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Travel Information

Finding UsCar RentalsAirport PickupCollect Phone CallsCheck-in and Check-outNo SmokingPassportPaying UsMoney and Debit/Credit CardsSun and BugsClothingInternetDeparture TaxWeatherPolicies and CancellationsDonations

Finding Us

For maps and driving directions, please click here.  I suggest printing at least the directions and a map to bring along with you.

Our GPS coordinates:

N 10 06.708  W 84 27.246

Car Rentals

If you’d like to rent a car and would like several quotes from good, reputable car companies near the airport, just click here to go to our Car Rental form. Quick and easy to use, you will quickly receive a handful of quotes that you may compare.

Airport Pickup (upon request)

Please phone or email us to schedule an airport pickup:

  • Include the carrier, flight number, arrival time and departing city of your flight.
  • Also include how many are traveling.
  • Make a payment*  though Paypal, using info@casa-amanecer as the recipient.
  • We will send you a confirmation email.

*Cost is $85 for up to four people, $160 for five to 12 people.

Once you exit the airport, just look for a Casa Amanecer representative holding a sign with your name on it.

If you do not see anyone holding your sign, use the public phones to the right as you exit the building. You can call us COLLECT as outlined below in “Make a Collect Phone Call to the B&B”.

It’s about a 45-minute trip to Casa Amanecer

Make a Collect Phone Call to the B&B

Using any cell phone, public pay phone or land line, simply:

• Lift the receiver (do not insert coins or cards)
• Dial 1110 and listen to instructions (in Spanish)
• Dial the phone number: cell 8306-3159 or house 2445-2100
• Listen again to instructions (in Spanish)
• Say your name after the beep

We will take your call and assist you.

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is at 2:00 PM. On occasion, we will have rooms ready earlier and will be happy to let you in. Otherwise, if you arrive early, you may sit and relax either in living area or on the covered veranda. Check-out is at 11:00 AM please.

No Smoking is permitted in the house or on the grounds.

Passport

For up-to-date passport and visa requirements, look at the Costa Rica Embassy Website. It’s a good idea to make a copy of your passport to use as you travel within Costa Rica. You can keep the original in a secure location, and show the copy to anyone requesting to see it. This just minimizes the risk of losing it or having it stolen.

Paying Us

Please pay us either in US dollars or Costa Rican colones when you are here.

If you’d like to pay your balance with credit card or PayPal, please contact us or let our staff know and we will email you an invoice that will include a 5% fee of the balance, payable online before you depart Casa Amanecer.

Money and Debit/Credit Cards

You can use dollars at most places, but you don’t get the best exchange rate.

Another option is to exchange dollars for colones at a bank. Be sure to have your passport with you. You may also withdraw money in the form of colones from your home-country bank account using your debit card. There are ATMs in town where you may do this. You may also use your debit card or credit card at gas stations, supermarkets, larger hotels and many tourist attractions.

If you use Paypal, be sure to visit your Profile before you travel at www.paypal.com. Go to Travel Plans, and give them your travel itinerary. It’s also a good idea to advise your bank of your travel plans.

The currency in Costa Rica is called colones. The exchange rate these days is roughly 540 colones per dollar. ($1 = 540 colones, $10 = 5,400 colones, etc).

Avoid exchanging money at the airport. While it may be convenient, you get quite a low exchange rate. I highly recommend going to a bank here in town, or in any town. Do remember to have your passport with you.

Be sure any bills that you bring are not damaged or torn, as they may not be accepted, not even by banks. Most businesses do not accept bills over $20. Larger hotels normally do, however, as do we at Casa Amanecer.

Sunscreen and Bugs

Sunscreen is a must, as well as a hat to shade the face. The sun is more intense down here and you will burn faster, especially at the beach. Insects can be a problem as well, though generally not as much here in the higher altitudes as at the beaches. Consider bug repellent.

Clothing

Costa Rica has a variety of climates and temperatures. Consider packing light, cotton clothing for the tropical beach areas, and warmer clothing for the Central Valley region. You won’t need anything too heavy though. Maybe a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings. Shorts and t-shirts are fine, but consider also bringing long sleeve shirts, long pants and a hat to help prevent sunburns. Sandals, tennis shoes and/or possibly some light hiking shoes will be fine for footwear.

Internet

If you are bringing a laptop or some other device, we do have high-speed internet here at the B&B, including wireless.

Departure Tax

Upon leaving Costa Rica, you will need to pay a departure tax of $29 per person at the airport before checking luggage. As  you enter the airport, turn right, go all the way to the end and go to the counter on the right. They accept dollars, colones and credit cards.

Weather

When it is the rainy season (April – November) make sure you come prepared with rain gear, even if it is just a travel umbrella. In the higher altitudes, it generally rains a couple hours in the afternoon, and possibly into the night.

Policies and Cancellations

No Smoking
Smoking is not permitted on the premises.

Deposits and Payments
A 50% deposit is required in order to confirm a reservation. You may use credit card or pay by Paypal during the online booking process.

Cancellations

If a booking is cancelled less than 7 days before arrival then a charge equal to 25.00% of the stay will be made.
If a booking is cancelled less than 2 days before arrival then a charge equal to 50.00% of the stay will be made.
In the event of a no show or booking reduction (after arrival date) the full cost of the booking is charged.

 

Breakfast

Breakfast is served between 8:00 and 9:00 each morning. If you would like an earlier breakfast, please let us know. Coffee and tea can be found on the veranda at 7:00 am. Please help yourself!

Security and Valuables
If you have valuables that you would like to keep secure, we are happy to place them in our safe.

Donations

We always strive to help out in our community. One way to do that is to provide those in need with needed items. If you would like to help, please consider bringing along one of the following items:

• Children’s books in English or Spanish
• Musical instruments (for the local music program)
• Children’s and adults’ clothing
• Whiteboard markers (for the neighboring free English school)