Surge protection is very important. Developing countries like Costa Rica suffer from power outages often. Sometimes just for a few seconds and sometimes much longer. A surge may be noticeable when the ceiling lights flicker or dim. This is not good news for your equipment. The resort has installed surge protection in the main panel, but even then, we have found that this is not enough. A transformer, a voltage monitor or a surge protector will provide additional power protection. Those three will ensure that your expensive electronics remain “un-fried” by any electrical mishap.
You may also notice that all appliances at the Resort are connected into a surge protector that plugs into the electrical outlet. See the recommended guide (below) to prevent damage. This is how it is in Costa Rica.
Power outages or “black-outs” can occur unexpectedly anytime in Costa Rica. At Blue River Resort and Hot Springs, there is a back up diesel generator, which powers most of the resort, but not everything. During long power outages, the generator needs to be turned off periodically. Guests are provided with candles or flashlights when necessary.