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Information

It feels like we're constantly navigating through an ever-expanding and unpredictable jungle of business challenges. While it's easy to get entangled on the path to success, BioGuard is guiding the way out. This January 4-8, 2019, we're providing an escape to a real jungle at Dreams Las Mareas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

This year, you'll start conquering the jungle with our Welcome Reception on Friday night. After our education session on Saturday morning, you'll have two full days on Sunday and Monday to experience the wonders of Costa Rica. Go on an excursion to see the wildlife or simply hang out at the pool and enjoy the sunshine. You'll be at leisure on two evenings to enjoy the resort restaurants of your choice. Find us in Rendezvous Piano Bar and Desires Nightclub each evening to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

Plan to arrive early or stay late to extend your trip into a vacation as well as to take advantage of a great networking opportunity.

You'll leave Costa Rica ready to take on 2019!

Situated on the quiet Northern coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, this secluded, tropical vista showcases brilliant views of the turquoise Pacific Ocean, lush tropical jungle and mountain views.

With a gorgeous setting and mesmerizing views, Dreams Las Mareas is an extraordinary location for this memorable event. At this luxurious resort, you can enjoy multiple swimming pools, eight restaurants and six bars. Book a spa appointment or participate in one of the many excursions that are offered. In the evening, dine at one of the distinctive restaurants and finish the evening dancing the hours away in the onsite Nightclub.

All rooms are large junior suites and include brand name bath amenities, a safe, coffee and tea maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron/ironing board, satellite TV, purified water, free internet access and free phone calls back to the continental US and Canada. In addition, each room has a mini bar stocked with beer, soft drinks, juices and bottled waters.

Check-in at the resort is 3:00 PM. The resort will make every effort to have rooms ready for those arriving before 3:00 PM. However if your room is not ready, please store your bags with the bell staff and explore the grounds or enjoy our hospitality area in the Mareas Ballroom.

Check-out time on your departure day is 12 Noon.

The address for your stay is:

Dreams Las Mareas
Playa El Jobo, El Jobo
La Cruz, Guanacaste
866-2DREAMS
www.dreamsresorts.com

The dates of the BioGuard Enrichment Conference are January 4-8, 2019.

You are allowed to use Co-Op Funds for a maximum of 7 nights at Dreams Las Mareas. Arrivals can begin as early as Wednesday, January 2nd and departures can be as late as Friday, January 11th, but must include the key dates of the conference (4 nights) January 4th to check out on January 8th.

If you wish to extend your stay at Dreams Las Mareas either before or after these dates, please make that request on the registration form. If you are registering for more than 7 nights at Dreams, you will be responsible for paying for the extra room nights with your credit card when you arrive at the hotel. Please contact Alicia Stephens at BioLab at alicia.stephens@biolabinc.com for information on the room rate for additional nights if you are staying more than 7 nights. If you choose to extend your stay more than 7 nights or at another hotel, you will be responsible for your own accommodations and transportation.

The cost of your trip includes the following:

  • Hotel accommodations for up to 7 nights
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages, including 24-hour room service
  • BEC events from Friday through Monday
  • Roundtrip transportation between the Daniel Oduber International Guanacaste Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport and Dreams Las Mareas between January 2nd and January 11th
  • $50 credit per person for an off-site optional activity of your choice offered by BioGuard
  • Optional BioGuard activities on property
  • Free internet and free phone calls back to continental US and Canada from Dreams Las Mareas

Please note that airline tickets are NOT included in the cost. All attendees are responsible for making their own airline arrangements.

Gratuities have been prepaid for the following services connected with group functions:

  • Hotel Bellmen and Maids
  • Motor coach drivers to and from the airport
  • Group meals at the hotel

You will be responsible for any incidentals and personal extras, such as:

  • Porter service at the Liberia Costa Rica International Airport
  • Spa services
  • Golf
  • Motorized Water Sports
  • Beauty Parlor
  • Off-site activities
  • Laundry
  • Gift shop charges
  • Any other personal items that you charge to your room

Upon check-in, you will be required to leave a credit card imprint for all incidental charges.

