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Below are a few of the most popular questions we receive and the answeres to each. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime with your Costa Rica travel questions. It's always a pleasure to provide you with a prompt and accurate answer!
**Traveler Beware** There is a lot of innacurate and out dated information on line and in printed travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Fodors, Frommers, etc. We strongly suggest that you not purchase or subscribe to these guides or follow anything you read in then as over 75% of it is incorrect and inaccurate. Contact Us anytime for the most accurate answers to all of your Costa Rica travel questions!
Where in Costa Rica is VIP Beach House located? (click for answer)
We are located in the #1 Vacation Destination in Costa Rica, the Los Suenos & Jaco Beach region. There is more to see and do here than ANY other part of Costa Rica and this is where the absolute best Costa Rica vacations are experienced!
What airport would should we fly into and how far is it from Jaco/Los Suenos (click for answer)
You would book your flights to arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose Costa Rica. With the completion of the new direct highway, the airport is only a quick and scenic 1hr/20min. ride. The road is perfectly paved and smooth. Enjoy the ride!
Do we need any vaccinations beofre traveling to Costa Rica? (click for answer)
No. Costa Rica's socialized medicine and public education has served to very effectively control those illnesses and diseases that typically affect tropical countries. The standard of health here is very high. Vaccinations are not required, nor are they necessary.
Are there ATM machines easily available? (click for answer)
Yes. There are plenty of ATM machines in the Jaco Beach & Los Suenos area that you will be to use your ATM card to withdraw cash. Most of them offer you the option and dispense both US dollars and Costa Rican Colones.
Are US dollars accepted in Costa Rica? (click for answer)
US Dollars are accepted everywhere in Costa Rica. You will always get Costa Rican Colones as change however. (pronounced kuh-low-nes) You can check the current daily USD to CRC exchange rate y doing a Google Search for Costa Rica currency exchange. You do not need to, nor should you purchase Costa Rica currency in the US before you arrive. You'll get a much lower exchange rate by doing so plus the fees charged by US banks.
Do I need a US Passport or Visa to travel to Costa Rica? (click for answer)
If you are traveling from the USA or Canada to Costa Rica you will need a valid US Passport that must not be set to expire within 90 days of the day you arrive in Costa Rica. No additional or special "Visa" is required.
What is the difference between High Season and Green Season? (click for answer)
Green Season represents the Costa Rica Rainy season, which typically starts May 1 and runs until Mid-December. During May through August, the rains are not that frequent and usually come in the late afternoons, or in the evenings. The rainiest months of Green season tend to be September and October.
High Season is the "Dry" season in Costa Rica which typically runs January through April. At this time there is little to no rains, and days are normally sunny, hot and clear. This is also our peak fishing season for Sailfish and Marlin.
What will the weather be like while we are there? (click for answer)
For the most accurate weather reports in the Los Suneos/Jaco Beach area, please visit the following link. CLICK HERE
The temperature is shown in Celsius so be sure to convert the numbers shown in Celsius to Fahrenheit to know what the forecasted temperature is. Weather in our region is always different than the forecast for San Jose so please do not base your travel decisions on the weather forecast for San Jose or any other region.
Is Costa Rica a safe place to visit ? (click for answer)
In general, Costa Rica is a very safe place for visitors. The local residents are warm and welcoming to tourists. Like any country, it has its bad element and share of crime.
Exercising the same common sense and safety precautions as you would when traveling anywhere in the world, insures a safe and memorable visit. Petty theft is common place, so locking up after yourself, not leaving any valuables in your car or out in the open, and keeping a close eye on your personal items will prevent you for having a bad experience.
Is it OK to drink the water in Costa Rica ? (click for answer)
We suggest drinking bottled water, which is available at every restaurant, and grocery store. Please note that ice cubes used in all restaurants and bars here, comes from a local ice service that uses purified water to make ice, so there is no need to worry about ice cubes in cocktails or soft drinks. The water is fine to brush your teeth with and shower in we just suggest you don't drink tap water.