Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you offer laundry?
We do offer a laundry service on-site. Just drop off your clothing at the lodge and fill out the laundry form and we’ll get it done for you.
- Do you accept credit card at the lodge?
Anything that is purchased on-site at the lodge is CASH ONLY either dollars or colones. Both are accepted throughout all of Costa Rica. The local super in Punta Banco is also Cash only. Credit cards are accepted at some of the supers in Pavones.
We will accept PayPal Transfers, but they incur a fee per each transaction.
- What time of year do we need rainwear?
The rainy season is usually between May and Mid-November with a break during June/July. Because Costa Rica is full of micro-climates, this does vary every year, so be sure to ask before you arrive if you think it’s necessary to bring a poncho/rain boots/etc.
- Is surf wax readily available and how much does it cost?
Surf wax is available for sale in Pavones and is about $3/pack.
- Do you provide meals on-site?
Breakfast is included in the price of your stay. Lunch and dinner are offered on-site as well. They are both served family style. If you’d like to join us for either meal, let us know in advanced (the day before for Lunch and no later than the day of for dinner), and we’ll make it happen.
We do cater to most dietary restrictions. Please let us know if you have any allergies or food preferences.
- Do the beds have mosquito nets?
The beds do not have nets, but the room is fully screened and closed in. The bugs down here are surprisingly scarce.
- We are getting a flight into Golfito and then planning on getting the 10.30 bus. Would you be able to pick us up from Pavones?
We can arrange at taxi for you from Pavones to us at that time. A taxi from Pavones to us is approximately $10.
- Do you have wifi and how reliable is it?
We do not have internet on-site, however there is internet about a 4 minute (at most) walk down the street at a local soda/super. It costs about c500/hour ($1/hour) and it’s pretty reliable. It’s not fast, so you won’t be uploading any videos, but you can send a couple pictures and be in touch with friends/family. Internet is also available approximately a 10 minute walk or 5 min bike ride to a local soda called Brisas Del Mar. The internet there is more reliable.
- Is there cell phone service?
The beach in front of the lodge (about 5o meters from your room), has cell phone service provided through Kolbi. Some international plans have worked well with the cell phone service, others have not. Please check with your service provider before you leave to see if they offer service from Kolbi cell phone towers in Costa Rica.
- Can I Get There By Plane?
How to get to Punta Banco by plane is one of the easier options to arrive at Casa Marea Alta.
There are charter flights from Sansa Airlines & Nature Air that leave daily from the San Jose International Airport to Golfito. The flight is approximately 1 hour long. Please check their websites for their updated times and pricing.
Once you land in Golfito you can catch a cab to Casa Marea Alta, Punta Banco, Costa Rica. The cab averages about $80 to $100 and the ride is approximately 1.5 hours.
Sansa and Nature Air both allow surf boards on the flights. Please check their websites for details on pricing, size, and weight.
- Can I get there by bus?
You can take the bus from San Jose to Punta Banco, Costa Rica. Although very inexpensive, this bus ride can take upwards of 8.5 hours. That’s a long time on a bus. But you get to stop in some different places, eat some good food on the road, and save a few bucks.
From San José you can buy a ticket at the Tracopa Terminal (every taxi drivers knows where it is). If possible, we advise you to buy your ticket a day in advance, because it can get crowded, especially on the weekends and holidays.
Buses depart San Jose for Golfito from the Tracopa station at 7:00 a.m. The trip takes about eight hours and costs $12. Tracopa Tel: 2222-2666. Buses to Pavones depart Golfito daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They depart near the supermarket across the street from the hospital. The trip lasts two and a half to three hours and costs $2.40.
To return to San Jose, buses depart Pavones daily at 5:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m for Golfito. They depart Golfito in front of the Deposito Libre at 5:00 a.m and 1:30 p.m. The trip takes about eight hours and costs $12.
In case of a lack of time, you can get off the bus at T-junction kilómetro 14 (between Golfito & Pavones) and get on the Pavones bus there. Whatever you do, make sure you are on that bus, because it only goes to Casa Marea Alta once a day! Tell the driver to drop you off at Casa Marea Alta, Clyde Aspinall’s house, next to Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Plan to arrive around 6pm.
If by any chance you miss the last bus to Pavones, you can take a taxi from Golfito to Casa Marea Alta, which will cost you around $80.
The phone number where you can reserve your ticket for Tracopa Station is: 2221-4214.
- How do I get from San Jose to Punta Banco by car?
Pavones is a 7-hour drive from San Jose. This is one of the routes to get here.
