Some Of The Most Common And Crucial Questions Asked About Costa Rica Tour

Posted on 30th Jan 2019

Costa Rica has been one of the most lovable tourist destinations and almost everyone dreams of visiting this beautiful country once in their lifetime. So if you are also planning to make a visit to this place then below are the most asked questions regarding Costa Rica that you must be aware of to enjoy your tour to the fullest.


We at El Tubo Surf have answered some of the most common and crucial questions regarding Costa Rica travel to help you out in planning your tour efficiently. Hope it helps!

Q: Do I need a visa to visit Costa Rica?

A: The immigration department of Costa Rica has designated four different groups of international countries that have four different visa necessities for their citizens to arrive, visit and stay in Costa Rica.

  • Citizens of the first and second group of countries do not require a Costa Rica visa whereas citizens of the third and fourth groups of countries will require a restricted Costa Rica Visa which must be applied for in advance of travel at least 90 days before expected travel..

  • Citizens of the third groups must consult with a Costa Rican consulate before traveling to Costa Rica. The length of the tourist visa granted is at the discretion of the immigration official granting the visa entry to Costa Rica, but is usually granted for 30 days but can be up to 90 days.

  • Citizens of the fourth group of countries must obtain a visa from a Costa Rican consulate before traveling to Costa Rica. Visas will rarely be granted unless for a minor or major with a disability or spouse or parents for family reunification.

Q: How can I get a Costa Rican tourist visa in advance?

A: If you are traveling on a U.S., Canadian or European Union Passport you do not have to apply for a visa in advance. When you arrive in Costa Rica the minimum requirements are a valid passport, an onward ticket (to leave Costa Rica at the end of your vacation), and show $300 U.S.

But if you belong to the third group of countries that include Albania, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bhutan, Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal and more, Or if you belong to the fourth group of countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Democratic People’s Republic North Korea, Somalia and Sri Lanka then you will require a restricted Costa Rica Visa which must be applied for in advance of travel at least 90 days before expected travel.

Q: What's the best currency to take to Costa Rica?

A: Costa Rican Colone is the best currency as it is accepted everywhere and you need not have to worry about exchange rates after your arrival. The "best" currency in any country is always the currency that is used in that country. But if you are looking for widely accepted currencies then U.S. dollars as well as Costa Rican colones are accepted everywhere. If you are looking for the most convenient currency to use, then it is likely much simpler to exchange pounds for US dollars before you leave home. And in case if you are looking for the most economical currency that you can use within Costa Rica then colones as well as US dollars can be the best choice.

Therefore bringing US dollars might be the "best" currency to bring, but only if what you are looking for is convenience. It is usually seen that most people probably bring US dollars, but in most cases it is just because they are easier to get than colones before you leave home. These might also be cheaper, but you have to look into the exchange rates before you can know for sure. One more fact that you need to know is that when you are using US dollars in Costa Rica, most places will give you about 5% lower exchange rate than the bank will give you.

Q: What's the weather like in Costa Rica?

A: The climate in Costa Rica varies from place to place that ranges from micro climates to macro climates. It may vary like at someplace it is rainy and at the other it is completely dry! We can say that weather in Costa Rica depends upon where you are and at what time of the year it is! Saying so, it is also can be said that Costa Rican weather offers unexpected surprises. The weather in Costa Rica is directly proportional to the elevation. The low lying Pacific Coast is usually hot and dry but during the rainy season it rains in the afternoon and remains occasionally cloudy and humid day. In contrast the Caribbean climate zone that includes Tortuguero, Arenal, Puerto Viejo and Sarapiqui remains warm and humid throughout the year and has lesser rigid rainy and dry seasons. And the Central Highlands that borders the Central Valley of Costa Rica is considerably cooler and with a variety of elevations i.e. from about 3000 to 5000 feet above sea level.

Q: What are the best things that I can do in Costa Rica?

A: Costa Rica means “rich coast” and it is the home to a stunning variety of flora and fauna. In fact you can find some of the rarest and most endangered species here. Besides the vibrant wildlife there are stunning beaches and marvelous landscapes that you can enjoy. Also there are five active volcanoes that you can be explored via hiking and the volcanic eruption is the most spectacular thing that will create a memory of lifetime for you. Besides that there are more than 60 National Parks where you can enjoy the nature and wildlife in the best possible way. Some of the most popular national parks are Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Corcovado National Park. And if you love riding the tides then Costa Rica is the surfer’s paradise and Costa Rica surfing is considered as one of the best experiences in the world. The conditions here are suitable for both the beginners as well as the experts.

Q: What to wear when I travel Costa Rica?

A: Costa Rica is a casual country so keeping it casual is the best way out, except for the San Jose metro area! Comfortable tops, shorts and sandals for men and simple dresses and flats for women are the best way to enjoy Costa Rica. But as already mentioned Costa Rica varies from place to place, there are some exceptions that you need to know.

  • Firstly, San Jose, here if you have planned to visit a museum in downtown then you must pack some pants, a nicer top, and closed-toe shoes. Also you might need a lightweight sweater/cardigan or jacket for the cooler mornings and evenings.

  • Secondly, if you are visiting the Cloud Forests of Monteverde or San Gerardo de Dota, then bring some layers like pants, long sleeve shirts, and lightweight jackets. Here, the temperatures are quite low than that of the beach and the rural mountain towns.

  • Now if you are planning a visit to Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez, or the Caribbean Coast then lightweight clothes are your best bet as these places are extremely hot and humid.

  • Besides that if you are visiting Costa Rica during rainy season i.e. May through November then do not forget to carry a raincoat or light waterproof jacket! Also you might need hiking boots or sturdy sneakers if you are an adventurer and want to go for hiking or walking.

Overall, Costa Rica is a fabulous and exotic destination that has so much to offer. For further details regarding Costa Rican trips do visit our website

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