High, Low and Peak Season
High season goes from November up to April, low season from May to October and peak season from December to April. If you are planning a trip for our Peak Seasons (Christmas, New Year and Easter Week), it is ideal to have your reservations made at least 10 months in advance.
Visa and Passport Required
Traveling to Costa Rica without a visa will depend on your nationality; citizens from the United States, Canada, Russia and the majority of European countries enjoy this privilege. It is necessary to have a valid passport to enter the country.
Major international credit cards are accepted in Costa Rica. You’ll also find ATMs throughout the country.
In restaurants and other locales the check includes the 13% sales tax plus 10% for service. (Both are established by law), so a tip is usually not necessary as it is included in the final price. On the other hand, taxi drivers generally don’t 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 and absolutely voluntary.
Embassy of your country
Any hotel or place of lodging will have the Yellow Pages; there you can find the numbers to the international embassies and their locations.
For safety reasons, it’s better to carry a copy of your passport. It is always the best to have identification in case of an emergency.
No vaccine is needed to enter the country, except for visitors coming from South America that must have the Yellow Fever vaccine.
Costa Ricans do not use the avenue-and-street and number system to give addresses, instead, they use reference points such as buildings, restaurants, churches or bridges, and distances are given in meters.
All domestic flights allow 25 pounds of luggage per person; any additional weight will be charged as extra luggage and is subject to space in the aircraft.
At the airport you have to pay a departure tax of US $26.00 per person. It can be paid in cash or credit card.
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