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An absolute jungle paradise, Costa Rica is a nature lovers dream. There are mountains, crystal clear waterfalls, stunning beaches, active volcanoes and some of the cutest wildlife you could imagine. 

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costa rica guide
travel guide to costa rica

Known for it’s diverse countryside, Costa Rica offers everything from mountains to waterfalls and beach inlets to volcanoes. Also home to the largest number of sloths in the world, Costa Rica is an incredible country to explore. 

When To Visit: During the dry season from mid-December to April is the best time to visit Costa Rica, when there is plenty of sunshine and few rainy days. This of course means that it is also the busiest and most expensive time to visit, but when you’re able to get out and explore as much as you want you won’t regret choosing the dry season to visit. 

Language: The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish, although locals speak in a number of different dialects including Costa Rican Spanish and Central American Spanish. Some people you come across in popular tourist areas will speak and understand a little English, but don’t expect it everywhere. 

Visas: Visitors travelling to Costa Rica on an Australian passport do not require a visa for stays of less than 90 days. This is also the case for travellers holding passports from USA, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and all European Union countries. 

ESSENTIAL INFO ABOUT COSTA RICA

Capital City: San José

Time Zone: Costa Rica follow the Central Standard Time Zone UTC -6. They do not have daylight savings at any time throughout the year. 

Currency: The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón (CRC). At the time of writing $1AUD converts to 400.72 CRC, $1USD coverts to 574.21 CRC and £1GBP converts to 713.92 CRC. USD are also widely used and accepted throughout Costa Rica. 

Credit Cards & ATMs: More often then not you will need cash when travelling through Costa Rica. Credit cards are rarely accepted in most places and ATMs can be very difficult to come by. Grab your cash out at the airport to avoid wasting time searching for a bank or ATM later on. 

Driving: Always drive on the right side of the road in Costa Rica. 

Power: In Costa Rica the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

Internet Access: Most hotels and accommodation around Costa Rica offer some pretty reliable internet connections, but if when you’re out and about you’re unlikely to find any access to internet. 

International Airport: Costa Rica has two international airports – San José Juan Santamaría (SJO) and Liberia Daniel Oduber (LIR). Most flights will land at San Jose, where you can get a connecting domestic flight or book a car service to drive you to your destination. 

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