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Incredible wildlife, thick jungles, laid-back beaches, and magnificent volcanoes are just a few things that set Costa Rica apart. Spend the day on a scenic excursion, then return to your resort and relax on the beach as the sun dips below the horizon. Awaken refreshed and embark on another adventure. Costa Rica is waiting.

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The laid-back people and their Pura Vida lifestyle add to the warm and inviting allure of Costa Rica. The country offers miles of beaches and fantastic national parks, allowing endless opportunities to take in the wildlife. Here, tourists can enjoy river rafting, surfing, and zip lining while hanging out with macaws, sea turtles, and sloths.

You will also find various accommodation options that fit your vacation desires. You can choose to stay at a hotel, all-inclusive resort, or a boutique eco-lodge in the mountains. Around every corner is something to be discovered, creating memorable moments for guests. A vacation to Costa Rica is an experience just waiting to start.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport that is valid for at least six months after the entry date to Costa Rica and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Departure tax is USD 29 per person, and may be paid in U.S. dollars, colónes or with a credit card.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Centers for Disease Control at or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 76° to 78°
October through April: 75° to 78°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: Colón

Currency Information: The Costa Rican currency is called colón. In all resort areas, U.S. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America standard.

Time Zone: Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time and does not practice Daylight Savings Time.

Local Language: Spanish

Transportation: Public transportation, rental cars and taxis are available. Gasoline is expensive in Costa Rica, so inquire about the fare before taking a taxi.

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