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General Questions 

 

Is Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn for me? 

Finca Rosa Blanca is a luxurious Coffee Plantation and Country Inn that seeks to combine the highest levels of service and comfort with business practices that are both sustainable and environmentally friendly. If you want to be surrounded by nature and beautiful coffee fields while participating in outdoor activities, but also enjoy returning to a comfortable and well-appointed room, relaxing with a glass of wine and a gourmet meal, then Finca Rosa Blanca is for you.

 

 

Who owns and operates Finca Rosa Blanca?

Finca Rosa Blanca is owned by Glenn and Teri Jampol, both of whom are pioneers in Costa Rica in the business of high quality and sustainable hospitality. Glenn and Teri hold dual citizenship with Costa Rica and the United States, but live in Costa Rica on the adjacent coffee plantation and operate the Inn.

 

 

Finca Rosa Blanca check in and check out times

Check in time begins at 2:00 pm. If you should arrive earlier at Finca Rosa Blanca, we will do everything possible to have your room ready. However, if you should have to wait for your room to be ready don’t waste any time! Go ahead and take a refreshing swim in "our pool with a view" or enjoy one of our many fascinating tours. The resort’s check out time is 12:00 noon. If you would like to leave later in the day, please consult the front desk to make appropriate arrangements, and if possible, we will be happy to accommodate you.

 

How do I get to Finca Rosa Blanca?

Most visitors to Costa Rica arrive in San José at the Juan Santamaría International Airport which is located about 20 minutes by car from Finca Rosa Blanca. If you are already in country, you may also be arriving to San José on either SANSA or Nature Air, the two domestic airlines. Sansa (www.flysansa.com) leaves from a small terminal at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela and NatureAir (www.natureair.com) from the Tobías Bolaños Airport located closer to downtown San José. SANSA is 20 minutes by car to Finca Rosa Blanca and Nature Air arrives at the Tobías Bolaños Airport, approximately 40 minutes by car. Some guests also fly in from abroad to Liberia which is a 4 hour drive or one short domestic flight of about 45 minutes. We would also be happy to arrange a private charter flight from any destination in Costa Rica to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn. Let us know your arrival times and we will be happy to pick you up in our air-conditioned vehicle.

 

Can everything be paid in US dollars or do I need local currency?

Costa Rica’s currency is called the Colón. Please follow this link for daily rates: www.bancobcr.com. However, while you are staying at Finca Rosa Blanca, cash will not be necessary. All your expenses can be charged to your room and when you check out, we will accept US dollars, Colones and/or all major VISA, MC or AMEX credit cards.
When going on tours or visiting San José, the capital of Costa Rica or any of the smaller towns and cities around the Inn, carrying one, five and ten US dollar bills would definitely be recommended as well as some local currency. Most businesses and restaurants accept US dollars. Euros and other currencies are not commonly accepted in Costa Rica. We will gladly exchange your US dollars for Colones at the front desk. We do not accept traveler's checks

 

 

Resort & Facilities

 

What are the suites and rooms like?

All of our suites and rooms have their own luxurious bathrooms, including Jacuzzi tubs, showers and bidets in many. The comfortable rooms have twice daily housekeeping which includes a turn-down service in the evenings. Our guests have 24 hour access to the Reception/Front Desk and the hotel does not have a required minimum stay. Only when purchasing special offers does a minimum stay pertain.

 

How many people sleep comfortably in the suites or rooms?

The junior suites comfortably sleep two guests sharing the King Size bed. The four master suites can sleep a family of four, with the parents in the main bedroom and the children on the day beds in the living area. The villas are ideal to sleep up to six guests, featuring two bedrooms with King size beds and a day bed. Every room view on this web site includes a schematic layout so you can better understand the configuration of the room.

 

What about bugs and insect repellant?

