Can you Drink the Water?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Vacation in Costa Rica

Can you drink the water in Costa Rica? There is varying information on the internet about the potable water in Costa Rica.  I have lived here for 10 years and I have not met a single person who has ever had a problem with the drinking water. 

I drink the water every day right out of the faucet, make ice with it and wash my fruits and vegetables with tap water.  I have traveled all over the country and I have never felt the need to buy bottled water.

But like anywhere in the world, there are exceptions to the rule.

There have been examples of contaminated water from farm animals and even reports of Arsenic in some of the drinking water around the country.  These are very rare situations, but it has existed.  You have to understand that Costa Rica does not have a lot of money, so it is up to the individual neighborhoods to solve these issues themselves, and many of these rural communities do not have the resources to do it.

So my advice, like anything, is to ask the locals.  They will tell you.  When traveling in very remote rural areas, or the poorer parts of the city, you should be cautious.

Here in the Papagayo at the beach:  Drink away!  But a good rule of thumb should be: if you have any concerns at all, buy bottled water.  It is very inexpensive.



Who should I use for car rentals and tours?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Guanacaste Tourism, Vacation in Costa Rica

When it comes to car rentals, the best I have found has to be Adobe.  Many times you find “cheap” deals on the internet, only to be completely let down when you arrive.  They advertise a great price, and then tack on huge insurance and additional fees once you arrive, as they know they have you cornered and you can’t back out.  The cars are usually old, beat up and with tens of thousands of kilometers on them.  Many times the rental agency even forgets to meet you at the airport.

I like Adobe because they operate like a North American car rental company.  They quote you the exact prices on line, their cars are brand new and their service is first class.  They can even supply you with a Cell phone for local calls and a GPS to make your journey that much easier, for a very reasonable price.   And if you do have an unfortunate problem, they will send a representative to you with a brand new car.  They can even meet you at your hotel or condo, so you don’t have to waste time at the airport.  You can get right to the beach and enjoy your first cocktail.

Please email my friend Nelson and tell him you are a client of Michael Simons, and he has a discount rate in the computer for RE/MAX Tres Amigos, he will take excellent care of you. 

Nelson’s email is

Also there are street legal golf carts that you can rent by the day or week as well. Talk about super cool!!!! Now you can ride about the beach community like Bill Murray in Caddyshack, bar hopping from one hot spot to the next. Prices are very reasonable compared to a car rental and the entire area is very accessible and convenient. Call my good buddy Dave at 8917-3917 or email him at and he will take excellent care of you.

There are many great tour companies in Costa Rica, but my personal favorite is Tico Tours, located in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste.

Bernal and Lillie are awesome!  In ten years I have never had one single client complain.  They always come back with a smile from ear to ear.  Their vans are brand new, their drivers are very professional and they give top notch personalized service.  The last thing you want is to get thrown on a bus with 40 other gringos, where you are forced to see a tour like a parade of cows.  With Tico Tours they make you feel like you are the only client they have ever had, and you walk away with an amazing experience. 

Their website is and their email is

Please tell them I sent you and they will treat you like a king or queen.  Have fun and remember to bring your camera.

There is a great shuttle service from LIR.

There are many public buses in Costa Rica as well, that will take you all over the country at a very reasonable rate.

Also there is a great shuttle service for getting back and forth to San Jose and other areas in the country in a private van.

Check out Interbus.

Just for the record, I take NO referrals from any rental agencies, hotels, tours etc.  I just ask that these companies give the discount back to my clients.  So wherever you go, mention my name and it usually works in your favor.

Have Fun!

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