• Useful Information Costa Rica

    VISAS And PASSPORTS:

     

    To enter Costa Rica by land, sea or air, you must present a valid passport and a return ticket.

    The need for a visa is subject to your nationality. You can consult the list at the following URL: http://www.visitcostarica.com/.pdf

     

     

    EXIT FEES:

     

    By air: you must pay an exit tax of US$28, independently of whether you have prepaid the fees of $15 on your airline ticket, for the concept of tourism.

     

    By land: $5

     

    By sea: $5

     

     

    CURRENCY:

    Although the official currency is the Costa Rican Colon, most businesses and tourist destinations accept US Dollars ($ US).

     

     

    TIPS:

     

    It is not necessary to tip in restaurants, since the bill includes 10% for service, plus a tax of 15%.

     

    We recommend that you tip Bellhops and cleaning staff around 0,50 euros (328 CRC) and tour guides between 1 and 5 Euros (650-3.300 CRC) per day per person.

     

     

    LANGUAGE:

     

    - Official Language: Spanish.

     

    - Other Languages: maleku, cabécar, bribri, guaimí, bocotá and mekatelyu (a version of criole English)

     

     

    INTERNET DOMAIN: CR

     

     

     

    AREA CODE:  +506

     

     

    ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110 volts with two pronged plugs, although some hotels have 220 volt current. European appliances require an adaptor. 

     

     

    USO HORARIO:

     

    GMT -6

     

     

    CLIMATE:

     

    Generally speaking, the climate of Costa Rica is very pleasant, with an average temperature of 22º C 76 F inland, although higher in coastal areas. During the rainy season (May to November) it usually rains in the afternoons, while the mornings tend to be sunny.

     

     

    EMERGENCIES: 911

     

     

    TOURISM OFFICES:

     

    The Office of Central American Tourist Promotion

    Oficina de Promoción Turística de Centroamérica (CATA)

    c/ Capitán Haya 56-1ºD, 28020 Madrid (España)

    Telephone: (34) 915-720-854/55

    E-mail: info@visitcentroamerica.com

    Web: www.visitcentroamerica.com

     

    Costa Rican Tourism Institute

    Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)

    On the east side of the Juan Pablo ll Bridge, on the General Cañas highway.

    Apartado de correos: 777-1000, San José.

    Teléfono: (506) 2299-5800

    Fax: (506) 2291-5645

    Web: www.visitcostarica.com

     

    Cámara de Turismo de Costa Rica (Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism

    200 m north and  50 m east of the Installations of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE)

    Sabana norte, San José.

    POBox: 6939-1000

    Telephone: (506) 229-086-46

    E-mail: info@turismoruralcr.com

    Web: www.cooprena.com

     

     

    EMBASSY OFFICES:

     

    Spain

    Address: 32 Street (between Paseo Colón and Second Avenue). San José.

    POBox: 10150-1000

    Telephone: (506) 257-51-26 // 221-70-05 // 222-19-33

    Fax: (506) 222-41-80

    E-mail: embespcr@correo.mae.es

     

    The United Kingdom

    Address: Centro Colón Building. 11 floor. San José

    POBox: 815-1007

    Telephone: (506) 2258-2025 // 2258-2025 (fuera de horario de trabajo)
    E-mail: consular.costarica@fco.gov.uk

    Web: http://ukincostarica.fco.gov.uk/es/

     

    Italy

    Address: 5ª Entrance Barrio Los Yoses. San Josè

    POBox: 1729-1000

    Telephone: (506) 2224-1082

    Fax: (506) 2225-8200

    E-mail: ambasciata.sanjose@esteri.it

    Web: www.ambsanjose.esteri.it

     

    Germany

    Address: Near ICE in Sabana north. Torre Sabana Building, 8th floor

    POBox: 4017-1000

    Telephone: (506) 2290-9091

    Fax: (506) 2231-64-03

    Web: http://www.san-jose.diplo.de/Vertretung/sanjose/es/La_20Embajada/Botschaft.html

     

    France

    Address: Mitsubishi, 200 m S, 25 m W, Curridabat, San José

    POBox: 2234 4167

    Telephone: (506) 2234 4167

    Web: ambafrance-cr.org

     

     

    VACCINATIONS:

     

    Travellers arriving from Europe need no vaccinations unless they have recently visited an endemic country.

