At a Glance
Costa Rican Colón
Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.
Although Costa Rica is unequivocally tropical, it can be divided into several climatic zones, each of which has different characteristics of its own. The main reason for the diversity in Costa Rica’s weather is the many elevations found in it. For example, Monteverde’s highlands are misty, cold and foggy year-round, while Guanacaste has a dry warm climate as it’s located on the country’s lowlands. The Central Valley has perhaps the best climate in Costa Rica, since its average temperature is 22°C (71°F) and is constantly cooled by the coastal breeze.
Baby Gear Rentals
Car Seat Laws
Car seats are legally required in Costa Rica for infants and children up to a certain height and weight, and boosters are required for larger children. Children over four years of age, 18 kg (40 pounds) and 110 cm (43 inches) can be in a booster seat, using a regular seat belt.
In Costa Rica, all you need is a valid driver’s license from your home country to operate a vehicle. Also be sure to have your passport or a copy handy in case you get pulled over. There is no requirement for an international driver’s license.
Local buses are available and an effective way to explore Costa Rica. To explore areas not accessible by bus, some tourists choose to rent a car. Taking advantage of domestic airlines will also save you a lot of time if you intend to explore multiple areas. For more information on transportation in Costa Rica, visit this link.
Other Things To Know
Tipping in Costa Rica is not mandatory, though restaurants do add a service charge on the final bill that includes 10 percent gratuity. This is considered a sufficient amount for a tip when dining out, but you can always leave a few extra colons (or CRC) if the service exceeds expectations.
It’s important to know that security in Costa Rica is still developing. Petty theft (pickpocketing around tourist areas/on public transport) definitely happens.
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