Practical information

Below you’ll find a practical guide to help you prepare for your trip to Costa Rica.

Entering and leaving the country

Documents required for travel to Costa Rica:

  • Passport valid for at least 1 day beyond the date of departure from Costa Rica.
  • For stopovers, check the validity of your passport, which may be different from that required in Costa Rica.
  • Have a return ticket or a ticket to another destination

Time difference

Costa Rica observes Central Standard Time all year. GMT -6

With respect to New York, for example:

Summer time: Noon at Costa Rica = 2pm in NYC
Winter time: Noon at Costa Rica = 1pm in NYC



FROM APRIL 1, 2022 vaccinated or not

No more Covid formalities. Back to normal.

We recommend that you are up to date with your basic vaccinations: Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis…

You will need to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you have visited the following countries in the 3 months preceding your arrival: Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Niger, Gabon, Congo, Sudan, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Sudan, Burkina Faso.

Banks and credit cards

Banks are present throughout the country, as are ATMs (in colon or colon and dollar) except in Tortuguero and Drake. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted everywhere.

It is advisable to arrive with a few dollars in denominations of $10 or $20, so as not to be destitute at the start of your stay.

Travellers cheques are accepted at the country’s two main banks: Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) and Banco National, very rarely elsewhere.

Clothing and accessories

  • Make sure you wear light clothing, short for the day and long for the evening – mosquitoes love tourists! Useful to know: they also love dark colors.
  • You’ll need a jacket, sweater, light shoes, walking shoes or plastic boots, depending on your activities. Depending on your itinerary, we’ll tell you what not to forget.
  • Electrical accessories: In Costa Rica, plugs are like in the USA (2 flat plugs + 1 round grounded plug). The current is 110 volts.

Most important of all: don’t forget your camera. If necessary, bring dehumidifier bags for your electronic devices, to prevent them from fogging up.

For your stay in Costa Rica, don’t forget to pack a small first-aid kit, handy for minor injuries…

How to come?


Your cell phone will work everywhere if you have activated the International option. Please check with your operator to find out about the additional charges incurred by this option.

We advise you to have your phone unlocked before you leave, so that you can use the local SIM card that Costa Rica découverte gives to all its customers on arrival. Data and local calls included.


Internet access is widespread throughout the country, and most establishments offer Wifi and/or a computer.

International Flights

The main airlines serving Costa Rica :










The leatherback turtle – Dermochelys coriaces – is the largest of the world’s 7 species of sea turtle. It measures up to 2 m in length and weighs between 500 kg and 950 kg. It is now considered endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). Costa Rica, which has several breeding grounds, has implemented a large number of protective measures.

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These measures led to one of the absolute birth records for a single laying season: 886 baby turtles were born at Playa Junquillal in 2008. Not many compared with the several thousand eggs deposited on the coastline, you may ask? But many egg predators live in the vicinity of nesting sites: vultures, coatis, raccoons, foxes… As for man, at least in Costa Rica, he no longer takes the eggs, if at all, and instead protects the nests as best he can during incubation.