Please read the following, and check that you have everything before you leave. If you have any questions or concerns, please email or give us a call at 1-800-969-9874 and we’ll be happy to help you.
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation prior to your departure. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from.
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What's the weather like in Costa Rica?
Due to the proximity near the equator, Costa Rica weather is tropical. Costa Rica has over a dozen micro-climates, all of which offer different characteristics. Humidity or dryness varies depending on what part of the country you’re in and the month you’re traveling.
December to April, These months are the “Dry Season” or “Summer”
May to November, These months are the "Green Season" or "Winter"
There is no real summer or winter in Costa Rica and the rainy season here lasts from May to November, with the months of December through April having little to no rain and September and October being the heaviest rain period.
If you are visiting a mountain area like Cerro de la Muerte or Monteverde, you’ll be at elevations between 6000 and 11,000 feet so evenings and early mornings will be quite cool and a jacket is recommended.
Things can happen when you're travelling that are out of your control, so insurance comes in handy. Considering the unpredictable nature, remote destination and conditions encountered on many I L T (Independent Luxury Travel) journeys, it is required to have travel medical insurance, and trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. If you're going to spend your hard-earned money to enjoy your holiday - why not spend a bit more to safeguard it?
Exit tax when leaving Costa Rica
The exit tax costs $29USD per person. You can pay by cash, either in US Dollars or Colones (local currency), Visa and Master Card (they do not accept American Express), but credit card companies charge it as a “cash advance”, so you end up paying a lot in interest for a small charge. Cash is best. However, some airline companies include the exit tax in the ticket price. Ask your airline if it is included.
What to Pack
Pack as lightly as possible.
Also, a good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential as you will have the chance to walk and hike in different national parks during trips. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle.
For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet. Also, if your heading to beach destinations, please don't forget your swimwear, flip flops, and a good hiking shoe/boot.
Don't Forget Your
• I L T (Independent Luxury Travel) Travel Information
• Passport (with photocopies)
• Airline Tickets (with photocopies)
• Travel Insurance (with photocopies) (optional)
• Any Entry Visas (if required)
• Credit or Debit Card