Here is some extra FAQs and information about our programs here in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Which airport do I fly into and how do I get to Quepos ?
The airport you need to fly into is San Jose (SJO) the Juan Santamaria airport. There are direct flights from all across the world coming in here including Madrid, Miami and Amsterdam. Once you arrive in San Jose and clear customs you have a choice of options to get to Quepos. Depending what time you arrive there are shuttle buses available which will bring you direct to Manuel Antonio. These are run by 2 companies, Interbus and Grayline and cost about $40. The transfer takes approximately 2 1/2 hours. Another option is to take a direct bus from the city centre. The airport is situated on the outskirts on the city so a taxi ride there will set you back about $20 and then the bus is $8 to Quepos and takes 3 1/2 hours. You can also book a private shuttle to pick you up and bring you to the centre. A private shuttle costs approximately $175 a if there is a group of you to split it, then works out as a cheaper, easier option.
How does the 90 day Costa Rica visa work?
On entering the country of Costa Rica you will be given a 90 day visa. For every month that you overstay you will be fined around $100. On entry you may be asked to show a ticket leaving the country within the 90 days. This could be a bus ticket or plane ticket. To renew your 90 days you just need to head down to the border for the day, stamp into Panama, have lunch and then stamp back out. On entering Panama, you will need to show that you have at least $500 either with credit card statement or $500 cash. Also a ticket leaving Panama which can be a bus ticket, available for purchase from the border. Once you have stamped back into Costa Rica, your visa is then extended for an additional 90 days.
What type of accommodation is available with Go Pro Costa Rica?
The area of Manuel Antonio is host to a large variety of accommodation. During an internship program that lasts anywhere from 1 month up to 6 months you need to have a secure, clean place to be comfortable, so that you can have fun with your diving. If you want the chance to practice your spanish as well then a homestay with a local family is a great option. Private and semi-private rooms are available, and include breakfast, dinner and laundry service. Our most popular homestay is next door to a local surfer who also provides excellent info and advice about the local surf breaks water. A great place to stay if you want to spend time both above and below the ocean.
What is the average cost of living in Manuel Antonio & Quepos?
As a area frequented by tourists and home to many hotels, Manuel Antonio can be expensive in some areas, but if you know where to look, living can be relatively cheap. For example a local meal in a tipico restaurant in Quepos can set you back around $5 and a local beer would be $2. As a dive team we have our favorite places, especially those with food and drink happy hours! Bus journeys between Manual Antonio and Quepos are approximately 80c .
How rainy is the rainy season?
This can vary as well. The wettest months are September and October and the driest are January – March. rain can affect the visibility of the diving, but it makes you a fantastic navigator! Days during the wetter months will more frequently have drier mornings and rain in the afternoon or the evening. You are going to be getting wet anyway!
How much free time do I have when completing a Go Pro internship?
An average day during a full internship is starting at the dive shop at 7.15am and then finishing about 3pm. If you are diving in the afternoon you may not be in until 10.30am and then working until 5pm. Most students come into the shop 6 days a week and for the surf lovers, we have 2 breaks nearby, so some of the mega enthusiastic surf before diving, come to the shop and then surf again in the afternoon. Full and FUN packed days!
What other activities are available in the area?
Manuel Antonio is a fantastic spot to explore many of the great things that Costa Rica has to offer.It is home to not only fun scuba diving but some great rivers for whitewater rafting, breaks for surfing, it is in the rainforest and next door to the most visited national park in Costa Rica where monkeys hang out everyday! If you drive 4 hours, you can visit hot springs and a volcano, or head up to a cloud forest in the mountains. With so much to offer you must explore when you are here, and with Go Pro we can easily help you arrange whatever other activities you would like to do.
For any more information about our packages and programs and what to expect please download our Go Pro Costa Rica guide.