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              Is a vacation in the Southern Caribbean right for me?

  The southern Caribbean and Puerto Viejo are hugely popular with international tourists, but it’s not for everyone.  The Southern Caribbean is wonderful because of its natural beauty, cultural roots, and eclectic style. People who fall in love with this area are people who love nature, surfing and adventure tours, great restaurants, and artsy shops.  This is not a place full of international chain hotels, or posh golf courses or condo developments.  If your expectations include visiting a beautiful and still rustic area with great locally owned businesses that offer creative and unique services for your vacation, then the Caribbean is for you.

              Would we enjoy staying at El Nido?
  People who enjoy El Nido are here to enjoy the beauty of the Southern Caribbean’s lush jungles and gorgeous beaches, but want a little something extra in their accommodations...  Your amenities at El Nido exceed the standard experience with spacious and bright cabinas and comfortable king sized beds.  There’s room to relax on the sofa in the sitting area or on your patio in the hammock or chairs.  And if you feel like staying in, you can watch one of our DVDs in your room.  You can keep snacks and drinks in your fridge, and cook your own meals in the full kitchen. Our bathrooms include separate shower, vanity, and restroom areas, and have beautifully tiled showers.  Each cabina has it’s own gas hot water heater, not the standard electric shower head.  We serve a delicious breakfast every morning. 

  You can enjoy the resort’s new salt-water pool, and hot water Jacuzzi for cool nights, or after a long play in the ocean.  We offer assistance in booking transportation and excellent tours and activities. 

  Our guests appreciate the elegant style of the craftsman quality finishes and charming tropical details of their accommodation.  We are a small family run resort, and our guests like our cozy small-scale atmosphere.

              Is this a good place for families?
  Yes, this is a great place for families.  There are lots of exciting and educational activities that kids will enjoy, and will be new experiences in nature.  Our bungalows have a sofa bed for kids to sleep, and the kitchen is handy to keep snacks or cook your own meals.  Your family needs to be excited about visiting a place that is still rustic.

             What are Playa Chiquita and the local beaches like and are the beaches 
             good for swimming?


  Playa Chiquita is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Southern Caribbean, and is great for swimming. The beach has gorgeous white sand, and coral sections that form three turquoise bays.  Playa Chiquita is a community beach mostly used by the large concentration of foreigners who live here, and guests of the small hotels and cabinas. There are usually a few people lounging on the beach, it’s secluded, yet provides the comfortable ambiance of having a few other people nearby. 

  We are also a short bike ride to Punta Uva, which is known as one of the most beautiful and has safe swimming waters.  We love taking an evening beach walk from Playa Chiquita to Punta Uva, there are trees growing onto the beach at points, but it’s a great walk that takes about 40 minutes. 

  The beaches of the Southern Caribbean are undeveloped and fringed by rich jungle.  In most places road is set back from the beach, so you enjoy pristine beaches without vehicles whizzing by.

              How close are you to the beach?

  We are located 200 meters back from the beach, on a quiet night you can hear the ocean. From our property guests walk down the road about 200 meters and use the community access trail down to the beach. The trail is beautiful and well marked by a little palm roof.  The trail has jungle all around; you’ll see huge trees and long chains of hanging vines, it’s magical. In total the walk takes 4 or 5 minutes.

              Is there danger of rip currents at the local beaches? 

  Several of the local beaches do have rip current risks. Playa Chiquita has a low risk of rip currents because it has coral features and curved bays, which assists the ocean in channelling water out.  Cocles is the only beach with a lifeguard, however, it is also the beach with the highest risk of rip currents, so it is best to swim in the marked areas there. Rip currents form when there is bigger surf, so it can be seasonal.
We include Safety Instructions in our Welcome Guest book that details how to swim back to shore safely if you are caught in a rip current.  It is best to swim with a friend, not alone, and if the sea looks particularly rough, to abstain from swimming.

              Is El Nido a budget choice accommodation for the area?
  No, we are not a budget accommodation.  Puerto Viejo offers a range of accommodation types, from the most basic, even hammock camping, to some pricy options, like the eclectic Tree House lodge, Almonds and Corals Hotel, and the new modern Le Caméléon, which can run from $200-$500 per night.

