Independence Day in Costa Rica

This year, Costa Rica is celebrating its 200th year of independence from Spain! This bicentennial celebration was a bit different from years prior…

First, let’s start with some history. On September 15th, 1821, all of Central America gained independence from Spain. Unlike many of their neighbors, Ticos managed to win their freedom without any revolution or bloodshed due to being such a remote province. Costa Rica actually did not find out about its independence until a whole month later! Very “Pura Vida”!

Costa Rica shares this independence date with Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. This is very significant because an actual fire lit torch is run by foot from Guatemala starting Sept. 9th all the way to Cartago, Costa Rica by Sept. 14th. This tradition is celebrated every year by all 5 countries. The torch is even considered by Costa Rica as a national symbol! Check out this link to read about the national symbols of Costa Rica (https://blog.costarican-american-connection.com/national-symbols-many-costa-rica/)

On the evening of Sept. 14th there is a traditional nighttime lantern parade or the “Desfile de Faroles” by the school children. The handmade lanterns or “faroles” are an important part of the independence celebration and a tribute to Dolores Bedoya. In 1821, Dolores Bedoya, equipped with only a lantern, spread the message that they were now independent nations. This reenactment is celebrated across the country.

September 15th is the day of the national holiday. But the celebration starts at the beginning of the month. All of September is considered the month of the nation or “mes de la patria”. The entire country covers itself with the Costa Rican flag, donning the blue, white, and red banners everywhere! The color blue represents the sky, white is for peace and wisdom, and red is for the warmth and generosity of the Costa Rican people.

This year, the festivities were a bit toned down due to Covid-19… But that didn’t stop Costa Rica from having an incredible display at the National Stadium in San Jose! 500 drones took flight and were positioned to represent figures such as the beloved sloth and traditional costumes. A tribute was paid to health workers during the pandemic and of course the national slogan was spelled out. PURA VIDA!

Although there were a lot less parades, marching bands, and fiestas, Costa Rica did it’s best to embrace its independence! The Costa Rican government moved the holiday to the 13th of September this year so families could enjoy an uninterrupted Independence Day weekend. The cultural centers in San Jose offered many virtual activities for everyone to partake in and all the concerts were broadcasted live. 

Covid-19 may have slowed down the festivities but it didn’t stop the nation from being decorated in blue, white, and red. When you visit Costa Rica, you will see the immense pride Ticos have in their beautiful country and their heritage.

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Children’s Day in Costa Rica

Children’s Day or El Día del Niño is a celebration in Costa Rica that happens every year on September 9th. This playful celebration honors all the children of Costa Rica with festivities and various activities.

Children's day Costa Rica

El Día del Niño was established in Costa Rica in 1946. Costa Rica was actually one of the first countries to celebrate Children’s Day. In 1954, the United Nations encouraged all other countries to follow suit and observe this holiday. Although it is not a legal holiday in Costa Rica, it is celebrated across the country with laughter, parties, and plenty of sweets!

There is much more to this day than presents and parties. It is an important day because it is a time to observe and promote the welfare of children around the world. Children’s Day is essential for promoting children’s rights worldwide. Some of these rights include freedom from discrimination, entitlement to name and nationality, free and compulsory education, protection, love and affection and so much more.

Children's day Costa Rica

More often than not, Children’s Day falls on a school day. When this happens, schools organize various activities for the children. Teachers, parents, and sponsors fill the day with games, treats, competitions, and happiness. From face painting to relay races, the children enjoy plenty of silly entertainment. It is a day the children truly look forward to.

This year, I had the wonderful opportunity to sponsor gifts for 54 kids in the small town of Artola, near Playa del Coco. The local church was hosting a celebration for them. Boys and girls from the ages of 1 to 15 years old were all looking forward to a party and a little surprise!

