit later, we strongly recommend La Diosa. The folks at La Diosa are like family and will go out of their way to accommodate our community. The included breakfast is out of this world.