Casa Bella Vista  
  Casa Bella Vista overlooks the #2 green on a beautiful half-acre site, a few minutes from the beach, within Los Almendros Residential Community at Hacienda Pinilla. Hacienda Pinilla is in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Hacienda Pinilla is a beach resort and residential community amid an exclusive oceanfront Costa Rican ranch with Spanish Colonial influences. You can enjoy the privacy, tranquility and natural beauty in this 4500 acre authentic and environmentally sustainable property, which includes a Championship golf course, tennis, beach club and equestrian center.

 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Costa Rica

Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America, Costa Rica is an undiscovered gem with a diversity of wonders to explore. Its biological diversity, rich culture, and location make a fascinating and awe-inspiring vacation.

Even though it is only about the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica houses the greatest density of species in the world. The biological and ecological systems are important to the people and government; everyone works to together to protect the valuable wildlife and environment. The 25% of Costa Rican land in the Protected Areas system strikingly illuminates the emphasis on conservation. Within the Guanacaste region alone, a traveler can see howler monkeys, sea turtles, cayman, crocodiles, and an array of tropical, exotic birds.

  a toucan on the grounds of the villa


Costa Rica Coat of Arms   The political system in Costa Rica is a democratic republic, which has been stable for over 100 years. Óscar Arias, the current President, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and has helped the country grow by promoting free trade policies. With no standing army, Costa Rica remains neutral, peaceful, and secure. The political climate also fosters education; Costa Rica boasts a 96% literacy rate, one of the highest in Latin America.

When visiting Costa Rica, you may hear Costa Ricans refer to themselves as ticos (males) or ticas (females). This connotes a “very friendly, helpful, laid back, unhurried, educated, and environmentally aware people.” ( “Costa Rica,” www.Wikipedia.com)

The popular and versatile phrase “pura vida” literally translates to “pure life,” and reflects upon the ideology of living a life that is calm, unclustered, and surrounded by nature, family, and friends.


Tamarindo is in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, an area that includes much of the northwestern part of this country. It is the town nearest to Casa Bella Vista and a center for dining, nightlife, and local flavor. A number of different beach fronts are situated along the area north and south of Tamarindo Beach. Dolphins, manta rays, and the nearby coral reef make this a great spot for snorkeling, as well as some of the best spots to enjoy scuba diving.


The Pacific side of Costa Rica has different weather conditions from the Atlantic side. Hurricanes in the east mean more rain on this side of the country, but the weather is generally clears and highs usually range from 80 to 100 degrees in the dry season. This perfect weather creates an ideal setting for other water activities; and so deep-sea fishing and surfing are popular things to do in Tamarindo.

Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica is lined with shops that cater to all of these activities that take place here. Surf camps, eco-tour operators, sailing companies, diving schools, and jungle safaris are all things to do in this area, which you can find out more about simply by taking a stroll down Tamarindo Beach.

 

  Tamarindo, Costa Rica


Useful Travel Information

Climate

When it comes to weather, the Costa Rican climate is equally accommodating. With the exception of the higher altitudes, daily temperatures usually linger around a very pleasant 78° to 88° F. The Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica is by far the driest province year round with the months of September and October being the wettest. Costa Rica is definitely a year-round destination with the sun shining nearly every day of the year.

Currency

The national currency is the colone, which consists of paper money and coin. Be aware of exchange rate; near Casa Bella Vista and the bigger towns, American currency is gladly accepted. Change will be given in colones though, so be sure to use your colones up before leaving the country. A good rule of thumb to calculate the cost of something when expressed in colones was to double the cost and divide by 1000. So a meal that costs 1500 colones is $3.00

There area banks throughout Tamarindo and the area if you want to exchange currency. Expect to show your passport for the exchange, and pay an exchange fee of about $5, sometimes no matter how much you are changing. Again, there’s almost no reason anymore to exchange money.

Credit cards are widely accepted, especially MASTERCARD and VISA, though you may have to pay a processing fee with your home bank for this.

Electrical Power

The electrical power in Costa Rica is 110 volts

Time

Costa Rica does not follow Daylight Savings time. They are continually on Central Standard Time.

Departure Tax

A departure tax of $26 is payable at the airport before departure. Payable via cash or Visa.

Sunrise/Sunset

The sun rises and sets with regularity about 6am and 6pm. Don’t miss sunsets, either on the beach, by the pool, on the patio, or from a local bar.

Tipping

A 10% tip in a restaurant is appropriate but most restaurants will add it to your bill automatically, so avoid double tipping by checking your bill before paying a tip. Taxi drivers generally do not receive a tip. However, feel free to tip anyone who gives you special service.

Telephone Communications

Operator Assistance – 116
Tourist Information – 192

Bilingual operator assistance

International Calls: 116
Local information: 113
Long-distance information: 124

Water

The water is safe to drink in most places within Costa Rica. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, bottled water is recommended.

beautiful sunset