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Entering Costa Rica

Yes, passports are required. A 90 day tourist visa is automatically granted upon arrival. Also, there is a $29 exit fee which must be paid prior to departing Costa Rica

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A valid Passport is needed to enter the country.

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Some countries such as the USA, Canada and most European countries allow entrance without a VISA, providing you have a valid Passport.nn Depending on the country, it is determined the number of days available to visit as a touristn In some cases, an immigration official could ask you to demonstrate your economic solvency for your stay in the countryn Although you may have 90 days available on your tourist visa, the immigration official will assess the allowed visiting period on your passportn Visitors to Costa Rica must have a valid passport, as well as proof that they will be departing the country before their visa or entrance stamp expires, generally within the 90 days.

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In order to be granted entry into Costa Rica, all visitors are required to hold a valid departure ticket, whether it is by air, sea or land

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Be aware that even if your were only transiting through any one of the following countries, Costa Rican authorities will require a yellow-fever vaccine certification: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leon, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana.

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All cats and dogs entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate from a veterinarian and endorsed by a veterinarian service.  A physical exam must be conducted two weeks prior to the date of the trip.  The required vaccines are: distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus.  Rabies will also be required for all animals over 4 months old.

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Visitors from countries that enter with a 30-day visa can go to the Immigration and Foreign Department for an extension of their visa for up to 90 days. The following criteria will need to be met:nn you have a valid passportn demonstrate economic solvency, andn have a departure ticket or fare.nnThe amount of time allowed to stay in the country will depend on the immigration official.nFor more information (available only in Spanish) you can download the following: Department of Migration – Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has four (4) international airports: Juan Santamaría Airport in Alajuela, Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Tobías Bolaños International Airport in San José, and the Limón International Airport.nVisit: Aeropuertos Internacionales

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Exploring Nature

The main difference is that in a Rainforest the precipitation is higher. The flora and fauna differ from one type of forest to another as well.

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The following parks provide accessibility:nn Poas Volcano National Parkn Manuel Antonio National Parkn Carara National Park

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You will need insect repellent, rain poncho, and comfortable shoes.

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You can visit the Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean and the Ostional Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific.  You can download more information here: Ver folleto

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Food & Water

Yes, there are a number of small corner stores in the immediate area that carry a wide selection of food, meat, fresh produce, wine, liquor and beer.  There is also a very large big-box type grocery store called “Super Mercado” that is approximately a ten minute drive.

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The water is purified throughout the country, so you will have no concerns wherever you go to eat with regard to water, ice or produce.  The tap water and ice is safe to use in all the houses or condos.  However, if you are concerned for any reason, bottled water is readily available.

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The water is potable in greater parts of the country.  However, we recommend the consumption of bottled water, especially in areas near the coast.

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I hear the Puckered Star has good seafood!

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General Info

The electricity system is exactly the same as it is in the USA and Canada.  Outlets are typical to North America and provide a current of 110 – 115 volts.

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Costa Rica has a very low level of violent crime.  However like all tourists areas, care should always be taken with your valuables.  Use commons sense, such as not leaving valuables visible in a vehicle even if it is locked.  Also, if you have car trouble or a flat, it is best not accept help from strangers.  To be extra safe, it is recommended that if you do get out of your vehicle for any reason, even if you are repairing a flat, lock your doors.

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All rental properties are smoke-free. However, smoking is allowed outside.

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The Colon is the currency of Costa Rica, although American Dollars and credit cards are certainly welcome…

The Colon is the currency of Costa Rica, although American Dollars and credit cards are certainly welcome.  It is advisable to purchase goods in the local currency, as some shop owners may not provide the best exchange rates.

Visa card is generally more accepted than Mastercard.  There are two ATMs available in Flamingo at Banco de Costa Rica and at the Banco Nacional.

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  • RyanD says:

    Well actually, Potrero has better shopping. I shop there all the time.

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    Costa Rica´s outlets are 110 volts, with a standard duplex outlet, just like the USA and Canada!

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    The exit tax, via air is US $29.00 and US $7.00 by land payable in US dollars, colones or credit card at the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago, Banco Lafise, or the Banco de Costa Rica. Some airlines already include this fee in the airline ticket; therefore, we recommend you consult your airline.

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    There is a 13% sales tax on the price of goods. Restaurants also have an additional 10% service tax.

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    Call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. For tourist assistance, you can dial: 800-turismo..

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    North: NicaraguanSouth: PanamanEast: Caribbean SeanWest: Pacific OceannnCosta Rica is divided into seven (7) provinces: Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, San José, Puntarenas, Limón and Guanacaste.

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    If you want to use a mobile phone in Costa Rica, you must have an UNLOCKED cellular phone and purchase a prepaid SIM card. You can also visit the different telephone companies throughout the country which offer different options for prepaid cards, including internet access.

