Bring these things with you if you are going to Costa Rica: light (cotton) cloth, a rain cap, shower proof clothing, sweaters, sandals, hiking shoes with grip soles, a cap, water shoes (if you want to go white water rafting), money belt, (good!) binoculars (minimum 7x24), flashlight, universal adapters, sun block, insect repellent.
It is a good idea before you travel to Costa Rica to send an email to your own e-mail direction with key information about passport numbers, insurance, important telephone numbers etcetera. It is possible to check your email in most places of the country. You’ll find Internet cafes in all tourist places.
Your passport must be valid for six months more if you enterCosta Rica. You need a return ticket or otherwise be able to prove that you are going to leave the country. You can stay for 90 days in Costa Rica. After this period you’ll have to leave the country for at least 72 hours before entering it again (for a maximum period of 90 days).
Costa Rica isn’t a country where special safety observations need to be considered. The quiet, relaxed atmosphere and kindness of the local people makes Costa Rica a very pleasant country to travel through. The danger may be: too much confidence. So I like to stress here to be very alert during your trip. Also in Costa Rica there are people who aim at innocent tourists. Especially in local buses to the most visited areas it is recommended to take valuable stuff on your lap or otherwise to look after them very carefully.
Swimming in one of the warm shore waters of Costa Rica is delicious. But you have to be very alert on strong currents. Dangerous coastal waters sometimes are marked by a red flag (a green flag means that it’s safe to swim). If there are no flags and nobody is swimming it makes sense to ask locally if it’s safe to swim. Always stay close to the beach.
For more information please go to www.costaricavirtualguide.com.