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  • The Israeli restaurant in Jaco may not be acceptable for many.  It is my understanding that while they get some meat/chicken from Chabad, they have no hashgacha.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #510 on: February 02, 2021, 02:53:56 PM »
Gotta getta way and a we only have a few days so we are planning a short trip to MANP. We need to get a Covid test for the return. Landing in SJO on Monday around noon and return flight is Thursday @2 PM. Anyone have experience or suggestions where to get a test on Monday after landing that will be ready for our return flight?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #511 on: March 08, 2021, 10:05:39 AM »
TR 2/28-3/4

Flew Spirit, which was a fine experience.

Rented car from Vamos. They were great, 5 minutes from airport, 20 minutes for the rental process. Driving to Manuel Antonio on a Sunday was fine. Traffic going the otherway was endless, so keep in mind Sunday locals beach traffic. It was cheaper and more convenient than taking a car service. We stopped at the Crocodile bridge and some other lookouts and the Playa Hermossa to watch the waves and surfers along the way.

Stayed at the Parador Resort, which was fantastic. Saw on premises Monkeys, parrots, scarlet macaws, toucans. Due to Covid it was empty! Our King suite overlooked the adult pool, which overlooked the Pacific and was always empty. It was like a private pool. It was $250/night, which felt like a steal.

Brought vacuum packed meats and a george foreman and burner. Customs stopped us for the meat and saw some vaccum packed bread and said, "Oh its all bread"" and let us through. Whooo! Almost lost our dinners. Vacuum packed challah rolls were great. Didn't work for hamburger buns. Next time would stop at the Walmart near the airport for buns, etc. Also heard the kosher Israeli restaurant in Jaco is very good and has recommendation from Chabad and is just a few minutes off the road. Someone else traveling told us it was great.

Covid test was $150 pp and they came to our room. It was horribly uncomfortable test (halfway up the brain). They guarantee results within 72 hours, but they would have had them probably within 36 hrs if they had our email address correct.

Went to Playa Beisanz, which is empty until early afternoon. Nice and a 10 minute walk from hotel for a brief stay.

Manuel Antonio Park we went with a private guide for the same price as a group tour. Manuel Antonio Expeditions, had Pablo as our guide. He was terrific and based on the interactions with the other guides, he is like the dean of the guides. Very enjoyable and got much more out of the park and the whole experience of the region from the tour. The first beach was gorgeous but not empty. The second beach was gorgeous and nearly secluded. It is a short walk to the 3rd beach, which is outside the park. If we went back I would take the shuttle to the 3rd beach, walk over to the second beach and have the best of both worlds since you cannot take food into the park but if you walk along the beach there is noone stopping you.

Went ziplining with El Santuario Canopy Adventure. First time zipling. Very nice, extremely safe. Longest line was nearly 1 mile and went 45 mph on one of the lines. The scenery is mostly tree tops. If I was going to Monteverde, would have done it there instead since the scenery is much more dramatic (mountaintop to mountaintop over rivers from what i heard).

Great relaxing getaway and other than masks everywhere and the test to return, there were no Covid limitations.






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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #512 on: March 31, 2021, 12:27:15 PM »
TR 2/28-3/4

Flew Spirit, which was a fine experience.

Rented car from Vamos. They were great, 5 minutes from airport, 20 minutes for the rental process. Driving to Manuel Antonio on a Sunday was fine. Traffic going the otherway was endless, so keep in mind Sunday locals beach traffic. It was cheaper and more convenient than taking a car service. We stopped at the Crocodile bridge and some other lookouts and the Playa Hermossa to watch the waves and surfers along the way.

Stayed at the Parador Resort, which was fantastic. Saw on premises Monkeys, parrots, scarlet macaws, toucans. Due to Covid it was empty! Our King suite overlooked the adult pool, which overlooked the Pacific and was always empty. It was like a private pool. It was $250/night, which felt like a steal.

Brought vacuum packed meats and a george foreman and burner. Customs stopped us for the meat and saw some vaccum packed bread and said, "Oh its all bread"" and let us through. Whooo! Almost lost our dinners. Vacuum packed challah rolls were great. Didn't work for hamburger buns. Next time would stop at the Walmart near the airport for buns, etc. Also heard the kosher Israeli restaurant in Jaco is very good and has recommendation from Chabad and is just a few minutes off the road. Someone else traveling told us it was great.

Covid test was $150 pp and they came to our room. It was horribly uncomfortable test (halfway up the brain). They guarantee results within 72 hours, but they would have had them probably within 36 hrs if they had our email address correct.

Went to Playa Beisanz, which is empty until early afternoon. Nice and a 10 minute walk from hotel for a brief stay.

Manuel Antonio Park we went with a private guide for the same price as a group tour. Manuel Antonio Expeditions, had Pablo as our guide. He was terrific and based on the interactions with the other guides, he is like the dean of the guides. Very enjoyable and got much more out of the park and the whole experience of the region from the tour. The first beach was gorgeous but not empty. The second beach was gorgeous and nearly secluded. It is a short walk to the 3rd beach, which is outside the park. If we went back I would take the shuttle to the 3rd beach, walk over to the second beach and have the best of both worlds since you cannot take food into the park but if you walk along the beach there is noone stopping you.

Went ziplining with El Santuario Canopy Adventure. First time zipling. Very nice, extremely safe. Longest line was nearly 1 mile and went 45 mph on one of the lines. The scenery is mostly tree tops. If I was going to Monteverde, would have done it there instead since the scenery is much more dramatic (mountaintop to mountaintop over rivers from what i heard).

Great relaxing getaway and other than masks everywhere and the test to return, there were no Covid limitations.

Where did you take the test to return and how much was it?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #513 on: March 31, 2021, 05:11:31 PM »
Where did you take the test to return and how much was it?

$65 in Airport in Liberia -- https://ticotimes.net/2021/03/29/costa-rica-lab-offers-at-airport-covid-tests

You can also order Covid home test kits before you leave the US - it's $150 for a pack of 6 tests https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack     - Do not open the kit - till you are ready to test. The US owned airlines accept it (except Spirit and Sun Country ) see: https://costa-rica-guide.com/travel/health-safety/self-test-for-travelers-returning-to-the-u-s/ and google emed costa rica

See also: https://costa-rica-guide.com/practical/documents-requirements/covid-testing-requirements/
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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #514 on: March 31, 2021, 05:52:50 PM »
Quote from: Saulius link=topic=1981.msg242480

You can also order Covid home test kits before you leave the US - it's $150 for a pack of 6 tests [url
https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack[/url]     - Do not open the kit - till you are ready to test. The US owned airlines accept it (except Spirit and Sun Country ) see: https://costa-rica-guide.com/travel/health-safety/self-test-for-travelers-returning-to-the-u-s/ and google emed costa rica



That’s great, thanks!

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #515 on: March 31, 2021, 09:06:55 PM »
TR 2/28-3/4

Flew Spirit, which was a fine experience.

Rented car from Vamos. They were great, 5 minutes from airport, 20 minutes for the rental process. Driving to Manuel Antonio on a Sunday was fine. Traffic going the otherway was endless, so keep in mind Sunday locals beach traffic. It was cheaper and more convenient than taking a car service. We stopped at the Crocodile bridge and some other lookouts and the Playa Hermossa to watch the waves and surfers along the way.

Stayed at the Parador Resort, which was fantastic. Saw on premises Monkeys, parrots, scarlet macaws, toucans. Due to Covid it was empty! Our King suite overlooked the adult pool, which overlooked the Pacific and was always empty. It was like a private pool. It was $250/night, which felt like a steal.

Brought vacuum packed meats and a george foreman and burner. Customs stopped us for the meat and saw some vaccum packed bread and said, "Oh its all bread"" and let us through. Whooo! Almost lost our dinners. Vacuum packed challah rolls were great. Didn't work for hamburger buns. Next time would stop at the Walmart near the airport for buns, etc. Also heard the kosher Israeli restaurant in Jaco is very good and has recommendation from Chabad and is just a few minutes off the road. Someone else traveling told us it was great.

Covid test was $150 pp and they came to our room. It was horribly uncomfortable test (halfway up the brain). They guarantee results within 72 hours, but they would have had them probably within 36 hrs if they had our email address correct.

Went to Playa Beisanz, which is empty until early afternoon. Nice and a 10 minute walk from hotel for a brief stay.

