Answers to Questions about Las Olas & COVID-19

We celebrated Las Olas Season 23 in February 2020 with great weather, warm waves, and surf with incredible ladies. But by the time we returned home, we heard reports about a new coronavirus spreading around the world.

We’re no strangers to challenges when we travel. In fact, each adventure has made us stronger, but the coronavirus pandemic has been unique because it’s both global and sustained. That’s put strain on our guests who look forward to surfing together someday, our partners in Mexico, and our communities at home.

But if we look to the horizon we can see perfect sets forming. And if we stay safe and calm, we’ll take the first waves together when they roll in.

See you in the waves.

For up-to-the-minute reports from various top-level agencies, visit Las Olas Surf Travel Advisory

Most important, can I get to Las Olas or not?

Yes! Currently, there are few health requirements that would restrict us from going surfing at Las Olas. Some operations may require wearing a face mask or physical distancing, but those restrictions are lifting, too. On location, we provide masks and hand sanitizer for use at your discretion, but they are not required. We keep our class sizes low and most of our activities are outdoors in the sunshine and seas breezes.

What is COVID-19?

Unless you’ve just returned from surfing some remote island, you’re aware that an outbreak of a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 has circled the globe. It is responsible for a contagious respiratory disease called COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease 19). Coronaviruses are a family of germs that include the common cold and the SARS virus. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is suspected to be a variant of the virus that caused the SARS outbreak in in 2003.

How does the coronavirus spread?

This coronavirus appears to spread from person-to-person most commonly when an infected person exhales the virus in droplets or aerosols while a nearby healthy person ingests the airborne virus via nose, mouth, or eyes. It can also transmit when a healthy person touches a contaminated surface followed by touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

Is COVID-19 disease dangerous?

COVID-19 symptoms can run the scale from a mild flu-like experience to deadly pneumonia, organ failure, respiratory failure, and septic shock.

How does COVID-19 affect me?

Depending on where you live, your daily routine, and your travel plans, the response to the COVID-19 outbreak will affect you in dramatically different ways. That’s because governments, institutions, and companies are responding in dramatically differently ways. Some are changing their operations by restricting travel, closing public facilities, and suspending business. For others, there is little or no change.

For example, our headquarters are in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. On March 17, 2020, our county officials mandated a “shelter-in-place” order similar to major chemical leaks or after earthquakes. We were required to avoid all non-essential travel outside our homes for next three weeks. Restaurants, theaters, gyms, and bars were closed. Only essential businesses are open, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. (Netflix wins!)

Our regional shelter-in-place was partially lifted early that summer. Due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 and a shortage of hospital ICU beds, staff, and equipment, we entered a “stay-at-home” order mid-December that lasted through the end of January 2021.

At our location in Mexico, the restrictions were similar and included limited gatherings at the beach. Also, the CDC in the U.S. required proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning from Mexico.

Canada went a step further and has suspended all air travel to and from Mexico until September 2021.

Thankfully, most of these restrictions have been lifted in the regions where we operate. For specific information, visit Las Olas Surf Travel Advisory.

Is Las Olas considering rescheduling their surf retreats?

There are conditions that may cause us to reschedule:

• Governments and/or health agencies recommend against traveling from our home base to Mexico and back.

• Government or airline restrictions make travel to Las Olas and returning home difficult for our guests and/or crew.

• We fall below the minimum number of guests required to host a Las Olas surf retreat.

In these cases, we’ll be happy to reschedule guests to a future date. Girls gotta surf.

When can I know if my surf retreat is happening or not?

You can always contact us directly by calling 831-625-5748 or emailing here.

Currently, U.S. and Canadian agencies typically post general Mexico travel warnings, but they’re softening their warnings to vaccinated travelers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reduced to Level 3 Travel Health Notice – Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Mexico.

I am scheduled to go surfing at Las Olas, but I’d like to know my options.

If you were scheduled to join us on any Las Olas surf retreat that has been postponed, you have the option to reschedule to any other future Las Olas surf retreat at no additional cost. We will match or exceed your villa level in the week of your choice.

I’m interested in rescheduling. What do I do next?

If you are interesting in rescheduling your surf retreat, email us here. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process and you’ll be all set to surf with peace of mind!

I just want to cancel. What are my options?

If you just want to cancel, please review our Cancellation Policy. Depending on when your surf retreat starts you may be entitled to a credit for some or all of your deposit.

I purchased travel insurance for my trip. What are my options?

If you’ve purchased travel insurance for your surf retreat and you don’t attend for some reason, you may be able to file a claim depending on your coverage limits. Now is a good time to check if your policy covers some or all of your trip. For an overview of travel insurance and coronavirus, visit Yonder Travel Insurance.

If you decide to file a claim, let us know if you need any documentation.

Reviewed January 16, 2023
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