1. What are the weather conditions in Costa Rica?

In Dos Rios there are flowers and trees that are always in bloom. This lushness in the Blue River Estate region is due to the high amount of rainfall. With precipitation above average and with moderate temperatures, the climate always feels fresh and clean. During most days of the year rain and sunshine are intermittent. However, the downpours are strongest during the wet season, with strongest showers and coolest temperatures occurring during September-October. The dry season begins in December and lasts through to April.

Costa Rica has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: the “Green” season which lasts from May to November and the “Gold” season which begins in December and continues through April. During the “Green” season expect a daily rain shower late in the afternoon or evening, which keeps the landscape green. During the Gold Season, little rain falls. However, throughout Costa Rica, temperatures primarily vary with elevation, not with season. Whereas, on the coasts, the weather is dry and warm all year.

The altitude changes dramatically from the Rincón Rainforest which ranges from a Pre-montane Rainforest (Bosque Pluvial Premontano) at 900 meters down to very humid rainforest (Bosque Muy Húmedo Tropical) at 200 meters in elevation. In generic terms, it is classical piedmont rainforest on volcanic foothill soils, receiving 4-5 meters of rain annually. This lovely climate provides a home to at least 500 species of vertebrates, 3000 species of plants and many tens of thousands of species of insects, mites, fungi, bacteria, nematodes, spiders and protozoan.

2. Is it necessary to speak fluent Spanish or have an interpreter when traveling to Costa Rica?

No. While Spanish is the official language, English is widely spoken throughout the country. Members of our Sales Team are bilingual.

3. Is the water safe to drink?

Yes. Unlike many other Latin countries, Costa Rica has similar practices and standards found in the U.S. for ensuring that clean, potable water is available to all its citizens.

4. What is the time zone?

Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time (-6 GMT) and Daylight Savings Time is not observed.

5. Describe best way to get to Blue River Estate?

Guidebooks describe the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, as the connection to the beach resorts of Guanacaste and the nearby Rincón de la Vieja waterfall and volcano hikes.

From the international airport in Liberia (Daniel Oduber International (LIR)), the drive takes less than 1 ½ hours, mostly along well paved roads. Follow this link for more precise guidance.

6. What are the attractions to this region for tourists and residents?

Views of volcanoes surround us. This area is lush, full of flora, fauna, rivers, natural mineral hot springs and water falls. In this part of Costa Rica the climate is more moderate, humid and lush. A fun-filled holiday can be enjoyed by experiencing the full range of eco-tourism activities that Costa Rica has to offer. The advantage of the Blue River Resort & Hot Springs and Blue River Estate is that everything is close at hand. Nearby excursions include gorgeous waterfalls, hiking to the volcano, rappelling, zip lining, river rafting, horseback riding and bird watching. The area also offers fascinating nature exploration and quaint villages.

At the resort are one-of-a kind botanical and butterfly gardens, natural mineral hot springs and a zoo. It’s a wonderful place for children, the young and the young-at-heart.

We truly feel this region is an unspoiled paradise. The people are friendly. The surroundings are made of rolling farmland within a lush rainforest. Ecotourism is limitless. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, rappelling and even farming. The climate is comfortable year-round, with sunny warm days and balmy star-studded nights.

7. What do national parks offer?

Costa Rica has an abundance of national parks that has made it a magnet for ecotourism. In fact, Costa Rica has the highest percentage of protected areas in the world, at 26.3%. Visitors can go for walks, watch birds, go camping, enjoy the rivers, beaches, forests, volcanoes, and visit historical and archaeological sites. With one of the biggest diversities of natural habitat, species and geography in such a small area, Costa Rica is world renown.

8. Are transportation services available?

All the major car rental agencies are conveniently located and air travel between major cities is moderately priced.

9. Does ownership of property automatically qualify owners for Costa Rican residency?

No. If you are interested in obtaining official residency, we advise you to contact a law firm. It is not necessary for you to obtain residency if your maximum stay in the country does not exceed the period specified on your tourist visa. After spending a minimum of 72 hours outside of the country, you will be allowed to re-enter Costa Rica and receive another tourist visa.

10. Can we bring our pets to Costa Rica?

To bring a pet into the country you must contact the Costa Rican consulate in your country of residence to obtain the proper paperwork and procedures prior to arrival. There is no quarantine time for pets.

In general, pets must have all vaccinations and documentation from a vet. Shots must be current within two weeks except for rabies which must be less than one year. Certain species and breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed in the country. It is an easy process to bring a pet to Costa Rica provided the owners follow the procedures correctly.

11. What electricity system is employed in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica- and more specifically the Blue River Estate- has adopted the North American standard of electricity. The electrical current is 110 volts. This translates into an electrifying convenience for you!

12. Check Health information and Emergency Advisories

Travelers can check the latest health information with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. A hotline at 877-FYI-TRIP ( 877-394-8747 ) and a web site at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx give the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations or requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. A booklet entitled "Health Information for International Travel" (HHS publication number CDC-95-8280) is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, tel. (202) 512-1800 .

Emergency information concerning Americans traveling abroad may be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or the regular toll line 1-202-501-4444 for callers outside the U.S. and Canada.

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