  We are priced to provide affordable luxury, with high quality and beautifully built private cabinas with many extra appointments, such as TV/DVD, new pool, kitchens, king sized orthopaedic beds, quality linens, and large bright rooms, with a sitting area and sofa bed. 

  We are a new cabinas resort, and as we welcome more guests, we hope our guest will provide reviews on sites like Trip Advisor, so that you won’t need to take our word for it!

              Why don’t you have a restaurant?

  There are already so many great restaurants within close walking distance in Playa Chiquita and Puerto Viejo; so we didn’t feel we needed to add another option for guests. We are happy to make recommendations to help you experience the great dining options.

             Is there a grocery store within walking distance?
  Yes, there are two small grocery stores within very close walking distance. 

             Do you have laundry service?
  Yes, we can provide laundry service for guests; however, we do not have pressing service.

             Do you have maid service?
  Yes, we have maid service.  To conserve water we will change bed linens every third night or by request.

             Do guests need a car?
  Whether you want to travel with a car is completely up to you.  There is excellent transport available from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. However, we are located 5 km/ 3 miles to Puerto Viejo, so if you feel you will visit Puerto Viejo frequently and feel arranging a taxi or timing the bus will be too inconvenient, then a car can add a lot of freedom.

  A consideration is whether you will be participating in organized tours, since most tours include pick up and drop off at the hotel.  Leaving the only time you may need transportation is in evenings if you want to have dinner in Puerto Viejo, or to go check out other beaches or sights on your own.

  Other options for transportation once you are in Puerto Viejo include; bicycle rentals, scooter and quad rentals, and taxis. You can also rent a car once you are here.  Check out Paos Rental Car in Puerto Viejo at and be sure to make a reservation in advance because they are a very small office. We can make reservations for you as well.

             Are the roads in PV really bad?
  The highway from San Jose to Limon is well maintained because it is the main transport route for the Port of Limon.  From Limon to just before Puerto Viejo the road is decent as well, but then it becomes inconsistent, with bumpy sections, and sections that are nicely paved.  On the positive side, the road was just resurfaced from Puerto to Playa Chiquita, with, curiously, some sections missed and still bumpy.  Yes, the roads do drive us a little crazy here!

             How many guests can you accommodate?
  We have four private cabinas each with a king bed and convertible sofa, and one suite with a queen bed.  For maximum comfort we recommend that the cabinas house up to four adults or two adults and two children. The suite can hold two people. We do make exceptions though. 
In total if we have each of the cabinas maxed out, we could house up to 18 people.  Or, fully booked with couples in each cabina we could house 10 people.
Can you accommodate group bookings?

  With advance notice we could arrange to rent our whole place to groups. We would be happy to work with any special requests, email us your dates, and we will do our best to help facilitate your special group vacation.

             Do you have weekly or monthly rates?
  For longer stays longer of one week or more we can help out with a discount, please inquire.

             Do you accept credit cards and where can we exchange money?
  Yes, we do accept credit cards but prefer to be paid in cash because the credit card fee is over 5% in Costa Rica.  There is a bank in town with an ATM machine.  There is also a money exchange business.  The bank exchanges US dollars and Euros, in cash and travellers’ cheques, but not other currencies.  You will have the most flexibility travelling with US dollars, or Euros, or by using your ATM card.

             Do you have Internet?
  We wish!  There are Internet cafes within a short distance from our place and there are several in Puerto Viejo. Costa Rica currently has one government company, ICE, who has a monopoly providing Internet.  There is a wait list and the necessary cables have not been installed up to our property yet.  Local residents and businesses have signed a petition for ICE and we have our fingers crossed that we will soon have internet.

             What is the weather like?
  At just 10 degrees latitude above the equator, temperatures and daylight hours don’t vary much throughout the year.  Daytime temperatures average 30°C (86°F), and night temps average a comfortable 21°C (70°F). It is true that the Caribbean coast gets more annual rain, however, the situation is often misstated. Rain is spread throughout the year, without a long season of very dry weather.  But, it does NOT rain all the time; it is just that we do get some rain every month of the year.  This is what creates the verdant, lush jungles, rich with biodiversity.  For the most part when it does rain, it comes late in the afternoon or at night. We also have several mini dry seasons, from mid February through may, and September and October.

