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OMG, what clothes to bring to Costa Rica? 

KEEP IN MIND THERE ARE 2 MAJOR CLIMATE ZONES

(but lots of micro climates)

1. Costa Rica's Central Valley is famous for having some of the best weather in the world, due to its' mountainous location yet only 9 degrees from the equator. The temperatures during the day can be around 70 F.; or 3-8 degrees cooler than the beaches, but at night the difference can be as high as 20 degrees.  So its not uncommon to have daytime temperatures of 75 F. that dip to 55 F. at night.
There are lots of micro-climates: so you could experience 95 F. degree afternoons in Santa Ana, and 10 minutes away, at night, be freezing in the mountains of Escazu. Arenal can have similar temperature fluctuations.

Rainy season in San Jose is pretty similar to the beaches, from May till November with the worst month being October and the worst period normally from Sept. 25th to November 25th..

2.  The beaches can be divided between north, central and south, Atlantic and Pacific.  Here in Jaco, our temperatures are the best of any beach area south of Mexico, because of how the bay is shaped and the cooling breezes we receive. During the day, Central Pacific temperatures can average between 76-90 F.; while either north in Guanacaste, or south in the Osa peninsula, temperatures can average 85-95 F.
In the Jaco area, the nights comfortably cool down, while the other regions
things can still seem warm.  The Caribbean side seems muggier more often than anywhere else, and they do have almost the opposite schedule of the rainy season as the Pacific. Check the weather on google before you come!!!
Remember what happens in San Jose sometimes stays in San Jose, so if you want the weather for the Pacific, check Puntarenas as an indicator.

Easy way to remember the difference between Celcius & Fahrenheit:
82 F. is 28 C.

IN GENERAL:

Pack light: Bring comfortable, hand-washable clothing. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable in San José though frowned upon in Government offices.  100% cotton shirts and shorts are recommented
AT night it can get chilly away from the beaches, so bring long pants,
 a few long sleeve shirts;and a light weight jacket.

In San Jose, if planning to go out in the evening, slacks are highly recommended as some restaurants won't admit you in shorts or sandals.
Yes jeans are popular, especially with a sport coat for upper class events.

 100% long-sleeve shirts and pants are recommended if you take any day trips out to smaller towns, where immodest attire is frowned upon.
IN general, Costa Ricans' take pride in their clothing, especially in the San Jose suburbs, either Escazu, Santa Ana or Curridibat.

Bring a large hat to block the sun from your face and neck.
Pack a couple long sleeve shirts, a light sweater, sweatshirt or lightweight jacket for San José's cool nights for trips up volcanoes.  Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are essential if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and hiking.
Waterproof hiking sandals or other footwear that lets your feet breathe are good for strolling about town, and also for beach walking, fording streams, and navigating the myriad mudholes you'll find on rain and cloud forest trails.
 

If going to the beach, obviously you'll want light, cool, clothing, swimwear, shades, etc. and the standard fare is shirts, shorts, sandals (with straps is better than flipflops!).;
but there is a 10,000 colones fine for wearing shorts and dark socks with either tennis shoes or sandals during the day!


In Jacó Beach, you can purchase just about anything you may have forgotten, from sexy bikinis to
to Ayurvedic toothpaste to digital cameras...we've got it all!

Bring the CR Beach language tips found on our page, "Learn these Words" (please remember if you
are from Canada, Great Britain, or the Boston area-its Co-sta Rica not Casta Rica!) . Costa Rica is not a "3rd world" country, where getting supplies is difficult.If you forget your camera battery pack or the computer recharge-cord, you can most likely get them at a Radio Shack for twice the U.S. price, or at Walmart-for only 25-50% more than the U.S.  Yes there are tons of places to buy mosquito repellent or suntan lotion, but probably double the U.S. price.
All in all, our temperatures are similar to summers in San Diego, California, with a little Miami mixed in.....
Jeff's super tip: bring good sandals with you, (prefavorably with a back strap), because the sidewalks here, (where they exist) can tear up the most expensive pair of flipflops in a second, (and possibly with your face kissing our famous black ants.)  Remember in Costa Rica,  if you trip and fall, it's your fault-there are no personal injury lawsuits here......

Have a great time while here, and Pura Vida!

