Frequently asked questions about Costa Rica
- Who can travel with CRAO?
- Do I need a visa to go to Costa Rica?
- Can I go to Costa Rica with only a one-way ticket?
- What taxes must be paid?
- Why should I pick CRAO for my adventure vacation?
- What is included in all your trips?
- What is not included in your trips?
- When is the best time to travel to Costa Rica?
- What is the time zone in Costa Rica?
- Is the water drinkable?
- What is the regular Costa Rican diet?
- Which personal items should I bring?
- What must people bring when visiting the rain forest?
- Where can turtles be seen laying their eggs?
- Should I get any shots before travelling to Costa Rica?
- Get up-to-date with your routine shots
- Get a rabies vaccination if your activities will bring you into direct contact with bats, carnivores and other mammals
- Take malaria and dengue preventive measures: get a prescription antimalarian drug, use insect repellent and long sleeves and pants to prevent mosquito bites, sleep in air-conditioned rooms or use bednets and spray rooms with products against flying insects.
CRAO is proud to work with all kinds of tourists who not only love new out of the ordinary spots, but also are interested in the culture and social aspects of a different and unknown country and its population. We invite explorers of all ages* who are adventure driven and love alternative vacation trips to book their tour with us. Travelling in Costa Rica with us will give you the chance to go bird-watching while walking in the middle of the mountains or the damp jungle. You can also see dolphins, turtles and whales – if you are lucky enough – during a boat trip and watch all kinds of unusual and interesting plants and animals while in the middle of your adventure.
It depends on your country of origin. USA, Canada and most European countries allow you to enter the country without a visa.
No, all visitors are required to have an entry and exit ticket as well.
The departure tax which is $26.00 USD; the sales tax which is 13%, and a 3% tourist tax at all hotels.
As locals, we have the facility of operating adventure tours all along the year and of customizing them according to your preferences, time of the year, level of activity and budget. These tours have been created to offer you the best and most daring itineraries and complete value for your money.
All meals, transportation, tours, lodging and park entrance fees. We also pick you up and drop you off at the airport. You have the know-how and services of a professional guide on hand 24/7.
Airfares, guides gratuities, departure taxes and all alcoholic beverages consumed in restaurants and bars. We do not cover medical or travel insurance.
The travel industry in the country has labeled the seasons as follows: high or dry season (Dec-April), peak season (Christmas, New Year and Easter), green or low season (rainy season, May-Nov). The best time will depend on the visitors’ needs and expectations.
It is the same as U.S. Central Standard Time.
The water is potable in the whole country. However, it is best to drink bottled water as a protective measure.
Our diet basically includes: rice, beans, chicken, fish or beef, dairy products. Fresh vegetables and fruits can be consumed all year round. If you have a particular diet need, please let us know in advance.
Casual and comfortable clothes like t-shirts, shorts and long pants for the nighttime. We also recommend a rain coat, walking shoes, a sweater or light jacket, insect repellent, personal toiletries, sunscreen and sunglasses. As a special recommendation, make copies of your passport and plane tickets. However, for each trip, we will give you an informative document.
All you need is insect repellent, a rain coat with a hood and hiking boots.
In the Pacific Coast, you can go to Las Baulas National Park and in the Caribbean yo can go to Tortuguero National Park.
There are a few considerations that should be taken into account before visiting Costa Rica. You may need to get the following vaccinations for vaccine-preventable diseases and other potential risks. To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider 4-6 weeks before your trip to make sure that the vaccines take effect.
These are the recommendations given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: