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Costa Rica Country Quickfacts

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Area:  51,100 km2
Capital: San Jose
Country Code: 506
Country Population: 4,586,353
Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted in tourist areas: American Express, Visa, Master Card and Diners Club
Currency: Costa Rican colón
Departure Tax: $19USD - Usually buried within airline fares.
Drives on the: Right
Electricity: 120 V
Ethnic Groups: 

65.8% White / Castizo; 13.65% Mestizo; 9.03% Immigrants; 6.72% Mulatto; 2.40% Amerindian; 1.03% Black

Location:  Southern Central America
Official Language(s): Spanish
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant
Time Zone: CST (UTC -6)
Tipping: Tipping is at your discretion. It is not expected but in better restaurants a charge 12% extra as service. Tourism services are not expected but are considered a courtesy.



Costa Rica Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Costa Rica.

Learn about the history and culture of Costa Rica, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Costa Rica's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Costa Rica for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Costa Rica vacations today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Costa Rica tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others. 



Book your Costa Rica tour with Goway! 

LATIN AMERICA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Costa Rica vacations and experiences. Choose from a locally escorted tour, an independent travel module, a self-drive holiday and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Costa Rica.

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