Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to visit Costa Rica? Cost Rica is a year round destination. Temperatures are pleasant although April can get pretty hot. Many people visit during the dry season; this is also the high season December - April. The Green season is May - November, the rates are better and nature is at its best. Do I need a passport to go to Costa Rica? A valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica. It should be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica. Do I need a visa to go to Costa Rica? Depending on your country of origin you may enter Costa Rica without a visa. USA, Canada and most European countries have this privilege. Can I enter Costa Rica with a one way ticket? All visitors must have a round trip ticket as an entry requirement. 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. Is it safe to drive and what are the roads conditions like? Yes, it is safe to drive in Costa Rica, although it is definitely an adventure. The roads are not always well marked but this is constantly improving. Driving distances from San Jose to some popular destinations

FROM SAN JOSE 

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APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 
SAN ISIDRO DEL GENERAL
SAN RAMON 
HORQUETAS-SARAPIQUI
CARTAGO 
TURRIALBA 
IRAZU VOLCANO 
POAS VOLCANO
ARENAL VOLCANO
LIBERIA
NICOYA 
CANAS
FLAMINGO BEACH 
TAMARINDO BEACH 
TAMBOR BEACH 
SAMARA BEACH
MANUEL ANTONIO-QUEPOS
JACO/PUNTARENAS 
LIMON 
CAHUITA 
MONTEVERDE
LOS ANGELES CLOUD FOREST
GOLFITO  

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84
37
38
14
41
33
35
80
136
185
110
190
190
100
210
88
70
99
125
100
41 
190

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Is the water drinkable in Costa Rica? The water is potable in most of the country. If you're not comfortable with the water in the area you are staying drink bottled water. What is the currency in Costa Rica? The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica? All major credit cards are widely accepted. You will find ATM machined distributed throughout the country. What kind of inoculations do I have to take to Costa Rica? No vaccines are required to enter Costa Rica. Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier? Outlets are 110 V, with standard US two prong plugs. How much is he departure tax? Departure tax is $26, can be paid in US Dollars, colones or with a credit card. What is the average temperature? The average temperature in San Jose is 72 degrees with the lowlands being warmer 80-90's and the highlands are cooler at 50-60's. Does Costa Rica have problems with crime? Costa Rican's by nature are some of the friendliest people in the world, but keep in mind that they have their problems just like everywhere else. Most crime is opportunistic thefts. Always use hotel safes to store cash and valuables. Always remember to use common sense. Are ATM's readily available? Yes and no. In the bigger cities and towns yes in the smaller more remote villages they are going harder to find. Money can normally be exchanged at your hotel; please do not exchange money on the streets.
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