Day in Costa Rica is a national holiday and is normally celebrated every year
on August 15th. This year in order to boost national tourism, the
government has moved the official holiday to Monday, August 17th so
that locals, along with international visitors, can enjoy a long weekend to
celebrate. Costa Rica is a strong matriarchal
society and this holiday weekend will be spent like so many others; Either by
sharing a big family meal at home with some of Costa Rica’s most authentic
dishes, by taking Mom out to eat for her favorite food, or perhaps by taking a trip
to the beach! The latter is certainly a favorite
among both urbanites and those who live on the coast, and no doubt after being
in lock-down for several months, everyone is enjoying getaways to the beach to
soak up the rays of sunshine and the feeling of wet sand on their feet. In addition to relaxing strolls on the beach,
many families will take adventurous hikes through the rain forest in search of the
exotic wildlife Costa Rica offers so abundantly. So, in anticipation of Costa
Rican Mother’s Day, we wanted to honor several of the animal species special to
us here in Manuel Antonio. Of course,
there are many, but chose four of our favorite mammals, and started with the
revered sloth. After
all, Villa Perezoso, or “The Sloth Villa” was named after these beloved animals! And no less special to us are the 3 species
of monkeys commonly seen in the trees surrounding Villa Perezoso.
Just like the other baby mammals, sloths prefer to stay with their mothers while they are young. There is a very close bond between
mothers and babies, and baby sloths love to hang on their mother’s fur. Baby sloths will cling
to their mother’s belly until they are able to feed themselves, which can take
anywhere from five weeks to six months. Once they have learned to
feed themselves and they stop dangling from their mother, little sloths will
continue to stay alongside their mother for two to four years, depending on their species. These amazing
creatures have a life span of about 20 years and spend most of their life
sleeping! Sloths have a very low metabolic
rate and therefore sleep about 20 hours per day and only travel about 40 yards
per day amid the rain forest canopy. Since
they don’t move much, it is always a very exciting sight to spot a sloth with
her baby in the Manuel Antonio National Park. Baby and momma sloths can often
be seen right outside of Villa Perezoso enjoying some bites off of one of their
favorite trees, the Guarumo tree, which
are planted all around the villa.
Mother howler monkeys care for their young for about 12
months after they are born.
Female offspring remain in their
natal group and therefore stay
with their mother long after
they are independent. The average age of howler monkeys ranges from
between 15 and 20 years old. These
fascinating creatures are considered the largest Central American monkey, and
they live in the upper canopy of forests and love to be alongside the coast,
making Costa Rica an ideal location for them. Howler monkeys are not especially active
compared to other species of Central and South American monkeys. They spend a
lot of their time just hanging out, sitting on their branches with other
members of their group, which range in size between 10 and 20 members, but can occasionally
have up to 40. While visiting Villa
Perezoso, you will surely hear the deep guttural sound of these monkeys echoing
amidst the surrounding rainforest! This
howling allows the monkeys to locate each other without expending too much energy
on moving or risking physical confrontation with another troop. You may even
lucky enough to spot a momma howler with her baby!
Female squirrel monkeys are responsible for almost all
infant care. Females within a group exhibit birth synchrony and increased
vigilance during the birth season because newborns and infants are particularly
susceptible to predators. In some groups, males also vigorously protect infants
from predators, but in other groups,
where males are on the periphery of the social group, they exhibit no infant
protection. For the first month of life, infants remain in constant physical
contact with their mother, usually being carried on her back because they are
too large and impede movement if they are carried on the front. This is a
common sight in Manuel Antonio where squirrel monkeys live happily amid the
rain forest. During the first five to
seven weeks, infants begin to leave their mother to explore the surrounding
environment and interactions between mother and infant become increasingly
fewer. Infants become independent during the second through fourth months of
life, spending more time with peers or play groups. Some groups are fully
weaned by four months, but others are not fully weaned until 18 months of
age. It’s always a fantastic site to
see these monkeys troupes with their active youngsters jumping from tree to
not least, comes The White-Faced or “capuchin” monkey. This monkey is often seen in Manuel Antonio
and is known for being “ornery” because it often throws fruits down from trees
or hisses and spits on human observers! The
capuchin lives in troops that can exceed 20 animals and include both males and
females, three quarters of which are females.
