1. Where is Costa Rica?
Answer: Costa Rica is a small country connecting North and South America, just north of the Panama Canal and south of Nicaragua and Belize. The Atlantic/Caribbean Ocean is on the east and the Pacific Ocean is on the west coast.
2. Why is there so much interest in this little country?
Answer: Most people go to Costa Rica to enjoy nature and the country's great bio-diversity. The unique location, just north of the equator with oceans on both sides, supports a huge variety of life forms and the mountain range that runs north to south creates a myriad of different ecosystems.
3. I know why I'm attracted to Costa Rica but can you tell me what are some of the top reasons that people are choosing Costa Rica today?
Answer: The majority of visitors to Costa Rica come seeking the beaches and water related sports as demonstrated by the fact that 76.6% of exiting respondents have listed that as activities they participated in during their stay.
- 67.3% participated in the observation of the flora and
fauna, of which we assume a majority visited one or several national parks or reserves.
- 49.2% went on hikes (guided or self-guided),
- 47.2% listed bird watching
- 15.1% went rafting or kayaking
- 8.6% surfed and 7.0% listed special interests.
4. What is the time zone in Costa Rica?
Answer: Costa Rica is the same as U.S. Central Standard Time, but does not observe daylight savings time.
5. What will I see in Costa Rica?
Answer: You will experience a natural tropical paradise with exotic birds, exceptional wildlife and scenic environments. We always include a sampling of different habitats and geographic regions. Beautifully-sited accommodations open into a world of friendly guides, good food and colorful local culture. You will probably observe an active volcano, watch wild monkeys and parrots and savor tropical fruits you may have never tasted before. There are beaches, islands, cloud forests, white-water rivers, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges and attractive villages.
6. How is the weather in Costa Rica?
Answer: Due to our topography, we have a wide variety of microclimates. As you ascend or descend in altitude, or move from one province to another, our weather changes. The rainy season, which typically brings sunny mornings and afternoon showers, lasts from May to November, but it's best to be prepared for rain at any time of the year. In rain forests and cloud forests, there is downpour almost daily, sometimes several times per day. Costa Rica's beaches are hot and humid, except for the northwestern province of Guanacaste, where it tends to be dry and breezy.
7. What are the entry requirements?
Answer: All visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the dates of the trip. Visitors from the following countries are allowed to stay for 90 days without a visa: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, United States and all European countries except from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republics, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Visitors from these countries are allowed to stay for 30 days without a visa: Australia, Belice, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, The Philippines and Venezuela.
8. What are the customs regulations?
Answer: No customs duties are charged on personal luggage, which includes an array of items for personal and professional use, as long as they do not appear in quantities that suggest commercial intent. Costa Rican law requires that baggage be examined and that travelers submit customs declarations listing all articles acquired abroad, including fruit, vegetables, meat, meat products, biological products such as vaccinations, serums, etc. In the case of families, one declaration can be filled out by the family head.