Costa Rica Destination Vaxication? 4 Reasons to Start Planning Now

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Shake off your confinement, plan your Costa Rica destination vaxication, and reunite in paradise!

If 2020 was the year of staycations, then 2021 and 2022 are poised to be the years of vaxications: your first big post-COVID vacation, designed to shake off your confinement and become one of the most memorable trips of your life. It’s okay to go big. We’ve been waiting a long time for this!

It’s a growing trend (and one of the dictionary’s newest words): By the time you get your first vaccination, you already know when the second one will be. And you also know that, 14-21 days after that second shot, you’ll be go for travel. And so, you start eagerly planning and researching. You check your work schedule and vacation time. And then, you lay your plans for your vaxication (officially, a combination of vaccine and vacation).

vax·i·ca·tion \ˌvak-sə-ˈkā-shən\ noun: the first (and much-awaited) trip planned for when you’ll be fully vaccinated.

And with that in mind, we invite you to set your sights on a Costa Rica destination for your re-entrance to the world of travel. Here are 4 reasons why you should start planning now:

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Costa Rica Beach House Rentals vs. Hotels: The Benefits of Renting a Home During Covid

Casa de Luz pool overlooks the beach

Costa Rica beach house rentals or hotels? Well, if you’re looking for a luxury experience with a side of privacy, space, and amenities, then the former! (Pictured: Casa de Luz’s sparkling pool overlooks the beach – and offers a perfect spot to enjoy the breathtaking sunset!)

When it comes to travel, planning is part of the fun, isn’t it? Especially the initial window-shopping bit, when you’re flipping through photos and making wish lists, dreaming big dreams and planning on a least a few of them.

But somewhere along the planning way, you always come to a crossroads – that moment you have to make a decision, to commit to this not that. And one of the biggest decisions, after choosing where you’re going, is the choice of where to stay.

And when your where is Costa Rica, your where-to-stay boils down to a vacation home or hotel. And that’s usually right about the time that indecision sets in. You want, even need to make the right choice. Your vacation depends on it.

That’s how it feels, of course. But, take a breath. And another. Because Costa Rica is a spectacular place, filled with natural wonders and outdoor adventures. You’re going to have a great time! We’re sure of it.

Now, back to that decision: If you’re still researching where to stay, especially if you’re going to travel to Costa Rica during COVID, then you’re probably wondering whether you should go for a hotel room or for one of the many Costa Rica beach house rentals. Admittedly, we’re biased but our vote is for the latter. But we have reasons, compelling ones.

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Costa Rica Private Villa & Travel FAQ: 2021 Version

Costa Rica private villa & travel FAQ 2021

Questions? We have answers! And for anything you don’t find in our updated Costa Rica private villa & Tamarindo travel FAQ, just get in touch! We’re always happy to help.

So, you’re thinking about traveling to Costa Rica this year? We’ll bet you have questions. Luckily, we also have answers.

We won’t cover the standard FAQ fare – where is Tamarindo? (northwestern Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste) or do Costa Ricans speak English? (not as their first language, but English is widely spoken) – but rather, we’ll touch on all those things that can and do frequently change – especially after the 2020 we all had.

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Last-Minute Vacation? Here’s Why You’ll Love Our Tamarindo, Costa Rica Private Villa Rentals

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There’s nothing quite like a last-minute getaway to relieve stress and satiate your travel bug. Tamarindo – and our Costa Rica private villa rentals – are the perfect choice for your next escape.

In times past, there were two basic vacationer types: The pre-planning kind who reserved travel days, booked accommodations, and even researched activities months or years in advance; and the seat-of-the-pants type, who snagged a great deal on flights and left everything else (or thereabouts) until after landing.

Today, our post-2020 world has produced a third type – a type that bridges the gap between the pre-planners and the seat-of-their-pantsers, often pulling each into its thrilling orbit: These are the last-minute vacationers, who embrace the greater flexibility, lower stress, and excellent deals afforded by last-minute plans.

The question is – where will you go? Ask us, and we think Tamarindo and our Costa Rica private villa rentals are the perfect choice. Here’s why:

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An Extended Family Vacation in Costa Rica: Stay, Play & Learn!

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The family that plays together, enjoys 2021 together! This year, consider taking an extended family vacation in Costa Rica – complete with sun, sand, and virtual work/school!

Hey, parents – quick question: Are your school-age kids still schooling from home?

If you’re nodding your head (while possibly shuddering), you’re not alone: Much of the world is in the same boat. Not quite homeschool and definitely not your standard education, COVID-age virtual schooling is both an understandable safety measure and an almost-guarantee of cabin fever. Whether your kids are 6 or 16, we stand in solidarity.

We also have an idea.

Costa Rica has long been an outdoor playground for kids and their families. From surfing and rainforest hikes to paddle-boarding and waterfall-rappelling, this is the kind of place that’s naturally outward bound. No effort required.

And so, when The Wall Street Journal recently discussed a wild homeschooling alternative in Costa Rica… parents around the world perked up. But wait: That program is only for teens. Teens who are mature enough to travel without their parents – and the parents who are comfortable enough to send them alone.

What about the rest of us? Well, that’s where our idea comes in…

Virtual Schooling + Extended Family Vacation in Costa Rica

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Is Costa Rica a Safe Destination to Visit During COVID?

Tamarindo sunset tours - stand-up paddle boarding

Costa Rica is a paradise of natural wonders – of outdoor activities to enjoy beneath the sun, out in the breeze, and amidst your bubble of nearest and dearest. Or all alone. Whatever and however you please.

