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This condo/apartment was constructed in June 2015, very clean and new. This brand-new construction means that the apartment is fully up to modern codes regarding electrical and water service. The apartment is single-level, but is located on the second floor. The interior structure is a reinforced steel-girder skeleton that is extremely earthquake-resistant, designed with the appropriate amount of "flexibility" to absorb strong quakes and shocks.
The apartment is small for a 2-bedroom with an office (just under 900 square feet), but I designed the floorplan myself to take Maximum Advantage of the available space. there is very little dead space. Almost every square inch of the apartment serves a purpose. I designed the space to feel "Open", despite its small size, with ceilings that are significantly higher than the ceilings in a typical Costa Rican home, and natural ventilation throughout the home. However, due to the small size of the apartment, the maximum number of guests allowed is Two (2) adults. This is for your own comfort, as well as mine. The space is not well-suited for children. The full-time occupants are myself and my girlfriend -- plus 4 cats, who mostly hide and/or sleep 24 hours per day.
Your Bedroom is small (about 80 square feet) but very pleasant. There is a standard double-size bed, plenty of storage/closet space, a desk with notebook computer, excellent ventilation, and a ceiling fan. It probably sounds like a Closet to you, at first, but I'll post some photos here shortly, showing how I took advantage of the space. The entire room is built around the bed, as the only piece of furniture on the floor of the room. The closet and storage spaces are built into the wall-line and don't take up floor space, which is what allows us to actually have a nice desk in the room, with a notebook computer and a Playstation. Located near the center of the apartment, this bedroom has a nice, high ceiling.
We do not have air conditioning or a heating system, which is also true of most homes in San José. This room is usually the coolest in the apartment, and is definitely the quietest. You can expect the ambient temperature in the bedroom to be within 3 degrees of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year -- that's the climate in San José. There are no windows in the bedroom, so it is dark and quiet with the lights off -- great for watching movies and for late sleepers.
The bedroom also contains a flat screen LCD TV (approximately 24-inch screen) with cable TV, Playstation 3, and access to our DVD/Blu-Ray collection.
Our Cable TV service includes about 90 channels. Only about 15 of those channels are available in English -- the rest are Spanish-only. I do not have a high-definition cable TV package, although some of the channels are in high-definition anyway. Notable channels that I have in English are HBO, Cinemax Latin America, CNN, a few sports channels, and a few other movie channels. Many channels will occasionally air programs (especially TV series) that are subtitled rather than dubbed in Spanish, which means that you might be able to watch CSI in English, occasionally.
I have about 15 games for the Playstation, but I never got into gaming, which is why the machine is in Your bedroom and not Mine -- so you might want to bring some of your own games if you plan to use it for gaming. It's also a DVD/Blu-Ray player, but...
You will also have full-time access to my DVD/Blu-Ray collection of over 500 movies. I ripped all of them to computer files at 720p. They are all in English, with Spanish subtitles (which can be turned off, if you don't want to see them). Guest AccessMost of the apartment, including the appliances and supplies, within reason, is freely available for guest use at all times.
We have a small sun-room at the front of the house with some nice views of the nearby mountains, both day and night. 3 or 4 people can comfortably occupy the sun-room, and it's a great place to read a book in natural light during the day.
The living room and kitchen combine to form a single open space, with only the visual divider of a low breakfast bar, which can accommodate up to 5 people dining at once. This is the only dining area in the apartment -- there is no Dining Room.
The living room area is focused on a wonderful home theatre system with a 75-inch LED Monitor, and a 3-speaker simulated surround-sound system. All attached video and audio sources are out of sight in my office, and are operated by a remote IR and Bluetooth distribution system.
The kitchen is small, but the space is efficient. I have a medium-sized refrigerator/freezer and plenty of cabinet space. I have a counter-top ice maker (not in the refrigerator/freezer). I also have a smooth-top stove/oven, a nice convection oven/toaster (can hold a regular-size frozen pizza), a microwave oven, a coffee-maker, a toaster, a slow-cooker, waffle iron, blender, and a rice cooker (pressure-type cooker). We have a nice assortment of cooking supplies and a full stock of dinnerware and a decent assortment of bar-ware. If you want to cook or bake, we might might not have the fanciest stuff in the world, but we've got most of what you need. Notable exceptions -- we do not have a juicer, electric mixer, or electric food processor.