Depending on the time of year or hour of the day, there might be periods where mosquitoes or gnats are bothersome at Finca Rosa Blanca especially after periods of extended rains. Usually, mosquitoes are only active between 5:30 and 6:30 pm during sundown. The bedrooms have overhead fans to protect you from possible bugs as mosquitoes cannot alight when there is a breeze. Some visitors to Finca Rosa Blanca have commented that mosquitoes are not bothersome and were quite surprised by how few they saw.
It is a good idea to bring some insect repellant, especially for the hikes and activities in the nearby cloud forests, coffee plantations and National Parks. Any good brand of insect repellent that works for you where you live will also work in Costa Rica. Organic, non poisonous insect repellant is also sold at the Inn’s gift shop. We recommend that when possible, to rely on non aerosol cans that contain less toxic ingredients.

 

Is Finca Rosa Blanca suitable for children?

Absolutely. Finca Rosa Blanca is a great family destination and a wonderful opportunity for families to spend some quality time together. Finca Rosa Blanca features a huge chemical free solar heated refreshing swimming pool, many tropical gardens and trails to hike. There are many interesting activities offered in the area for children, especially years 6 and older, such as butterfly gardens, guided tours on interpretive trails into the cloud forest, canopy tours and boat excursions.

 

 

Health & Weather

 

What to bring?

The Inn’s dress code is informal. Guests are encouraged to bring lightweight, casual clothing, a poncho, hats, sunscreen, a bathing suit, sturdy shoes or hiking boots for activities and nature hikes. National airline flights have a 25 lb. baggage limit per person. If you are staying at the Inn upon arrival and leaving Costa Rica from the Inn we can store your extra luggage for you. And don’t worry about bringing extra clothing, since the lodge usually can offer same day laundry service.

 

Climate & Weather

Costa Rica is a tropical country located between 8 and 11 degrees north of the equator. It has twelve bio-climates, three different rainfall regimes and many microclimates, so researching its climatic conditions can be an almost never-ending task.
Although Costa Rica is considered to have a stable climate, it is important to note that different temperature and weather conditions may be experienced within the same day, or within short distances, due mostly to the rugged terrain of this mountainous country. There are two well defined seasons: the green season (estación lluviosa), and the dry season (estación seca), with one main difference between them: rainfall averages. Dry season runs from December to April, and the green season from May to November. Rainfall averages for the country may reach the highest point during the months of September and October.
Seasonal changes don't bring significant changes in temperatures, although nights may be cooler in some areas during the rainy season. Mornings will most commonly be sunny all year round. Santa Bárbara de Heredia where we are located is located 1200 meters (4100 feet) above sea level, and has a moderate temperature throughout the year. It may go as low as 15°C (59°) at nighttime, and up to 28°C (82°) during the day, giving rise to the image of San José as a city with an eternal spring climate. The Central Valley, where San José lies, has an average temperature of 20°C (68°). When it rains, temperatures will drop slightly, mostly due to the humidity and winds.
The Caribbean coastline has an average temperature of 21°C (70°) at night, and 30°C (86°) during the day. The rainy season has a rainfall average of 224 inches per year, along the coast, on the eastern face of the mountains and in the Caribbean lowlands. In most of Costa Rica the peak periods of rainfall occur during May to June and September to October, although precipitation remains substantial throughout the period. However in October, the Caribbean coast experiences its best weather. Though it is considered to be the wettest region of the country, rains usually occur in the late evening and nighttime. Due to humidity and trade winds, temperatures will remain low, and even drop noticeably during rainy nights.
The Pacific coast is warmer than the Atlantic by 3° to 5°C. The northern part of the country is totally dry for six months of the year. Rainfall averages only 59 inches a year in the northwest and central part of the country. The Central Pacific region is rainforest and generally wetter than its counterpart to the north. Rainfall can reach up to 150 inches a year.
High mountainous areas, such as the region surrounding Costa Rica’s highest peak, Cerro Chirripó, have cold, windy and cloudy conditions all year round. Chirripó remains below 10°C (50°F) during the day, and may experience temperatures as low as 0°C (32°F) at night. Frost and even snow have been reported. As a general rule, temperatures decline with elevation at a rate of approximately 3.5 Fahrenheit degrees per thousand feet in Costa Rica (6.5°C per 1000 m).
First-time visitors to Costa Rica often neglect to bring a warm jacket with them after reading about the climates of the coastal regions and the Central Valley. A medium-weight fleece jacket or warm cotton sweater is ideal for the cool San José nights.

