General Information

General  Information 
and  FAQ

A Big Ask From Bamboo

We ask that everyone visiting Costa Rica while attending Bamboo be respectful and conscious ambassadors of Bamboo Festival
during their stay. You’ll find that Costa Ricans are extremely polite and quick to shake hands and greet you with a kiss
on the cheek.The people here are very kind, please treat them and their land with the same kindness. Thank you.

 

 

Big Ask From Bamboo

We ask that everyone visiting Costa Rica while attending Bamboo be respectful and conscious ambassadors of Bamboo Festival during their stay. You’ll find that Costa Ricans are extremely polite and quick to shake hands and greet you with a kiss on the cheek.The people here are very kind, please treat them and their land with the same kindness. Thank you.

Smoking

Costa Rica is a beautiful and sensitive environment. Please take care to properly dispose of all garbage. DO NOT throw your cigarette butts on the ground, please dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.

In accordance with Costa Rican law, smoking is NOT permitted on site. Designated smoking areas will be set-up at the entry to the festival grounds. Please be careful to properly dispose of all cigarette butts.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is beautiful. Hands down. However there are some things you need to know. While the country is generally safe, you do need to have your wits about you like any foreign country. We suggest that you read up on the country thoroughly using travel guides like lonely planet to better understand what to expect and explore in the country.
We’ve prepared a brief guide to give you an idea of what to expect.

Safety

Your safety is our number one priority during the event at Bamboo Bass Festival. However, we can’t control what goes on when you’re not at the festival.
Costa Rica is generally quite safe. Travel as a group and be vigilant as petty thievery and muggins do occasionally occur. Be safe and don’t travel with all of your money, passport and expensive items. We recommend sticking together with friends, especially at night. Be careful to properly secure your valuables. Theft can be an issue in this area.
Natural dangers are more common and dangerous. Beware of rip tides in the ocean by looking for signs on the beach. Some wildlife in the jungle is poisonous and worth being careful of. See https://www.lonelyplanet.com/costa-rica/safety for more details.
Always get travelers insurance!

Costs

Costa Rica uses its own currency Colones and the American Dollar. Based on the American dollar, the exchange rate $1 USD goes for roughly 574 Colones. While US dollars are widely accepted, changing your currency to colones is recommended to avoid overpaying for things in dollars. A mix of both currencies can be useful, as some places you visit may prefer one over the other. ATM withdrawals are limited to ~$100USD per withdrawal, so be prepared with some cash when you arrive.

Budgets

We’ve followed Lonely Planet’s guide to budgets
Budget: Up to $40/day
Mid Range: $40- $100
Ballin: $100 plus
Note that the liquor stores in Jaco aren’t overwhelmingly inexpensive. Also, if your accommodations allow there are options to buy groceries to cook your meals to save money.

Language

Costa Rica is a spanish speaking country, so time to brush up on your spanish! The more you know, the easier of a time you’re going to have- seriously. Most locals do speak english, however its fun giving spanish a try while you are here. You never know what new door could open to you after trying out a few phrases. Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations to learn Spanish as people speak slowly and their dialect is easy to understand.

Immunization & Healther

We recommend seeing your doctor or travel clinic to find out ahead of time what vaccinations you’ll need when travelling to Costa Rica. Lonely Planet has a nice guide: Costa Rica Health as well as Traveing to Costa Rica.
Please note that the water is not clean to drink in Jaco due to issues with pipes. We highly suggest using bottled water for consumption.
Always get travelers insurance!

Climate, Weather and Season

February is the end of the rain season for Costa Rica, so be prepared for it to be incredibly hot for those of you coming from winter climates. Expect it to reach up to 30 degrees celsius and continue to be hot and muggy from afternoon through to the night.

Eating here

This is mostly for the vegetarians and vegans out there- Costa Rica has a variety of food to offer. However, most of it is quite plain and includes rice, vegecollapseles, salad, meat and rice. Grocery stores have a variety of options for both as well.
Please note that it’s going to be difficult to find a vegan section in either a restaurant or grocery store, so be extra thorough in your investigation.

Bamboo Bass Festival is an international music festival that seeks to develop an epicentre for the celebration of bass music, culture and art. All of this married to the experience that Costa Rica has to offer. More than that, the mandate of the festival is to foster an ever growing Bamboo Familia. Each year, more and more people come to this event and are moved by the camaraderie and community felt through an atmosphere of sharing, inclusion and positivity.
Be prepared to have your face melted off with some of Bass music’s biggest acts, as well as local tico talent. Our team will make it their goal every year to book a Bass lover’s dream lineup.
See the “About” Section

Tickets

All tickets can be purchased online before the festival. Tickets will also be sold at the front gate during throughout the duration of the event. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If you have an issue with your tickets, please email info@bamboobassfestival.com.
Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at Will Call – located at the front gate. See the map here.
Full Access weekend passes will get you into the festival for the entire duration of the event (February 16th-19th).
Day Passes will grant access from 1:00am until 6:00am on the day the pass is purchased.
Guests without a camping pass will have access to the festival site daily from 11:00am until 6:00am.