The laundry room is small and contains a Costa Rican-style washing machine (separate wash and "spin" chambers), a dryer, and a sink. This is also our main storage area, so it's a bit of a claustrophobic space (the only one in the apartment), but it's got everything that you need. You weren't going to spend all of your time in the laundry room, anyway... right? :)
The last room in this list that guests have access to is the bathroom. The main door to the bathroom directly faces the door to your bedroom. There is another door in the bathroom that can be locked from both sides without a key. That door leads directly to my bedroom. I can lock you out of my bedroom, and you can lock me out of the bathroom -- ensuring privacy for everyone.
We only have the one bathroom, but it is HUGE (roughly 5'9" X 13'1"). This is the only bathroom in the apartment, which is another reason why I limit the number of guests to Two (2). The main feature of the bathroom is the shower. It's about 5'9" X 4'7", and contains 2 rainshower heads, 6 body-spray heads, and 2 hand-showers. It's a low pressure-system, but if you want some real force, one of the hand showers is set up to deliver some good water pressure. I specifically designed the shower to accommodate 2 people showering at the same time. Yeah... it's a bit sexy... but primarily, it's just efficient. There is NO bathtub in the apartment. There is also a toilet with an electric bidet, and a single pedestal sink. We have plenty of storage space in the bathroom, and plenty of room to expand. For now, the bathroom sink has no hot water, but I intend to upgrade the sink in the near future. The shower and my double kitchen sink have hot water, of course. The washing machine only uses cold water.
Water is one thing that is not an issue. We have a pump and cistern system that can supply enough water for about 3 days, if necessary. San José sometimes has "rolling" water blackouts, especially during the dry season. Full-time residents quickly learn what their "no-water day" is. Basically, the water company shuts off a section of the city every day -- a different section each day -- due to water shortages. This ensures that everyone has enough water pressure. Our system prevents us from having to deal with that.
We also never run out of Hot Water. Instead of a water heater with a tank, we have an "Instantaneous" hot water system. Despite the official name of "Instantaneous", you still have to wait for the cold water that is between the heater and the shower to get pushed out of the way. However, once the hot water shows up, it's there until the electricity goes out. We don't "run out" of hot water, but please keep in mind that your 45-minute showers can be expensive for me. The hot water takes about 10 seconds to show up for the rainshower/body shower, but about 60 seconds for the other rainshower. Our non-tank system does mean that when the power goes out, we are instantly out of hot water, but power outages are infrequent, and they rarely last longer than 30 minutes. Interaction with GuestsI work during the day, but it's in my home office right here at the apartment. I usually hide in there from about 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., occasionally appearing briefly for lunch, dinner, and bathroom breaks. I ask that you respect my work-time, but I AM usually at home, and I can certainly help in any kind of unusual or emergency situation. My girlfriend's schedule is more sporadic. She may be around all day, on occasion, but she is often away from home during the day for various reasons. If you need help for something in particular, some advance notice will allow us to help you. My girlfriend cooks frequently, and she will happily cook a larger batch, especially if you warn her at least a day in advance. She is an early-riser (around 7 a.m.) and is pretty traditional with mealtimes... maybe slightly early for dinner (around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.). Feel free to add stuff to her shopping list, and she'll pick it up the next time she goes to the grocery store (usually about once every 3 days). She'll let you know about how much your stuff will cost beforehand, and she knows the places to go to get the best price. There is also a Mini-Super (kind of like a 7-Eleven convenience store) right across the street. It isn't the cheapest place in town, but you can get a Coca-cola and a candy bar in about 2 minutes -- total time spent outside of the apartment.
I will happily buy your U.S. Dollars with local currency (Colones), or buy back your unused Colones with U.S. Dollars, in reasonable amounts, and if I have the money available. We'll look up the rate online and I'll give you a fair rate. I don't make money doing this, as that would make me an unlicensed, illegal money changer. I don't do this with Euros or any other currency, as it's just too much trouble to deal with it. You can exchange Euros at most of the banks. Many places will take your U.S. Dollars as payment, but they will also often try to rip you off when they give you change (almost always in Colones). Don't expect anyone to accept Euros (you need to exchange them for Colones at the bank). The only place that you can be sure of a fair exchange rate is at the bank or ATM.