 

 

Health Concerns and Medical Emergencies

There are many hospitals and clinics within a radius of 10 miles. We have several doctors and pharmacies are on call for minor health related problems. San José offers excellent state of the art hospitals and treatments by doctors often educated in North America or Europe. In fact, it is not uncommon for some North Americans to come to Costa Rica to perform their dentistry and minor surgeries due to its excellent reputation and less expensive prices.

 

Am I allowed to smoke on the hotel premises?

Costa Rica has passed very strict non-smoking legislation. It is prohibited to smoke in public places. Please beware that you are not going to be able to smoke on our premises during your stay. Thank you for understanding.

 

Tropical Diseases (Malaria and Dengue fever)

No immunizations, shots, inoculations or vaccinations are required to enter the country, except for those arriving directly from some South American countries, in which case a current certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever must be presented. The only notable disease problem reported in some locations of the country in the last few years is occasional localized dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika (spread by mosquitoes in certain urbanized locations with stagnant water and a history of the disease). However, it would be wise to check with your personal physician for individual recommendations. Some physicians prefer for their patients to obtain typhoid immunizations and persons who plan to visit Caribbean coastal areas are advised to take malaria pills. Reported cases of malaria in the Caribbean lowlands and coastal zone have occasionally been noted in recent years, so it may be wise to take preventive measures. Up-to-date recommendations on such preventive measures are issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC office issues health advisories via FAX for travel throughout the world. Most of our guests choose not to be inoculated and we rarely hear of any subsequent problems.

 

Recommended Vaccines for Costa Rica

  • Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG).
  • Hepatitis B - if you are exposed to blood (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, stay longer than 6 months, or are undergoing various medical treatments.
  • Rabies - if you are in contact to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation.
  • Typhoid- particularly if you are visiting other developing countries in this region. As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles. The Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11 and 12 who did not receive it as infants.

 

 

 

Nature, Leisure & Activities

 

Poás & Barva Volcanoes and National Park

A short stroll puts you at the very edge of one of the world's largest active craters (nearly 1 mile wide). The viewing terrace gives a bird's-eye view not only 1,050 feet down into the crater of the volcano, with its greenish sulfuric pool, but also magnificently down over the northern lowlands.
Poás at an altitude of 8,885 feet is a restless giant and over the millennia it has vented its anger through three craters. Two now slumber under a blanket of vegetation; one even cradles a lake. But the main crater bubbles persistently with active fumaroles and a simmering lake. The sulfuric pool frequently changes hues and emits a geyser up to 655 feet into the steam-laden air.. It is often foggy up here and mist floats like an apparition through the dwarf cloud forest draped with bromeliads and mosses. Clouds usually form midmorning. Plan an early-morning arrival to enhance your chances of a cloud-free visit. Temperatures vary widely. On a sunny day it can be 70°F. On a cloudy day, it is normally bitterly cold and windy at the crater rim. Dress accordingly.
9,500 feet above sea level, rugged mountains, dormant volcanoes, deep canyons, swollen rivers, and seemingly interminable clouds, characterize Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, The 118,000 Acre Park (84 percent of which is primary forest) extends from 9,530 feet above sea level atop Barva Volcano down to 118 feet at La Selva, in Sarapiquí in the Caribbean lowlands. This represents the greatest altitudinal range of any Costa Rican park. Temperature and rainfall vary greatly and are extremely unpredictable. At higher elevations, temperatures range from 35 degrees down to 90 degrees F. at lower altitudes. Annual rainfall is 180 inches average.
Encompassing five life zones ranging from tropical wet to cloud forest, Braulio Carrillo provides a home for 600 identified species of trees, more than 500 species of birds, and 135 species of mammals, including howler and capuchin monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, deer, pacas, raccoons, and peccaries. Highlights include hundreds of butterfly species and excellent bird-watching. Quetzals are common at higher elevations. The rare solitary eagle and umbrella bird live here. And toucans, parrots, and hummingbirds are ubiquitous.

