Costa Rica FAQS


Costa Rica extends majestically from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and its distance is barely 200 miles. Its land portion occupies only 20 thousand square miles.

The country has as a marine territory known as Coco's Island. It is a world-renowned natural reserve, located 548 kilometers from Cabo Blanco in the Pacific Ocean comprised of 2,400 hectares of land and 73,100 hectares of sea.

  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGE The official language is Spanish. The second language for a large portion of the population is English.
  • OFFICIAL RELIGION The official religion is Catholic. Freedom of religious choice is respected.
  • OFFICIAL CURRENCY Colon
  • CAPITAL CITY: San José

Costa Rica´s territory is so small that it encompasses only 0,03% of the planet´s surface but is still within the top 20 richest countries in biodiversity on Earth in terms of species density. It means that it is possible to find more species in 1,000 km2 in Costa Rica that in the same area in countries like Brazil or Colombia.

In fact, with only 51.100 km2 of total territory, Costa Rica has nearly half a million species, representing 4% of the planet´s expected biodiversity.
Visitors can enjoy the country's majestic volcanoes, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, tropical dry, wet, and rain forests, as well as exhilarating jungle landscapes, all without traveling long distances.

1. Do I need a passport to go to Costa Rica?
A valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica. It should be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.

2. Do I need a visa to go to Costa Rica?
Depending on your country of origin you may enter Costa Rica without a visa. USA, Canada and most European countries have this privilege.

3. Can I enter Costa Rica with a one way ticket?
All visitors must have an entry and exit ticket, whether it is by air or by land, as the case may be, as a requirement to entre the country.

4.Is the water drinkable in Costa Rica?
The water is potable in most of the country. We recommend using bottled water, specially in areas around the coast.

5. What is the currency in Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

6. Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica?
All major credit cards are widely accepted. You will find ATM machined distributed throughout the country.

7. What kind of inoculations do I have to take to Costa Rica?
Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

8. Is the electrical service good?
97% of the national territory has electrical service. The voltage in residential areas is 110v.

9. Do I need an electric adapter?
Outlets are 110 V, with standard US two prong plugs.

10. How much is he departure tax?
Departure tax is US$26.00, can be paid in US Dollars, colones or with a credit cards.

11. If I decided to stay longer, can I get a visa while I am there?
You just have to leave the country for 72 hours, upon returning to Costa Rica the permit will be renewed automatically for 90 more days.

12. Where can I practice white water rafting?
You can practice it at Pacuare, Reventazon, Corobici, Sarapiqui, Naranjo and Savegre rivers.

13. Where can egg laying turtles be seen?
You can go to Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean or to Las Baulas National Park in the Pacific coast.

14. Which are Costa Rica natural boundaries?
- North: Nicaragua - South:Panama - East:Caribbean Sea - West: Pacific Ocean

15. How is Costa Rica politically divided?
Costa Rica is divided into 7 provinces: San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago, Limon, Puntarenas and Guanacaste.

AIRPORTS

The main airport is the Juan Santamaria International Airport, located in Alajuela. This airport is only twenty minutes away from San José.
Other important airports are :

  • The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, located in Liberia, Guanacaste.
  • The Tobias Bolaños Airport located in Pavas, San José, for local as well as international flights.

There are also landing fields for local flights situated in different parts of the country such as: Limon, Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Tamarindo, Samara, Tambor, Quepos, Palmar North, Golfito, and San Vito.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • HIGHEST PEAK: Chirripo summit of 3,819 meters above sea level.
  • HIGHEST VOLCANO: Irazú Volcano
  • LARGEST VOLCANIC CRATER: Poas Volcano crater. It has a diameter of 1,320 meters with a depth of 300 meters.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

    • January 1st: New Years Day
    • April 11th: Juan Santamaria Day, National Hero.
    • Holy Thursday and Good Friday: Religious activities.
    • May 1st: International Labor Day.
    • August 15th: Mothers Day.
    • September 15th: Independence Day.
    • December 25th: Christmas Day.
    • July 25th: Annexation of Guanacaste Day.
    • August 2nd: Virgin of the Angels Day.
    • October 12th: Christopher Columbus Day.
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