If you stay with me for at least 7 nights, I'll drive you to the San José (SJO) airport when you're ready to leave Costa Rica. My car is a 2012 Toyota Rav4, which easily holds 4 people and their baggage. I don't do airport pickups, because it's a very frustrating process. Getting from the airport to my apartment is super-easy and quick, and I'll tell you how to do that after you book the room.
I DO NOT like driving in town, and driving services are not included or offered as a part of your booking. I always take a taxi downtown, even though I have my own car. The traffic is a pain, and parking is an even bigger pain. Vehicle accidents are common. However, I do occasionally drive to Walmart, or to go out to eat or shop. I'll almost always give you advance warning, and you are welcome to join the trip, if you like. I don't make "Side Trips", and you must respect my schedule. I can't usually stay out for very long, because I have work waiting to be done back at home.
When it comes to your room cleaning schedule and my interaction with you, I will generally try to find out what you like, but I won't pry too much. The reason for that is that I've spent over 30 years of my life living out of a suitcase in hotels, aboard airliners and other modes of transportation , and in airports and all kinds of other places.
When I check into a hotel or resort, even if it's only for 1 or 2 nights, I unpack my bags, I grab a beer, and I watch just 30 Minutes or One Hour of TV. I feel "At Home." I always tell Reception that I don't want anybody in my room, making up my bed or moving my stuff around. For those 2 nights, that hotel room is My Home. I don't need anybody to make up my bed or give me fresh towels. I leave the "Do Not Disturb" sign on my door for the entire time that I am staying at the hotel. I just want you to understand where I'm coming from.
I will happily clean and straighten up your room every day, if that's what you want. I just don't ASSUME that that's what you want. I'll ask, and you can answer. If you tell me that you want that bedroom to be your inviolate sanctuary for an entire 2-week visit, I won't bat an eye, because I absolutely understand where you're coming from. The NeighborhoodAlthough we are less than 75 meters away from the "Loop" highway around San José, the neighborhood is remarkably nice, friendly, and quiet. The family that runs the mini-super right across the street is extremely friendly. The mini-super is usually open between 7 a.m. and about 10 p.m., but the hours can vary. If there are still plenty of people around at 10 p.m., they'll often stay open until midnight. There is also a "Soda" (a tiny family-run kitchen/diner) about 50 meters down the street from my apartment -- most of the time, it is take-out only. This soda is actually the former garage of a home, which was turned into a kitchen. It is usually open during dinner hours... about 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., but sometimes they do open for a longer period of time. Walmart, a large grocery store, a huge park, a bank/ATM, and a couple of bar/restaurants are within a 15-minute walk of the apartment. Walking any significant distance after about 9 p.m. is not a good idea. It's better to take a taxi late at night. Remember, if you're not a Costa Rican, you stick out. Violent crime is rare, but pickpocketing and other such crimes are common in Costa Rica. My neighborhood is generally safe -- this advice applies anywhere in Costa Rica. Getting AroundFirst of all... I don't want to pick on Airbnb, because I think it's a great concept... but... WOW!!! I can barely find ANY of the best spots in Costa Rica on their "Guidebook". So... Check my Photos for a list of some great places to check out when you're in Costa Rica!
A taxi ride between the San José airport and my apartment usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
My apartment is less than 1 minute from the exit and on-ramp of the "Loop" highway around San José. San Pedro and Downtown are less than 10 minutes away, unless I get stuck in traffic.
Taxis are easy to find and are relatively cheap, compared to U.S. prices. I can summon a taxi to my apartment, which usually arrives within 5 minutes, using a smartphone app. There are taxi stands all over town, including at places like Walmart and the bank. Many Costa Ricans don't own a car or have a driver's license, so taxis are necessary and abundant.
Many Costa Ricans travel by city bus, and there is a bus stop about a 5-minute walk away from my apartment. You need to know where you are going and get specific instructions about the bus routes and stops, as there is very little published information and it is difficult to understand. The buses are often packed with passengers, and pick-pocketing on the buses is common.
Train service is limited, slow, and of little value to the average traveler.
I strongly discourage everyone from renting a car. Secure parking is hard to find, and overnight window-smashing break-ins are common.
Walk during the day (if your destination is within walking distance), and take a taxi at night. This is especially true of Downtown San José.
Rush hours and holiday vehicle traffic in San José are overwhelmingly congested and frustrating. Traveling on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. can actually be slower than walking, even over long distances. If must travel by road during these times, it is best to stay away from Downtown and the highways.
