Heralded as the happiest and the greenest country on earth, Costa Rica is nature's haven in Central America.

Economists have puzzled over what makes Costa Rican’s so happy, but it seems to have something to do with their natural surrounds. This tiny population live in a land covered in rainforest and teeming with animal life. Could it be the incredible views of smoking volcanoes and misty peaks that humbles and contents the locals? Perhaps it’s the walks through foggy forests, alive with the sounds of birds that makes their hearts sing. With endless opportunities to soak in the sun and lay on lavish beaches, Costa Rica’s joy may not be such a mystery after all. 

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Our Costa Rica trips score an average of 4.45 out of 5 based on 20 reviews in the last year.

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Costa Rica travel FAQs

  • Australia: Not required
  • Belgium: Not required
  • Canada: Not required
  • Germany: Not required
  • Ireland: Not required
  • Netherlands: Not required
  • New Zealand: Not required
  • South Africa: Yes - in advance
  • Switzerland: Not required
  • United Kingdom: Not required

USA: Not required

Tipping is common practice and often expected in Costa Rica. Round up the bill or leave spare change to show your appreciation for good service. 

Internet is widely accessible in urban areas but less so in remote and country places. 

You’ll have mobile coverage in major centres but coverage can be patchy outside of these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Costa Rica has both western-style toilets and squats toilets. You may like to carry some soap and toilet paper with you as it isn’t always provided. 

  • Coconut drink = 250 CRC
  • Can of soft drink = 450 CRC
  • Bottle of beer = 1000 CRC
  • Basic lunch = 2000 CRC
  • Sit down dinner in a restaurant = 5000-7500 CRC

Tap water is considered safe to drink in most parts of Costa Rica, however travellers sometimes find that they have can have a reaction to water in another country. For this reason, it isn’t recommended you drink the tap water in Costa Rica. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You can use your credit card at places like large hotels, nice restaurants and malls. You’ll need cash if you want to make purchases from small local businesses. 

There are plenty of ATMs in major centres however they are less common outside of these areas. 

Yes. All Peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

 

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/costa-rica/public-holidays