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Costa Rica Travel Information

by Kandra Sperling
  • Overview

    Costa Rica Travel Information
    Costa Rica Travel Information
    Costa Rica, a Spanish colony until 1821, is rich with history and culture. The now independent Republic of Costa Rica borders the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, according to the United States Central Intelligence Agency. The 20,000-square-mile island offers national parks, mountains, rain forests, wildlife refuges and historic plantations.
  • Entry Requirements

    United States citizens traveling to Costa Rica must have a current, undamaged passport not due to expire at least 30 days after arrival. Tourists from Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela and Sub-Saharan Africa must show proof of yellow fever vaccination before entering the country.
  • Climate

    Costa Rica is a tropical and subtropical island. The dry season runs from December through April, while the wet season is May to November. The highlands have a mild, cooler climate.
  • Volcanoes

    Costa Rica, part of the Pacific Rim of Fire, has more than 200 volcanic formations, but only five active volcanoes. Arenal Volcano is one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world.
  • Regions to Visit

    The capital city of San Jose and Heredia province feature historic architecture such as the National Theater and adobe houses. Heredia is also the region to visit coffee plantations, according to the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism.
  • Beaches and Wildlife

    Guanacaste province features some of the finest white sand beaches, such as Panama Beach and Coco's Beach. See leatherback turtles in a sanctuary at Baulas National Park on Grande Beach.
  • Departure

    Short-term visitors departing Costa Rica will incur a departure tax, while tourists who have been on the island for more than 90 days may be delayed at the airport.

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