FAQ About Rancho Pacifico

Is it safe there?

Yes! Rancho Pacifico is located on a mountain road that has very few visitors. We have more monkeys than outsiders here.  In addition, a security guard monitors the road at night. We also have our own night watchman who patrols the grounds on foot. While off the property, guests should use common sense security measures.  Don’t leave valuables unattended or in plain view. Finally, be cautious after sunset, and be wary of “helpful” strangers.

Can I drink the water?

Yes! Standards are quite high in Costa Rica. The water is completely safe to drink. This also means that it is safe to enjoy fresh foods like fruits, juices and salads. We source our water from a fresh mountain spring. For added safety, we run it through an ultra-violet light filter. You will find it to be tasty and refreshing.

Are there mosquitos at RP?

We have very few mosquitos. For some reason, they aren’t as attracted to our amazing views of the Whale’s Tail as we are!

Do I need to rent a car?

It depends on your plans. Our concierge can arrange taxis if you don’t want to drive. This can get a little expensive if you plan to do a lot of exploring. If you prefer to do the driving or if you plan to be out a lot, we recommend renting a car.  We can reserve a car for you at the airport or have one delivered to you at the hotel.  Lastly, if you decide to rent a car on your own, remember that four-wheel drive is required!

Is RP suitable for children?

Rancho Pacifico is a hotel for adults only.  We welcome guests 18 years or older.

How do I get to RP?

Most of our guests start by flying into San José. From there, we can arrange a private driver for you, you can rent a car, or take a regional flight. Click here to see our maps and directions or call us if you’d like more information.

How long does it take to get to RP?

It takes about 3.5 hours to drive from San José to Rancho Pacifico. If you are flying into Quepos or coming from the Manuel Antonio area, you can expect about an hour drive to Rancho Pacifico. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. Stop at the Río Tarcoles bridge and see live crocodiles in the river below. Also, don’t forget to stop at a roadside “Soda” or fruit stand for some delicious Costa Rican foods.

Can RP accommodate gluten free, vegetarian, low carb diets or food allergies?

Yes! Our chefs can accommodate all your dietary needs. Please let us know when you make your reservation if you have any special requirements or preferences.

How will I get to the beach?

Rancho Pacifico is close to at least a dozen amazing beaches, including the famous Whale’s Tail beach. We will help you choose the best ones for surfing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, bird watching, and other activities. The beaches are a 15 to 20 minute drive from RP. You can drive your own rental car or our concierge can arrange taxis for you. Additionally, we offer a free daily shuttle to and from the beach.  We also provide beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and coolers for your enjoyment.

Do I need cash for tips?

Rancho Pacifico is a cash free resort. You will not need cash for tips or anything else at the hotel. You will have the opportunity at checkout to add tips for the staff.  Any tips that you choose to add can be charged to your credit card.

Will I need Costa Rican currency (Colones)?

You will not need Colones at Rancho Pacifico. However, you will need Colones for tolls if you are driving.  You may also need Colones for purchases you make outside of the hotel. While most vendors accept credit cards or U.S. dollars, we recommend carrying about $100 worth of Colones just in case. You can get Colones in the baggage claim area of the airport. An ATM and a currency exchange are available there.

Is RP all-inclusive?

A gourmet breakfast is free to all guests at Rancho Pacifico. We also offer an optional All-Inclusive Dining Package. This package includes our full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Alcoholic beverages, mini-bar, and carry-out meals are not included. The price is $60 per person per night not including taxes and service charges.

What activities are available at Rancho Pacifico?

We have an amazing variety of activities to make your trip an experience you will never forget. Check out all of our activities here.

Do I need to book spa treatments or activities in advance?

You can book spa treatments and most activities with our concierge when you arrive. However, please contact us in advance to schedule anything that is of special importance to you.  Availability can be limited!

Can Rancho Pacifico accommodate guests with mobility conditions?

Rancho Pacifico is NOT recommended for people with mobility conditions.

What type of electrical outlets are used in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica uses the same electric standards as the rest of North America.  Outlets are 120 volts and 60 hz.  Visitors from Europe and other parts of the world may need adapters.

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