Vista Mar has fully equipped kitchens and we supply linens for bed and
bath. However, we do ask that you bring beach towels for the beach and
for the pool.
Light clothing is all you will need for Playa
Ocotal and the nearby beaches. Shorts, t-shirts or polos, and sandals
are common at the beaches and in town. All the area restaurants permit
causal clothing. We recommend you bring 100% cotton clothing because
it's much cooler than synthetics. If you plan to visit the volcanoes or
rain forests you will want hiking shoes or boots, lightweight long
pants, possibly a long sleeve shirt, and a lightweight rain jacket. If
you plan to spend time in San Jose or the mountain regions you might
want some warmer clothing.
gear can be rented at Playa Ocotal but you may want to bring your own
mask and snorkel and just rent the fins. Binoculars are great for
viewing the monkeys, birds, and other wild life. You can purchase
sunscreen, mosquito repellant, film, etc. in Playas del Coco and
elsewhere (but it's generally cheaper in the US and Canada). Electric
converters are not needed for North American appliances in Costa Rica.
Almost all merchants in Costa Rica will gladly accept US dollars and
most of them give you a favorable daily exchange rate. Dollars can be
changed into colones at any bank but be prepared for the possibility of
long lines. Gas stations, most restaurants and medium or large hotels
accept credit cards. Many small guest houses, including Villa Vista
Mar, do not accept credit cards. Also, many merchants in Costa Rica are
reluctant to accept travelers checks made out to a third party (this is
because the banks require the third party to deposit the travelers
checks into their account and put a hold of up to 60 days on the
travelers checks). However, banks will gladly cash travelers checks for
the owner directly, with proper identification. One of the easiest ways
to obtain dollars or colones in Costa Rica is to use your debit card
from home. Most, but not all, ATM machines will accept your debit card
or credit card.