The White-Faced are perceived as cantankerous, but actually they are
just highly intelligent and social animals. They are the largest-brained, smartest
monkeys in the Americas. Capuchins are remarkable in many ways, but in the
field of motherhood and child care, they stand out. For starters, they implement a type of “daycare”
system among group members. After a
capuchin infant is born, members will compete to have a turn with the
baby. They will inspect and care for
the baby whenever the mother will permit.
Other group members will even act as “babysitters” and carry the infant
for the mother. Secondly, babies are
known to be regularly nursed by females in the group other than their own
mothers. Finally, the White-Faced monkey
is extremely tolerant of juvenile curiosity and encourages their playfulness and
interaction with other members as they get older. Certainly an interesting comparison for human
parents! Aside from the interesting
facts of parenthood, the White-Faced Monkey is revered for having independently
evolved many traits like tool use that were once regarded as uniquely human, including
rubbing plants over its body in an apparent use of herbal medicines as well as using
tools as weapons and for getting to food.
just a few of our favorite mammals that call home to the surrounding forest
around Villa Perezoso. Of course there
is so much more wildlife surrounding the villa and in Manuel Antonio. Toucans,
Scarlet Macaws and other reptiles abound as do so many other jungle
animals. If you would like to experience
some of these animals in person, contact
us for information on reserving a visit to Villa Perezoso!
As traveler’s look for more ways to maximize on privacy
while still getting out and about on vacation, we thought you would want to
hear about these 5 totally private activities you can do while enjoying your
Manuel Antonio vacation stay with us at Villa Perezoso. With a local industry heavily-reliant on
tourism to succeed, one of the first areas of business for re-opening in Manuel
Antonio was traveler safety. As of
August 1st, Costa Rica will open it’s borders to Canada, The UK and
the European Union. In anticipation of the return of international tourism, we
have highlighted 5 of our favorite private activities.
National Park Tour
Imagine hiking through the rainforest with just you and your
travel group and a guide who has been fully trained in safety standards.
Monkeys? Check. Toucans? Also check. Scarlett Macaws? Of course. Sounds of the
ocean waves lapping against the sand in the back-drop? No trip to the Manuel
Antonio National Park would be complete without it. This fully private tour is a great way to get
outdoors and in touch with nature, without having to face crowds or do anything
too extreme. This is a wonderful
activity for people who like to walk, hike and enjoy wildlife. You also get a chance to stay inside of the
park and enjoy the beautiful and secluded beaches after the tour is over.
Looking for a bit more adventure and don’t mind getting a
bit wet? This fully-private tour is the
perfect mix between relaxation and adventure.
Usually between a Class II and Class III, rafting on the local Savegre
river is the perfect way to get away from it all with your private travel
group. You’ll float down areas that will
feel like a “lazy river” and then you’ll
have some excitement on some of the areas with rapids, plus you’ll take
a short hike to a waterfall and then have a fully private, a-la-carte lunch
back at the rafting lodge.
Feel like sitting back and being pampered on a private boat
while sipping a beverage and taking in the beauty of the Manuel Antonio
coastline? If so, this exclusive tour is
for you. Complete with a chef on-board,
you’ll be served drinks and lunch or dinner based on your selected tour
time. Enjoy searching for dolphins,
watching the sun set at sea, and touring through the different beaches of the
Manuel Antonio coastline. There is no better way to relax than on a
private boat in one of the world’s most beautiful places!
