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Brew Venture

Southern Nicoya

2021 Dates
March 10-17
December 1-8

ITINERARY

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Day 1

  • Airport pickup!
  • Stop at Mi Taberna for beer and snacks/lunch.
  • Check in to Hotel Aranjuez in San José.
  • Relax, unpack.
  • Walk down to Barrio Escalante.
  • Dinner at Costa Rica Beer Factory.
  • Back to hotel.

Day 2

  • Costa Rica Meadery for tour and chef prepared lunch with mead pairings.
  • Depart for Santa Teresa via micro-bus and ferry.
  • Arrive at Villa Bonita – unpack and relax.

ITINERARY

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Day 1

  • Airport pickup!
  • Stop at Mi Taberna for beer and snacks/lunch.
  • Check in to Hotel Aranjuez in San José.
  • Relax, unpack.
  • Walk down to Barrio Escalante.
  • Dinner at Costa Rica Beer Factory.
  • Back to hotel.

Day 3

  • AM beach/explore/relax.
  • Afternoon Wild Sun Rescue Center.
  • La Perra Hermosa Brewery and dinner.

Day 4

  • AM beach/explore/relax.
  • Afternoon at Que Mae Brewery.
  • Sunset dinner at Que Mae.

Day 5

  • AM beach/explore/relax.
  • Afternoon Montezuma Waterfall.
  • Beer at Butterfly Brewing (in butterfly garden).
  • Dinner at La Cocina Clandestina.

Day 6

  • Whale and dolphin watching ride to Isla Tortuga.
  • Snorkeling and exploring the island.
  • Optional trip to Volcano Brewing in Tamarindo.

Day 7

  • Return to San José.
  • Last night and farewell dinner!

Day 8

  • Depart for home.
Reserve your place before it’s too late!

WHERE WE STAY

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Destination 1 - San José

We will be flying into San José, known locally as Chepe. This is a big, bustling city. Most people land here and immediately leave for other parts of the country. But we have discovered hidden gems we are really proud to share with you!

Hotel Aranjuez

This is a quaint, rustic hotel in a part of Chepe called Barrio Escalante. Originally it was 5 separate houses built in the 1930s. Now it has been re-imagined as a hotel in the heart of the city. It boasts some wonderful traditional art and you can really enjoy just wandering around the maze-like halls exploring.

Aranjuez is just a short walk from many of the great restaurants and breweries we will visit in Chepe.

Breakfast is included and served daily on the back deck. Make sure you sample all of the fresh exotic juices and fruits! Great coffee is a Costa Rican staple and an omelet station makes sure you get plenty to eat!

Destination 1 - San José

We will be flying into San José, known locally as Chepe. This is a big, bustling city. Most people land here and immediately leave for other parts of the country. But we have discovered hidden gems we are really proud to share with you!

Hotel Aranjuez

This is a quaint, rustic hotel in a part of Chepe called Barrio Escalante. Originally it was 5 separate houses built in the 1930s. Now it has been re-imagined as a hotel in the heart of the city. It boasts some wonderful traditional art and you can really enjoy just wandering around the maze-like halls exploring.

Aranjuez is just a short walk from many of the great restaurants and breweries we will visit in Chepe.

Breakfast is included and served daily on the back deck. Make sure you sample all of the fresh exotic juices and fruits! Great coffee is a Costa Rican staple and an omelet station makes sure you get plenty to eat!

Destination 2 - SANTA TERESA IN NICOYA

Santa Teresa is a surf town on the Pacific coast. It is fairly remote but has all the amenities you could want. Beautiful beaches, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and some fantastic craft beer!

Villa Bonita

Villa Bonita is your beach house in paradise! You can hear the waves and there is private pool surrounded by a cabana, hammocks, and lots of places to chill. Easy walks to food, shopping, and of course amazing craft beer brewed by some true artisans

Destination 2 - SANTA TERESA IN NICOYA

Santa Teresa is a surf town on the Pacific coast. It is fairly remote but has all the amenities you could want. Beautiful beaches, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and some fantastic craft beer!

Villa Bonita

Villa bonita is a beautiful house on the beach. It is spacious and has plenty of places to relax inside and out. There is a pool, hammocks, and large patio you can call your own.

Reserve your place before it’s too late!

