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COSTA RICA

April 16 - May 27 2021 (6weeks)

6 Weeks in Jungle Paradise

Santa Teresa is a small beach town retreat for those who long for year round sunshine, abundant surfing opportunities and plenty of places to do yoga. Relatively unspoiled by big-time tourism, this postcard perfect town is the ideal place to combine work with relaxation and/or adrenaline filled activities - we are excited to go back for the fourth time already.


Unspoiled Beaches

Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen rank among the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. Take a long hike along the picturesque coastline, bathe in tidal pools or find a nice place under a palm tree for loafing and reading a book. Truly, you will be working from paradise.


World-Class Surfing

Costa Rica’s reputation for being a surfing heaven it’s well deserved. Home to some of the best breaks in the world, Costa Rica offers consistent year-round surfing with comfortable water temperatures and waves to entertain any level of surfer. Get ready to face the raging waves in Santa Teresa!

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Add Some Spice To Your Life!

Protein, veggies and carbs are well served in Costa Rica and often combined to present the traditional "casado" dish. The local cuisine incorporates a variety of spices and flavors that your taste buds have never tried before. Food in Costa iBoth nutritious and delicious!

Off The Beaten Path

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Cloud Forest. Located in the Central Highlands amid a volcanic mountain range with lush primary forest, the largely undiscovered Bajos del Toro is a great destination for nature enthusiasts and hikers. Climb a volcano, go horseback riding, river rafting or zip line through the treetops.



Keep Calm and Yoga

Revitalize in a soul enriching getaway. Take a deep breath of clean ocean air, listen to the sounds of the waves, and find yourself surrounded by lush rainforest – the perfect environment to disconnect from all the noise and put your life back in balance.

Meet The Rainforest Dwellers

Costa Rica's rainforests are home to some of the world's most diverse wildlife: From toucans, to great green macaws, or jaguars, from turtles that hatch before your eyes on the beaches by moonlight, to those chilled-out sloths taking life at their own pace.

Action Packed Adventures

Quench your thirst for adventure with the diversity of thrilling activities that Costa Rica has to offer. Dare to go water rafting in Arenal, zipline across treetops or ride a quadbike across the lush rainforest. And if motorized vehicles don’t capture your fancy, ride on a horseback along the endless coastline in search of “pura vida”.


Our Home in Costa Rica

Our home in Santa Teresa is boutique hotel with space for 20 Tribers. Perched on a hillside, amidst the jungle and above the hustle and bustle of town, the Casa provides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. We've selected this place specifically with COVID front of mind – the ideal set-up during times with lots of outdoor community space: infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean + jungle view, yoga deck, sun deck and an open outdoor dining/ coworking space. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms plus AC.


We are going to stay 150 meters away from the beach, which you can walk to in about 5 minutes. There are numerous shops, restaurants, supermarkets, bars all within a short walk from our new home base. We also have a private entrance to the restaurant next door, which is open daily for breakfast and dinner (Sundays closed for dinner).


The accommodation comes equipped with good internet (30 mbps fibre connection in the entire property)and work tables in each unit. A coliving setup that will make is easy for us all to be productive, feel comfortable, and have the freedom to explore this amazing country!

If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Costa Rica as a ‘digital nomad’, including internet speeds, cost of living, and co-working spaces, take a look at Nomad List’s guide. Internet stability issues can arise every now and then. We always have MiFi devices with mobile data as backups in all homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues. 


Ready to Join our Tribe in Costa Rica?

April 16 - May 28 2021 (6weeks)

If you're interested in our Guatemala chapter, please apply here first. If you're already a WiFi Tribe member, please please submit a booking form to reserve your place in Antigua!


April 16 - May 28 (6 weeks): Submit the booking form

Costa Rica is a custom priced chapter. Prices start from:

Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2 people.


What to Expect?

