FAQ's

Information on our Costa Rica Wellness Center

Location and Getting to Hacienda del Sol

Where is Hacienda del Sol Located?

Hacienda del Sol is located 14 Km up the coast from Nosara, on the Guanacaste Peninsula of Costa Rica. This area of Costa Rica is one of the last remaining areas that is only accessible via dirt roads which is one of the many things that makes it so charming. Being 14 km out side of the busy touristy area of Nosara makes our retreat centre the most magical place to reset and rejuvinate. There are no temptations, no noise and no crowds. While you are in our immersive jungle retreat you will only hear the sounds of the jungle, monkeys passing and crickets in the night.

If you do want to plan a day trip to experience the famous landmark of Nosara we are happy to arrange an excursion.

What airport should I fly into if I plan to visit Hacienda del Sol?

There are only two international airports in Costa Rica. San Jose which is a 6 hour drive to Hacienda del Sol and Liberia which is a 2 hour drive to Hacienda del Sol. If at all possible, book your flight into the Liberia airport!  We will book a taxi for you from the airport to get to us. Once you have booked your flight just send us your flight information and we will book your taxi.

Note: that we work with a local taxi company that we’ve worked with for years. The cost of the taxi varies depending on the size of your group (see below). Usually people think the cost of the taxi is very high but we have actually secured the best price by far that we have been able to find in the area! Also, it’s a local company and we love to support the locals:) You are completely welcome to book your own transportation through another company but you will expect to pay upwards of $160/per person for solo rides and the prices go up from there.

The prices with our local company are as follows:

  • 1 person solo: $120
  • 2 people share: $60/per person (total of $120)
  • 3 people share: $40/person (total of $120)
  • More then 3 people sharing is $20 more per person. For example if there are 4 people sharing, the cost will be $150 and so on.

Note: all prices above are in US dollars and are listed for one way trips from Liberia to Hacienda del Sol (2 hour drive)

Can Hacienda del Sol book my transportation for me to and from the airport?

Yes! While the cost of a transportation is not included in the retreat price, we are very happy to book the taxi for you.

What is the cost for transportation from the Liberia airport?

There are only two international airports in Costa Rica. San Jose which is a 6 hour drive to Hacienda del Sol and Liberia which is a 2 hour drive to Hacienda del Sol. If at all possible, book your flight into the Liberia airport!  We will book a taxi for you from the airport to get to us. Once you have booked your flight just send us your flight information and we will book your taxi.

Note: that we work with a local taxi company that we’ve worked with for years. The cost of the taxi varies depending on the size of your group (see below). Usually people think the cost of the taxi is very high but we have actually secured the best price by far that we have been able to find in the area! Also, it’s a local company and we love to support the locals:) You are completely welcome to book your own transportation through another company but you will expect to pay upwards of $160/per person for solo rides and the prices go up from there.

The prices with our local company are as follows:

  • 1 person solo: $120
  • 2 people share: $60/per person (total of $120)
  • 3 people share: $40/person (total of $120)
  • More then 3 people sharing is $20 more per person. For example if there are 4 people sharing, the cost will be $150 and so on.

Note: all prices above are in US dollars and are listed for one way trips from Liberia to Hacienda del Sol (2 hour drive)

How do I get to Hacienda del Sol?

There are only two international airports in Costa Rica. San Jose which is a 6 hour drive to Hacienda del Sol and Liberia which is a 2 hour drive to Hacienda del Sol. If at all possible, book your flight into the Liberia airport!  We will book a taxi for you from the airport to get to us. Once you have booked your flight just send us your flight information and we will book your taxi.

Note: that we work with a local taxi company that we’ve worked with for years. The cost of the taxi varies depending on the size of your group (see below). Usually people think the cost of the taxi is very high but we have actually secured the best price by far that we have been able to find in the area! Also, it’s a local company and we love to support the locals:) You are completely welcome to book your own transportation through another company but you will expect to pay upwards of $160/per person for solo rides and the prices go up from there.

The prices with our local company are as follows:

  • 1 person solo: $120
  • 2 people share: $60/per person (total of $120)
  • 3 people share: $40/person (total of $120)
  • More then 3 people sharing is $20 more per person. For example if there are 4 people sharing, the cost will be $150 and so on.

