Currency Exchange & Taxes
The official Costa Rican currency is the Colón. Most businesses in Costa Rica accept U.S. Dollars, and dollars can be exchanged at the banks and at most of the hotels. A U.S. dollar typically converts to 500-550 Colónes.
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Costa Rica. However, it is wise to carry some colónes for taxis and purchases at small restaurants and stores.
Taxes are higher than in the U.S. and Costa Rica also levies an airport departure tax for tourists.
- Sales Tax: 13%
- Airport Departure Tax for Tourists and Nationals: $26.00
- Airport Departure Tax for Residents: $46.00
Transportation from the Airport
From San Jose
If you arrive in San José, you can reach Hotel Villas El Parque by bus, car or air.
Daily bus service is available from San José at 6:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM. It typically takes about three-and-a-half hours to reach Hotel Villas El Parque, with a cost of approximately $5 per person.
Important! You must have a reserved seat and the buses are usually full, so we strongly recommend booking your seat well in advance of your planned trip
Request that the bus driver drop you off in front of Hotel Villas El Parque.
The beautiful drive through the mountains and along the Pacific takes 2-1/2 hours from the airport in San Jose. En-route you may spot monkeys, iguanas and Sloths. You can also see crocodiles on the riverbanks as you cross some of the bridges.
Take the Inter-American Highway out of San Jose toward Puntarenas. After you pass the International airport look for the signs and exit to Jaco. Follow the signs to Jaco, you will pass through the towns of Atenas and Orotina. In Jacó signs will direct you to Quepos and Manuel Antonio, you will pass through the town of Parrita. From Quepos follow the signs towards the Manuel Antonio National Park. Hotel Villas El Parque is on the right just past the Restaurtant Barba Roja.
We recommend ADOBE Car Rental for their great service and because they have offices throughout Costa Rica. We will be pleased to help you with your rental car needs! We are happy to arrange to have your rental car available on arrival at San José International Airport.
We are also able to arrange a private driver for you from San Jose. Please let us know when you make your reservation that you wish to have a private driver or give us a call before you arrive.
Guests eager to reach the hotel may also travel to Quepos by air, utilizing either Sansa Airlines or Nature Air. Flights are generally non-stop and approximately 30 minutes. Sansa Airlines also provides ground transportation from Quepos’ airfield to Hotel Villas El Parque. Please note that because both of these airlines utilize smaller aircraft, there are strict weight restrictions. Please review the Sansa Airlines or Nature Airlines websites for details regarding weight restrictions and fees.
Parking at Hotel Villas El Parque
Parking is available on the main road (Calle Principal) outside of the hotel or outside of our office on the lower level. We can help you locate a parking spot upon check-in.