General Information


 

GENERAL INFORMATION


 

  • Language:  
    • Spanish is the native language.  English is frequently spoken.
  • Time Zone:  
    • Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time and day-light saving is not observed.
  • Electric Services:  
    • 110 volts, nationwide service
  • Water:  
    • Pure and suitable for drinking throughout the country.
  • Proof of Citizenship:  
    • A valid passport, birth certificate or voter´s registration is required for U.S. citizens.
  • Telephone:  
    • This is one of the most efficient services in Latin America.
  • Public Transportation:  
    • The country has a large fleet of taxis, easily identified by their red color.  In rural areas taxis are fourwheel drive.
  • Banking and Currency:  
    • The Colon exchange rate fluctuates with the U.S. Dollar.   Dollars can be exchanged at the bank or at most hotels.  Major credit cards are widely accepted.
  • Clothing:  
    • The tone here is casual wear – it is not necessary to dress up to go out to dinner.   Comfortable light-wight is best.  In the higher parts of the country when visiting San José.  The volcanoes or Monteverde, temperatures are cool and sweaters or light coatas are suggested.
  • Dining and Entertainment:  
    • Unless specified, meals are not included in our programs.  Food is moderately priced and the local cuisine is excellent.  Fresh vegetalbes, corn meal tortillas, rice, beans, and fried planains are a speciality.  Seafood is plentiful and a daily catch is featured on most restaurant menus.  Costa Rican coffee is among the world´s finest.
  • Climate:  
    • Almost ideal all year-round, the climate is a moderate 72´F in the highlands.  Lowlands range from the low 70´s F to high 90´s F.  Evenings in San José are free of humidity, and beaches are cooled by ocean breezes.  Rain may occur in mid-afternoons for short periods of time.