Get your passport ready because Envision Festival 2018 is fast approaching. With just over one month until we convene in the Costa Rican rainforest, it’s time to start wrapping up travel plans with the countdown now underway.
To help those of you traveling from far off corners of the globe, we’ve put together some money-saving advice and helpful travel tips to consider as you look to finalize your itinerary.
Where is Envision Festival?
From Costa Rica’s main airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José, Envision Festival’s location is approximately a 3.5 hour drive southeast out of the Central Valley through the mountains or along the coast (depending which route you choose) before reaching the festival grounds.
Just 20 minutes north of Rancho La Merced is the town of Dominical which has lodging options for festival goers and places to stock up on supplies if you are staying on the Envision camping grounds. The Envision festival grounds are also located approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) or 5 minutes north of the quaint village of Uvita where camping supplies and water is also available. Wherever you decide to stay and however you get to Envision, be prepared to have your breath taken away by Costa Rica’s stunning Pacific coast.
Whether a newbie or seasoned Envision attendee, the festival’s official shuttle service makes getting to the festival grounds easy, picking you up at the airport and drop off right to the grounds.
Should you feel comfortable navigating the Costa Rican landscape, there is no shortage of car rental services though you should expect to have a significant hold placed on your credit card that likely won’t be released until you return home from the festivities.
Cheap Flights to Costa Rica
As the festival fast approaches, here are some researched options to get you the best deal on roundtrip flights to SJO and back home from major airports around the world.
When searching for cheap flights to Costa Rica, numerous online resources exist to help identify roundtrip airfare at the lowest cost. Skyscanner is an awesome resource for finding and booking the best, cheapest, and fastest flights from wherever your city of origin might be. This handy search tool allows you to monitor flight prices and receive alerts at the best time to buy. Just make sure to keep an eye on layovers and total travel time when selecting your final flight.
If you haven’t yet purchased your flight, we’ve located some of the best days to fly from major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne (AU), and London.
* flights to Juan Santamaria Internationa Airport (SJO)
*based on flights departing Sunday, 2/18 and returning Monday, February 26
Where to Stay in Uvita
What if we told you the best place to stay in Costa Rica on a budget is free? If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. Nope, there’s no fine print either. Simply by purchasing your general admission festival pass, you will have reserved your bed underneath the star-speckled ceiling with a cacophony alarm clock and world-class music just walking distance from your ‘bedroom’ door.
On-site camping is included with a general admission ticket. However, if you choose not to camp at Envision Festival, there are numerous hotels, hostels, and other lodging options within close proximity. There is no shortage of cheap hostels near Uvita but it is important to book long in advance if you wish to secure a place to stay. Those seeking a cost-friendly hostel will find an abundance of recommendations on Lonely Planet, Hostelworld or Hostels.com. Those with a preference for house rentals can look to AirBnB, Paradise Breezes or Tripadvisor. If you are really adventurous Couchsurfing is another no-cost housing option that will allow you to connect with like-minded travelers sharing your thirst for new experiences.
Envision Festival 2018 Travel Tips
Saving money on your flight to Costa Rica is just one aspect of the adventure ahead but it’s equally as important to make sure you are adequately prepared when traveling to Costa Rica. Our packing list and camping tips and additional travel tips are here to ensure you have everything you need as you prepare for the experience of a lifetime. Huffington Post also shared this helpful preparation guide along and past attendees have curated their own list of tips as well. The Envision Festival Facebook group is another tremendous resource for connecting with other travelers, asking questions, and sharing your own Costa Rica travel tips.
Envision Festival 2018 tickets, shuttle passes, and VIP camping upgrades are still on sale and can be purchased here.
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