You must be a Platinum Dealer to participate in the trip. Each guest room has a limit of 2 people per room. At least one attendee must be actively employed in your business at the time of the conference. All attendees at the educational sessions must be 18 years of age or older.

Due to the exclusive nature of this trip, the number of attendees is limited so don't delay your registration. Dreams Las Mareas is a smaller resort and registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Registration is a three-step process:

Step 1: You must register for your hotel reservations no later than November 1, 2018. You may register by clicking here or on the 'REGISTER' link located at the top of this page.

Step 2: BioGuard is offering optional activities each day that you may choose to participate in, along with a one-time $50 credit per person towards your chosen activity. For more information and to register, click here. Do not delay registering for optional activities this year. Due to our more remote location, all activities must be registered for no later than December 15, 2018. There will be very limited opportunity to register for any activities once you arrive in Costa Rica.

Step 3: In the fall, you will receive an email with a link to an air registration page. We request you provide us with your airline information no later than November 15, 2018. We will use this information to book your roundtrip airport transfers in Costa Rica.

BioGuard is providing complimentary roundtrip transportation from the Daniel Oduber International Guanacaste Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport to Dreams Las Mareas from January 2nd - 11th. Transfers to and from Dreams will be made based on the flight information you provide. If you are arriving prior to January 2nd or departing after January 11th, you will be responsible for your own transfers to and from the hotel.

All attendees are responsible for booking their own airline tickets to and from Daniel Oduber International Guanacaste Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport (LIR). January is the beginning of peak season for this tropical destination so we recommend booking your airline tickets as early as possible to ensure the best flight schedule and fare. For further information on air travel, click here or on the 'AIR TRAVEL' link located at the top of this page.

Agenda

Listed below is the tentative agenda. You will receive a final agenda upon arrival at the resort.
More details on the educational sessions can be found by clicking here.

  • 10:00AM - 7:00PM

    Registration & Activity Sign Ups

  • 6:30PM - 9:00PM

    Welcome Reception

  • 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Hospitality Desk

  • 8:00AM - Noon

    Education Session

  • 9:00AM - 11:00AM

    IMMIX: Partner Activities

    9:00AM - 10:00AM Costa Rican Swing Dance Lessons
    10:00AM - 11:00AM Cooking Class - Pinto Gallo
  • Afternoon

    BioGuard Fun & Games

    1:00PM Rum Tasting
  • Dinner

    At Leisure

  • Evening

    Join your BioGuard hosts at the Rendezvous Piano Bar and Desires Nightclub

  • 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Hospitality Desk

  • Day

    At leisure and offsite activities

  • Afternoon

    BioGuard Fun & Games

    1:00PM Tequila Tasting
  • 7:00PM - 11:00PM

    BioGuard Game Night

    *PLEASE HAVE DINNER AT LEISURE IN ONE OF THE RESORT RESTAURANTS. DINNER IS NOT PROVIDED AT THIS EVENT - ONLY OPEN BAR AND LIGHT SNACKS.
  • 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Hospitality Desk

  • Day

    At leisure and offsite activities

  • Afternoon

    BioGuard Fun & Games

    1:00PM Mixology Class
  • Dinner

    At Leisure

  • 7:00PM - 10:00PM

    ESCAPE FROM THE JUNGLE - FINAL NIGHT PARTY & DINNER

  • 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Hospitality Desk

  • All Day

    Departures throughout the Day

  • 8:00AM - 3:00PM

    Hospitality Desk

  • All Day

    Departures throughout the Day

Education

Discover a fresh outlook for the 2019 season from the people that know your business best.

All attendees at the education opportunities must be 18 years of age or older. Children will not be admitted.