ATTENTION:

`Beginning Jan 22,2018, TSA will institute new identification requirements. See them here:
https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification%20https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

  
Airlines that fly direct to Costa Rica
New info from March 11, 2019 from amcostarica.com

This weekend Maria Amalia Revelo, Ministry of Tourism announced that European airlines Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Edelweiss and Condor intend to increase the number of direct flights to Costa Rica.

" At present, there are eight airlines offering flights between Europe and Costa Rica, seven of them directly and one with a scale, as a result of its strategy of attracting airlines," said Revelo.According to the Ministry of Tourism, these seven airlines expressed their total satisfaction with the results they have obtained in recent months as a result of their operations to our country. They also noted that they were surprised by the reception that they have had in the markets they serve.

The institute also announced new flights from Canada. The institute and the Canadian airline Air Transat announced that there will be two direct flights from Toronto to airports in Costa Rica, one to the Daniel
Oduber Airport in Liberia and another to the Juan Santamaría Airport in Alajuela. Air Transat operates weekly flights to San Jose from the cities of Montreal (Monday and Friday) and Toronto (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). In the case of Liberia, it flies three times a week to Toronto (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and two times a week to Montreal (Wednesday and Friday). On Dec. 28, the institute announced another agreement this one with Sunwing Canadian airline. On that occasion, Sunwing announced the first
direct flight between Vancouver and Guanacaste. Sunwing's base of operations is in Toronto, Canada. It is initially scheduled to operate until March 31, 2019, the end of the high season. Flight WG129 will operate every Sunday with a Boeing 737 MAX.

In December, British Airways announced that it is increasing the number of direct passenger flights
between London Gatwick and Juan Santamaría airport. The flights increased from two to three a
week during the high season.

Jet Blue Airline announced an increase of flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. The flight from New York arrives at Liberia every Saturday at 2:49 p.m. and 10:14 p.m. during high season with the aim of giving a premium service to all tourists.

Check this OLDER table below to see which airlines have flights to Costa Rica…
and where to catch that direct flight.

Airlines that fly to Costa Rica

Airline Non-stop available? Departure City
Aeromexico Yes Mexico City
Air Canada Yes Toronto
Air Panama Yes Panama City
Alaska Airlines Yes Los Angeles
American Airlines Yes Charlotte, NC
Dallas/Ft. Worth
NYC
Miami
Avianca Yes Mexico City
Panama City
British Airways Yes Gatwick
Continental Yes Newark
Houston
Copa Yes Panama City
Delta Yes Atlanta
NYC
Los Angeles
Edelweiss Air Yes Zurich
Frontier Yes Denver
Iberia Yes Madrid
Interjet Yes Mexico City
JetBlue Yes NYC
Orlando
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Yes (starts Oct 2017) Amsterdam
Southwest Yes Fort Lauderdale
Houston
Spirit Air Yes Ft. Lauderdale
TACA/LACSA Yes Miami
Thomson Yes London
United Yes Chicago
Newark
Houston
Washington (IAD)
US Airways Yes Charlotte, NC
Dallas/Ft. Worth
NYC
Miami
Volaris Yes Guadalajara

Where can you fly into in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has two main airports. The San Jose International (or Juan Sanataria Airport), SJO, is located in Alajuela, just north of San Jose. This has been the main airport flying into Costa Rica.and will be for many more years until the new Orotina Airport gets start (completed by 2025?)

The other airport is Liberia International (Daniel Oduber Airport), LIR, which is located in the northern western part of Costa Rica-where it's really really hot and windy. If you fly into Libera you will likely end up taking a secondary domestic flight to get to your destination in Costa Rica.

Perhaps easy way to find a cheap flight to Costa Rica is to use the new
Google Flight Search or Kayak or ....

 

NEW WEBSITE FOR OUR MAIN AIRPORT, SJO,

(Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport)

www.sanjose-costaricaairport.cr

 
 
 

 


Costa Rica Flight Information: Updated March 14, 2013


EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED THE PAST FEW MONTHS, 2017, THANKS TO THE U.S., 
PLEASE GOOGLE ALL QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE (and specify the time as "within the last month."

SPECIAL AIRLINE ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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BASIC AIRLINE INFO:


Yes, there is a departure tax for all foreigners, $28 accepted in U.S. dollars, colones, Euros, credit cards ....

