TRAVEL TIPS
Here's a short list of helpful hints that will help increase the Pura Vida and help avoid vacation mishaps. Bring extra memory and batteries for your camera.

  • Make sure that all of your US bills are perfect. Costa Rican banks won't accept torn or marked dollars, so most businesses won't either.
  • Speaking of cash, bring extra. Many businesses don't accept credit cards and ATM machines are tough to find outside San Jose.
  • If you plan to drive, pick up a Spanish phrase book to help you decipher the road signs. Of course, this will help everywhere.
  • Bring along a copy or two of your passport I.D. page and carry it with you. Keep the actual passport somewhere safe, for example in the safe you'll find in your apartment.
  • If you rent a car, leave it empty. Some folks also leave the car doors unlocked to prevent broken windows.
  • Don't bring pre-paid calling cards with toll-free numbers. They don't work in Costa Rica. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.
  • Remember to bring plenty of sun block.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Do I need a passport and/or visa?
    How do I get there?
    Is Plumita Pacifica kid-friendly?
    Are there restaurants nearby?
    How's the area's nightlife?
    What's to do nearby?
    Any local fiestas coming up?
    Should we rent a car, and if so, should we get a 4 wheel drive?
    Does Plumita Pacifica have weekly or monthly rates?
    How far is Plumita Pacifica from San Jose?
    Can I drink the water?
    How can I get to Plumita Pacifica without a car?




    Do I need a passport and/or visa?
    Travelers from the US and Canada need a valid passport for at least 6 months after the day of arrival to enter Costa Rica. Nationals from all other countries are required to do so. If you have to do any banking during your stay, or if you decide to make a trip to Nicaragua or Panama, you'll need your passport. Top

    How do I get there?
    Getting to Plumita Pacifica is easy! Visit our Maps page to find out how! Top

    Is Plumita Pacifica kid-friendly?
    Absolutely! Kids of all ages can enjoy Plumita Pacifica with its beautiful coconut palm shaded play area or splash in the surf and of course the beaches provide endless hours of fun! Top

    Are there restaurants nearby?
    Yes, and many are within as easy walk. Restaurant choices range from local (really good Costa Rican) to European to Asian. Top

    How's the area's nightlife?
    There are night spots for late night carousing, or if you want to dance, your stay here will almost always coincide with a local dance. That's "baile" (bai-lay) if you want to get native. These dances will give you a great dose of Guanacaste's culture and if you dare, you can salsa and merengue the night away! For you hardcore party people Tamarindo (about 30 minutes away) and Nicoya (an hour) both have happening' discos that never fail to provide entertainment into the wee hours. Top

    What's to do nearby?
    Some guests are here to kick back and do nothing but relax and unwind, but for those of you who like a balance of adventure and hammock time you can arrange just about anything you're interested in. Top

    Any local fiestas coming up?
    There are local dances almost every weekend and during the high season there is almost always a local "fiesta" (three days of bull riding, dancing and general revelry) in a town nearby. Top

    To 4x4 or not to 4x4.
    That really is a frequently asked question. As long as it won't break your bank or cause you to skimp on other parts of your trip, four wheel drives can definitely enhance your time here. Whether your dying to know what is making that noise on the other side of the river that's so rudely intersecting the "highway," or your just enjoying the higher ride (better for spotting monkeys!) and pothole clearance, you'll be happy to have it. However, if you can't swing it, or if you're planning on getting here from the airport and just doing some very local traveling you'll do fine with a two- wheel drive machine. Top

    Does the Plumita Pacifica have weekly or monthly rates?
    We love long-timers and are always willing to help you out on our rates if that means we'll have you around for a little while longer. Refer to our pricing page for discounts. Top

    How far is Plumita Pacifica from San Jose?
    We are 4 to 5 hours from San Jose by car. See our maps page for directions. If you decide to fly into Tamarindo, the flight is about 50 minutes and the ride to Plumita Pacifica is another 30. International flights also arrive daily into Liberia, about 1.5 hours from Plumita Pacifica. Click here for our how to get here page. Top

    Can I drink the water?
    Most of the tap water in Costa Rica is potable and in our area there is no problem with tap water. Top

    How can I get to Plumita Pacifica without a car?
    There are several options for you ranging from very expensive to rather cheap. You be the judge:

  • Taxi from the airport in San Jose. A 4 or 5 hour ride that will cost you about $150, but give you a great opportunity to brush up on your Spanish with the driver.
  • Fly from the International airport to Tamarindo. This flight leaves four times a day, lasts about 50 minutes and costs $65 one-way. From Tamarindo you'll need to grab a cab. The 30 minute ride costs about $45.
  • Bus from San Jose to Santa Cruz. This 4-1/2 hour ride will cost you approximately $6. Once in Santa Cruz you can connect with local bus out to the beach or you can take the 30 minute taxi ride for about $20.
  • Fly into Liberia and then take a bus to Santa Cruz. See above for directions from Santa Cruz. Fly into Liberia on an International flight, and then take a taxi from airport to Plumita Pacifica (about US $60.00). Top