GETTING TO JUNGLE JAM
How To Get To Jungle Jam
Jungle Jam VII in Jaco, Costa Rica, from March 10 to 12, 2017 is a music festival you don’t want to miss. Since it is in a foreign country, your plan will be slightly more complicated than “gas up the car and go!” for this fest. You will need a passport, a flight to Costa Rica, and transport from the San Jose international airport to Jaco. Fortunately, all that is pretty easy to arrange.
How And Where To Get A Passport
Wanderers, explorers, and adventurers: the world is calling! But do you have your passport? It’s an important and reliable legal document that one should possess. The blank pages in this booklet are yours to fill! Receiving your passport fuels the fire you already have to roam beyond known boarders and indulge all your senses in new and different cultures. You will need one to enter Costa Rica. Passports are valid for 10 years. If you already have one, make sure it will not be expiring within 6 months of your trip.
A passport is not ‘mobile’ , there’s no ‘app for that’, you hold it in your hands and when you arrive in a new country a clerk will stamp a colorful badge of victory and with a welcoming smile, this simple and satisfying gesture says, “you have arrived! Welcome to someplace new.” If these pictures in your head have you aching to get out there but you didn’t know where to start, here it is.
There are many resources online to help you along. The Department of State Passport website makes it easy to navigate your way through information you need. You can use a wizard to check your eligibility for application. You can even print out or fill out the applications online! Any questions or concern you have you can be sure this website with get you the answer.
If it is your first time getting a passport, you will have to apply in person. You will need your Social Security Card, proof of US Citizenship, like a birth certificate, and Picture ID, such as driver’s license. You can find out where to submit your passport application in person at this State Department link. Many post offices, clerks of court, public libraries and other state, county, township, and municipal government offices accept passport applications.
The fee for passport renewals and first time applicants is $110. There is additional “execution fee’ of $25 for first time applicants. If you need your passport in less than 3 weeks, you will also need to pay an expediting fee of $60 for faster service. You can get expedited passports in 2 to 3 weeks by mail or in less than 8 days from specific passport offices. See the website above for details and plan ahead.
Shopping For Flights
You will want to fly to the closest airport to Jaco – Juan Santamaria Inernational Airport just outside Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. The airport code to search for is “SJO”. Technically, it is in the city of Alajuela, but most people call it the San Jose airport. It is about an hour drive to Jaco from the airport. Do not make the mistake of booking flights to Liberia airport. That is much farther away.
You can get direct flights to Costa Rica from a lot of US cities. Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Orlando, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Dulles Airport in Washington DC, JFK in New York all have direct flights. Where direct flights are not available, you can always get a connecting flight itinerary from any US airport. Flight times for direct flight cities range from 3 to 6 hours.
Prices range from as low as $350 to $750 depending on your point of origin, dates and choice of airline. Southwest and Spirit Airlines often have the cheapest flights. Airfare.com and Skyscanner.com are great places to shop for flights from multiple airlines at the same time. Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Alaska, American, Copa, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, Spirit, and United all fly to Costa Rica.
Make sure to book a return flight departing within 90 days of your arrival date; you need to show the immigration officers that you have a plan to leave Costa Rica. US and Canadian travelers can enter Costa Rica and stay for up to 90 days on an automatic no paper, no fee VISA. Costa Rica used to require travelers to pay an exit tax, but that is now included in your airplane ticket fees.
Clearing Customs and Immigration
You will need to fill out two simple forms for Costa Rican customs and immigration. You will need your passport number, flight number and arrival date. Don’t bring fresh fruits, vegetables, meats or unpackaged nuts and seeds or more than $10,000 in cash and you’ll be fine. You will need to specify where you are staying.
Once you get off the plane, you will walk a few hundred yards to the beginning of the immigration line where they will check your passport and give you an entry stamp. (Pro tip –pick a seat close the front of the plane, take the stairs, not the escalator and walk fast to get in line closer to the front. They might ask you how long you plan to stay. Be prepared to answer, and don’t play to stay longer than 90 days.
If you have checked baggage you will need to wait for it, possibly a little longer than you are accustomed to waiting in US airports. Then you will proceed to the customs line, where your bags will x-rayed to make sure you are not smuggling guns or more than two bottles of liquor or excessive quantities of cigarettes. The whole process from deplaning to exiting takes between half an hour (with no checked bags) to a little over an hour at most.
Ground Transport From San Jose Airport to Jaco
The easiest way to get from San Jose Airport to Jaco is on the Jungle Jam Shuttle, available to all festival guests who book a Jungle Jam lodging package. When you clear customs, you will walk out of the airport to a throng of drivers with signs. Look for the Jungle Jam poster and our site coordinator will get you to your air conditioned van. You can also get Jungle Jam official transport for $100 round trip even if you don’t buy a lodging package. Just a couple clicks on the website and your transport is all taken care of.
If you don’t book a Jungle Jam lodging package or Jungle Jam official transport, it is still easy to get to Jaco. Taxi drivers crowd around the customs exit, eager for customers. Asking prices are typically around $100 for for a taxi. You can also book a shuttle in advance.
Taking the bus is a little trickier, but very cheap, like under $10 for the bus from the new “7-10” bus station in central San Jose to Jaco. The trip It takes about 2 hours and busses are frequent, until the last bus leaves San Jose at 7pm.
First you will need to get to the bus station. You can get a taxi for about $25. Make sure to ask them to use the meter. You can also get a bus from right in front of the airport for around $2. Make sure the bus you take is going to the 7-10 station! The tickets for the Jaco bus are sold on the second floor of the bus station.
Congratulations, you made it to Costa Rica! Now, check out some of our travel tips to help you navigate this beautiful country!