  El Nido has a few fun things to do if you get a little rain on your trip. We have TV/DVDs in each room and a library of movies. We also have the Jacuzzi, what better way to enjoy a tropical shower than in a hot tub surrounded by inspiring nature!

             Are there Hurricanes?
  No, this part of Caribbean is a hurricane free zone!  In fact, we’re located less than 10 degrees from the equator and by definition hurricanes do not travel this close to the equator, which is good for us!  We will experience storms from time to time, but not the massive devastation of a hurricane.

             Is the surf good?  What about scuba diving?
  Yes, paradoxically there’s both great surf and great scuba diving.  The secret is the ocean is different depending on the time of year.
Surfers flock to the Caribbean from December to March, and again for a mini season in June and July.
Scuba divers get the best visibility from mid January through May, and August through November.
Check out these three excellent local dive operators;
Reef Runners Dive Shop
Punta Uva Dive Center

              Is there enough to do in Puerto Viejo?

There are so many wonderful things to do here! Check out our Tours & Activities page, you won’t be bored!  Here’s a quick list;

Adventure tours
River Rafting
Canopy Tour (also known as Zip-line)
Quad tour
Chocolate tour
Horseback riding
Bicycle the coast to local beaches
Scuba diving

Cultural discovery
Variety of Guided visits with local indigenous communities

Nature and Wildlife
Snorkel in Cahuita National Park
Kayak and hike in the Mazanillo Refuge
Tour to Tortugera
Visit sloth sanctuary
Visit local botanical Gardens
Waterfall tour

Beach walks

Puerto Viejo 
Decadent dining in world class restaurants
Shop for clothes, jewellery, gifts, and art…
Dance to Reggae in your choice of several nightclubs

             Are the tourists all low budget backpackers?
  No, there are a range of travellers and accommodation types, which does include backpackers.  Young travellers are one of the reasons the scene is so hip here, but to support the excellent restaurants and other businesses it takes all types of travellers!

             Does everybody who visits the area see monkeys and sloths?

  Everyone who visits hears the howler monkeys!! They have a loud throaty howl, if you don’t expect it, you can be startled! There are monkeys and sloths galore and  most people with a keen eye do see them. A curious thing about the Howler monkeys is that they live in troops and travel a range eating fresh leaves, fruits and flowers.  So they are in one area for a few days then travel on and return a few weeks later.  But, that said, various troops are travelling up and down the coast all the time, and you will have many opportunities to see them.  Of course, you can hear them too, so you will know when they are near.

              Are there a lot of mosquitoes and insects?  Is there risk of malaria?
  Most people worry about mosquitoes when coming to the tropics.  We find the mosquitoes are not that bad, and most people are pleasantly surprised.  All of our cabinas have screened windows. We do not hang mosquito nets above the beds, but we can hang the net for any guest who prefers one.

  Fortunately, malaria is not a problem in Puerto Viejo.  From time to time there are small numbers of cases reported, in Limon and on the Pacific coast, but not in Puerto Viejo.  If your travel clinic advises you to take anti-malaria medication, and you feel more comfortable you can take the medication.  From time to time Dengue is reported. The mosquitoes that cause dengue bite during the day, and favour densely populated areas, though can also be found in rural areas.  If you use mosquito repellent and protective clothing while in the jungle your chances of getting dengue are very low.

             Should we worry about crime?
  Our Cabinas are very secure and have safe boxes for valuable items like passports, and cameras. Petty theft can be a problem as with most beach towns. The most common type of theft is from people who leave valuables on the beach while swimming. With common sense and precaution, your vacation should be worry free.

  Unfortunately, the Caribbean has an unfair reputation of higher crime than in other parts of Costa Rica, and this misconception is often repeated by people who have never even been to the area. Statistics show that crime is no worse here, and in fact, the situation is actually better than in several popular Pacific coast destinations, such as Jaco and Quepos
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   The colon is the official currency of Costa Rica. Named after Christopher Columbus, it is considered one of the most stable currencies in Central America. Bills come in 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000 colones increments and coins come in 5, 10, 20 25 ,50, 100 and 500 denominations. You can exchange money at most banks weekdays between 9 and 4 pm. It is well advised to go in the morning as the lines can seem never ending in the afternoon.
    All that is needed is a passport or resident ID when exchanging money. Money can also be exchanged on the street for nearly the same rate as at the bank. Most hotels can also assist you with cashing travelers checks and other simple financial transactions when banks are closed. American dollars are accepted in many locations, especially in San Jose and major tourist areas. Care should be exercised when using a money exchange operation that is not been recommended or is on the street. It is wide to carry American dollars when arriving in Costa Rica as you will get the best exchange once you arrive as the currency is on a fixed devaluation schedule.