Manuel Antonio Park we went with a private guide for the same price as a group tour. Manuel Antonio Expeditions, had Pablo as our guide. He was terrific and based on the interactions with the other guides, he is like the dean of the guides. Very enjoyable and got much more out of the park and the whole experience of the region from the tour. The first beach was gorgeous but not empty. The second beach was gorgeous and nearly secluded. It is a short walk to the 3rd beach, which is outside the park. If we went back I would take the shuttle to the 3rd beach, walk over to the second beach and have the best of both worlds since you cannot take food into the park but if you walk along the beach there is noone stopping you.

Went ziplining with El Santuario Canopy Adventure. First time zipling. Very nice, extremely safe. Longest line was nearly 1 mile and went 45 mph on one of the lines. The scenery is mostly tree tops. If I was going to Monteverde, would have done it there instead since the scenery is much more dramatic (mountaintop to mountaintop over rivers from what i heard).

Great relaxing getaway and other than masks everywhere and the test to return, there were no Covid limitations.
as others have said no hasgcha at the jaco place

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #516 on: April 01, 2021, 01:48:45 PM »
Where did you take the test to return and how much was it?

The Hotel arranges a test in your hotel room. It was $150/pp.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #517 on: April 05, 2021, 01:43:48 PM »
Is it possible to get a permit in order to bring food in?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #518 on: April 05, 2021, 01:57:58 PM »
Is it possible to get a permit in order to bring food in?
Permit for what?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #519 on: April 05, 2021, 04:37:39 PM »
Permit for what?

Someone told me that they got a permit which allowed them to bring in kosher chicken and meat into Jamaica so I was wondering if CR has something similar instead of trying to smuggle it in.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #520 on: April 08, 2021, 05:33:15 PM »
Someone told me that they got a permit which allowed them to bring in kosher chicken and meat into Jamaica so I was wondering if CR has something similar instead of trying to smuggle it in.

You can try contacting: Servicio Nacional de Salud de Animal (SENASA) Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería Phone: (506) 2587-1600 / 2260-9046 Fax: (506) 2296-2976 / 2260-9046 http://www.senasa.go.cr

I have no idea if the below is current:

https://apps.fas.usda.gov/newgainapi/api/Report/DownloadReportByFileName?fileName=Food%20and%20Agricultural%20Import%20Regulations%20and%20Standards%20Country%20Report_San%20Jose_Costa%20Rica_12-31-2019 -- it says:

The Ministry of Agriculture, through its Animal Health Service (SENASA), issued a guide in December, 2016, indicating that tourists and travelers in general may bring up to 5 kilograms of beef, pork, poultry, fish or cooked or cured processed meats from the United States as part of their baggage.  Certain requirements apply including the following: the product must be declared in the customs form issued to travelers, the product must come from a federally inspected processing plant, the product label must be legible, and the product must come in an appropriate container for its conservation.



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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #521 on: April 08, 2021, 10:37:05 PM »
You can try contacting: Servicio Nacional de Salud de Animal (SENASA) Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería Phone: (506) 2587-1600 / 2260-9046 Fax: (506) 2296-2976 / 2260-9046 http://www.senasa.go.cr

I have no idea if the below is current:

https://apps.fas.usda.gov/newgainapi/api/Report/DownloadReportByFileName?fileName=Food%20and%20Agricultural%20Import%20Regulations%20and%20Standards%20Country%20Report_San%20Jose_Costa%20Rica_12-31-2019 -- it says:

The Ministry of Agriculture, through its Animal Health Service (SENASA), issued a guide in December, 2016, indicating that tourists and travelers in general may bring up to 5 kilograms of beef, pork, poultry, fish or cooked or cured processed meats from the United States as part of their baggage.  Certain requirements apply including the following: the product must be declared in the customs form issued to travelers, the product must come from a federally inspected processing plant, the product label must be legible, and the product must come in an appropriate container for its conservation.

Thanks!

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #522 on: April 08, 2021, 10:47:13 PM »
Does anyone have a current list of kosher products in CR? Are Coca Cola products kosher there?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #523 on: April 09, 2021, 12:44:25 AM »
Centro Israelita has one on their website

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #524 on: April 09, 2021, 12:48:44 AM »
Just checked, now it's an app, called kosher cis Costa Rica. Very extensive, designed for folks who live there. Good way to learn Spanish!