Children's Day ShoppingI headed to Liberia with my trusted assistant Julia, so she could help with the selection of toys for girls and we let our inner kid out as we shopped for the presents. Dolls, Legos, fire trucks, jewelry kits, soccer balls and more! We even got the kids two piñatas, one for the boys one for the girls and plenty of candy and treats to fill them both to go truly crazy!

After seeing the photos and the smiles on the kids’ faces, I couldn’t be happier.Children's Day Costa Rica Seeing the kids whacking the piñata and squealing with joy when the candy spilled out believe it or not is heartwarming. This is what children’s day in Costa Rica is all about! Bringing happiness to the kids, most if not all living in poverty and letting them know they are loved and appreciated. It has been a hard last two years with the pandemic. The simple things and small kind actions make a big difference here to the children and families of Costa Rica.

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Preparing Your House For Sale In Costa Rica

The market is HOT here in Costa Rica! This is the perfect time to put your house up for sale. Inventory is low in the Playa Hermosa and Playa del Coco area. If you want your home to sell fast, now is the time. Here are some helpful tips when preparing your home for sale.

View of the Pacific from a Costa Rica luxury home

First impressions matter. When a potential buyer is coming to look at a home, the first thing they notice is the landscaping. Great landscaping is critical in Costa Rica. It can transform your property from being an overgrown jungle to a tropical oasis. It pays off to have an assortment of flowers, well kept hedges, and green grass. We are in paradise after all.

One of the most important steps in prepping your home for sale is to declutter! Remove any personal items such as family photos, various knick knacks, toys, and so on. Hide all your pool noodles and floaties. If you have pets, remember to put away their water bowls and beds. You want a buyer to come in and feel like this home is their new personal canvas. 

Next important detail is having a neutral color palette. Your dream may have been to live in a fuchsia colored home but many folks will feel otherwise. Or perhaps you decided to paint a jungle scene mural in the living room. Well, the best way to attract a buyer is to paint over any loud colors and keep it simple. 

Living in the tropics means you often find bugs near or around your home. This is something you get used to but you definitely don’t want a buyer seeing a scorpion! Make sure to fumigate your home often. It will deter all unwanted creepy crawlies from hanging around and scaring off a potential sale. 

Another key factor is having a crisp and clear bright blue pool. Essentially, you want to give the buyer the urge to jump in and enjoy! There is no bigger deterrent than a cloudy, overgrown, forgotten pool. The more enticing you make your outdoor living space, the higher the probability of a sale. The buyer needs to dream about living there. 

View of the Pacific Ocean across an infinity edge pool in Costa Rica

This may seem like common sense, but basic maintenance of your property is fundamental. There are many folks that own property in Costa Rica yet never do any basic maintenance. They end up buying a property, doing the bare minimum, and then hope to sell it for more than what they bought it for. Simple things such as keeping the gutters clean, power washing the pavers, and sealing around the windows will help your home stand out. As well as keeping the AC’s maintained, changing the lightbulbs, and making minor cosmetic repairs as needed. 

Lastly, the best way to prepare a house for sale is to pay for a home inspection. Before you even list the house, you will know exactly what to expect. There will be no surprises because you will find out about any issues the home may have. You can save a lot of money by doing an inspection ahead of time. When the time comes to close, it will happen seamlessly. 

So what are you waiting for? It is time to prep your house and sell! Please reach out to me if you have any questions. I would be happy to assist you in preparing your home for sale and will gladly do a free estimate of recommended selling price.

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Produce in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has an incredible selection of fresh and exotic vegetables and fruit to choose from. It is one of the many reasons I love living in this beautiful country. There is such a variety every time and the produce is always so enticing.

You will be pleased to find many familiar veggies when shopping for produce. Broccoli, kale, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, beets, green beans, potatoes, and more! But there are also plenty of uncommon vegetables that you usually do not see sold in the US or Canada.