Hiking Trails to
Manuel Antonio beaches
Great for exercise and nature lovers, just a few minutes from
the villa are some of Costa Rica’s most breath-taking (and calorie-burning!)
trails. Complete with sweeping ocean
views, rain forest canopy and exotic wildlife, hiking here is a great way to
get out and experience the area’s natural beauty. Trails run the length of the Manuel Antonio
coastline and swerve in and out and up and down the various mountains along the
way. Visits to semi-private beaches are included at almost every stop, so don’t
forget to wear your swimsuit under your hiking clothes! Guides are available
for those who don’t want to navigate themselves. Either way you go, exploring the Manuel
Antonio coastline on foot is a spectacular activity to experience!
Get out on the water and up close with the Manuel Antonio
coastline. Enjoy beautiful coves and
docking at a semi-private beach for snorkeling and swimming. Jet skis tours can be done in the mornings or
the afternoons and will be exclusive for
your group and the guide. No better way
to be out on the water than on a jet ski!
You can also do private yoga and pilates classes, either at
our local wellness center, or out on our yoga deck overlooking the Manuel
Antonio National Park. Of course there are so many other fun and relaxing vacation
activities to do here, but these are a few of our favorites! So, if you’re in
need of a change of scenery, but reticent about getting outside of your travel
bubble, no need to worry any further! We’ve got you covered…
For many people travel brings them joy, and they will
continue to explore the world and find happiness through travel, even if it
means doing so in new ways. As travelers
seek safety amid social distancing and new norms, the travel industry is
adapting by focusing on more privacy, dedicated staff throughout guest stays, vacation
activities that allow more time in the great outdoors and more secluded lodging
options. Luckily for Costa Rica, many of
those new requirements have long since been in place! And for those aspects that are newly
required, Costa Rica has been working tirelessly as a destination on modifying
travel protocols to adapt to the current situation. With that in mind, here are 3 reasons why we
think you need to consider Costa Rica and Villa Perezoso for your next vacation
Enjoyment of the Simpler Things in
has always had a focus on pura vida
or the “pure life” philosophy. Pura vida is without a doubt the phrase
most commonly used, and can be heard far and wide throughout Costa Rica, but
the saying goes far beyond its simple translation. It’s a way of life and those
who come to Costa Rica and get a taste for it often get hooked and want to come
back for more! Often referred to as a
synonym of hakuna matata, pura vida reflects the relaxed lifestyle
of Costa Ricans, which serves as a model for those of us who live hectic and
stressful lifestyles in our day to day lives.
This term is used as much for a greeting as to bid farewell to a friend or a
stranger alike. It can be an expression of gratitude or satisfaction, and is
most definitely used as a way to say “Everything’s great!”. Pura Vida embodies the lifestyle that
Costa Ricans live; a world where being stress-free and thankful for the simple
things like family, health, food on the table and good friends are far more
important than material acquisitions, certainly a great perspective to have
during the present times we are living!
Connection with the Outdoors
is a country that is very proud of its natural beauty. Whether visiting our beautiful beach and
rainforest community of Manuel Antonio, or any of the other coastal towns along
the Pacific or Atlantic Coasts, the volcanoes or one of many mountainous coffee
plantation regions, this country always offers a spectacular landscape! Costa Rica travel companies and lodging
providers have long since encouraged its travelers and guests to explore off
the beaten track places, of which the country has plenty! Private tours and activities are readily
available and there is no shortage of wide open spaces here!
