Frequently Asked Questions

You will find here some of our most common FAQ’s. If your question is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than glad to assist you!!

When is the best time of year to visit Costa Rica?

The peak of the dry season are March and April and are the hottest months. Rain starts in May until mid November. July and August are less rainy. Elevation determinate the temperature, at sea level can reach easily 92F

Cellular phones in Costa Rica

Three convenient options – your own cellular phone if your service provider supports roaming in Costa Rica; or buy a local SIM card, “load” it with a specific amount of money, and use it with your phone; or rent a local phone.

Does one need a Visa to enter Costa Rica?

Citizens of the United States, Canada and most European countries, just need to present a valid passport upon entry. Immigration will stamp your passport with your approved length of stay – usually 90 days for tourists.

Vaccines Required?

There are no mandatory vaccines, but the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccines (MMR, DPT, etc.), as well as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid. Travelers coming from some African countries as well as Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador and Guyana must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

When do you leave a tip?

Tipping is not customary in Costa Rica, but in the tourism industry, as you know, tipping for professional services is universal. It is considered polite to tip guides and drivers for performance and services rendered. While this is a personal decision, a tour guide may be tipped $2-$10, depending on the size of your group. Note that all restaurant bills include a mandatory 10% tip, and leaving extra is uncommon.

Which Credit Cards are accepted in Costa Rica?

Major credit cards – American Express, Diners, Visa, Mastercard, are widely accepted in Costa Rica.

How Gay-Friendly is Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is one of the most popular destination for gay travel in Latin America. Many tourism destinations are gay-friendly, but you have to keep in mind that Costa Rica is a Catholic country and sexuality can be a sensitive topic. By far, Costa Rica’s two most gay-friendly locations are San Jose and Manuel Antonio.

How safe is Costa Rica for Solo-Female Travellers?

Despite Costa Rica has a reputation for safe travel, and women traveling alone rarely encounter problems, please keep in mind that “machismo” is a key element of Latin American culture, so you may be exposed to more catcalls and whistling than you’re used to.

At what time do you usually go out in Costa Rica?

If you’re in the mood for clubbing, doors usually open between 20:00 and are open until 3 a.m., but you should probably not get there before 22:00. After clubbing you will find several small pubs where you can continue partying until the sunlight appear again.

What about Gay Discos in Costa Rica?

San José has most of Costa Rica’s gay bars and saunas and is definitely the center of the gay ambience. If you’re looking to go dancing or visiting a bathhouse, this is your action area!

Many locals (Costa Ricans) will come into San José for nightlife. You may find also that some places (especially the bathhouses) are busier earlier than you would suppose as people go after work rather than come in from far away. Here some cool places for you:

San José – Club Oh: Considered the top club in town and draws a gracefully dressed, upscale crowd. The club has special events, many shows on Saturday, and talent contest on Friday nights.

San José – La Avispa: Two dance floors, Fun Latin music and ambiance. Including big screen TV, restaurant and pool tables. Large gay crowd on Tuesday and Sunday nights. Ladies night twice a month for lesbians (men not are allowed in the place on women’s nights).

San Jose – El Bochinche: An upscale Drinking Bar very popular among the professional Ticos for a night of fancy cloths and flirting.