1. Which airport should I fly into?
2. What is the process for getting to Recreo from the airport?
3. Is airport transportation (from Liberia) included in my package?
4. How are the roads to Recreo?
5. Is it possible to fly into the San Jose airport?
6. Are meals included?
7. What types of activities are included in the Resort fee of $25 per person?
8. Are there ATV’s or motorized water sports available onsite?
9. Is there surfing nearby?
10. What is not included in my package?
11. What are the amenities available in the villas?
12. How do I get around the resort?
13. Do you have a minimum number of nights requirement?
14. Are there drinks available at the Mountain Top Lookout?
15. Is the water safe to drink?
16. Do you allow pets?
17. Are the villas air conditioned?
18. What is the security like at the resort?
19. Are there lots of bugs?
20. Is your resort handicapped accessible?
21. What is customary for tipping?
22. What is the temperature like?
The temperature is consistently in the mid to high 80’s, low 90’s during the day, and mid-70’s at night.
23. What are the different seasons in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has only two seasons: dry and green! The dry season with very little rain is generally between late December and April and the green or wet season lasts the rest of the year – May through November.
24. What is the weather like in the green season?
The green season lasts from May through November, but still offers an average of about 3 to 5 hours of daily sunshine. There is even a mini “dry season” in July. It is the time of year when, for most of the country, you may get some rain during your travels. And, it’s also the less crowded, off-peak season. Many people actually prefer to vacation during the green season, as the pace is slower, the rates are less, and, of course, it’s greener! You could be here for a week and see no rain, or you might see afternoon or night time showers, or perhaps several days of clouds, drizzle and rain.
25. What is the time difference in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica Standard Time is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-6), same as Chicago and St. Louis. Costa Rica does not operate Daylight-Saving Time, so the time difference is an additional hour April through October.
26. Will I need to bring an adapter?
Electric Voltage in Costa Rica is 110 V, the same as the United States.
27. What is the form of currency and do I need to exchange my money before I arrive?
American Dollars and Costa Rican Colones are accepted everywhere – the closest ATM is in La Cruz, a 15-minute drive from Recreo.
28. Can I use my credit card or will I need cash?
Credit cards are accepted at Recreo for all purchases onsite. Most offsite tour locations accept credit cards, but not all. The Day Tour inside Nicaragua is one example and for this tour, dollars are preferred.
29. Are there security boxes at Recreo to put my valuables in?
30. Will I need any vaccinations to travel to Costa Rica?
Most travelers do not need vaccinations or special medications when visiting Costa Rica. Pharmacies are located in most towns and cities, including La Cruz, the closest town to recreo.
31. What kinds of Medical and emergency services are available?
A local clinic is just minutes from recreo and can handle any basic needs. There is also a hospital in Liberia which is about 1 hour away and life flight services are available.
32. Is there a pharmacy nearby?
There is a pharmacy in La Cruz, a 15 minute drive from Recreo.
33. Is there nightlife in the area?
We are in a remote and very private location surrounded by beaches, national parks and rain forest with few hotels and very small towns in the nearby vicinity. This remoteness affords our guests the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural surroundings. There are a few local restaurants that serve traditional Costa Rican cuisine and are a nice option if you would like to get a taste for the local atmosphere. Recreo’s beach is not heavily touristed and there is not a lot of “nightlife” nearby.
34. How far is the beach from the resort?
Playa Rajada is 5 minutes by car or a 10 minute walk from most villas.
35. Is the resort child friendly?
Costa Rica is a very family and child friendly country in general and at Recreo, we do our utmost to accommodate the needs of families with children. Baby cribs, pack –n- plays, car seats, beach and pool toys and high-chairs are available upon request.
36. Will my child need a car seat?
As of August 1st, 2009, car seats and or booster seats are required for children under the age of 12 years old and should be reserved in advance. If you will be using Recreo transportation please let us know ahead of time if you will be requiring a car seat. If you are renting a car, they will have seats available for an additional fee. Here are the guidelines for choosing which option is best for your child:
Booster: 30 lbs, 57″ tall
Car Seats: 20-50lbs
Infant car seats 5lbs +
37. Do I need to bring my own beach towels?
Beach towels are provided in each villa.
38. Are there laundry services onsite?
Each of the villas includes a washer and dryer. Laundry service is included for guests choosing the all inclusive option.
39. What type of clothing is recommended?
Recreo promotes a casual, relaxed atmosphere. This relaxed environment eliminates the need for dress clothes or jewelry. Lightweight, drip-dry cotton separates (shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, skirts or sarongs) sandals, bathing suits, and a hat. If you are planning on hiking, you may want to throw in a pair of sneakers, and many people bring water socks if they’re going to be snorkeling or tubing on a day trip to the Volcano. Also, bring a darker colored bathing suit that would hide any possible discolorations from a trip to the volcanic mudbaths!
40. Will my cell phone work in Costa Rica?
Please check with your provider prior to leaving your departure country to see if they provide service in Costa Rica, but more importantly what the cost is. Not many US cell phones work in Costa Rica and when they do, the per minute rates are around $4.00. In addition, Recreo is located in a remote area and even if your provider does offer service, it may not work in our area.
41. Do I need to schedule offsite excursions prior to my arrival?
Most tours and excursions can be arranged onsite. Overnight excursions and golf should be scheduled prior to your arrival to ensure availability. For a complete list of tours and activities, see our digital brochure or request a transportation and tours price sheet.
42. Is there WiFi in the villa?
Although you may pick up the WiFi signal in your villa, because of our remote location and local weather patterns, it is not a reliable connection and cannot be guaranteed. There is, however a more reliable connection available in the welcome center.