Leave San Jose on the new highway heading to Jaco. Before entering Jaco, take the coastal road south.
Travel south passing turns for Playa Hermosa, Quepos & Dominical.
In Palmar you will meet with the Pan-Am Highway go right.
*Fill up on gas/ diesel here. This is the last real gas station, unless you are going into Golfito. You can get fuel in Pavones but only from a drum at the hardware store.*
Then, in Rio Claro go right again. There will be a sign for Pavones around 4 to 5 miles on the right side of the road, but be aware and pay attention.
*You will need to take a hard switch back left turn at this sign. The Rodeo Bar is on this corner. If you get to Golfito you have gone too far and missed the turn – go back and watch for the Rodeo Bar.
The rest of the way will be marked with new signs and will take around 1.5 hrs.
Make a right in Pueblo Nuevo.
Make another right in Conte, there is a supermarket and bar here.
You will be on the road to Pavones (45 min. from this point).
Stay left at the two forks in the road after Conte. The other roads go to Zancudo.
Upon arrival to Pavones youʼll pass the grocery store, Rio Claro Bridge & Pavones Point Break. Stay on the beach road about 6km more passing over a couple bridges and through the Pavones beach.
Look for Tiskita Jungle Lodge on the left. We are directly after them. You’ll see a sign for Casa Marea Alta. Let us know in advance what time youʼll be heading out so we can gage the arrival time. Weʼll try and be out front to wait for you.
Buen Viaje (have a good trip)! And call us if you have questions along the way! 2776-2047
- Do we need a car in Punta Banco?
It is not necessary to have a car in Punta Banco, but some find it helpful. If you want to head to Pavones (6km/4miles) we have bicycles to rent or you can take the early morning bus. There is a mini-super in Punta Banco that has some small necessity items that you can pick up. The super in Pavones has a larger selection of items and more food options.
- Someone said I could get there by boat. Is that true?
Yes, you can take a boat to get here.
There are charter flights from Sansa Airlines & Nature Air that leave daily from the San Jose International Airport to Puerto Jimenez. The flight is approximately 1 hour long. Please check their websites for their updated times and pricing.
Once you land in Puerto Jimenez, we can arrange for you a private artisanal boat that will take you across the gulf ending in Pavones. Here we’ll pick you up and bring you to the lodge.
The boat ride is a great way to see the coast, get a feel for the water, and enjoy the scenery. You also might have a chance to see a variety of sea life, such as whales and dolphins.
- Are there restaurants in the area?
There are a few restaurants and sodas located in the area. If you are not having meals with us, you can head towards Pavones where you will find a small variety of restaurants, sodas, and bars along the way and in town.
- Are there monkeys there?
Yes, yes and yes! We have 3 species of monkeys that come and hang out in the trees on the property. You are bound to see at least one of them almost daily during your visit. We’ll even point them out to you. So be sure to keep look out for the howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and white face monkeys! *We also have a full-day hike where you have a chance to maybe see the spider monkeys.
- What Should I Bring
Must Have Items
- Not everywhere accepts credit card, but they do take USD and Costa Rican Colon
- Camera (to document what an amazing journey you’re going to have!)
- Binoculars (for watching wildlife)
- Flashlight (Not just your phone. A real flashlight)
- Hiking shoes (closed toed shoes are a must for the night walk and guided hikes)
- Reusable water bottle
- Lightweight clothing
- Long sleeve shirt and pants (long hiking pants are a must for horseback riding)
- Rain gear (in case it rains)
- Bathing suit
- Travel Shampoo & Soap
- Beach Towel
- Small daypack for hikes
- Rash guard for surfing/boogie boarding
- Water shoes
- Personal medication
- Waterproof plastic bag for gear
- Your website photos are amazing! Who took them?
We’re going to take a moment here and give a big shout out to the wonderful photographers who have helped us along the way. Without their experience, creativity, and amazing talent, we would not have the high-quality photos that help to do our amazing lodge justice. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Nicole Daniels – www.nicoledanielsphotography.com
Gaby Alexander – www.instagram.com/lifestylefloyd
Val Aspinall – www.vatography.wordpress.com
Beth Arnold – www.bethanneyoga.com
Clyde Aspinall – www.casamareaalta.com
Have you taken some amazing photos while you stayed here? Want to share? Send us a message and we’ll be happy to feature your photos on our website and social media outlets!
- Refund Policy
Our refund policy is as follows:90 days before start of trip – 100% money-back60 days before start of trip – 50% back30 days before start of trip – non-refundable.We can also change your dates with more than 30 days notice for no fee as long as there is availability.