Costa Rica is one of the world's most unique tourist destinations. The natural beauty, stunning beaches, pleasent climate and peaceful easy going nature of Costa Ricans make the country an attractive, must see part of the world.

UNIQUE NATURAL
ATTRACTIONS

Tremendous diversity in a small territory: Steaming volcanoes, mountains, rivers, Pacific and Atlantic Coast, micro climates, rain forest, cloud forest and dry forest.

Costa Rica has nearly 5% of the world’s species of flora and fauna in 0.03% of the earth’s surface. It has a wide diversity of habitats, climates and scenery.

Rich natural and scenic heritage is protected in a country-wide system of national parks and private reserves. It has more preserved nature than any other country.

Social and political stability, it’s the oldest Democracy in Latin America.

30% of the budget is invested in education. Best educational system in Latin America, 36th worldwide, World Economic Forum, 2007-2008.

Excellent medical services.

BEST EDUCATIONAL
SYSTEM IN
LATIN AMERICA

BEST EDUCATIONAL
SYSTEM IN
LATIN AMERICA

Social and political stability, it’s the oldest Democracy in Latin America.

30% of the budget is invested in education. Best educational system in Latin America, 36th worldwide, World Economic Forum, 2007-2008.

Excellent medical services.

COSTA RICA IS

PURA VIDA

Unrivaled adventure activities: forest hikes, whitewater rafting, zip lining by the tree canopy and all ocean adventures like scuba diving, sea kayaking, swimming, surfing, etc.

Natural hospitality: Survey after survey, the innate friendliness of the Costa Rican people is cited as one of our country’s greatest assets.

Environmental Performance Index:
5th in the world.
1st in Latin America.

HEALTH:

Costa Rica takes pride in their health standards and is one of the healthiest countries in Central America and the developing world.

Yellow Fiber Vaccine: The Costa Rican Health Ministry requires to take it at least 10 days prior to arrival to the country for visitors incoming from: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Peru, Venezuela, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Congo, Sierra Leona and Sudan. Read more.

Prescription medication: have your doctor give you a spare prescription with a note suggesting an alternative medication if your first choice isn’t available.


Private and public hospitals in Costa Rica do treat foreign visitors. Many Costa Rican doctors speak English. You are required to pay all doctor and hospital bills when you are treated. Private hospitals take credit cards but public hospitals do not.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND PERSONAL SECURITY

MONEY AND BANKING

The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon; however American dollars are also accepted in most parts.

The best place to change money is your hotel. Never change money on the street. Passport is required to cash traveler’s checks or to make other transactions.

Credit cards are widely accepted in San José but not in all rural areas. Some hotels and other businesses may charge a service fee for a transaction paid by credit card. Traveler’s checks are widely accepted in hotels but not by other businesses.

ATMs are widespread in San José but not in rural areas.

To view the most up to date exchange rates, please visit: http://www.bancobcr.com/

ELECTRICITY:

The electrical system is compatible with that of North America, 110 volts. If you have equipment that needs this three hole plugs, better bring an adapter.

Air travel to Costa Rica:
More than 30 international flights arrive daily into Costa Rica from airlines all over the world. Costa Rica is:

2.5 hours by air from Miami.

7 hours from Los Angeles.

11 hours from London (with stopovers). 21 hours from Australia (with stopovers).

The main International Airport to get to Costa Rica is the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) just outside the capital, San José.

TRAVELER´S CHECKLIST

BINOCULARS

CAMERA

SUNGLASSES

GLASSES

MEDICATION

SUNSCREEN

BUG REPELLANT

FLIP FLOPS

HIKING SHOES

DRY SHOES

RAIN JACKET

SUN HAT

UNDERCLOTHES

BATHING SUIT

EARPLUGS

T-SHIRTS

SWEATER

LONG PANTS

SHORTS

SKIRT