Costa rica with dog
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 22, 2012 4:23 PM Last Post By: wiremu
Sep 16, 2012 12:37 PM
Costa rica with dogHi I'm new here, I was just wondering if anybody knows how I would travel to costa rica with a dog, which airlines might take him etc and what vaccines he would need to have?! I'm travelling from London, and leaving him behind really isn't an option as I'm planning to go for 3 months and he would need to be left in the kennels... TIA
Sep 16, 2012 1:22 PM
1keep these things in mind:
most hotel/hostels will not allow you to have a dog. you would have to look carefully to find the few that will allow this. for a 3-month stay with a dog, your best bet would be to rent a house somewhere. this will mean that it will be difficult for you to travel around - unless you rent a car and find a hotel someplace that will allow your dog.
i live in costa rica and have a dog so i have experience with this kind of thing.
you cannot take your dog into any of the national parks. dogs are not allowed on buses or in taxis. (although you might be able to find a taxi driver that would accommodate you for a fee.)
you say nothing about what you will be doing or where you will be living so can't help with that. however, because costa rica is in the tropics, your dog will probably have trouble (like the rest of us) with ticks, fleas, botflies, skin problems, etc. you would need to find a good local vet as soon as you arrive at your destination in order to know what "dangers" are present wherever you are living. and if you are in a rural area, let's hope your dog knows what a snake is!
as for vaccinations and airlines: i know that with both united and continental, you can bring your pets - although there is some restriction on the time of year (not in the hottest months). i would check both of these airlines and then check with your vet to see what vaccinations are necessary for costa rica.
of course, you could always google: "bringing dogs into costa rica" or "airlines that accommodate dogs" - that kind of thing.
also - check out http://www.arcr.net this is a website that is used by residents of costa rica and people interested in costa rica and there have been numerous discussions there about bringing dogs, airlines, etc. most of the conversations are from the us or canada to costa rica, but still should be helpful to you.
Sep 16, 2012 2:45 PM
2I happen to live at a Bed and Breakfast in Escazu (but not my business) that does accept people with pets. wiremu is correct. They are few and far between. One night or longer term with good rates I think. If this is something that interests you send me a private message and I can give you details
Sep 16, 2012 3:16 PM
3Keep in mind too, that dogs in this region are not really revered by the locals, there are strays all over the beaches especially, and many issues to say least when you walks a dog and the local pack is protecting its territory. Not sure what kind of dog it is. Some airlines now allow dogs in the passenger cabin if they fit under the seat and i a small dig tote, not sure about international though. Once there was a dog whining the entire flight the flight attendants would not let the owner take it out and hold it due to safety issues, I wanted to strangle that pooch as did many others,
I think the airlines have a section for the dog/pet carrier options, its about $150-$200 extra per leg on most US Airlines.
Dont forget if you fly a transit/change of planes in the USA, you will need to apply for the USTA Visa waiver online.
Where will you be with this dog? You know besides the insect/flea and sand fly issues, there are also dangerous vipers everywhere, they are just in the deep brush, so dont let the pooch go chasing something in the canopy, thats for sure. There are some mangey stray dogs around CR beaches, with major skin problems, poor things.
Dogs gone wrong in Tamarindo
Sep 16, 2012 4:40 PM
Sep 16, 2012 6:03 PM
5those of us familiar with costa rica would suggest that you find arrangements for your dog in the uk, as you can see from the various posts.
i understand not wanting to put your dog in a kennel - but perhaps you could find friends or family? maybe a farm?
i know what it means to be away from your dog for such a long time, but you should probably weigh both sides: the problems and disruption and climate, etc of being in costa rica vs staying in a similar environment -- but without you.
i don't know you or your dog or your situation so can't really recommend which is best for you. only you can make that decision.
of course, if your trip does not have any budget constraints, you could probably find suitable accommodations. unless you are living in some of the higher elevations where the climate is quite mild, you should consider renting a house with air conditioning. not that common in most areas and can get expensive.
just some "food for thought."
Sep 16, 2012 11:12 PM
6Last winter my wife and I traveled around Costa Rica for 3 months with our dog and didn't have any problem finding accommodations. He is a 35lb border collie.
Sep 17, 2012 6:18 AM
7could you provide a list of the places you stayed? that would be very valuable for all of us. (i live in costa rica and have a dog and would be very interested in knowing where you stayed! i'm always on the lookout for these places.)
also -- a few more details would be helpful. what kinds of things did you do? did you leave your dog alone at the hotel while you were gone and how did that work out?
Edited by: wiremu
Sep 17, 2012 4:38 PM
8How will getting the dog back into the UK go after a sojourn in Central America? I imagine that they will quarantine it for a reasonable length of time before letting it back in.
More food for thought.
Sep 22, 2012 3:59 PM
9First we always told the innkeeper we would always put the dog in his traveling case if we left him in the room. When we arrived in Costa Rica, we stayed a few days at La Rosa de America in Alajuela. Then in Orosi we stayed at a place up the hill that had a one way road that had a private signal, can't remember the name,but it also had a restaurant. Then in Baru we rented a house. In Cobano we stayed at Villas Grace. In Santa Teresa we stayed at Zula Inn. In Playa del Coco we rented at condo. It was a complex off the beach and across the street from the Pacifico Resort. Hope this helps, what we found is if you ask one innkeeper they can direct you to a place to stay.
Sep 22, 2012 4:23 PM
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