FAQ about surgical retreat and surgery retreat recovery center.

 

When Is the Best Time to Go to Las Cumbres?

Is Las Cumbres Child Friendly?

Do I Have To Pay a Departure Tax?

What Documents Do I Need To Visit Costa Rica?

Where Are Costa Rica’s Airports?

Do I Need an Adapter for My Electronics?

How Much Do I Tip Drivers And Other Service Workers?

What Is Las Cumbres Food Like?

Is It Easy To Get a Sunburn In Costa Rica?

Can I Use Public Transportation to Get Around?

Should I Rent a car?

Are There Many Mosquitoes in Costa Rica?

Do I Need To Take Malaria Pills Or Get Certain Vaccinations?

If I Need Medicine, Can I Easily Get It?

Is Costa Rica Safe?

Is It Safe To Eat the Local Fruits and Vegetables?

Is the Water Safe to Drink?

What Are the Medical Facilities Like in Costa Rica?

Are Credit Cards Accepted?

What Kinds of Gifts and Souvenirs Can I Find?

Where Can I Exchange Money?

How much is the departure tax?

What is the sales tax in Costa Rica?

Are there English written newspapers?

Can I use my cell phone in Costa Rica?

Do Costa Ricans speak English?

What is Costa Rica’s time zone?

Can I take my pet to Las Cumbres?

Is Costa Rica safe for solo female travelers?

 



When Is the Best Time to Go to Las Cumbres?

Any time is a good time to visit Las Cumbres, all you need is to plan your trip when your schedule permits. Our hotel accommodations are available all year-round, just be sure to confirm your booking with enough time ahead, in order to be sure you get a room.

Regarding the weather, the majority of visitors come during the dry season, which corresponds to the colder months in northern latitudes (December, January, February, and March). The dry season offers consistently sunny weather on the Pacific side of the country, although there are occasionally small amounts of rain. Never the less, do not be discouraged to visit us during the green season.

The green season throughout Costa Rica is often characterized by morning sun and afternoon rain. However, Costa Rica’s tropical climate and varied terrain does create unpredictable weather patterns throughout the year.

Although there is more rain in the afternoon during the rainy or “green” season, the area of Escazú or downtown San Jose are not dramatically affected by it. Some rain and lightning can be expected, other than that there are no floods or other rain related disasters to be concerned for.

Is Las Cumbres Child Friendly?

As a recovery retreat we have no accommodations for children. Our guests here are post-procedure patients recovering from procedures such as tummy tucks, breast augmentation, facelifts, liposuction, dental surgeries and many others, unfortunately, under such circumstances children do not fit in well.

In addition to not being the best atmosphere for children, there are no activities for children at the Hotel.

There are viable alternatives that we can help you arrange. Please, do not hesitate to contact us for help in this matter.

Do I Have To Pay a Departure Tax?

Yes. Everyone leaving Costa Rica through SJO or LIR airports must pay a $29.00 departure tax.

This fee can be paid at the airport. The departure tax counter will be open and can be collected in U.S. Dollars, Costa Rican Colónes, or Visa debit/credit cards. Paying at either of the airports usually takes about 10 minutes.

What Documents Do I Need To Visit Costa Rica?

To visit Costa Rica all you need is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the entry date to Costa Rica. In some cases, a prepaid airline ticket to leave Costa Rica within 90 days of your arrival is also requested.

Citizens from the United States, Canada and most European countries don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica.

To find specific visa requirements or restrictions on your home country, visit the Costa Rican embassy page.

Where Are Costa Rica’s Airports?

There are two international airports in Costa Rica, the Juan Santa María International Airport (SJO), which is in Alajuela, and the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), which is located in Liberia.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please choose the SJO airport as your place of arrival. Liberia is located approximately 7 hours away from San Jose and for this reason we do not offer transportation to or from LIR airport.

