Travel Information Costa Rica
- FLAG 🇨🇷
- CAPITAL San Jose
- GOVERNMENT Democratic Republic
- CURRENCY Costa Rican colón (₡, CRC)
- POPULATION 4,301,712 (2011 Census)
- TOTAL AREA 51,100km²
- LANGUAGES Spanish (official), Limonese creole (Mekatelyu) spoken in Limón Province
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Costa Rica uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-06:00
- LOCATION Costa Rica is located in Central America
Most popular cities in Costa Rica
- San José – The capital.
- Cartago – Costa Rica’s first capital
- Dominical – the South Pacific coast’s largest city, among incredibly biodiversity and natural beauty
- Alajuela – location of Juan Santamaría International Airport
- Heredia – Coffee plantations
- Liberia – Location of Daniel Oduber International Airport and gateway to the beaches of Guanacaste, such as Samara, Nosara, Carillo
- Puerto Limón – Main city on the Caribbean side
- Puntarenas – Ferry to Nicoya Peninsula
- Quesada – the largest city by far in the country’s North, surrounded by hot springs popular with Costa Rican vacationers
Sockets & Plugs
Costa Rica uses 120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
Costa Rica uses the Costa Rican colón (symbol: ₡), code CRC.
Banknotes come in denominations of 50000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 colón. Colón is subdivided into 100 céntimos. Coins come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 colón.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Costa Rica. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Expected to tip
Tipping is quite common in Costa Rica and it’s good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge.
Internet speed in Costa Rica is on average 3.4 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Costa Rica is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 7,389.38 CRC, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Movistar, Claro or Kolbi.
Costa Rica uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1800 and GSM 850.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Costa Rica upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Costa Rica, dial +, then 506 (the country code for Costa Rica), then the area code and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Costa Rica has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
In Costa Rica you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas, 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) on undivided highways, 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on motorways and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on expressways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are legal.
Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- Mobile phones 112
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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