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should I rent a house or condo rather than stay in a
A: Where you stay and what you like is personal to your taste. Both have advantages, but we feel that a private vacation rental has advantages that far outweigh those of a hotel.
Full kitchen to eat at home when you wish
(results in savings on food costs)
Usually a private pool or communal pool shared
with a select few.
Laundry facilities allows you to bring less
What currency does Costa Rica use? Are credit cards
accepted and are there ATMs’?
A: The Costa Rican Currency is the Colon (named
after its discoverer Christopher Columbus) The US
Dollar is also widely accepted in Costa
Rica. Credit cards are widely accepted at
restaurants and stores and there are ATMs throughout
I’ve heard the roads are bad in Costa Rica, is it
safe to drive?
A: The rural roads in Costa Rica are not paved
and can be rough especially in the rainy season.
However, the roads around Playa Hermosa, Coco,
Liberia, and the Gulf of Papagayo Area are actually
quite good as there are many luxury hotels and
upscale communities that maintain their roads.
Is it generally safe?
A: Costa Rica does have crime but substantially
less than the U.S., Canada and Europe. Although it
is safe caution should be used as you would at home.
Personal physical attacks are very rare most crime
is to property.
Can we get someone to cook meals?
A: Private cooks are available but are limited
so planning in advance is required. You should
contact your Beachfront Concierge to make
reservations. (This service is at additional costs
and does not include food.)
Q: What services are provided with my rental?
A: Beachfront Rentals provide you with maid
service for several hours everyday except Sunday and
Holidays. (This service is provided during the
holiday weeks of Christmas, New Years, and Easter but
on a much more limited basis.)
Concierge Services are provided to each rental. The
concierge can help with many aspects of your
vacation. Reservations for cars, trips and tours can
be made for you. Arranging private cooks and general
help and information are also part of the
Q: Is there a supermarket in the area?
A: There are 3 full service market in Playas del
Coco about 10 minute drive from Playa Hermosa. There are two smaller
grocery stores in Hermosa.
Do I need a car?
A: This depends on which property you rent.
However, we feel that at least one car is necessary
to run errands and to personally tour all the
Rent a Car
Really how far away is the airport?
A: The Liberia International airport is a mere
25 minutes drive away.
What about medical services?
A: There are emergency medical services with
ambulances in Sardinal and Playas del Coco, which is about 10 minutes from
Hermosa. There are also private and public hospitals 35 minutes
away in Liberia.
Does it rain a lot during the rainy season?
A: The rainy season starts in May and ends
sometime in November. The rain is more frequent
during the latter part of September through October.
Actually the Green (Rainy) Season is tropical and an
average “Green Day” is sunny throughout the morning
and early afternoon. Then it gets cloudy and you may
have a short shower or downpour. Sometimes, in the
late day or evening you could have a thunderstorm
followed the next day by sunshine.
Hermosa and the Gulf of Papagayo region receives
more sunshine than anywhere else in Costa Rica. There
is less rain here than anywhere in the country. Many
of our homes have palm trees and cactus in their
Are there many restaurants close by?
A: Playa Hermosa has several excellent restaurants and bars offering casual and upscale dining. Within a 10 minute drive there are dozens of restaurants of all kinds from the family run "sodas" to dining of "haute cuisine". There are restaurants to accommodate every kind of taste and pocketbook.
Is the water safe to drink?
A: Yes! Water is potable in all parts of the
country. We recommend that you travel with a bottle
of water at all times to prevent dehydration.
Are the beaches in the area safe for swimming?
A: Yes. Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Playa Ocotal and
Playa Panama beaches are located in Bahia Culebra
(Snake Bay, named after its shape), which is reef
protected and the surf is very calm. There are no
riptide currents that are associated with the other
beaches to the south. Nevertheless, the ocean should
always be respected by those who intend to enjoy it.
Are there any travel safety tips you can offer?
A: Unfortunately, petty theft in Costa Rica is
common. While enjoying a swim, please always keep an
eye on your belongings on the beach, or have a
member of your party watch them for you. Keep your
money on your person or in a safe place, and never
leave anything of value in your car! It is also a
good idea to keep a copy of your passport with you.
Leave your passport at your vacation home in a safe
place. You don’t want to lose it! Simply use your
Are Credit Cards and US Dollars accepted by local
A: Credit Cards- For the most part, Yes. We advise
you to notify your credit card company of your
intent to travel abroad prior to your departure.
U.S. Dollars - are generally accepted, but it’s
better to use the local currency (Colones). Paying
for goods or services with $100 bills can be
What should I pack?
A: Costa Rica is very laid back and casual so there
isn't a need for formal attire. Feel free to go
light on luggage as even the nicer restaurants have
relaxed standards of dress. Also be sure to pack
walking shoes or amphibious hiking shoes to visit
some areas you may want to see. These areas are
forested and feature hot springs, various wildlife,
waterfalls, and volcanoes. You may also want to ride
the zip lines of a canopy tour and they require
Do I need a passport?
A: As of December 31, 2005, US visitors to Costa
Rica are required to have a passport.
What precautions should I take?
A: The Centers for Disease Control offers
recommendations for certain vaccinations (such as
tetanus), there are no health requirements for
visiting the Costa Rica.
Where can I buy bread, milk, meats…?
A: The Super Luperon is located on the main road in
Playas del Coco (10 mins from Hermosa). It’s very
similar to the grocery stores in the states. Please
look at the Coco map on the last page for
“Supermarket” for directions. They are open everyday
from 8:30 to 8:00 except on Sundays, their hours are
9:00 to 2:00. If you need just the basic’s (bread,
milk, drinks…) we have a small “super” here in
Will my cell phones work in Costa Rica?
A: Yes, SOME carriers have coverage in the Hermosa
and Coco area. Please check with your carrier for
official detail. Cell phone rentals are inexpensive, and coupled with an international credit card (bring this from home), you can stay in touch internatiolally. All domestic and received calls are free with the rental.
How can I exchange Money?
A: Every bank will allow you to change your currency
into Colones. Please bring your passport for any transactions.
When do I pay my departure tax?
A: Payment can be made at the airport prior to checking in for your departure flight.