Surf Resort COVID-19 Safety Measures
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Last Update: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Figuring the who, what, where, when and how of traveling during these crazy times can be challenging. So to help you prepare for your trip to Costa Rica, and ensure you meet the necessary entry requirements listed at the top of this page, we wanted to share some helpful resources.
To enter Costa Rica, it is required that all visitors purchase travel insurance. This insurance must cover accommodations in the event of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19.
Specifically, this travel insurance MUST meet the following conditions:
Currently, the insurance provider we recommend going with is: Sagicor – https://tiendasagicor.com/en
Sagicor is a Costa Rican insurance company that provides the correct coverage and we have found their site the easiest to navigate. Their cost for insurance is around $11 per day per person.
Important Reminders About Travel Insurance
Airlines Currently Flying to Costa Rica
At this time, some airlines have limited availability or have stopped flights entirely to certain locations. For a list of the airlines who have resumed operations to Costa Rica please visit here.
Where to Get Tested for COVID-19 Near You
***UPDATE: Previously it was reported that all visitors to Costa Rica would need to get tested before entering the country. This is NO LONGER A REQUIREMENT. We will still provide info about testing should you be interested, but guests visiting our resort do NOT need to be tested prior to arrival.***
Testing spots vary by location. Below are some ways to find where to get a PCR-RT test near you:
Click any of the above links to search for a testing spot near you. Or visit the U.S. Department of Health’s website for a state-by-state breakdown of available locations. Most testing sites are by appointment only. We recommend calling prior to visiting.
Please note, due to demand, some testing locations take longer than others to return results from your test. When calling for an appointment, be sure to ask how long it takes for that specific location.
In addition, some airlines are offering COVID-19 testing. Here is a list several airlines offering this service.
Is it safe to surf during COVID-19?
As with anything it is important to practice precaution, but thanks to the uncrowded atmosphere of Nosara, and more specifically Playa Guiones (the beach where guests of our resort surf), everything is ideally suited for staying safe while surfing. In addition, according to Surfrider Foundation, there is still no information on the ability of the COVID-19 virus to remain viable in saltwater. Experts also agree the risk of COVID-19 transmission through water is very low. Everyone agrees that the best way to stay safe is to maintain proper physical distancing in and out of the water. Under normal circumstances our spot at Playa Guiones is ideal for beginner surfers, but it is especially well suited for adhering to Coronavirus safety protocols as it provides ample room to spread out and surf at safe distances from one another.
Are you open during COVID-19?
YES! Our surf resort is currently taking reservations and as of November 7, 2020 is open to guests.
Will I be able to return home?
Yes. If you are a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident you can return to the United States from Costa Rica as normal. Upon arrival back in the United States you may undergo a routine screening procedure. For more information regarding your specific return destination, we recommend contacting your airline after booking your return flight. You can also find up-to-date travel information to and from the U.S. here.
What is your cancellation policy?
We want you to come on your trip and will work with you to make it happen, either now or in the future. Should you need to cancel for whatever reason and the cancellation is made 60 days prior to your reservation date, we will transfer your deposit payment of $500 for a future trip. If you cancel your reservation after 60 days prior to your trip and we can sell your room, you can use all the money paid towards a future trip. If we are not able to resell your room, your deposit payment of $500 will be forfeited and the remaining balance can be used towards a future trip. Please note we do not offer cash or credit card refunds — no exceptions. So please make sure you are committed to the trip and have read our read our Booking Policy before committing to any trips.
For more answers to common questions about our surf lessons and camps check out our full FAQ page.
We are firm believers that surfing has the power to heal and bring us closer together, even when we need to stay six feet apart. In the best of times and the worst, it comforts, rejuvenates, and invigorates. The world is facing a lot right now, but surfing can be a sanctuary and we want to share in it together with you.
Safety first is the motto of Corky Carroll’s Surf School, both in and out of the water. We want to ensure you can enjoy your trip to Nosara without concern. So our goal during these crazy times is two things: to stay safe and have fun. We’ll do our hardest to take care of the first and we’ll let the waves provide the second.