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM General Session – State of BioLab
Speakers: Jon Viner & Brian Holliday
Mareas Ballroom
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Break  
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Session Option – People – Hiring & Retaining People
Speakers: Jeff Nodland & Kathy Rehany
Mareas Ballroom 1
  Session Option – BioGuard Marketing
Speaker: Joe Defuria
Mareas Ballroom 2
  Session Option – ALEX Pro
Speakers: Scott Newton & Brian Trenck
Mareas Ballroom 3
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break  
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Session Option – People – Hiring & Retaining People
Speakers: Jeff Nodland & Kathy Rehany
Mareas Ballroom 1
  Session Option – BioGuard Marketing
Speaker: Joe Defuria
Mareas Ballroom 2
  Session Option – ALEX Pro
Speakers: Scott Newton & Brian Trenck
Mareas Ballroom 3
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Break  
11:15 AM – Noon Session Option – People – Hiring & Retaining People
Speakers: Jeff Nodland & Kathy Rehany
Mareas Ballroom 1
  Session Option – BioGuard Marketing
Speaker: Joe Defuria
Mareas Ballroom 2
  Session Option – ALEX Pro
Speakers: Scott Newton & Brian Trenck
Mareas Ballroom 3

Activities

Join us for unique and fun activities throughout your stay. Whether you choose to enjoy every day at the resort, hanging out at the pool with your BioGuard family or venturing out on one of the exciting activities offered, you'll be sure to create incredible memories in this tropical paradise.

To see the program at a glance, click here.

IMMIX

Designed for spouses and partners coming with you who don't work in the business, BioGuard IMMIX (Mix and Mingle) activities are a great way to engage with others. In 2019, we have one day of IMMIX and we'll be learning how to dance the Swing, Costa Rican style, as well as cooking a country specialty - pinto gallo. Look for our IMMIX sign at the registration desk on January 4th and sign up for any or all of the events.

Night Time Activities

On Friday, reconnect with your BioGuard family at our Welcome Reception.

On Saturday night, enjoy dinner at leisure in one of the fabulous hotel restaurants. Sunday, enjoy dinner at leisure and then join us for a late night Game Night and dancing. On Monday night, we'll have our final escape from the Jungle at our event under the stars on the beach. Join us for dinner, dancing and a magical evening.

Each evening, join your BioGuard Hosts in the Rendezvous Piano Bar and the Desires Disco for late night fun. You'll also be able to enjoy the entertainment and shows offered by Dreams Las Mareas.

Dreams

Do as much or as little as you'd like at this beautiful beachfront resort. The hotel features multiple pools, a swim up bar, steaming whirlpool, spa facilities at Dreams Spa by Pevonia�, and even a gift shop and boutique to amuse yourself according to your preferences.

If you are an active person, you will want to choose from a range of activities including local wildlife watching, cooking and cocktail classes, Spanish and dance lessons, bicycles, yoga, and non-motorized sports offered at the beach to keep you energized throughout your stay.

A beautiful beach invites swimming, body surfing and lounging. You'll see your BioGuard friends at the pool and beach every afternoon so join us and join in the fun.

For true heart-pumping fun, visit the fully equipped fitness center. The fitness center offers everything from free weights, to treadmills, to stair and weight machines.

Dreams Spa by Pevonia©

The Dreams Spa offers a soothing atmosphere of pure indulgence that will combine hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments, creating a refreshing, invigorating and peaceful experience.

We suggest that you make treatment appointments prior to arriving at the resort. Listed below is information needed to make an advance appointment for services.

BioGuard has secured a 20% discount on all spa treatments (except discounted spa packages). When you make your appointment, mention that you are with BioGuard. You will receive the 20% discount when you pay for your treatment.

Click here to review available spa treatments and pricing. Please note that pricing may change slightly before 2019, so be sure to confirm pricing when you make your appointment. When you are ready to make your appointment, please email the Spa Sales Manager, Oscar Gutierrez at spa.drelm@dreamresorts.com. Don't forget to mention that you are with BioGuard so that you will receive the discount.

Once again this year, we want you to vacation YOUR way. Costa Rica offers so many unique experiences, and we want you to be able to choose the activity that is right for you. This year, you have two full days at leisure so there is plenty of opportunity to experience an exciting activity and spend some leisure time at the pool. To supplement the cost of optional activities, BioGuard is offering a one-time $50 credit per person towards the purchase price of an off-site optional activity.

BioGuard has contracted with TAM, the premier Destination Management Company in Costa Rica, to arrange all of our off-site activities. We are utilizing their expertise to offer our BioGuard dealers the best options to ensure a memorable experience.

