The unit of currency is the colón. Nevertheless US Dollars are widely accepted.
Daily weather patterns in Guanacaste are generally predictable, with rain occurring more frequently during September and October than during other months, making it easy to plan an itinerary all year round. The northwest Pacific coastline does not experience hurricanes.
The province of Guanacaste, in the northwest region of Costa Rica, has a tropical climate very different from its Caribbean and Mexican neighbours. It experiences two very distinct seasons – the Gold Season and the Green Season.
During the Gold Season, from November to May, there is virtually no rainfall, and many trees lose their foliage, creating a landscape of golden-brown hues. Temperatures during this season are a comfortable 33ºC (91ºF), with very little humidity.
The months between May and November produce lush tropical gardens, and are described by Costa Ricans as the Green Season. With an average temperature of 31ºC (88ºF), the Green Season typically features sunny mornings followed by potential rain showers in the late afternoon. However, during mid-July, a break in the Green Season, called "El Veranillo," occurs, and the region experiences a few weeks of dry conditions.
Local voltage is 110 to 120 volts AC.
GMT -6 hours
Central Standard Time
Spanish is the official language, while English is widely spoken throughout the country.
Visa and passport requirements frequently change. We do our best to keep this information as current as possible; however, we recommend that all visitors check with their embassy or consulate before their departure.
United States of America:
U.S. Citizens Do Not Need a Visa to Travel to Costa Rica.
Required Entry Documents:
U.S. citizens may enter Costa Rica without a tourist visa and can stay up to 90 days with a valid passport.
U.S. citizens - regardless of their age (*) - need the following documents to enter Costa Rica:
* A valid passport with at least one blank visa page. The expiration date of your passport must be greater than 30 days from your date of entry to Costa Rica.
* A pre-paid airline ticket to exit Costa Rica or proof of financial resources ($400.00US - $1,000.00US in cash, traveler checks, and/or ticket (either to return to your home country or to go to another country)
(*) If a U.S. minor (U.S. Citizen under the age of 18) does not have his/her own passport, he or she must have a joint passport with one of his/her parents, legal guardian or the person traveling with him/her.
Note: The government of Costa Rica decreed that after November 17, 2003 the practice of accepting U.S. driver licenses/IDs and U.S. birth/naturalization certificates as entry documents is discontinued on a permanent basis.