Note: all prices above are in US dollars and are listed for one way trips from Liberia to Hacienda del Sol (2 hour drive)

Blue Zones

One of the things we are the most fortunate about is our location. Not only are we surrounded by unspoiled Guanacaste dry forest and gorgeous, undeveloped beaches less than a kilometer away, but we are located in the largest of the only 5 blue zones in the world.

Blue zones are geographical areas with the highest concentration of centenarians. People here live past 100 at 10 times the average. And it is not just living, it is 100+ years of quality living. Science might still not fully comprehend why this is, but our souls grasp this the second we step into it. It just feels good being here! Most of our guests feel happy and healthier just being here, and we maximize this with daily practices of Yoga, walking, hiking, and just plain delicious and healthy eating.

Do you recommend that I rent a car?

There is no need to rent a car because once you’re here there is no need for a vehicle. We recommend saving your money that you would normally have spent on a rental vehicle and putting it toward massages (far more therapeutic benefits).

What is the temperature/ weather like?

At Hacienda Del Sol, and in the Guanacaste area in general, expect warm, breezy days, with highs of 82 – 92 degrees, lows 75 – 85. Because of afternoon clouds, August through November are cooler months, with highs in the 70s. Temperatures during January through April are in the mid- to high 80s.

Although Costa Rica is considered to have a stable climate, it is important to note that different temperature and weather conditions may be experienced within the same day, or within short distances, due mostly to the rugged terrain of this mountainous country. There are two well defined seasons: the rainy/green season (invierno), and the dry/summer season (verano), with one main difference between them: rainfall averages. The dry season runs from December to April, and the green season from May to November. Rainfall averages for the country may reach the highest point during the months of September and October — approximately 25 inches per month.

Seasonal changes don’t bring significant changes in temperatures, although nights may be cooler in some areas during the rainy season. Mornings will most commonly be sunny all year round. San José is located 1,150 meters above sea level, and has a temperate climate throughout the year. Temperatures can drop to 60°F at night and rise to 80°F during the day, giving rise to the image of San José as a city with an eternal spring climate. The Intermontane Central Valley, where San José lies, has an average temperature of 68°F, and is considered dry compared to the humidity of the Caribbean slope. When it rains, temperatures will drop slightly, mostly because of humidity and winds.

The Caribbean coastline has an average temperature of 70°F at night, and 86°F during the day. The rainy season has a rainfall average of 224 inches per year along the coast, on the eastern face of the mountains and in the Caribbean lowlands. In most of Costa Rica the peak periods of rainfall occur during May to June and September to October, although precipitation remains substantial throughout the period. Though it is considered to be the wettest region of the country, rains usually occur in the late evening and nighttime. Due to humidity and trade winds, temperatures will remain low, and even drop noticeably during rainy nights.

The Pacific coast is warmer than the Atlantic by 5° to 10°F. The northern part of the country is totally dry for six months of the year. Rainfall averages only 59 inches a year in the northwest and central part of the country. General rainfall will reach up to 197 inches per year. High, mountainous areas, such as the region surrounding Costa Rica ‘s highest peak Cerro Chirripo, have cold, windy and cloudy conditions all year round. Chirripo remains below 50°F during the day, and may experience temperatures as low as 32°F at night. Frost and even snow have been reported (okay, just once in the last century). As a general rule, temperatures decline with elevation at a rate of approximately 3.5 Fahrenheit degrees per thousand feet in Costa Rica. Thus, average December temperatures vary from 79°F at Orotina on the coast, to 66°F in San José at 3500 feet, to a chilly 43°F in Villa Mills at 10,000 feet.

First-time visitors to Costa Rica often neglect to bring a warm jacket with them after reading about the climates of the coastal regions and the Central Valley. A medium-weight fleece jacket is ideal.

To learn more about what to expect from your trip to our Costa Rica resort, please contact us.

Health and Safety

Is Hacienda Del Sol Wellness Center a medical facility?

Hacienda Del Sol is NOT a medical facility and we do NOT give medical advice. All participants are responsible to get clearance from their doctor before participating in any of our programs. Furthermore, Hacienda Del Sol is 3 hours from the closest hospital and 45 minutes from the closest clinic, therefore participants with health conditions that require fast access to health care should take that into consideration before making a reservation.

Are there medical services available in the area?

Local government doctors and a private physician are available in Nosara (approximately nine miles away).

Do I need shots to travel here?

No shots are necessary for travel to Costa Rica.

General

What food options does Hacienda del Sol offer?