I know many good private drivers who specialize in trips away from San José, and I can easily arrange a driver for you, for such a trip. I am also familiar with most of the hotels and resorts in Costa Rica, and can help you book those, as well. I don't make any money on this kind of stuff, I just do it as a favor to my guests. Please keep in mind that I know good, reliable, wonderful people and places... but your Personal Tastes might differ from mine.
One of the best ways to move around Costa Rica is to travel on the domestic airlines. This is especially pertinent to most people who rent the bedroom in my apartment, as domestic airline travel for one or two people is almost always cheaper than hiring a driver, and is often cheaper than, or comparable to, shared shuttle service. Domestic airline travel is almost always significantly faster than ground transportation. Just as an example, a typical one-way flight from San José to Tamarindo will cost you around $115 as a solo traveler, and take about 2.5 hours, including the taxi fares to/from both airports, taxi time, and check-in time. A one-way ride in a car or van, from San José to Tamarindo, will cost you at least $200, and take more than 5 hours. Two (2) people can fly for about $210, since they can share the taxi costs, making it almost a break-even situation, and still going by air in the half the time it takes to make the trip by car.
This is where my free luggage-storage service comes in handy, as the domestic airlines are very stingy with their luggage allowances.
One thing about "Getting Around" that most people don't think about... When one of the volcanoes erupts, it is very likely that air transportation will come to a screeching halt in any areas affected by volcanic ash. If the taxi drivers and private drivers were a bit more informed, they would also halt operations immediately. I can promise you that my car's engine won't be started until the ash has stopped falling and the engine has been thoroughly cleaned. The big problem here is the underestimation of the potential effects of volcanic ash. "Ash" is a poor term. Although it looks very much like cigarette ash, volcanic ash is actually composed of glass; hard, brittle rock; and other corrosive and highly destructive substances. If a taxi ingests ash for 3 or 4 hours, the engine is cooked. If your plane takes off into a cloud of ash, you'll be swimming home... if you're lucky. This is a reality of life in Costa Rica that has shut down the SJO airport twice in 2015.
So... what do you do? There isn't really much you can do. Nobody knows when the next eruption will occur, or where the wind will carry the ash. My advice is always this...
Don't plan a Costa Rican Vacation on a tight schedule. If you're visiting Costa Rica for 7 nights, 1 or 2 destinations is plenty. My "Stock" phrase is: "For one week, 1 or 2 destinations. After that... the number of full weeks, plus 1." For example, 2 weeks = 3 destinations; 5 weeks = 6 destinations -- and by that, I mean the Maximum number of destinations. A more relaxed itinerary, with fewer destinations, is even better. Other Things to NoteWe do have 4 short-haired cats. They are all "hiders", and you won't see them too often, unless they are sleeping. They do like to sit on the ledge in the sun-room after sunset, spying on all of the people walking by, on the street below. You don't have to pay any attention to the cats, but don't be mean to them. They have 2 litter boxes that are in the corner in the sun-room, and in the living room. They are both covered and odor-controlled.
My apartment is absolutely, positively NOT "accessible." If you are wheelchair-bound or have trouble walking up and down stairs, you won't be happy here. I'm sorry about that, but I would rather lose the money than for you to have a bad visit.
The tap water in San José is some of the best, cleanest, freshest water in the world, as the water is drawn from ground-filtered mountain sources. In my newly-constructed apartment, I have brand new pipes. No need for bottled water here!
Additional Amenities and Details:
(some of this is repeat information, but I wanted to put it all in one place)
1. 10 mbps WiFi Internet access throughout the apartment (also runs on backup battery power for about 1 hour, if the power goes out) -- in addition, I have a backup WiFi network that also provides 10 mbps Internet access, which is only used when necessary, and only for essential needs. If the primary WiFi dies completely, I'll give you the SSID and Password for the backup, but don't use it more than necessary, as it is very expensive to operate.
2. Free use of Notebook (Laptop) Computer inside the apartment. If you need anything printed, within reason, I can print it for you (color inkjet printer). No 200-page documents, Please!
