Bring plenty of cash in small bills--mainly $20s, some $10s and $5s. Costa Rica will not accept bills that are ripped or torn, or have any kind of writing or ink spots on them.
Do not depend solely on ATM availability. The closest ATM is located at the supermarket in Huacas about 15-20 minutes from the house.
Call your credit card company, prior to your departure. Notify them of travel dates, when you will be using your credit card outside of the US.
Bring Visa and MC. American Express is not well accepted in Costa Rica.
Electrical Plugs are US compatible.
Most Costa Ricans dealing with tourists, are well educated and speak excellent English.
Costa Rica is a very clean country. The tap water is safe to drink. You will find little to no garbage along the roads, and on the beach. Many public restrooms are cleaner than those in the US.
One third of Costa Rica's land is dedicated National Park land. The parks are well maintained. Explore them!
Costa Rica is a long standing democracy, and safe for travel. Violent crime is rare. Be an alert and mindful traveler, behaving as you would if traveling in a major US city. (For example: Don't leave valuables in car, lock doors and set the house alarm when you leave.)
Make a color copy of your Passport. Carry the copy with you, when traveling about the country. Leave your original passport and spare cash locked in the house safe.
We STRONGLY encourage you to please USE REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN only! Use mineral sunscreens with a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide base ONLY. Please DO NOT use sunscreens containing chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate as these ingredients are destroying coral reefs worldwide (80% of Hawaii's reefs are dead) and are toxic to humans. All Terrain Herbal Armor is an excellent natural bug repellent and is DEET-Free.
A hair dryer is available at the house. Our private label Casa Baula guest soaps and shampoo are provided.
Sunset viewing is a tradition for locals who live along the beach. Every night is unique and spectacular in its own right. When the horizon is clear, you may even see the famous "Green Flash." You won't want to miss it!!!