Research shows that pre-pandemic people spent more time
indoors than outdoors, and now that trend has shifted as people look for freedom
and the peace of mind that comes from being outside. We know about the healing
power of nature and we know that it is essential for our health and
happiness to get outside, exercise and breathe fresh air, especially in this
current time of stress and anxiety. Right near Villa Perezoso, we have
numerous hiking trails that offer some of the country’s most beautiful views
and a chance to visit many of the beaches that Manuel Antonio offers. What better way to practice social
Connection with Family &
even more important than a love for nature, is the love Costa Ricans have for
their families and their friends. Long revered as the most important thing in
life, strong bonds with family and friends are at the root of everything Costa
Ricans do. We all know that it is important to surround ourselves with family and friends
for support and comfort in both times of joy and distress and studies have
shown that having supportive relationships is a strong protective factor
against mental illnesses and helps to increase our overall well-being and
happiness. Perhaps we can attribute this
to Costa Rica having one of the world’s blue zones, where centurions live long
and happy lives. I think we can all
safely say that many of our greatest joys in life can be associated with times
spent with our loved ones. Why not plan a vacation where your group of loved
ones can share together in complete privacy while also enjoying some different
As we face these changing times, we invite you to come to Costa Rica and experience just a little piece of its pura vida and the exuberant nature surrounding our villa. In Manuel Antonio and at Villa Perezoso, you will be able to relax and enjoy travel with peace of mind. By renting Villa Perezoso, your family or group of close friends can practice social distancing amid the natural isolation of the rain forest, while enjoying magnificent views of the ocean. You will be provided the pampering of an all-inclusive resort, but with complete privacy. After 11 years of hosting guests, our vacation home has become a place of solace and relaxation not only for our personal family and friends, but for so many other families and travel groups to Costa Rica. Now, more than ever, we are committed to bringing you a truly exclusive and private vacation experience.
As the world settles into re-opening, it seems that some of
the chaos continues in the United States and around the globe. 2020 has proven to be a challenging and
monumental year, and without a doubt, one we will all look back on in history. There
has never been a better time to stop and think, to look around, and to
appreciate what we have, while also being compassionate to what others may not
have. After several months of shelter in place and closed businesses, many of
us have developed cabin fever, or frustration in one way or another, while at
the same time forming a simpler life and a deeper bond as well as new routines
with the people we share our daily lives with. At this point, we all need
something different we can look forward to. One thing that our families,
friends and our past guests have repeatedly shared with us during this time is that
they are looking forward to future travel plans. For those who love travel as much as we do,
it’s easy to understand that once you have experienced the culture, the
delicious foods, and the richness of nature that Costa Rica offers, it’s
impossible to not want to return!
There is something special about traveling to a new place and then returning later and getting to know it in greater depth. For those who have been fortunate enough to travel to Costa Rica, you have seen it grow and change and yet you can still appreciate the way it holds true to its customs, while revering, more than anything, it’s love for welcoming people from abroad. Travel to Costa Rica isn’t just about the beauty of the country, the extreme pampering you will receive at Villa Perezoso, or the relaxation you will feel while your stress quickly subsides in the “pura vida” philosophy. No, a Costa Rica vacation is about more. It’s about a complete travel experience that allows you to feel at peace from start to finish. It’s a healing process. A healing process from the stress of daily life, from the fast-pace we all manage and from constant interruptions.
Nature is perhaps the greatest healer and the most
reassuring friend we can have. Just a glimpse at one of the beautiful natural
settings throughout Costa Rica will excite you in new ways, while also sending
a wave of calm through you. The natural
beauty that abounds in this tropical country is enough to ease your anxieties and
give you a much greater sense of perspective. Here you aren’t bound by the
trappings of buildings and fancy highway systems or a densely populated civilization.
No, here you can simply relax and be at peace with nature and the beautiful
people of this country we love so much.
And of course, much of the richness of the travel experience
takes place outside of the time you are actually traveling. It happens before
the trip, while you are dreaming of vacation and making your travel plans. It happens
after the trip when you recall all your memories and look at photos, and share your
stories with friends and family. The
travel experience continues as you further research certain aspects of what you
learned and saw on your trip. And the
final stage of the travel experience comes when you start to plan your next
adventure. So, after being cooped up for several months, what better time to
look forward to a future vacation and to plan than now? Right now is a great time to plan your next
adventure and also take advantage of the travel promotions
that are being offered.
