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Capital: San Jose

Currency: Colon

Electricity: 110 V, 60 Hz

Time Zone: GMT -6 hr. Daylight savings time is not applied.

Government: Democratic Republic

Land size: 51,100 km2

Language: Spanish, some English

Population: 4,000,000 approx

Religion: Roman Catholic 76%, Evangelical 14%, other 10%


A passport, valid 6 months beyond intended stay, and an ongoing or return ticket are required.

Driver's License

An international driver's license is recommended but your current driver's license is valid for the first 3 months. Must be at least 21 years old.


Because Costa Rica is located so close to the equator, the climate pretty much remains tropical year round. A factor to consider here though is the varying elevation and rainfall. Climate wise, the seasons are divided into two periods. The dry season, or summer, is from December to May. The green season, or winter, is the period from May to November, where in many locations it rains constantly. The location that receives the most rain is the Caribbean slopes of the Central Cordillera Mountains.

Costa Rica Vacation Tips

The local currency is Colon, named after Columbus. The currency is inflating at a rapid pace and forged bills are quite common. It is recommended to simply carry US Dollars in small denomination since tourism areas have prices marked in Dollars.

Be sure to pack light clothing, a sweater, windbreaker, and good walking shoes, swimsuit, sun block, insect repellent, sandals and a hat. Even though there is a very casual dress code everywhere, smart casual is recommended for fine restaurants.

Top 5 Reasons to visit Costa Rica

1) White, black, gray, and orange sand beaches and coral reefs

2) Great adventures to see exotic jungles, volcanoes, rain forest and wildlife

3) It's very safe, fun for everyone, convenient to get to.

4) Great food and friendly, welcoming people

5) Great value for your travel dollar