Welcome To The Jungle
Looking for something tropical and off the beaten path? Waterfalls and lush greenery cover the Central American nation of Costa Rica giving it a rugged charm that is not to be missed. Whether you enjoy clubs and parties with a latin vibe or an exotic escape from the hectic busyness of modern life, Costa Rica has something for you. Where else can you visit active volcanoes, hot springs and lively cities in one trip. We haven’t even mentioned the crystal clear water and expansive beaches…
Costa Rica is the ideal locale for the urban adventurer and naturist alike. Feeling brave? Zip line through the rainforest canopy, dive off the coast or simply enjoy the immense biodiversity that the island has to offer. Feeling lazy? Just lay on the beach where the average temperature during high season is a balmy 27 degrees celsius.
More of a city trekker? Stay a few days in San Jose where the hustle of the streets comes to life in vibrant color. Beautiful art galleries, restaurants, and shopping make it the obvious cultural capital of Costa Rica. The history, food and distinct flavor make it a must-see destination for those looking for some urban buzz in between nature hikes in the surrounding rich terrain.
WIth vivacious cities, dense flora, and blue waters Costa Rica is where adventures are born. The close proximity means you don’t have to choose, you can create your own adventure and see it all in one trip. Come visit and truly escape to a place unlike any other…
The weather in Costa Rica is generally split into three parts, Low Season, Shoulder and High Season.
Low Season runs from August through to October and one can expect a slight dip in temperature and lots of rain. The weather can make some rural roads inaccessible but on the upside accommodation prices are significantly lower than in high season and due to storms in the Pacific Ocean, the surfing conditions are at their best.
The shoulder season runs from May – July and follows Low Season into November. The temperatures start to warm as we move towards high season. Due to the rain throughout the Low Season the more rural and off the beaten track areas can be very muddy and thus very challenging for trekking / hiking etc during these month.
High Season runs from December to April and is wonderful! The temperatures don’t actually move too much but the rain almost ceases (you will still find some rainy days). During high season many local tourists descend to beach towns and thus accommodation can be booked up well in advance. Some hotel in particular may only take a minimum 2 or 3 night booking. This is not true of course with home shares / rentals etc..During this period the beach towns are busy and vibrant, no doubt you’d have a wonderful time!
The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon. At the time of writing one GBP / £1 is worth around 700Ç but it’s always worth checking the currency before you travel, www.xe.com is a good site to look at. Below are some rough prices, please do bear in mind these are guide prices and may change!
- 3 course meal for 2 at a mid priced restaurant: 18,000 C or £25
- Domestic Beer: 1,100C or £1.65
- Cappuccino: 1,300C or £1.80
- Can of Coke: 800C or £1.20
- 1 Litre of Milk: 750C or £1.05
- 1kg Bananas: 600C or £0.90p
- 1.5 Litre bottle of water: 1,200C or £1.80
- Taxi per KM: 650C pr £0.90p
Costa Rica is a friendly place, thats the first thing to know. So long as one respects the local people, culture and traditions you’ll have a wonderful time.
The language is Spanish and the dominant religion is Roman Catholic. As you’ve probably released the lay of the land is somewhat varied. The coasts are otter with paradise beaches whilst the country also boasts rain forests, cloud forests, tropical rain forests, wetlands, mangroves and volcanoes. There is an awful lot to do and to explore.
Regards day to day etiquette shaking hands upon greeting is the done thing. Do bear if asking for directions as it’s common practice not to admit one doesn’t know the answer, so rather than give the wrong answer and incorrect answer may be given. When asking for directions tis is not good! Women please note regardless of dress you may be subject to whistles etc…also worth noting punctuality doesn’t really mean anything here.
The usual practices apply here such as it’s probably best to only wear beach items at the beach, it’s a good idea to learn a little Spanish and don’t be afraid to use it! Maybe a good idea not to be too affectionate in public with your loved one (get a room instead!) and it’s a good idea to leave a tip after eating / drinks.
All in all Costa Rica is pretty relaxed and you can dream days way lying in a hammock on a beach or take some of the world class hikes while visiting.
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay as a visitor for up to 3 months, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. If you plan to stay for a longer period or work, check entry requirements with the Costa Rican Embassy.
The immigration authorities are strict about foreigners who have overstayed.
Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.
Evidence of onward travel
Entry to Costa Rica may be refused if you are unable to produce evidence of return or onward travel (for example a return air ticket).
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Costa Rica.
There’s a departure tax of $29 when leaving the country by air. Some airlines have started to include this in ticket prices; others have still not done so. Check with your airline or travel company whether you need to pay this separately. If so you can pay by cash or credit/debit card in dollars or local colones.
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