Fruit and vegetable area of Luperon supermarket in Playa Hermosa

Some of these unusual veggies include chayote, taro, ayote sazon, yuca or plantains! Yuca is a great replacement for potatoes. Chayotes are so versatile that you can use them in apple pie because they take the flavor of whatever you cook with.

The moment you taste a pineapple in Costa Rica, you will be shocked. Fruits are much sweeter here and far more flavorful! Mangos, bananas, papayas, and pineapples are all grown in Costa Rica. Many of these fruits are even important exports (check out my blog about exports https://blog.costarican-american-connection.com/exports-of-costa-rica/).

The more exotic fruits include rambutans, star fruits, mangosteens, passion fruits, soursops, guavas, star apples and so much more! Only in Costa Rica will you be able to try many of these fruits. The majority cannot be exported since they are delicate or not great for transport.

Rambutan - an exotic Costa Rica fruit

Fruit and vegetable shopping in Costa Rica is exciting because the selection is always changing depending on what’s in season. Throughout the year, there are produce stands next to the road selling whatever has recently been locally harvested. The best part is, you are buying directly from local farmers!

From March – June you will see an abundance of mangos! From July – August the delicious carambola, known as star fruit, is available. July – October you will see mountains of spikey looking little red fruits called mamon chinos. Other fruits are available year round such as oranges, soursops, and passion fruits.

Many non-native fruits are becoming more attainable along with having more reasonable prices. Strawberries and blueberries are now being grown in the country. Costa Rica uses hydroponics to grow a lot of vegetable produce that normally wouldn’t be grown outdoors such as kale or lettuce.

Pineapples for sale in Luperon supermarket

If you are looking for places to buy great produce, you are in luck! Playa del Coco has a bunch of great shopping options. Los Cartagos has an incredible selection. It is a very well organized and clean indoor fruit/veggie market. Feria del Agricultor El Coco is an outdoor market with a more rustic feel and plenty of great produce options. If you are looking for a specific fruit or vegetable such as cherries or romanesco broccoli, Automercado is the one for you!

Living in Costa Rica gives you great access to beautifully fresh produce. You are able to experience so many different flavors. The amazing vegetable and fruit produce available here is definitely one of the reasons I love living in Costa Rica!

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Population of Costa Rica

One of the reasons I love Costa Rica, is that here by the beach, it’s not densely populated! The Playa Hermosa and Playa del Coco area have enough folks to give a sense of community but not enough to feel congested. 

Playa Hermosa Salve monos gathering

Costa Rica has a total population of 5.048 million people. Some studies believe that the country will never reach 6 million. The country is relatively small, only 19,700 square miles. The majority of the population is located in the Great Metropolitan Area or also known as the Central Valley. Within the Central Valley you have the capital of Costa Rica, which is San Jose. Over 60% of Ticos live in urban areas. 

 

Here in Guanacaste, we have a population of approximately 400,000 people. Guanacaste is the most sparsely populated province in all of Costa Rica and it covers a total area of 10,141 km2 or 3,915 sq. mi. That’s only about 100 people for every square mile! 

Cafe de la Playa Playa del Coco

Even though the Guanacaste region is sparsely populated, you still have all the amenities & services! Out of the 400,000 people living in Guanacaste, 100,000 of those people live in Liberia. There is also the Guanacaste International Airport, hospitals, various shopping centers, restaurants, and more, all in Liberia. 

 

By the beach towns you will also have plenty of stores to choose from, restaurants to eat at, and services to enjoy. There are dentists, mechanics, manicurists, veterinarians, etc. Playa Hermosa and Playa del Coco have all the amenities you need without being overcrowded. You will never have to stand in long lines or wait too long for an appointment. Each time you go to dinner, there will be a seat available. 

 

In Playa Hermosa or Playa del Coco you will never have to worry about being stuck in a traffic jam. You may have to slow down for some goats or cows to cross the street but aside from that, the roads are clear! The beaches here have plenty of space. You will always have room to stretch out and relax. Even during the “high season”, the beaches never get too packed to enjoy.

