Follow the "Welcome to the Jungle" signs to our neighbor La Ceiba EcoAdventures
Platanillo is a typical friendly local Costa Rican village and has a strong agricultural history in coffee and livestock with many small functioning farms. The water is muni water and we have had no problems with it, we have a water pitcher with filter if you'd like to play it safer. There are small local grocery stores, I suggest instead of buying coffee or chocolate from a fancy souvenir shop you can buy the same products at the grocery store for usually about half the price. Dominical has a very nice walkway along the beach that has local craft vendors if you prefer something more crafty. Small modest restaurants in every town there are small restaurants called “sodas” these restaurants will give you a basic plate of food which usually has rice, beans, salad, and a meat of the day for about $5. Usually, they are incredibly tasty (and cheap). If you go to any local restaurant or soda you do not need to leave a tip. The only times we have left a tip was at one of the more fancy restaurants, but make sure they do not add it on automatically first.
Also along most roads anywhere you can find fruit stands I guarantee that there are fruits in Costa Rica that you have never even seen before. Most towns have a local farmers market once a week. San Isidro has one on Friday and Saturday. We suggest going on the early side as things get picked over throughout the day.
The village and most of it's surrounding areas have recently been connected to fast Internet service. Platanillo is a place where you can relax and enjoy "Pura Vida"... Literally translated, the Costa Rican motto means “pure life.” But the native Tico turn of phrase is more than an expression—it’s a laid-back life philosophy. We hope you enjoy our areas Pura Vida!