Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to Costa Rica?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Costa Rica are available from the NHS website

Is it safe to travel to Costa Rica?

For up to date information around safety and security in Costa Rica read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Costa Rica.

Best time to visit Costa Rica?

The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season). This peaktourist season boasts plenty of sunshine making it anideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches. That said, the dry season is the most popular (and expensive) time to visit.

Do I need a visa to enter Costa Rica?

British nationals don't need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You may stay as a visitor for up to 90 days under a tourist visa waiver, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival.You should check the requirements with the Costa Rican authorities.

What currency do i need in Costa Rica?

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón.

While visiting Costa Rica

What wild animals live in Costa Rica?

Mexican Tree Frog, Golden Orb Weavers, Ocelot, Three-Toed Sloth, King Vulture Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan.

What is the traditional food in Costa Rica?

Gallo pinto, which has a literal meaning of "spotted rooster", is the national dish of Costa Rica. It consists of rice and beans stir-fried together in a pan to create a speckled appearance.

What Languages are spoken in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica's official and predominant language is Spanish. The variety spoken is Costa Rican Spanish, is a form of Central American Spanish. A Creole-English language, Jamaican patois (also known as Mekatelyu), is spoken along the Caribbean coast.

How much do you tip in Costa Rica?

The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón. Tipping in Costa Rica is not mandatory, though restaurants do add a service charge on the final bill that includes 10 percent gratuity.

Where can I find a local travel expert for Costa Rica?

Local Costa Rica travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency Costa Rica Numbers?

  • Police: 911
  • Ambulance: 911
  • Fire: 911
  • Embassy: +506 2258 2025

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in Costa Rica?

    The time difference is -6 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for Costa Rica?

    Costa Rica Guidebook

    Best Costa Rica guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to Costa Rica with this Costa Rica Guidebook .