Preparing for Your Trip

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What to Bring

Passport

A passport is required to enter Costa Rica if you are traveling from abroad. Some countries also require a visa.

Please check with your country’s State Department or Border Agency for more information. Guests from some countries may also be required to provide a visa. Please apply for these documents several weeks before your trip so that they arrive on time.

Clothing

Costa Rica’s climates are highly variable. However, at Hotel Villas El Parque and along the coast, high temperatures are typically between 85-90° Fahrenheit each day (29-32° Celsius) and low temperatures are 70-75° Fahrenheit (21-24° Celsius). Days are generally sunny and rain-free from December through April, whereas May through November are rainy, with the heaviest rain during October. The humidity is high throughout the year. As such, we recommend bringing the following:

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals or beach shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars

Medications

If you take prescription medication, we recommend that you bring sufficient quantities for your stay. We also recommend that you bring your prescription. Costa Rican pharmacists will usually be able to fill your prescription, often at a lower cost than at home.

Activity Specific Recommendations

Hiking in the highlands, mountains, or rainforest:

 

The highlands or mountainous regions are cooler and wetter. If you plan to venture into these areas we suggest you bring:

  • Hiking boots or solid closed-toe shoes.
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Long pants
  • Raincoat or umbrella
Horseback riding/ATV riding
  • Jeans or long pants
  • Closed-toe shoes
River rafting, jet skiing
  • Water shoes or sports sandals

Safety Tips

Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America.  However, we recommend reading through the following safety tips before your trip.

Personal Safety

To make your stay in Costa Rican experience as safe and enjoyable as possible we recommend the following:

  • Do not carry large quantities of cash or wear very expensive jewelry
  • We highly recommend that you bring photocopies of important documents (identification, passport, drivers license, plane tickets, credit cards), and keep originals in our safety deposit box
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport as you will need this for all bank transactions
  • Only carry one credit card at a time
  • When in restaurants, markets, public areas or swimming, do not leave your valuables unattended
  • Do not leave baggage or valuables in a parked car and always lock the doors
  • When walking at night, carry a flashlight and wear bright or reflective clothing

Road Safety

Road conditions in Costa Rica have improved considerably over the past few years. However, extreme caution is required in rural areas and through the mountain passes especially during the rainy season and at night. The maximum speed limit in Costa Rica is 80 kilometers (48 miles) per hour. In school zones the speed limit is reduced to 40 kilometers (24 miles) per hour. We recommend you take full coverage insurance through the rental company should you decide to rent a car in Costa Rica.