ACTIVITIES

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ACTIVITIES

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Arca De Las Hierbas / Costa Rica Meadery

One of our first activities is a tour of Arco de las Hierbas. Costa Rica Meadery is located on this sprawling mountainside herb farm. Alejandra is our guide through a world of exotic herbs, plants and trees. We will sample the honey and goat cheese made on site, and of course have some delicious meads. This experience truly is a crown gem in your Costa Rica Brew-Venture!

Arca De Las Hierbas / Costa Rica Meadery

One of our first activities is a tour of Arco de las Hierbas. Costa Rica Meadery is located on this sprawling mountainside herb farm. Alejandra is our guide through a world of exotic herbs, plants and trees. We will sample the honey and goat cheese made on site, and of course have some delicious meads. This experience truly is a crown gem in your Costa Rica Brew-Venture!

MONTEZUMA WATERFALLS

A short hike takes you to the Montezuma Waterfalls. There are places to jump, places to swim, and places to relax and just take it all in.

WILD SUN RESCUE CENTER

The good folks at Wild Sun have a mission. They are committed to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing native wildlife. You may fins monkeys, sloths, macaws, kinkajous or more! But they don’t allow handling or holding the animals because they need to stay wild if they are going to do well when they return to the rainforest. We are very happy to support them and their good work!

WILD SUN RESCUE CENTER

The good folks at Wild Sun have a mission. They are committed to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing native wildlife. You may fins monkeys, sloths, macaws, kinkajous or more! But they don’t allow handling or holding the animals because they need to stay wild if they are going to do well when they return to the rainforest. We are very happy to support them and their good work!

SNORKELING ISLA TORTUGA

About an hour boat ride from our home base is Isla Tortuga. Spend the day on this tropical paradise relaxing, snorkeling, or exploring the island. Lunch and drinks are included.

Reserve your place before it’s too late!

The Craft Beer

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The Craft Beer

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La Perra Hermosa Coastal Brewery

Courtney is a Master Brewer and it shows. Extensive coursework in Chilé, Costa Rica, and the United States has given her the skills to make world-class beer! And in such a cool place!

Que Mae

Do you get excited about creative beer? If so, this is your place. Dragonfruit Saisons, black IPAs, and Hibiscus lagers are all on tap! And world-class hospitality from Trey and his fam!

Costa Rica Meadery

Nestled on a spectacular herb farm, your time at Costa Rica Meadery is a singular experience. They produce honey, goat cheese, and meads that win medals across the globe. Alejandra and Michael are true artisans. You will enjoy a tour with samples of their spectacular wares, then settle in to a delicious lunch that expertly pairs their meads with local cuisine.

La Perra Hermosa Coastal Brewery

Courtney is a Master Brewer and it shows. Extensive coursework in Chilé, Costa Rica, and the United States has given her the skills to make world-class beer! And in such a cool place!

Que Mae

Do you get excited about creative beer? If so, this is your place. Dragonfruit Saisons, black IPAs, and Hibiscus lagers are all on tap! And world-class hospitality from Trey and his fam!

Costa Rica Meadery

Nestled on a spectacular herb farm, your time at Costa Rica Meadery is a singular experience. They produce honey, goat cheese, and meads that win medals across the globe. Alejandra and Michael are true artisans. You will enjoy a tour with samples of their spectacular wares, then settle in to a delicious lunch that expertly pairs their meads with local cuisine.

Treinta y Cinco

The name means ``35``. Count the goat's heads and legs! These are the big boys of Costa Rican craft beer. They have a large stable of regular beers they produce but also venture out on wild beer experiments that thrill and delight beer lovers! On top of all this the hospitality is top notch.

Butterfly Brewing

Ryan is making some tasty brews with a west coast focus! Enjoy them in their butterfly garden, right next to the entrance to the Montezuma Waterfall!

Costa Rica Beer Factory

This place is the anchor of the Barrio Escalante scene. They are all about beer! Their beers are ingredients in every dish on their extensive and delicious menu. This is a place to relax and have a great time with top notch beer and food.

Treinta y Cinco

The name means ``35``. Count the goat's heads and legs! These are the big boys of Costa Rican craft beer. They have a large stable of regular beers they produce but also venture out on wild beer experiments that thrill and delight beer lovers! On top of all this the hospitality is top notch.

Butterfly Brewing

Ryan is making some tasty brews with a west coast focus! Enjoy them in their butterfly garden, right next to the entrance to the Montezuma Waterfall!

Costa Rica Beer Factory

This place is the anchor of the Barrio Escalante scene. They are all about beer! Their beers are ingredients in every dish on their extensive and delicious menu. This is a place to relax and have a great time with top notch beer and food.

