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Costa Rica Travel Guide

  • Costa Rica: exotic getaway guaranteed!

    The name Costa Rica describes the country well: rich coast.
    One that's home to a diverse flora and fauna. Volcanoes, mountains, rivers, valleys, rainforests,cloud forests: the country's natural beauty makes it the perfect place to get away from it all.

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  • Volcanoes

    Numerous volcanoes like Poás, Irazú, Rincón de la Vieja and the majestic Arenal, with its hot springs, draw tourists from near and far.

  • 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

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  • Beaches and surfing

    Costa Rica’s beaches are numerous and diverse—perfect for disconnecting from the daily grind. Playa Hermosa is tranquil, Playa del Coco is very lively and Playa Tamarindo is a surfer’s paradise. Puerto Viejo and Isla Tortuga are also popular with big wave chasers.

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Important Information

  • Airports in South serviced by Air Transat


    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.

  • Entry/exit requirements

    Costa Rica requires an airport departure tax of US$29, which is now included in the sale price when you book a flight with Air Transat. This tax is payable by all passengers, including infants.

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


    To obtain information concerning vaccines, please visit the Government of Canada’s travel website or ask your health professional about vaccination requirements.

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