   Most vendors would prefer cash, so there is often a discount offered for you not to use your credit card for purchases. It is wise to check with your credit card company to see if they charge fees for converting transactions from colones to dollars. Travelers Checks are accepted in many places, but there is occasionally a fee of 2 or 3% added for transaction fees.

              How much money should I bring?
   How much money you decide to travel with really depends on what you plan on doing and seeing while you are in Costa Rica. Food and drink is relatively inexpensive here, with a typical lunch running around $5 at an affordable restaurant and a beer or cocktail running about $2. Taxis can be found in major areas for a reasonable price, but become more expensive in less populated areas. Costa Rica can be very affordable if you plan your activities and accommodations with a budget in mind, or can be very expensive if cost is no object and hedonistic luxury are the goal of your vacation. Just remember the conversion rate from dollar to colones; look for bargains and enjoy your visit!

              Should I get Immunizations?
   Epidemic diseases have been mostly wiped out in Costa Rica, so there is no proof of vaccination requirement to enter the country. It is always a good idea when traveling to have current tetanus and infectious hepatitis immunizations regardless of any requirements. The Centers for Disease Control has a hotline that will advise of any unusual outbreaks, but generally your trip should be worry free as far as your health goes.

              Can I drink the water?
   The Costa Rican government has gone to great measures to make sure that drinking water in Costa Rica is perfectly safe for visitors, but bottled water is available almost everywhere in case you are worried. This is definitely not Mexico, but there is always a possibility that local bacteria in the water may upset your digestive tract as it could anywhere, so being careful of what you eat and drink is recommended.

              What sort of food is available?
   Native Costa Rican meals consist primarily of chicken and fish served with rice or beans. All cooked in a safe and healthy way- Costa Rican cuisine is delicious and nutritious. Seafood is widely available in the beach areas and many new and varied restaurants are available in San Jose and other growing areas. The Dorado (Mahi Mahi) and the Yellowfin tuna are always popular choices and are always tasty and fresh. The many types of interesting and exotic fruits and vegetables make eating in Costa Rica an adventure!

              Passports and Visas?
   A valid passport is required for entry into Costa Rica. Upon entry every visitor is issued a 90-day tourist visa. If you are planning on staying in the country for more than 90 days, please make sure that you leave the country and re-enter, so that a second 90 day tourist visa is issued. It is also a good idea to have several copies of the cover page of your passport in different locations in case it is stolen or lost. If you are not a US citizen, then please check with your local Costa Rican embassy for information regarding travel requirements. Travelers from some countries must have a visa, as well as a passport, prior to entering the country. If you do NOT meet the entry requirements upon arrival in Costa Rica, you will not be admitted and will have to leave on the next plane. In addition, most Central and South American countries, including Costa Rica require a departure tax. If you are departing to a neighboring country, the tax may be inconsequential, but if you are returning to the U.S., currently this departure tax is of $27 per person and can be paid in cash or by Credit Card.

             Passport and Visa Rules for Traveling with Minors?
   Many countries, including Costa Rica, impose restrictions on minor children who travel alone, with only one parent, with someone who is not their parent or who are nationals of another country, including dual nationals. Any child must present written, notarized authorization for travel from the absent parent, parents, or legal guardian. If the parent or guardian traveling with the child is the sole custodian, the court order granting custody may, in some cases, serve as the authorization document. It does not hurt to have this documentation translated into Spanish and authenticated by the Costa Rican Embassy prior to departure. Any questions about more specific situations or circumstances should be addressed with your local Costa Rican Embassy.