Reserve your place before it’s too late!

where we eat

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where we eat

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COSTA RICA BEER FACTORY

Your Costa Rica Brew-Venture gets off to an amazing start at Costa Rica Beer Factory. We will be hosted by owner, Jaime Zuluaga (that's him holding the selfie stick above). Jaime has been featured in Forbes and Fortune magazines as one of the top 40 under 40 business people and entrepreneurs in Latin America. We will feast on appetizers, a selection from their spectacular gourmet burger menu, and dessert, all paired with their delicious craft beers. Costa Rica Beer Factory is located in Barrio Escalante, just a short walk from out hotel. Barrio Escalante is an upscale neighborhood known for its beer-centric gastronomy. The beer, food, and people watching is all top notch!

The Bakery

No trip to Santa Teresa is complete without a meal (or two) at a place just known as The Bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, they have you covered with deliciousness from their creative baker. Not to be missed!

COSTA RICA MEADERY

After a tour of Arco de las Hierbas (an amazing herb farm where the meadery is located) we will settle in to lunch. Expect offerings like baby coconut ceviche, traditional Tico pork with their hand made goat cheese, local artisanal chocolate with olive oil and hibiscus sea salt, and flan with caramel sauce. Each served with a spectacular mead. We are very proud to offer this exclusive tour - a singular experience not available anywhere else!

La Cocina Clandestina

Brian and Phoebe bring exquisite cuisine to Nicoya! And being located next to Butterfly Brewing doesn’t hurt! Enjoy their twist on some familiar dishes while enjoying some craft beer from next door!

COSTA RICA BEER FACTORY

Your Costa Rica Brew-Venture gets off to an amazing start at Costa Rica Beer Factory. We will be hosted by owner, Jaime Zuluaga (that's him holding the selfie stick above). Jaime has been featured in Forbes and Fortune magazines as one of the top 40 under 40 business people and entrepreneurs in Latin America. We will feast on appetizers, a selection from their spectacular gourmet burger menu, and dessert, all paired with their delicious craft beers. Costa Rica Beer Factory is located in Barrio Escalante, just a short walk from out hotel. Barrio Escalante is an upscale neighborhood known for its beer-centric gastronomy. The beer, food, and people watching is all top notch!

The Bakery

No trip to Santa Teresa is complete without a meal (or two) at a place just known as The Bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, they have you covered with deliciousness from their creative baker. Not to be missed!

COSTA RICA MEADERY

After a tour of Arco de las Hierbas (an amazing herb farm where the meadery is located) we will settle in to lunch. Expect offerings like baby coconut ceviche, traditional Tico pork with their hand made goat cheese, local artisanal chocolate with olive oil and hibiscus sea salt, and flan with caramel sauce. Each served with a spectacular mead. We are very proud to offer this exclusive tour - a singular experience not available anywhere else!

La Cocina Clandestina

Brian and Phoebe bring exquisite cuisine to Nicoya! And being located next to Butterfly Brewing doesn’t hurt! Enjoy their twist on some familiar dishes while enjoying some craft beer from next door!

What do people say about their Costa Rica Brew-Venture?

Read our reviews!

  • positive review  My husband and I went on the January 2020 trip and had such an amazing time! As big beer enthusiasts, we were excited to visit local breweries and Jayson makes sure that we got a vip experience! We have never gone on a tour group type trip before but our experience was great! This is definitely not your cookie cutter big tour group. Jayson plans every trip carefully and with a small group makes it flexible to give everyone options and input on their preferred activities!

    It was so easy not to worry about the itinerary or driving because Jayson and Minor have everything taken care of. The food is great with highlights being the lunch at Costa Rica Meadery and Minor's breakfasts! Obviously this trip is for beer drinkers, but there is definitely much more to a Costa Rica Brew-Venture! We went whitewater rafting on the Balsa River, hiked to La Fortuna waterfall, spent a day at the Baldi Hot Springs, enjoyed a sunset boat ride and spent days at the beach and pool! We were lucky to have a great group of us which made the experience even better! Costa Rica is such a beautiful country and we can't wait to go back!