Here in Costa Rica, you can travel with ease and with peace
of mind. At Villa Perezoso you can let
your worries subside. From the time you land in this amazing country to the
time you depart, your vacation itinerary will be seamlessly executed, all with
your peace of mind at the forefront of what we do. We understand that part of
your peace of mind comes from the trust you have placed in us as a lodging
destination, knowing that you are going to a location that has implemented security
and health measures, not just at our beloved Villa Perezoso, but also as a
whole country, as a destination that wants nothing more than to welcome you
back! And as we have mentioned before, you can feel comfortable knowing that
our staff, and all of the tourism providers we work with have entered into a
protocol of daily team wellness checks, the use of protective equipment, rigorous
disinfection, safe distancing measures and food safety protocols. So for now, all
you need to do is to get here. We’ll handle the rest. Even making sure that we
point out the daily sloth and monkey visits as you relax and ease into a
rejuvenating and peaceful vacation.
re-opening begins to take shape and we start to get out more, we may find
ourselves thinking slowly about our next possible vacation. And while many of us may not be planning to
jump on a plane or take a trip right away, some of us are ready for a
much-needed getaway, while others are still free to dream and to plan for the
future! After all, it’s always nice to
consider options and be reminded of the joy travel has brought us in the past. For those who are ready, or are considering a
vacation in the near future, we want to reassure you that our secluded vacation
home is the ideal location for you as we continue to move through this health
crisis. Not only has Costa Rica been
rated as one of the best locations for its management of the health crisis, but
it has also been noted as one of the safest locations given the steps it has taken
to protect the future integrity of tourism. In addition, with vacation rentals
being rated as safer than hotels in current health surveys, a getaway to Villa
Perezoso may be just what the doctor ordered!
Perezoso, we remain optimistic about the future and look forward to
sharing our amazing piece of tropical paradise with you whenever the time is
right. In the meantime, we have been working hard to re-do our operational
details, with your safety and comfort in mind.
During this planning period, we have been re-training staff and
implementing the highest sanitary cleaning protocols. We have worked together with specialists in
occupational health, and are also following standards as recommended by the international
vacation rental association and the CDC.
Our staff have also been instructed on the proper use of masks and
gloves (sloth design included on the face masks!). New cleaning products have been selected and
tested so that each and every guest of Villa Perezoso can feel confident that
the home has been thoroughly sanitized and disinfected prior to their
check-in. At the same time, we will
always insure that staff of the villa are healthy before coming to work each
day. Our top priority, in addition to
making sure you relax (and spot monkeys!), will be keeping you confident and
comfortable throughout your stay.
After 11 years of hosting guests, our vacation home has
become a place of solace and relaxation not only for our personal family and
friends, but for so many other families and travel groups to Costa Rica. We are
more committed than ever to bringing you a truly exclusive and private vacation
experience. And since there really is no better way to practice social
distancing on vacation than staying at a private residence where you and your
group are secluded with dedicated staff, our sincere hope is that we can
be a place where memories are shared and where vacation experiences will be cherished
for many years to come.
forward to connecting with you again, sharing the serenity of Costa Rica and its
amazing nature with you, and once again appreciating the joy of travel. When
you are ready to travel, we’ll be ready to serve you as we’ve done since we
opened the doors to our home in 2009. If
you decide you’d like to visit soon, remember our current travel specials
for visits now through December 15th.
Mother’s Day as many of us are looking forward to starting to put our lives
back together and getting back to work, we need to be reminded to take a moment
and remember Mom and everything she has done to keep us healthy, safe and loved
all these years. What better gift to
give Mom this Mother’s Day than a much-needed vacation escape? Sure, maybe now is not the exact time you’re
thinking of taking a vacation, but it will certainly be something to look
forward to and to be appreciated in the near future. And what better place to visit than Costa
Just a short flight from most US cities, Costa Rica is a destination that has maintained an extremely low number of Corona virus cases, and in general, is one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here at Villa Perezoso, we are a full-service villa dedicated to your comfort, safety and to pampering you! Set amidst the lush Manuel Antonio jungle and with sweeping views of the Manuel Antonio National Park and surrounding beaches, this villa offers a chance for you and your family to unwind, disconnect and relax in complete privacy. There is no need to do any planning, grocery shopping, meal prep or cooking, as our chef will prepare 3 daily delectable meals for you during your stay. Oh, and did we mention daily happy hour? Yes, Villa Perezoso also provides daily bartending and tapas snacks for sunset. In addition to extreme spoiling by our villa staff, here are a few other in-villa ideas Mom can enjoy on vacation (as well as the rest of the family!).