3. In your room, exclusively for your use: 24" Flat-screen TV (Cable TV feed), Playstation 3, Over 500 DVD/Blu-Ray movies, stored on a hard drive
4. Free airport departure dropoff (for stays of 7 nights or more)
5. Use of all bathroom supplies/toiletries (other than personal supplies, such as my razor, toothbrush, and nose-hair trimmer)
6. Full use of the Kitchen, Laundry, and Living Room, including all appliances and the Home Theatre system. For laundry detergent and food/drink, my policy is "replace or reimburse me for what you use."
7. Free telephone calls within Costa Rica and to the USA (VoIP) -- no specific time limits, but please be courteous with your usage -- your family, friends and colleagues in the USA can also call you at the apartment, free of any charges (as long as they have free nationwide USA long-distance calling on their telephone)
8. A wireless multi-station doorbell system that will give you your own personal doorbell sound. This is very handy if you plan to receive visitors, have a driver pick you up, have packages delivered, etc.
9. Some free meals may be provided by me, on a case-by-case basis (if we're already cooking, it's easy to cook a bit more, especially for inexpensive meal items)
10. If you bring any items that I need from outside of Costa Rica, I'll rebate 10% of your entire stay, up to a maximum of $50. Just bring the receipt, and I'll reimburse you for the items IN CASH, and give you your 10% rebate in accordance with Airbnb rules. I'm not talking about anything illegal... only items that are perfectly legal. It's just that many items are A LOT cheaper in the USA, or they simply are not available in Costa Rica. Examples of past "deliveries" have been Grits, Gourmet Ketchup, and small electronics. Many food items in particular are often difficult to find here, as the food import regulations are very strict. However, those rules disappear when food is brought into Costa Rica for personal use or as a "gift." If I need something, I'll ask, and you can just answer "Yes"... or "No", if you're uncomfortable doing that. Once again -- I will never ask you to do anything illegal!
11. If you're going to travel outside of San José while you're here, either before or after your stay at my apartment, I'll store your baggage for free while you're away. You will, however, have to pay for any taxi services that are necessary for the pick-up and/or drop-off of your bags at my apartment. This is a very handy service if you're traveling on the domestic airlines here, or if you just don't want to lug 2 or 3 large bags around the whole time.
I can also store bags when you leave Costa Rica, if you intend to return. Upon request, I'll provide details and a price list for this service.
12. Just in case your hotel or other accommodation outside of San José doesn't offer the amenities that I offer, I sell "survival kits" for $15, that include all of the bathroom necessities that you need. $15 may sound like a lot, but it includes Everything that you'll need.
13. Laminated copy of your Passport (both the photo page and the entry-stamp page) -- this is very handy when moving around inside Costa Rica.
14. With advance notification -- at least 3 working days prior to your arrival -- a smartphone rental with a Costa Rican SIM card, for the actual cost of the SIM card and the time purchased, plus $2 per day for phone rental (minimum $10, and a fully-refundable $200 deposit).
15. Early Check-In (10:00 a.m) and Late Check-Out (7:00 p.m.) -- I never schedule a departure and an arrival on the same day, allowing you to maximize your time in San José
16) We'll merge your shopping list with ours, and purchase what you need on our next scheduled trip to the grocery store, if they have it in stock, saving you from wasting your vacation time shopping. We'll usually get it at a lower price than you would, saving you some money, too.
17) I usually have one or two nice, big umbrellas on hand, that I will loan you, free of charge. You will definitely want to have an umbrella with you during certain times of the year. Please return them undamaged.
18) I'll receive any packages for you, prior to your arrival, free of charge. While this might seem like an odd offer, a few of my previous guests have discovered that they could ship some items to Costa Rica for a lower price than they could bring them down as checked baggage or airline cargo. If you wish to use this service, I'll provide the details after you book, upon request.
19) Referral Program: Although I think that "Low Season" in Costa Rica is really the best time to visit, the truth is that not many people visit during low season. I never have ANY trouble staying fully booked from the week of Halloween until about the middle of May. I also have 2 or 3 regular visitors during "Little Summer" (July, and a tiny bit of both June and August). The "Low Season" here -- for me, at least -- is the second Monday of August through sometime during the last 5-10 days of October (it kind of depends on which day Halloween falls, and when the big parties are going to occur). I will post this October cut-off date in this listing sometime before June 1, and you can inquire about it at ANY TIME.
Here's the deal: Because the Low Season is difficult to sell, I am really looking for people who want to stay for at least 7 nights. I also don't like splitting up Friday/Saturday night pairs (arriving or departing on a Saturday).
