In Costa Rica there are three airports. SJO Juan Santamaria Airport is located in Alajuela. Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport located in Liberia, Guanacaste and Tobías Bolaños International Airport located in Pavas, San José.
Visa and Passport Required:
Traveling to Costa Rica without a visa will depend on your nationality; citizens from the United States, Canada, Russia and the majority of European countries enjoy this privilege. It is necessary to have a valid passport to enter the country. You can visit the following website to check which countries need a visa.
In restaurants and other locales the check includes the 13% sales tax plus 10% for service. (Both are established by law), so a tip is usually not necessary as it is included in the final price. On the other hand, taxi drivers generally don’t receive a tip. If you are satisfied with the service you receive, you can tip tour guides, private drivers, hotel bellhops and chambermaids. The amount is at your discretion and absolutely voluntary.
There is not real summer or winter in Costa Rica and the rainy season here lasts from May to November, with the months of December through April having little to no rain and September and October being the heaviest rain period. While the average rainfall in the country is around 100 inches, some mountainous areas get as much as 25 feet of rainfall on a yearly basis. With tradewinds keeping the weather hot and humid most of the year, there is no real dry season out here and it rains very often.
What to bring:
First Aid Kit, camera, binoculars, umbrella, poncho, swimsuit, enought clothes, sport cloth, watershoes and a totally positive mentality and prepared to have an unforgettable experience.
Many of the meals prepared in Costa Rican restaurants use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, meaning that tourists sampling the delicacies on offer can do so in the knowledge that they are supporting local farmers and enjoying regional produce. Most restaurants in Costa Rica offer vegetarians a wide range of meals, as many dishes include local staples such as beans, rice and fresh vegetables. For carnivores, the choice is just as diverse, with fresh chicken, pork, beef and fish featuring prominently in local favorites such as “Casado” and “Olla de carne”.
Whether visitors are looking for a quick snack or a three-course meal, typical Costa Rican food offers a world of flavors at a reasonable price. With something for all tastes and dietary habits, choosing a place to eat can be as exciting as deciding what to see in this remarkable country.