Empty beach caused by sparse population

Due to the smaller population of people, we have a very close knit community. You really get to know your neighbors. The community often comes together to clean up the town, collect trash on the beach, repaint local schools, and host a variety of fundraisers. The majority of towns all over Costa Rica have a strong sense of community. 

 

The best way to get an idea of Costa Rica’s population density is to come and visit! You will be pleasantly surprised to find the perfect mix of urban and rural jungle living with all the amenities you could possibly need. But never any traffic or congestion! 

 

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Costa Rica Myths Debunked

There has been plenty of talk about Costa Rica in the last few years… But many things you hear aren’t necessarily true. Let me help debunk some of the popular myths and misconceptions.

My absolute favorite Costa Rica myth/misconception is that Costa Rica is an island! That is definitely not true. Many folks confuse Costa Rica with Puerto Rico, hence the island myth. Costa Rica is located in the southern portion of Central America, sandwiched between Panama and Nicaragua. It touches the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Atlantic on the east. Although Costa Rica is not an island, it still has 800 miles of incredible coastline!

View of the Playa del Coco bay

“Costa Rica is a third world country”. Absolutely incorrect. Costa Rica is a developing nation. We have all the creature comforts; electricity, wifi, clean water, highways, malls, movie theaters, iPhones, 4G cellular service, and more. All building codes have earthquake resistant standards. Costa Rica also has some of the best healthcare in the world. As well as having a stable democratic government for over 60 years! Costa Rica may not be like the US but that is exactly why we love it.

Another popular myth about Costa Rica is that it is cheap. Yes, the healthcare and property taxes are much cheaper than many other places. But food, utilities, and gas prices are very similar to the US or Canada. Food can get expensive when purchasing imported products such as peanut butter or maple syrup. If you stick to local products such as fresh fish, and the huge assortment of locally grown veggies or fruits you will end up saving money. Costa Rica can become pricey if you stick to your North American shopping habits.

Arizona ice tea is an expensive brand in Costa Rica

Another Costa Rica myth: “The potholes are the size of bathtubs!” That may be true in the southern portion of the country or very unpopulated areas but here in Guanacaste we have recently seen a HUGE improvement. In the last 20 years, a lot of effort has been placed in making the roads in this region paved and passable even after the rainy season. The majority of the roads are still narrow and only have two lanes but they are asphalted and well marked. No longer is a 4×4 necessary.

4x4 driving down a gravel road in Costa Rica

Next, is the myth that you need to have local money (the Costa Rican colón). False. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere and oftentimes preferred! You will usually receive your change in colones so it is important to know the exchange rate. It is approximately 600 colones for $1 US dollar. Also, make sure your bills are in good condition and not ripped.

Photo of Costa Rica currency

Lastly, I wanted to debunk the “Costa Rica is a dangerous country” myth. Costa Rica is rated the safest country in Latin America. The biggest crime here is petty theft. It is difficult to acquire a gun in this country and Costa Rica has not had a military since 1949! You can feel confident traveling here alone or bringing your family.

Lets not forget to mention that yes, you can drink the water. No, we do not have shark attacks. Yes, we actually get snow in some parts of the country. But the best way to debunk these myths is to come down and visit Costa Rica. See you soon!

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Post Pandemic Family Travel

After so many months of being cooped up due to the pandemic, it is finally time to take the family traveling again! But why choose Costa Rica or more specifically Playa del Coco for your family? Well, because it is the perfect combination of fresh air activities, beautiful scenery, relaxing atmosphere, and delicious food.

First, let’s go over the current Covid-19 requirements for entering Costa Rica. Costa Rica does not require a negative Covid-19 test for entry and it has no quarantine policy. You may need a negative Covid-19 test for departure from Costa Rica depending on the requirements of your home country. Those visiting Costa Rica must fill out a Digital Health Pass 48 hours before boarding their flight. Starting Aug. 1st, 2021 those who have had their vaccinations along with their vaccination card will no longer need to purchase travel health insurance that covers at least $50,000 worth of medical expenses and $2,000 in lodging expenses per person. Costa Rica has done a great job keeping the virus under control and the country is currently working hard to make sure everyone has access to the vaccine.

