In an attempt to answer frequently asked questions about 2 Mariposas, I've put together this information.
Since this is an investment property for myself and my friend Jadon and since we have to pay a property manager, thanks for understanding that we can't offer a "friends and family" discount. However, we'd love for you to experience the property we've lovingly curated for ourselves with the hopes you'll love it, too.
Check out the Airbnb listing.
2 Mariposas is on the second and third floors of a 2-unit building, accessible by stairs. There are downstairs neighbors but no one above or to the sides. It's in a complex with other condos.
The unit has two bedrooms each with its own private bath. Each room has a queen bed with a pull-out twin trundle. The condo comfortably sleeps 4 adults, either two couples or 4 individuals. The main indoor living space is small with a dining table for 4 people and a sofa for 3. The rooftop terrace features a table, sofa and grill.
The unit has 200 mpbs down / 10 mpbs up wifi. It's fast enough for Zoom calls and streaming TV. Each bedroom has a TV with Roku (Netflix, etc.) and there is no TV in the common area (by design).
With your rental, you receive cleaning every 5 days.
We provide beach towels, two beach chairs and an umbrella for guests to use.
The condo complex has a pool and is just a 200 second walk to a very chill beach with no amenities.
In our condo complex, there are many other units for rent in case you want to invite a larger party down.
Within a 15-20 minute walk is a development with a handful of restaurants, shops and a grocery store (listed below). There are also 2 favorite restaurants within a 20 minute walk down the beach. Everything else requires a car rental to get around.
Condo Location: Playa Bejuco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica (Google Maps)
Getting there isn't easy, and I don't recommend going for a long weekend or even a week. It's a good 2 days of travel there and back, so if you go, make sure the time you spend there is worth it.
Fly into SJO, Juan Santamaría International Airport. Flying from Canada or United States is a long day of at least 1 layover. Once you land, be prepared for an immigration and customs process that takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours. There's no real predicting how long it'll take.
You have three options for getting to the property:
1 - Car Rentals / Driving
Once you've cleared immigration, you'll take a shuttle to a car agency. Be prepared to wait up to another 1-2 hours for this process before you're on the road. Yes, this makes for a very long day (usually 12-14 hours from the US until you reach the condo).
Renting a car in Costa Rica can be very expensive, depending on the season. I've paid as little as $300/week for a car rental and as much as $1000. Costa Rica isn't cheap.
The Costa Rican government requires you to buy liability insurance in case you run over someone and flee the country (about $15/day). This doesn't cover liability for the car itself. If your credit card or home auto insurance covers you in another country, come with a printed letter from your credit card or insurance company stating that you are covered in Costa Rica. If you're quoted a really cheap price for a car rental online, it likely doesn't include the $15/day mandatory coverage, so be preparred.
Driving in Costa Rica isn't easy and I wouldn't recommend you do it after dark. So if you're landing late into SJO, take a taxi to a hotel and drive to the condo the next day. If you decide to drive, just know that driving the shortest distances can take a very long time (2-lane roads, driving around mountains, etc.). Be patient and remember Pura Vida, the good life, awaits you.
2 - Private Car Service
If you'd like to skip the hassle of renting a car and driving, you can hire a private car service to take you to and from the condo for ~$120/each way. The driver will pick you up outside of baggage claim so the process is so much easier than renting a car. But once you're at the condo, you won't have transportation if you'd like to explore the area. I'd highly recommend renting a car.
3 - Bus
For those who like to adventure, apparently you can take the bus/busses to the stop near our condo and then walk 10 minutes, but I've never tried. Let me know how it goes. 😜
Food isn't cheap in Costa Rica. Think Florida prices.
- Los Alemendros (10 minute drive to Esterillos Oeste)
- El Chiringuito (walk/drive to nearby Town Center)
- Jardines Cafe Emma (walk/drive to nearby Town Center) - great for breakfast
- La Rioja Restaurante (walk/drive to nearby Town Center)
- Valhalla Cafe & Bakery (walk/drive to nearby Town Center)
- Don Toro (15 minute walk down beach, 10 minute drive)
- Encantada (20 minute walk down beach, 10 minute drive) - Great happy hour on Thursdays
- Town Center Market (walk/drive to Town Center)
- Maxi Pali in Parrita - (15 minute drive) groceries and home goods owned by Walmart
- Auto Mercado (stop here on your way from SJO if you're driving) American-style grocery store
Quepos and Manuel Antonio - 45 minute drive
Playa Hermosa - 25 minute drive
Jaco / Playa Herdura - 45 minute drive
Other Places I Love in Costa Rica
La Fortuna / Lake Arenal
Ants and other wildlife