    Melissa Ciaravino Avatar Melissa Ciaravino
    February 22, 2020

  • positive review  I wanted to celebrate my husband’s birthday doing something unique and we found a gem in Costa Rica Brew Ventures! We had never been to Costa Rica, and I’m not even a beer drinker but went along for the well-planned ride and it was worth it! The trip makes you feel like a kid again (well, one that can drink to your heart’s content) in that it is all mapped out for you! We didn’t have to worry about a thing and being parents of two young kids, this was bliss. Minor, our Tico driver extraordinaire, was one of the trip’s highlights. He was super fun, chill, funny, warm, a great singer, a safe driver, and an excellent chef to boot! The beers were FANTASTIC (and this is coming from a wine lover). I wanted to take them all home (and even did check some in my bag!). The places are so off the beaten path you feel like you are experiencing authentic Costa Rica. The food is excellent (and we are foodies) and Jayson thinks about every detail and makes sure you are safe and having fun. He even arranged for a kegerator to be at the house for us with local craft beer. My husband had a freak accident surfing and broke his nose and needed stitches. Minor didn’t hesitate to drive us where we needed to go for care, helped translate, and even got him some medicine! Jayson went above and beyond taking care of all the details during what could have been a stressful time in a foreign country. We felt well supported and HIGHLY RECOMMEND this trip, these people, the beauty of Costa Rica, and all the beers. We plan to go back in two years and know we will be in excellent hands on a trip of a lifetime!

    Taylor Cady Avatar Taylor Cady
    February 21, 2020

  • positive review  Let me start by saying that I never review anything on the internet. Having said that, if you are considering a trip to Costa Rica, you should absolutely put CRBV at the top of your list. Jayson and Minor are extremely accommodating and take you to places you either won't be able to find or won't be allowed into on your own. Minor also put up with all of our annoying questions about the local culture and customs.

    There are plenty of great beer stops on the way along with friendly people at each brewery. You can tell these guys and gals are passionate about their breweries. The Costa Rica Meadery was an incredible experience; the mead and lunch were fantastic, but a truly unique tour through the farm really set it apart. I would also say that although the trip is centered around breweries, you don't have to be a beer snob to have a good time. You also get to spend time enjoying the beautiful country with a few planned activities along the way.

    TL;DR version, just book the trip already. You won't regret it.

    Curtis Mathers Avatar Curtis Mathers
    February 21, 2020

  • positive review  I went with my family for a week this past January and the trip was more amazing than we could have imagined. Our driver/local tour guide Minor was awesome and very patient with us tourist. He also is a great cook and cooked us a few local meals. Jason is a great guy and took us to a lot of cool places. We got a lot of personal tours through multiple breweries that would be impossible to find otherwise. Everything was planned very well and the places we saw were beautiful. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for a nice trip out of the country. You do not have to be a big beer drinker to appreciate this trip, that's just a bonus. It is not like other trip through vacation companies. It is very personal and a great experience.

    Morgan Thrasher Avatar Morgan Thrasher
    February 18, 2020

  • positive review  Really awesome trip. Costa Rica is like other tourist destinations in that if you don't have the inside scoop you just end up doing all the cookie-cutter tourist activities. Why travel a thousand miles for that? Fortunately, Jayson has been going to Costa Rica for almost twenty years and knows where all of the "off the beaten path" gems are (I didn't even know there WAS a craft beer scene in Costa Rica!). Definitely recommended.

    Dan Harris Avatar Dan Harris
    January 31, 2020

  • positive review  My wife and I don’t usually travel through a tour operator, and generally prefer to wander and do our own thing. This trip was the antithesis of commercial tours, however, and I’m so glad we saw Costa Rica this way. The local driver/cook/fixer (Minor) is an amazing person to spend time with, proud to share his country and culture with you, and full of patience for tourists. He is an excellent cook and a safe driver. Jayson has deep knowledge of the craft beer scene in Costa Rica and arranged for tastings in places I never would have found on my own. I really enjoyed meeting the brewers, and found the beers much more drinkable than typical American craft beer. I am not a beer fanatic and don’t think you need to be one to enjoy a trip with Costa Rica Brew-Ventures. Finally, I thought the value for our money was very good. Most of our meals were included, and the food was tasty and plentiful.

    Nick Cady Avatar Nick Cady
    January 26, 2020

  • positive review  Never been to Costa Rica? Visited before and want to go back? YOU HAVE TO GO WITH Costa Rica Brew-Ventures. Our trip was one of the best trips of my life! The love Costa Ricans have for their country is palpable on this trip. The brewers are awe-inspiring! From San Jose to La Fortuna to Playa Flamingo. Nothing disappointed!

