About Costa Rica
Costa Rica translates to mean "Rich Coast".
The fact that more than one million tourists visit Costa Rica each year does not happen by chance. The country, located in Central America, is an isthmus where life seems to have created its roots.
Covering only 0.03% of the surface of our planet, Costa Rica has approximately 6% of the world's biodiversity.
In addition, Costa Rica is characterized by impressive scenic beauty, a consolidated system of protected areas, social and political stability, high educational levels, and efficient infrastructure and services. All of this offered in a territory of only 51 thousand square kilometers, with scenic Pacific and Atlantic Coastlines, at a distance from each other of only three to four hours by land or 45 minutes by air.
The country's strategic position, in the heart of the western hemisphere, the Government's positive attitude towards foreign investment, its infrastructure, access to international markets, and the quality and cost of labor, make Costa Rica an ideal place to visit!
Birds are plentiful in Costa Rica and fly into the villa grounds regularly. Many other animals live nearby and can be seen from time to time, including howler monkeys, sloths, armadillos, tree frogs, lizards, giant toads and bats.
Which airport should we fly into?
Be sure to fly into the San Jose International Airport, airport code SJO.
Do we need passports, vaccines, shots or visas?
It is mandatory that you bring a passport to get into the country, birth certificates may work for younger travelers, check with your travel agent.
No shots, vaccines or visas are required to be admitted to the country, but we recommend that you check with your doctor or travel nurse at least 2 months prior to traveling.
When departing from Costa Rica is there anything we should know?
There is an airport tax that must be paid (in colones or US Dollars) prior to leaving the country. The rate is approximately $17-20 per person. Credit cards are not accepted.
- Obtain a Spanish dictionary or electronic translator.
- Read about Costa Rica in one of the many travel books prior to arriving.
- Driving in Costa Rica is different than in the USA, be cautious and patient while traveling.
- Use sunscreen even if it's cloudy, Costa Rica is near the Equator.
- Be prepared for rain, it may or may not rain during your visit, so have the right clothing and plan around the weather.
Costa Rican cuisine is based largely on rice and black beans, chicken, steak, eggs, plantain, and tropical fruits such as papaya and pineapple.
Steak in Costa Rica is very lean and very good, Arozzo Con Pollo, is a chicken and rice dish which is on every restaurantsí menu, and highly recommended.
Water is safe to drink throughout the country. Bottled water is available everywhere as well.
See the Global Gourmet - Costa Rica for more information.