What should I pack?
This is our suggested list of items to bring on your holiday. Please bear in mind the weight of your luggage is very limited on domestic flights.
- Lightweight hiking or walking shoes.
- River shoes and flip flops.
- Flashlights and/or headlamps (please bring rechargeable batteries, currently we have no way of recycling them in the Osa Peninsula).
- Quick drying clothes
- Snacks from home (power bars for example).
- San Jose is usually 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C) although it can get pretty chilly at night, pack a long sleeve shirt and pants.
- Re-useable water bottle.
- Day pack for hiking and short trips.
- Dry bags (protection for your gear).
- Waterproof case for your phone.
- Reading material, none of our houses have TV and the internet connection is slow!
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and/or hat.
- Insect repellent, after-bite and travel first-aid kit.
- Umbrella/rain gear during the green season (April thru December).
- English/Spanish dictionary.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, all of the houses have some of the best water in Costa Rica!
What about insects?
There are many insects around but they are not a huge nuisance. That said, it is a good precaution to bring insect repellant and use it particularly in the early evenings.
What about snakes?
Although very few tourists have been bitten by poisonous snakes in Costa Rica, without becoming paranoid, a few precautions are advisable. Consider all snakes poisonous. Remember that small snakes can be just as deadly as big snakes. Pay attention to where you are walking. Snakes are usually coiled before they strike. In the back of your mind connect round with danger. If you see something round on the forest floor, stop and step back. In general, much of what is interesting in the tropical forest is up in the trees, and much of what is dangerous is on the ground. Therefore, for your safety it is important that you remember these two simple rules: When you're looking up, don't move your feet. When you are moving you're feet, look down.
Will my cellular phone work?
The Peninsula de Osa now has 3G coverage. There are areas around all the homes that have phone coverage but it is very limited.
Can I use credit cards or U.S. Dollars?
Cash is king in the Osa. The higher-end restaurants and hotels will take credit cards as will the supermarkets. Everyone else prefers cash. Most places will accept U.S. Dollars but not always with a good exchange rate.
What about groceries and ice?
The only supermarkets are in Puerto Jimenez and we suggest that you plan to shop on your way to any of the houses. You can also buy ice in Puerto Jimenez.
What is the nearest town and what is it like?
Puerto Jimenez is about a 30 minute drive from Dos Brazos; Playa Sombrero/Carbonera/Matapalo is 30 minutes to 45 minutes away. It is a typical small Costa Rican town with a pleasant, bustling frontier feel with a population of roughly 6,500. The center (basically a two block radius) has many restaurants and bars. There is all the local color and quaintness you would expect, plus most of the amenities that you need. Including two banks, two supermarkets, internet cafes, laundry, airstrip, post office, gas station, ferry services, several fruit and veggie markets, bakeries, hardware store, soccer field and a Catholic Church.
What medical facilities are available?
There is a clinic open 24/7 in Puerto Jimenez. There is a hospital in Golfito and for serious emergencies there is an air ambulance service which will get you to a choice of hospitals in San Jose.
When are the best times to visit for good surf?
Playa Matapalo receives swells from the southern hemisphere; these swells are the strongest May-October, although there can be great waves any time of the year. The coastal waters are typically in the 26-30 degree Celsius range (79-85 degrees Fahrenheit).
Do you recycle and what about sustainability/responsible tourism?
Yes, we are proud to say that we do. We bring everything to the Recycling Center of Puerto Jimenez. We are dedicated to recycle, reduce garbage and keep Costa Rica clean and green! Our mission is to make as low an impact on the environment and local culture as possible, while helping to generate employment for the local people. To help ensure that development that comes to the Osa Peninsula brings a positive experience for local people and the tourists whilst protecting the amazing natural environment of the Osa.
Can I see your guest reviews?
Please click on the link below to read comments from our guests on Trip Advisor.