My husband and I are traveling to Costa Rica for the last two weeks of Feb. Following the latest scare on the Zika virus, we are thinking about cancelling our trip or at the very least adjusting our itinerary to avoid the areas where mosquitoes are most active. Would really appreciate feedback on this question.
Thank you for taking the time to reply – really love your blog, really helpful! Another very general question and don’t expect you to be able to account for every hotel but in general, do most hotels/accommodation have mosquito nets over their beds…? Trying to not have to take one with me… 😉
Hotels have the mosquito nets if they need them (if they’re more open to the outdoors), but in general, they don’t have them. Most hotels are closed off from the outside and have screens on the windows so you shouldn’t find any bugs inside. But if you’re staying somewhere without screens (lots of hotels on the Caribbean coast are like this), they’ll probably have them there. If you’re not sure, just check with the specific hotels where you’re staying to find out how the rooms are set up.
UPDATE: Since responding to this question, we’ve written an entire blog post dedicated to the Zika and how to protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses. Here’s the link: http://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/costa-rica-mosquitoes-prevent-zika-dengue/
Hi DS, We know it’s a big worry, but the chances of you contracting the Zika virus, or any mosquito-borne illness, during your short stay in Costa Rica are pretty slim. We’ve been here for 2.5 years and have lived all around the country and have never gotten sick (knock on wood). And Jenn is really susceptible to bug bites. If it makes you feel any better, Costa Rica has had only 1 case of Zika so far and the person contracted it while in Colombia, so not from a mosquito in CR. Try not to worry too much and just lather on the bug spray. The repellents that we’ve found work best for us here are Repel Lemon-Eucalyptus spray and doTERRA Terra Shield. These are more natural options but Deet works well too. Long pants are also a good idea for hiking, walking, etc. if you want to double up on protection.