UCSF Imaging Update in Costa Rica

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Marriott los Suenos Ocean Resort at Playa Herradura
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Sunday, December 8, 2019 to Friday, December 13, 2019
Course Director:
Travis Henry MD
CME Credits:
SAM Credits:

Half-day morning sessions Sunday thru Friday, with a full-day off on Wednesday.

UCSF Faculty:  Matthew Bucknor MD (skeletal);  Miles Conrad MD MPH (interventional);  Heather Greenwood MD (breast); Travis Henry MD (chest);  Tara Morgan MD (abdomen/pelvis);  David Wilson MD PhD (neuro).

Hotel and Accommodations

The Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Playa Herradura
US Toll-Free:  888–813–2776  or International  +506-2298-0844
Email:  [email protected]  Reservation deadline:  Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Run of House Deluxe Room:  $199 + $25 resort fee (per day)  /  includes $150 resort credit, per room per stay

The Los Sueños Marriott has reserved a limited block of rooms at the above room rate 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. The 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.   

Anyone wishing to extend their reservation before Saturday, Dec. 7 or after Friday, Dec. 13 should make a reservation and forward the confirmation number to [email protected] to confirm availability for pre-/ post- conference dates.  Conference rates for reservation requests made after the above deadline cannot be guaranteed and will be extended on a space and rate-available basis only.  A credit card number is required to confirm your reservation.  In addition to the nightly room-rate, registrants are liable for any hotel taxes, fees, porterage, gratuities and applicable guestroom charges upon check-out.

Airline Discounts

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 NY2R4                  800−328−1111

United     www.united.com/book-a-flight        code ZFKT721044         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 Transfers and Optional Tours

Airport transfers and optional tours are being provided by TAM Travel. Be sure to mention you are with the UCSF group.

Airport Transfer = email [email protected] to confirm. 
Ride is approximately 90 minutes in an air-conditioned van. Transfer rate is a flat-rate of USD $230 for up to six people (one-way).

Optional Tours = email [email protected] to book. 
Further info on tours and pricing Descriptions of Optional TAM Tours and TAM Tours Rate Chart.

Car Rental

www.hertz.com / PC code 137480 / 800-654-3001
You must use the six-digit PC code above when booking and you must present a paper coupon at the rental agency upon pick-up print paper coupon 137480. Hertz is offering a 15% 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 (thru March 12, 2020).
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 2019, 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.

Cancellation Deadline: cancellation requests must be made in writing by Friday, November 8, 2019; the refund will be less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after this date. Please email your request to [email protected]