Passing through customs at the international airports is relatively stress-free. Once you arrive, our VIP welcoming service will greet you as soon as you enter the main lobby. This person will help you collecting your luggage, you continue through a checkpoint where officials pass baggage through an X-ray machine. After this, you’ll be able to leave the terminal and meet our driver outside.

Usually travelers can expect it to take about 45 minutes to exit the airport after they land.

Do I Need an Adapter for My Electronics?

No, you don’t.

The voltage in Costa Rica is 110 volts – the same as in the United States. Simply plug your device into the wall outlet. You may find adapters that change outlets from two to three-pronged outlets useful.

You will only need to bring an adapter if you have devices that require European outlets.

How Much Do I Tip Drivers And Other Service Workers?

We work with several red-taxi drivers and one official hotel driver. The red-taxi drivers are not included in the hotel’s gratuity that amount that reflects on your bill at check out, therefore, it is up to you if you tip them or not.

Same applies to the hotel cleaning staff and nurses, they are contemplated in the gratuity.

Most times a tip it is not expected by drivers or service workers but it certainly is appreciated.

What Is Las Cumbres Food Like?

When you arrive, part of our check-in procedure is to ask you about preferred foods, and of course, you may tell us in advance your preferences so we can have it ready for you.

Our foods are healthy, fresh, and have a generally low to medium calorie content. We serve a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.

You are certainly welcome to do some grocery shopping for yourself when you are here. All rooms have a refrigerator and coffeemaker.

We serve the most delicious meals you can imagine, and we always have wonderful comments from our guests. We are well-known not only for our excellent care, but for our fresh, healthy, wonderfully cooked meals.

Every day we have fresh fruits, cereal, and different breakfasts such as eggs in various forms, gallo pinto, cheese omelets, etc.

Typical lunch and dinner menus feature a protein portion such as salmon, steak, pork chop or chicken with vegetables on the side that go from pear squash or delicious mash potatoes to Costa Rican typical plantain garnish, plus, a vast variety of salads.

Everything is finished up perfectly with a sweet dessert that can be anything from cheese cake to chocolate mousse.

We also prepare special meals, such as glucose-free or vegetarian, upon request.

Is It Easy To Get a Sunburn In Costa Rica?

You will not be in too much trouble here since we are located far from the coasts.

Yet, if you are going out to the city of San Jose or simply to walk around Escazú we can provide you with big hats, we recommend you to use sunscreen as long as your Dr. approves and sun glasses.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Get Around?

Public buses are the most common means of transportation for Costa Ricans and connect nearly every city and town. Public buses are economical, but they are less comfortable, slower, and less secure for your belongings.

In addition, they are not the most appropriate mean of transportation for when you are fresh out of a medical or dental procedure.

Regarding our private transportation and taxi rides, Las Cumbres will arrange all transportation to appointments, running errands, shopping or even sightseen upon request. Our transportation rates are set amounts, therefore you will not need to worry about taximeter when traffic or other fees.

Should I Rent a car?

Renting a car in Costa Rica will give you the freedom and flexibility to travel where you please. Price ranges can differ greatly from one company to another. Please do not hesitate to ask us for help with finding the best option to rent a car.

You must note that both road infrastructure and rules are not on par with American and European standards, our roads are not commonly marked by streets and avenues. We recommend getting a GPS system with the car so you don’t have troubles finding your destination.

Also, due to rugged terrain, curvy single lane roads, and slow moving trucks, it will take you longer to get most places than the actual distance would seem to indicate. Be prepared to stay focused on the road and drive defensively.

If you are thinking of doing some sightseen or going on tours, there are plenty of tourism companies that provide pick up / drop off service here at Las Cumbres or you can also consider getting a private driver for the day.

Our receptionist can help you with either of the options mentioned above.

Are There Many Mosquitoes in Costa Rica?

Mosquitoes are more common in the Caribbean because of the warm and humid climate. Escazú is located in San Jose’s Central Highlands, because of this you won’t have to worry about swarms of mosquitos.

