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June 28, 2012

#FriendsTravel Costa Rica JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Costa Rica is a tiny section of the continental land bridge linking North and South America. Bordered to the north by Nicaragua and to the south by Panama, our country is well within the tropics; only 2 1/2 hours by plane from Florida. It is almost the same size as Lake Michigan or West Virginia. 

Bathed on one side by the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the warm Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is blessed with 51,100 square kilometers of verdant mountains, rainforests and rolling plains. It is a rugged land with mountains, green valleys, active volcanoes, tropical lowlands, lakes, rivers and beautiful beaches with palm trees, and white-golden sands.

Because of its quality as a tourist destination, Costa Rica has been recognized internationally with many awards and mentions, just a few of which are:

  • The tourism rater Future Brand listed Costa Rica as one of its ten “rising star” countries because of its extraordinary growth opportunities.  In the addition, the country consolidated its second place ranking on the country brand index in exotic destinations with off-the-beaten-track tours. Added to this is the fact that it was placed among the top ten countries in terms of authenticity and unique culture. 

  • As recognized by the Modern Bride World’s Trendiest Honeymoon local award, Costa Rica is considered one of the best 10 honeymoon destinations. JESS@FriendsTravel.com for Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Reservations.

  • Thanks to its ample diversity of marine fauna, Costa Rica has become an icon for sport fishing, reporting more than 3 Grand Slam records per year. This earns it the privilege of hosting important, highly prestigious tournaments.

  • Costa Rica is one of the major ecotourism destinations for exciting diving adventure. Proof of this is the 2004 Readers’ Choice Award given to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast by Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine; some of the points indicate it can be considered one of the top 5 destinations in the world for advanced diving.

Costa Rica has built a stable, emblematic democracy that is representative of a country that has maintained this system for more than 100 years, where dialog is used as the basis for negotiation to solve problems.  This culture of dialog and our affinity for peace caused the government of the republic, presided over by Jose Figueres Ferrer, to abolish our country’s army in 1948. This resolve has remained in place all these years and is a cause for pride for all Costa Ricans. ‘Ticos’


Costa Rica is considered to have two distinct, marked seasons, which are identified as the “dry season” (between November and April) and the “rainy season” (between May and October). Even so, because of its geography and the variety of altitudes, our country enjoys a broad range of different climates, known as “micro-climates.” In a territory as small as our own, during any given season in the year there may be sunny places while at the same time there are areas where the rain causes the forests to be cloaked in green.  Costa Rica benefits from a perfect tropical, never-ending-spring climate. The average temperature is 70°F (around 21°C) in the highlands. Lowland temperatures range from the high 70’s to the low 90’s (21 to 28°C). The two main seasons are also part of our country’s huge attraction. Thus, for example, depending on visitors’ tastes, they may enjoy the sun, sea, and sand as well as a broad range of other outdoor activities. Or, they may decide to take a walk in the lush rain and cloud forests for a peek at the area’s wildlife or feel the adrenaline flow by taking part in some extreme adventure activity, letting the rapids in our rivers carry them away.

One way or another, Costa Rica will always provide an unforgettable trip at any time of the year.

Costa Rica Travel Reservations JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Money Issues:

The currency in Costa Rica is the Colon.  The amount of cash to be brought depends mostly on the places you will visit and the type of holiday you are planning, but we recommend to carry as little pocket money as possible.  Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa and Master Card (American Express is taken in few places, and Diner’s Club is rarely accepted).   Traveler’s Checks and ATM Cards are mostly found at bank offices and major shopping centers.


The official language is Spanish, however, because of the scope of education in our country, a high percentage of Costa Ricans also have a good grasp of English and of several other languages, including French. This all makes it easy to visit Costa Rica

Health & Insurance:

Medical services are available throughout the country and many doctors speak English. All the main cities & towns have a public hospital. We recommend you to bring all prescribed medications needed. Tropical Adventures Travel & Tours suggests you to purchase in your home country a travel insurance that covers you overseas in case of illness or death.


You can choose from having ground transportation, rent a car or take a local flight between destinations within the country.

Ground transportation:  One of the most popular ways of getting around, could be a private transfer, which means just you and a driver, you can schedule your pick up time; and SIB (Seat in Bus) Transfer, which means  that an individual client usually travels with other tourists that he/she does not know, but, despite the inconvenience of having to wait until everybody is picked up and dropped-off, the good thing is that the SIB transfers are relatively economic, and more practical than travelling by public bus.

Renting a Car:  Most adventurous clients choose to rent a car since it gives you the freedom to move around at your own convenience. We have contracts with the best car rental company in Costa Rica. 

Local Flights:  Daily scheduled flights depart to more than 12 destinations.  Most flights depart and arrive in San José, the country’s capital city, but special charter flights and inter-destination flights are also available upon request.

Adults and children occupying a seat are allowed to take 25 pounds (12 kg) luggage per person, including carry-on and camera equipment. Excess baggage is charged per pound and is transported depending on aircraft’s weight capacity. 

