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Liberia

In the north-west of Costa Rica, Liberia caters to all interests and passions, particularly those in ecotourism, water sports, adventure and relaxation. Against a backdrop of towering volcanoes and precious tropical rainforests, Liberia City thrills visitors with dazzling bars, restaurants, museums, theatres and shopping facilities.


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    Villas Sol Hotel and Beach Resort


     
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  • Before you leave Canada

    Entry requirements


    It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you - and any child travelling with you - have all the travel documents necessary to enter in, or transit through, each country on your itinerary. Please ensure you verify the requirements for each country as the required documents for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required on the return.

    Please refer to aircanada.com for complete information on travel requirements.

    Baggage

    Please refer to aircanada.com for Baggage Information.

    Airport check in

    It is recommended that you present yourself at the airport counter of the airline indicated on your voucher 3 hours prior to departure. Air Canada representatives are available to assist you, or you may contact an Air Canada Vacations representative at 1-800-296-3408.

    Arrival at Destination

    Airport procedures


    A local English-speaking Representative will meet your flight and assist you with ground transportation once you have gone through immigration and customs. The Representative will be holding an Air Canada Vacations sign outside the terminal. Please present your voucher to the Representative outside the Airports terminal, he or she will review your travel documents and itinerary as well as give you some general information and helpful tips for your vacation.

    Transfer


    Air-only passengers must arrange their own transfer via taxi or bus. A taxi service booth is located at the terminals main door, at this booth air-only passengers can get their ticket for an official taxi service to their destination.

    Hotel check in

    Upon arrival at your hotel, please identify yourself at the front desk with your Air Canada Vacations voucher. You will then be assigned your accommodation.

    Your Departure from Destination

    Departure information


    The day before you leave, remember to consult the Air Canada Vacations bulletin board or binder in your hotel lobby for detail on your departure procedures and return flight. Please inquire about last minute changes on the day of departure in the Air Canada Vacations binder.

    Hotel check out


    Hotel checkout times may vary depending on the property but generally you must vacate the room by 11 a.m. For passengers with late flights, every effort will be made to provide you with a hospitality room, however, this cannot be guaranteed, particularly during high season.

    Duty-free shopping


    Duty-free shops are located at the airport. After an absence of 7 days or more, Canadian residents are permitted to return with a maximum of $750 CDN of merchandise per trip without paying duty. Each time you leave Canada for at least 48 hours, you are eligible to declare up to $200 CDN of merchandise. A written declaration may be requested. Each adult is allowed 1.1 litres (40 oz.) of liquor, 200 cigarettes (upon return to Canada, a $15 CDN tax on non-Canadian cigarettes (200 or carton) will be charged), 200 tobacco sticks, 50 cigars or 50 cigarillos and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco. To calculate the number of days absent, do not count the day you left Canada but include the day you return. If you include cigarettes, tobacco sticks and loose tobacco in your personal exemption allowance, only a partial exemption will apply. You will have to pay a minimum duty on these products unless they are marked Canada - Duty paid. Canadian made products sold at a duty-free shop will be marked in this way.

    Airport check in

    Procedures are the same as for departure from Canada.

    Airport departure tax

    Costa Rica departure tax included in the price displayed at checkout.

    During your holiday


    IMPORTANT INFORMATION


    Contact Information - Swiss Travel Costa Rica:

    If you require any additional information regarding your stay in Costa Rica, or should any questions arise concerning your itinerary, please call our Service Delivery Department:

    • Monday through Sunday, from 6:00am to 9.30 pm, please call our toll-free number 800-329-8687 or 2282-4898, and contact extension 1164, 1184, 1112 or 1121. One of our representatives will be more than happy to assist you.
    • For off-hour emergencies (between 9.30 pm and 6:00am), please contact our mobile phone number 8310-7636, an English-speaking Service Delivery Executive will be available for you.

    For quicker, better assistance please provide the Executive with your reference number, which is shown at the top of this page, and on your itinerary.

