Climate

Due to its location, Costa Rica has a spectacular tropical climate with average temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes Costa Rica a place of diverse microclimates. Our country has two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The rainy season spans the months of May through November, and the dry season is from December to April. The seasons in the Caribbean of Costa Rica are the opposite. The dry season lasts from June until October, and the rainy season is from December to May. This helps make Costa Rica a biological corridor with 5% of the world's biodiversity in this region.

Currency

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Colon although US dollars are also accepted in most places. If need be, you can exchange currency at state banks and at some hotels. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted by most retailers. We recommend you carry enough cash as per your itinerary. ATMs are located in most major cities and tourist areas. However, please keep in mind that merchants will only accept low denomination dollars; $50 and $100 bills will NOT be accepted.

Visa

When you enter Costa Rica, your passport must be valid for at least six months. You may stay in Costa Rica for up to 90 days as a tourist. Whether or not you can travel to Costa Rica without a visa will depend on your country of origin. For more information and to learn more about the countries that require an entry visa to Costa Rica, we recommend you visit the following website: http://www.migracion.go.cr/extranjeros/visas.html

Exchange Rate

Visit the following website to check the current exchange rate: http://www.bccr.fi.cr/

Vaccines

No vaccines are required to enter Costa Rica except for the Yellow Fever vaccine, which is required for visitors from South American countries.

Departure Tax

Costa Rica has a departure tax, which must be paid at the airport prior to check-in. The tax currently costs $29.00 per person.

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