In-Villa Spa Services
way to recharge than with massage therapy and spa services! Our therapists will provide professional spa
services right in the cleanliness and comfort of your own tropical vacation
home. They will, of course, have
personal protective gear in place to keep everyone safe and feeling confident. In-villa spa services are the perfect way to
relax as there is no need to venture out. The ambience of the spa is brought to
you and your journey to relaxation is complemented by the sounds of nature in
In-Villa Cooking Classes
in learning some new ethnic dishes or tasting tropical culinary cuisine? Our Chef can teach you some of Costa Rica’s
most popular authentic dishes, and all you have to do is sit back and
sample! Everything from Gallo Pinto to Picadillo and Patacones
or Casados can be learned in an
afternoon, just in time for sunset happy hour!
In-Villa Personal Training and
For those who like to stay active on vacation, our team of personal trainers and yoga and Pilates instructors can bring exercise right to you. From our rooftop terrace, you can stay in shape while also enjoying some of the best views in all of Manuel Antonio.
Lounge Poolside or Soak in the roof-top
there is always the simplicity of lounging poolside or soaking in the roof-top Jacuzzi. No better way to truly feel on vacation than
by enjoying the sweeping views and exotic wildlife right from the balcony of
your privation vacation rental.
And if you are looking to get out and about while on vacation, there are always strolls on the beach and hikes in the rain forest! Both activities showcase the beauty of Manuel Antonio and are free of admission.
you are celebrating a new mom, a stay-at-home-mom, a mom
to many, Grandma or that mom who juggles it all, there is no better way to treat Mom than with a
vacation to Costa Rica! In order to
celebrate Mom this year, Villa Perezoso
is offering 25% Off all Summer and Fall vacation stays! This offer is based on availability and is valid
for reservations starting July 1st and ending December 15th,
2020. Contact us today for further
details and availability!
As we continue to feel the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and navigate through our lives in a completely different way than we have ever known, we do our best to remain optimistic and remind ourselves that we will prosper again soon. The dramatic impact this has caused in our families, communities and our lifestyle as we once knew it, often feels overwhelming. While it will take time, we will move forward and be able to enjoy many of things we used to, and perhaps even find new hobbies and things to enjoy. In the meantime, it is important to appreciate the simple parts of our lives, and the natural world around us. Perhaps, nature is the one area where we can find complete calm during this storm as there is definitely something relaxing about being in nature.
Here in Costa Rica, Eco-therapy has long been cherished, by both locals and tourists, and is associated with long and healthy living. The benefits of Eco-therapy and the healing power of nature have shown to reduce stress, uncertainty and anger. An ample amount of research has proven that people who live close to open green spaces are healthier and live longer. Well, there is certainly no shortage of open green spaces here! That would explain why Costa Rica is home to one of the planet’s blue zones and has a healthy elderly population.
Accounting for more
than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica is ranked in the top 20
countries with the highest amount of biodiversity worldwide, making it the
perfect place to get in touch with nature and re-charge! Costa Rica is also home
to more than 500,000 wildlife species,
twelve different climate zones (all found within a short distance from one
another!) 5 active volcanoes, natural hot springs, hundreds of breathtaking waterfalls
and some of the prettiest beaches in the world.
