Bring plenty of cash in small bills--mainly $20s, some $10s and $5s.
Do not rely on ATM availability. They are difficult to locate and can have long lines.
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. Nearly all 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, and you should not experience any problems. (For example: Don't leave valuables in car, lock doors.)
Make a color copy of your Passport. Carry the copy with you, when traveling about the country. Leave your original passport locked in the house safe.
Avon Skin So Soft is an excellent DEET-Free bug repellent, available with SPF 30 sun protection. It can be easily ordered on line. All Terrain Herbal Armor is also a decent 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!!!