Do not delay registering for optional activities this year. Due to our more remote location, all activities must be registered for no later than December 15, 2018. There will be very limited opportunity to register for any activities once you arrive in Costa Rica.

Read below for more information on the activities offered. Prices listed below do not reflect the $50 BioGuard credit.

When you are ready to register for an activity, click here. The TAM website will open in a new window and you will register directly on their website. Additional activity details are included on the registration website.

When you register, you will select your chosen activity or activities and preferred date(s). Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation from TAM. Please print this confirmation and bring it with you in January.

Upon arrival to Dreams Las Mareas in January, you will visit the BioGuard Activity Desk. You will pay for your activity at that time and TAM will provide you with an activity voucher which you will present to the tour operator on the day of your tour.

These activities fill up very quickly so we encourage you to sign up soon. Space is limited and available on a first-registered basis only.

Canon de la Vieja Experience

Dates Offered

  • Sunday, January 6: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Monday, January 7: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This trip offers exciting class II and III rafting on the Colorado River, the largest river basin in Guanacaste. During the 1 � hour rafting trip in a 2-person duckie, you will enjoy the beauties of the river canyon's impressive rock walls. The experienced river boat guides will make stops to get you close to the local wildlife so keep an eye out for monkeys, birds and iguanas. This trip also includes lunch.

Price per person: US $139.00

Spider Monkey Canopy Tour

Dates Offered

  • Saturday, January 5: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 6: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Monday, January 7: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Looking for adventure in Costa Rica with an unforgettable experience while discovering the beauty of Costa Rica? The Spider Monkey Canopy will certainly deliver and get the adrenaline running through your veins as well. The zip line, with 11 cables, will take you soaring through the canopy of unspoiled forest. Giving you the opportunity to take in dramatic views of the valley, the professionally trained guides will point out the abundant wildlife along the way, home to three species of monkeys (Spider, white-faced and howlers), sloths, iguanas and many species of birds.

Price per person: US $124.00

Spider Monkey Canopy Tour & ATV Combo

Date Offered

  • Monday, January 7: 8:00 AM - 1:40 PM

This is the ultimate adventure day, combining zipline and ATV. The zip line, with 11 cables, will take you soaring through the canopy of unspoiled forest. Giving you the opportunity to take in dramatic views of the valley. The professionally trained guides will point out the abundant wildlife along the way in a forest home to three species of monkeys (Spider, white-faced and howlers). After enjoying some fresh fruits and a bottle of water you will continue to the second part, an ATV adventure.

After giving you clear instructions on how to drive the ATV's and putting on all the safety gear, the guides will take you for a test drive, before taking off for your adventure within the Hacienda. The journey starts by going through some of the nature trails of the immense cattle farm. You will be able to observe more wild life as well as some cattle along the way.

Arriving to the highest point, you'll find the old house of the Hacienda called el "Chagüite"; here you will enjoy breath taking views of the ocean while locals offer you fresh fruits and natural drinks. You'll also be taught how to make tortillas, and some other delicious local snacks such as "biscochos, cajetas, tanelas", all baked in a rustic clay oven the traditional way as Costaricans did for many generations, before going back down.

Price per person: US $250.00

ATV Adventure

Dates Offered

  • Saturday, January 5: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 6: 8:00 AM - Noon
  • Sunday, January 6: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

After giving you clear instructions on how to drive the ATV's and giving you all the safety gear, the guides will take you for a test drive before taking off for your adventure within the Hacienda. The journey starts by going through some of the nature trails of the immense cattle farm. You will be able to observe wild life up in the trees and the surroundings. Monkeys, birds, iguanas and other wildlife can be spotted along the way. Remember you are at a Hacienda so you might want to keep an eye out for the "Sabaneros" (cowboys) and wave at them as they are really friendly people!

Arriving to the highest point, you'll find the old house of the Hacienda called el "Chagüite". Here you will enjoy breath taking views of the ocean and depending on the time of day you might be lucky enough to sight the famous and stunning sunsets! Here fresh fruits and natural drinks will be offered. And you'll be taught how to make tortillas, and some other delicious local snacks such as "biscochos, cajetas, tanelas�", all baked in a rustic clay oven the traditional way as Costaricans did for many generations.