Parts of the Central Valley, including San José (where most hospitals, doctors and dentists offices are), also lack mosquitoes.

Do I Need To Take Malaria Pills Or Get Certain Vaccinations?

No immunizations, shots or vaccinations are required to enter Costa Rica from North America or Europe.

If you have visited any of the countries on the following list, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is necessary: South America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela. Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.

For updated health information about travel to Costa Rica you may visit the CDC website.

If I Need Medicine, Can I Easily Get It?

Yes. We are located near by many pharmacies and some even offer express delivery for your commodity at no extra cost. The nurse will assist you if you are in need of painkillers or other medicines.

The majority of medications – with the exception of antibiotics and heavy pain killers – can usually be purchased without a prescription. Your Doctor or Dentist will provide you with a prescription note if necessary.

Is Costa Rica Safe?

Costa Rica is a very nice to visit. You will feel welcomed by the “pura vida“ culture o ticos as soon as you arrive.

There are however, a few precautions that are recommended:

– Only use licensed taxis or let us arrange your transportation.

– Carry a copy of your passport rather than the original. Keep your important documents and other valuable objects in the safe. All of our rooms have one.

– If you are going out, try to wear as little jewelry as possible.

– Don’t go out with large amounts of cash if you don’t really need to. Most places if interest, physician’s and dentists offices accept credit or debit cards.

– Although people can be the friendliest and nicest, use you common sense. Don’t let yourself be victim of a street scam.

– Avoid leaving the premises for walks or walk around the city after dark.

Overall, crime is not a critical problem around here, however, is best to be keep safe and avoid placing ourselves into a dangerous situation. Please visit the reception to ask about the best places and times to go sightseen or to get a taxi. We are always happy to help.

Is It Safe To Eat the Local Fruits and Vegetables?

It is very safe to eat the fruits and vegetables in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is an agricultural country. There are many many small farms throughout the country that grow products to sell at farmers markets, along the side of the road, or to local supermarkets. In fact, the fruits and vegetables are excellent. We recommend exploring local markets around San Jose downtown or in the Escazú city to see and sample the diversity of Costa Rica’s agriculture.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?

Yes. Tap water is safe to drink here, however, a lot of chlorine and other chemicals are put in it and make the taste be a little odd. We recommend to buy bottled water instead.

We provide bottled water tanks at the common areas that can be used to refill your water bottle for no extra charge. Additionally, our Studio Rooms, the Suite and Mini Suites feature a small tank of bottled water in the room, also for no extra charge and that can be replaced as many times as you need..

What Are the Medical Facilities Like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has socialized health care that entitles all citizens to medical treatment, a fact that ranks the country very high in worldwide health care standards.

In addition to public health care centers there are three large, private hospitals that most medical tourists use: CIMA hospital in Escazú, Clinica Biblica in San José, and Hospital La Católica in San José, Guadalupe.

By almost any standard, Costa Rica has some of the best health care in Latin America. Not only that, but systems are constantly being upgraded: New hospitals, new equipment, and improvements in staff training.

A full range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures are available in several modern clinics. With the addition of contemporary laser technology, the ability of Costa Rica’s plastic and cosmetic surgeons to provide world-class services is undoubtable.

At the same time, there are dental procedures from simple fillings to complicated multiple implants and periodontal work done in Costa Rica. Dentists here are as qualified and skilled as dentists anywhere.

In general, prices are sometimes up to 50% lower than in the United States.

Are Credit Cards Accepted?

Credit cards are widely accepted in Costa Rica.

If you plan on using your credit card or debit card frequently, it is very important that prior to leaving you tell your bank that you will be in Costa Rica. Banks often automatically block transactions in foreign countries (a protective measure), so be sure that they allow transactions in Costa Rica since you will need to use your credit/debit card throughout your trip.

