What is the language of Costa Rica
The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish. Nevertheless, English is widely spoken in the tourism areas and hotels.
Entry and Leaving Requirements of Costa Rica
All foreign citizens entering Costa Rica must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date they leave the country. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Europe and many other countries do not need visas to enter Costa Rica. Citizens of countries other than mentioned before should check the visa guidelines of Costa Rica. All non-resident travelers must possess a return ticket or a ticket as proof of when they intend to exit the country.
What is the currency
The official currency is colon which is named after Christoph Columbus who discovered Costa Rica in 1502. But, US dollars are almost accepted in every merchant and store in the country.
Do I need to get any vaccines
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are recommended for all travelers. If you are traveling from South America or Sub-Saharan Africa a Yellow Fever Vaccine is required to enter Costa Rica.
How can I pay?
You can pay in dollars or colones, as well almost every store, restaurant and hotel accepts major credit cards. Digital copies of all your documents ( license, ID, passport, credit cards)
Is the water safe to drink
In general the tap water in Manuel Antonio is safe, however if you prefer to be cautious, bottled water is safe to drink and available in our hotel.
Is swimming in the ocean safe
In regards to sharks, you do not have to worry about them in Manuel Antonio. The most important thing to be cautious about in the Pacific Ocean are rip currents and unpredictable surf. The beach Playa Biezans by Shana By The Beach is ideal for families with little kids since it is extremely calm.
How do I get around
There are many different options of transportation. First of all, you can rent a car since you don’t need an international license for three months. Secondly, many companies offer private shuttles which are very convenient to travel around the country. Thirdly, local buses are a cheap and reliable way of getting around in Manuel Antonio. Lastly, the official taxis “taxis rojos ” are a safe and common transportation for tourists and locals.
How is the weather
Costa Rica has dry season (high season9) and wet season (low season). On average, the temperatures are always high in both seasons, around 25-30 degrees Celsius. Rainy season is still a good time to visit Manuel Antonio as it mostly only rains in the afternoon, as well as it is whale season in the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Dry season is peak tourist time due to the fact of optimal amount of sunshine and heat.
What to do in an emergency
First things first, we recommend to have travelers insurance always. You can make a free phone call to 911, as well as it is advised to phone your hotel clerk. Hospitals and the Red Cross will provide any medical treatment in case of emergency.
How is the medical care at Manuel Antonio
Health care and sanitary standards are very high in Costa Rica. First class hospitals can be found throughout the country. In addition, Manuel Antonio has one of the best hospitals in Central America and pharmacies are around every corner.
Do we have Wifi in the hotel
Yes in every hotel room, and common space areas you can access our free wifi.
How is the wildlife at the hotel
The wildlife is very prevalent at Shana By The Beach due to the fact that we are in the middle of the jungle. Monkeys visit us daily, as well you might be able to spot one our resident sloths. These are a some of species of animals that come and visit Shana By The Beach.
What activities and tours can we do
Our reception staff is more than delighted to help you plan and book whichever tour you desire. You c an find a selection of available tours on our website.
Are there rooms for physically challenged guests
Yes we have two rooms that are dedicated to providing a comfortable and more generous space for physically challenged guests.
How far is the beach
The nearest beach is Playa Biezans which can be accessed through our private jungle trail, it is about 200m and takes about 5-10 minutes to reach the beautiful beach.
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