Date & Location

Bamboo Bass Festival will take place in Jaco Costa Rica from February 16th to 18th. See below to see gate times.

Getting to The Festival Grounds

There are a few options for getting to and from the festival grounds in Jaco. You will need to know that the venue is called “Jaco Ropes Adventure Park” , accessible directly off the Costanera Sur Highway 34, minutes from downtown Jaco Beach.
With Car: Be prepared to have a designated driver with your group. Parking will be available on-site. There will be road blocks coming to and from the festival.
Taxi: Be prepared for a bit of a wait coming to and from the festival. Jaco Taxi Phone #: 2643-3030 OR 2643-2020 OR 2643-1919. Always hail a RED TAXI, as they will have proper meters. See our venue section to get more details on the location of the venue

DO NOT WALK OR BIKE AT NIGHT AS IT IS QUITE THE DISTANCE AND UNSAFE ON THE HIGHWAY.

Transportation in Jaco

Transportation in Jaco can be done on any budget. See our full guide in getting to and from the SJO international airport and Jaco. Upon entering Jaco if you haven’t rented a car and driven here, you’re going to be using a taxi to get everywhere!
Jaco is a small town and you can easily walk most places Sometimes, it’s just too hot- cabs are an inexpensive way to get around usually 1000- 2000 colones in town- Jaco Taxi Phone #: 2643-3030 OR 2643-2020 OR 2643-1919. Always hail a RED TAXI, as they will have proper meters.

Gates

Festival Entry: Access to the festival grounds with a valid ticket will open at 11:00am on Friday February 16 until 12:00pm noon on Monday February 19th.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Guests without a camping pass will have access to the festival site daily from 11:00am until 6:00am. Entry is not permitted outside of these hours without purchase of a valid camping pass.
Search: Upon entry to festival grounds to will be subject to a personal search for weapons and restricted items.
The following are not allowed on site:
Weapons
Fire
Glass
Illegal Substances
Smoking
Cooking
Disposable Glow Sticks
Glitter, confetti or other small pieces easily lost in nature
MOOP (MATTER OUT OF PLACE)

Wellness

It is HOT here. It can take people a few days to acclimatize and your health and wellness is the top most concern. Please have sunscreen and a hat ready to put on when you get out of the airport. Keep that hat on at all times when the sun is up.
However, always be prepared- pack a rain jacket just in case.

On-Site Amenities & Camping

Don’t worry, you’re not fully in the jungle- we have amenities on-site.
WATER ON SITE: Your health and hydration is important to us! Please bring a refillable water bottle. Bamboo will be providing free water access at various filling stations on site. Please drink lots of water in preparation to your trip; and keep you body well hydrated during your stay.
FOOD ON SITE: A variety of hot food choices are available on site. Vegetarian options available. Cooking is not allowed on site. Cold snacks & fruit are permitted.
BATHROOMS: Bathrooms are available on-site. Please note that there are no showers.
WASTE DISPOSAL: Bamboo is located in a beautiful natural environment. Please properly dispose of all trash & recyclables. We appreciate your effort in assisting us to keep this beautiful natural environment happy and healthy. Make an effort to clean up after yourself. Items that are easily lost in the jungle such as glitter, confetti and other small plastic pieces are not permitted.
BAR SERVICES: Fully stocked bars will be available on-site with Costa Rica’s best coolers and beers.
HARM REDUCTION: Your safety is our main priority. We will have a fully functioning medical team and ambulance on site. See our here for more details.

Zero Buenos

There’s one major rule to Bamboo- don’t be a dickhead. Once we’ve cleared that, there’s a few housekeeping items to go over that will be pretty easy to follow.
The following are not allowed on site:
Weapons
Fire
Glass
Illegal Substances
Smoking
Cooking
Disposable Glow Sticks
Glitter, confetti or other small pieces easily lost in nature
MOOP (MATTER OUT OF PLACE)
UNRESTRICTED SALES: Vending/selling products of any type is not permitted on site without prior approval and documentation from Bamboo Bass Festival.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW FESTIVAL GUIDELINES: Failure to follow festival rules & guidelines will result in ejection from event.

 
 

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