Costa Rica Travel Guide

In this guide, you will find everything you need to know of Costa Rica, and to prepare for the trip of your dreams.


Is the water drinkable?

Costa Rica has a high coverage of drinking water so in most places you can take water directly from the pipeline without any problem.

Is it easy to transport in Costa Rica?

The road system has improved a lot in the last years and allows to transport comfortably to any part of the country. There are always areas where depending on the time of the year, you may need a four wheel drive vehicle, but it is a country where it is easy to move. In addition it counts on an extensive and cheap coverage of public buses and many private transport companies that are more comfortable.

In recent years there has been an important grown of the domestic air transportation industry that can also take advantage for traveling the country very easily and quickly.

What forms of payment do you accept?

The official currency is the Colon. The bills have denominations of ¢ 1000, ¢ 2000, ¢ 5000, ¢ 10000, ¢ 20000 and ¢ 50000. While the coins are of ¢ 5, ¢ 10, ¢ 25, ¢ 50, ¢ 100 and ¢ 500. The exchange rate is variable in relation to the US dollar, which can be changed in banks. The vast majority of shops accept US dollars and even euros. With regard to credit cards, Visa and MasterCard are the most accepted by businesses; American Express has less acceptance. However, take into account that in rural areas these services are more limited, because sometimes there is no payment service with a credit card.

What electrical system is used?

The electricity is 110 volts, AC. The connectors and plugs are American style. In some rural areas, there is no electricity, some having the option of own generators or solar energy.

What number do I need to dial if I have an emergency?

The emergency number is 911.

Important Information

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