Memorial Day Weekend-May 23 to 29


-Who the hell is Carlos?

What if I want to bring my partner, who does not play ultimate?

What other activities are available in the Arenal Volcano area?

-How to get there?

-Do I need a visa?

-What should I bring?

What is the weather in Arenal Volcano like?

-Do I need to exchange money?

-Can I hook up with a Costa Rican?


Where do we stay?


-What if I get injured while playing in CR?


Who the hell is Carlos?

Carlos Chacon is a born and raised Costa Rican Ultimate player who started playing Ultimate in Costa Rica in 1992, one year after the game arrived to the country.

For many years Carlos worked as a nature tour guide in Costa Rica, leading trips around the country. In 1994 he started visiting the United States chasing his American girlfriend. He started playing Ultimate in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1999, Carlos started dividing his time between summers on Hilton Head Island, where he played with the Savannah Georgia team, and winters and springs in Costa Rica, where he played with the Costa Rica team.

Since 2004 Carlos has been living with his wife and two kids in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he works as the manager of natural history for the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. He also organizes a couple of nature trips to Costa Rica each year. Ultimate and nature travel are Carlos' two major passions, which he has combined for the Costa Rica Volcanic Tournament. Over the years Carlos has played in several dozen tournaments, with various teams from South Carolina and Georgia.


What if I want to bring my partner, who does not play ultimate?

If you want to bring a partner who does not play ultimate, we will discount the cost of the t-shirt and frisbee (which means they will not receive these). The cost for the non-playing participant is $380, and he/she is of course invited to attend the games, party, hot springs session and nature hike.

There are plenty of activities to do while at Arenal, from bird watching to zip-lines, kayak, white water, hiking, horse back riding, etc. Many of those activities provide their own transportation, and a non-playing participant can book any of those directly at the hotel or on line. You can find many of the different tours available by doing a simple google search to Arenal Volcano tours. Here is a web-site that has links to many of the alternatives


If there are several non-playing participants, I will make sure to get them in contact with one another, so that they can plan activities in advance.


What other activities are available in the Arenal Volcano area?

The Arenal Volcano area caters to tourism, from high adrenaline zip-lines, to relaxation and massages at one of the volcano’s thermal water spas. There are many tour options. You can do a google search for Arenal volcano, and explore the many options. Here is a web-site that has links to many of the tours: http://www.arenal.net/arenal-volcano-tour.htm You can also find information in any of the Costa Rica Guide books available, such as Fodors Costa Rica, The New Key to Costa Rica, The Tico Times guide to Costa Rica and many others. If you have specific questions on a particular tour or want some advice on which tour to choose, e-mail info@costaricanaturalistas.com or call Carlos at 843-290-0804

How to get there?

There are two international airports in Costa Rica, our tournament transfer and pick-ups are set from the major Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, the capital city. You must fly there or be there for one of the designated pick-up times.

Prices vary from $350 to $400 if flying from places like Miami, Houston or Dallas, $450 to $600 from more distant North American departure points, $800 to $1,000 from Europe.

The following airlines currently serve Costa Rica from the United States, using the gateway cities listed.

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300 in the U.S. and Canada or tel. 248-9010 in Costa Rica; www.aa.com) has daily flights from Los Angeles, Miami, JFK in New York, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

America West (tel. 800/363-2957; www.americawest.com) has one daily direct flight from Phoenix.

Continental (tel. 800/525-0280; www.continental.com) offers flights daily from Houston and Newark.

Delta (tel. 800/241-4141; www.delta.com) offers two daily flights from Atlanta.

Mexicana (tel. 800/531-7921; www.mexicana.com) offers flights from numerous North American cities, most connecting through the hub in Mexico City.

United Airlines (tel. 800/538-2929; www.united.com) has daily flights direct from Washington, D.C., and from Los Angeles, and biweekly flights from Chicago O'Hare to Liberia.

US Airways (tel. 800/622-1015; www.usairways.com) has direct flights from Charlotte.

Grupo Taca (tel. 800/535-8780; www.grupotaca.com) is a conglomeration of the Central American airlines, with direct flights or connections to and from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Miami, and Washington.

Frontier Airlines has announced it will begin flying from Denver, Colorado, to Costa Rica four times a week beginning Nov. 30, with introductory fares starting at $298 roundtrip.

Denver-based Frontier is the only airline to fly direct between Denver and Costa Rica. The roundtrip flights from Denver to Juan Santamaría International Airport, just northwest of San José, will operate Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, according to the airline's website. Introductory fares begin at $149 each way, not including taxes and fees.

The airline is also offering connecting flights to Denver from U.S. cities including Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, San Diego, and Salt Lake City


Spirit Airlines has flights to San Jose Costa Rica from under $350, from Fort Lauradale.



Do I need a visa?

United States and Canada citizens need a valid passport to enter Costa Rica and stay for up to 90 days. No visas are necessary. All Europeans need valid passports. Most, with the exception of the Greeks, don't need visas. Greek citizens must have their passports stamped with a visa before they leave home. All may stay for up to 90 days. In Central America, only Nicaraguans need consular visas to enter Costa Rica. All Central Americans must present valid passports. Panamanians may stay for up to 90 days; other Central Americans receive an initial 30-day admittance that may be extended for 60 days more.

What should I bring?

-Bathing suit


-Good walking shoes or hiking boots

-Flip flops or river sandals


-At least one pairs of light long pants.

-Light weight rain jacket or poncho

-Waterproof bag to hold camera.

-Small flashlight.

-Waterproof insect repellent.

-Long-sleeved shirts for protection from the sun.

-Small back pack for daily activities.

-Prescription medicines. If certain medicines are part of your daily health regimen and are vital to your health, make sure you bring an adequate supply for the duration of your trip.


What is the weather in Arenal Volcano like?

Nearly 16 feet (5,000 mm) of rain falls on parts of Arenal yearly. Expect rain at any time of the year, but the wettest months are June through October, and the driest are February through May, and occasionally November. Yearly average temperature is 75 °F (22°C), and there is no drastic change in temperature troughout the year.


Do I need to exchange money?

There is no need to exchange money, since in tourist areas US dollars are accepted as well as Costarican colones.


Hook up with a Costa Rican?

You thought I mean sexually right?

If you want to contact the Costa Rican players previous to your arrival, and perhaps participate on the pick up practice Monday and Thursday nights, or perhaps arrive few days earlier and stay with one of them. You can put a message at the Costa Rican Ultimate Facebook Group at

Where do we stay?

Where do we stay?

We will stay at the Tilajari. Tilajari Hotel has spacious and comfortable rooms with two double beds, a/c and private bathroom with hot water. All the rooms are equipped with double beds or a King size bed, air conditioning and a private bathroom. The room's amenities include: Cable TV, hairdryer and a safety deposit box.

Guest Services Include:
· Souvenir Shop
· Parcel and letter delivery
· Internet Access
· Phone and Fax Services
· Restaurant
· Swimming pools
· Jacuzzi

What if I get injured while playing in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has socialized medicine, therefore hospitals treat people regardless of whether they have insurance or not. If a person has no insurance, hospitals charge a minimum fee of something like $30 after the treatment. So try not to break a leg, but if you do, it is actually better to break it in Costa Rica than in the USA.