Costa Rica Facts
Passports and VisasPassport required for entry that are valid for at least thirty days after arrival, and a round trip/outbound ticket.
Health InformationNo vaccinations required for entry.
TimeEST - 2 hours
Electricity110 volts. Nationwide service.
CurrencyColon (Floats, currently $1 US = about 240) in notes of 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100 and 50
Banks, Credit Cards, ATMsLocal and international services are available at both state and private banking institutions. Banking hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (without a break). Evening banking services are also available from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The official currency is the "colon" and the exchange rate against the dollar varies every day. Dollars can be changed at any of the Banks. International credit cards are accepted in most establishments throughout the country. Office Hours: These vary according to the company or institution. Most government offices are open to the public from 8:00 a.m. up until 4:00 p.m. Private companies open from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shops and business open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in most cases. Others keep a 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. working day. In the Capital, there are supermarkets which are open round the clock.
Costa Rica is booming as a honeymoon destination for the eco conscious. The small Central American country is known for its civilized way of life. It is no exaggeration to describe the country as an oasis of peace. Costa Rica is a land dominated by mountains and isolated, undeveloped coasts. The Caribbean coast is constantly pounded by waves generated by the Trade Winds, producing some of the world's best surf. Beaches of brilliant white and improbably rich black sand reach in segments of 20-40 miles without a single seawall, groin, jetty, revetment, or condominium.
Costa Ricans are predominantly Catholic, but freedom of religion is protected by the constitution, and the Protestant community is quite important. There is a Catholic Church in every city or town. Fiestas, dances, and other cultural and religious events take place around the church, where people gather to socialize or simply enjoy the clear night-time sky.
Traditions are very important to the Costa Rican people. Religious holidays are among the most festive occasions, especially that of August 2nd, when thousands of Costa Ricans pay homage to the Virgen de los Angeles.
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