Price per person: US $198.00

Hibiscus Catamaran Snorkel Sail

Dates Offered

  • Sunday, January 6: 8:00 AM - Noon
  • Sunday, January 6: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Monday, January 7: 8:00 AM - Noon
  • Monday, January 7: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The fun starts when our crew welcomes you on board the Hibiscus. This large 48 foot long catamaran will leave right from the beach at Dreams Las Mareas and has ample deck space and a luxurious interior with space for up to 28 passengers. We begin this trip with a cruise in coastal waters and make our way to one of our favorite snorkeling spots for a close up look at local sea life including puffer fish, parrot fish, starfish, sea turtles and more. You'll enjoy snacks and an open bar after snorkeling as we sail back to the resort.

Price per person: US $200.00

Hike at the Volcano

Date Offered

  • Sunday, January 6: 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Let's make our way to Rincón de la Vieja National Park and visit the home of one of the most astonishing active volcanoes with a large number of fumaroles and hot springs on its slopes. This rigorous but spectacular hike will give you the opportunity to appreciate Rincón de la Vieja's geothermal wonders, experience the different types of vegetation in the area, and admire the age-old trees that protect the largest population of the Guaria Morada Orchid, Costa Rica's national flower.

Many mammals find refuge in this remote mountainous region such as spider and white-faced capuchin monkeys, two-toed sloth's and white-nosed coatis. There are more than 200 species of birds that have been recorded. Each step into the forest will bring you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a black-faced solitaire or a emerald toucan.

Price per person: US $115.00

Kiwanda - Shangri-La

Date Offered

  • Sunday, January 6: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This excursion offers a little bit of everything - a leisurely tour of farmland, a chance to meet farm animals, a short walk to a stunning waterfall and a chance to swim in a natural blue lagoon. Set in a working farmland in the nearby Rincon de la Vieja volcano area, Kiwanda is a stunning paradise of waterfalls - a true Shangri La. The all-day adventure starts with a welcome at a cozy stand full of local fruits. After short walk with a guide highlights the tropical gardens and farm fields. Spread over idyllic surroundings, you'll visit farm animals to learn more about the farm's sustainability. From there, you'll sample a variety of cheeses made on the farm from both cow and goat milk. After this appetizing break, you can continue a leisurely stroll on the trails to an exquisite waterfall. From there, you'll head to the main building - either via a short walk or transfer via shuttle - for a delicious lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine prepared by a renowned local chef. After lunch, you'll have time to swim and lounge in the beautiful blue lagoon. With views of the volcano from the lagoon, this leisure time makes for a magical afternoon - a perfect Shangri-La.

Price per person: US $176.00

Hacienda el Viejo

Date Offered

  • Monday, January 7: 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM

This all day adventure is perfect for anyone of any ability who wants to learn more about the Costa Rican culture and enjoy a boat ride on the Rio Tempisque with the opportunity to observe a wide variety of birds, crocodiles, monkeys, and iguanas, while a naturalist guide points out the characteristics of this ecosystem. Bring your camera to capture pictures of the local wildlife.

The beautiful Palo Verde National Park consists of rivers, mangroves, marshlands and seasonally flooded fields. Almost 5000 acres are dedicated to a Wildlife Private Refuge with the sole aim of protecting the habitat of many species of colorful birds, reptiles, amphibian and mammals, as well as a wide diversity of flora and fauna. It is one of the key wetlands of Central America, home to many resident and migratory waterfowl.

After your boat ride, lunch takes place at La Casona, a significant cultural historic site featuring a beautiful two-story wooden building from the XIX Century. During the visit, you will also have the opportunity to see a traditional sugar mill working and try freshly squeezed sugarcane juice and other sweet sub-products of the sugar cane.

You will also visit a traditional sabanero house on the property, where you will be offered coffee and some local specialties cooked in a clay oven.

Price per person: US $179.00

Eco Adventure Hacienda Borinquen

Date Offered

  • Sunday, January 6: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

If you are looking for a true adventure activity, look no further. On this excursion, you'll horseback ride, hike to a waterfall, zipline, enjoy a delicious lunch and spend time in the natural hot springs that makes Costa Rica so famous.

You'll start with a horseback ride on scenic paths while observing the serene horizon that changes with the hours. You'll see a variety of birds, lizards and mammals during your ride. An energetic hike under the forest cover will take you to the Mystery and Hidden Waterfalls. From there, experience 12 zip lines before heading to lunch and then relaxing in the thermal waters where you can enjoy rejuvenating treatments with volcanic mud. This is a memorable all day activity for the adventure-seeker!

Price per person: US $173.00

Co-Op Funds

You must be a Platinum Dealer to participate in the trip. Please remember Dreams Las Mareas is an all-inclusive resort and rates will cover all food, beverages, and activities, as well as conference costs, at the resort. Spa treatments, motorized water sports, and off-site activities are additional.

Active BioGuard Platinum Dealers in good standing may apply up to 50% of Co-Op Funds to pay for the conference. The cost indicated below is in Co-Op Funds or US Dollars. Cost in Canadian dollars is listed in parentheses.

Total Stay Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
4 nights $3,295  ($4,250 CAD) $4,750  ($6,140 CAD)
5 nights $3,795  ($4,900 CAD) $5,250  ($6,780 CAD)
6 nights $4,295  ($5,500 CAD) $5,750  ($7,400 CAD)
7 nights $4,795  ($6,200 CAD) $6,250  ($8,050 CAD)

These prices do NOT include airline tickets.

Dealers may use Co-Op Funds to extend their stay at the Dreams for up to a total of seven nights, but to use your Co-Op Funds, your stay must include the key dates of the conference (4 nights) - January 4th to January 8th. Arrivals can begin as early as Wednesday, January 2nd, and departures can be as late as Friday, January 11th.

Co-Op Funds cannot be used for anyone under the age of 18. No one under age 18 can attend the education seminars.

To calculate your funds:

  • Log onto myBioGuard.com and click on the "Co-Op" tool
  • Click on "Funds Summary Report" under the "Funds Management Tab" from the top navigation bar

Here you will see a breakdown of all of your funds, including the maximum that you can spend earnings in 2018 for the BEC under column "H" or "Balance Available for BioGuard Conferences".

Your funds will continue to accumulate throughout the season, increasing your available balance. Your balance will determine how much you can actually apply towards the trip. If your funds will not cover the entire cost, you will be responsible for the balance due. The balance due will be charged to your BioLab account in mid-October and must be paid in full prior to November 30, 2018. You have the option to pay the balance due by credit card or check following the same procedures as you would for BioLab issued invoice. Payment not made prior to November 30 may result in a cancellation of your registration and forfeit of any applied Co-Op funds.

Your Co-Op claim will be filed by BioGuard and will require no action on your part. All Co-Op Funds will be applied prior to October 15, 2018. Funds are deducted on a weekly basis and not immediately. Claims that have been submitted to Channel Fusion for processing and clear prior to your funds being deducted will impact the amount available to apply towards the trip.

For examples on calculating funds, please click here to download the PDF file.

For questions concerning your available funds for the event, contact Channel Fusion at 855-820-5689 or BioGuardCoop@channel-fusion.com.

Contest

To make the BioGuard Enrichment Conference even more amazing, we will hold three drawings for registered dealers to upgrade to the swimout suite.

Register now because the earlier you register, the greater your chance of winning!

Contest Rules

  • You must be registered for a chance to win!
  • Drawings will be held on July 9, July 23 and August 6.
  • There will be 1 winner per drawing.
  • You will receive an upgrade to a 1-bedroom swimout suite for your stay. Regular Co-Op Funds pricing as outlined on the website do apply.

This suite has a spacious, furnished terrace with direct access to a swimming pool. These rooms are all located on the first floor.

You will be notified by Alicia Stephens at BioLab if you win an upgrade.

Register early for a chance to win! Good luck!

Click here to register your flight information no later than November 15, 2018.

Air Travel

Air Travel

All attendees are required to book their own airline travel to/from your home airport to Daniel Oduber International Guanacaste Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport. The airport code for the Liberia, Costa Rica is LIR.

We encourage you to book your airline reservation as soon as you register. Direct flights are already booking up for this peak season.

For your flight to Liberia (LIR) on January 4, 2019, we recommend that your flight arrives into Costa Rica no later than 3:00 pm.

For your return flight to the US, you will be required to depart from the hotel 4 hours prior to your flight departure time. Therefore, we recommend that you do not book a flight from Liberia (LIR) departing prior to 9:00 am. 9:00 am flight departures will depart from the hotel at 5:00 am and so on.

Flight Itineraries & Ground Transportation

BioGuard will provide complimentary roundtrip transfers between the airport and Dreams Las Mareas from January 2nd to January 11th. If you are arriving prior to January 2nd or departing after January 11th, you will be responsible for your own transfers to and from the hotel. Transfers to and from Dreams will be made based on the information that you provide.

In the fall, you will receive an email with a link to an air registration page. We request you provide us with your airline information no later than November 15, 2018. We will use this information to book your roundtrip airport transfers in Costa Rica.

Passport

A valid passport is required for travel to/from Costa Rica. For more information on obtaining a passport, click here.

Airline Travel Tips

Travel to Liberia, Costa Rica is international travel. We recommend that you arrive at your home airport at least two to three hours before your flight departure time. Each ticketed passenger MUST show a passport at airline check-in. You also are required to show your boarding pass.

Luggage

The baggage allowance for all commercial airlines is two checked pieces and one carry-on per person, plus one personal item (purse, briefcase, camera case, or laptop case).

All baggage must meet weight and size requirements. Generally, for all airlines, carry-on luggage cannot exceed 40 pounds and/or 45 inches (length of bag X width of bag). Checked bags cannot exceed 50 pounds and/or 62 inches.

Please note that most airlines are now charging for checked baggage, although some, including Delta and American, currently offer one free checked bag for international travel per person. Limitations on baggage allowance and weight and size requirements vary by airline and are subject to change at any time, so check the website of your airline before departure for more information.

For safety and easy access, we recommend that all valuables, medicine, money, jewelry, and cameras be placed in your carry-on bag. We also recommend that you bring a change of clothes and a bathing suit in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost. In addition, once you arrive at the hotel, it may take up to an hour for your luggage to arrive at your room.

When checking your luggage, be sure it is checked to your final destination - Liberia, Costa Rica (Airport Code: LIR). Make sure that you have a claim check for each piece of luggage.

Arrival in Costa Rica

BioGuard guests will be met outside of customs at the International Airport.

If you are flying direct to Costa Rica, you will proceed to passport control. You will need to show your passport to the immigration officials. After passport control, you will be directed to the baggage claim area. The belt numbers where your luggage will appear are displayed on screens inside the baggage claim area. Luggage trolleys are available at baggage claim. Once you have collected your luggage, please proceed to the customs area where you will need to place your luggage through a screening machine and turn in your customs form to the attendant. After clearing customs, you will exit the area.

As you exit customs, you will see uniformed travel staff from TAM to welcome you. They will be wearing navy blue shirts with the TAM logo and will be holding BioGuard signs. Porters will be available to assist you with your luggage as needed. Porter gratuities are at your personal discretion.

The staff will direct you to your transfer to Dreams. The transfer to the resort is approximately 90 minutes. Water and light snacks will be provided on the transfer.

Please note that there are restroom facilities after you exit customs and before you board your transfer to the resort. In the baggage claim area prior to customs, there are also limited restroom facilities, but the wait is often very long.

When you reach Dreams, you will be met by travel staff who will direct you to hotel check-in and to the BioGuard Hospitality Desk.

Questions

If you have any question, please contact:

Alicia Stephens
BioLab, Inc.
alicia.stephens@biolabinc.com
Phone: 678-502-4495

Julia Pinkston
Woodruff & Associates
jpinkston@woodruffandassociates.com
Phone: 404-816-8470