Our main priority is to make our clients feel safe and comfortable at all times. But do not forget you already included the 10% service… So what you thought was a 10% tip, actually adds up to 10% + 12. This is done to alleviate traffic coming back from the beach. If the service is spectacular, you would want to give a little extra. As you know, changes like that usually happen slow in Costa Rica. If you decide to go for the car, make sure to check out our to save 10% or more. The expected range of tipping also depends on the type of ; for higher end hotels the expectation might be higher, and there might be more attendants offering more services that require tipping.
Is this correct and would you suggest one over the other? Have fun- beach hopping in this area of the country is great! Here are some other spas for you to see in Costa Rica. For example, the company that we work with , requires you to be at least 23 years old and to have had a license for at least 2 years. You can take shuttles to each destination, the cons to taking shuttles is that shared is cheaper but they have set schedules and limited space for luggage , private can go whenever you want but its much more expensive. Here are our tops tips for driving in Costa Rica. Hi Karla, We are experiencing a low front right now, which is causing a lot of rain.
We will be driving from San Jose airport to Arenal volcano then from there to playa De panama and back to San Jose for the flight home. Some people traveling here get only the required basic liability, but others want the assurance that if anything goes wrong, they are covered. While this number might have you scratching your head, you should remember that the overall cost of these types of tours is usually cheap. We also sent you an email earlier tonight re: your request for info on a private shuttle in case you decide to do that. Appreciate any advice you have to give! Our Road Conditions post references it, but we also have a post with videos about. And the worst part of the drive is that last 30 minutes or so on Route 606. Route 27 is a fairly standard highway and the route from the airport to Puntarenas is well traveled so I think it would be fine for you to drive it.
If you do get a flat tire, ignore people who want to help and just call the rental company and they will come. What are your thoughts around timing…will we have enough time to arrive in daylight? A few parts will be rough dirt and mountainous, though, so you will be glad to have 4×4. This is one of the most popular and accurate. Here is a to a post with suggestions for airport hotels if you decide to do that. I am petrified to drive at night and this is what they wish todo. Will post back once we return.
Hi Patrick, Tell your girlfriend not to worry. My clan 2 adults, 6 yr old, 8 yr old are arriving in Liberia at 1:30 pm and heading to La Fortuna for three nights and then Tamarindo for four. Getting a taxi to Puerto Jimenez for your departure flight should not be an issue, though. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Visited June 2016 Michelle Millard. I much prefer exploring the country on my own instead of with organized tour groups. Not sure who you are renting through, but some of the companies, including the one we get a discount through more info , will drop off the car at your hotel for free so you could have them do that the next morning.
However, it does have an unwritten code you should always take into account. Sorry you had to experience that. Road Conditions Roads vary from well paved two-lane highways to pothole-ridden dirt roads with treacherous river crossings. We are staying in an off-grid home near Cabo Matapalo, south of Puerto Jimenez near the point of Osa Penninsula. Initially, it was supposed to be done after Semana Santa but still nothing.
Want to know more about getting around Costa Rica? Is there anything you can suggest to us any information and tips would be great? We are also traveling from June 22-July 2. Uber is great and reliable, cheaper than the red taxis, but it adds up obviously. I have looked into Adobe for car rental and will reserve this week. I believe renting a car will be cost-effective, and I could also just stop around and do some sightseeing in route to my final destination. We always try to leave enough space between us and the car in front of us so that we can avoid an accident and also go the speed limit so that we have time to react. What they consider safe and what you do might be different, though, so pass with caution.
We work with reputable shuttle companies, both shared or private. Here are the roads to watch out for: Poas to Montezuma: Be sure to take the from Puntarenas to Paquera to save time. Room Service: Room service is an awesome option if you are tired from a day of hiking, but you should factor in a tip to the total cost of your meal. While it might seem strange Americans who are used to tipping 15% or more not to leave anything more than 10%, you can rest assured that it is common and accepted to pay the bill as is, with no additional tipping. Do you have any experience driving from La Fortuna to San Gerardo de Dota? Nothing fancy but good Costa Rican food.
On highways, these guys will often pull way over to the right when a car comes behind to let them pass. You will immediately be able to tell the difference between a pirate and real taxi. Route 606 off Highway 1 is the best route. You can shoot us an email if you would like a quote. Most of all, be courteous to the hotel workers and let them know you appreciate their services.