Read these tips and you?ll enjoy this small natural paradise and peaceful lifestyle; there are some things that are important to know before your visit; these tips will help you to understand our country better.
¡Pura Vida! It is our characteristic phrase, this phrase expresses welfare, peace and joy of its people; it is very common to greet and respond to greetings with this phrase.
The highest visitation in Costa Rica is during the Christmas and New Year as well as the Sunday before Easter, known as Holy Week; in this weeks the hotels are fully booked; therefore if your plan is to travel on those dates, you must to book in advance.
December to April is considered the dry season and the rainy season begins in May; but it is important to know that in Costa Rica it rains throughout the year, visitors should always carry a light sweater, a raincoat or poncho. You must be patient towards sudden weather changes for this reason.
Costa Rica is different from other Central American countries, since tap water is generally clean and consumable in most of the country.
The official currency is the Colon, a $1 USD is an equivalence between 500-550 colones; US dollars are widely accepted, but please not bring $100 bills, almost nobody accepts; the $20 and $50 are accepted, but the change will always be in colones.
No vaccinations are required to enter Costa Rica.
The road conditions throughout the country vary, in some cases relatively short distances can take many hours, due to bad road conditions or traffic, and some roads are simply inaccessible during the rainy season, when rivers overflow. It is always a good idea to check with the locals about road conditions before planning a trip, sometimes it is better to travel in Shuttle Service.
Ultraviolet rays are more direct here, due to the proximity of our country with Ecuador; so it is important to use sunscreen throughout your vacations, and you should wear sunglasses and a hat.
Costa Rica has many natural attractions, so when you visit these areas it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes; wear warm cloths visiting mountains and lighter clothing if you are visiting the coast, because the weather is hot, humid and sunny. Remember to bring insect repellent.
The Costa Rica electrical systems are 110 volts; if your country has a different voltage, you will need an adapter to use your electrical items in our country.
It is important that you take the same precautions you would in any other country, do not leave anything valuable inside the car, always watch your belongings, do not leave your things unattended, and do not carry large amounts of cash. Never lose sight of your luggage and other goods in public places such as the lobby of your hotel, transportation service, airports, restaurants, beaches and more.
Remember always search reliable sources to ask your questions, such as tourist information offices, police officers or official shops.
With these tips, you can enjoy a pleasant vacation in our beautiful country...