An item such as surfboards is subject to space availability and incurs an additional service charge.

Flights from San Jose and Vice-versa:




60 min.


45 min.

Nosara Beach

45 min.

Palmar Sur

55 min.

Tambor Beach

25 min.

Puerto Jimenez

60 min.


25 min.

Samara Carrillo Beach

40 min.


45 min.

Punta Islita

35 min.


35 min.

Palmar Sur to Quepos

20 min.



Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking:  Costa Rica offers some of the world’s finest whitewater rafting and kayaking rivers. These rivers plunge through spectacularly beautiful, largely unexplored tropical wilderness. Whether an expert or beginner, nature lover or thrill seeker, rafting enthusiast or active kayaker, there is an unforgettable experience awaiting you.

Canopy Tour:   With more than a quarter of Costa Rica covered in rainforests, one of the best ways to explore these truly magical and enchanting realms is via a canopy tour.   Several platforms connected by stainless steel cables at an altitude of 300 feet help you cruise through the forest while attached at a top- class safety harness.

Scuba Diving:  Experience the ultimate diving adventure,  with massive schools of fish, rays, jack’s, whale sharks, giant mantas, sea turtles, bull sharks, white tip sharks, dolphins, and more…

Sport fishing:  Costa Rica’s main fishing season is December thru May although May thru August is considered the prime season for sailfish, November thru March is considered prime for marlin but depending on the weather we fish year round for snapper. Wahoo, roosterfish, tuna, dorado, sail and marlin. Since December thru May is the dry season the waters are usually calm, therefore fishing is prime.

Golf:   Tropical golf courses are unique in beauty and design, Costa Rica is becoming a premier golf destination with Guanacaste leading the way.

Surfing:   One of the most wonderful things about Costa Rica is the surfing. Our many beaches on two coasts provide hundreds of fantastic, reliable and consistent spots for surfers of every level and our water is so warm you don’t need to wear a wet suit. People travel here from around the world to experience our waves.

Hiking:  Whether you’re hiking in a rainforest, near a volcano or along the coast, you will encounter stunning natural sites in Costa Rica. Hiking is a good option for getting to know the country at a closer level than from the window of an air-conditioned bus. Just remember to take all the necessary objects to assure you a safe and comfortable trip.

Birding:  In Costa Rica you can find more than 840 different bird species. From quetzals to brown pelicans and humming birds, there are more bird species here than in all of North America combined. With roughly 18% of the territory dedicated to National Parks and Reserves, Costa Rica offers a unique opportunity to watch and study its avifauna in a natural, undisturbed setting.  Mountains, seashores, mangroves, highland and lowland forests, subalpine páramos, rain forests and more are all easily accessible from anywhere in the country.

Weddings & Honeymoons:   In recent years, Costa Rica has gained a deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the world to get married. Magazines and publications dedicated to wedding information and services have provided extensive coverage of this beautiful nation and selected it as one of the most ideal places to have a wedding or a honeymoon.


  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.  Never leave valuables in plain site in your car, even for a moment.

  • Costa Rica is not a violent country, but at all times be on the lookout for pickpockets or crowds of young people who may wish to relieve you of your valuables.

  • Never carry your passport with you.  Instead, make a copy of the front page and the page that contains your entry stamp from immigration.  This will be more than sufficient ID should you be stopped.

  • If you become lost, try to find a public place, like a service station, in order to read your map or ask for directions.

  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.

  • If using an automatic cashier (ATM), be sure the area is well lit. Return to your car, hotel or home to count your money.  If in the car, roll the windows up.  Do not use ATMs at night.

  • Do not leave the keys in your vehicle or your car engine running when using an automatic cashier or public telephone even for a moment.

  • When dining outdoors, do not leave your purse, bags, cell phone or ANY valuable on the table. If you must carry a purse or bag, hold it in front of you close to your body. Be sure it is closed.

  • Don’t wear flashy jewelry, real or not.  Dress down when walking around, especially in heavy tourist areas.

  • Do Not smoke on nature trails

  • Use sunscreen. The Equatorial sun is strong even where overcast.  Use protection from insects, remember you are in the tropics

  • Pack a small first aid kit (antiseptic, antihistamine, decongestant, band aids, anti itch ointment, diarrhea medications, pain killers (asa) gravol.

  • Patience, remember you are a visitor to this country. Customs and practices may be different, enjoy the difference!!!


For entry into Costa Rica, U.S. citizens must present valid passports that will not expire for at least thirty days after arrival, and a roundtrip/outbound ticket.  Passports should be in good condition; Costa Rican immigration will deny entry if the passport is damaged in any way.  Costa Rican authorities generally permit U.S. citizens to stay up to ninety days; to stay beyond the period granted, travelers must submit an application for an extension to the Office of Temporary Permits in the Costa Rican Department of Immigration.

Departing taxes in Costa Rica are $26.00 per person

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Costa Rica Travel Reservations JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Costa Rica Travel Reservations JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

Costa Rica Travel Reservations JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Costa Rica Travel Reservations JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Costa Rica Travel Reservations JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

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