Welcome to Norma’s Villas! Hopefully this guide will help you get around Norma’s and explore Costa Rica.
What is nearby?
The nearest grocery stores, bars, and banks are in Turrucares. You can walk to Turrucares (takes about an hour) or take a short cab/bus ride. When you leave Norma’s Villas, make a right, and then another right. You will pass the soccer field on your left.
We recommend paying with cash as often as you can at bars, restaurants, etc.
The closest major city is Alajuela. If you enjoy gambling, Casino Fiesta is a short (15 minute) cab ride away.
Getting Around: Uber works great in Costa Rica and is definitely the cheapest option if you would rather take a cab. For short trips, like to Turrucares to the grocery store, you can go to the nearby bus stop during the day and taxis will be waiting there by the soccer field (leave and make a right). Keep in mind that taxis only accept cash, and we recommend getting the price before getting into the car.
“Cuanto cuesta para Turrucares?” – How much for Turrucares? You can use this phrase and replace “Turrucares” with where you want to go.
For bus schedules, http://thebusschedule.com/cr/index.php is a good resource. We also have schedules to and from Atenas and San Jose.
To get to Jaco beach by bus, you will need to take the bus to San Jose, and then another bus from San Jose to Jaco. Alternatively, you could take a bus to Orotina and transfer, but it will take longer and you may not get a seat.
Jaco Beach: Popular places to eat in Jaco Beach include Taco Bar and Namaste Cafe. Walking along the strip will give you a huge array of options!South Beach Hotel is a good bargain if you want to stay the night, but if you’re looking for something cheaper, Room2Board is a lower budget option.
Things to do in the Central Valley:
Things to do in San Jose:
Things to do at Jaco Beach:
The nearest airport is San Jose SJO.
La Estacion pizza delivers to Norma’s. Please have cash and meet your deliveryman at the gate.
Please do not enter Norma’s house without permission. Knock on the eagle door and call up the stairs. If the door is closed, Norma is not in the main house.
If something is broken or you see an insect/animal that you’d like to bring to our attention, please find Sergio who lives near the bar.
Please do not copy keys for anyone or give anyone else a key without first letting us know.
If you need to use our landline phone for an international call, please let us know. You will be required to pay a fee to cover this expense if it is not a toll-free number.
When you go into the back/high grass area, we recommend closed-toed shoes. There are occasionally snakes, scorpions, or tarantulas in this area back by the small river.
The Costa Rican sun is very strong. Sunscreen is highly recommended!
We hope you enjoy your stay with us! Pura Vida!