About Costa Rica
GMT / UTC minus 6 hours
The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish (97% of the population); although there are other native languages used mostly within the indigenous reserves. Many businesses, in and around San José and resorts throughout the country have employees who also speak English. There is a large English-speaking population in the province of Limón, as well.
110V, 60 Hz
Currency & Exchange Rate
The Colon (¢1.00) is the national currency of Costa Rica. The exchange rate with the US dollar can vary from day to day, but as of January 2016 the rate is ¢550.40 colones per dollar. The US dollar is accepted almost everywhere.
Most international credit cards, such as Visa / MasterCard / American Express / Diners Club are accepted throughout the country. Automated Teller Machines (ATM’s) are easily found in the most populated areas of Costa Rica.
Most restaurants include a 10% service charge on the bill. Taxi drivers generally do not receive tips. If you are satisfied with the service you’ve received, hotel maids, tour guides and drivers would appreciate a tip.
Costa Rica is one of the several small nations that make up Central America. The country’s borders are defined by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. This convergence of land and water makes the region a bottleneck, rich in ecological diversity.
51,100 sq. km. (19,929 sq. m.)
Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces: Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas and San José (also the capital city).
Average temperature is approximately 27º C / 80º F.
US $29.00 since January 2016.