Costa Rica – BEFORE YOU GO – Tips



The local currency is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC)

Time Zone

Costa Rica is the same as U.S. central standard time, but does not observe daylight savings time.


Heath care in Costa Rica is very good and sanitary standards are high. First class hospitals are found throughout San José and some of the other largely populated areas.

Rain Jacket

Pack light for your travels. The highland areas can be very cold, so pack a sweater if you are going there. For the lowland areas light, loose-fitting shirts and pants are essential. A widebrimmed hat and sunglasses are recommended for the beach

Airport tax

On the day of departure, travelers must be at the airport about two hours before the time your flight is scheduled to leave. There is a departure tax of US$26.00.


Spanish is the official language. English is spoken in tourist areas throughout the country.


A 10% tip in a restaurant is appropriate but most restaurants will add it to your bill so read your bill before paying a tip. Taxi drivers generally do not receive a tip.


Like all Latin American countries, Costa Rica is predominantly Catholic, but other denominations are found throughout the country.


Direct-dial telephone service, facsimile, telex, radio and cable television are all available. Bilingual operator assistance for international calls is – 116, local information – 113, long distance information – 124.


There is a 13% sales tax at hotels, restaurants and most service industries, and an additional 3% tourist tax at hotels.


The water is safe to drink in all areas of the country. Nevertheless we suggest you to buy bottled water for drinking

Business hours

Government offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Commercial offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stores and other businesses from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and do not close for lunch.

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