UCSF Imaging Warm-Up in Costa Rica

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Marriott los Suenos Ocean Resort / Playa Herradura
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Sunday, December 3, 2017 to Friday, December 8, 2017
Course Director:
David Naeger
CME Credits:
SAM Credits:

Five half-day morning sessions Sunday through Friday, with a full-day off on Wednesday.

UCSF Faculty:  Steven Hetts, MD (neuro-IR); Priyanka Jha, MBBS (abdominal CT/US); David Naeger, MD (thoracic/PET); Karen Ordovás, MD, MAS (thoracic); Andrew Phelps, MD (pediatrics); Liina Poder, MD (abdominal CT/US);.

Abbreviated Schedule:  
Sun, Dec 3: Thoracic                            Wed, Dec 6: No Program    
Mon, Dec 4: Thoracic                           Thr, Dec 7: Abdomen/Pediatrics   
Tue, Dec 5: Pediatric/Neuro-IR             Fri, Dec 8: Abomen

Hotel and Accommodations

Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort - Playa Herradura, Puntarenas / Costa Rica
US Toll-Free:  888–813–2776  or International  +506-2298-0844
Garden View: $249*    Ocean View: $279*    Reserve online www.marriott.com UCSF Dec 2017

The Los Sueños Marriott still has a few rooms at the above room rates for this conference. You may send an email or call the hotel and mention that you are attending the UCSF Radiology course to receive the group rate. Anyone wishing to extend their reservation before Saturday, Dec. 2 or after Friday, Dec. 8 should make a reservation and forward the confimration number to [email protected] to confirm availability for pre-/ post- conference dates. Roomrate includes complimentary in-room internet, use of the fitness center and currency exchange at the front desk. Guest rooms include hair dryers. UCSF attendees are offered a 20% discount on SIBO spa treatments.

A credit card number is required to confirm your reservation. * Room rates are subject to 13% gov’t tax. Additional charge of $20 for third adult in room, maximum four. Check-in is 4 pm, check-out is 12 noon. Cancellation deadline is 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival to avoid penalties, after which a one-night stay will be charged. Early departures not notified at check-in will be charged for the full stay. Bellmen charge is $5 per person round trip, house-keeping charge is $2 per room, per day. Overnight valet park is $6, self-park is complimentary.  

Airline Fare Discounts and Airport Transfers

UCSF Radiology has negotiated discounted fares with United and Delta Airlines for radiology course attendees.  The closest major airport is Juan Santamaria (SJO).To ensure the lowest fares, please book with the airlines directly using the codes below:

Delta        www.delta.com/book-a-flight      code NMNZH                 800−328−1111

United      www.united.com/book-a-flight    code ZWZB714473        800−426−1122

Both U.S. and Canadian citizens require a valid passport, as do European nationals.

The San Jose airport is approximately 65 miles or 80 minutes east of Puntarenas.

Airport-to-hotel transfers and tour options are being arranged through Horizontes Tour & Travel.
Transfer rates are contingent on the number of passengers and the type of vehicle.
Reservations can be made by sending an email to [email protected] or 888-786-8748
UCSF Dec 2017 Airport Transfers  /  UCSF Dec 2017 Tour Options

Hertz Car Rental

www.hertz.com / 800-654-3001 / Print Paper Coupon UCSF Dec 2017.pdf 
You must use the six-digit PC code above when booking and you must present a paper coupon at the rental agency coupon pick-up.  Hertz is offering a 10% discount on qualifying affordable rates for rentals in Costa Rica.  Twenty-four hour pre-booking and three-day minimum rental required, minimum rental age is 25.

Travel Information



Passports:  U.S., Canadian and Western Europeans require a valid passport that is valid for 90 days after date of entry (through March 10, 2018).

Time Zone:  Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time year-round.

Language:  Spanish is the official language, although most businesses and resort areas also speak English.

Currency:  The Costa Rican Colón is the offical currency, although U.S. dollars, Canadian dollars and the Euro are generally accepted in tourist areas.  As of February 2017, the exchange rate for $1 USD was approximately 555 CRC.

Tipping:  Most restaurant bills will include a 10% “service tax”, it is customary to tip more for good service.  Tipping for taxis is about $5 (2500 CRC).

Voltage:  Electric sockets are compatible with U.S. current (110 volts).Safety and Health:  No innoculations or other health precautions are required.  Wear sunblock as the sun is very strong, even when cloudy.  Drinking of bottled water is recommended.

Weather:  Lying close to the equator, the average daily high in December is usually in the low-80s, with nightly temperatures around 70.  December is the dry season.