Costa Rica is definitely the place to feel free again and embrace nature. There are so many family friendly outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy. Costa Rica preserves 25% of its land area for national parks or reserves. Moreover, Costa Rica is home to 6% of the world’s biodiversity and works hard to embrace thoughtful, sustainable living. Perfect for enriching your children’s lives.

Playa Hermosa

Rincón de la Vieja, Arenal, Palo Verde and Santa Rosa are brimming with activities such as hiking, kite-surfing, suspension bridges, zip lines, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, sunbathing, waterfalls, horseback riding, and more. No matter what age or ability, you will be able to find something for the whole family to enjoy. The great news is that all of these beautiful spots are 2 hours or less from Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa.

When traveling with your family it is important to have easy access to all the creature comforts. The Guanacaste region of Costa Rica has all of them. Majority of the roads from Playa del Coco to various parks and beaches are well paved and maintained. If you happen to forget to pack something, there are numerous stores that can fulfill any need such as Walmart or Auto Mercado, Super Compro, Mega Super, and many more small mom and pop stores. 

Playa Hermosa

There is a wide variety of hotels and resorts. From all inclusive to small boutique hotels, there is something to fit any family’s style or budget. Another reason why Costa Rica, specifically Guanacaste, stands out is the year round beautiful weather. Even during the rainy season, the majority of the day will be filled with sunshine. If you are concerned about crime, Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America a very safe country and the locals are kind, genuine people.

Let’s not forget to mention the last important factor for a perfect family vacation! The beach! Playa del Coco and Playa Hermosa have some of the best beaches for swimming in the country. The gentle tides are perfect for toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between. Your family can spend all day at these beaches because they have plenty of amenities as well as trees to enjoy some shade.

Playa Hermosa

So pack your bags and pack your kids! Costa Rica should definitely be at the top of the list for post pandemic travel plans.

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Private and Public Schools In Playa del Coco/Hermosa Area

Costa Rica has many excellent private and public school options, especially here in the Playa del Coco/Hermosa area. Costa Rica has always put education first. The entire budget that was dedicated to the military was redirected towards education after the military’s dissolution in 1949. Costa Rica is considered a country free of illiteracy by UNESCO standards. 

Playa Hermosa

Here in Guanacaste, we have a multitude of great schools for parents to choose from. There are a variety of teaching styles and methods to accommodate every kind of student. We have many international schools with great bilingual programs. There are also many schools that offer International Baccalaureate Accreditation which is very highly regarded all over the world. With all the choices below this makes Guanacaste, especially the Playa del Coco/Playa Hermosa area, the perfect spot to  relocate to and raise your children in a peaceful beautiful environment.

Playa Hermosa

Private Schools

Dolphins Academy –  Dolphins Academy is a bilingual school located in the center of Playas del Coco. Dolphins Academy teaches its students using the Montessori method which is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Dolphins Academy welcomes preschoolers, elementary students, and high school students. 

Sea Wonders Academy – Sea Wonders Academy, located in Sardinal, was founded by a Costa Rican couple who believed in personalized bilingual education. Sea Wonders is a family-style educational community with academic programs tailored to different learning styles and needs. Sea Wonders Academy offers education from preschool through 6th grade. 

Lakeside International School – Lakeside International School is located 15 minutes from Playa del Coco, on the way to the Liberia Airport. Lakeside is on a 200 acre aquaculture farm containing five different school buildings with a total of 28 classrooms. Lakeside International School offers quality programs using both English and Spanish as the primary language of instruction. Lakeside offers education from preschool through high school.