    You can also reach us via e-mail at eds@swisstravelcr.com. All messages are read between the hours of 6:00am and 10:00pm, and we will answer your request as soon as possible.

    Long distance calls

    Telephone calls from your hotel to Canada can be very expensive and service charges are high. We would suggest you ask your family and friends to call you, while in Costa Rica, at the phone numbers listed in this mini-guide.International phone calls and collect calls can be place by dialing 116 (International Operator) from any pay phone or from the hotels, however most hotels will apply a service charge even for collect calls.

    Medical Emergencies


    Quality medical services are available in Costa Rica. Many well trained, competent doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists and specialists practice in the cities. Most have studied in the United States, Europe or Canada and speak English. The capital city of San José has numerous modern and well-equipped hospitals and clinics.

    Banking


    Business hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Sundays. Some banks are open until 8 p.m., most operate Saturdays until noon.

    Currency

    The Colon is the national currency; It is recommended to carry US dollars, that can be exchanged at banks and hotels. The exchange rate fluctuates in small increments daily. Bills come in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 colones and coins are minted in 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 500 colon pieces. Canadian Dollars are not usually accepted, but cash and Travelers cheques in U.S. dollars can be exchanged at banks and most hotels, with the presentation of a valid passport.

    Credit cards

    Major international credit cards (Master Card/Visa/American Express) are accepted at most hotels, stores, restaurants and car rental companies, while at smaller businesses one should be prepared to pay in the local currency.

    Shopping

    Costa Rica features a wide range of stores offering merchandise made locally or imported from other Latin American countries. Most prices are fixed, and bargaining is recommended only with street vendors or in market places. Some of the best buys are coffee, handcrafted items made of wood or leather. Replicas of oxcarts, the national symbol of Costa Rica, are popular souvenirs  hand painted and in a variety of sizes and colors - as are replicas of Pre-Colombian gold artifacts. Shopping Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Christmas 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

    Local transportation

    A broad range of Car Rental companies are available in Costa Rica. Foreign drivers licenses are valid for one month from date of entry into the country. Taxis are plentiful in San José. Taxis are metered, but from hotels offer flat rates. Official taxis are painted red with visible triangular yellow signs on the doors in order to make them easy to identify.

    Sightseeing


    Optional excursions are a great way to enhance your Air Canada Vacations holiday. Choose from a wide variety of activities and excursions available at your destination. For more information or to reserve your excursion, please see your local Air Canada Vacations representative or Ground Handler Partner CRT Team, call 1-888-236-4447.

    Tipping


    A 10% service charge and 13% sales tax are always included in restaurant bills. However if the service is exceptionally good an additional 5 to 10 % is recommended.

    Water

    Modern processing facilities ensure pure drinking water, particularly in San José and the larger cities, however, bottled water is advisable and readily available.

    Electricity

    110 Volt AC 60 cycles.

    Language

    The official language is Spanish, although English is widely spoken.

    Holy week

    Please be advised Holy Thursday and Good Friday, April 5 & 6, 2012, are strictly observed in Costa Rica. Consequently, alcohol will not be served inside or outside the resort.

    Religion

    The constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Roman Catholic is the predominant religion, with more than 50% of the population practicing it.

    Time zone

    Costa Rica is one hour behind Eastern Standard Time (Daylight savings time is not observed).

    Climate

    The country's climate varies depending upon elevation, location, and season with a little change in temperature from month to month. While the coastal plains are tropical, the mountain regions tend to be cool, and the Central Plateau has a spring-like climate year round, (average daily temperature 75 F or 25 C). December through April is the dry season, and most of the rainfall occurs from May to November - mainly in the afternoons.

    Clothing

    Be sure to pack light clothing, a sweater, windbreaker, and good walking shoes, swimsuit, sun block, insect repellent, sandals and a hat. Even though there is a very casual dress code every where, smart casual is recommended for fine restaurants.

    Customer Care

    For inquiries relating to extension of stay or change or hotel changes, see your destination representative or contact Air Canada Vacations Customer Care:
    http://www.aircanadavacations.com/en/contact_us#Support_During_Travel