             People of Costa Rica?
   The population of Costa Rica is now approximately 4,000,000 people. This number includes about 40,000 natives that belong to several different cultural groups. The official language here is Spanish, but English is a required course in school, so nearly everyone speaks some. The Costa Rican people are lovingly referred to as Ticos (Tea- coes) and are well known as friendly and welcoming to all that visit. Costa Rica's constitution requires 6% of its Gross Domestic Product be dedicated to education. This has resulted in a higher literacy rate of 95%- than the United States and makes Costa Rica a leader in Central America.

Computers are available all over the country- even at most Post Offices and internet access is widely available. This is a progressive, well educated population! Many students from all over the world come to Costa Rica to attend some of the well respected language schools that exist here. Most of Costa Rica is Catholic, as is most of this region of the world. The government is secular but very conservative, primarily because of the heavy religious influence. Most observed holidays are religious in nature.

   The current in Costa Rica is 115v the same as the US and Canada. Three prong outlets are scarce, however, so bring an adaptor if you have items that require that sort of outlet. Anything that runs on USA or Canada voltage work just fine in Costa Rica!

             What are the High and Low Seasons? 
   The high and low seasons in Costa Rica generally coincide with the dry and wet/green seasons. The dry season generally begins in late November and continues thru mid-April. The rains are heaviest during the months of August, September and October.  Most experts consider the beginning and end of “green” season to be the best time to travel to Costa Rica. Prices can be somewhat more reasonable and there are way fewer tourists. The foliage is a breath-taking, lush green and wildlife abounds.  Beaches are generally sunny most of the day, with an occasional afternoon shower. The mornings during the “green” season are spectacular. Because of Costa Rica’s proximity to the equator, sunset is pretty much consistently at 6pm year round.  Some areas of Costa Rica, especially the Osa Peninsula, get so much rain that travel can become difficult during the low season.  Roads that can be trying under good circumstances become very muddy and sometimes impassable.  There is really not a bad time to visit Costa Rica- it is just important to have realistic expectations- it is a tropical country after all!

             Crime and Precautions?
   Crime in Costa Rica is no worse than in many parts of the world. As is the case anywhere, precautions should be taken when traveling here.  Making copies of all of your documentation; your license, passport, etc., protects you in case something is stolen or lost. It is also smart to avoid bringing expensive jewelry and electronics.  Car doors should always be locked and windows rolled up when parked and it is smart to NEVER leave anything valuable visible inside your parked car. Walking together in a group at night is advised and general caution should just be taken. Valuables should not be taken at to the beach and you should use hotels safes to hold your important stuff when not in use.  Costa Rica is a very safe country to travel in- you just need to use common sense with your belongings and self while there.

             Do I Need an International Driver’s License? 
   No, you do not need an International Driver’s License to rent or drive a car in Costa Rica. As long as you have a valid Visa, and your local driver’s license; your driving privileges are intact.

             Driving in Costa Rica? 
   The driving here can be a challenge!  Not only are potholes sometimes dangerously big, but there are often no signs, making it difficult to find your way around.  Lanes can just suddenly end without warning, bridges often have no guardrails and lighting can be an issue.  There are a couple of points to remember if you choose to drive in Costa Rica:
a. Take your time, be refreshed and expect the unexpected.
b. Never leave valuables in plain sight in your car.
c. Try to avoid driving at night until you are very comfortable with your
    surroundings- taxis are everywhere and reasonably priced in most cases.
d. lots of bridges are one way and have no yield signs, so be careful.
e. Be VERY careful of motorcycles- they race in and out of traffic and seem to
   appear from no where.
f. Drive defensively and with caution.

   Even highway driving in Costa Rica presents problems- animals and people cross the highway everywhere and you must be able to stop suddenly.  Animals sometimes sleep on the pavement because it has retained the heat from the day and can’t be seen until it is too late, so be very careful driving at night.  If you choose to rent a car- remember to go over every inch with the rental agent and document every single ding and dent- this will save you big bucks when you go to turn it in at the end of your visit.  Remember that car rental agencies will put a huge deposit on your credit card- effectively freezing the funds, so be prepared if your credit limits are low. If you are in an accident while on your visit- remember to not move your vehicle until after the police AND an insurance adjustor arrive on the scene- you may hold up traffic, but it is the law here.  Driving in Costa Rica can be just one more of the adventure stories you have to tell about your vacation, but with some care and caution, you should be able to drive anywhere you choose.

