Costa Rica Vacations
The main attractions of Costa Rica are amazingly diverse natural beauty, wildlife, bird-watching, black- and white-sand beaches, deep-sea and river fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, casinos, surfing, white-water rafting, volcanoes, horseback riding, good restaurants, world-class resorts and spas, and its friendly, well-educated people
(often known simply as Ticos).
Those who enjoy exotic plants and animals and those who participate in outdoor activities will get the most out of Costa Rica.
To observe the country's varied forests, visitors need to be moderately fit and comfortable with the claustrophobic, often damp jungle environment, or with the hot, dry conditions of the forests in the province of Guanacaste as far south as northern Nicoya Peninsula.
La Fortuna de San Carlos
Vara Blanca, Alajuela
Team Romance in Costa Rica
Team I Do! Romance had the luxury of visiting two of Costa Rica's most beautiful resorts last October, The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal and The Peace Lodge and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
The Springs Resort and Spa was voted one of the seven resorts with the most spectacular views in the world according to CNN; and we have to agree.
Every room has a view of the Arenal Volcano.
We enjoyed ziplining, horseback riding, water rapelling, rock wall climbing, white water rafting and two private zoos along with mud baths, dozens of natural hot springs spas, spa treatments and 5 star dining! Please browse through our photo gallery below for images of our stay.
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Passport/Visa Requirements: U.S. and Canadian citizens need passports but not visas. Proof of sufficient funds and onward passage are also required. There is a departure tax of about 14,000 CRC.
All U.S. citizens must have a passport when traveling by air to or from Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico.
Citizens of Canada, Mexico and the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda also must have a passport or other designated secure document to enter the U.S.Passports are required for land crossings at the Canadian and Mexican borders with the U.S. and for cruise passengers returning to the U.S. from Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada or Bermuda. Reconfirm travel-document requirements with your carrier prior to departure.
Languages: Spanish and English.
Predominant Religions: Christian (Roman Catholic).
Time Zone: 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Voltage Requirements: 110 volts.
Telephone Codes: 506, country code. All phone numbers in Costa Rica now have eight digits. Seven-digit numbers must now add the prefix 2 (land line) or 8 (cell phone).
Emergency numbers and 800 or 900 numbers remain the same
Costa Rica Tourist Board ICT,
P.O. Box 777-1000,
San Jose, Costa Rica.
Toll-free 800-343-6332 from North America (the line is answered in English) or phone 506-2299-5800 within Costa Rica for information and emergencies.
The tourist board's main information center in San Jose is beneath Plaza de la Cultura, Calle 5, Avenida Central y Segunda.
Costa Rica does not maintain tourist offices in Canada or the U.S.
Canada: Embassy of Costa Rica, 325 Dalhousie St., Suite 407, Ottawa, ON K1N 7G2. Phone 613-562-2855. Fax 613-562-2582.
There are also consulates in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
U.S.: Embassy of Costa Rica, 2114 S St. N.W., Washington, DC 20008. Phone 202-234-2945. Fax 202-265-4795. http://costarica-embassy.org.
There are also consulates in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Puerto Rico, New York, Dallas, St. Paul, MN, San Francisco and Tucson.
Foreign Embassies Serving Costa Rica
Canada: Canadian Embassy, La Sabena Executive Business Centre, Building No. 5, Third Floor, San Jose (mailing address: P.O. Box 351-1007, Centro Colon, San Jose, Costa Rica). Phone 506-2242-4400. Fax 506-2242-4410. http://sanjose.gc.ca.
U.S.: U.S. Embassy, Calle 120 Avenida O, Pavas (mailing address: Apartado 920-1200, Pavas, San Jose, Costa Rica). Phone 506-2519-2000. Fax 506-519-2305. http://sanjose.usembassy.gov.
What to wear
Dress in Costa Rica is conservatively casual. Bathing suits and short shorts are for the beach or river rafting.
You'll feel comfortable during the day in casual sports clothes, but in a good restaurant or at the theater at night, you should adhere to local customs. In San Jose, Tico men wear collared shirts and slacks and women wear skirts, jeans or dresses, though young adults are prone to adopt a sexier look, with skin-tight jeans de rigueur for women. Dress conservatively in the countryside.
For hiking, wear comfortable shoes (which will most likely get muddy) or lightweight hiking boots, along with lightweight pants and
long-sleeved shirts to guard against thorns and biting insects.
Take along a hat, not only as protection against the sun but also to keep leaves and other rain-forest debris out of your hair.
Carry a light raincoat or poncho in wet season (and stick a couple of sealable plastic bags in your pocket to protect your camera).
We also recommend a change of socks (especially on long day tours) to help prevent blisters.
You will need warm, waterproof wear for hiking Chirripo and other extreme upland areas.