Chill Vibes/ Surfing / Fishing/ Water Sports / Nature / Wildlife / Yoga

  • Accommodation:  Boutique Hotel - All in one place
  • Work space: Smaller tables spread out in the whole villa
  • The Tribe: 20 members max 
  • Internet: Typical internet speeds of 9 mbps | speed in the accommodation 30mbps 
  • Pace: Slow pace days. Lots of surfing. Wonderful smoothie bowls. Sunrise Yoga.

I'm New to this... How does it Work?

WiFi Tribe has an annual chapter plan model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what chapter plan they would like. You can find out more about chapter plan prices here.


Are there changes to Chapters due to COVID?

With borders starting to open up again, we collaborated with our community to decide what our first chapters should look like – both in terms of the fun, and the necessary adaptations. With over 100 responses, we've had a lot of feedback and great ideas to work with, so you'll see a few changes to adapt to the current global pandemic.


Most importantly, we all have a responsibility to the local communities that host us in their countries to keep them safe. Of course, we are also introducing new guidelines and policies to keep one another safe and healthy while we live here together.


As you read through our guidelines below, you will see a combination of all the local government guidelines, as well as additional measures to ensure safety for everyone as we travel and live together. In addition, there will be measures specific to each chapter that will be shared with the people attending that chapter during the 2-week online meet-and-greet.


Every Tribe member has been welcomed into WiFi Tribe because we felt that there was an alignment with our 6 values: Respect, Humility, Camaraderie, Curiosity, Passion, and Inclusion. Now, it is more important than ever that we choose to live by them every day. We will enforce the following protocols as necessary, but we are confident that every member on this Chapter will respect fellow Tribe members and the local community.


For all Chapters beyond February 2021attending members will need to complete a PCR test no more than 96 hours before arriving (regardless of the country's entry requirements). With more countries requiring a negative COVID test for entry, we're aligning our guidelines to adhere to these stricter standards. Members can complete the test in any country and will email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival.


Last time updated, February 4th 2021:

Why did we choose this location?

In addition to all of our usual considerations, we are focusing on the following:

  • Lower rates of Covid-19 infections
  • Places with greater travel accessibility (e.g., no quarantine requirements upon arrival)
  • Larger properties a little bit further outside of main cities
  • Having enough space for everyone to be comfortable
  • Accessible local medical services
  • Beautiful surrounding nature for walks and adventures where it is easier to social distance
  • Properties that will allow us to be independent and, if necessary, limit our contact with the local community.

This means that chapter locations will more likely take on a more retreat style feel, similar to our iconic Bolivia chapter. 


For more information check out this article.

Who is eligible to go on this chapter?

As of February 1st 2021, this chapter is available to members coming from all countries as long as they comply with the Costa Rican Government entry requirements.


IMPORTANT: As travel regulations are changing rapidly, please make sure you double check your eligibility to enter the country by contacting your local Costa Rican embassy, regardless of your nationality or origin of travel, to confirm your continued eligibility.

 

How many Tribers are going to join?

Our group sizes are already limited to 25 members whether there’s a pandemic or not. 


Back in August, we didn’t customize the size of the Chapter to the type of housing we secured. We made a blanket rule to have a maximum of 18 attendees on a Chapter. Since this decision, we’ve decided to now cap the number of participants depending on the type of accommodation and the location, instead. 


For example, if we have a property with ample space inside and outdoors, lots of ensuite bathrooms, and well-ventilated community spaces, then we can host a larger group. However, if our home is compact and missing key amenities, then we’ll reduce the group size to a number that’s appropriate for the space.

Who is going to love this chapter?

Our focus has and always will be, the building of a solid, amazing community made up of brilliant, kind, conscientious people. These new chapters moving forward are going to be great for those of you that really want to build amazing relationships and be somewhere beautiful, spacious and rich in natural beauty.  


If you feel like you need something more stimulating with a lot of events and people everywhere then it may be better for you to wait it out a little longer for chapters later this year or next year. 

