An informative tourist office (Jan-Feb 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends only rest of year) is situated at the park entrance. The plaza has an Informes (Cel: 099-099-011, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, no set hours, closed winter).
A police station is opposite Posada Mariemar; It is open 24 hours.
Lifeguards work on the beaches between mid-December and mid-March, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You can charge electrical items in the lighthouse or in Templao.
There are no banks or ATMs, so bring plenty of cash. You may be able to change U.S. dollars in Hosteria La Perla or Templao, but donâ€™t count on it.
Keeping in Touch
Antel has a solar-powered phone box in the plaza; pay by credit card. Templao has slow, unreliable internet access for $2.50 per hour. Most cell phones have a decent signal.
Provision Pirulo stocks basic medicines. There is a nurseâ€™s office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., closed Thursday); at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing, ignore the no-entry sign, go through the gate and take an immediate left. A doctor is available on Wednesdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For medical emergencies outside of these hours, go to the police station, which can call a 4x4 for hospital transportation.
There are no laundromats, but you could ask your hotel to do a load.
The plaza is filled with artesanÃa shops and street sellers (most closed winter) where you can buy clothing, jewelery, and souvenirs such as beautiful shell wind chimes. Some take credit cards. A good shop is El Chiringuito (Cel: 099-612-962) by Escuela Surf.
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