     

    We recommend you request more information on the Ministry of Health website: http://www.msc.es/profesionales/saludPublica/sanidadExterior/salud/centrosvacu.htm

     

     

    AIRPORTS, PORTS AND HIGHWAYS:

     

    Airports:

     

    Costa Rica has three major airports:

     

    - Juan Santamaría International Airport, in Alajuela, 17 km from the capital

     

    - Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport , in Liberia, Guanacaste Province

     

    - Tobías Bolaños International Airport, in Pavas, San José, used for national flights, although there are numerous landing strips conditioned for different tourist destinations.

     

    •  Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

    POBox: 200-4003. San José, Costa Rica

    TEL: (506) 2437-2400

    WEB: http://www.aeris.cr/Default.aspx

     

    •  Daniel Oduber International Airport  (LIR)

    Highway 21, toward Guardia, 13 km from downtown Liberia

     

    •  Limón International Airport

    Highway 36, heading South 14 km from downtown Limón

    Limón, Costa Rica

     

    •  Tobías Bolaños International Airport (SYQ)

    Rohrmoser Boulevard , 8 km west of San José

    San José, Costa Rica

     

    •  Manuel Antonio Quepos Airport (XQP)

    Highway 54,  5 km from Quepos

    Quepos, Costa Rica

     

    •  Playa Tambor Airport  (TMU)

    Highway 160, toward Tambor

    Tambor, Costa Rica

     

    •  Golfito Airport  (GLF)

    Highway 14, north, 2 km from Golfito

    Golfito, Costa Rica

     

    Contact SANSA [Web: www.flysansa.com / Telephone: (506) 2221-9414] or Nature Air [Web: www.natureair.net / Telephone: (506) 2220-3054] who offer regular flights to different Costa Rican tourist destinations.

     

    For more information on airlines flying to Costa Rica, visit:  http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/PDF/aerolineas_rutas_y_frecuencia_de_vuelo.pdf

     

    Sea transportation:

     

    Costa Rica has various ports, such as Limón and Moín on the Caribbean, Puerto Caldera and Puntarenas on the central Pacific coast and Golfito and Quepos on the southern Pacific coast.

     

    If you want to cross the Gulf of Nicoya, take the ferry from Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo and Paquera. This is a relaxing 65-minute ride where you can see islands only inhabited by birds.

     

    For more information: http://www.nicoyapeninsula.com/es/general/boat.php

     

    To cross Golfo Dulce (Osa Peninsula – Southern Pacific), 2 launches sail daily between the port of Golfito and Puerto Jimenez.

    To get to Tortuguero by launch, you can take a boat leaving a number of points in the zone. To see the places click here

    If you want to go to Nicaragua by water, cross río Frío from the border at Los Chiles to the border of San Carlos (Nicaragua).

    If you want to go to Panamá by water, take a ferry leaving the border at Sixaola for Puerto Almirante (Panamá). There you can take the ferry or a water taxi to Bocas del Toro.

     

    Highways:

     

    If you want to go by automobile, Costa Rica has numerous highways all over the country. The main highway is the Pan-American running from the North, the Nicaraguan border, South to the Panama border. There is another main highway to the Caribbean, highway 32.

     

     

    ADVICE FOR TRAVELLING:

     

    Traveller’s Insurance, high protection sun block, sun glasses, mosquito repellent, rain cover (if you go during the rainy season) light cotton clothing, avoid dark colours, especially during the rainy season, comfortable walking shoes, camera, binoculars, flashlight, swimwear, a jacket and sweater because there are high places where it can get chilly and a small first-aid kit including a stomach protector, paracetamol and serum.

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