Costa Rica also has wetlands
and coral reefs, and a total marine surface that is ten times bigger than the
land surface. Surrounded by all of this, how could you not feel good in this beautiful
At Villa Perezoso we are privileged to
be in a prime location, just a few minutes on foot to many of Manuel Antonio’s best
shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, yet situated right in the heart of the Manuel
Antonio rain forest. Our back patio and pool area, as well as upper viewing
deck and Jacuzzi offer some of the best wildlife observing opportunities that
exist in Manuel Antonio. There is no
need to ever leave the villa to enjoy visits from three of the four total primate
species present in Costa Rica. The endangered white-faced capuchin monkey, the
squirrel and the howler monkey pay frequent visits to guests of Villa Perezoso.
What could be more special than observing this level of nature in their natural
habitat right from your villa balcony or swimming pool? For those who haven’t
experienced it, there is nothing quite like listening to the deep guttural calls
of the howler monkey echoing through the forest. Then, of course, there are the
toucans, scarlet macaws, and sloths that are impossible not to be energized by!
Just 5 minutes away from Villa Perezoso, we have the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, where many of Costa Rica’s exotic flora and fauna live. The park is renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife as well as meandering jungle and beachfront hiking trails. Set against a backdrop of paradisaical beaches, a walk on one of the trails promises to captivate your senses. Not in vain, the Manuel Antonio National Park is the protected area of the country that receives the largest number of national and international tourists annually. The magic of the beach and the greenery of the forest mixed with the buzz of exotic animals all come together in one place, and the result is a natural paradise that you won’t soon forget.
With all this in mind, what better place to getaway to than Costa Rica? I’m sure we could all use a little Eco-therapy right about now. Whether it be an adventure-filled vacation, a relaxing villa stay or just some tropical R&R, you are sure to go home feeling refreshed and renewed. So, once the time is right for travel again, Costa Rica and it’s natural healing powers will be waiting to embrace you.
If you would like to visit Costa
Rica soon and experience the power of its nature, contact us for information
about our villa and our vacation stays!
Without question, we have entered into unchartered waters, and each of us is scrambling to address an ever-growing health crisis while also attending to our finances, our families, our personal life and attempting to evaluate what the future holds. While the latter is impossible, here at Villa Perezoso we are weathering the storm and making use of the time. We have taken proactive steps to join together with the local tourism industry to implement changes for when the time comes to once again welcome travelers to our tropical oasis. At Villa Perezoso, we have a dedicated team with whom we have implemented new cleaning and sanitation protocols, new guest service interaction rules and new protocols for the maintenance of all internal and external areas. As we move through this crisis, guest comfort and safety will continue to be our #1 priority.
According to the ICT, Costa Rica’s tourism board, over 3
million tourists visit our peaceful and beautiful country every year and 30% of
the Costa Rican work force comes from tourism, with more than 80% of the
tourism sector related to boutique establishments and family-owned businesses,
like our very own Villa Perezoso. With
numbers like these, it is easy to understand why tourism is the heart of our
community and why the COVID-19 health crisis has affected everyone so
As of March 18th, Costa Rica’s democratic
government, made the decision to close its borders to in-coming tourists. This decision was difficult for our
tourism-based country to swallow, but it was a decision that was fully
supported by everyone, both business owners and local citizens alike, who know
that this immediate sacrifice will produce future benefits. With the excellent leadership of our health
minister, a doctor and a master in public health and epidemiology, in
conjunction with the unified spirit of all Costa Ricans, who want nothing more
than to be able to welcome back tourists, we have been on a stay-at-home call
to action for 2 weeks now. To date we have just under 350 cases and no reported
cases in our beloved Manuel Antonio.
While we know the numbers are bound to change with time, we feel
confident we are staying ahead of the curve and doing our best to keep the
numbers low. Our entire community is
working together for the future health and prosperity of our tourism-based
businesses and for the health and safety of our families.
As we wait to turn the corner, we relish on the simple things;
abounding nature, tropical fruits, warm weather, sunshine and most of all,
things calm down, and we know they will, we will be waiting with open doors at
Villa Perezoso to welcome you back. With
its rich nature and focus on tranquility, no doubt Costa
Rica will offer a safe, private and much-needed escape.
From our family to yours, we wish you continued
health and peace during this time.