Villa San Ignacio | Hotel near San Jose and Alajuela | Costa Rica

Costa Rica Travel Tips and Time Zones

Costa Rica observes Central Standard Time all year, with no Day Light Savings time changes.  Only 10 degrees north of the equator,  Costa Rica has 12 hours of sunshine and 12 hours of night time.  Sunrise starts at approximately 5:30 AM and the sun sets between 6 and 6:30 P.M. Useful to know when setting your watch to the local time, but how do you reset your body clock when traveling between time zones?  Jet lag, circadian desynchrony, happens because your body’s clock is still synced to your original time zone, instead of syncing to your vacation time zone.   Experienced as daytime fatigue, mental fog and/or gastrointestinal discomfort, jet lag can significantly alter the first day(s) of your vacation.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize jet lag. 7 Tips to minimize Jet Lag Hydrate Indulge! The water in Costa Rica is safe for drinking.   When available, try one of Costa Rica’s best, an agua de pipa straight from the coconut.  This natural beverage packs 92 health benefits – among them electrolytes that you need for rehydration.  Kid-friendly natural fruit juices are also great for boosting energy and immunity and are included in Pandoras Happy Hour, half-price 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. daily. Exercise Get the family moving and perk up with an invigorating swim.  Explore the grounds of Villa San Ignacio during the afternoon photo-friendly magic hour.  This stroll will be a teaser toward your upcoming journey in Costa Rica’s biodiverse tropical paradise.   No better place to be than outside in nature, coming back into focus and perfectly grounded after a long flight. Eat Well Eat like the locals and enjoy your first meal at the local dinner time. Costa Rica’s most popular dish, The Casado, is an excellent choice that includes several jet lag recovery foods your kids will love:  sweet plantains, rice, beans, and a lean protein. Stay Local Stay up later than your home time zone on the first night.  Darkness arrives early and by 6:30 P.M. you may feel challenged to stay awake.  Head to our fire, a fun family activity to keep you engaged with each other and away from your phones & other electronics before turning in for the night. Sunrise Morning light is essential in resetting yourself to local time.  If your family will be up before sunrise because its mid-day at home,  plan ahead and request 5 30 am Sunrise Bird Watching Tour lead by an expert guide on the property. Costa Rican Coffee Not ready for sunrise?  Do fight the urge to sleep like a sloth!  Make it to breakfast before 9 am.  Known for delicious, freshly roasted coffee, Costa Rica will keep you sufficiently caffeinated.  Just try not to have too much while feeling jet-lagged. Enjoy a moringa tea or some fresh tropical fruit to perk up your immune system.  We offer a full complimentary breakfast for our guests serviced from 7 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. Have a Massage  A travelers’ massage will help reduce fatigue, loosen stiff joints, improve circulation and rehydrate your skin.  Massages are available in 30, 60- and 90-minute sessions.  We recommend that you contact us before arrival to request a massage therapist. Even if you travel through the same time zone or are unaffected by longer flights, we think you just might enjoy all 7 time zone travel tips.

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