Costa Rica

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Tourism Tips

Visa Requirements

If you are from any of the following countries and hold a valid passport, you are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*, Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay.

Contact the Embassy of Costa Rica for more details on entry requirements.
(202) 328-6628.


Typical tourist attire is fine for trekking through the jungles and forests of
Costa Rica, but shorts are frowned upon in some of the discos and clubs, as are beach shoes, running shoes and T-shirts. Keep in mind that a raincoat or poncho is absolutely essential in the summer
rainy season.

Food & Drink

A wide range of cuisine styles, from French to Chinese and local dishes,
can be sampled in Costa Rica. With two oceans serving as sources, seafood is a Costa Rican specialty, as are native dishes such as gallos (open faced tortillas), uniquely spiced and seasoned mashed black beans. Other native specialties are hearts of palm, tamales, guacamole, ceviche and the Afro-Caribbean rice and beans, a mixture of recl beans and rice cooked in coconut milk and served with fish, chicken or beef.


Hotels add 15 percent sales tax and a 3.33 percent tourism tax to their room charges, which are generally not included in price quotes.
Restaurants add 15 percent sales tax and 10 percent service charge to
all meals. Clothing, food and souvenirs usually have the tax added into the
listed price. Most Costa Ricans do not tip in restaurants and bars because gratuities are included in the bill-but many travelers leave tips anyway.

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