Also, be sure to check with your credit card company to see if there are additional fees for international transactions. Many credit cards do not charge an additional fee for purchases in foreign countries while others do add additional transaction fees – often, it’s about 1-2% of the total transaction cost, so if possible try to use credit cards that don’t have additional transaction fees.

What Kinds of Gifts and Souvenirs Can I Find?

In Costa Rica, you’ll find amazing coffee, hand-crafted wooden bowls, figurines, jewelry boxes,

T-shirts, colorful beach towels, sheets, paintings and more.

You can go to several gift shops in Escazú or take a day trip to San Jose where you will have access to an even larger number of stores specifically for buying arts and crafts or souvenirs. The SJO airport also has a wide selection of shops, however, the prices are significantly higher.

Where Can I Exchange Money?

Costa Rica’s official currency is the Colón, however, U.S. Dollars are still widely accepted throughout the country, however, be sure to carry low denomination bills. Bills under $20.00 are more commonly accepted.

Money can be exchanged in public banks or private banks. Your passport will be required.

How much is the departure tax?

Everyone leaving Costa Rica through SJO or LIR must pay a $29.00 departure tax before checking in with their airline. You may also check in online with our receptionist before you leave in order to have a smoother departure.

Exit tax can be collected in U.S. dollars, Costa Rican Colónes, or Visa debit/credit cards.

What is the sales tax in Costa Rica?

Sale tax is 13%.

Anywhere you go, look for weather or not the tax is included on the service. Otherwise, it will be added to your bill when you pay. In addition, a 10% service tax could also be added to your bill. Be sure to keep an eye open! Service Tax covers for tips in Costa Rica.

Are there English written newspapers?

There is one called The Tico Times. The printed version is not as common any more, but you may find them at http://www.ticotimes.net/

Is convenient and secure planning a vacation and / or visits with my medical intervention?

Yes, combining your medical needs with the pleasure of a vacation is convenient and secure. We encourage you to take the opportunity to plan your trip well to visit some of the beautiful places in the country and have wonderful time. You can plan your vacation before or after your medical procedure, depending on the need and scope of the medical work that chooses to do.

Can I use my cell phone in Costa Rica?

If you have an unlocked smart phone and purchase a Costa Rican SIM card with a local number it will work.

Also, be sure to check with your provider about roaming charges before you arrive, as it can turn out to be expensive if turned on while overseas.

Do Costa Ricans speak English?

Spanish is the primary language In Costa Rica, however, you will notice that after about 1990, many schools started teaching English to all of their students in order to stay competitive in the world job market.

The level of English proficiency will vary widely. Nevertheless, all the doctors and most of their office staff speaks English. Las Cumbres has a fully bilingual staff as far as the manager, receptionist, nurses and the driver. Cleaning and kitchen staff are not fluent but will understand your requests.

What is Costa Rica’s time zone?

Costa Rica does not work based on daylight savings time, it operates at GMT-6 year-round. During daylight savings time in the United States (mid-March through early November), Costa Rica is in the Mountain Standard (MST) time zone. The rest of the year, Costa Rica is in the U.S. Central Standard (CST) time zone.

Can I take my pet to Las Cumbres?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed. Unlike a tourist inn, we work under antibacterial conditions with post-operative medicine and medical/hypoallergenic supplies. Our guests here are post-surgery patients recovering from dental procedures or surgical procedures such as tummy tucks, breast augmentation, facelifts, liposuction, etc. and pets do not fit in well with recovering patients around them.

Is Costa Rica safe for solo female travelers?

Costa Rica has a pretty decent reputation for safe travel. Women traveling alone rarely encounter problems.

In any case, remember Las Cumbres will always arrange your transportation to appointments, sightseen or errands so you do not wonder by yourself and get into a estrange taxi or not know where you are going.

Same thing for city tours or simply walking around the neighborhood. We can give directions, instructions and a way to contact us as a measures for a safer walk.

One thing we can assure is, you will never feel lonely or bored. There is always plenty of other guests to meet and socialize while you are here.