To qualify for a referral incentive, you must have personally stayed in one of my rentals within the past 14 calendar months (that gives you more than a year to qualify). I DO NOT award ANY incentives to anyone who has never stayed in any of my properties as a paying guest. If you're a travel agent, real estate agent, tour operator, or put travel packages together as a business... don't even bother trying... unless you have been a paying guest at least once, at any of my properties.
The program works like this: If you refer any new client (someone who has NEVER stayed in THIS APARTMENT, Ever), for At Least 7 nights, and neither departing nor arriving on a Saturday, contained entirely within MY "Low Season" period, mentioned above, the new client will get 10% off of the applicable rate for his stay. You will receive a credit for the Full Dollar Amount of your referral's discount, towards a a future stay, with no more than a 50% total discount off of your stay. For example, if your referral stays for 10 nights, he will receive roughly a $70 discount. You will have a $70 credit for yourself, which you could use, for example, towards only a 2-night stay. At a rate of $75 per night, your total cost would only be $80 for TWO (2) nights, since you are still paying at least 50% of the regular rate for 2 nights, which would be $75 (50% of $150 [$75 X 2 nights] ). Note that the Airbnb fee is completely excluded from any consideration in this program. You must pay all Airbnb fees, and I do not include the Airbnb fee in calculating discounts or credits. You may refer as many new clients as you like, but there is only one referral incentive for each new client (because then he's not a new client any more). NO CHEATING by using a guy one time and his wife/girlfriend the next time! :) Even if she didn't actually pay the bill the first time, she has stayed here before and is no longer a new client. But... if you've got a lot of friends that travel independently or solo, feel free to fill up my August, September, and October. Less legwork for me, and I'll appreciate the business. You could really rack up some good "Free Vacation Time." I'll be happy to give you a Huge Credit... Partner! :)
And just to reiterate the amenities that I DO NOT offer, all in one location:
1) There is NO secure parking at the apartment or anywhere near it, so a rental car is definitely a bad idea.
2) The apartment has ceiling fans and a passive ventilation system, but no air conditioning and no heat. A/C and Heat are just unnecessary in San José, for most people. Our apartment is always pleasantly between about 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round; well-ventilated and with low humidity. Also, the barometric pressure here changes very little throughout the year, compared to the USA. The ambient temperature in your bedroom remains between about 67 and 73 degrees, if you keep the door closed.
3) You may NOT bring any pets into the apartment, although we do have four cats of our own in the apartment. I hate to say "No Service Animals" (example: seeing-eye dogs), but I think that you and your service animal would just be miserable here in my apartment.
4) There is a winding staircase with narrow steps leading to the apartment. Anyone who is wheelchair-bound or has difficulty using stairs is not going to have a pleasant time staying in my apartment. There is no emergency egress route from the apartment that can be safely used by a person who cannot climb and descend stairs on his own.
5) My apartment was designed with precisely Zero consideration for children. It's not safe for young children (winding stairs, hard floors, no locks on cabinets that contain poisonous household chemicals, 4 nervous "rescue" cats, etc.). I don't want to discriminate against anyone, but anyone under about 14 years old is probably NOT going to have a good time in this apartment, and very likely will get hurt at some point.
5) I have a massive collection of movies in English, but the live TV that my cable provider has available in English is very limited.
6) No smoking of any kind is allowed anywhere inside of the main front gate (this includes the apartment AND your bedroom). Costa Rica is not in a joking mood about this ultra-strict law. If a cop drives by the apartment, and he's in a bad mood, and you're sneaking a smoke in the sun-room, blowing smoke out the window... it's very likely that that cop will come upstairs to the apartment, grab both of our Passports/IDs, and write both of us a ticket for a HUGE fine (at least $500 apiece). if you're planning to leave Costa Rica within the next 3 days, you won't be leaving on time, because it takes longer than that to process the ticket and verify that you have paid your fine. You won't be happy, and I won't be happy. I have seen this happen.
7) There is no elevator, gym, pool, or hot tub in the building, or anywhere near it. However, there is at least one gym just a short ride away, by taxi.
8) I DO NOT do airport pick-ups -- No Exceptions!
9) No meals are included or guaranteed, but we do often share meals or cook a little extra food to serve guests, on a case-by-case basis.