New Prevention Protocols

Every Chapter has a protocol document tailored to the specific location we’re in. This document details everything about the local regulations, where to get tested, and what numbers to call if symptoms appear. It’s sent to everybody who is participating in the Chapter before we arrive. 


In addition to receiving location-specific information, we’ve created guidelines for what members can and cannot do while attending a Chapter. Using internationally recognized methods for mitigating the spread of Covid-19, members must ask themselves four questions to assess if an activity or situation is safe:


If I go there or join that activity...

  1. Can I wear a mask?
  2. Can I socially distance myself (at least 2m)?
  3. Is it an open and well-ventilated area?
  4. Will less than 50 people be in attendance? 

If the answer is “no” for any of these questions, that activity doesn’t pass the test and is discouraged. If any member participates in an activity that has made others feel unsafe, we also reserve the right to ask that person to self-isolate and take a PCR test at their own cost.

Will I need a health insurance?

Your safety is our main priority which is why travel health insurance is required to participate in this chapter. While not required, we strongly recommend that you obtain an insurance policy that will cover the event of contracting COVID-19. Our partner Safety Wings has a very comprehensive insurance.

Please note that it is your responsibility to double check your health coverage.

What about social distancing?

It’s going to be a little harder to social distance while living with others, so we need to be extra mindful to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. We require the following:

  • Don’t go in each other’s bedrooms if you don’t need to.
  • Reduce physical contact with other members as much as possible.
  • If you go out, please ensure that you wash your hands when coming back into the house. Routinely disinfect your hands with alcohol gels and antibacterial wipes etc.
  • After using communal spaces please make the extra effort to keep them tidy and disinfect the surfaces. Your chapter host will make sure that there is a healthy supply of high quality cleaning products to do this.
  • While on chapter, members cannot attend gatherings with 50+ people.

Please consider where you are going - if you individually decide to do an activity like go to a gathering, or crowded place, you could put your fellow Tribers and the local community at risk. Please think about going on adventures that keep you together with the Tribe and involve big open spaces with plenty of light and ventilation.

Will I need to wear a face mask?

  • Everyone should bring a supply of masks with them. Preferably masks that are washable and reusable so that it’s sustainable.
  • At home, you don’t need to wear masks unless you are cooking for others. 
  • All Tribers must wear their masks when outside the property, particularly in places like supermarkets, local shops or any public spaces where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
  • While in restaurants and cafes, please wear a mask other than while eating.
  • Will the accommodation be cleaned regularly?

  • Be sure to be considerate. Cover your mouth when you cough and then remember to disinfect your hands afterwards. We will make sure there is alcohol gel stationed in as many areas of the accommodation as appropriate.
  • For people sharing a room - please be extra considerate of one another and keep things tidy as much as possible.
  • When you’ve finished working and you pack up for the day, if you’ve worked on a table, please give the table a wipe down ready for the next person.
  • What is the guest policy?

    Members can not bring external visitors to the Chapter accommodations. This includes any non-Chapter members as well as external visitors meaning dates, family, or friends who may be in the same city as the Chapter.

    Is Bonus Tribing available?

    To further ensure everyone’s safety, Bonus Tribing will not be available on this chapter.

    Weekend Trips

    An iconic part of any chapter are the weekend trips. We would want those to continue. But now we ask that we think carefully about where we go, the logistics around how we get there and where we stay. Please consider the following when planning weekend trips:

    • Can we get private transport? (e.g. hiring cars, hiring a private bus)
    • Can we avoid the use of the airport and still get there in a timely manner?
    • Is the property or accommodation set up to deal with the number of people going?
    • If someone starts to feel unwell, can we get to a local hospital? Can that local hospital deal with potential covid-19 infections?
    • Are there plenty of activities that make it easy to social distance?

    What happens if I can’t travel due to covid-related travel restrictions or cancellations?

    Due to the constantly changing nature of travel WiFi Tribe is not liable for specific travel restrictions or cancellations. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance and buy flexible tickets. For further information please look at section 10 & 11 of our Terms and Conditions.