 

Carara Biological Reserve

The Carara Biological Reserve is located about an hour’s drive west of Finca Rosa Blanca and is a world renowned nesting ground for scarlet macaws. It has hiking trails open to visitors. The macaws migrate daily, spending the days in the park and the nights in the costal mangroves. It is best to observe them in the early morning or around sunset, but a good guide is most likely to find them for you during the day. Among other wildlife you might see here are crocodiles, coatimundis, armadillos, tapirs, pacas, peccaries, river otters, kinkajous and of course hundreds of species of birds. The Reserve is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

 

 

What tours and activities are available at Finca Rosa Blanca?

Please follow this link to find out more about the tours and activities offered at Finca Rosa Blanca. Follow the link to: Activities

 

 

What else is there to see in Costa Rica?


A stay at Finca Rosa Blanca in the Central Highlands is certainly one of the highlights of a visit to Costa Rica. However, there are many other popular destinations that are worth a visit. Depending on your budget and time available for travel, we recommend you visit some of the country’s volcanoes (Barva, Arenal, Poás, Irazú, Rincón de la Vieja) and the world famous cloud forest reserve at Monteverde or Los Ángeles. For a very natural, but more rustic experience, a trip down south to the Osa Peninsula is recommendable. Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast also offers a great variety of sights from the giant turtle nesting beaches in Tortuguero in the north to the laid back beach environment further south, although the Caribbean coast tends to have fewer infrastructures than its Pacific counterpart.  We offer a division of Finca Rosa Blanca, called FRB Green, our concierge and itinerary specialist.  If you would like to talk to a staff member about traveling to any other destinations in Costa Rica just let us know!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Additional Information

 

What is the CST and how can I learn more about it?


The CST is a national certification program designed by the Tourist Board (ICT) to classify hotels and resorts in Costa Rica based on their sustainable practices, policies and actions that protect the environment and benefit the local culture, history and local communities. Finca Rosa Blanca is the only hotel to have earned 100% in its classification and one of only four to have earned five “green leaves”, the highest level possible. Please follow the link to: www.turismo-sostenible.co.cr/en.html

WHAT

One of the CST’s objectives is to make sustainability the official goal for Costa Rica’s tourism industry. Currently it includes only the lodging and tour operations industries, but future programs will also include transportation and other related industry companies. The national parameters will be improved biannually, allowing the program to develop alongside appropriate new technologies.

WHO

In the first phase of the CST program, only lodging companies are being certified (other tourism service providers are soon to follow). Hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts and cabins can all voluntarily participate in the program. The hotels are categorized by Province location, size and type, i.e. city hotel, beach hotel, country inn, and you can choose a hotel based on their sustainability efforts, ranking and participation in the CST program.

HOW

After filling out an application and questionnaire, the National Accreditation Commission evaluates the establishment in a site visit, ultimately assigning a “sustainability level” on a scale of 0-5, in a system similar to the well-known star system used by commercial hotels internationally. Level “one” would indicated a first step in the process toward sustainable practice, and with each percentage of improvement the level can increase, peaking at level “five”, indicating that the company is considered a “model of sustainable tourism”. Costa Rica’s CST is considered one of the most stringent and discerning certifications for sustainable tourism in the world and is considered as the best functioning model of certification for sustainable tourism.

WHY

Costa Rica has become a world leader in addressing the issues of sustainable tourism development. It is a concept whose time has come, not just within the borders of this small country, but internationally as well.
More information about CST can be found on line at www.sustainable-tourism.co.cr/en.html

 

Do you recommend any other hotels in Costa Rica?

