Frequently asked questions about Encanto Costa Rica

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How long does it take to travel to Encanto?

There are many direct flights from the United States, Europe and South America.  See the section "Getting Here".  Traveling to Encanto is similar to traveling to a Caribbean Island:  one flies into a central hub (San Jose) and then takes a comfortable hour-long (and very scenic) ride on a modern twin propeller plane to the Golfito airport.  We can arrange very convenient transfers for Encanto visitors, please contact us at

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How far is it to the beach?

It is a 5 minute drive to the nearest sandy beach, where the water is warm and clean.

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Are there bugs?  Do I need malaria shots?

This area is surprisingly bug-free, since the air and water are always moving.  Protect your ankles at sundown and don't walk unprotected through tall grass.  There is no dengue or malaria in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica.  Visitors do not need typhoid shots, malaria pills, or any preventative measure beyond bug spray.

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Is it safe?

Yes, Encanto is safe, and administered and managed to protect owners' belongings.  This area of Costa Rica experiences little of the problems of the larger urban and tourist centers.  Common sense precautions apply to securing possessions.

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Is it clean there?

Very!  The coastline of the Golfo Dulce has pristine air and water quality with very little to no polution. 

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Can I drink the water?

Yes, Encanto has its own natural artesian spring water which provides abundant, clean water. It is safe to drink directly from the tap throughout the country.

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Is it expensive there?

No.  One can maintain a very comfortable lifestyle in Costa Rica at a fraction of the North American or European cost.

Many expenses are significantly lower here than in the US or Europe, especially quality health care and domestic assistance.  Imported and commodity items are priced similarly worldwide (eg. some foods, electronics).  Due to import taxes, cars and trucks are more expensive in Costa Rica.  Gasoline prices are generally equivalent to those in the United States.

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What about healthcare?

Encanto is very close (20 minutes by car) to the area's health clinic, which handles drop-in visits and emergencies.  Ambulatory services are part of the standard of care in the area.  There are many very good dentists and general practitioners who speak English in Golfito and Pasa Canoas, both 1 ½ hours from Encanto. 
Serious health conditions are treated at Hospital CIMA in San Jose (, or Hospital Clinica Biblica ( in San Jose, or Hospital Mae Lewis in nearby David, Panama (  The Many foreigners come to Costa Rica for healthcare and dentistry treatment as quality is very high and prices are reasonable.

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Do many expatriate parents send their children to local schools?

Yes, almost all the expatriate children attend the local schools.  Many parents of English-speaking children also enroll their children in supplementary private tutoring and a regularly-scheduled group tutoring program.  We also recommend the English teaching program at Camino Claro (

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What's the weather like?

Costa Rica climate is considered to be tropical and subtropical.   Temperature averages 75°F to 80°F (24°C to 30°C) year-round.  Humidity varies by the season.  Costa Rica has two seasons – dry season and rainy season.  The dry season is December to May.  Rainy season is June to November.  Rains peak in October, generally the wettest month. 

The weather in southern Costa Rica is marked by various microclimates.  The climate at Encanto is significantly drier than the Osa Peninsula, a mere 11 miles away, and much cooler than Golfito. 

Though generally classified as a tropical country because of its close proximity to the equator, Costa Rica has no real winter period, and the sun shines here throughout the year. With over 12 hours of sunshine a day, the sun rises at about 5 am and sets at about 6 pm consistently throughout the year.

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