Planning Pointers

from Mis Ojos

photo by James Lozeau

Finca Bellavista is NOT for everyone and is not a ‘typical’ tourist destination. We are NOT a full-service spa or a fancy hotel. You won’t find TVs in our cabinas, or electricity in many homes here. What you will find is a rustic, yet comfortable retreat from the outside world to explore and enjoy. This is a great place for independent travelers and nature-lovers to get back to the earth and explore. We welcome you to our home, and hope you like visiting as much as we love living here.

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INFORMATION FOR MAKING RESERVATIONS

Additional information, like exact directions and current pricing will be sent to visitors upon making overnight reservations. For your planning purposes, we are in the Southern Zone of Costa, in between Rio Claro and Palmar Norte. Please see OUR LOCATION for a map of the general vicinity and our travel tips. If you make a reservation, it is implied that you understand where we are located and can accommodate the travel itinerary necessary to arrive during check-in hours on the date of your reservation. All reservations are bound to our RESERVATIONS POLICIES.

4-wheel drive is REQUIRED on the last 3 kilometers of public road to the finca. Nighttime arrivals CANNOT be accommodated. Our check-in hours are noon to 5 p.m.

You will be walking to/from your rental and will be carrying your own luggage. Do NOT bring a rolling luggage. Less is more and backpacks work best. Porters can be hired for a per-bag fee, when available.

WEATHER

Our high season (drier season) is mid-December through April. Our low season (rainier season) is May through November. There is no such thing as a weather forecast here. Year-round temperatures are in the 80’s during the day, and in the 60’s at night. The biggest variance in our seasons is the amount of rainfall we receive. It’s usually cool underneath the canopy in the shade, and extremely hot in the direct sun. On occasion, there are rainy days, but even in the rainiest parts of rainy season, the mornings are usually clear. Don’t let the prospect of rain ruin your vacation – it’s warm rain and is very pleasant!

BUGS

Those of us that live here don’t wear bug spray. Though the bugs are not inherently bad (they are actually quite minimal compared to the coastal areas) there are stinging insects on occasion due to the moon cycles. This is nothing to cancel your vacation over or fret about, just come prepared with lightweight pants or bug spray.

WHAT TO PACK/BRING

-Bring a BACKPACK, do NOT bring a rolling suitcase.

-BOOTS!!! There are a variety of reasons why you should wear boots while exploring the jungle. Though the likelihood of getting bitten by a venomous snake is highly unlikely, wearing boots takes out most of your risk. Please bring your own boots  or borrow some from us.

-FLASHLIGHT or HEADLAMP and batteries to power it!

-A variety of quick-dry clothing. Our temperatures year-round are in the 60’s at night and in the 80’s during the day. You’ll want shorts and tanks during the day and long pants and possibly even a sweatshirt at night.

-hat

-bathing suit

-waterproof sunblock

-bugspray (the bugs are not inherently bad, but some people are just prone to getting bitten. Lightweight long sleeves and pants will help too.)

-raingear (it’s warm rain, but if you don’t like being wet, bring raingear)

-sunglasses

-wildlife, flower or plant guides

-a book to relax with (we have book swap shelves too)

-A sense of adventure! (an absolute must!)

-a computer or device if you are planning on doing any communicating, work, or being on WIFI while you are at FBV. We cannot loan out our computers due to security reasons

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects:

Pack for a Purpose

FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICES

Meals are available for purchase in our Community Dining Hall. Our meals are served in a buffet-style, community atmosphere. We will need advanced notice if you are planning on joining us for meals. Please give your notification upon check-in, or, at the meal before. We cook enough food for the number of reservations we have for a meal. If you do not have a reservation, we might not have enough to feed you if you show up unannounced. Meal delivery is available upon request and when staffing allows. Children ages 5-12 are charged half-price for meals. If your party has any dietary needs or restrictions, please notify us at check-in.

Our property is fed with potable spring water. There are several filtered water stations throughout the Finca (the bath house, the kitchen house, and any rental treehouse or cabina with a kitchen). You will not need to bring bottled water with you.

If you will not be taking advantage of community meals, please bring your own food. Our gardeners can harvest and deliver farm-fresh goods to your rental. We offer garden tours and cooking classes as well for those that want to learn about our *Finca Fresh*  lifestyle!

Children under 5 eat for free with a paying adult. Children ages 5-12 enjoy 1/2 price meals.

Center night

Dinnertime at the Community Dining Hall by James Lozeau

Effective January 1, 2015

BREAKFAST is $8 per person and is served daily from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m. Breakfast is put away and is no longer available after 9:30 a.m. On Sundays, our Breakfast hours are 8:30-10:30 a.m. On occasion, we host a ‘Second Sunday’ brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday Brunch (when available) is $15 per person, or $7 for children under 12.

SACK LUNCHES are available for $10 each. Orders for to-go lunches must be submitted to the Finca Bellavista kitchen by 9 a.m.

Our DINNER sitting is at 6:30 p.m. and is available for $18 per person. Dinner is our busiest meal of the day, and we advise a prompt arrival at 6:30 p.m. for best selection. Dinner is put away and is no longer available after 7:30 p.m.

A daily HAPPY 2 HOURS is available for Finca Bellavista guests from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in El Rancho.

COMMUNICATIONS 

Regional 3G cellular telephone service is available in sporadic locations around Finca Bellavista, however it is spotty and undependable. There is a pay telephone available in La Florida, though international calling cards are best purchased in Palmar Norte or Rio Claro. A WIFI internet zone near the FBV office that is available during office hours. Connection charges apply, bring your own device to connect.

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

We have a First Aid Station in the community center and First Aid Kits in each rental unit.

SKYTRAILS

We do not allow unaccompanied use of the SkyTrails.

Introduction to and use of the community’s private SKYTrail network of ziplines and platforms is contingent on employee and equipment availability. The SKYTrails are not operated as a commercial canopy tour, nor are they inclusive of an overnight stay at Finca Bellavista. We must charge an equipment rental fee to either loan equipment OR to provide guidance on the SkyTrails. We reserve the right to refuse access to the SKYTrails to any guest that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or guests that are unable to accurately perform basic necessary activities to be on the SKYTrails. Children under the age of 12 or people under 48 inches are prohibited from using the SkyTrails at this time due to the need for specialized equipment. Please inquire at check-in for availability.

If you’d like to get a better idea of what a visit to Finca Bellavista is like, we suggest you watch this video:

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