HOW TO GET HOTEL LAS CALETAS LODGE - TRAVEL LOGISTICS
Below we describe some of the options to get to Las Caletas Lodge from the San José area. Please let us know which options you choose or any special needs that you may have so we can coordinate all the arrangements. Please note that access to Las Caletas is by boat only. We advise you to wear water shoes and shorts. Most of the domestic flights leave early in the morning, so your international flight would need to arrive very early in order to be able to make the entire trip in one day. If you are unable to arrive early enough it may require an overnight stay in San Jose. If so, we can recommend you a nice B & B close to the international airport.
WHAT TO BRINGWe recommend bringing sturdy sandals, long sleeve rash guard and/or long sleeve shirts for sun protection, rain jacket, bathing suits and casual quick drying clothing. Hiking boots and tennis shoes are fine for most of the year. We do provide rubber boots if necessary. You should also bring along any specialty items that you may require such as: – Sunscreen with a high protection factor – Insect repellent – Flashlight with extra batteries – Sunglasses – Hat – Water bottle to refill
MEALSThere are no restaurants, bars or stores around us, so that we serve two delicious meals which are included in our daily rate. Tours such as Corcovado or Caño Island do include a picnic lunch. Additional lunch at the lodge or a take-away lunch box are available to purchase.
PAYMENTWe accept US dollars, Euros, Costa Rican colones, VISA and Mastercard credit cards for all payments. We do not accept travelers’ checks. There are no ATM’s in the area. Throughout San José as well as in most small towns you will find Costa Rican banks with ATM machines.
TIPPINGOur staff is not dependent on tips, but if you consider the service was good, feel free to tip. US dollars are welcome as tips.
DRINKING WATEROur water comes from a natural spring and is generally safe to drink. However we do filter the spring water with a micro ceramic filter to ensure that it is clean and safe to drink.
ELECTRICITY/CELL PHONESWe generate part of our electricity with ecofriendly solar and water power, as we have done exclusively for many years. Some years ago we got connected to the public electricity network. In case of power outages this system also works as a backup. We have 110 volt outlets in the dining area and all of our accommodations. Most cell phones will work.
WEATHERIn the Costa Rican Southern Pacific we have two marked seasons. The dry season from December through April with many hours of sunshine and very occasional rains and the rainy season from May through November with typically daily afternoon or night showers and possible thunderstorms and heavy rains. The air temperature is between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius (77–88 degrees Fahrenheit) depending on the season and the water temperature is between 28 and 31 degrees Celsius (82-88 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round.
RAINFOREST/OCEANPlease remember that we are at Costa Rica rainforest, with all of the animals that live around here. Most of them are harmless, but please do not touch or feed any of them. Our beach is usually a calm swimming and snorkeling beach, but at times we do have swells coming in that can make it a little difficult to get in and out the water. With proper caution, and by following our guidelines, your trip will be enjoyable and comfortable.
From Sierpe to Drake Bay
The boat ride from Sierpe to Drake Bay takes you about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. On your way down the Sierpe River you can look at idyllic mangroves, seabirds and maybe crocodiles. After about 45 minutes you’ll cross the river mouth and continue your trip inshore for about 20 minutes more, until you’ll reach the beaches of “Las Caletas”. BE AWARE!: Your feet will get wet as soon as you get out of the boat!
Leaving Las Caletas will basically be the same as getting here but in reverse.