Here you’ll find the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions…

Osa Weather

The Osa Peninsula is quite temperate and rarely experiences extreme high or low temperatures. The temperature seldom drops below 27°C (80°F) in the green season (May to September), and is usually around 35°C (95°F) in the dry season (December to April). October and November are considered the rainiest months (wet season) and because of this travel to and around the Osa can be difficult.

If you’re wondering during which season it’s best to visit, the green season or the dry season, we recommend both for different reasons. Of course in the dry season there is little rain so that’s a plus if you want to spend most of your time on the beach (or get away from the snow and cold). However, if you are more into seeing wildlife, you will enjoy the green season. That’s when the turtles return and red-eye-tree-frogs can be seen everywhere. As for the weather during the green season, you can compare it to the springtime where mornings are usually sunny but you get some afternoon and overnight showers. The great thing about the rain here is that it’s nice and hot and gives you a great excuse to chill out.

Getting There

You will be landing in San Jose, Costa Rica’s Capital City and staying overnight in one of two beautiful Boutique Hotels. The next morning you will be taking an early domestic flight to the small town of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula where your RR Escape host will be meeting you. From there you will be taking a two hour 4×4 ride through the lush tropical rainforest where you can spot everything from monkeys to exotic birds on your way to Carate Beach. On arrival at LagunaVista Villas, unpack and explore this hidden tropical haven.

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What To Bring

Light, quick dry clothing is best suited for the hot and humid climate of the Osa. For the trails we recommend amphibian shoes that go from land to water. Crocs or slip-on shoes are ideal for around the property. You don’t need rubber boots unless you come in the rainy season. Hiking boots are ok as long as they are not heavy and dry rapidly as you will be getting your feet wet on every hike. A hat, sunblock, sunglasses and one flashlight or headlamp per person are a must as there are no city lights around here. And don’t forget your camera, binoculars, and a good book or two for relaxing in a hammock.

A complete packing list will be sent to you once you book your escape. It will help you prepare for this unique rainforest experience.

Health & Safety

If you have any health issues that require medication it is recommended that you bring it with you in it’s original container and clearly labeled. There is a local drugstore in Puerto Jimenez that can provide most medications however we strongly advise you to prepare prior to your arrival.

Local Medical Care For serious health issues, there is a local clinic in town or if necessary, we are able to fly you to the nearest hospital located a short distance away in Golfito. Using common sense and staying on the paths should eliminate any risks of injury. The Osa Peninsula is a safe place to visit, however you are coming at your own risk.

Vaccination Tetanus and TwinRex (Hepatitis A and B) are recommended everywhere you travel these days. There is no Malaria on the Pacific coast. Risk of Dengue Fever (transmitted by mosquitoes) is extremely low and there are no preventative medications or vaccines for this condition. Just make sure to cover up at dusk and dawn and use repellent if you are concerned.

Water The fresh mountain water on the property is safe to drink and is tested regularly. A refillable water bottle is recommended to reduce waste. It is for that reason that we do not sell bottled water at LagunaVista Villas but it can be purchased in the small town of Puerto Jimenez.

Insurance Travel insurance is strongly advised, both for last-minute flight cancellation, trip interruption from natural events (earthquakes and volcano eruptions are frequent in Costa Rica) and for health coverage during your stay in Costa Rica. Check with your insurance company and bring copies of your coverage with you. If you do not have an insurance provider, we would be happy to make recommendations.

Insects and Reptiles Insects come in several groups, but only two are worthy of mention: mosquitoes and midges (sand-flies). Their nuisance value is greatly reduced however, thanks to tropical breezes, lizards, bats and birds. If you are concerned, there are many repellents on the market that provide effective protection from insect bites. Repellent may be useful at dusk and dawn or on very woodsy trails. Your accommodations are equipped with mosquito netting so your goodnight’s sleep is sure to be bug-free. All that being said, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how few of biting-insects we actually have on the Osa.

Contradictory to popular belief, snakes are a rare sight in the rainforest and most encounters are with non-venomous species. Nevertheless, the threat from venomous snakes does exist but your chances of being bitten are as improbable as being struck on the head by a falling coconut. (That being said please be careful when walking at night or when hanging out under coconut trees). Use your headlight at all times. As “wild” as this place can be, it is remarkably user-friendly.

Ok so if you’re still cringing at the thought of creepy crawlies, don’t. This place is far from what you remember in Indiana Jones. Really. Nature is truly balanced here.

Your Secure Purchase

You can feel safe purchasing our Escapes because your travel purchase is protected by TICO (The Tourism Industry Council of Ontario). No matter where you’re from, Canada, the United States, Europe or anywhere else for that matter, your investment is secured with TICO! Find out more. Our TICO registration number is 50021748.

You can feel safe purchasing our Escapes because your travel purchase is protected by TICO (The Tourism Industry Council of Ontario). No matter where you’re from, Canada, the United States, Europe or anywhere else for that matter, your investment is secured with TICO! Find out more. Our TICO registration number is 50021748.

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