Traveling to and Having a Good Time in Costa Rica: the Facts

senior_travel_costa_rica_retirementCosta Rica is a beautiful country for getting away on holiday. Not only is it enjoyed by tourists but many from places like the United States have chosen it as their retirement home. For the vacationer, what should you know before planning a trip to Costa Rica? Here are a few facts.

To ensure that you will have the best time on your holiday in Costa Rica, you need to make sure that you are prepared on the following points prior to your departure. These points include:

  • Passport/visa
  • Money
  • Airports
  • Best season for visiting
  • Clothing
  • Getting around

In general, if you are a citizen of the United States, the U.K., Canada, Australia, or other European Union nation, you don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica and can stay up to 90 days. It is recommended that your passport have at least six months of validity remaining. Those with intentions of staying longer should check with the Costa Rican embassy in their home country and present to them your intentions. They will inform you how to handle your situation.

The Colon is the currency used in Costa Rica. You have a couple of choices for exchanging your money. You can either do it at your departure airport or wait until you get to the country. In Costa Rica you can exchange your money at money exchange locations, hotels, banks, or at the airport.

Your international flight will take you into one of two major airports. For those whose journey will take them to the Northwest region (Guanacaste Province, Nicoya Peninsula), the airport will probably be the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia. Otherwise it will be the Juan Santa Maria International Airport in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

In the tropics of Central America, especially close to the equator, there are basically two seasons: dry and rainy. Dry season is hot with no rain and beautiful sunshine but it is also when you will pay more for everything. Dry season runs from December through April and it is the rainy season otherwise. If you don’t mind some rain, you can get some good travel deals during the period from May through November.

senior_vacation_costa_rica_retirementPreparing clothing to take to Costa Rica is fairly simple. You’ll want to take beach clothing for the beaches and resorts and casual for when you are visiting the cities. Never wear beach clothing inside the cities of Latin America because the locals are quite offended by it.

Of course when you get to Costa Rica, you’ll need to get around after the airport. The main choices you have are bus, taxi, hired van, and rental car. Faraway destinations are reached by domestic air and ferries are used to cross the Gulf of Nicoya. Rental car is the best choice for getting to places where public transportation either cannot take you or is too expensive. A hired van is a good choice if you are traveling in a group and you get the added advantage of having a driver who knows the ins and outs of the area where he is driving you.

By doing a bit of planning around these matters beforehand, you can look forward to a fun time in Costa Rica. Take the time to plan ahead for a wonderful Costa Rican vacation today..