What to Expect/Bring
Clothing is a simple matter—it’s a tropical beach paradise. Costa Rica’s climate is renowned, with mild tropical conditions prevailing year-round; extremes and pro- longed periods of gray are practically nonexistent. Temperature varies mainly ac- cording to elevation: the higher the cooler. The rainy season lasts from May through November, the dry warmth visits from December to April. (But Costa Rica’s rain falls mainly on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate.)
The most widely spoken language in Costa Rica is Spanish (97% of the population), although there are other native languages used mostly within the indigenous reserves. However, many businesses in and around San Jose, and most resorts throughout the country have employees who also speak English.
Costa Rica’s national currency is the Colón (CRC). In 2013, $1 USD is approximately 500 Colónes. Charge cards are generally accepted at tours, ATMs, banks, larger stores and grocery stores. Restaurants usually accept credit or debit cards, but sometimes it is better to pay with cash in Colónes. At the Farmers Market you will need Colónes. Checks (on US banks) are NOT accepted. Travelers checks are cumbersome and many places will not accept them.
Tip: Be sure you understand how your credit card handles foreign exchange transactions. Some cards have no charge for currency exchange, while others charge transaction fees that can add up quickly.
Driving (Licenses and Insurance)
Valid US and any international driving license are accepted in Costa Rica. If you rent a car, the rental agency will usually offer insurance as an extra cost option. This insurance is a good idea unless you already have it provided through your credit card. Be sure to verify that your credit card insurance applies in Costa Rica!
There are many grocery stores near Villa Nasua. The Farmers Market is on Friday, and a place that sells fresh fish and a butcher shop are both within walking distance of Villa Nasua.
If you want help in booking tours, contact the Villa Nasua office, where Jeanette will be glad to help with suggestions and arrangements.
Check-in and Check-out Times
Note that check-in time is 2:00 p.m., (and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.). Please contact the Villa Nasua office at (506) 2-643-3449 or (506) 2-643-3169 if you will be arriving after 7:00 p.m.
Telephone and Cell Phone Service
Companies providing cellular service in Costa Rica include Clear and MoviStar. International (prepaid) phone cards are available for unlocked smart phones. ATT phone number to contact about services in Costa Rica is 1-800-855-2880.
Costa Rica electric power follows the North American standard: 60 Hz. at 120 VAC. Plugs and receptacles are in the following formats.
If your equipment uses a grounded (3-prong) plug, be sure to bring an adapter in case the available receptacles are for 2-prong plugs. As power spikes are not uncommon, it is a good idea to bring along a surge suppressor to protect delicate electronics.