For groups, we recommend arriving from San Jose via the Land Shuttle and then the scenic Sierpe River boat ride, so that your group may travel together, fostering a unified retreat experience, while seeing the majesty of this beautiful country. We recommend departing via Drake Bay by air to give yourself a little more time on your departure day, and so that your guests can connect with afternoon departing international flights. You can also leave via the Sierpe River and return to San Jose via the Land Shuttle. Here is our suggested arrival itinerary, curated from years of experience working with groups.
- Gather together as a group at a San Jose hotel the night before travel to Ocean Forest. See the Helpful Contacts – San Jose Hotels link for our recommended Hotels. As international arrival flights may vary amongst group members, this option allows for the group to gather before departing to Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat. We recommend Adventure Inn: Offering free airport transfers, there’s ample meeting space for your group to gather, a great complimentary breakfast and group discounts.
- From San Jose, use a private shuttle (instead of a shared shuttle) for travel to Sierpe River town. Once in Sierpe, enjoy a lunch at Don Jorge Restaurant at the boat docks and take a later 1:30 PM private boat (instead of the shared 11:30 AM departure).
SUGGESTED ARRIVAL ITINERARY FOR GROUPS
6:00 AM Breakfast (complementary at Adventure Inn)
7:00 AM Private land shuttle (5 ½ hours) from San Jose hotel to Sierpe
12:30 PM Lunch at Don Jorge Restaurant in Sierpe
2:00 PM Private boat taxi (1hour) from Don Jorge Restaurant boat dock in Sierpe to San Josecito
3:00 PM Beach walk (20 minutes) to Ocean Forest
SUGGESTED DEPARTURE ITINERARY FOR GROUPS
We suggest returning the same way via the Sierpe River Route, but if any group members prefer to depart internationally from SJO on the same day, it is possible to do so via departing the Drake Bay Route.
If you are a retreat leader booking a group with us, in addition to us arranging your Sierpe boat transfer or Drake bay taxi, we can also arrange your private land shuttle to/from San Jose to Sierpe. Please review the ARRIVING section to familiarize yourself with the travel routes here. Also be sure to read the information provided in our GROUP TRAVEL section. Once group travel arrangements are made, group leaders and all participants fill out the Travel and Preferences Form so we can best cater to your visit!
For groups we use a horse and buggy to bring in group luggage. Porter service is included in the group rate.