When traveling to Costa Rica, we suggest you to:

  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, airline tickets, passport, driver's license, credit cards, traveler's checks, medical records and important business documents with a family member or friend.
  • Be sure that your insurance plan covers emergencies outside of your country. If not, think about getting travel insurance
  • Label your luggage inside and out (name, address and phone number).
  • Use luggage tags with information about your office and not your house.
  • Carry extra batteries for cameras and electronic devices. You may not have time or be able to get them here.
  • When possible, don't carry jewels
  • Protect your camera, batters etc. in plastic bags. In the case of the moisture of the rainforest, moisture could penetrate your electronic equipment.
  • Travel with your money and passport in separate places in case of robbery or loss.
  • Keep valuables and money in a safe place, and only carry as much money as you'll need for the day.

Some Helfull information:

  • The departure tax is$26.00 payable either in dollars , colones or with credit card.
  • Major international credit cards are accepted in Costa Rica. You'll also find ATMs throughout the country.
  • In restaurants the bill includes the 13% sales tax, plus 10% for service so a tip is usually not necessary as it is included in the final price. On the other hand, taxi drivers generally do not receive a tip. If you are satisfied with the service you receive, you can tip tour guides, private drivers, hotel bellhops and chambermaids. The amount is at your discretion.
  • You can drive on your home country license for three months. It is safe to drive in Costa Rica if you take basic measures such as driving slowly and attentively. Some streets are less than perfect, and in rural areas you may come across obstacles like pedestrians and animals.
  • Should you need a taxi, make sure it's an authorized taxi. "Pirate taxis" generally charge well above the official rates
  • Authorized taxis are red with a yellow triangle on its doors. This indicates the registration number of the taxi. Also, it is important that the vehicle has a taximeter or "maria", as it is known locally. Ask what the rate will be before using the service, as prices can change constantly.
  • Stores and businesses are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the majority of restaurants from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m
  • The official language is Spanish, and it is common to find people who speak English. In the Caribbean region a dialect derived from English is spoken.
  • Costa Rica's climate is temperate with average temperatures that range between 14 and 22 degrees Celsius (57 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). In the Central Valley, where the main cities are located, the climate is a bit warmer, around 22 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). Nights can be cool, while on the coasts the temperatures can be hotter. The seasons are not very marked; in general each area has a stable climate, without temperature variations, year round. However, there is the Gold Season (summer) and the Green Season (winter).
  • Depending on your nationality, it is possible to enter without a visa. Persons with passports from the United States, Canada and the majority of European countries enjoy this privilege. It is necessary to have a passport to enter the country. You can visit the following internet page to see which countries need a visa to get into Costa Rica (www.migracion.go.cr/residencias/directrices.doc).
  • No vaccine is needed to enter the country
  • The water is potable in most of the country, although it is recommended to drink bottled water, especially in areas outside of the Central Valley.