    Travel: Ease of pick up is on point and J and MInor (our driver) had a beer waiting for us in the van in San Jose. Minor's van is super comfortable with lots of leg room. His driving is also outstanding...I was always at ease with him behind the wheel. He might also play HIS band-Rumbeke- for you!!

    Accommodations: Our hotel in San Jose was like an artist collective! Great local art to view while sitting outside and enjoying the wild life on the porch. Every location had its perks. Every place was clean and great for optimal relaxation. And the breakfast at every location...SOOOO GOOOOOOOD!

    Food: Wow wow wow. I had no idea what to expect from Costa Rican cuisine. The tour did an amazing job with offering lots of variety for food selection. We had bar food, a private chef prepared lunch, a nice dinner out and so many more delicious and interesting meals. Not a single meal disappointed!

    Tour guide: Jayson IS AMAZING!! I cannot sing his praises enough. For every amazing day planned he has 5 back-up plans in case the day changes. He is truly there for your every need. If you want to venture off on your own, he has several different suggestions for every town we are in. Minor is also there to help you get where you need to go! Jayson is thoughtful in all his choices on every step of the tour. And the relationships he has with the Costa Ricans makes the trip top notch!!

    THE BREWS: I love good beer and Costa Rican beer is truly World Craft beer! I was so so so impressed with every place we visited. Here are some of my highlights--The hospitality and passion at Costa Rica Meadery was out of this world. They are doing so many amazing things and everything was delicious, Michael and Alejandra are legit! 5inco Amigos Cervecería Artesanal was one of my favorite places. These dudes are doing AMAZING things...all out of a shipping container! All I can say is ...their passion for beer <3 <3 <3. Cerveceria Independiente has an amazing vibe and great beer garden to chill and enjoy their fabulous beers. That blueberry sour...out of this world!! Okay, I know this was a long review...but I hope it shows you how utterly amazing this trip is!! Goooooo!! We are heading back next year. It will be a new route for us, but I would do our last trip all over again, and again, and again!! Thank you Jayson and Minor. You both rock!!

    Rachel Benninger Avatar Rachel Benninger
    April 2, 2019

  • positive review  My husband and I went on the January 2019 trip and we absolutely had the best time! It was so incredibly organized but without any rushing as we went to a new adventure everyday as well as visiting great breweries and restaurants in Costa Rica. The van was comfortable and our driver was great.
    Jayson has done a great job with this pub crawl of Costa Rica 😍.

    Mary Tolle Tempest Avatar Mary Tolle Tempest
    March 8, 2019

Brew Venture

Guanacaste

About the trip

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Pure Life

Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is known as one of the happiest places on earth. The national saying is “PURA VIDA” and can be used are a greeting or a goodbye, or to punctuate any happy moment! You will see and hear this phrase A LOT.

Pura Vida is about slowing down and enjoying the simple pleasures in life; nature, good food and drink, good company…and leaving your cares behind. As we planned and developed Costa Rica Brew-Ventures, Pura Vida has been our guiding principle.

Pure Life

Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is known as one of the happiest places on earth. The national saying is “PURA VIDA” and can be used are a greeting or a goodbye, or to punctuate any happy moment! You will see and hear this phrase A LOT.

Pura Vida is about slowing down and enjoying the simple pleasures in life; nature, good food and drink, good company…and leaving your cares behind. As we planned and developed Costa Rica Brew-Ventures, Pura Vida has been our guiding principle.

The Currency

Costa Rican money is called the “colones” (kuh-LO-nes). It is really beautiful and features their politicians and wildlife. You can use American dollars, but you will get change back in colones and at a very unfavorable exchange rate.

There are ATMs that will accept your debit card and will give you colones or dollars. You will have no problem using your credit or debit card to pay in most places. Make sure to alert your bank that you will be traveling out of the country!

Safety

All over the world, tourists are easy marks for petty crime. Costa Rica is no different. Common sense should be your guide. Don’t flash money or valuables like fancy jewelry or electronics. Travel in pairs. Don’t leave valuables unattended or in plain view. This is the same advice we would offer to anyone traveling in New York, Paris, or any other big city. Being smart and responsible travelers ensures we stay safe and have a great time!

Safety

All over the world, tourists are easy marks for petty crime. Costa Rica is no different. Common sense should be your guide. Don’t flash money or valuables like fancy jewelry or electronics. Travel in pairs. Don’t leave valuables unattended or in plain view. This is the same advice we would offer to anyone traveling in New York, Paris, or any other big city. Being smart and responsible travelers ensures we stay safe and have a great time!

