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?

Costa Rica, for a small country, has a surprising number of micro-climates. In general, the peak dry season is in January, February, March and April, which are the hottest months. Rain starts in May until mid November. July and August are less rainy. December is cool, particularly in the evenings, and the second half, during the holidays, is a great time to travel.

Elevation determines the temperature which, at the beaches, can easily reach 92F. The capital San Jose is in the Central Valley, where most people live and where the climate is temperate year-round.

Cellular phones in Costa Rica

There are three convenient options:  Use your own cellular phone (if your service provider supports roaming in Costa Rica), buy a local SIM card and 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?

Tourists who are citizens of the United States, Canada and most European countries need only to present a valid passport and evidence of intended departure from Costa Rica within 90 days.  Upon entry, Immigration will stamp your passport with your approved length of stay.

Vaccines required

There are no mandatory vaccines for travelers from the United States, but the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CD) recommends that travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccines (MMR, DPT, etc.) as well as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid. We recommend that you check the CDC website well in advance of your departure.

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?

In general, tipping is not customary in Costa Rica.  However, in the tourism industry, tipping for professional services is common. 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 widely accepted in Costa Rica include: American Express, Diners Club, Visa, and MasterCard.

How gay-friendly is Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for gay travel in Latin America. Many tourism destinations are gay-friendly, but you should keep in mind that Costa Rica is a Catholic country, and attitudes about sexuality vary widely. By far, Costa Rica’s two most gay-friendly locations are San Jose and Manuel Antonio.

How safe is Costa Rica for women traveling alone?

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

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

If you’re in the mood for clubbing, doors usually open between 8:00 pm and close by 3:00 am, but you should probably not get there before 8:00.pm. After hours you will find several small pubs where you can continue partying until the sun comes up.

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 scene. If you’re looking to go dancing or visit a bathhouse, this is where it’s at!

Many locals (Costa Ricans or “Ticos”) will come into San José for the nightlife. You may find that some places (especially the bathhouses) are busier earlier than you would suppose, since people go from work.

Here some cool places for you:

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

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

San Jose – El Bochinche: An upscale drinking bar very popular among the professional Ticos for a night of dressing up and flirting.