 Costa Rica has always been a popular spot for North American travelers, and with airline and hotel specials overflowing the web, it has reached another level of accessibility.
Costa Rica's proximity to major hubs in the United States and the multitude of flight options makes it easy for travelers to vacation there. It is a two and half hour flight from Miami, a five-hour flight from New York, a four-hour flight from Dallas and a six-hour flight from Los Angeles.
(http://news.cheapflights.com)


 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFO:
www.alterra.co.cr/FIWS/index.aspx 

FLIGHT AND AIRLINE INFORMATION:
AUTOMATED FLIGHT INFO: 2437-2626 - English-9 Arrival-1 Departures-2 

GENERAL AIRPORT INFO - Client Services: 2443-1737 / 2443-1244-fax (5am-10pm)  (they speak GOOD English & are REALLY helpful with ANY questions you have!!)

AIRPORT TAXI: www.TaxiAeroPuerto.
com

 Domestic airlines that travel within the country
Contact SANSA at
www.flysansa.com (506)2221-9414 or Nature Air at www.natureair.net (506) 2220-3054.

AIRPORT PARKING (at terminal): $11/day / 890 colones/hour (2440-6700 /2437-2400)

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES  at SJO JuanSantamaria Int'l
Air Canada - 2441-8025-English-
9 8am-1pm Mon.-Sat. / 0800-052-1988  / www.AirCanada.ca
Air Comet - 2291-0684 / www.AirComet.
com
Air France - 2220-4119 / www.AirFrance.
com/cr
Air Madrid - 2296-4559 / www.AirMadrid.
com
Air Panama / Air Costa Rica - 2296-8592 / www.FlyAirPanama.
com
Air Transat - 2441-9444 / www.AirTransat.
com
America West - 2430-6690 / 0800-0110888 / www.AmericaWest.
com American - 2442-8800 / 257-1266 / www.AA.com

AVIANCA-(includes Lacsa-Taca) www.avianca.com
Continental - 2442-1904 / 0800 044 0005 / www.Continental.
com
Condor - 2430-4787 (air panama) / 2441-9444 /
www.Condor.com
Copa - 2441-4742 / 2223-2672 / www.CopaAir.com
Cubana - 2430-4787 / 2221-6918 / www.Cubana.cu
Delta - 2440-4805 / 0800-056-2002 / www.Delta.com
Iberia - 2441-5635 / 2257-8266 / www.Iberia.com
KLM - 2220-4111 / www.KLM.com
 
MartinAir - 2440-8848 / 2232-3246 / www.MartinAir.
com
 
Nature Air - Pavas Airport-2299-
6070 / Res-2299-6000 / www.NatureAir.com
SANSA - 2221-9414 /
www.Flysansa.com
Spirit Airlines - 800-756-7117 / www.SpiritAir.com
 
United - 0-8000-521-243 / www.United.co.
cr
USAir - 2430-6690 / 2520-0593 / www.USAirways.
com
West Carribean - 2291-0580 / www.WCA.com.
co


www.alterra.co.cr/FIWS/contactAerolinea.aspx 

 

 


What kind of inoculations do I have to take to Costa Rica?


No vaccines are required to enter Costa Rica.

One of the great things about Costa Rica are the many pharmacies, that do not require a prescription for most medicines.  And they will sell you a couple of pills instead of having to buy an entire box.  Some pharmacies will even give you shots. The idea is that the pharmacists are very well trained and this helps to take pressure off the overextended socialized Costa Rican medical system.

Yes you can buy those little blue pills without a prescription, ahem,

I've been told!


How do I bring my pet to Costa Rica?


Pets

Import  health requirements for dogs and cats 

Dogs and cats entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, and endorsed by a Veterinary Service (VS) veterinarian. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to travel to Costa Rica.

Health Certificate Statements

  1. The dog/cat was examined and found to be healthy and free of any clinical signs of infectious disease.
  2. The animals were vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus.

Vaccination Requirements

  1. distemper
  2. hepatitis
  3. leptospirosis
  4. parvovirus.
  5. rabies – for animals 4 months or older

Requirement

 

  1. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to travel to Costa Rica.

  2. Please use a State of Federal  US Interstate and International Certificate for Small Animals.

  3. Enclose rabies vaccination certificate.

Note

  • The Health Certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it have to be authenticated by the Consulate of Costa Rica.

  • Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit.

  • Goldfish are not required to have health certificates.

 

GOOGLE FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFO, PLEASE...