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Frequently Asked Questions

1- Do I need a passport for my vacations in Costa Rica?

A valid passport is mandatory to visit Costa Rica.  It should be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date of your Costa Rica tour.

2- Is a visa required for my vacations in Costa Rica?

USA, Canada and most European countries do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. It is always advisable to check in advance.

3- Is an international driver's license required to drive in Costa Rica?

You are allowed to drive with your normal driver's license for three months.

4- Can visit Costa Rica with a one way ticket?

All visitors must have a round trip ticket to Costa Rica as an entry requirement.

5- Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica?

Major international credit cards (Master Card/Visa/AMEX) are accepted at most hotels, stores, restaurants and car rental agencies -- at smaller businesses be prepared to pay in local currency during your Costa Rica vacation.

6- How can I keep safe during my vacations in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has been the most politically stable country in Central America for many years. Unlike many other countries in the region, Costa Rica has enjoyed over one hundred years of democracy.
In general Costa Rica is a safe destination, without the serious problems that plague poorer nations.  However, it would be naive to think that crime doesn't exist and it's always a good idea to be cautious as anywhere in the world, especially in big cities.

7- What kind of inoculations do I have to take during my vacations in Costa Rica?

There are no required inoculations for Costa Rica, but it is a good idea to check with your physician for recommendations of optional inoculations and health precautions.

8- Is tap water drinkable in Costa Rica?

Tap water is drinkable, however some people may not be used to it, for this reason bottled water is available everwhere.

9- Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier?

Service is the same as in the U.S.: 110 volts; 60 cycles.  European items need an adapter.

10- How much is he departure tax?

Departure tax is $26, can be paid in US Dollars, colones or with credit cards (Cash advance).

11- What taxes should I expect to pay in Costa Rica?

10% gratuity and a 13% sales tax at restaurants and Hotels.

12- How is the weather in Costa Rica?

Conditions are moderate all year round and the main influence on temperature is altitude.  The average temperature is 70ºF (21ºC) in the highlands and from the high 70´s to the low 90´sºF (21ºC to 32ºC) in the lowlands.  The rainy season or green season in Costa Rica goes from May to November, and the dry season from December to April.  However, even during the green season, the mornings are likely to be bright and sunny.  Temperatures vary little between seasons.

13- Are the national parks wheel chair accessible?

The Poas Volcano National Park is the only one that offers access for wheel chairs.

14- What should I bring when going to the Costa Rica rain forest?

All you need is insect repellent, a rain coat with a hood and hiking boots.

15- What is the dress code in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has a very casual dress code; formal attire is only used on special occasions, like receptions, dine-outs or cultural activities.

16- What Costa Rica airport should we use?

The Juan Santamaria Airport should be used for San Jose based Costa Rica packages or if you are visiting the mid Pacific coast or various destinations within Costa Rica.  If the program is on the north Pacific coast it is better to fly to Liberia Airport served by Continental, Delta and American Airlines as well as by charter and private flights.

17- Do you offer full Costa Rica vacations rentals?

The CRT Team offers a big variety of Costa Rica vacation rentals including car rentals, Costa Rica tours