Pack Your Bags

I know some of you are veteran tropical travelers. For those of you that this is your first tropical adventure or first trip to Costa Rica. Here is a basic list of things to pack.

Always check with your regional and international airlines for their baggage and surfboard fees and restrictions.

  1. Money in US$. THERE ARE NO ATM’s in Pavones. Almost no one accepts credit cards or traveler’s checks.
  2. Valid passport with at least 3 months remaining before expiring.
  3. Get rest, eat well and take some vitamin supplements like EmergenC before & during your trip.
  4. SHOES:  For beach, river walks, tide pools bring secure fitting sandals with good traction, neoprene water shoes or reef booties. For our trails (garden/ jungle) or walking/jogging on the gravel roads bring a closed-toed hiking/tennis/ running/ walking shoes & socks.
  5. Light weight casual clothes. Try your shoes, swimsuits/ board shorts, clothes before you come and be sure they fit right and are comfortable.
  6. Small flashlight or headlamp with batteries, there are only a few street lights and it gets DARK.
  7. Light rain jacket and/ or Umbrella (May-November).
  8. Beach towel and/or sarong.
  9. Yoga clothes for warm weather if you would like to attend a yoga class.
  10. Bathing suits and board shorts (at least 3 if possible) so you always have a dry one.
  11. Rash guard/ UV water shirt.
  12. Sunscreen… 30 SPF or higher, waterproof, sport/surf. Check your surf shop – get the good stuff. Don’t forget to use it and apply a generous layer to dry skin before sun exposure.
  13. On some occasions you might want bug repellent. In our opinion the best is a DEET-free Natural Insect Repellent, look for the Repel brand LEMON EUCALYPTUS, All Terrain Herbal Armor or the like.
  14. Sun hats, sunglasses and one long sleeve shirt for sun (good if you go out in a boat & can be cool in San Jose or mountains).
  15. One pair of pants/jeans if you want to horseback ride.
  16. Camera, charger and memory cards for the camera.
  17. Any medications necessary for known medical conditions. No pharmacy in Pavones.
  18. First-Aid… band-aids, itch cream, antiseptic for scrapes, sunburn lotion or aloe gel, motion sickness tablets (if bumpy curvy roads bother you), headache/ pain pills, allergy pills…
  19. For surfers only: travel ding-repair kit, extra fins, fin screws & leashes, tools for fins, tropical/ warm water wax. Maybe reef booties for cobble stones if you have sensitive feet.
  20. For birdwatchers and/ or monkey observers: binoculars and pocket guide for Costa Rica wildlife.
  21. Laptop or web enabled device for the wireless internet access at La Ponderosa.
  22. Reusable water bottle, 1L. In the dining room you will find a container of water to refill your bottle.
  23. Beach bag or small backpack for day trips and excursions with ziploc bags for cameras or electronics.

Bring what you need to be comfortable and have a good time.

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One Comment → “Pack Your Bags”


  1. Barbaralee Breen
    8 years ago

    Another great stay with great people. Angela and Marshall make you feel at home and you can’t get a better place for the price. Will be heading back again next year for another visit.