Costa Rica has two international airports: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and Daniel Oduber Quiros Inter-
national Airport (LIR). Both are served by many airlines. However, most international flights go through SJO, in Alajuela,
which is about half an hour from the capital San José. LIR is located in Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste. For more
details on how to get around Costa Rica, see our dedicated page.
The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon (CRC), whose symbol is ₡. US dollars (USD) are widely accepted (pre-
ferably $20 notes and below). Many shops will accept US$5, US$10 or US$20 notes, and you will probably get change
in colones. You can often even pay for taxis, hotels, park fees, tours and meals in tourist restaurants in US dollars.
However, in markets and on public transport, it is best to pay in colones.
If you wish to pay by credit card, make sure you have your identity papers with you. You can use your credit card (Visa,
MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted) in supermarkets, car rental agencies, department stores, petrol
stations and high-end hotels and restaurants in tourist towns, but you may be charged a transaction fee. However, be
aware that businesses in Santa Teresa are less likely to accept this form of payment.
Tax is 13% of the purchase and is always included in the final price. In restaurants and hotels, tax and service are in-
cluded in the final price; however, if you have enjoyed the service and wish to leave a tip, it would be welcome. Since
2016, the exit tax is included in most air tickets.
In Costa Rica, it is easy to find restaurants, sodas, cafés and bakeries. The gastronomic offer is quite varied and in-
cludes both national and international options. Normally, lunch takes place between noon and 3pm and dinner between
6pm and 9pm, so some restaurants close the kitchen between 3pm and 6pm.
For your clothing, you need light clothes that will allow you to withstand the high temperatures. However,
you should also bring clothes that cover your arms and legs. This is absolutely essential for the jungle. While
closed shoes are mandatory in the jungle, a pair of flip-flops is more appropriate for the beach. Of course you
should also take a swimming costume.
A central artery runs through the Santa Teresa area where all the basic necessities are located: banks, ATMs,
pharmacies, health centres, supermarkets, petrol stations, rental agencies, police stations and co-working
spaces.You will also find cosmopolitan restaurants, bohemian shops, and typical leisure activities, all of
which will delight you.
The destination is ideal for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Santa Teresa offers your children
a lot of freedom. Nevertheless, it is your duty to make them aware of the rules of good living in Santa Teresa
(safety on quad bikes, safety on the beach) and the risks in our villas (swimming pool and unsecured surroun-
dings) as well as the respect of the surrounding fauna and flora.
For all your evenings between adults, NIGHT proposes the arrival of a babysitter
Santa Teresa and the surrounding area is known for its many surfing spots on wide sandy beaches. Be-
ginners, intermediates or experts, there is something for everyone. It is important to be aware of the
currents and to be careful and responsible when swimming. The Pacific Ocean allows you to swim in
30°C water all year round. In many beaches you can walk a hundred metres without hitting the waves.
The common plug voltage you will find in Costa Rica is 110V at a frequency of 60Hz. This is the same
voltage used in most of South America, the United States and Canada, but it is lower than that used in
Western Europe and most of Asia and Africa.
The type of plug you will need is one with an A/B pin (two parallel flat pins or two parallel flat pins with a round
pin). So check the pins used in your country and if they are not the same, you will need a voltage adapter.
Our villas are equipped with high-speed fibre internet, so you can surf in peace and communicate with your
family, friends and colleagues whenever you want. Most of the restaurants and cafes have wifi access.
The dry climate of Santa Teresa does not favour the presence of mosquitoes, however you can find mosquito
repellent on site if necessary.