La Paz Tempisque – La Paz Tempisque is located in the town of Comunidad, only 20 minutes from Playa del Coco. La Paz offers an educational model that uses experiential and hands-on curricular and extra-curricular initiatives. La Paz Community School’s core curriculum is based on US standards and benchmarks. La Paz offers education all the way from early childhood to 12th grade. (International Baccalaureate Accreditation) 

Teocali Academy – Teocali Academy is located in Liberia on a 6-hectare property. There are four independent buildings that house administration, pre-school, elementary, middle and high school. Teocali offers an English program that assures every student the ability to master the language with equal fluency as Spanish. (International Baccalaureate Accreditation)  

Colegio Santa Ana – Colegio Santa Ana is an educational community located in Liberia. This school has been working since 1957 to provide an education based on values. Governed by the Ministry of Public Education, they teach levels from kindergarten to 11th grade. Santa Ana School does not offer a bilingual program, it is a Spanish speaking school only. (International Baccalaureate Accreditation) 

Colegio Bilingüe Ciudad Blanca – Colegio Bilingüe Ciudad Blanca is located in Liberia. CBCB’s mission is to provide students with Christian values and academic foundations that allow them to achieve their spiritual growth and intellectual development in a high-quality curriculum at the Costa Rica and International level. CBCB offers education from preschool through high school. 

Playa Hermosa

Public Schools

Every child between the ages of 4 and 17 will be accepted at public preschool, public elementary, or public high school. Regardless if they are Costa Rican or not. In Costa Rica, every child has the right to receive an education without cost to ensure equal opportunities for all. These public schools are a great way to immerse your child into Costa Rica culture, make many friends, and learn Spanish. 

Escuela El Coco – 2670-0491, Playa del Coco. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

Colegio Playa del Coco – Playas del Coco. High School

 Escuela Playa Hermosa – 8566-1512, Playa Hermosa. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 Escuela Bernardo Gutierrez – 2697-0116, Sardinal. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 Colegio Técnico Profesional Sardinal – 2697-0197, Sardinal. Technical High School

 Escuela Artola – 2697-0238, Artola. Kindergarten – 6th Grade

Playa Hermosa

No matter where you end up sending your child, they will receive a fulfilling education and plenty of new experiences. Most importantly they will definitely learn Spanish! Costa Rica takes a lot of pride in their educational system and truly believes that proper education will only make the country better. 

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All About Golf Carts

Playa del Coco has such a “Pura Vida” pace of life, that golf carts are a perfect mode of transportation. Golf carts have really grown in popularity over the last few years. They are easy to drive, better for the environment, less expensive, and fit just about anywhere! 

Since Playa del Coco is a relatively small town, a golf cart can easily get from one side of the beach to the other without running out of battery or gas. You can spend the entire day cruising around! Visiting the local bars or grocery stores without any worries. They have plenty of space to fit a few friends along with your cooler to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. 

playa del coco

Playa del Coco has a plethora of options for Golf Cart Rentals. Here are a few:

You can rent golf carts for a day, a week, or a month. The price to rent an electric golf cart for a day is $30, a week is $150-$200, or a month is $500-$600. The price to rent a gas golf cart for a day is $40, a week is $200-$250, or a month is $600-$750. 

Playa del coco

If you would like to purchase a golf cart, the rental places will be happy to assist you. They often have golf carts for sale. Another great option for finding a golf cart for sale is Facebook Marketplace. You can also ask on local Facebook social media groups such as Coco Chit Chat or Coco Hermosa Beach Buzz

To recharge an electric golf cart will only cost you around $2 in electricity and you will be able to travel about 56 kilometers/35 miles. A gas golf cart with a 4 to 6 gallon fuel tank will average 100 to 180 miles. The top speed of an electric golf cart is 20 MPH and the gas golf cart is 25MPH. These efficient little vehicles are much better than hopping into a gas guzzling car only to travel the short distance to the beach or store. 

