Of all the Central American countries, Costa Rica receives the highest number of tourists, thanks to robust tourism infrastructure, and world-famous beaches and wildlife. Costa Rica has nearly 30 national parks, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a premier destination for adventure travelers, with ziplines, snorkeling, scuba diving and canyoneering topping the list of things to do in Costa Rica.
QUICK COSTA RICA FACTS
Currency: Costa Rican colón can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Costa Rica, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as North American power points (2 flat prongs). I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter.
Official Language: The official language of Costa Rica is Costa Rican Spanish, which is different to Spanish spoken in Spain.
Health: There are a number of health concerns in Costa Rica for travellers including malaria, dengue fever and zika. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination. The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host.
Unsure about travelling during COVID? Check out the COVID travel requirements and restrictions for Costa Rica.
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