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    To call into Costa Rica from outside the country, dial “011-506” then the local 8 digit number.nTo call the USA or Canada from Costa Rica, dial “001”, then the area code + the local 7 digit number.nFor assistance on other international calliong see this handy link: how-to-call-abroad

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    Gasoline is sold by the liter and can be purchased with Costa Rican Colones, American Dollars, or credit cards.  Nearly all the gas stations are full-service.  It is a good idea to make sure the pump is zero’d prior to filling.

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    … for a rough ‘in your head’ estimate, converting Colones to USD  is a simple matter of dividing by a thousand and doubling the result…

    The national currency is the Costa Rican colón.  It is traded against the US Dollar and the rates vary from day to day but usually hover around 550 colónes for each USD.  So for a rough ‘in your head’ estimate, converting colónes to USD  is a simple matter of dividing by a thousand and doubling the result.  For example, a 5,000 colónes bill = roughly $10 USD.

    For those who want to be more accurate, just take the value of the bill, in this case $5,000 C, and divide it by the daily exchange rate, which is in this example is 550.  Therefore the result will be 5000 / 550 = $9.09 USD.

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    Getting Around

    We recommend renting a 4×4. Some of the roads can be rather challenging, especially if you want to explore. There are private guides available for hire in the area if you prefer not to rent a car. Taxi’s are also available from the airport to Flamingo/Potrero area.  Renting a car requires a little forethought here in Costa Rica. There are customs here that you are probably not used to so to better prepare you we have created the information page renting-a-car-in-costa-rica.

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    Anyone over the age of 18 holding a valid driver’s license from their country is permitted to drive for a period of three (3) months.  However, you must be at least 21 years of age to rent an automobile.

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    There is no train service to destinations outside the Central Valley, the only existing service, is between Cartago-San José and San José-Heredia during the peak hours from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Service itineraries can be found at: http://www.incofer.go.cr/

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    Tags: Trains, Travel
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    You can contact SANSA at www.flysansa.com (506)2290-4100, or Nature Air at www.natureair.net (506)2299-6000.  Both offer frequent service to the different tourist destinations within the country.

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    Tag: Travel
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    Gasoline is sold by the liter and can be purchased with Costa Rican Colones, American Dollars, or credit cards.  Nearly all the gas stations are full-service.  It is a good idea to make sure the pump is zero’d prior to filling.

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    Rental cars are not allowed to leave the country.

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    Getting Married in Costa Rica

    It is possible to marry in Costa Rica!  The required documents are: a valid passport or valid travel documents and a sworn statement (affidavit) signed in the presence of a Costa Rican lawyer.  If divorced, you will need the official documents of such divorce from your country or wherever the divorce was granted.

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    language

    Although Spanish is the native tongue here in Costa Rica, English is widely spoken throughout Guanacaste. The people here are very friendly and will gladly teach you a little Spanish while you are here

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    The main English-language newspaper is The Tico Times: www.ticotimes.net

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    Moving to Costa Rica

    There are several ways to legalize your residency within Costa Rica:nn temporary residentn retiredn governmental international missionn and others…nnFor more information contact the Costa Rican Consulate, the Residents Association at www.arcr.net or you can visit the Department of Migration at www.migracion.go.cr

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    Shopping

    There is a 13% sales tax on the price of goods. Restaurants also have an additional 10% service tax.

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    … for a rough ‘in your head’ estimate, converting Colones to USD  is a simple matter of dividing by a thousand and doubling the result…

    The national currency is the Costa Rican colón.  It is traded against the US Dollar and the rates vary from day to day but usually hover around 550 colónes for each USD.  So for a rough ‘in your head’ estimate, converting colónes to USD  is a simple matter of dividing by a thousand and doubling the result.  For example, a 5,000 colónes bill = roughly $10 USD.

    For those who want to be more accurate, just take the value of the bill, in this case $5,000 C, and divide it by the daily exchange rate, which is in this example is 550.  Therefore the result will be 5000 / 550 = $9.09 USD.

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    Tours & Adventure

    The main difference is that in a Rainforest the precipitation is higher. The flora and fauna differ from one type of forest to another as well.

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    You will need insect repellent, rain poncho, and comfortable shoes.

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    White water rafting can be enjoyed on the: Pacuare, Reventazón, Corobicí, Sarapiquí, Naranjo and Savegre rivers. You can check out some tour operators for white water rafting on this page.

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    You can visit the Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean and the Ostional Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific.  You can download more information here: Ver folleto

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    Working in Costa Rica

    You can apply for a work visa at the Costa Rican Consulate in your country. The link of the Costa Rican consulates abroad is: Costa Rican Consulates

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