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Frequently Asked Questions

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Passports | Drivers License | Getting Married

1. Do I need a passport to visit Costa Rica?
Yes, a valid passport is mandatory. It should be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date of your Costa Rica tour.

2. Do I need an international driver’s license to drive in Costa Rica?
You are allowed to drive with your normal driver’s license for three months.

3. Can I get married in Costa Rica? What documents do I need?
Foreigners can get married in Costa Rica. The documents needed are: - original birth certificate - affidavit of single status - police record - valid passport - divorce decree (if applicable) - These documents need to follow the authentication procedure before being taken to Costa Rica.

Climate | Packing | Wildlife

4. What is Costa Rica weather like?

In Costa Rica you can enjoy one of best year round climates in the world. (72 degrees average in the Central Valley).” This means that one can live comfortably with no air conditioning and no heating. The locals consider it living in “eternal spring.”

Go up the mountain to finds a cooler temperature of around 70ºF/21ºC or move toward the beach for a warmer temperature with an average day temperature of 86ºF/30ºC for the Caribbean beaches. The Pacific coast is even a little warmer and has less humidity; so many people feel it is more comfortable.

The rainy season in Costa Rica goes from May to November, and the dry season from December to April. However, even during the green season, the mornings are likely to be bright and sunny. Temperatures vary little between seasons.

5. What should I bring when going to the rain forest?
All you need is a rain coat with a hood and hiking boots for the green season. Insect repellent and sun block can be gotten very easily with reasonable prices in Costa Rica.

6. Where can egg laying turtles be seen?
You can go to Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean or to Hermosa beach (Jaco) and Las Baulas National Park in the Pacific coast.

Emergency | Safety | Tips

7. What number should I dial in case of emergency?
Dial 911 for immediate assistance.

8. How can I keep safe during my vacations in Costa Rica?
In general Costa Rica is a safe destination, without the serious problems that plague poorer nations. However, it would be naive to think that crime doesn’t exist and it’s always a good idea to be cautious as anywhere in the world especially in big cities.

9. Travel tips for a pura vida (cool) Vacation:

Please consider the following precautions during your trip that are the same wherever you travel around the world:
Do not leave anything, anywhere, anytime unattended at the airport, in your car, in the lobby,etc. It will grow legs at walk away.

Do not carry any stranger´s luggage through customs or immigration.

Always carry your money within an inside pocket or a body pouch, or money belt.

Water | Electricity | Exit Taxes

10. Is tap water drinkable in Costa Rica?
Tap water is drinkable for  most people, however some still may prefer not to, for this reason bottled water is available everywhere.

11. Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier?
Outlets are 110 V, with standard US two prong plugs.

12. How much does the departure tax cost?
Departure tax is $26, can be paid in US Dollars, colones or with credit cards (Cash advance).

Pura Vida

13. What Does “Pura Vida” mean?

Pura Vida literally translated means "Pure Life" but the saying has a far more profound meaning to us.  It means contextually something approximate to "This is living!", "Full of Life", "Purified life", "Going great", or "Cool!"  It can be use almost for everything like: how are you?  Pura Vida, How is your family? Pura Vida, How is the food? Pura Vida. Thank you: Pura vida.  It can be used as a greeting, as a word of farewell or to express satisfaction. We use the phrase to show our happiness of living, perseverance, enjoying life slowly and celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike.

Costa Rica is Pura Vida

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