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Make The Most of Your Costa Rica Vacation Adventure.

Where is Quepos?
Quepos / Manuel Antonio is on the central Pacific (west) coast of Costa Rica (CR).
The Republic of Costa Rica lies between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, to the immediate north of Panama and south of Nicaragua in Central America.

Getting Here?
Getting here is easy. Direct flights from many US cities and air carriers are available for travel to San Jose International Airport (SJO). We'll arrange ground transportation or commuter air service from there to Quepos / Manuel Antonio; approx. It’s a 2.5 hr. drive by van or 25 minute flight via regional air service.

Documentation?
You'll need a US passport for travel to CR, requiring passage through immigration and customs when entering the country, and re-entering your country of origin. Most airlines provide your official immigration and customs declarations forms. There are no requirements for immunizations prior to Costa Rica travel at this time.

Money?
You should have no need to convert funds from US to CR funds (dollars to "colones").
US dollars are accepted most everywhere throughout the area, as are VISA and MasterCard debit and credit cards. The number of merchants and establishments accepting American Express cards is more limited. So as not to trigger abnormal spending patterns and denied charges, seasoned travelers advise notifying your credit card companies of upcoming travel plans. Many merchants will be reluctant to change larger US bills (50s, 100s and larger), and you may receive change for your US dollar purchases in local currency (approx. exchange rate: 1 dollar to 500 colones). ATM machines are readily available for withdrawal of US funds, with service fees very similar to those of US ATM's.

Local Culture?
Costa Rica embraces international tourism and visitors. The natives are generally friendly, warm and welcoming. Spanish is the native language, though you will encounter English-speaking locals everywhere. The country is a favorite vacation and adventure travel destination for visitors from around the world, and a particular favorite of North Americans. The resort atmosphere of Quepos and Manuel Antonio inspires an even greater festive attitude among the locals and visitors to this wonderful part of the world. Internet service is readily available at many establishments. Your wireless phone provider may offer service here. Contact them before leaving the US. Phone calls out of the country will carry usual international rates.

Accommodations?
You'll discover as wide a range of comfortable lodging here as you would expect near any vacation resort area. Moderately priced motels and luxury hotels are abundant throughout the hillsides of Manuel Antonio, as well as 5-star quality villa and condo rentals, hostels and limited camping facilities. As with every aspect of your trip, we're pleased to arrange lodgings suitable to your comfort and budget needs.

Food & Dining?
As is the case with lodging, you'll find great restaurants and cafes everywhere in
Quepos / Manuel Antonio. Although we encourage your enjoyment of native cuisine -- especially our seafood and native fruits -- menu choices range from the exotic to everything you're used to, including delicious steaks, Italian, Asian, pizza and great burgers & fries. The region is a major agricultural producer of beef cattle, rice and all assortments of fresh produce, year-round. Almost all restaurants in the region are open-air style dining, though covered from the elements.

Local Transportation?
Besides our provided ground transportation services, taxicabs are plentiful.
Local bus service is reliable throughout the area, with many covered passenger stops.
Rental cars are also available. Walking is easy and flat in the town of Quepos. Manuel Antonio is set among the hills, thus you can encounter some steep walking terrain.

Weather?
CR has a tropical environment, though proximity to the Pacific waters and its breezes
makes the Quepos / Manuel Antonio weather comfortable. Yearly average temperatures range from 70 to 81 F. Being closer to the equator than North America, UV factors naturally are higher year round than to which visitors may be accustomed. There also are no "summer" and "winter" seasons. Those are replaced by the Nov-April dry season (Summer or “High Season”) and May-Oct rainy season (Winter or “Green Season”).

What To Pack?
Loose, casual and comfortable summer wear would be the best advice to North Americans.
A single pair of trousers and light sweater should suffice for even the coolest nights. You'll seldom feel out of place in "evening wear" of shorts, sandals and polo shirt. Lightweight long-sleeve shirts are recommended for extended outdoor activities, as well as appropriate sunny-weather headwear. Be sure to include your sandals and your most comfortable walking shoes. Cameras are of course a must, binoculars another solid suggestion. Be sure to pack your favorite sunscreen products . . . most of which are also available here.

Recommended Activities?
We know, of course, that you're here primarily to FISH. However we certainly advise you to take part in at least one or more of the exciting outings to enjoy during your stay. We can arrange any of the following, within easy access of the Quepos/ Manuel Antonio area:

• Whitewater Rafting
• Golf
• Canopy Tour / Zip Line Adventures
• Kayak Tours
• Surfing & Surfing Lessons
• Ladies-Only Spa Days
• Manuel Antonio Park Tours
• Scuba Diving / Snorkeling
• Horseback Riding

Tipping?

You will find Costa Ricans (Ticos) very appreciative of any gratuity you choose to give them. Use the following as a general guideline when calculating tips:

Restaurants: Unless it states so to the contrary, a 10% gratuity is already in your bill. If you wish to give more it is best to do so in cash (dollars or colones) so that the waiter can pocket the gratuity; otherwise, every restaurant employee will share in the extra gratuity.

Hotel Housekeeping Staff: Generally $5.00 per day left on the bedside table will be appropriate.

Rental Home Staff: These folks are very proud of their service level and usually deserve a generous tip. I recommend about $200 per week. At the end of your stay give each staff person their tip and receive a warm smile in return. Suggested gratuity is: housekeeper $150, pool / maintenance man $50, other personnel such as security guards usually do not get a tip so anything would be welcomed by them. If the house has a concierge person then tipping the concierge is dependent upon how much work the concierge does for you. As a general rule these folks work pretty hard managing the staff, making dinner and tour reservations, etc. so $100 a week is recommended.

Tours: I recommend $5.00 each for tours such as the canopy tour (zipline), jet skis, park tour, etc. For many tours there is a common tip jar set up where customers can toss in their $5.00.

Taxi Drivers: Since most taxi rides are of a short distance just a small tip of loose change or a $1.00 would be appropriate.

Van Drivers: Same as for taxis unless the van driver takes you on a longer drive, like from San Jose to Quepos. For trips like this I recommend a tip of about $25. Frenzy’s driver Misael is often called upon for serious transportation duties when folks are staying at Casa Carolina or Condo El Mar so at the end of your trip take his level of service into consideration and tip Misael around $100 for the week.

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