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About Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has only 51.100 square kilometers, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, just five hours away from each other by land or 45 minutes by plane.

Geography

Rugged Highlands are found throughout most of the country, ranging from approximately 1000 to 2000 meters (3000 to 6000 feet above sea level). The Cordillera de Guanacaste, the Cordillera Central and Cordillera de Talamanca are the main mountain ranges that stretch in the country. There are several active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano) and the country's highest mountain (Cerro Chirripó) with a height of 3819 meters / 12,530 feet. The country has a relatively long coastline in both the Caribbean and the Pacific, as well as several rivers that attract specialists rafting and kayaking around the world.

Climate

Costa Rica is pleasant breezes with natural running easily, cooling the coastal areas. Temperatures in the highlands and mountains are not so cold, especially during the day, producing a 'spring'. Average annual temperatures range from 31.7 ° C (89 ° F) on the coast at 16.7 ° C (62 ° F) in the interior. The rainy or green season lasts from May to November, the rest of the time is part of the dry season.

Departure taxes

It must pay $ 26.00 U.S. by air. The land and sea exits are not charged.

Currency, Banks, credit cards, Travelers Checks

The unit of currency is the Costa Rican Colon. Note: not recommended to change money in their home country because the amount you receive will be lower than you get here.
The exchange rate currently stands at ¢ 518.00 colones to $ 1.00 U.S. dollar (10-07-08) and may fluctuate without notice. It is best to bring the money in the form of U.S. dollars or traveler's checks, personal checks are not accepted. In most businesses accept credit cards (Visa, Master Card, AMEX), however outside the Central Valley prefer cash. There are ATMs in most of the country (ATM). Office hours are generally from 8:00 to 4:30-5:00 pm with one hour for lunch between 12 noon and 13:00. Most banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 during working days.


Electricity
 
The electricity standard is 110 volts, 60 Hertz

Clothes

It is advisable to bring casual wear, formal wear is not necessary to go to the theater or a dinner. No need to bring excess luggage. At higher elevations, San Jose, the volcanoes, or Monteverde, temperatures are pleasant (fresh) so can bring light jackets or coats

Lightweight luggage! Suggested items:

One or two swimsuits
Boots walking in mud
Walking shoes
Waterproof sandals or shoes at sea
Toiletries
Insect repellent
Sunscreen with high sun protection factor, such as SPF 29-40 40
Hat or cap
Sunglasses
Binoculars
Camera
Check the batteries in the camera
Poncho or layer
Sweater or light jacket
Plastic bags for storing books, binculares, camera and clothes


Tips
The 10% service charge is usually included in restaurants. Taxi drivers generally do not receive a tip

Entry requirements
Citizens from different countries may enter to Costa Rica without a visa but need only a valid passport.
Please check the visa requirements to the following address: migracion.go.cr/visas


How much should calculate to spend on a decent meal in a restaurant?
For each food you can bring between $ 6 and $ 12 per person.