Frequently Asked Questions
Your base rate includes your accommodations, three gourmet organic meals per day, a morning and afternoon snack, tea & coffee, WiFi (but remember we’re in the jungle so our internet can sometimes promote unplugging), and the use of numerous common areas around the resort. Yoga, excursions, workshops, arrival and departure transportation to and from the hotel is not included.
How do I get to Anamaya?
There are a few ways to get to Anamaya. For details, check our travel page HERE. We have scheduled our weekly retreats to start and finish on Saturdays.
What should I bring?
We recommend bringing the following:
- Natural sunscreen
- Aloe vera
- Natural bug repellent
- Refillable water bottle.
- Rain jacket (May through Nov)
- Hiking shoes or sandals
- Flip flops and swim suit of course
- Small flashlight or head lamp with extra batteries. Or your cell phone might do the trick!
- Beach towel and/or sarong
- You can bring your own Yoga Mat if you like, but we do provide high quality mats, straps, blocks and other props.
- Personal first-aid kit: Benadryl or allergy anti-itch cream, neosporin or triple antibiotic cream, tylenol and/or ibuprofen, probiotics
- Health care items and/or feminine products
- Earplugs (in case you have a roommate that snores)
- Eyemask (if you are in a shared room)
- Passport (you need a valid passport for at least 6 months before the expiration date to enter Costa Rica. No special visa is required
How far is the beach?
The closest beach is in Montezuma, which is a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk. You can also walk to Playa Las Manchas, which is a very beautiful spot. That’s about 7 minutes by car or 30 minutes by foot. Playa los cedros, the famous Montezuma/Cabuya surf spot, is 9 minutes by car. The beaches of Santa Teresa / Malpais are approximately 45 minutes by car.
How far is a town with stores?
Anamaya is located on a cliff edge above the small beach town of Montezuma. It’s only a 5 minute drive to town and the beaches. You can walk down in about 20 min, and the walk back up the hill is a great work out. You can also take a taxi back for a minimum of $6 (or $2 per person for groups over four).
There are two grocery stores in Montezuma, and several clothing & gift shops.
There is NO bank machine in Montezuma so bring your cards or cash.
What’s the weather like?
The temperature ranges from a very minimum of 65 degrees to the low nineties. It’s very nice weather, but it can be humid, especially down by the beach. Anamaya is 400 feet up on a cliff so it’s drier and we have a nice breeze all year…. much more comfortable than on the beach.
September and October are the rainiest months, on average,
Generally speaking, even in the rainy season (May-Nov) it’s generally nice every day. There are beautiful puffy white clouds and sunshine on and off, the jungle is at its lushest, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the waterfalls are full. A few times a year, large storms come in and it can rain all day for a few days… usually these “temporals” last 2-3 days and then it’s clear again… but this can happen anywhere. Costa Rica does NOT get hurricanes. There has been only one in recorded history, which hit the Caribbean side of the country approximately 100 years ago.
What’s included in the rooms?
We have organic cotton sheets on all the beds, with pillows, blankets, etc. We have organic or non-toxic soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
We have hairdryers upon request from reception.
What’s in the main house that I can use?
We have a serving kitchen in the main house with a fridge that you can use – make sure to put your name on the items that belong to you. We always have a bowl of fruit, coffee, tea and water available for our guests as well. Our drinking water located in the main house, goes through a triple filtration process, including uv light.
There is a gift shop in the main house, and a phone that our guests have access to as well (although most of our guests use their own cell phone).
Do you offer Room Service or Laundry Service?
No, we do not offer room service and in fact we discourage our guests from eating anything in the rooms. It attracts the local critters.
We do offer laundry service. This is done on-site by our housekeeping team. It’s a 24 hour turn around, costs $6 for one load, and is returned to the reception office.
Do you have Internet/TV?
We have WiFi in all the rooms and public areas. Please keep in mind we’re in a remote and mountainous location so the service might not be as fast or reliable as it probably is where you live, but it works for basic tasks.
We do NOT have cable or TV’s for personal use at Anamaya.
Do you have Phones?
We have a phone with a local number (+506) 2642-1289 that you can use for calls anywhere within Costa Rica, and friends or family can call it in case of an emergency to get ahold of you. We also have a Vonage phone you can use to call the U.S. and Canada for free.
We do NOT have phones in the rooms. Many of our guests are using Skype / FaceTime / Messenger these days from their own phones or laptops.
Are the electrical outlets the same as in Canada or the US?
Yes, they are! We have three prong 110 volt outlets all over the resort.
If you need to bring a power converter or adapter we recommend bringing one as we do not have them here and they are hard to find.
What currency should I bring to Costa Rica, and is there an ATM/Bank close by?
US dollars are accepted nearly everywhere in Costa Rica.
We recommend exchanging $20 – $40 only at the airport to purchase small items, water, snacks, etc. If you exchange large amounts into the local currency (colones), you will get a low conversion rate if you try to exchange your colones back into dollars again.
Health Concerns: Malaria, etc.
You don’t need to get any shots before traveling to Costa Rica, unless you are coming directly from a South American country. In that case you will need to have had a yellow fever vaccination.
We do have mosquitos that like to come out at dusk, so it’s important to bring your bug repellent with you.
Safety Concerns: Crime, Snakes, Scorpions, etc
Costa Rica is a very safe place. Just like anywhere else there can be cases of petty crimes, especially thefts of backpacks left in cars, or valuables left unguarded on the beach. Generally, Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America.
Our part of Costa Rica has almost no venemous snakes. There are scorpions, but they are not dangerous. When you’re at Anamaya you can relax and enjoy your trip!