Las Catalinas has a professional Concierge Team on-site available to assist around the clock while you’re in Las Catalinas. Among their many capabilities the team can help arrange transportation for arrival and departure, plan an itinerary of experiences in town and the surrounding areas, make restaurant recommendations and reservations, and help with any questions or needs you may have during your visit.
Below, find resources that answer frequently asked concierge services questions.
Transportation to Las Catalinas
Town is in close proximity to multiple international airports, and the trip to Las Catalinas is an easy one.
The closest airport to Las Catalinas is Liberia International Airport (LIR), which offers direct flights from major gateway cities. To get to town, you can either take the 4WD-required Route 151 and Route 911, also known as the Monkey Trail (45 minutes to an hour) or the longer, paved Route 21 and Route 155 through Belen (a little over an hour).
Across the country, about a 4-hour drive away, is Juan Santamaria International Airport in the capital of San José, which presents a ride through the Central Valley and the heart of Costa Rica on the way to town.
Our recommendation for a transfer to Las Catalinas from the airport is a private car service. You will be greeted right as you’re exiting the terminal, then enjoy a beautiful ride through Costa Rica and into town. Drinks and snacks like craft beer, champagne, fresh fruit and agua de pipa, and other options are also available upon request for this airport transfer
- - Price to / from LIR Airport: $160 each way for up to 4 guests.
- - Price to / from SJO Airport: $295 each way for up to 6 guests
For a quicker trip into town, and a truly unique perspective on the surrounding area, concierge offers transfers in and out via air. Helicopters land and depart from the helicopter pad, and can also be booked directly for helicopter tours of the area. For more information, reach out to Concierge.
Getting Around in Las Catalinas
The majority of streets in Las Catalinas are pedestrian-only, and you can walk from one side of town to the other in about 10 minutes. This means that restaurants, shops, trails, and the beach are never far away. There is also a network of bikeable paths cleverly arranged in Town so that all homes and apartment buildings have access on two wheels as well as two feet.
For transportation to other nearby neighborhoods and towns in the area, we have a car-sharing program with hydrogen-powered cars available to rent by the hour through our Concierge Team.
The Toyota Mirai is the only hydrogen car in Costa Rica and is powered by 100% renewable energy with only one emission: water.
The Concierge Team will also gladly arrange transfers, shuttles, and rental cars as needed. Many off-site excursions include roundtrip transportation.
The Weather in Costa Rica
Due to its moderate tropical climate and gentle atmospheric conditions, any time of the year is a good time to visit Costa Rica. Average temperatures in Costa Rica stay around 80 degrees no matter the month, there is plentiful sun even in the heart of the rainy season, and the country’s tropical forests are full of life throughout the year. Especially in Guanacaste, on the pacific coast of the country’s Nicoya Peninsula, the weather in Costa Rica welcomes outdoor activities, experiences out in nature, and lively local events throughout the year.
January to April | Dry Season
From the beginning of the year, the months in Guanacaste follow a relatively standard pattern. January and February have warm, breezy, and sunny days with drier air and generally little-to-no rain. March and April have very similar weather patterns, only a bit more hot and dry.
May | The Arrival of Green Season
May brings the first intermittent rains, the fading of the strong winds from the north, and a rapid shift from gold to green on the mountains.
June, July, and August | Green Season
June, July, and August bring cooler days still full of sun, punctuated by brief showers throughout the month, as the mountains grow lusher, more full, and more green, accompanied by the growth of seasonal streams and rivers.
September and October | Peak Rainy Season
September and October bring a weather forecast including heavier and more frequent rains, with cooler temperatures and days still mostly sunny. Smooth trails, calm waters, and gentle conditions for outdoor activities.
November and December | The Changing of Seasons
November brings a transition back to the dry season. The showers of rainy season subside by December, ushering in the steady breezes and days of constant sunshine towards the year’s end.
Currency, Money Exchange, and ATMs
Costa Rica’s local currency is the colón, which comes in 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, and 500 colón coins, as well as 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, and 50000 colón bills.
The Current Exchange Rate is:
Within Las Catalinas, all vendors accept payment by credit card, debit card, Costa Rican colones, dollars, and room charges. The vast majority of vendors in the Guanacaste area accept most international credit cards, and invite guests to pay in colones and American dollars. Still, we recommend traveling with some cash on hand.
There are ATMs in Costa Rica at Liberia Airport, San José Airport, and on both Route 911 and Route 180 leading into town.
The Concierge team does not carry cash on hand for currency exchange.
Activities in Las Catalinas
Las Catalinas is a car-free beach town surrounded by nature on land and at sea. Just a short walk from the home, you will find two beautiful beaches, 40 kilometers of world-class hiking and mountain biking trails, six restaurants, a variety of other shops, and a full schedule of fun events, large and small.
Las Catalinas is also centrally located on the Guanacaste coast and there are many interesting and fun places nearby that you may wish to visit during your trip.
Surfing is a very popular activity. Las Catalinas is a 30-minute drive to the famous surfing beach, Playa Grande. For experienced surfers, Las Catalinas is a 30-minute boat trip to Witches’ Rock or Ollie’s Point.
The towns and beaches in the neighborhoods and towns surrounding Las Catalinas have a lively mix of locals, expats, and visitors. Many worthy restaurants and other establishments are within a 15-minute drive. Trips to national parks, volcanoes, underwater reefs, zip lines, hot springs, whitewater rivers, and more are all convenient.
For a tailored visit to town, the concierge team can arrange activities based on your preferences, like some of the following:
Dining in Las Catalinas
Guanacaste is emerging as a prominent part of Costa Rica’s vibrant culinary scene, and Las Catalinas offers some of the best options in the region just a few steps from your front door, with six restaurants, a gourmet grocery store, and events like Guanacaste Nights.
To explore the dining options in town and make reservations, you can visit the Las Catalinas Dining homepage.