Corona Virus (COVID 19)
Prados del Sol
With the current pandemic, COVID-19 aka Coronavirus, we understand that our customer travel plans may need to change and we are helping out with that.
We think that Prados Del Sol is an ideal place to visit during the current situation, as well as during the seasonal flu outbreak, much safer than being in a crowded hotel or just being in a city like San Jose, but we’ll come back to that later.
If you have, or make, a reservation with Alpha’s Prados del Sol units during the pandemic, we will be flexible on allowing changes.
If you, or any of your family members are sick with ANY flu like symptoms, we make the follow requests:
Where emergency means: Danger to other people or long term damage to the property if not fixed immediately.
We have NO know emergency repairs at this time – and really, we do not see any realistic chance of one being needed.
While we provide our opinion below, we think we are safer coming to Alpha’s Prados del Sol than staying at home, we are not in any way imposing our opinion on you. During the pandemic, if you booked before it was declared a pandemic and want to postpone your booking to some later specified or unspecified date, we will let you do that with no penalty. Bookings will be on a first come first serve basis and may have some blocked dates like school break, Christmas and Easter, but other than that, we will be as flexible as possible to let you come when you feel safe.
Indeed, even if you book TODAY and then decide the risk has increased (you decide that not us) and want to postpone your booking we will do that with one condition: Let us know at least 7 days in advance.
Alpha’s Prados del Sol’s president and his wife came and visited for 10 days in early March from their home abroad while flight restrictions were in place for many countries and Italy had ‘shut down’ (there were no flight restrictions that applied to them – they did not ignore the advice or rules). They visited not only ‘without worry’, but enjoying the beaches, family atmosphere and feeling safer here than even at home in Canada, and they are planning on coming back in a couple months for an extended visit (unless travel rules prohibit.) On their return to Canada (as this is being written) they have a 93 year old friend who had a stroke the day before they left for Costa Rica, out of ‘an abundance of caution’ they have only communicated with their friend via email and will continue to do so until they have been back for 14 days with no symptoms. Update: Their 14 days are over and they are both perfectly healthy.
People who tend to visit Alpha’s Prados del Sol will not be forced into crowded places, like ‘the bar scene’ in Tamarindo, unless they choose to drive 20 minutes or more because they want to.
In normal hotels and in ‘party’ towns like Jaco and Tamarindo, you really have no option but to be in close proximity with other people unless you hibernate in your hotel room – and even there, you have to get to and from your room. We are NOT saying that these are dangerous, but what we are saying is that if you want to have a great vacation without any worry that you are increasing your exposure compared to ‘home’, then Alpha’s Prados del Sol units are the absolute ideal place in the world to visit.
Indeed, if you live (or plan to visit) San Jose or any city in North America, based on all the info from the WHO and other government sources like the US and Canadian governments, we would boldly suggest that visiting Alpha’s Prados del Sol should statistically lower your risk of infection quite significantly.
There are many other activities that you can drive to in your own car around.
Depending on your level of concern, there are many other activities that, while putting you in contact with a few people, will allow you to enjoy without being in contact with a large number of people. Obviously you should decide the risk yourself and read the current advisories, and if you fit into the current risk categories (Elderly and already sick as of writing) you should heed the health warnings.
But as far as Alpha’s Prados del Sol’s president and his wife, they feel perfectly safe participating in events outdoors in the beautiful countryside. Given the high degree of self isolation, they actually feel safer coming to Alpha’s Prados del Sol now then during the ‘normal’ flu season, since even most people with minor seasonal flu symptoms are self isolating, reducing the risk to below that of the normal.
In addition, to ensure that good decisions are being made, we have let Alpha's staff know that they will not lose income if they decide due to illness to not work for a period of time.
Our president, Peter, has O- blood. for decades he has given blood every 56 days unless he is ineligible (once because of sickness, several times due to travel). He encourages all staff, customers and friends - and you, the reader of this page, to start giving blood if you can, and then, after this crisis is over - continue to give blood as often as you are allowed based on your countries' rules and whether you are male or female. (Males can give more often). If you have O- blood please make this one of your most important duties in life.