Costa Rica Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to get to the Costa Rica rental homes at El Verde Misterioso?
We are located in Playa del Coco (Coco beach) just 20 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR). We recommended that you fly into LIR where we will meet you to make sure that you can find our property with your rental car.

If you choose to fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose (SJO), please keep in mind that the drive to Playa del Coco could take as long as five hours – maybe longer during the rainy season. Please don’t drive at night.

Another option is to fly from San Jose to Liberia on a regional airline – Sansa or Nature Air. However, please know that the regional planes are quite small and often depart from a different terminal at SJO or a different airport altogether.

Do I need to rent a car in Costa Rica?
Guests in our rental homes are encouraged to rent a car. Although we are only minutes from town and the beach, there are too many other beautiful sites worth seeing, many of which require transportation by car.

What kind of money do I need to bring?
The U.S. dollar is accepted almost everywhere in Costa Rica. When you pay with dollars, you’ll often times receive change in Colones, which is the Costa Rican currency. The exchange rate of Colones to US Dollars has remained slightly above 500 Colones to $1 for the last several years.

Alternatively, instead of paying cash, credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and all but the most remote tourist destinations.  We recommend using credit cards whenever possible because the exchange rate is usually better anyway.

When is the dry season and when is the rainy (green) season?
The rain usually slows down in November opening up the sky for almost constant sunshine. Beginning in May, the rains will begin again prompting the jungle to revive and turn a dark shade of green. Although May through November is technically considered the rainy season, it is still a great time to visit. Most days will see rain, but rarely for long. You’ll also benefit from smaller crowds and lower prices in some areas.

Is the water in Costa Rica safe to drink?
All the rental homes at El Verde Misterioso have clean, potable water from a spring fed well. Most tap water in the rest of Costa Rica is safe to drink too, and bottled water is always available.

Are there grocery stores nearby?
There are three grocery stores within a five minute drive of our property, all of which stock their shelves with many of the same foods you find at most North American grocery stores.

What is Costa Rican food like?
“Typical” food in Costa Rica is a dish of rice and beans. For breakfast you’ll find gallo pinto (rice, beans, a meat and/or eggs) on almost every menu. For lunch and dinner you’ll find casado, which means “marriage” in Spanish but actually refers to the combination of rice and beans. Most dishes of casado include meat, poultry, or fish.

Other popular Costa Rican foods include crispy chicken, tuna, ceviche, fried yucca and plantains, and many other delicious culinary treats. For beverages, you’ll find that coffee is inexpensive and delicious and so is the beer. The local beers are Imperial, Pilsen, and Bavaria, which are all simple, but refreshing lagers.

What is there to do nearby?
See our Things to Do in Costa Rica page for a full listing of nearby activities.

How close are you to the beach?
Coco Beach, Ocotal Beach and Hermosa Beach are only 5-10 minutes away by car.

I need to keep in touch with the office back home. Can I do that there?
Yes. All 18 villas have access to a Wi-Fi Internet connection. Additionally, there is a business center/office near the main area equipped with a phone, fax, computer, and printer/scanner.

Where do I do my laundry?
All owners and guests of our Costa Rican rental homes, have access to the laundry facilities on site.

What are the real estate investment opportunities like in Coco Beach?
Real estate investment opportunities have arisen all over Costa Rica and especially here in Coco, Ocotal, Hermosa, and Panama beaches.

We invite you to tour one of our Costa Rica vacation rental properties that is currently for sale or if you would prefer a larger accommodation or a different setting, we can recommend you to a number of highly qualified real estate professionals in the Playas del Coco area.

The group I am traveling with is too large for a villa at El Verde Misteriso. Where can I find a larger Costa Rica rental homes to fit my family and friends?
Just ask for details about one of the many Costa Rica rental homes we manage. We oversee properties ranging from condos to houses. If it’s an ocean view or a jungle setting you want, we can help you find it.