Costa Rica Travel Information
Costa Rica is a tropical country in the heart of Central America, wedged between the Pacific and Atlantic ocean with approximately 4 million inhabitants. Its spine is formed by a mountainous range that runs from the southern tip of Chile all the way to Alaska. The capital of Costa Rica is San José which located in the Central Valley of the country.
The Colon is the local currency and you can find a very good conversion tool for your currency into other currencies here. You'll find a bank machine almost on every corner of the street which makes it very easy to withdraw cash whenever you need to. Credit cards are widely accepted but mostly restricted to Visa and MasterCard.
The US dollar is widely accepted as currency but you will always be better of paying in Colons.
VISA and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted in Costa Rica. Restaurants almost always include a 10% service charge.
Costa Rica is very close to the equator and has a year round tropical climate with a dry season that runs from December to April and a wet season that runs from May to November. During the rainy season, days typically start bright and sunny before rainclouds come in during the afternoon.
The central international airport of Costa Rica is located near San José and is called Juan Santamaria (SJC). You will find frequent direct fights from Europe and North America with airlines such as Iberia, American Airlines and Delta.
Costa Rica has a 110 voltage network identical to the USA. You may need an adaptor for personal appliances if you travel from Europe or Asia.
Costa Rica has two faces: one, the more expensive one, in those places that are frequented by tourists and two, the much cheaper one, in those places that are just around the corner from tourist spots. You will soon learn your way around and save considerable money.