Liberia News

Wow, our little corner of Costa Rica is growing once again! 

Our 1-bedroom ocean-view condo in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, is located only 20-25 minutes from Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, making it a perfect location for your Costa Rica adventure.

Liberia, the capital city of Guanacaste, has a population of about 57,000 people while tiny Coco only has about 2,000 at most. And we're guessing here, facts and figures are sometimes hard to come by in Costa Rica.
Liberia is getting a new Walmart Supermarket (or super mercado), and that's good or bad depending on how you want to view it, but this new store is expected to provide about 90 jobs. The Walmart Supermarket will be the first of its' kind and the largest super mercado in all of Guanacaste. And don't be surprised, but Walmart already owns stores across Central American under the brands: Maxi Despensa, Maxi Pali, Despensa Familiar and Pali. And, in early 2019 there will be a Hard Rock Hotel Papagayo! 

But of course, we don't want you to stay at a pricey hotel when you could stay at our 1-bedroom, ocean-view condo and save, save, SAVE for all the fun stuff including renting a car to explore, or to go surfing, or seeing the volcanoes and so much more!!

There will also be 3 new restaurants opening in Liberia in 2017, including a KFC franchise. But if you're not into Americanized restaurants, check out our list of The 10 Best Restaurants in Playas del Coco and be sure to check out the list of Annual Events in Guanacaste! There's so much fun for everyone.

Pura vida,
Ed & Connie


Costa Rica Currency & Tipping

You're finally fulfilling your dream of traveling to Costa Rica

how exciting!! 

Now, you need Costa Rica currency, or do you??

Well, if you're American, you'll find it easy to spend your US dollars instead of the Costa Rican colón (plural: colónes). But if you're Canadian, you'll need to do some exchanging as Canadian dollars are not generally accepted by anyone in Costa Rica, so sorry!

The easiest way to obtain money once you're in Costa Rica is through an ATM, which are abundant in most areas including major cities and beach towns like Playas del Coco. Some machines even offer the choice of receiving US dollars or colónes, whichever you'd prefer. And by using an ATM, you'll be sure to get the current exchange rate. Wondering about tipping in Costa Rica? See below!

But be prepared, even if you pay in US dollars, you may receive any change due in colónes. This is because many vendors simply don't have enough US cash on hand to be able to provide the same back. So what's the conversion rate?

As of December 2016:

1 US dollar = 543 colónes
1 Canadian dollar = 402 colónes

Also, if you're brining US currency from home, stick with smaller denominations of say $20 and under, as many vendors won't accept $50 or $100 bills (just as with many McDonalds' or other restaurants in North America). We don't recommend brining travelers checks unless you'll have access to a bank as this is basically the only way to cash them in Costa Rica.

Credit cards are always great for traveling but be sure to keep copies in a safe place you can access (or in a cloud) so that if a card is lost, you'll know what to do. 

If you do end up with some unspent colónes when you return home, check out Connie's Norwegian Cruise Line article on Crowd Pleasing Souvenirs and Gifts to Bring Back from the Caribbean - it includes advice on what to do with that Costa Rican money!

And here's a great article entitled To Tip or Not to Tip in Costa Rica, That's the Question ;)

Pura vida,
Ed & Connie