Costa Rica Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQ'S TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Packing Recommendations, Cell Phones, Electricity Outlets, Time Zone & Other Miscellaneous Items
TIPS & TRAVEL FACTS
PASSPORTS - #1 MOST IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATION! Check your PASSPORT expiration dates. If your passport is set to expire within 90 days to 6 months of your dates of travel, you may not be allowed to enter Costa Rica.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS - CHECK IN INSTRUCTIONS. Do not rely on GPS, phone apps or the directions saved to your smart phone or mobile device when driving to our office for check-in. We respectfully request that you print the instructions to have on hand to prevent any unforeseen delays in your arrival. Trust us we when say that this the best option for handling the directions when meeting up with us for your check-in.
RENTAL CAR RECOMMENDATIONS: We proudly promote Adobe Rental Car based on the quality of customer service & cars provided and recommend that you rent as soon as you know you flight information; https://www.zindis.com/rental-car.htm. If renting elsewhere, please verify that the quote contains the required Costa Rican Limited Liability Insurance & taxes to prevent any unexpected price jumps.
AIRPORT: The Liberia Airport (LIR) is only 20-30 minute drive from the Playa Hermosa/Playas del Coco areas and is accessed by most major airlines. The San Jose Airport is, at a minimum, 3 1/2 hours drive from our area. We strongly recommend that if you are traveling from the San Jose Airport, to not do so after dark.
ARRIVE PREPARED - PLAN AHEAD: This important, especially during peak travel times, in regards to the best selection and pricing for rental car bookings, tours & sight seeing trips, and any other special experiences you would like to enjoy in Costa Rica. Our Concierge Desk will be happy to help you with any questions you may have, please contact us at [email protected] for further information.
CELL PHONES: Please make sure that we are able to be in contact with you, at least until we meet up to introduce you to your vacation home. This is quite important to avoid unforeseen issues such as getting lost, car problems, lost luggage issues, etc. Please check with your cell phone provider about what is needed for cell phone access. If interested, ZINDIS can provide you with a cell phone to rent during your stay. For more information, please contact [email protected]
DRESS ATTIRE: We are a beach community in the tropics and quite warm year ''round! Bring very light, breathable clothing. Comfort is key while you are here. Our ZINDIS homes are equipped with washer and dryers to further assist with packing lightly.
CASH EXCHANGE: No need to exchange for the local currency when traveling to Costa Rica; the Coloné, as US Dollars are widely accepted, as are most credit cards. The easiest way to end up with local currency is to make a purchase with larger bill, and your change will generally be the in local currency.
SAFETY: Costa Rica is considered one of the safer countries to travel to as the violent crime rates are very. That being said, petty theft does occur, please be careful when deciding to bring expensive electronic gadgets and we strongly encourage valuable jewelry & other small valuables be left at home. It is also important to travel smart and not leave your vacation home and/or rental vehicles left unlocked. We also strongly encourage you to not leave valuables in plain sight at any time.
DRINKING WATER: The drinking water is generally safe; however bottled water and bags of ice are available at any grocery store if that is your personal preference.
BUG SPRAY & SUN SCREEN: You will definitely need both when out and about, we recommend a waterproof type if available. We recommend that you use both liberally while here.
CREDIT CARD SAFETY: To make sure that you do not have unexpected issues with your credit cards while here, notify your credit card provider that you will be in Costa Rica. Also, it is highly recommended that you check to see if your credit will charge you "international service charge" while here.
ROADSIDE SOLICITORS WARNING: When driving through parts of Playa Hermosa you may see young men & women frantically waving you down, generally by speed bumps or corners (areas that require you to slow down). These individuals are selling time-shares to local Costa Rican hotels. Please do not stop in the middle of the road to chat with these people – If so inclined to hear about time share opportunities, please pull off to the side of the road for more information.