FOCAL POINTS - Logistics
AIRPORTS IN COSTA RICA
The two international airports in Costa Rica are: Liberia International Airport (LIR – also called Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport) and San Jose International Airport (SJO – also called Juan Santamaria Airport). Both airports have frequent flights to and from all over the United States and Canada.
We recommend flying into Liberia International Airport (LIR), which has been recently expanded with increased numbers of flights from the US and Canada. It is only a two and a half-hour scenic drive from Blue Spirit Costa Rica, and has become a destination of many non-stop flights from several US cities (New York, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Houston).
Flying to San Jose International Airport (SJO) is also an option as sometimes flights from the US, Canada, or other parts of the world are less expensive or more direct than flying into Liberia International Airport (LIR). Getting to Blue Spirit from San Jose International Airport (SJO) by ground transportation however is more costly and can take 4 ½ hours.
An alternative option is to take a 40-minute short domestic flight from/to San Jose International Airport to/from the local Nosara Airport (only a 20-minute drive from Blue Spirit).
Each departing passenger must pay (often not included on the ticket fare) a USD $29 departure tax at either San Jose International Airport (SJO) or Liberia International Airport (LIR) before exiting Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash in US dollars, Costa Rican Colones or with a credit card. Whether you choose to fly into Liberia International Airport (LIR) or San Jose International Airport (SJO), there are a variety of options available for your travel onwards to Blue Spirit.
Click here for directions to Blue Spirit from either airport.
TRANSFERS & SHUTTLES
Transfer options between Liberia International Airport and Blue Spirit
For all group shuttle services, you will need to make advanced reservations directly with Blue Spirit.
Visit their Shuttle Reservations page on Blue Spirit’s website.
Blue Spirit group shuttles run on Saturdays only several times during the day from/to Liberia International Airport. Saturdays are the arrival and departure days of the programs.
It is a scenic two and a half-hour drive. The cost is approximately $70 per person each way, payable in cash or by credit card at Blue Spirit reception.
According to the arrival times of all major airlines, we have grouped the shuttle pickups between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. for flights arriving at midday and early afternoon, and between 7 pm and 8:30 p.m. for all flights arriving in the evening.
This means that if you have reserved a seat on a group shuttle, and your flight is arriving in any of these two mentioned time periods, a Blue Spirit group shuttle will be waiting for you outside of the Arrivals terminal.
For your departure from Blue Spirit we offer several group shuttle services each Saturday to Liberia International Airport: 3:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m
You should plan to be at the airport two hours before your flight’s departure. This means that if your home-bound flight leaves from Liberia i.e. at 2 p.m., we recommend you to leave with the group shuttle from Blue Spirit at 9 a.m. to arrive in Liberia at 11:30 a.m. (around two hours before your scheduled flight).
Individual transfer is available for guests, who are not arriving or departing on Saturdays or those who wish to travel more privately. Blue Spirit will gladly arrange for your pick up by their trusted drivers (one way: $160 one person, and $80 each for two people). The same rates apply from Blue Spirit to Liberia Airport. To book one of their drivers, visit their Shuttle Reservations page.
TRANSFER OPTIONS BETWEEN SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND BLUE SPIRIT
Blue Spirit does not run regular group shuttles from/to San Jose International Airport, guests have the option to either hire their own taxi for the 4.5 hours trip from the airport in San Jose to Blue Spirit in Nosara for approximately $240.
Blue Spirit also gladly arranges for one of their trusted drivers to pick you up at San Jose International Airport (one way: $240 one person, $120 two people, $80 three or more people). The same rates apply from Blue Spirit to San Jose Airport.
To arrange a transfer from/to San Jose, visit their Shuttle Reservations page.
You may reserve your own rental car to drive from Liberia or San Jose airports to Blue Spirit. However, a car is not needed during your stay with us.
We recommend online bookings with natcar, as this car rental agency allow one-way rentals for you to drop off your vehicle in Nosara. The cost of a one-day rental car with drop off in Nosara is usually around $100.
BLUE SPIRIT’S ADDRESS
Please note that there are no street addresses or street names in Nosara. The address we use when needed is below but will not be found in GPS systems, nor is it guaranteed that we will receive mail or shipments made to this address.
*You can look for then in Google Maps and Waze as: “Blue Spirit Retreat Center”.
Blue Spirit Costa Rica
Guiones sur, Playa Guiones