              Do I need Sunscreen? 
   At only ten degrees from the equator- the sun in Costa Rica is a powerful thing.  Be prepared always, as the UV factor is almost twice what it is in Florida and Arizona.  Don’t spend a few days of your valuable vacation in pain because you forgot to take precautions- bring lots of sunscreen and use it frequently.

   Generally all restaurants in Costa Rica add a 10% tip to the bill automatically.  You might want to add more, but it is not required and rarely it is  done by local Costa Ricans.  Dollars- not coins- are acceptable tips for maids, parking lot attendants, baggage guys, etc.

              Getting Married in Costa Rica?  
   What a great idea!  Getting married in paradise!  Lots of things to think about, but here are the few things that are required to make the whole thing legal and binding.  If both parties are not Costa Rican, than the rules are that both parties must possess valid passports that will be current for at least six more months and a local attorney and notary must be present at the wedding.  There is some paperwork that only a Costa Rican attorney and notary can complete to make the whole thing legal.  Marriages performed in Costa Rica are legally binding in all other countries as long as all of the criteria have been met and your marriage certificate will be issued within approximately three months of the ceremony.  Your marriage will be legally recognized in the United States or Canada if either you or your attorney presents the documentation to the local embassy office.  This documentation must be translated into English by an officially recognized translator, notarized (usually by your attorney), authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and certified and signed off by the embassy’s consular section.   
Seems like a lot of paperwork, but with good planning the whole thing can be pretty seamless.  There is a booming wedding business industry in Costa Rica, so getting in touch with the right people is not that difficult.

              What Should We Pack?  
   For a small country, Costa Rica has tons of different weather conditions which make packing a challenge.  That coupled with weight restrictions on flights within the country that are almost half of what you get on the larger airlines that you take from the states, can make the whole packing thing difficult.  Just remember a couple of things- it is really not necessary to bring a lot of dressy things- this is a pretty casual country and you will save tons of space in your luggage.  Comfortable shoes are important as you will do a lot of walking, whether you are in San Jose at one of the enormous malls or hiking a National Park.  The rule of thumb is, the higher the altitude- the cooler the temperatures.  Pack accordingly- a sweater or light jacket are necessary sometimes in the evening- especially in the green season.  Light, cool clothing works almost everywhere.  Most importantly: bring sunscreen, bug repellant and your camera!

Costa Rica Packing Check list.


    * amphibian hikers or river/reef sandals
    * hiking/walking shoes
    * beach sandals/flip-flops
    * dressy sandals or light-weight dress shoes (consider this an extra)


    * 3-5 T-shirts, one or two long sleeved for bushwhacking and to protect your
    * 1-2 dress shirts or blouses.
    * 3-4 pairs of shorts. One or two pairs of quick drying nylon and one or two pairs
       of dressy cotton shorts or tropical weight/length skirts.
    * active/sports swimsuit and a tanning suit You may also want a sarong or other
       casual beach cover-up.
    * 1-2 pairs of long pants. Something dressy and something for the bush. If you
       can find a pair you like, convertible pants (zip-off legs) can serve as shorts and
       long pants.
    * 5-8 pairs of underwear.
    * 2-8 pairs of socks.
    * Jacket- It is the tropics, but you will need something to keep you warm at
       higher elevations, or on the open ocean.
    * bandana, baseball cap or brimmed hat.
(consider this a must have item)
    * mesh bag for wet clothes.


    * razor
    * toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste
    * shampoo and conditioner
    * brush or comb
    * antiperspirant
    * towel
    * wash cloth
    * tampons
    * toilet paper
    * cosmetics

           Books & Maps
    * Good Costa Rica Map
    * Nature Guide
    * Spanish/English Phrase book
    * Bird Book
    * Serious naturalists might want Janzen's "Costa Rican Natural History.


    * money belt or passport pendant-somewhere to carry your documents.
    * passport
    * drivers license
    * money, credit/debit card, traveler’s checks.
    * insurance card and contact information.