We’ve said it before (and we’ll probably say it again): The decision to travel right now is a personal one. No one can make it for you.

What we can do, however, is share some information (and a few personal experiences and anecdotes) on what Costa Rica travel is like right now. Is it safe? What kind of restrictions are in place? What about the airport – what’s flying like, right now? And on and on.

And, if you do decide to travel, we can also help put your mind at ease with a selection of Costa Rica private villas and beach houses where you can keep your distance and have your vacation, too.

But first:

Costa Rica and COVID-19: What to Expect on Your Vacation

The first impression you’ll have is that Costa Rica feels safe.

And, within today’s global framework, Costa Rica is safe: Costa Rica has received the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council. This stamp certifies a destination as safe for travel, per 16 health and hygiene protocols.

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Costa Rica Corona Virus Travel Insurance: What You Need to Know + 4 Policies that Have You Covered

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You’re just one Costa Rica corona virus insurance policy away from paradise. Here, we detail all the requirements – plus four compliant local and international policies, including costs!

Travel in 2020 is unlike travel ever before: In addition to all the normal concerns – Do I have my passport? Did I pack the right type of shoes? What if the airline loses my luggage? – the pandemic has layered on a whole new tier of topics to consider.

Here’s one concern we can help allay: What is this Costa Rica corona virus travel insurance– (officially, COVID-19 or coronavirus, but we’ve adjusted to corona virus, to account for how many of our travelers are searching) – and what available policies will cover the requirements? More specifically, what’s the cheapest [qualifying] Costa Rica travel insurance available?

But first, let’s talk basics:

November 2020: Costa Rica Travel Requirements

Costa Rica private pool for social distancing

How about a private, oven-view pool for the ultimate in luxury (not to mention, perfection in social distancing)?

As of November 2020, our national borders are open and Costa Rica corona virus protocols are evolving. Evolving to be easier-to-understand, that is!

Costa Rica’s simplified travel requirements are the following:

  • A completed Health Pass.
  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance (international or Costa Rican), effective for your visit and that covers at least $50,000 in medical expenses (including COVID) and a minimum $2,000 for COVID-related (possible quarantine) lodging expenses.

Already know what’s required? Skip straight to the Costa Rica corona virus insurance options!

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Costa Rica Open to the World – and our Tamarindo Vacation Rentals Are Ready for the Holidays!

Tamarindo vacation rentals - best social distancing

Talk about social distancing! There’s no better place to spend the holiday season – or to connect to your virtual office, the kids’ online school, or your colleagues – than from one of our exclusive Tamarindo vacation rentals – your own private enclave. (Pictured: Casa Ventana, in Tamarindo)

Oh hello, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Because wow, what a year! In some ways, 2020 feels like the punchline to a cringe-worthy riddle – when did a decade fall within the span of just a few months? – but in other ways, it’s just been… unprecedented. That’s a good word for it.

So, we thought we’d brighten your day with a little bit of much-needed precedent: The Costa Rican holiday season is upon us – and our Tamarindo vacation rentals are ready play! More than ready. We are delighted and excited and all the other good things!

Because, whether you’re planning a Christmas in Costa Rica or a New Year’s abroad, a break from the office or a long-term, work-from-home rental in paradise, we have the Tamarindo vacation package or just-right-for-you vacation home to fulfill all your travel needs and dreams.

All while keeping you safe, of course. Here’s what’s been happening in Costa Rica – at our airports, in our local businesses, and even on the government level. Or, just skip ahead to the fun stuff – plan your holiday in Costa Rica, check out our longer-term rentals (work or school abroad, anyone?), or jump right to finding the Tamarindo vacation rentals perfect for you.

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Costa Rica Coronavirus Update

We’d like to give you a Costa Rica Coronavirus Update, so you will feel safe, booking a trip with us.

In the final months of this challenging year, who doesn’t need a vacation?!  There’s nothing better for your physical and mental health than sunshine, clean air, warm salty ocean water, and exercise.

Costa Rica is the ideal destination for your first post-pandemic vacation!  We, at Stay in Tamarindo are a local organically-grown vacation company located a stone’s throw from the sand in Tamarindo, Costa Rica and we can’t wait to host you!  We’ve been here throughout lock-down and the travel freeze holding down the fort, keeping our Costa Rica vacation rental homes cleaner than ever and in perfect condition.  We’ve kept our vans running and our certifications active so that now, as Costa Rica Travel restrictions lift and flights begin to arrive, we’re ready for you and it’s time to make your 2020 Costa Rica travel dreams come true!

Need some post-Covid relaxation?

Need some post-Covid Relaxation in Costa Rica? We’ve got you covered.

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Please don’t cancel – Postpone your trip to Costa Rica!

Costa Rican animals: the keel-billed toucan

Come to Costa Rican and get to see lots of wildlife like the keel-billed toucan!

Right now, Costa Rica as many other countries is facing a difficult time. The country and our hard working people depend on tourism. You can do your part  and help everyone out. If you already have a reservation in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, please postpone your trip, instead of cancelling it. Contact our reservations department at reservations@stayintamarindo.com.

Or even better, if you were thinking about coming to Tamarindo, Costa Rica this year and haven’t booked your trip – book now and spread some positivity! We will be happy to give you a 10% discount for your stay in Tamarindo between June and November 2020. This is only applicable for new reservations made until April 30, 2020, restrictions apply.

Costa Rica will even be more beautiful in the next couple of months, as nature has time to heal and animals will be all over Tamarindo again! Don’t miss out!

Together we can make a change, together we will travel again!