Welcome! To Costa Rica
Here the Currency is Colones /kəˈlōn/ ₡.
The Traditional Language is Spanish, with English as a strong second.
Costa Rica is located right on the equator at 10 degrees latitude.
Neighbored by Nicaragua to the North, and Panama to the South.
Costa Rica is a rolling, mountainous Country bustling with life.
Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces, these are: San Jose, Guanacaste, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Limon, and Puntarenas.
There are two International Airports in the Country. One in San Jose, and the other in Liberia. Liberia is only about a 36 minute drive from Coco Cliffs Condominiums.
There are a number of rivers and streams that attract specialist kayakers and rafters here from all over the world.
There are several active Volcanoes in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 22 degrees C (72 degrees F). In general, the climate in Costa Rica is very pleasant not only during the dry season, which extends from December to April but also during the rainy season, which runs from May to November.
All year, the sun rises and sets with almost exactly 12 hours to be experienced in the sun and darkness.
We Recommend You Pack The Following:
Colones Costa Rican Currency
Photocopy of your passport so the actual can stay safely within the condo
Reusable cotton bags cut down on plastic pollution and help hold groceries, souvenirs, etc.
Cell phone (some days you may want to leave it at the condo) we recommend downloading Whatsapp which you can use to communicate with your host and each other.
Spanish Handbook or simply memorizing a few simple phrases to set you apart from the majority of tourists.
Flashlight because it gets unexpectedly dark very quick.
Good Sunscreen this may seem obvious, but many people forget the sun shine is more powerful in the tropics, especially at high elevations.
Hat and Sunglasses, it is also a good idea to bring extra.
Extra clothes including a rain jacket and long pants for all the beaches you can explore, restaurants you may come upon, and climate changes that happen.
Hiking boots/shoes lightweight and waterproof if possible.
Water shoes or sport sandals depending on your interests you may want these for canoeing, zip lining, etc.
Mosquito repellent Costa Rica is home to tens of thousands of insect species. Most are completely harmless — and actually quite beautiful.
Snorkel if this is on your bucket list, our neighbouring beach Ocotal is a great location for seeing fish and coral.
Towel for the beach there are some available for you in the condo but we ask that they stay within the property gates.
Backpack for day trips.
Knife for cutting vines, digging, etc. (not intended for protection)
Binoculars for searching for birds, reptiles, and monkeys that hang round the Condos.
Options for Eating
There are three groceries stores in Coco, one that is close to Coco Cliffs is the Automercado. There they have all the necessities for cooking, cleaning, hygiene, etc.
There are a few Farmers Markets where you can purchase fresh picked fruits, vegetables, and fish. the Marketplace is an excellent place to learn and feel authentic Costa Rica.
The locally-owned small restaurants in Costa Rica are called “sodas”. This is one of the best ways to eat good food at inexpensive prices. There are many sodas in Coco!
Speaking the Language
Knowing a few key Spanish phrases will really set you apart from the majority of tourists.
Take the time to memorize the basics: hola (“hello”), hasta luego (“goodbye”), la cuenta, por favor (“the bill, please”), gracias (“thank you”).
Even better, sprinkle in some Costa Rican sayings like, “Pura vida, mae!”
It doesn’t matter if your pronunciation is terrible, or if you mess up the words entirely.
Just trying conveys empathy and respect. Locals will love it. They’ll warm up to you immediately.
A great, free app you can download in preparation is Duolingo.
Driving in Costa Rica can be its own adventure, so we have a simple list to remember:
Take our advice and get the 4x4 rental when it's offered
Be advised, no driving on the beach
Main roads are generally okay, secondary and mountain roads can be narrow and rough
Road signs aren't common outside main cities
Don't expect to get from Point A to Point B in record time
Embrace the slower pace, It's worth a stop at a roadside shack for some rice, beans and plantains
If you decided to stay in and around Coco, there are many options for renting vehicles:
If you don’t feel like renting, you can take taxis to Village centre from the Condominium and back for around 4$ USD a ride.
You can also easily walk to and from the Condos.
if you do plan on walking bring good running shoes and expect about an 30 minute stroll to the beach.
Adventures To Experience
Costa Rica delivers on its promise of Pura Vida “pure life” – a mantra that’s a way of life here.
Zip lines aren't hard to find -- whether it's in the looming shadow of the Arenal volcano, or through the colorful jungle canopy. Zip-lining is an adventure you don’t want to miss out on.
More than 25% of the country is protected land or national parks. It is easy to see abundant and diverse wildlife of all different species of bird, mammal, insect, and marine life.
Experts recommend making your way to Guanacaste for the best experience in Surfing. No need to bring your own board -- many beaches will have a small stand offering boards and lessons for a half day or more.
. Howler monkeys are Costa Rica's version of white noise -- a soundtrack to remind you that you aren't back home. Capuchin monkeys will pop their white heads out of the trees to see what's going on and may photobomb your next selfie.
When your hot tub is a naturally occurring hot spring, a spa day can be the perfect adventure. Hot springs bubble to the surface -- drawing in visitors looking to unwind in mineral waterfalls amid a leafy backdrop.
Arenal Volcano is one of the Country's iconic sights towering like an ancient Mayan pyramid. Surrounded by the massive Lake Arenal used for boating, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, hot springs and waterfalls, zip lines and horseback riding.
Take some time to really think about the activities you want to take-part in while staying with us. Once you have a few things in mind we can connect you with some of our local tour groups so you can plan your excursions with them.
It's hard to beat the rush of that first time you see (and hear) a waterfall bursting from the jungle backdrop. There are several falls worth a detour -- especially during the green season, when the rains feed Costa Rica's rivers.
Costa Rica's name in Spanish means "rich coast"
The Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste is a popular (and accessible) spot for casual divers -- one of many along the Pacific Coast. This is a trip in and of itself, the deep sea diversity is something to write home about. We're talking schools of fish so thick that they block the sun, plus manta rays, bull sharks, dolphins and more.
A little Zen goes a long way, and our Experts really like to get their "Om" on in Costa Rica to balance out all the activities.
There are several yoga retreats scattered around the country -- not surprising in a place where the natural surroundings are inherently peaceful.
We even offer the option to host a wellness retreat right here at Coco Cliffs Condominiums.
What Our Past Guests Had to Say
I Love this place! The owners are amazing, accommodating, and really have a good scope on what to do to really get the best out of your Vacation. SO glad I booked here and not some busy resort. Its quiet, tranquil, and the view is to die for.— MH
“I miss it already!”
We stayed in the Aribba unit for 9 days during Christmas holiday season. The condo is so large and the view is spectacular. The Village of Coco is very close and has everything one wants to enjoy a nice holiday in Costa Rica. Good location for exploring the province of Guanacaste. Thank you for having us!
“Everything we wanted and more.”
My wife and I are just completing a one month stay in Rita. Can't believe how fast it has went. Beautiful place and the view is amazing. The pools are clean and cool with views of the ocean. Location is great for going into town or hiking into the hills. Kim, Greg and Chelsea are great hosts. They responded to our every need, which were few since the condo is well maintained. We would love to stay here again.
We Look Forward to Hosting You!
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In comparison, when you book directly from the owners, you save money and we make it convenient by emailing you the invoice and rental agreement directly.