    * Personal prescriptions should be filled before you leave home.
    * sunglasses
(consider this a must have item)
    * Tampons
    * Contact lenses and cleaning solutions
    * If you wear prescription glasses, pack a spare pair


    * Plastic bags
    * A photo of your home or family
    * Your Internet logon information
    * address book
    * Clothesline
    * Water bottle or bag
    * Flashlight
(consider this a must have item)
    * A drinking cup.
    * binoculars
    * Croakies® or other glasses retainer system for your prescription or sunglasses.
    * pocket knife
(consider this a must have item)
    * mp3 player
    * gifts
    * zip ties

           First Aid Kit (basic)
(consider this a must have item)

    * band aids® Butterfly closures are useful to close deep cuts.
    * eye drops- Artificial tears (e.g. NeoTears®)
    * Imodium® OTC or Lomotil® (by prescription in the US) to treat diarrhea
    * Dramamine® or other motion sickness prevention
    * neosporin® (over the counter) or terramycin® (by prescription in the US) to
       prevent infection of small cuts, scrapes, and insect bites
    * tweezers- needle point/surgical
    * tape- waterproof, flexible, breathable surgical tape
    * insect repellent- > 95% DEET for mosquitoes, and Avon's Skin-so-Soft® for
    * pain relievers/fever reducers (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and/or Aspirin)
    * sun screen- at least SPF 20, waterproof
    * $US 20 bill (if you want more emergency cash carry more twenties.. fifties and
       hundreds are regarded very suspiciously)
    * vitamins- what ever you normally take
    * whistle

           First Aid Kit (Advanced)

    * alcohol pads & benzalkonium sterile wipes
    * Aloe Vera gel- 100% pure, no perfume or color added; relieves the pain and
       speeds the healing of sunburn.
    * anti-histamine tablets- there are all sorts of new pollens to react to, and these
      can help control the swelling and pain from insect, spider and scorpion stings.
    * anti-bacterial soap
    * anti-fungal cream
    * codeine and/or valium
    * Dramamine® or other motion sickness remedy
    * electrolytes- to ease dehydration due to diarrhea or vomiting.
    * erythromycin
    * hemostat
    * mole foam- to prevent and protect blisters
    * peroxide based water purification system
    * scissors
    * sutures
    * scalpel or razorblade
    * sterile surgical gauze
    * stainless steel nail file
    * super glue- emergency repairs of equipment and an alternative to sutures
    * tampons- for the obvious reason, and they also work well in a pinch as
       relatively sterile absorbent wound packing (o.b.®, no applicator).
    * thermometer
    * waterproof lighter

           Other things to have handy in your first aid kit

    * micro led flashlight- in a night time emergency.
(consider this a must have item)
       it might be the only light you have.
    * 100 lb. test braided nylon line
    * spare contact lenses
    * emergency contact information ( names, addresses and phone numbers of  
       closest family, doctor, etc.
    * nylon sewing thread and needles
    * phone card
    * ear plugs - the compressible foam ones are by far the best.
    * compass if you know how to use it.
    * take 2 copies of all your important documents, passports (main page with
       photo) driver's license, itinerary, birth certificates, emergency contact info, any
       medical condition info,
(each person traveling should carry a separate copy).
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El Nido FAQ's
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Is a vacation in the Southern Caribbean right for me?
Would we enjoy staying at El Nido?
Is this a good place for families?
What are the local beaches like, swimming?
How close are you to the beach?
Is there danger of rip currents at the local beaches?
Is El Nido a budget choice accommodation for the area?
Why don't you have a restaurant?
Is there a grocery store within walking distance?
Do you have laundry service?
Do you have maid service?
Do guests need a car?
Are the roads in PV really bad?
How many guests can you accommodate?
Do you have weekly or monthly rates?
Do you accept credit cards, can we exchange money?
Do you have Internet?
What is the weather like?
Are there Hurricanes?
Is the surf good?  What about scuba diving?
Is there enough to do in Puerto Viejo?
Are the tourists all low budget backpackers?
Does everybody who visits see monkeys and sloths?
Are mosquitoes and Malaria a concern?
Should we worry about crime?
What Currency does Costa Rica use?
How much money should I bring?
Can I drink the water?
What sort of food is available?
Passports and Visas
Traveling with minors?
People of Costa Rica
Electricity voltage?
What are the high and low seasons?
Crime & Precautions
Do I need an international driver's license?
Driving in Costa Rica
Do I need sunscreen?
Do I tip?
Can I get married in Costa Rica?
What should I pack?
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