Costa Rica

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Travel information about Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rainforest country in Central America with coastlines On the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The total area is 51,100 km² and a population of 4,857,274, it’s the same size with Slovakia and a bit smaller than West Virginia of the United States. Costa Rica is full of wildlife, rugged mountains, and spectacular shorelines.

Capital city of Costa Rica: San José

Closest neighbors to Costa Rica: Closest neighbor of Costa Rica are Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south east.

Best times to visit Costa Rica: Best time to travel to Costa Rica is from December to April where the climate is dry and there is more sunshine. Tourists who are fond of wildlife and beaches arrive during these months. You’ll just have to make reservations ahead of your travel date.

How to get to Costa Rica: There are direct flights from Europe to Costa Rica but the majority of the flights will make you pass the United States. It means you have to comply with the required papers for entry to the US even if you’re just transiting.

Visa requirements for Costa Rica: No visa is required for US citizens upon entry to Costa Rica but a valid passport and a return ticket is needed.

Currency of Costa Rica: The currency of Costa Rica is Costa Rican Colón.

Official Language of Costa Rica: The official language is Spanish.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Costa Rica

There are 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Costa Rica and 1 on their tentative list.

Cultural (1)

  • Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquís (2014)

Natural (3)

  • Area de Conservación Guanacaste (1999, 2004)
  • Cocos Island National Park (1997, 2002)
  • Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park (1983, 1990)


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.
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