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Costa Rica Travel Guide

  • Vacations in Costa Rica, Central America’s peaceful oasis

    The name Costa Rica describes the country well: rich coast. Hopping on one of the many flights to this exotic destination means vacationing in a paradise of active volcanoes, sandy beaches, tropical rainforests and airy cloud forests; as well as among the toucans, howler monkeys and red-eyed tree frogs.

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  • Volcanoes

    Tourism showcases Costa Rica’s numerous volcanoes, notably Poás, Irazú, Rincón de la Vieja, as well as the majestic Arenal and its hot springs.

  • Tropical forests and ecotourism

    A visit to Costa Rica’s innumerable tropical forests is a must. An excursion to Monte Verde allows tourists to discover nature from the vantage point of suspension bridges.
  • Outings

    Costa Rica’s surfing villages are usually those with the most animated nightlife. Tourists looking to party aren’t disappointed in Tamarindo, Puerto Viejo, Jaco or even in  San José Will open in a separate browser window .

  • Cities

    San José Will open in a separate browser window  and  Liberia Will open in a separate browser window  are two cities with a variety of cultural activities. In San José—the capital—the museums display the local culture. In Liberia—a city of all-white buildings—tourists sip a jugo de caña as they stroll through the parks.
  • Beaches and surfing

    Costa Rica’s beaches are numerous and diverse—perfect for vacations. Playa Hermosa is tranquil, Playa del Coco is very lively and Playa Tamarindois a surfer’s paradise. Puerto Viejo and Isla Tortuga are also well-known destinations for lovers of big waves.

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    Currency

    Costa Rica’s official currency is the Costa Rican Colón (CRC), but American dollars are accepted, especially in hotels. Credit cards are also often accepted.

    Official Language

    Spanish is the country’s official language and is spoken by the majority, but certain Amerindian languages are also spoken. In tourist areas, you can get around speaking English.

    Things to remember

    Remember to pack sunblock and insect repellent.

  • Entry/exit requirements

    Costa Rica has an airport departure tax that is not included when purchasing an Air Transat flight ticket. This US $29 tax must be paid locally, per person (babies included), before leaving the country, by cash (American dollars or Colon), or Visa. MasterCard are not accepted.

    For more information about passport and visa requirements, visit the Government of Canada travel website.

    Vaccination

    Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website or ask your health professional about vaccination requirements.

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