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.

 

New Flexible Cancellation policy

 

The new flexibility in our cancellation policy makes it easier for you to feel good about making a reservation.  We now have various refund options for reservations that are canceled with enough notice to for us to rebook.  We issue full refunds if you need to cancel your reservation 60 or more days before your arrival date. Within the 60 days of your visit, we offer refunds IF we can re-rent the property for the full range of dates and for the full amount of your reservation. If we are able to rent the for the same time period at the same rate, we at Stay in Tamarindo are happy to refund all of your payments.  On our Terms and Condition page you will find more details regarding cancellations. But let’s not talk about cancellations!  Let’s talk about vacation!

 

Costa Rica Coronavirus: How can you enter Costa Rica as a tourist

 

So what do you have to do to get to Tamarindo, Costa Rica?  First, go to www.stayintamarindo.com and pick out your Costa Rica vacation rental home.  Then get your tickets and stay healthy!!  You’ll also need to:

  • Fill out the HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr.
  • Provide a RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result. The sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel.
  • Passengers coming from the U.S.A. must show through their driver’s license or State ID to prove that you live in one of the authorized states.  This requirement excludes children.
  • Show Traveler’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (Instituto Nacional de Seguros) grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/­.

For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification in English or Spanish from the insurance company, verifying at least the following three conditions:

  • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with COVID-19 while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000.
  • Includes minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses.

 

Travel to Costa Rica post covid-19

Our local airport, the Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia, is the third terminal in the world to receive the ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) following the Coronavirus pandemic.  This airport is just a little more than an hour’s drive from Tamarindo and is the best choice for your post covid Costa Rica Tamarindo vacation.

Our Government immediately instituted social distancing practices at the outset of the Costa Rica corona virus crisis, resulting in a very healthy population.  Outbreaks have been contained and medical establishments have been able to treat the patients that have needed their services.

 

Costa Rica Coronavirus: Cleaning Protocols Stay in Tamarindo

Costa Rica Coronavirus: Sanitized surfaces

We put into place very strict cleaning protocols in all our vacation rental homes

Whereas the Covid 19 shut-down Costa Rica left many people without work, it has kept our housekeepers busy!  We clean and sanitize all our Tamarindo vacation rental homes with disinfectants that are chlorine-based and some that are organic. Our favorite is a chemist-recommended disinfectant called ORGANIX which contains a bactericide that comes from grapefruit seeds.  It is just as effective as chlorine (which we also use as necessary) but not toxic.  We supply hand sanitizer in all our homes, and any of our staff who provide services in homes (cleaning, maintenance, concierge) wear masks.

 

When your feet hit the ground, we’ll be here ready to guide you through a safe and unforgettably fun time within what Costa Rica refers to as your “bubble.”  Your “bubble” is your family or the group of people that you will be sharing your Tamarindo vacation rental home with.  Your bubble will have its own transportation, and you will be your own tour group for the activities that we help you arrange.  How much would you love to go surfing, or take a surf lesson?!  You can go zip-lining, take an ATV tour through the mountains, to horseback riding, or book an afternoon catamaran cruise for your group.  Volcano hikes, beach walks, deep sea fishing…  all of this and more is here waiting for you to help you celebrate the end of a time of crisis.  Health and safety are our first priority.  Fun is our second.  Contact us today and come celebrate life and health here in Costa Rica!

July 25: The Annexation of Guanacaste

Guanacaste Day typical dress

What is Guanacaste Day? Well, we’d call it a celebration of democracy, of peace, and of patriotism.

Ah yes, it’s that time of year again – one of the many times of year that we ask ourselves, “What’s that noise?” Well, folks, today is July 25 and in Costa Rica, that means today is “Guanacaste Day” or more formally, a celebration of “la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya,” aka the “Annexation of Guanacaste.”

In Guanacaste province, including Tamarindo and surrounds, today is what we consider a Major Holiday. We’re talking parades and bombetas (like sound-only fireworks – all the boom, none of the color), history and celebrationbombas (traditional rhymes) and food. Lots of food.

So, yes, that’s that noise. But, Guanacaste Day is so much more than what you see (and hear) today.

Read more

Tamarindo Halloween 2018: 9 Halloween Parties!

Halloween parties in Tamarindo, Costa Rica-min

Hold onto your [witch’s] hat! It’s a Tamarindo Halloween!

If you’re in Tamarindo for Halloween, you’ll be delighted to hear that our sandy little beach town goes BIG for the year’s spookiest holiday. We’re talking parties and prizes and all sorts of spooky décor, courtesy of the best Tamarindo Halloween parties.

From witchy drinks to live DJs, from breezy costumes to $1,000+ in prizes, Tamarindo is serving up all the creepy tunes, scary events, and spooky revelry you could want for your Halloween in Costa Rica celebration. Enjoy!

Read more

Wildly Fun: Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge

Mangrove Kayaks

Take a kayak tour into the wilds of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge

Saltwater jungles. Lumbering leatherback sea turtles. Otherworldly mangrove estuaries. Winding canals. Lizards, running on water. Behind-the-scenes boat tours. Yes, Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge is fascinating and often, a bit magical.

We admit it freely: We love our wildlife refuge! Even more so because it encompasses our entire coastline. Indeed, almost anywhere you walk on Tamarindo’s beaches, you’re walking through the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge.

But it’s about a lot more than just the beach. Indeed, while – in wildlife refuge terms, at least! – the beaches serve as important sea turtle nesting sites, there’s more to see here. More, to the tune of incredible mangrove forests, connected through winding saltwater and brackish canals. It’s wildlife central and it’s right in our backyard, if only you know where to look.

Overview:

Location: Tamarindo

Size: 953 acres (385 hectares)

Altitude: Sea Level

Contact (Tempisque Conservation Area): 2686-4967 / 2686-4968

Read more

Coffee in Tamarindo

Costa Rican coffee latte

Costa Rican coffee in Tamarindo: It’s as good as you’ve heard!

Coffee – it’s as central to Costa Rica’s identity as lush jungles and rich biodiversity. In fact, café played a defining role in Costa Rica’s history and economy since the late 18th Century.

Production originated around 1779 in the Central Valley region, near Costa Rica’s capital city of San José. Locals discovered the land to be extremely conducive to growing coffee due to its fertile soil and cooler temperatures. Because of these conditions, Costa Rica’s coffee production remains centered in the San Jose/Central Valley area to this day.

Read more