Pacuare Outdoor Center view from above.

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What to Know Before Your Costa Rica Trip

Here are the essential things people are somewhat not familiar with arriving in Costa Rica. These are helpful comments to get you prepared for your trip. Also, don’t forget the packing list, which is vitally important to enjoy your trip more.

Costa Rica Accepts US Dollars

  • Almost all souvenir shops and restaurants will take US Dollars.

Drive times are Never Accurate 

  • Mountainous roads, traffic, and often road work can affect driving times.

Wildlife is Small but Loud

  • Rainforest is so biodiverse because animals have adapted to not being seen. Your guide will be able to point things out, but it’s not all up in your face like the African Savana.

Sun is up by 5:30 am and down by 6 pm

  • Like clockwork every day. Only 8 degrees above the equator.

Mostly Everything is Open Air

  • Restaurants, hotels, and supermarkets are often open air. Insulation does not exist in Costa Rica.

You don’t tip in restaurants, but in your tourism guides, you do Tip.

  • This can be confusing. Restaurants have 10% included, and most locals don’t leave any money on the table. Your tour guides do expect to be tipped. See our chart for tipping your guides.

Temperatures can drop in Costa Rica

  • If you were worried about no insulation, don’t worry. The evenings and early mornings are very friendly in most parts of Costa Rica. At higher elevations, it can even get down into the ’30s. The difference in temperature happens not at the time of the year but at the time of the day.

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POC Camp

The POC camp is an extension of the POC lodge and while the POC Lodge is located with vast views of the Pacuare River Canyon the POC Camp is down on the river’s edge. While it might not have the view of the POC Lodge it sits on one of the calmest sections of the river making the POC Camp home to one of the river Pacuare’s best spots for taking a swim and relaxing on the river’s edge.

POCsito is a favorite among so many of our guests. It is a glamping experience with some of the important comforts of home.

POC Lodge

Started in 2011 is the POC lodge. If you haven’t figured it out by now POC lodge is our own lodge and what we like to call the “baby” of the P.O.C. Adventure Company. We wanted a lodge on our favorite part of Costa Rica which is the Pacuare River and with the help of locally harvested supplies and labor, the POC Lodge was born.

 

This is a 180-acre property that runs over 1 mile of the Pacuare River. Our goal has always been to offer as much comfort as possible without steering too far away from our roots of just roughing it on the river’s edge. Our lodge has hot water, a splash of luxury in the rooms, and 5-Star service and attention to our guests.

Our favorite part about the lodge is that we built a short hike up from the river’s edge. We know we have the best views of the Pacuare River canyon and unfortunately pictures don’t even do it justice.

Arenal Paraiso, Arenal

Have you ever wanted to stay the night at the base of an active volcano? Well here is your chance. The Arenal Paraiso is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano with breath-taking views of the perfectly cone-shaped volcano.

Here at Arenal Paraiso’s, you will enjoy the beautiful property which offers much more than just a view. The property has numerous bungalows that offer a splash of luxury while surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. After a day of adventure, you will love making your way back to relax or hang out in the pool at Arenal Paraiso.

Shawandha, Caribbean 

Located at the edge of the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica sits the Shawandha lodge.  A perfect blend of eco-style luxury along with the sounds of the ocean and vibrant ambiance of the rainforest.

Shawandha lodge is set up with individual bungalows made out of local wood. You will be sure to wake up to the sound of the local residents such as the howler monkeys and green macaws. After your day of adventure, you will have a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful swimming pool at the Shawandha Lodge.

Hotel Villa Florencia, Turrialba

Located in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by sugar-cane plantations and views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano sits an old plantation home that has been renovated into a beautiful small hotel named Villa Florencia.

This is a great hotel with a beautiful pool and plenty of space to take long morning or afternoon hikes. The Villa Florencia hotel is a chance to enjoy luxury while feeling like you stook back in time. While you are in the valley don’t forget to look up as the Turrialba Volcano can often be seen doing small eruptions from across the valley.

Casa Turire, Turrialba

Casa Turire has been one of our favorites since we started. The grounds are some of the lushest you will find anywhere in Costa Rica. Casa Turire sits in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by mountains and the beautiful Turrialba Volcano. The most amazing part about Casa Turire other than its great restaurant and home-made sugar cane ice cream is that it sits on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Angostura offering great morning hikes, birding, or SUPing around the lake.