 

Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort, Manuel Antonio

(www.arenasdelmar.com)

Arenas del Mar is a beach and nature resort located next to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. "Unique and spectacular beach and nature experiences combined with highest levels of comfort and sustainability in a local Costa Rican setting" define the concept of Arenas del Mar Beach Hotel. This Manuel Antonio resort caters to tourists that are looking for more than just another high end resort experience.

Arenas del Mar Hotel offers a luxurious lodging experience in harmony with Costa Rica's nature in a spectacular beach and rainforest setting. Guest rooms, apartments and suites offer spectacular ocean views, upscale dining in two hotel restaurants with a focus on fresh local products and personalized service that exceeds guest expectations. Arenas del Mar is the perfect base to explore the area around Manuel Antonio and Quepos on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Tours and activities offered in the area include whitewater rafting, mangrove kayak and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing and Canopy Tours. For more information, visit www.arenasdelmar.com.

 

Lapa Rios Ecolodge

(www.laparios.com)

A luxurious 16-bungalow ecolodge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and protecting over 1,000 acres of preserved rain forest, hosting 2.5% of the World’s Biodiversity, soon to be named World Heritage Site. Here, environmental education is fundamental to the employees and international guests’ experiences. This model ecolodge has been consistently voted as one of Latin American’s top resorts by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure and Andrew Harper. For more info and reservations please visit www.laparios.com.

 

Harmony Hotel

(www.harmonynosara.com)

The Harmony Hotel is the perfect combination of low-key luxury, nature, wellness and sustainability. Situated on the Guiones beach in Nosara, Costa Rica (a spot well renowned for its beautiful surroundings and impressive surf), Harmony Hotel is an excellent place to unwind, relax and get in tune with your natural rhythm. For more info and reservations please visit www.harmonynosara.com.

 

 

Latitude 10 Resort, Santa Teresa

(www.latitude10resort.com)

Latitude 10 Resort was built as a private resort and is now available to the public. As the winner of the 2008 Grand Award in the International Class for second homes, the resort leaves nothing to be desired in luxury and elegance in its natural setting, providing interaction with the jungle and it’s beachfront location. Staying at Latitude 10 is like staying with good friends at their luxury beach house. You will experience personalized service and attention to detail in a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere. Breakfast and pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres are included in your rate as well as your private in room mini bar. For more info and reservations please visit www.latitude10resort.com.

 

Kurà Design Villas

(www.kuracostarica.com)

Kurà Design Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel on the Southern Coast of Costa Rica where the rain forest covered mountains tumble on to pristine beaches. Built on an impressive mountain ridge, Kurà´s tropical minimalist architecture provides a luxurious jungle experience and breathtaking Pacific ocean views. Featuring 6 luxury villas, an infinity salt water pool, spectacular outdoor poolside lounge and spa area, Kurà is the perfect base for aquatic and nature tours in this tropical paradise. For more information visit www.kuracostarica.com.

 

 

Planning your Honeymoon or a Romantic Escape?

The amazing beaches and natural scenarios, plus the warmth of the local people and the friendly weather are just a handful of distinctive features that make Costa Rica one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Visit us here and let us plan the honeymoon of your dreams.

 

 

Looking for Wellness in your Vacation?

Wellness is all around in Costa Rica: weather on deserted beaches, with the song of invisible creatures of the night or on dark-green jungles. Visit us at here and let us take you on that journey.

 

We would like to suggest Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality Group to help you with the planning of the rest of your trip to Costa Rica.They can set up a nice itinerary including several different areas of the country. Take a look at www.cayugaonline.com/travel or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to be able to suggest the best option for you. They cannot assist you with the international airfare, but can take care of all the rest of the details such as lodging, transportation, tours, or other.

 

  

Looking for a Family Vacation?

Whether you're coming with your spouse and the children (kids) or adding grandma and grandpa, bringing your sister and her family, or planning a full family reunion Costa Rica is the perfect place to bond with your family and create lasting fun filled memories. We invite you to explore these special destinations and plan a memorable family vacation. Visit us here and let us plan the most excited vacation.

 

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