At the Garden you have lots of choices for water sports and others as , kayaking, swimming, bathing, explore rivers, trekking, horse riding.
The beaches are full of surfers and water sports providers.


We offer workshops on Art, Music, Audiovisual Arts, Bio-construction and wellbeing, including yoga, vegetarian & vegan cooking, 


We’ve had wonderful events, Please check:
We’ll resume events in the dry season starting on December.

Travel Guide and helpful tips

Booking Flights

LAX-SJO direct flights 

These airlines have nonstop flights from Los Angeles to San Jose

  • American Airlines
  • United
  • Jetblue
  • Delta

     nonstop flight duration ranges from 5hrs to 5 hrs 15 mins

*** red eye flights departing on say monday at 12:35 AM are actually departing on SUNDAY and  arrive the next day so make sure you know when your flight is leaving (trust me many have learned this the hard way)

*** you should be able to find flights between $400-$500

    – there are connecting flights from SJO to Quepos which would be like taking a flight from LAX to Burbank…I don’t recommend it but that’s up to you.


  • You do not have to have a vaccination of test. Please have a look at info below and if you have questions we are here to help

___ go straight to the source where you can download this pdf 

You should read it all but for sure # 8,9,11, 15, 17, 19 should be read

    —  For more and up to date info Go to this link, planning your trip, entry requirements

A few things to MAKE sure you understand fully

  • Valid passport not set to expire within 6 months of departure date.
  • A return ticket within 90 days
  • Travelers health Insurance
  • Healthpass completed

IMPORTANT: Insurance cards alone are not accepted. The document must include the verification of the coverage mentioned in links above 

Costa Rican Travelers Health Insurance Policy Options-



3-BlueCross BlueShield:   

Entry Requirements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

-All international tourists are permitted to enter Costa Rica by air, land and sea.

-Tourists must meet the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.

-The Government of Costa Rica does not require tourists entering by air, land or sea to present a negative COVID-19 test, nor quarantine upon arrival.

-Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place when participating in tourist activities throughout the country.

+++ IF YOU ARE NOT VACCINATED you will need to have travelers health insurance and healthpass



It is a good idea to rent a car with 4×4 so you can explore as you wish. 

If you want to have a car while you are in Costa Rica we recommend our friend Byron.

Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path +506 8797 1722

On whatsapp

***Just let me or Anael  know your plans and we will connect you with him and let him know you  are friends of Liz and Anael and he will take great care of you.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you DO NOT rent a car thru the usual companies (hertz, budget, etc…they charge huge fees for “insurance” once you are there and its too late to change plans)

There are a few tolls so be prepared for that 

You can  take the bus from the Tracopa Station at Plaza Viquez (Calle 5 and Avendia 20) in San Jose for $9. At 6:00am and 3:00pm its a 5-6 hour travel time via Route 34 and Route1. 

Tel. 2223-5567

There are private bus shuttle services for an about $78 per person with 

Interbus and GreylineC


The link above is for those of you who like to do the research. It has some of the info here and other tips. I dont recommend using the car rentals they suggest.


$1 USD = 640. Colones

DO NOT BRING US BILLS OVER $20 because they will not accept them. Most places do take dollars.

WATER is SAFE to drink from any tap. FOOD is also safe to eat and free of gmo.


Places to stay in Dominical are plentiful. We have made friends at

 Rio Linda, 

Rio Lindo Hotel Pool Bar

+506 8857 4937

The Red Bamboo House, The Tribe Hotel 

Flying into San Jose Costa Rica is the easiest way 

Take a trip, to the Sacred Garden…

We are happy to invite you to come experience and imagine the possibilities of our dream vision for this magical oasis that we call The Sacred Garden. 

Well, first, we want you to pack your imagination and bring it with you because when you get to S. G. Your gonna wanna put those goggles on and Imagine what it’s going to look like. Tho you will probably still love it as it is, it’s just like looking at a diamond in the rough! What we have in store for this property is exquisite!

So, really, first, find a ticket to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

2nd, you don’t need much close. Aside from travel clothes, you just need shorts and flip flops or a bathing suit and beach dress. You DO want water shoes! You do want hacking shoes. Sneakers are fine. You do want a hat. 

Waterproof anything is awesome or just a bag where you can put it all into. 

Once you arrive at the airport, you could get picked up by a rental car or a driver. (Same person) if you want to drive or be driven is up to you. If you want a car once you land in Dominical then that’s an option as well. If you would rather not have to drive, we can pick u up in Dominical to go see the property and you can stay in the little town and not have to drive. 

It’s probably a good idea to go see the property the day after you arrive. It’s, a long day to do it all at once. 11am is about the latest we would want to start the tour. It’s good to have a hearty breakfast and an early dinner so we don’t have bring food tho bring snacks is always smart. 

Note: when traveling in groups it’s always good to give yourselves extra time. So if you are staying in Dominical, give an hour of travel to the property. 

There’s tons of options on the way back to eat. Tho if u hold on we can get coconut fish at the newly remodeled Tortilla Flats in Dominical! Then get a drink at Fuego and another at Rio Lindo. 

Next day, it’s waterfall time. We’ll go back  about 10-15 minutes passed the property and spend the day at the Majestic waterfall, Eco-Chontales! One of the greatest attractions  hin the region. There’s a small hike to get there and there’s a restaurant with bathrooms all the way down by the river. It’s perfect! 


Entrance fee and opening times Eco Chontales waterfall 

Pro tip … don’t try to order ahead on the meal

The entrance fee for visiting Eco Chontales waterfall is 3000 colones per person

The opening times for Eco Chontales waterfall are from 8.30 AM until 4 PM

the walk down takes about 10 – 15 minutes depending on your speed. On the way back it can take a little longer as you will have to conquer the steep steps.  The more rain the wilder the waterfall will be. This can affect your experience as with more water there will also be more spray coming from the waterfall. Swimming in the pool then can also be more dangerous. However there are always life guards around, so listen to their advice. 

We can also get fresh tilapia for diner after at the Rana Roja. They also have cabins there and a great swimming hole so if you don’t want to travel back and forth, you can stay really close to us!

Google Drive (A lot of info here)

Property (direct Pin to the House)

Waterfall (Nearby attraction)

Juan Santamaría International Airport

+506 2437 2400

Dominical Beach

Rio Lindo Hotel Pool Bar

+506 8857 4937

Fuego Brewing Company

+506 8373 0635

Stuff to add –

  • Colones to dollars exchange,,,done
  •  What to expect for meals and drinks and stay
  • USD cash no bigger than 20$
  • Travel 
  • Price of tolls 
  • Coronavirus limits on travel
  • Second option for driver?
  • Itinerary 
  • Pick 1 or 2 days of waterfall adventures for ppl arriving on different days
  • Have a rough schedule so ppl know when to fly
  • Rsvp by what date 
  • Other than attractions – give name of grocery store.. a bank.. market days on the street? 


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