Traveling to Costa Rica
On this page, you’ll find general information about traveling to Costa Rica. When through reading, you can return to the All About Costa Rica topic list.
Which Airport to Fly Into
When flying to Costa Rica, you’ll most likely be landing at the country’s main airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJI), located about a half-hour northwest of San José. This airport has recently been remodeled with a new terminal, where many travelers enjoy the comforts of familiar restaurants and gift shops.
That is unless you have opted to fly into Daniel Oduber International Airport, Costa Rica’s other major airport, located near the city of Liberia. Daniel Oduber International Airport is the airport of choice for those desiring to visit the northern provide of Guanacaste.
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Where to Go Once You Arrive
En route to your final destination, you’ll head to the place where you pick up your next ride, which could be the airport taxi parade, the rental car counter, the bus station or the domestic airport. If you’re hungry, you might drive a few miles out of town toward the suburbs and enjoy some Comida Tipica (typical Costa Rican food) at a local soda (that’s what the local causal restaurants are called).
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Where to Stay
Costa Rica has a full range for lodging accommodations, from the least expensive hostels with shared bathrooms starting at $10 U.S.D. per night to luxury resorts with international price tags.
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How to Get Around
For travelers on a budget, local buses will ride you to just about any destination. There’s also rental cars, domestic and charter flights, and boats and ferries that will take you where you’re going. With the roads and scenery being as beautiful as they are, traveling from place to place can become a quite enjoyable part of your Costa Rica excursion.
What to Bring
Here’s a short list of some recommended items to pack: your swimsuit, a towel, sandals, sunblock, a hat, insect repellent, an umbrella and rain gear, sturdy waterproof boots for hiking, a flashlight, binoculars, a pocket knife, a map, a travel guide, and a Spanish phrasebook.
The Costa Rican currency is called the colón. U.S. dollars and major credit cards are also widely accepted and you will find ATMs distributed throughout the country.
Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. As with all Spanish-speaking countries, the Ticos’ spoken Spanish has its own flare, spiced with local accents and national and regional vocabulary you will not find anywhere else on Earth. If you make the slightest attempt to communicate with a Tico in their native tongue, you’ll quickly see that they sincerely appreciate any effort you make to speak Spanish. If you aren’t fluent or if you’re a beginner, never fear. Costa Rica provides you with your choice of many excellent Spanish schools or private instructors. Check the Internet, ask around or browse the Tico Times for advertisements.
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