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Costa Rica is a developing country so there are a few things we do here differently than in a more industrialized country.
Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. If you're looking for adventure, nature, and relaxation, this is the place for you! Bugs, insects and different wildlife including monkeys, iguanas, coatis, as well as many different bird species are a common sight as we are in the middle of nature and the jungle.
If you get scared easily by insects or bugs, this is not the right place for you, and we recommend you find somewhere else to stay. Please remember we built a house in the jungle and part of the culture is to respect all creatures of mother nature as they are vital to the biodiversity of our area.
Since we are living amid nature, any food (even just breadcrumbs) will attract ants and other insects. It is important to always clean after yourself to avoid too many earthly visitors. All animals serve an intricate part in the eco system; therefore, we ask you let the animals do their jobs and let them serve their role in nature.
Pretty much everywhere you go will accept US Dollars. You will get Colones (Costa Rica money) in change when you use cash. We recommend bringing smaller bills (more 10’s and 5’s, fewer 20’s) for things around town. Excursions will most likely require cash, save your larger bills for these. You will also need cash for any ground transportation, gratuities, and extras onsite.
In general Costa Rica is safe and known to be a very friendly country thanks to the locals and their Pura Vida mindset. If you are going to the beach don’t leave valuables in the car or unattended at the beach.
Most everything in Costa Rica takes CASH ONLY. This is very important, there are ATMs but most are not within walking distance and rarely have cash. Even if you can get cash, most machines won’t allow more than $200 withdrawal at a time. We recommend you bring enough cash to cover the following:
Check with your cellular service provider for international rates. You will typically need to ensure you have an international plan. Most carriers charge $10/day in the US. Casas Kismet has free Wi-Fi, so you are welcome to keep your cellular service turned off. You can use Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, or whatever you prefer if you want to communicate back home.
During dry season it is especially hot and dusty in Nosara. We recommend light clothes that are breathable. You will want to pack a bathing suit, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, headlamp, and bug spray. Shoes: Flip/flops, sandals, and running shoes. The roads are rocky so avoid shoes with heels to prevent an ankle roll.
We highly recommend you fly into Liberia International Airport as it is 2.5-hour drive to Casas Kismet. You can fly into San Jose; however, the drive will be 4.5-5 hours (or more) from the airport.
There are several ways to travel from the airport to Casas Kismet.
There are several ways to get around town.
All rooms have air conditioning, refrigerator, kitchen or kitchenette, and a coffee maker. Each bathroom is equipped with hair dryer and towels. We have the following products from Raw Botanicals: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hand & face soap.
We have Type A and B outlets - standard American outlets. If traveling from Europe, you will need an adapter
Beach and Pool towels are provided by Casas Kismet. These should be reused during your stay.
Laundry service is available for $10 a load.
We have a small restaurant for guests staying at Casas Kismet. We also sell smoothies, smoothie bowls, specialty coffees, cocktails, and mocktails. If you are attending a retreat most meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided by Casas Kismet.
In room safes are available at Casas Kismet. Do not take valuables to the beach unless someone can stay with them. Put your passport away in a safe place when you arrive at Casas Kismet. It’s a great idea to take a photo of your passport in case of emergency.
Nosara is in the Guanacaste peninsula, the upper western part of the country. Guanacaste is known as a tropical dry forest, experiencing little rain and consistent heat from November to April and a wet season from May to October. Rainy season mostly consists of late afternoon and evening rainfall, leaving the lush green, and blooming trees to enjoy during the day.
All year. November to April is considered high season when more tourists typically visit Costa Rica which increase costs during this time. May through October are slower in regard to tourism providing better prices and less crowds.
Retreat food is locally sourced, organic, and freshly made by our inhouse chef. Our chef creates elevated typical Costa Rican dishes, so you get a taste of the culture while supporting specific dietary requests from your group.
We can accommodate plant based, gluten and dairy allergies/intolerances along with specified food allergies.
If you are attending a retreat the leader will gather your food allergies and restrictions and send them to us prior to the retreat.
If you are hosting a retreat and looking for expert facilitators in sound, cacao, yoga, and dance we have partnered with local facilitators in the area. Please request our facilitator contact list to learn more.
Don’t stress about the small stuff with your retreat. Our concierge services provide support including booking transportation, excursions, and helping plan the schedule for your retreat. That way you can show up and do what you do best by providing your program to your guests.
We have 24 individual beds.
Wear light breathable clothing and closed toe shoes. Some excursions you will want to bring a bathing suit and towel (surf, kayak, catamaran, fishing, and possibly zipline if you are in an afternoon tour during wet season). You may want to wear a hat and bring bug spray and make sure don’t forget your sunscreen.
Our concierge service will book the transportation for your excursion if they do not pick up at Casas Kismet. The transportation cost is typically not included in the excursion price.
We recommend tipping as a common courtesy for your tour guide. We recommend $5 tip per person.
You will pay the tour guide directly for the excursion. Some excursions are cash only so please bring enough cash to pay your guide. Costs range from $60 - $120 per excursions with the exception of deep sea fishing where price varies depending on length of the trip and deep vs. off shore fishing.
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