Welcome to the eco-tourism capital of the world, famed for its wildlife, golden beaches, waterfalls and volcanoes. Costa Rica offers a burst of activity, complemented with picturesque white sands and clear-blue waters; from zip line adventures and the hot springs of Arenal Volcano to hidden, blissful beaches and the cloud forests of Monte Verde.
Combine adrenaline and adventure on a tour followed by a relaxing beach stay afterward to catch your breath. Costa Rica is a nature-lovers paradise with over 800 species of bird, various national parks and colourful, tropical rainforest all waiting to be discovered and explored. See snakes, monkeys, butterflies and sloths before heading back to your beachfront resort for a spot of relaxation.
Create your perfect holiday on the Caribbean coast and learn to live the pure life in Costa Rica.
There are a number of carriers to offering flights to Costa Rica from the UK.
Direct Carriers: British Airways have a direct service into San Jose. Whilst Thomson offer a direct service into Liberia from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air Canada and Iberia all offer flights to Costa Rica from the UK via the USA, Canada and Spain.
Departure Tax: An international departure tax of USD28 must be paid at Liberia and San Jose Airports.
Costa Rica does not have a tipping culture, although giving a bit extra for good service is always welcomed. Bars, restaurants and coffee shops include a 10 percent service charge, which is not the same as a tip. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip but leave 200 to 300 Costa Rican Colones if they helped you with directions. Tip about 200 Costa Rican Colones per drink for bartenders and about 5,000 Costa Rican Colones for your waiter.
No specific vaccinations are required for travel to Costa Rica.
British nationals do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica.
Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.
Entry to Costa Rica may be refused if you are unable to produce evidence of return or onward travel
The official currency in Costa Rica is the Colón (plural Colones). Costa Rica has an open currency, so you can exchange your UK Pounds before departing for your holiday in Costa Rica.
There are two good options for exchanging money for your Costa Rican holiday. The first is to use your debit or credit card to withdraw money from a cash machine after you arrive. The other option is to change your UK Pounds to US Dollars or Costa Rican Colones before you leave (check for the best exchange rate). Almost all businesses in Costa Rica accept US Dollars and give colones as change. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout Costa Rica.