Costa Rica Travel Advice

Make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trip to Costa Rica. 

Passport & Visas

Most nationalities, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada, are not required to have a visa for touristic stays in Costa Rica shorter than 90 days. Please check the country-specific requirements with your embassy before you plan a trip to Costa Rica.

Your passport needs to be valid for a duration longer than your stay in Costa Rica. We recommend at least 6 months of validity from your arrival in Costa Rica. You should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. 

Check with your embassy or your official government website for foreign Costa Rica travel advice. Bear in mind that the information we provide is for guidance only. You are advised to check the details based on your nationality as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling.

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA 

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. WorldNomads.com is one of the travel insurance providers that you can go with. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Costa Rica travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour and country, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. Check out the Government’s Travel Warnings, which keep you informed about civil and natural situations. You can find useful Costa Rica travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • The High Season

The best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April when the rainy winter ends, leaving the skies for plenty of sunshine. Temperatures vary in the high-20s, reaching above 30°C in March and April. You can explore the rainforest without the humidity and savor the dazzling beaches of the Caribbean. As it is the peak season, the oceanside resorts in Manuel Antonio and the villages of Costa Rica will be at their most vibrant. You will get to experience the soulful vibes of the country if you travel in this season.

  • The Shoulder Season

Costa Rica’s tropical climate makes it possible to visit the country all year round, as temperatures rarely drop below 25°C. Shoulder months like May and November are perfect for Costa Rica tours. The country is lush with the increasing rains in these months, offering unforgettable views of the national parks. The coasts are particularly rainy, so we recommend packing accordingly. Some of the best places to visit in Costa Rica are brimming with wildlife activity and exquisite flora. Visit Arenal and Monteverde around this time to witness the rigorous nature of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica travel advice
Passport & Visas

Most nationalities, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada, are not required to have a visa for touristic stays in Costa Rica shorter than 90 days. Please check the country-specific requirements with your embassy before you plan a trip to Costa Rica.

Your passport needs to be valid for a duration longer than your stay in Costa Rica. We recommend at least 6 months of validity from your arrival in Costa Rica. You should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. 

Check with your embassy or your official government website for foreign Costa Rica travel advice. Bear in mind that the information we provide is for guidance only. You are advised to check the details based on your nationality as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling. 

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. WorldNomads.com is one of the travel insurance providers that you can go with. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Costa Rica travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour and country, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include.  So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. Check out the Government’s Travel Warnings, which keep you informed about civil and natural situations. You can find useful Costa Rica travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • The High Season

The best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April when the rainy winter ends, leaving the skies for plenty of sunshine. Temperatures vary in the high-20s, reaching above 30°C in March and April. You can explore the rainforest without the humidity and savor the dazzling beaches of the Caribbean. As it is the peak season, the oceanside resorts in Manuel Antonio and the villages of Costa Rica will be at their most vibrant. You will get to experience the soulful vibes of the country if you travel in this season.

  • The Shoulder Season

Costa Rica’s tropical climate makes it possible to visit the country all year round, as temperatures rarely drop below 25°C. Shoulder months like May and November are perfect for Costa Rica tours. The country is lush with the increasing rains in these months, offering unforgettable views of the national parks. The coasts are particularly rainy, so we recommend packing accordingly. Some of the best places to visit in Costa Rica are brimming with wildlife activity and exquisite flora. Visit Arenal and Monteverde around this time to witness the rigorous nature of Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica travel advice

Money Matters

The currency in Costa Rica is the Colon (CRC). We recommend that you wait until you go to the city center to change your money. Exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city.

ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted, except in some rural and remote areas.

We recommend carrying cash with you at all times for small purchases.

Costa Rica travel advice

The Food Scene

For the must-try dishes, look for the family-operated, wholeheartedly authentic Sodas—the traditional restaurants of Costa Rica.

The rich plate of Casado is a typical Costa Rican favorite. If you are looking for a vegetarian option, Gallo Pinto is a flavorsome alternative.

You will rediscover the concept of chocolate with Costa Rica’s raw and unprocessed cacao.

Costa Rica travel advice

Solo Travels

Are you traveling alone? You can stay in a single room if your accommodation in Costa Rica has the single supplement option.

You can also choose to be roomed with a solo traveler of the same gender.

Feel free to contact your tour leader if you require assistance.

Costa Rica travel advice

Adventure Essentials

Our Costa Rica itineraries are packed with adventures in the cloud forests. Make sure you have all the essential gear you need.

Don’t forget to pack your flip-flops for the beach and hiking shoes for the rainforest.

We recommend having a mosquito repellent and sunscreen.

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