Costa Rica is primed for outdoor adventure in spectacular natural settings, making it the perfect destination for customized guided tours. With your bilingual private guide, head out into the steamy rainforests alive with bird song—and the calls of monkeys and colorful parrots. Fly over the treetops of a cloud forest on a zip-line, or hike on trails that wind th ...rough tall trees to spot wildlife—look out for the illusive jaguar— and some 30 species of flittering butterflies. Prepare to get wet while whitewater rafting, rappelling down waterfalls, soaking in natural hot springs, paddling in pools and snorkeling at enchanting beaches. Kids welcome too for safari-style float trips, volcano hikes and more! And when night falls, stroll by moonlight along a wide beach to watch a giant sea turtle laying her eggs in the sand. Then, bed down in a luxury eco-lodge or hotel with awesome views. It’s up to you. Let our experts create the perfect Pura Vida (Good Life) Costa Rica tour for a tailor-made exploration of this friendly eco destination.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Costa Rica for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
The yellow fever vaccine is only necessary if you are arriving into Costa Rica from one of these countries in Latin America : Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. If you are coming from any other South or North American country, Yellow fever vaccine is not necessary. In accordance with Costa Rican Ministry of Health, please be advised that if applicable, an international Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever is required.
Hepatitis B and C occur. Outbreaks of dengue fever are common in lowland areas, notably on the Caribbean coast. Rabies is widespread throughout Central America; for those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. We recommend consulting the World Health Organization and your physician to help you make decisions about the right vaccinations for your travels. Here is the link to the WHO’s vaccination recommendation info: http://apps.who.int/tools/geoserver/www/ith/index.html
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Costa Rica's seasons are defined by how much rain falls during a particular period and not to the four seasons as in the Northern Hemisphere. The year can be split into two periods, the dry season known to the residents as summer, and the rainy season, known locally as winter. The "summer" or dry season goes from December to April, and "winter" or rainy season goes from May to November. The average temperature is around 21 to 27 degrees Celsius or 70 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest and sunniest months are March through May and the coolest months of the year are November, December and January.
Electricity in Costa Rica is 110 volts, the same as in North America. But please note that three-pronged plugs are scarce so bring along an adapter if need be. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Keep in mind that GSM phone systems in North America work on different frequencies so you will need to ensure that you purchase a “world” handset. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss the handset required, overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase international calling cards within Costa Rica to make calls overseas.
Internet: Free Wireless access is available in most tourist areas, airports and hotels. You’ll find Internet cafés in both small and large cities throughout Costa Rica.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, zoom lens, a spare camera battery and charger, and dust-resistant case.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing 40-60 US dollars per day for spending money per person. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Colon Notes are in denominations of ¢10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of ¢100, 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5. US Dollars are widely accepted and often prices will be indicated in US dollars. Note that traveler's cheques are rarely used.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted.
Capital: San Jose
Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
Religion: 76.3% of the population is Roman Catholic
Time Zone: UTC - 6
Electricity: 110 volts
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Costa Rica is 506
Calling North America: Dial 00 + 1 and your 10 digit number
Emergency number in Costa Rica: 911