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General Information

The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish.

The national currency of Costa Rica is Costa Rican colón (CRC).

1 CRC equals  .
equals  CRC.

Location

Costa Rica

The distance from to Costa Rica is miles or km. The estimated travel time is .

Climate and Travel Season

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Safety

According to the U.S. Department of State, it should be safe to travel to Costa Rica. Exercise normal precautions in Costa Rica. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Click here for the full travel advisory and further information by the U.S. government.

The criminality index of Costa Rica is 55. A higher number means more criminality.

Dial 911 to call the police in Costa Rica.

LGBT

Costa Rica has a score of 2 in the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index. Costa Rica ranks #47 worldwide.

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Costa Rica. The LGBTI community is protected by anti-discrimination laws.

Travel Vaccinations

Your country is on the list of confirmed local Zika virus transmissions. Zika is transmitted by mosquito bites. No vaccine is yet available for the prevention or treatment of Zika virus infections.

All travelers to Costa Rica should be up-to-date on the following vaccines:

  • Measles
  • Routine vaccines

Moreover, the following travel vaccines/medicines are recommended because there is a risk of these diseases in Costa Rica:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

The following vaccines/medicines might be needed depending on where and how long you are staying. Please consult your doctor.

  • Malaria
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever
Visa Information

A visa might be required to travel to this country.

Make sure your passport is valid for your intended period of stay. Some countries even require your passport to be valid for six months beyond the intended date of departure.

Power Plugs

You likely need a power plug adapter in Costa Rica to use your electronic devices from .

The voltage in Costa Rica differs from the voltage in . You may need a voltage converter to be able to use your devices.

In Costa Rica, the standard voltage is 120 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. The following power plugs are used:

  • Type A
  • Type B
Weather

The temperature difference between Costa Rica and is °F / °C. Make sure you pack the right clothes.

Looks like it's pretty rainy in Costa Rica. Don't forget waterproof clothing!

Rain throughout the week.

Date Temperature Humidity Precipitation
Fri November 08 65–77°F  /  18–25°C 98% 89%
Sat November 09 65–76°F  /  18–25°C 100% 94%
Sun November 10 65–75°F  /  18–24°C 100% 95%
Mon November 11 65–75°F  /  18–24°C 100% 98%
Tue November 12 64–76°F  /  18–25°C 100% 88%
Wed November 13 64–79°F  /  18–26°C 98% 69%
Thu November 14 63–76°F  /  17–24°C 100% 77%
Fri November 15 65–77°F  /  18–25°C 100% 87%

Sunrise and Sunset

The sun rises at 05:30 am and sets at 05:12 pm. This equates to 11.7 hours of daylight.

When the sun rises in Costa Rica, it is in . When the sun sets in Costa Rica, it is in .

Taxi

The average base fare for a taxi in Costa Rica is 650.00 CRC. Every kilometer costs an additional 660.00 CRC. Every hour of waiting time costs 5.00 CRC.

Car Rental

International driving permits are recognized in Costa Rica.

The minimum driving age is 18.

Right-hand traffic, keep to the right side of the road. Keep this in mind when renting a car!

The price of one liter of gasoline is approximately 631.00 CRC in Costa Rica.

Landmarks and Activities

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Food/Drink

The price for the recommended minimum amount of food per person per day is 4.00 CRC.

The minimum age to purchase alcohol in Costa Rica is 18.

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Tipping Etiquette

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Travel Scams

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