Costa Rica is the safest country in the Central American region according to the 2018 Global Peace Index and also, according to the Panorama of International Tourism of the World Tourism Organization, it is the most visited country in Central America. However, it is important that you as a traveler take into account some tips that VisitCostaRica.com and Budget want to share with you.
- Costa Rica has a variety of hotels, however, most are small and it is important to consider availability, especially in high season (December-March). Therefore, plan your trip in advance. If you plan to travel in the low season, you can do it two months before, but if you plan to do it during the high season, do it at least six months in advance.
- Travel with little, pack what you need, use fresh clothes, easy to dry and wash by hand (in case of emergency).
- If you have any type of suffering, do not forget to bring your medications, because in Costa Rica some specific medications may require a prescription.
- If you come from a country where you require a visa to enter Costa Rica, be sure to complete the entire process and meet the entry requirements before buying your ticket. To see the countries with entry to Costa Rica with and without a visa, you can see it here..
- If you enter Costa Rica, during your Migration check, you will be asked for an exit ticket or return to your country of origin or new destination.
- Always carry with you a photocopy of your passport and the entry stamp, in order to avoid walking with this important document.
- In Costa Rica taxes are 13% of the purchase and should always be included in the final price.
- You can leave a tip, but it is not mandatory. Remember that this is apart from the 13% tax.
- The departure tax of the country is included in the majority of air tickets since 2016. Make sure your ticket includes it, otherwise, you will have to cancel USD$29 per person. These can be paid in dollars, colones or credit, and debit cards.
- Although Costa Rica is a safe country, you should always be alert at all times. Do not leave your belongings in sight, avoid walking on the street without company very late and avoid entering sites that seem unsafe.
- Do not bring very expensive belongings or with high sentimental value, avoid a robbery and remember to travel with little baggage.
- The water in the pipeline is potable, do not worry if you get natural water, however, if you are in the Caribbean area we recommend drinking bottled water.
- Breakfast in Costa Rica is from 6 in the morning until 10 in the morning. Lunch is between 12 noon and 3 o’clock, dinner is from 6 o’clock in the afternoon and at 9 o’clock in the evening. Take into account that some restaurants close between 3 and 6 in the afternoon.
By the way, the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism and The Police have created a subdivision called Touristic Police, this has more than 250 officers and works for maintaining order and security in the tourist areas you visit. You can draw on them at any time.
To learn more you can visit https://www.visitcostarica.com
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