Hacienda del Sol offers 4 different types of nutrient dense, and anti-inflamatory  menus/meal plans (Simple Primal, Primal Ketogenic, Raw Vegan, and Juice Cleansing).  Note that the Primal Ketogenic and Juice Cleansing must be led by a facilitator. The Simple Primal and Raw Vegan can be chosen for any other retreat. You can read about our food philosophy HERE

What kind of Yoga does Hacienda del Sol offer?

Please read about our Nutritious Movement Philosophy HERE

What kind of payments does Hacienda del Sol accept?

Hacienda Del Sol accepts cash and credit cards on site.

Can I pay by credit card for my body treatments and store items during my stay at Hacienda del Sol?

Yes.

How far is Hacienda del Sol from the ocean and local markets?

  • Hacienda Del Sol is close to many beaches, but there are two beaches we visit most often. One is a black sand beach that is only a couple minutes’ drive or a 15-minute walk away. The other is a white sand beach with calmer water that’s perfect for snorkeling and swimming. The white sand beach is a five-minute drive or 25-minute walk away.
  • Our remote location in the jungle, miles away from the noisier cities and tourist-driven areas, keeps our essence intact so that you can be yourself without distractions. The closest town is San Juanillo, a town of 200 people, which you can reach in five minutes by car. If you’re looking for more excitement, you can head to Nosara for a day trip. Nosara is a much larger town and is about a 30-minute drive away.

What is the airport departure tax from Costa Rica?

Departure tax is $29. The fee can be paid in US Dollars, Costa Rican Colónes, or via Visa/MasterCard (as a cash advance).

What should I pack for a trip to Hacienda Del Sol?

Be sure to pack mosquito repellant, hiking or running shoes, a flashlight, water bottle, sunscreen, and an extra pair of flip flops. Our retreat in Costa Rica is very remote, so make sure to bring all your toiletries. There will not be anywhere to purchase things when you get here.

Retreat Facilities

Is there Internet access?

Yes, we offer free wifi access in the common areas but not in the rooms. We encourage taking advantage of your time here to take someone of a digital detox.

Note that because we are in the jungle in Costa Rica, the internet will not be as fast as your use to. If you are on deadlines with work, we do not recommend coming here.

Do the bungalows have AC?

We have two types of bungalows. The Tierra bungalows are our eco bungalows and do not have AC.  Our Pura Bungalows do have AC. Our eco (Tierra) bungalows have screens that allow the soothing breeze to pass through, while the Pura bungalows have glass windows and glass sliding doors. Both types of bungalows have mosquito netting over the beds and both have ceiling fans. If you wish to  have closed in windows and AC then opt for one of the Pura bungalows.

Is there laundry service?

Yes, leave your clothes with us in the early morning and you will have them back in the late afternoon. There is a charge.

Is there hot water?

Yes, showers in the bathrooms have hot water.

Do the rooms have TV/Cable?

No. We aim to provide a break free from television and the everyday routine.

Am I allowed to smoke on the hotel premises?

Costa Rica has passed very strict non-smoking legislation. Smoking is prohibited in public places. Please be aware that you are not going to be able to smoke on our premises during your stay. Thank you for understanding.

Is the food and water safe?

Yes, the food and water at Hacienda Del Sol and most spots in the area is safe.

Does Hacienda Del Sol provide towels in the rooms?

Yes, we provide towels in each room, as well as beach towels.

Tours, Activities and Wildlife

Will we see wildlife?

Wildlife is very unpredictable; you never know which forest dwellers we will encounter!

Do I have to sign up for activities before I arrive?

All tours are best arranged after you arrive. This will allow you time to make yourself comfortable, get familiar with our property and the surrounding areas, talk with our staff, and learn about other guests’ experiences. The schedules for all the tours depend on the availability of the various guides and companies providing them. We do not know more than a day or two in advance which tours will be available on a particular day or at a particular hour by the local community guides.

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Every year in wet season, hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles make their way out of the water and onto the beaches to each lay 80-100 eggs, before heading back to sea. While this most often happens at night, our guests were lucky to catch a few day-time turtles making their way onto some nearby beaches. Turtles born on these beaches are known for travelling as far as India, but always remember their home beach - their birth place, where the females return to, to lay their own eggs.
We can’t wait for these little turtle babies to start hatching! Which takes about 45-55 days depending on temperatures.
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