    What happens if Costa Rica experiences a surge in cases?

    We are constantly monitoring the number of cases and local governmental response. We will be evaluating the situation as things change and keep you informed of any changes to our current plans. For further information please look at our Terms and Conditions.

    Health

    Are we expected to quarantine on arrival?

    As of October 21st 2020, you are not expected to quarantine upon arrival unless you test positive for covid-19. 


    IMPORTANT: For the safety of all members and the local community, all members will be required to take a PCR  Covid19 test within 96 hours of arrival. We are looking into finalizing a partnership with a local clinic. The cost of the test is estimated to be 200 USD, of which 50% will be covered by WiFi Tribe.  

    COVID-19 testing on arrival

    All members attending this Chapter now need to provide a negative PCR test result up to 96 hours before arriving to the Chapter accommodations. 


    Members can complete the test in any country and must email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival. Due to differences in healthcare and currencies, the cost of the test will be member’s responsibility.


    Please email hello@wifitribe.co if you are currently booked on this Chapter and have question.

    What is Costa Rica’s policy when it comes to Covid-19?

    As of February 1st 2021 all travellers will be required to

    1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS. You can find it here:

    Purchase health insurance

    •  It is mandatory that tourists purchase travel insurance, covering accommodations in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 illness. An explanation of one’s travel insurance coverage, addressing Costa Rica’s requirements, must be uploaded or entered into the HEALTH PASS in order to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. If more information on international insurance is needed, the Costa Rican authorities will contact the passenger at the email address indicated in the HEALTH PASS.

    •  In the case of international insurance, the tourist must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting at least three conditions, without forgetting to add it to theHEALTH PASS:
      - Validity of the effective policy during the visit in Costa Rica.
      - Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in cases of pandemic disease COVID 19 inCosta Rica, for at least US $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America).
      - Minimum coverage of US $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to pandemic illness or trip interruption/cancellation due to illness, which covers the extra cost of the passenger due to quarantine.

    •  If you do not have international insurance, it is possible to opt for travel insurance from CostaRican companies approved by SUGESE (General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica),which offer their services at Juan Santamaría international airports (city of San José) and DanielOduber Quirós (city of Liberia).

    •  National insurances meet all the requirements to have coverage of medical expenses for illness, including COVID-19, for a minimum amount of $20,000 and coverage for extended lodging expenses or quarantine, due to pandemic illness, for a minimum amount of $2,000.

    • Local insurance authorized for travelers can be valued at the following links. https://www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros
      https://tiendasagicor.com/en/

    •  If you have doubts or queries about the requirements or conditions of the insurance, please emailseguros@ict.go.cr

    • We strongly recommend you revisit the Costa Rican Government site periodically, specially 72-48 hrs before your departure.
     

    Costa Rican Health Measures

    Costa Rica has entered the controlled reopening phase since September 2020. Meaning the countryhas been gradually easing the restrictions.


    General Measures

    ● Masks must be worn by adults and children in enclosed public spaces at all times, except when eating or drinking.

    ● You must keep an interpersonal distance (set at 1.5 metres).

    ● The use of products for individual hygiene (hydro alcoholic gels and soap) is encouraged.


    Specific Measures

    https://sites.google.com/presidencia.go.cr/alertas/actualizaci%C3%B3n-de-alertas-y-medidas


    ● Gatherings of large groups are forbidden

    ● Beaches - Open from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm

    ● National parks - Open with a 100% capacity

    ● Restaurants - Open until 10:00 pm with a max capacity of 50%

    ● Bars and casinos - Open with a max capacity of 50%


    Driving Restrictions

    https://sites.google.com/presidencia.go.cr/alertas/actualizaci%C3%B3n-de-alertas-y-medidas


    Driving is permitted 5 AM to 10 PM every day of the week.

    Monday – Vehicles with last license plate digit ending in 1 and 2 can’t drive.

    Tuesday: Vehicles with last license plate digit ending in 3 and 4 can’t drive.

