Costa Rica is a tropical country, because of that there is not a 100% protection about tropical diseases. But although there have not been big problems about that since many years. However you should know about this problems, and take care of yourself. So you should not travel unmedicated.
In Costa Rica, there is a very good public transport network. This consists primarily of buses and minibuses, the majority of the places is connected with each other. There are also large and modern intercity buses , which are made for longterm travels.
As a European tourist, you’ll get to Costa Rica through the Juan Santamaría Airport, which belongs to the capital San José. The airport is located about 20 km northwest of San José, in the small town of Alajuela.
From Germany, Costa Rica may only be reached directly with Condor. The other available airline is Iberia, but changing the plane in Madrid. All other airlines fly over the United States, which requires a grueling leaving-act.
The actually exchange rate (June 2015) is around 530 per USD. It’s helpful, to carry always both currency’s (USD/Colón) with you. Hotel, trips, taxes and entre of the national park is in USD. Supermarkets, shops, gas-stations, restaurants, etc. in Colón.
The roads are, if not in the best condition, yet easy to drive, and the orientation is pretty easy thanks to the GPS. We will take care of the booking of your car, and borrowing a GPS. Please fill out the contact form below.
Costa Rica is a great country to explore in your own car- driving on your own. Travel with a rental, at least for parts has a lot of advantages: you will not depend on timetables, and you are free to stop, wherever you want and you like to.
Orientation in this small country is not quite difficult. The main road through Costa Rica is the Panamericana, which leads from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska (but is interrupted between Panama and Colombia). The Panamericana connects San Jose to the north of Liberia and then Nicaragua, south to Panamá.
A journey with kids is always something exiting. Costa Rica is an adventurous vacation-destination, with many activities for kids. The flight from Europe is very long, around 15 hours, but usually the children are sleeping. We recommend using an overnights flight, when travelling with children.
Besides bringing light clothes for warm days in the tropical country, and swimwear for the beach, you should also think that it often rains in Costa Rica.
So you should bring a good raincoat (every Tico always carries an umbrella around, and every biker has its rain protection). You should also know that Costa Rica is located in a high area, and it is very cold.
All numbers in Costa RIcaare 8 digits. No area codes. Numbers starting with 2 or 3 are land- lines, the numbers with 8 are the mobile networks of ICE (Kölbi), the national telephone company. In the end of 2011, due to the free trade agreement TLC, came the international competition. Since October 2011, Movistar (Telefonica, numbers beginning with 6) and Claro (numbers 7) provide their services, and other will follow.
Nevertheless, you must not underestimate the distances, and sometimes because of traffic, poor roads, and other uncertainties, it takes quite long to get on the road from A to B. That is why it makes sense to fly from one place to another. Especially since the national tickets have an attractive price, and are carried out by small planes.
Basically, our winter months are known as summer, which characterize of less or not at all raining. But there is no guarantee it will be dry in such a water-rich country as Costa Rica. When there is summer time in Europe, in Costa Rica they call it winter.
In the rainy season it rains. Yes, sometimes longer. But surely not as depressing as it happens in Europe. The rain is warm and most of the mornings dry. The rivers have plenty of water then, everything is fresh and green, and the air smells of life.