Food

Costa Rican food is (almost) as important as Costa Rican craft beer. Traditional Costa Rican fair is hearty comfort food. Beans and rice are ubiquitous. Plantains, yucca, pico de gallo, eggs, fresh veggies and fruits, and avocados are all popular ingredients.

A favorite meal to go with craft beer is chifrijo (seen on the right). Chi for chicharone which is fried pork, and frio for frijoles which are beans. Its so good!

You will see little restaurants everywhere called sodas. These places sell quick, traditional meals at a low price.

Weather

April is in the “dry” season. That being said, we will be in the tropics and we will likely see some rain. I may not pack a full rain jacket in April, but I would have a good quality poncho.

Because of its unique geography (rain forest, mountains, beaches, cloud forest etc. all in an area the size of West Virginia) it has 12 microclimate zones. Be prepared for temps in the 70s at night and upper 80s during the day.

You will probably be tempted to look at a weather report at some point. Every weather report for almost every day says rain with a chance of thunderstorms. Don’t let that discourage you. As we said, it is the tropics and rain is always a possibility so the weather report always looks worse than it actually is.

Weather

April is in the “dry” season. That being said, we will be in the tropics and we will likely see some rain. I may not pack a full rain jacket in April, but I would have a good quality poncho.

Because of its unique geography (rain forest, mountains, beaches, cloud forest etc. all in an area the size of West Virginia) it has 12 microclimate zones. Be prepared for temps in the 70s at night and upper 80s during the day.

You will probably be tempted to look at a weather report at some point. Every weather report for almost every day says rain with a chance of thunderstorms. Don’t let that discourage you. As we said, it is the tropics and rain is always a possibility so the weather report always looks worse than it actually is.

What to wear

For the most part, dress casual and cool. It is nice to have some active wear that dries quickly. There are plenty of opportunities to get wet – white water rafting, thermal spas, pools, and the Pacific! A bathing suit/trunks is a must!

Dress is a little different in San José. At night we will be in an upscale, more cosmopolitan part of town and you will feel more comfortable with something a little nicer than casual. Ladies imagine you are meeting friends out for drinks at a cool cocktail bar. Guys long pants and a collared shirt are ok.

Bring some comfy walking shoes. Hiking sandals are great! For rafting and zip lining you will need closed toe shoes.

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

Pharmacies and clinics in Costa Rica are staffed with the equivalent of Nurse Practitioners. They will see you for free and any meds they prescribe are inexpensive. Most hospitals and Emergency Rooms will also see you without charge.

That said, travel health insurance is cheap and a great benefit to have if you find yourself ill or injured overseas. Costa Rica Brew-Ventures encourages everyone to consider purchasing a policy for their trip.

The CDC doesn’t recommend and vaccines or inoculations for where we are going, but discuss your trip with your doctor and take appropriate precautions.

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

Pharmacies and clinics in Costa Rica are staffed with the equivalent of Nurse Practitioners. They will see you for free and any meds they prescribe are inexpensive. Most hospitals and Emergency Rooms will also see you without charge.

That said, travel health insurance is cheap and a great benefit to have if you find yourself ill or injured overseas. Costa Rica Brew-Ventures encourages everyone to consider purchasing a policy for their trip.

The CDC doesn’t recommend and vaccines or inoculations for where we are going, but discuss your trip with your doctor and take appropriate precautions.

PHONE AND DATA ACCESS

Your wireless carrier probably has an international data plan. Costs are usually about $10/day and you are only charged if you use it.

WiFi is available everywhere we stay. However be prepared that speeds and reliability are not what we are used to.

WhatsApp is a great way for us to communicate while we are in Costa Rica. It is also a great way for you to stay in touch with friends and family back home. You will get a daily WhatsApp message telling you about your day. It is also useful for calling our driver for a ride if you want to go out exploring! Please download the app!

What to pack

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  • Activewear for outside activities (it can get hot!)
  • Something nice to wear out.
  • Bathing suit/trunks.
  • Comfy walking shoes.
  • Flip flops/sandals.
  • A rain jacket or poncho (its the dry season but its still the tropics).
  • a long sleeve shirt or light jacket (it can get chilly at night).
  • Bug spray/wipes.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Personal meds.
  • Sunglasses and hat.
  • Phone charger (they use same current and plugs as US).
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