    Wednesday: Vehicles with last license plate digit ending in 5 and 6 can’t drive.

    Thursday: Vehicles with last license plate digit ending in 7 and 8 can’t drive.

    Friday: Vehicles with last license plate digit ending in 9 and 0 can’t drive.

    Saturday: Vehicles with last license plate digit ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 can’t drive.

    Sunday: Vehicles with last license plate digit ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 can’t drive.

    Useful Info: The hotline for Covid cases is: 1322. You may also call the Ministry of Health call in case ofCovid symptoms is +506 2223 0333

     

    What if you feel unwell?

    If you start feeling unwell, the first thing you need to do is:

    • Contact your chapter host immediately. You should send a message on Slack and explain your symptoms. Please note that depending on your symptoms we might be required to follow the local health protocols. 
    • Regardless of the symptoms, please limit your contact with other people and wear your mask.
    • Your chapter host will assist you if you need to go to the hospital or we need to send for a doctor.
    • You will need to follow up with your insurance policy to deal with any costs but the host will be there to support and keep checking in to make sure you’re doing okay.

    We are a family, so be considerate and kind. If you can help with preparing healthy food or doing a little extra grocery shopping to help and keep your fellow Triber well fed and feeling loved, then let's do that and get through it together.

    Medication

    We recommend that you bring any medicine you may need with you to troubleshoot minor ailments. To prevent misunderstanding at customs, please ensure you bring them in their original packaging. For any medication that requires a prescription, please make sure you bring the original transcript. As a starting point we suggest to bring:

    • Paracetamol
    • Ibuprofen
    • Anti-Histamines 
    • Please bring a working digital thermometer so that your temperature can also be checked.

    What happens if I or someone in the house gets infected with Covid-19?

    All of our Chapter Hosts will follow a robust process if someone in the group becomes unwell, needs to self isolate, or tests positive for Covid-19.  Our processes are taken from EU medical authorities and will work in combination with all local protocols. 


    At a high-level, if anyone tests positive we’re requiring all members to self-isolate until a medical professional can administer a new test at least 4 days from their last contact with the ill person. If a government provides separate housing for those with a positive test, we’ll work with local authorities to safely move them to the approved location. If governments don’t provide housing, we’ll help the ill member secure new accommodations immediately and arrange transportation that limits human contact as much as possible.


    Do these guidelines make a Chapter Covid-19 proof? No, they don’t. We recognize the impossibility of completely eliminating the risks. Our aim is to limit our exposure as much as we can and make decisions that protect local communities, our members, and teammates.

    What to do if you feel people are putting others at risk?

    If you feel that a member is doing something that puts you at risk, you have the following options:

    • Fill out the anonymous reporting form
    • Speak directly to your chapter host
    • Speak to the people involved and ask them to be more considerate. This approach is very much dependent on the situation and the people involved so this is not an expectation but an option.

    We would ask everybody to remember that when living in a collective situation, you have to be mindful of people around you. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger. So we ask that you don’t take these things lightly regardless of your personal views on the matter.


    This system also applies to any other grievances that pertain to any instances of things like harassment, bullying or other forms of abuse. Please see our Terms and Condition for more details.

    General Travel

    What happens if I can’t travel due to covid-related travel restrictions or cancellations?

    Due to the constantly changing nature of travel WiFi Tribe is not liable for specific travel restrictions or cancellations. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance and buy flexible tickets. For further information please look at section 10 & 11 of our Terms and Conditions.

    What is the check-in process like?

    We are aiming for a self check-in as seamless as possible. We will send you the instructions via slack a couple of days before your arrival with all the relevant details (which villa/house/apartment, bedroom etc). Your chapter host will be present to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.

    Who do I contact if I encounter any issues in the property?

    If there are any issues with the property contact your chapter host 

     

    Bank & ATMs

    You will find automatic tellers. Most shops accept payment by credit card and some will accept USD cash.