1When is the best time of year to go?
Although Costa Rica is a year round destination, November through April is the Dry (or High) Season when most visits occur as this coincides with the Northern Hemisphere winters. Especially in Guanacaste during those months it rarely rains. The balance of the year is the Green Season, during which rains arrive, but the rain is intermittent and often only an hour or two in the afternoon. September and October can both be quite stormy months. Many people actually prefer the Green Season for the lush tropical green vegetation and the un-crowded tranquility. November and May are transition months so the weather then can be a rainy or sunny mix. In July and August there is a six-week period called veranillo or "Little Summer" which is beautiful.
2Is it safe in the treehouse?
Yes, there is 24 hour, 7 days a week security. The manager and developer of La Pura Jungla, Ray Beise lives in the eco-reserve and is reachable for any questions or concerns. Bringing toddlers (children under 8 years) is not recommended because of the Treehouse open architecture. To not attract undue attention, we suggest you leave jewelry, expensive watches etc back in your home country. Use common sense by not leaving your bags on the beach or in your vehicle while swimming or walking.
3Is the water good?
Yes, the water is delicious and indeed safe to drink. We drink it all the time. But if you are concerned, just pick up some bottled water.
4What about the showers?
There are two excellent hot water showers in the Treehouse! There is a hose at ground level for washing sand from feet or an outside cool shower! Please be careful if the bathroom floor tiles or teak floors get wet, as they can be slippery. Please do not take the bath towels to the beaches — bring a beach towel, or just air dry like we do. Thanks.
5What about telephone and internet?
Best to bring your own cell phone or smartphone. Wifi access is available via a USB clip which we provide. There are a number of wireless cafes and restaurants with WIFI nearby.
6What about garbage?
Fruit skins like pineapple, mango, papaya, bananas, vegetable skins (no eggshells please) — just throw this biodegradable material out the kitchen window into the jungle. The jungle will take care of it. All other garbage goes into the container in the kitchen, and plastic and bottles are kept separate for recycling. All foods should be kept in the fridge e.g. coffee, cereal, sugar, fruit, salad stuff, bread, ja
7As there are no walls, do insects or monkeys come in to the Treehouse?
The monkeys never come in, but if they do visit the trees outside, they will mind their own business eating, napping, and perhaps they will watch you! Insects are seasonal and, if around, they are most active for a short while around 6:00PM and then they go to bed for the night. The bedrooms and washrooms are totally glassed in and enclosed — so for your comfort, keep the windows and doors closed and lights out so that when you go to bed later, moths will not have been attracted into the bedrooms by lights. We rarely see mosquitoes. We learned that the insects are creatures of the jungle and are harmless. The grasshoppers can be quite a good size. You are well up off the jungle floor. Do not put hands under patio stones, or in holes — common sense, right? Often we sit out watching the sunset at night from the living room in complete comfort. In Canada you sure cannot do that, at least in most Canadian wilderness.
8What about the restaurants?
There is an excellent selection of international restaurants near the Treehouse â€“ French, Swiss, German, Italian, Peruvian, Costa Rican. A list of the restaurants is available to all guests upon booking. The two little beach villages close by are called Pargos (or Playa Negra) and Junquillal. Paraiso is the village in between them with the paved roads, the Treehouse and the soccer field.
9What is there in Costa Rica for children (and adults) to do?
Canopy tours, swimming, kayaking, fishing, surfing and boogie boarding, Spanish lessons, birding, cooking lessons, hot springs, hiking, volcano watching, and horseback riding on the beach. There are surf boogie boards available stored in the laundry room. Other suggestions: There is a teak gazebo just a 100 meter walk down the path to the south from the Treehouse where a small bat is rumored to live. Feel free to write your name and date into the bird identification book in our library when you spot one. You can climb the water tower for a great 360 degree view of the area. Have a relaxing in-home massage in the treetops. Hiking trails (best in early morning while still cool). A one day side trip down the coast in dry season to Nosara, then loop back through Nicoya, Santa Cruz. A two day trip up to the Rincon National Park on the other side of Liberia is interesting. The trip up around Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano, if you have lots of time, is best a three day outing. Tamarindo is only 20 minutes each way. The J.W. Marriot Hotel and golf course are over at Hacienda Pinilla just thirty minutes away. Monteverde, the stunning high cloud forest area, is a 2 day trip. Tours and day trips are available through our property manager.
10Is there TV?
