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Costa Rica Tourism Frequently Asked Questions

How to you get to Playa Flamingo Costa Rica?

You have a few options for getting to Playa Flamingo. The closest international airport is in Liberia (LIR), which is about an hour away. From there you will need to take a shuttle or arrange a rental car to get beachside. Should you choose to fly into San Jose (SJO), you can take a domestic flight, private shuttle, or other means of ground transportation to get here. For more information, see our Getting Here page.

Which airports are close to Playa Flamingo?

Tamarindo is the closest domestic airport, and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport is in Liberia (LIR) is the closest international terminal. For more information, check out our Getting Here page.

What is the Costa Rican currency? Exchange rate for US dollars?

The national currency is the colon. Check out the current exchange rate before you arrive, though typically to expect to get around 500 colones for your dollar.

How do I book a tour?

To book a tour for your Playa Flamingo Vacation, all you have to do is send us an email, or fill out the form at the bottom of our tours and activities pages.

What is the policy for deposits?

In order to complete you reservation, you will need to put down a 50% deposit to secure the rental. The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to arrival. We accept MasterCard and Visa, as well as wire transfers or direct deposits from Costa Rican bank accounts. There is no upfront deposit required to reserve a rental car, private transportation and tours. The full amount will be paid at the time the service commences.

What is the policy for refunds?

Should something come up and you are unable to make it to Playa Flamingo, we require a full 60-day notice to issue a refund. Clients are wholly responsible for any fees associated with the transaction(s). If you’d like to put your vacation on hold, we are happy to work with you and issue a credit at the rate you paid. You will have one year to redeem this credit.

Where is the closest medical clinic to Playa Flamingo? Hospital?

Beachside Clinic is a 24-hour clinic located just 15 minutes away from Playa Flamingo. There is also a pharmacy on site open seven days a week. In addition to being an wellness clinic clinic, the facility provides dental care, lab work and ambulance services. In the event of a medical emergency, CIMA hospital is located outside Liberia, about 45 minutes away. This private medical facility is equipped with the top-tier medical technologies and can perform a variety of procedures.

Are there pharmacies in and around Playa Flamingo?

Yes, we do have several pharmacies in the area.

Do local health care providers take US insurance?

Although local health care providers do not take US insurance, we encourage to you hold on to all your bills and receipts, then contact your insurance provider to see if you are able to file a claim. Moreover, health related services are a fraction of what you would pay in the US.

Do I need a special license to rent a car in Costa Rica?

No, but you do need to present a valid license along with your passport when you rent a car in Costa Rica

Where is the nearest grocery store?

Super Massai is located right outside of Playa Flamingo on the road to Brasilito and has just about everything you need to stock the fridge and shelves at your rental home. The prices are fair, the produce is fresh, and there’s plenty of variety. You can find everything from Greek yogurt to wasabi sesame seeds and bacon wrapped filets at Super Massai.

Can I drink the water in Costa Rica?

Most people are fine drinking the tap water here. However, if you have stomach sensitivity issues, you may want to stick with drinking bottled water.

What's the food like in Playa Flamingo?

There is no shortage of food variety here in Playa Flamingo. In addition to local cuisine, you’ll be able to find Italian restaurants, American fare, sushi, Mediterranean cuisine and so much more. There’s something for even the pickiest eaters here.

Will my electronics plug into the outlet or do I a converter?

Costa Rica uses the same 110 volt / 60 cycle electricity—so it’s identical to the US. Feel free to bring hair dryers, lap top plugs and whatever else you need during your vacation.

Will my cell phone work in Playa Flamingo?

More and more US cell phone companies are providing International plans. Before traveling to Costa Rica, contact your provider to see if they have international rates. If you rent a vehicle through Adobe, they have phones available for a nominal fee.

Which animals are safe to touch or pet?

Please respect the local wildlife in Playa Flamingo. Feel free to take photos, but don’t get close enough to pet, touch or otherwise irritate the animals.

Do I have to carry my passport everywhere I go?

No. In fact, we encourage all our guests to keep their passports locked up in the safe at the rental property and carry a color copy with you. Make sure everyone in your group has a copy of their passport before they travel.

When is the best time to visit Playa Flamingo Costa Rica?

The short answer is there is never a bad time to visit Playa Flamingo, but if you have your heart set on certain activities, you might want to plan your trip accordingly. If your goal is to escape the winter blues, you’ll love the clear, cloudless skies we have from November until April. This time of year is referred to as “high season.” Alternatively, we have “green season”, which lasts from May through September. In addition to lush vegetation and afternoon showers, deep sea fishermen will want to visit during this time when the Papagayo winds aren’t blowing.