How much is $1 in Colones?
For easy math $1 is equal to around 500 Colones. It fluctuates based on the value of the $1 but this makes it simple to estimate when making a purchase.
What's the cost of the average meal?
Dinner at a sit down local "soda" ranges from 3000 Colones, or $6 and up. A specialty restaurant might be over to 10,000 Colones, or $20.
When I stop for an ice cold beer how much will it set me back?
Local beers like Imperial can be found for 1,000-1,500 Colones($2-$3) at a bar. Happy Hour you might find 2 for 1 drinks or buckets of beers.
Are groceries expensive?
It's all about what you buy. A beautiful pineapple would run about 500-800 Colones ($1.00-$1.50), but cheddar cheese is expensive.
Do I need to exchange Dollars for Colones? No, it isn't necessary. Use ATM's and grab Colones as needed. The cost of ATM transactions are likely less than paying for exchanging. (check with your bank) Plus most places will take Dollars no problem, with the exception of a feria. There you should be using Colones.
What's it like driving in Costa Rica?
Roads are not great and traffic laws are taken lightly. First time guests should skip the car rental but if you're ready for the adventure we can help find your car.
How are the buses?
The bus is an excellent option for seasoned travelers. It's inexpensive, easy, and typically runs right on time.
What is the easiest & cheapest way to go from place to place?
If you aren't quite ready for the bus a shuttle is the way to go. They pick up right at your hotel and drop you at the next hotel. I love the shuttles.
Are bike rentals easy to find?
Yes, in Puerto Viejo its simple to rent a bike and take it everywhere. We will arrange it for you, just ask.
Should I use taxis?
Yes, they are an excellent way to get around. Just make sure you get a red car marked as a Taxi and ask for an estimate to your location. We can recommend a couple of drivers in Puerto we love.
Weather & Stuff
When is the best time to visit?
Normally the heaviest Caribbean rain appears in Dec. & July. You'll find cooler temps Dec.-Mar but it's rarely cooler than the low 70's or hotter than the high 80"s
Rooms are screened, and with repellent or long sleeves & pants at dusk bites are minimal in this area.(We also provide organic natural insect repellant in our rooms.)
Snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlers
It would be very rare to see a snake in town; however lizards, toads, and many bugs make their way from the jungle to the garden. It's still the rain forest. If you visit the jungle expect to see a lot more of these creatures.
Is Costa Rica safe?
Most crimes are ones of opportunity. Do not walk or ride your bike at night on a dark road. If you've had a few too many, take a cab. Go out with friends, leave electronics in the room, ask a local, use common sense.