The ride was estimated to take about 3. This road is rough dirt but also narrow in parts with steep drop offs and no guardrails. Tipping is an important part of the culture in Costa Rica. You will take Highway 27 to 34 — all well paved roads. As an example, the parking attendant at once told us about some tent-making bats hiding under a leaf that we had walked right by. The town has hotels, resorts built around hot springs, restaurants and a broader tourist infrastructure that offers many of the activities available in Costa Rica.
We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. Hope your timing works out and you have a great trip! Best regards to you and your family. Hi Doris, It seems from what Rios Tropicales said and their website that they limit overnight stays at their ecolodge to those rafting 2 or more nights. This time we are going to rent a car to get out a little more on our own. Currency in Costa Rica The currency of Costa Rica is the Colon plural colones and this is divided into 100 centimos. If you have only been transported a short distance, you can simply round up the meter to the nearest dollar.
Shuttle vans typically hold between 5 and 14 passengers, including space for luggage. While this number might have you scratching your head, you should remember that the overall cost of these types of tours is usually cheap. Unfortunately that highway is closed on Sundays not sure if just some Sundays or all of them on the San Jose — Orotina driving direction I think they use all highway lanes for the other driving direction as everyone returns to San Jose after the weekend. How can we tell them we would like them to drop off the car at Sierpe? Once you get onto the Nicoya Peninsula, the roads will be a mixture of paved and dirt. I was walking on the road to a friends house and some random car stopped next to me and the man inside asked if I needed a taxi.
The rules are bent everywhere you go. If there is no lead guide and no tip jar, I will either tip the tour guide that I have at the end, or I will split the tips myself and hand them out to each guide individually. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I was on my own, and still felt that without my rental car, I could not have had the freedom to go where and when I wanted and I would definitely recommend a rental car to anyone travelling to Costa Rica to get the most out of your trip. Surfboards and other bulky items are not allowed. Hi Ann, A lot of people use the ones the rental companies have.
Nothing fancy but good Costa Rican food. While it might seem strange Americans who are used to tipping 15% or more not to leave anything more than 10%, you can rest assured that it is common and accepted to pay the bill as is, with no additional tipping. The and your budget are important factors as well. If you explore outside of the immediate Paquera area, you will want 4×4. My family and I will be traveling to San Jose and flying to Puerto Jimenez via Sansa Air on Dec 15.
Taxis in Costa Rica are a common transportation option for locals and tourists. His vehicle was air conditioned and clean and at all times he was a conscientious driver. The biggest advantage is the direct routes on segments frequented by tourists where the public buses require going out of your way or changing buses frequently. Seven of us — four teens and three adults will be there Christmas week. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Generally all major roads within the Guanacaste section of Nicoya Peninsula: they are 1 lane, but deserted and straight enough to pass comfortably and keep a good cruising speed. Yes, early morning driving is fine.
I also pulled over whenever possible to let any traffic behind me go by so that I never felt pushed to travel faster than my comfort zone allowed. A few parts will be rough dirt and mountainous, though, so you will be glad to have 4×4. Do you recommend us renting a car? May is still early in the rainy season so no worries there. Your website has been very helpful and has motivated us to visit Costa Rica. The last part goes around Lake Arenal and is quite curvy but nicely paved. Or you can adjust your destinations.
A couple of nice ones with good views are and. We work with dozens of shuttles companies in Costa Rica. Rates change depending on the area rural or city and the automobile capacity. As far as we know, it is fairly constant with trucks going back and forth from the port of Limon. Costa Rican coins Tipping was not the cultural norm in. Crossing a small river near Nosara Checkpoints Along major routes, you may see police checkpoints set up, often near international borders. If your flight get delayed or baggage or immigration take an extra long time sometimes this happens , you might have to rethink it but you can plan on going same day for now.