There is TV, for showing DVDs only. We have a small selection of DVDs in the Treehouse. Costa Rica FM 95.5 is a great station for Latin Jazz and 99.5 is another good station. We suggest you bring a book, or two, or enjoy the books in our library.
11What should we bring?
Dress is informal. It is best to pack and travel light. Suggested items for you to pack include — shorts, sandals, flip-flops, bathing suit, beach towel, beach bag, sun block, repellent, small flashlight, camera, binoculars (birds), paperback, and Spanish phrasebook. For side trips to higher altitudes like the Rincon, Monteverde, Arenal and the Central valley, slacks, light sweater, sturdy footwear, rain jacket would be useful. Passport with AT LEAST 6 month's validity left on it. A photocopy of passport is acceptable in your vehicle which saves having to take your actual passport everywhere with you.
12What about the floors?
They are teak. Water does not hurt them. Please remove your shoes or boots at ground level — bring them up, but sandals, flip-flops can stay at the bottom of the stairs — remember the old western movies with cowboys always shaking their boots first thing out in the morning! A hose is on the patio to wash off sand from feet. We are usually in bare feet on the floors so as not to scratch them.
13What caution should we exercise?
The sun is strong this close to the equator. Sun block sunglasses and a hat are useful. We often keep off the beaches from 11:00 till 2:30PM to avoid the direct sun. Also, remember that it gets dark here like a curtain falling at 6:00PM sharp. Also, understand rip currents. These are caused by tides, waves, water movement. Swim where others are around. For safety and courtesy, do not swim directly in front of surfers. The Papagayo Winds sometimes can howl at night in January and February and can really rock and roll, but should be no problem as the house is very, very solidly anchored. If it does blow hard, please keep the rocking chairs and tables back from the edges.
14Where are the beaches?
A quiet long beach to the south on the other side of Paraiso is Playa Junquillal. It is wonderful for walking and there is a shallow tidal pool area at the south end (snorkeling and soaking). Playa Negra — go left at the bend in the road in Playa Negra (Pargos) and follow the sign to close by Hotel Playa Negra. Awesome world class, surfing is right in front of the large thatch restaurant hut. This is rated as one of five best surf locations in the world. It was in the film “The Endless Summer”. To the left of Playa Negra beach continues Sandy Beach which is good for swimming and the boogie boards. The walk south along the beach is beautiful. Further north up the coast road a bit past the Mono Congo Lodge is Playa Avellanas. Here you may meet Lolita, the surfing pig. The smoothies, pizzas and light lunches here are highly recommended. The walk north up this beach to the estuary is fabulous. Forty-five minutes north up the coast from the Treehouse is Tamarindo, a busy, active touristy resort town with a long beautiful beach where surf lessons are available.
15Car (SUV) rentals?
A great way to explore Costa Rica. We recommend an SUV rental. Prices vary by vehicle size and season. Their offices are close to (but not at) both airports. It is best to arrange a rental vehicle in advance — they will meet you at arrivals with your name on a plaque at Liberia Airport. Roads can be potholed, dusty in Dry Season and muddy in Green Season. Please check with your credit card company to see if they cover Collision Insurance, otherwise there will be an extra charge for this.
16Duration in Costa Rica?
Our guests often say a week is great, but too short. Two weeks is better to include a trip up to Lake Arenal Rincon de la Vieja or the Monteverde High Cloud Forest. A month is best. Three months is utopia.
17Does Costa Rica offer Investment Opportunity?
Fortunately while in Costa Rica we had the time while there to research and talk with many people - homeowners, property owners, architects, builders, developers, lawyers, business people, and international visitors. We had the additional advantage of actually living four months in our amazing tree home before investing. We noted that the properties are located just a short trip from an international airport with direct flights from Canada and the USA and are close to peaceful secluded beaches and quaint villages. In addition, we absolutely love the beauty, culture, bio-diversity and peace-loving people of Costa Rica. Based on this valuable experience and the additional knowledge that we are gaining every day, we can offer our expertise to introduce this amazing area to our friends, guests and acquaintances. We discovered that beginning with a single investment one can initiate a potential healthy return - property appreciation, a fascinating retirement or vacation destination, and monthly revenue income from rental.
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The full balance is due (30) thirty days prior to arrival. All payments are non-refundable after final payment due date.
All cancelled reservations forfeit the reservation deposit regardless of cause. Refunds may apply only to those dates that we are able to rebook. No refunds are made for unused nights resulting from late arrival or early departures regardless of cause.
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