Rates are per person, depending on the cost of your trip. Children are considered children between ages 2-12. Travel Insurance can be added at any point; however, in order to receive the full benefit of the travel insurance, this plan is valid only if the appropriate plan cost has been paid to Travel Impressions along with the initial trip deposit. Otherwise, the "Cancel For Any Reason" benefit will not apply and the only benefits will be for in-travel issues (medical, lost baggage, etc). Please note that once purchased, travel insurance is nonrefundable.
Cancel For Any Reason Waiver: If you are forced to cancel your vacation FOR ANY REASON prior to your original scheduled flight departure time, Travel Impressions will refund your money in full with the exception of the cost of this plan. Please call 1-800-284-0022 if you need to cancel your vacation. See additional details in the claims procedure section of the brochure regarding how to file your claim.
Trip Cancellation Terms: Cancellation penalties could be up to 100% of the cost of your vacation. If you do not purchase insurance, you are responsible for any cancellation penalties. Jennifer Brown and Paradise Weddings and Travel are not responsible for any cancellation penalties and your deposit is not refundable if you cancel and have not purchased travel insurance. Jennifer Brown and Paradise Weddings and Travel are not liable or responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of cancellation & interruption, emergency medical/transportation, loss of baggage & personal effects, flight & travel accident, and/or rental car physical damage if insurance is not paid. Please see below for cancellation dates.
WILL I NEED A PASSPORT?
Yes! A passport is needed to fly to and from the U.S. and Costa Rica. - Please take the time now to locate your passport and check the expiration date; make sure it is valid for 6 months after your anticipated return date. Check this site for more passport info: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH ROUND-TRIP AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION?
Absolutely! As soon as we have the groups flight schedule I will quote each passenger and arrange roundtrip transportation to the hotel and back to the airport. I work with Swiss Travel and Amstar DMC in Costa Rica.
IS THERE A TOURIST VISA FEE?
Americans do not need a VISA to enter Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica. Please note that there is a $29 USD departure taxpayable at the aiport with USD/Costa Rican cash or VISA, Matercard or American Express. This tax must be paid before you check in for your flight. Many times this tax IS included with your flight so check the fees on your receipt from your airline.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
In Costa Rica the average annual temperature is around 70 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit and the coolest months of the year are November, December and January. The months March through May are the hottest months of the year, so make sure you protect yourself from the sun. There is a gentle breeze that comes off the ocean on most days, so make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen because the breeze makes it easy to forget just how hot and strong the sun really is!
There is no real summer or winter in Costa Rica and the rainy season here lasts from May to November, with the months of December through April having little to no rain and September and October being the heaviest rain period.
DO I NEED AN ADAPTER FOR MY ELECTRONICS?
You do not need an adapter for your electronics; the outlets in Costa Rica will accept U.S. plugs.
WHAT IF I WANT TO BOOK EXCURSIONS?
We can assist you with booking excursions. Let us know me what kind of activities you'd like to do, how many people, and the date you'd like to go and we can get you rates.
CAN YOU HELP ME BOOK AIR TRAVEL?
YES! If you decide to book on your own, please fly into Liberia (LIR). If interested, we can assist with airfare. Please contact Jennifer with your travel dates, departure city, number of people traveling, and special requests with the wedding name. However, Jennifer cannot guarantee that we have better rates than what you may find on your own and we cannot guarantee we are contracted with every airline. There may be instances when we cannot book your air if we do not have a contract with that specific airline, such as Spirit Airlines. We are also not able to use credit card points or miles towards your flight if booked through the travel agent. You are welcome to purchase your flights on your own and utilize these points. Please submit your flights as soon as they are booked so we can arrange your airport transportation.
Another recommendation for booking flights is www.google.com/flights
You can easily flex your dates to see the change in pricing. You can also go directly to the airline's website from the google page to purchase the flights. It searches all the internet for the best price. I recommend going direct to the airline because they often have the best communication with the customer on flight delays, flight changes. I've heard of clients miss their flights because cheapoair or expedia didn't relay the message of a flight time change.
There really is no "perfect time" to buy flights, that's a myth. It would be like trying to find the perfect time to fill up your gas tank to get the best price on gas. It's constantly changing, based on the occupancy of that particular flight, gas prices for airliners and their own business models. I just start my search on google flights and check back a few times over a 2-3 week period. Once you see a price you are comfortable with purchasing, go ahead and don't look back!! That's my own philosophy. It may fluctuate some yet but like I said, there is not magic crystal ball out there that's going to tell you the best time to buy. The closest program I've found that can predict the best flights and share them with you is an app called Hopper.
I FOUND A CHEAPER PRICE ONLINE, CAN YOU MATCH IT?
Finding cheaper rates than the group rates online is very rare! However, if you have found cheaper rates, please take a dated screen shot that includes the final total price (with all taxes and fees), what the price includes (dates and room category), the website you found it on and the date and time on your computer and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ask the hotel for a price match. It may take several business days to hear back from the groups department for the match. We have been successful in the past in reducing entire group contracts, but hotels can also reject price matches due to having a group contract in place.
HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE WITH FRIENDS AT THE RESORT OR FAMILY AT HOME??
If you are looking for a way to communicate with each other at the resort, you can call from room to room using the hotel phone. If you have an IPhone, you can turn your data off and/or keep your phone in airplane mode (to avoid potential fees with your carrier) and then jump on the WiFi at the resort. This will allow you to send IMessages and even Face-Time. Other Apps are useful and work great- Voxer, Viber and WhatsApp. They all work on the WiFi at the resort. Download the app Viber and make sure everyone you are wanting to communicate with has the app as well. You can add contacts from your phone when you give the app access to contacts. Very simple! This will save you from racking up rates on data while away. You will have free phone calls to the US and Canada from your hotel room but this app will allow you to send pictures to each other and communicate with each other! It's an excellent option for traveling abroad!!
HOW WILL I RECEIVE DOCUMENTS?
Jennifer Brown will automatically issue E-documents anywhere from 2-4 weeks prior to travel. After booking you will receive a confirmation 1-2 business days after booking. At times some bookings may be delayed or we have to confirm room nights outside the block so it could take longer.