Travel and Accommodations



Daily flights into Costa Rica’s main international airport, Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela.

From here there is a complimentary shuttle service picking up and dropping off every 30 minutes to and from our host hotel, BEST WESTERN IRAZU. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the hotel.

You can also take a taxi for about $20 US


After the race, the bus does not reach San Jose until mid to late afternoon on  Saturday, February 8th. Book flights accordingly. If you have no flexibility with your departure that day there is the option of booking an in-country flight with Nature Air. It will get you back to San Jose from Drakes Bay in about 90 minutes.  You can contact them to see about availability and flight times. The planes typically accommodate 10-14 people.


Direct Hotel Reservations

Relax before and after the race at the  BEST WESTERN IRAZU – host hotel in San Jose.

A complimentary shuttle service runs directly to and from the hotel every 30 minutes from the International airport and the trip takes about 15 minutes.

Our contact at Best Western Irazu is Carolina Arias. She is VERY responsive and can help you make arrangements and give you a special rate for The Coastal Challenge competitors.

The best way to contact: Carolina is via Email:

You may also try her phone Tel: 011- 506- 2290- 2321 ext. 1218

They will typically request the following information: Room type (King or two double beds), occupancy, date of arrival, date of departure and credit card information in order to guarantee the room reservation.

The  Best Western has a “left-baggage”storage room for things you want to bring with you but do not want to bring on the race course.


Visa, Passport and Departure Tax

Visa’s are not required for travelers from most countries. Passports are required for entry. We recommend that upon arrival you at the hotel you make a copy of your passport, leave your original passport with the hotel and travel with your copy during the race.

There is a departure tax of $28 upon departing Costa Rica.