In Costa Rica, a golf cart must have a license plate. and the driver must have a valid driver license to operate. Your US/Canadian driver license is valid for 90 days while in Costa Rica. Golf carts are usually limited to paved roads that are less than 50 kilometers per hour or 30 MPH. 

Playa del Coco

Additionally for those who would like to own a golf cart, keep in mind that they are required to pass the mandatory yearly inspection called RITEVE. The RITEVE inspection can be done in Liberia but you will need to tow your golf cart there. Many of the golf cart rental companies can assist you with getting your golf cart to RITEVE and making sure your golf cart will pass inspection for a fee. 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any additional questions! I would be happy to assist you. I hope to see you cruising around Playa del Coco and enjoying the beautiful weather from the driver’s seat of your new golf cart! 

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Cars, golf carts, buses, or horses?

Cars, golf carts, buses, taxis, horses, or your own two feet… with so many options, which way is the best way to get around Playa del Coco, Playa Hermosa, or beyond?! To be honest, it’s all about personal preference! But the only way to make the right decision is to know what all your options are or what they entail. Let’s get started! 

4x4 rental - a great way to get around Playas del Coco

Ways to get around the area

Renting a Car

If you are visiting Playa del Coco as a tourist and want to explore the rest of the country without being reliant on public transportation schedules, renting a car is a great option. There are numerous car rental agencies on the way from the Liberia Airport to Playa del Coco or Hermosa. The price can range anywhere from $200-$850 a week depending on the season, car, insurance, accessories, and your negotiation skills. Make sure you book before your arrival or you may be forced to use public transportation. My recommendation is Adobe Car rental www.adobecar.com . If you are moving to Costa Rica and would like to purchase a car, please check out two of my previous blogs.

Renting a Golf Cart

A golf cart is perfect for those who just need something for shopping around Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa. It has plenty of space for your groceries, your dogs, or for some friends. This is a good option for vacationers and residents alike. There are multiple spots in Coco to rent a golf cart:

Prices range from $30-$40 a day depending on if you choose a gas or electric golf cart. A week rental ranges from $150-$200 and monthly rental ranges from $500-$600.

Main street Playas del Coco Costa Rica

Riding the Buses

Costa Rica has a well established public transit system but it helps to know a bit of Spanish. Buses are ideal for those who want to travel outside of Coco but still want to save money and have a more authentic experience. Buses are privately owned, so conditions may vary. Some may have AC or WIFI, depending on the company. Since there are numerous companies, the bus stops, routes, rates, and times will vary. For example, to take the Pulmitan bus from Playa del Coco to San Jose will cost you around $10.

Taxis

Taxis are a very common transportation option in Costa Rica. Official taxis are red in color and have a light on top along with a yellow triangle on the car. They are quick and easy when just needing a ride every once in a while. A ride from Coco to Hermosa will cost you around $10-$15. Typically taxi services are priced per kilometer ($1-$1.50) with a surcharge to the airport or for trips after 10 pm. 

Horses (just kidding)

I was kidding about horses being a serious transportation option… but they are wonderful for a sunset gallop on the beach or traversing across a farm. There are a few places between Playa Ocotal and Playa Panama to request a horseback riding tour and enjoy the company of these beautiful animals. Horses are a big deal in Costa Rica and Costa Ricans take a lot of pride in their horses. Make sure to check out the “Tope”, which is the country’s largest horse parade and is held in almost every town.

Tope horse parade in Playas del Coco

Your own two feet

The beauty of Playa del Coco is that everything is within walking distance! The grocery stores, the medical clinic, the beach, restaurants, and more are only a short walk away. There is plenty to do in Playa del Coco so why not stay and enjoy it? 

No matter which way you choose to travel around town, you will find that you have plenty of options for any style or budget. If you have any additional questions or if you would like additional information on transportation options please feel free to reach out! 

Costa Rica road sign advising drivers to watch out for monkeys, deer and coatimundis

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