More importantly than just merely selling vacation packages to its clients, a good vacation agency should function as a full-fledged advisor. And so, the following are the things that a good travel agency in Costa Rica should recommend and that you may take into account when using your agency of choice.
You should bring some cash, but if you run out: there are ATMs everywhere and credit cards are widely accepted. Costa Rica´s currency is the Colon and there are 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 bill denominations and also 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 500 coins. You may exchange money at any bank but also at hotels and restaurants in smaller denominations (up to USD$100). For every product purchase you will pay 13% tax and for every service a 10% tax. Upon heading out of Costa Rica you will be required to pay a USD$29 exit tax.
Passengers coming into Costa Rica from countries like Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana, will be required to have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Upon arrival, a migration officer will request the yellow fever certificate to allow entrance into Costa Rica.You may bring into Costa Rica all personal medication and also repellent, allergy medicine, aloe vera and sun screening.
Costa Rica is located on top of two tectonic plaques and so it is common to experience tremors and earthquakes. However, the country has been built precisely taking into account these plaques and most constructions are safe. In terms of crime, Costa Rica is one of the safest countries of Latin America and yet you will get some pickpocketing in downtown San Jose. Mind your belongings.
Passengers coming from the following countries are allowed into Costa Rica without a visa for 90 days: Argentina, Chile, Spain, USA, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and most of European countries.
Some times of the year are better than others to visit Costa Rica. October, for instance, is generally rainy and some National Parks in the Southern part of our country may close. But actually October is the best month to visit the Caribbean and the Northern Plains in Costa Rica. So your visit will depend upon the type of activities you’d like to do while in Costa Rica. Fishing is best November through May in our Pacific Coast and July through November in our Caribbean Coast.
Take all of these important facts into account and ask more about them: your travel agent should know this information so that it can help you plan a suitable vacation.